Although I would never make a medical diagnosis without examining a patient, I feel confident in my observation that George W. Bush is a new kind of bi-polar: the poles being indifference and destructive violence. His indifference to families who lost their sons and daughters in Iraq is now writ large – thanks to Cindy Sheehan and an ever-increasing group of parents who demand that Bush explain the "noble cause" for which their sons and daughters continue to be maimed and killed in Iraq. As Sheehan told the press on August 12, Bush has more time for Republican donors than for talking with bereaved families camped outside his Crawford fortress.
Because Bush’s public appearances are so controlled and staged, it has been hard for all but the most trained observers to see clearly what a danger he poses to Americans and our way of life. The unstructured private meetings – supposedly some 900 of them – with bereaved families over the past 18 months offer a unique perspective on this intensely private man.
I believe it is in everyone’s best interest for the families to make their recollections of these meetings public. These stories offer our best hope of assembling a portrait of what many believe to be a disconnected, paranoid man, making a great effort to rein in both his anger and his contempt for ordinary Americans. While I recognize that these meetings were intensely personal and often painful, I think that sharing them with the public is the best way to support our troops – ultimately to make the world safer for everyone’s children.
I encourage you to do so here.
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