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Thursday, August 11, 2005
 
George W. Bush, Sociopath

Bush tried to bullshit a grieving mother whose son died in Iraq. Right to her face.

From The O'Reilly Factor:

Kesterson: So actually, you know, it did come about. They put me into a cubicle by myself, took everything away from me. I also came prepared with a letter to give to the president about how I felt about the war and, you know, the loss of my son, my only child for a cause that I thought, you know, was not worthwhile at that point in time.

And so president Bush came marching in, to make a long story short, came marching in to the room, got right in my face, eyeball-to-eyeball, nose-to-nose this close, toe-to-toe and he said, "I'm George Bush, President of the United States, and I understand you have something to say to me privately.' And I said, 'Yes, I do respect the office of the presidency of the United States, but I want to tell you how it feels to lose your only child in a cause that you don't believe in, in an unnecessary war. And, you know, we talked about it from there just like you and I are talking about. [Emphasis added.]

O'Reilly: Was he respectful to you?

Kesterson: Yes, yes was. But he did, you know, come at me a few times with trotting out, 'Delores, do you realize we've been attacked on 9/11?' Who doesn't [realize that]?


The level of disrespect Bush showed Dolores Kesterson is staggering. When he was trying to sell the Iraq war to the international community, he talked about WMDs, about Saddam's aggressive and brutal history, and about the possibility of remaking the countries of the Middle East into stable democracies. He didn't try to connect Iraq with 9/11 because he knew it was false, and no nation would expend money and manpower in support of a lie.

When it was possible he would get called on it, he actually bothered to stick to plausible justifications. When he was alone in a cubicle with a defenseless, utterly devastated, woman, he didn't. After all, what could she do for him? She wasn't worth the trouble. Why should he waste his beautiful mind on her?

He thought he could slide on out of the room with a simple, crude, and deeply dishonest rhetorical question. Did he for a moment consider that she might have tried to make sense of why her only child had died? That she might be in the 90+ percent of the literate population of the world that knew Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11? Did he really believe he could put this one over on her?

I guess so, or it just didn't matter. The leader of the free world had the unfathomable gall to look into the eyes of a grieving mother and lie to her face about why he put her son in mortal danger. That's not glib, shallow, or (most charitably) ignorant. It's sociopathic. The man has no business sharing the society of decent people, much less being the leader of the free world.