President Bush with Vice President Dick Cheney and other officials at a cabinet meeting held at the White House Sept. 6, 2005, in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Bush tells an audience in Irvine, Calif., “I base a lot of my foreign policy decisions on some things that I think are true,” he said. “One, I believe there’s an Almighty….” With these comments, Bush gave even more credence to the thesis of Kevin Phillips’ book “American Theocracy.”
Or, to paraphrase Truthdig contributor Sam Harris: Every time Bush says the word “God,” just substitute the word “Apollo” or “Thor,” and you begin to glimpse the intellectual quackery implicit in basing earthly policy on a supernatural conceit.
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Bush also explained, in unusually stark terms, how his belief in God influences his foreign policy. “I base a lot of my foreign policy decisions on some things that I think are true,” he said. “One, I believe there’s an Almighty. And, secondly, I believe one of the great gifts of the Almighty is the desire in everybody’s soul, regardless of what you look like or where you live, to be free.
“I believe liberty is universal. I believe people want to be free. And I know that democracies do not war with each other.”