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BUSH Erratic Behavior Worries White House; 'Nixon-like' [GOP consultant];snaps, firesTenet

Bush has already snapped it seems. Nixon part II. Somebody better tell Alexander Haig to get the president's (nuclear) 'football' [suitcase with nuclear codes] away from this madman--like Haig did when Nixon snapped and talked of nuking Congress.
Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides
By Doug Thompson
Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue, 6-4-2004
 http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_4636.shtml


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...President goes from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as "enemies of the state."...

In interviews with a number of White House staffers who were willing to talk off the record, a picture of an administration under siege has emerged, led by a man who declares his decisions to be "God's will" and then tells aides to "fuck over" anyone they consider to be an opponent of the administration.

Aides say the President gets "hung up on minor details," micromanaging to the extreme while ignoring the bigger picture. He will spend hours personally reviewing and approving every attack ad against his Democratic opponent and then kiss off a meeting on economic issues.

The President's abrupt dismissal of CIA Directory George Tenet Wednesday night is, aides say, an example of how he works. "Tenet wanted to quit last year but the President got his back up and wouldn't hear of it," says an aide. "That would have been the opportune time to make a change, not in the middle of an election campaign but when the director challenged the President during the meeting Wednesday, the President cut him off by saying 'that's it George. I cannot abide disloyalty. I want your resignation and I want it now.'"

...the President who says he rules at the behest of God can also tongue-lash those he perceives as disloyal, calling them "fucking assholes" in front of other staff,....

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President George W. Bush's increasingly erratic behavior and wide mood swings has the halls of the West Wing buzzing lately as aides privately express growing concern over their leader's state of mind.

In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President goes from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as "enemies of the state."

Worried White House aides paint a portrait of a man on the edge, increasingly wary of those who disagree with him and paranoid of a public that no longer trusts his policies in Iraq or at home.

"It reminds me of the Nixon days," says a longtime GOP political consultant with contacts in the White House. "Everybody is an enemy; everybody is out to get him. That's the mood over there."

In interviews with a number of White House staffers who were willing to talk off the record, a picture of an administration under siege has emerged, led by a man who declares his decisions to be "God's will" and then tells aides to "fuck over" anyone they consider to be an opponent of the administration.

"We're at war, there's no doubt about it. What I don't know anymore is just who the enemy might be," says one troubled White House aide. "We seem to spend more time trying to destroy John Kerry than al Qaeda and our enemies list just keeps growing and growing."

Aides say the President gets "hung up on minor details," micromanaging to the extreme while ignoring the bigger picture. He will spend hours personally reviewing and approving every attack ad against his Democratic opponent and then kiss off a meeting on economic issues.

"This is what is killing us on Iraq," one aide says. "We lost focus. The President got hung up on the weapons of mass destruction and an unproven link to al Qaeda. We could have found other justifiable reasons for the war but the President insisted the focus stay on those two, tenuous items."

Aides who raise questions quickly find themselves shut out of access to the President or other top advisors. Among top officials, Bush's inner circle is shrinking. Secretary of State Colin Powell has fallen out of favor because of his growing doubts about the administration's war against Iraq.

The President's abrupt dismissal of CIA Directory George Tenet Wednesday night is, aides say, an example of how he works.

"Tenet wanted to quit last year but the President got his back up and wouldn't hear of it," says an aide. "That would have been the opportune time to make a change, not in the middle of an election campaign but when the director challenged the President during the meeting Wednesday, the President cut him off by saying 'that's it George. I cannot abide disloyalty. I want your resignation and I want it now.'"

Tenet was allowed to resign "voluntarily" and Bush informed his shocked staff of the decision Thursday morning. One aide says the President actually described the decision as "God's will."

God may also be the reason Attorney General John Ashcroft, the administration's lightning rod because of his questionable actions that critics argue threatens freedoms granted by the Constitution, remains part of the power elite. West Wing staffers call Bush and Ashcroft "the Blues Brothers" because "they're on a mission from God."

"The Attorney General is tight with the President because of religion," says one aide. "They both believe any action is justifiable in the name of God."

But the President who says he rules at the behest of God can also tongue-lash those he perceives as disloyal, calling them "fucking assholes" in front of other staff, berating one cabinet official in front of others and labeling anyone who disagrees with him "unpatriotic" or "anti-American."

"The mood here is that we're under siege, there's no doubt about it," says one troubled aide who admits he is looking for work elsewhere. "In this administration, you don't have to wear a turban or speak Farsi to be an enemy of the United States. All you have to do is disagree with the President."

The White House did not respond to requests for comment on the record.

Copyright 2004 Capitol Hill Blue

 http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_4636.shtml


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Title: Reports on Madness of King George in White House creating "private, muted panic..."
Author: hmmm
Date: 2004.05.26 09:52

Description: Since you put these up on your website, there has been a kind of private, muted panic in the White House. The Bush Gestapo is determined to find out who I am. Fortunately, I am not a staff member but now I understand the WH is getting the FBI into the act to do a computer linguistic check on my comments to compare these with articles I might have written. Way to go with the tax dollars, Karl!)"

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/05/289397.shtml
Although I'm no fan... 04.Jun.2004 20:56

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of George Bush, some of this stuff definitely sounds made up. I doubt George micromanages anything. He's not a detail guy.

most of it sounds right 05.Jun.2004 00:06

except

i'm a little wary of attributing the dismissal or resignation of tenet to bush simply being a wingnut. seems as if tenet may have outed chalabi, or tried to, right on the heels on the intrigues about outing plame.

i begin to wonder if tenet was to trying to stop what is happening right now, we have a puppet govt. in iraq now with chalabi's nephew as prime minister, that is now obediently towing the bush line how it would be "disasterous" for the u.s. to leave - and these are the iraqis that will according to powell, ask the u.n. to become involved? somehow i doubt the puppets will ask. i also find it interesting somehow that pearle felt he had to step up to debunk the chalabi spy story.

but the neocons are smart enough to play things in their favor, and the only plausible deniability that they have left that i can think of for the intelligence failures of "another 911" is the intelligence agencies changing horses in midstream, and maybe tenet stepping down was inevitable with the outing of chalabi a last act of defiance.

the cia shakeup bothers me more set aside rumblings about some possible economic indicators of trouble. pardon if i'm sharing garbage, i don't have much comprehension of financial stuff, but fwiw, it is written,

 http://www.fxstreet.com/nou/content/106920/content.asp?menu=forecasts&dia=262004

"FINANCIAL MARKETS FORECAST AND ANALYSIS
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 7:44 GMT
Weekly Report
By Robert McHugh at Main Line Investors, Inc.
 http://www.technicalindicatorindex.com

...The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 221.71 points this week, in line with the direction of our expectations - but a larger, earlier move - as our Short-term TII came in last week at positive 22.00.

Let me just say from the outset that the Federal Reserve has confirmed our Stock Market Crash forecast by raising the Money Supply (M-3) by crisis proportions, up another 46.8 billion this past week. What awful calamity do they see? Something is up. This is unprecedented, unheard-of pre-catastrophe M-3 expansion. M-3 is up an amount that we've never seen before without a crisis - $155 billion over the past 4 weeks, a $2.0 trillion annualized pace, a 22.2 percent annualized rate of growth!!! There must be a crisis of historic proportions coming, and the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States is making sure that there is enough liquidity in place to protect our nation's fragile financial system. The amazing thing is, the Fed's actions mean they know what is about to happen. They are aware of a terrible, horrific imminent event. What could it be?

One can draw no other conclusion except that the Fed is acting irresponsibly in its managing the money supply, in fulfilling its duty to "maintain a stable currency." I reject the notion that the Fed is acting irresponsibly. No, something is up, bigger than we have ever seen in the history of the United States. Let me ramble. Perhaps they simply see the ominous technical landscape we have been warning about in recent issues, and are attempting to pull out all the stops to avert the predicted crash. The recent rally in just about everything is similar to 2003's market behavior when the Fed pumped massive amounts of liquidity into the system during the first half of the year. This time seems different. The amount of liquidity is too large. The Fed is deflating the value of the monetary base by a fifth! Why are they willing to do this? Wisdom says something bad is up - big time."

maybe bush really doesn't want people to focus on michael moore's movie. :-)
seriously, wouldn't put anything past the neocons to try to keep power.

i dunno, i could be totally off base here, i hope so, but that's what worries me. i'm not that bright about fathoming these intrigues, and i haven't had to be, so therein is the point - bush has been transparent as glass since before he stepped into office, now suddenly things seem very murky, and that in itself concerns me.

Temper, isolation 05.Jun.2004 00:11

George Bender

I've read that Bill and Hillary Clinton were both known for blowing their tops while Bill was president. The White House isolates its inhabitants. They stop listening to anyone outside, until it all comes down on them. To a lessor degree, this is true of Washington in general. John Kerry for example. He doesn't seem to hear us. So I'm looking for ways to make him hear us. That's democracy.

There's an old joke about a man, a mule and a 2 by 4. The punchline is, "First you've got to get his attention."


Bender again reveals himself as a Republican shill 05.Jun.2004 06:57

Bender breaker

Note the lame, semi-defense of mad King George by comparison with the machiavellian but brutally rational Clinton. Why do Nader supporters so often sound suspiciously like Rush Limbaugh?