IS BUSH NUTS?
by William Thomas
Senior reporter Lifeboat News - Feb. 12, 2003
What drives a man to go against the wishes of his countryfolk and
the entire world community - including the presidents of Russia, China,
France and Germany?
How can a professed Christian continue to defy church leaders
worldwide - including the Bishops of Britain and the Pope? How does he
rationalize breaking the commandments of his God, which clearly prohibit
coveting another's property, theft of their oil, and mass murder of
How can he ignore his own generals when they complain, "We're
advocating a policy that says we will invade another nation that is not
currently attacking us or invading any of our allies." [Capitol Hill Blue
Jan, 22, 2003]
To those who deem it unseemly to count the brick's on one man's
load, let us recall that this unelected President is one brick short of
killing what the UN fears could be up to a half-million people in Iraq. This
massacre could easily see Pakistan's government - and its 30 to 40 nukes -
falling to an al Qaeda/Taliban majority. Bush's announced plans to attack
North Korea and Iran have already prompted both countries to hit the nuclear
gas pedal, virtually assuring a "nuclear event". And his $5 trillion blowout
has taken the American economy to a $2 trillion deficit in two short years.
As ignored global warming triggers Extreme Weather Events, frightened Nobel
price-winning economists warn that GW's proposed $600 billion tax cut is
"fiscal madness" - "a very serious economic error" that will collapse the
country in exactly the same way the ex-Soviet Empire went bust buying and
deploying so many arms in so many places. Ditto Imperial Rome.
Are these the acts of a rational person?
Not since Nixon's famous freak-outs in the White House, which saw
National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger ordering military commanders to
ignore nuclear launch orders from their Commander-In-Chief, is it so urgent
that we examine a president's cognitive capacities. [The Trial of Henry
It might be useful to scrutinize the following findings. While
everyone "goes nuts" from time to time, the salient question is whether
traits described below dominate and drive today's presidential decisions. Is
a man called by other government reps, "an idiot" "an imbecile" "dangerously
incompetent" and "a moron" competent, capable and qualified to direct
America's unchallenged military might?
Read on. If you dare.
"Is The 'President' Nuts?" asks Carol Wolman, M.D. "Many people,
inside and especially outside this country, believe that the American
president is nuts, and is taking the world on a suicidal path." [Counterpunch
Oct. 2, 2002]
A board-certified psychiatrist in practice for 30 years, Dr.
Wolman feels compelled to understand the "psychopathology" of man "under
tremendous pressure from both his family/junta, and from the world at large."
Dr. Wolman wonders if GW is suffering from Antisocial Personality Disorder,
as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fourth Edition:
"There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of
the rights of others: 1) failure to conform to social norms with respect to
lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds
for arrest; 2) deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases,
or conning others for personal profit or pleasure; 5) reckless disregard for
safety of self or others; 7) lack of remorse by being indifferent to or
rationalizing having hurt, mistreated or stolen from others."
GW Bush is highly regarded for "kicking" the twin demons of
cocaine and alcohol addiction. If he is still off both wagons - and there is
no proof that isn't - such a triumph, encouraged and aided by his wife, is
When probing the mysteries of GW's brain chemistry, a key point
to ponder is that damage done to brain cells from drug abuse is permanent and
Quaker and university professor Katherine van Wormer co-authored
the definitive, 2002, Addiction Treatment. This expert writes that "George W.
Bush manifests all the classic patterns of what alcoholics in recovery call
'the dry drunk'. His behavior is consistent with being brought on by years of
heavy drinking and possible cocaine use." [Counterpunch Oct. 11, 2002]
"Dry drunk," explains the professor, "is a slang term used by
members and supporters of Alcoholics Anonymous and substance abuse counselors
to describe the recovering alcoholic who is no longer drinking - one who is
dry, but whose thinking is clouded."
Such an individual is 'dry' but not truly sober. Such individuals
tend to go to overboard. A good example of Bush' "polarized thinking" is his
call for "crusades" based on "infinite justice" for "evil-doers" comprising
an "axis of evil".
Bush's "obsessive repetition" also remind this professor, "of
many of the recovering alcoholics/addicts I had treated." Van Wormer
worriers, "His power, in fact, is such that if he collapses into paranoia, a
large part of the world will collapse with him."
Paranoia? Impatience? Rigid judgmental outlook? Grandiose
behavior? Childish behavior? Irresponsible behavior? Irrational
rationalization? Projection? Overreaction?
- these are all "dry drunk" traits.
Van Wormer observers that Bush's pompous pledge: "We must be
prepared to stop rogue states and their terrorist clients before they are
able to threaten or use weapons of mass destruction" is a projection from the
world's leading rogue state preparing to attack with nuclear weapons.
"Bush's tendency to dichotomize reality" should be emphasized.
Prof. van Wormer describes this is as either/or reasoning - "either you are
with us or against us". A White House spokesperson puts it this way: "The
President considers this nation to be at war, and, as such, considers any
opposition to his policies to be no less than an act of treason.'' [Capitol
Hill Blue Jan, 22, 2003]
BUSH'S BINGES - HISTORY IMPACTS THE PRESENT
Bush's binges were legendary. Van Wormer describes "years of
binge drinking starting in college, at least one conviction for DUI in 1976
in Maine, and one arrest before that for a drunken episode involving theft of
a Christmas wreath." She adds:
"The Bush biography reveals the story of a boy named for his
father, sent to the exclusive private school in the East where his father's
reputation as star athlete and later war hero were still remembered. The
younger George's achievements were dwarfed in the school's memory of his
father. Athletically he could not achieve his father's laurels, being smaller
and perhaps less strong. His drinking bouts and lack of intellectual gifts
held him back as well. His military record was mediocre as compared to his
father's as well. [He went AWOL] "
In Fortunate Son, Bush himself explained: "Alcohol began to
compete with my energies ... I'd lose focus". Though he once said he couldn't
remember a day he hadn't had a drink, he quickly added the giveaway phrase
that he didn't believe he was "clinically alcoholic".
Van Wormer notes that "Bush drank heavily for over 20 years until
he made the decision to abstain at age 40. About this time he became a 'born
again Christian' - going as usual from one extreme to the other." When asked
in an interview about his reported cocaine use, he answered reasonably, "I'm
not going to talk about what I did 20 to 30 years ago".
One motive driving Dubya could be his need "to prove himself to
his father - to achieve what his father failed to do - to finish the job of
the Gulf War, to get the 'evildoer' Saddam." Adds van Wormer, "His drive to
finish his father's battles is of no small significance, psychologically."
According to Van Wormer, "scientists can now observe changes that
occur in the brain as a result of heavy alcohol and other drug abuse. Some of
these changes may be permanent."
Van Wormer characterizes this damage as "barely noticeable but
meaningful." Researchers have found that brain chemistry irregularities
caused by long bouts of drinking or drug abuse cause "messages in one part of
the brain to become stuck there. This leads to maddening repetition of
One of these powerful "stuck" thoughts, says van Wormer, is that
"President Bush seems unduly focused upon getting revenge on Saddam Hussein
('He tried to kill my Dad'), leading the country and the world into war,
Grandiosity is another major trait of former addicts
brain-damaged by their addiction. Bush has reversed the successful,
five-decade old U.S. policy of containment and no first strikes. Now he says,
Americans can attack anyone, anywhere at any time with any weapons of their
choosing - including banned cluster bomb munitions, radioactive explosives
and nuclear bombs.
AN AGENT OF ARMAGEDDON?
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, a person
suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, "Has a grandiose sense of
self-importance-exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be
recognized as superior without commensurate achievements."
This personality is preoccupied with fantasies of power and being
loved. Such a person requires "automatic compliance". He or she is
"exploitative" of others, "lacks empathy, is unwilling to recognize or
identify with the feelings and needs of others." And also "shows arrogant,
haughty behavior or attitudes."
"This set of characteristics," says Dr. Wolman, not too
reassuringly, "may describe Rumsfeld and Cheney better than Dubya."
For those who, like Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stieglitz, warn
that Bush "has been captured by a small group of ideologues," Dependent
Personality Disorder describes someone who "has difficulty making everyday
decisions without an excessive amount of advice and reassurance from others."
[CBC Feb. 10, 2003]
>From a Jungian perspective, writes Dr. Wolman, "Dubya may be
identifying with an archetype - something out of Revelations, perhaps,
whereby he sees himself as an instrument of God's will to bring about
Armageddon." Concurs Katherine van Wormer, "To fight evil, Bush is ready to
take on the world, in almost a Biblical sense."
A PRESIDENTIAL PATHOLOGY
Is Bush's belligerence bent on securing another oil fix?
Katherine van Wormer believes that a Portland peace protestor's sign, "Drunk
on Power" nailed it. Says this quiet Quaker, "The drive for power can be an
unquenchable thirst, addictive in itself."
Senator William Fulbright agrees. His bestseller, The Arrogance
of Power defined power politics as the pursuit of power. "The causes and
consequences of war may have more to do with pathology than with politics,"
A key "dry drunk" trait is impatience. Bush, who often describes
himself as "a patient man", is not. Just four weeks after inspectors went
into Iraq, he called for obliterating Baghdad. "If we wait for threats to
fully materialize", Bush pointed out to West Pointers, "we will have waited
too long". Translations: It's okay to attack projections of our own fearful
imaginings - in case those phantom threats someday become real.
Alan Bisbort's "Dry Drunk - Is Bush Making a Cry for Help?"
appeared in American Politics Journal. Bisbort believes that Bush's
"incoherence" when speaking away from prepared scripts is a classic sign of
addicted brain damage.
For Bisbort, another "dry drunk" tip-off is Dubya's irritability
with anyone who dares disagree with him - including Germany's new leader, who
insists he is opposing Bush's folly in Iraq as a concerned long-time friend
of America. (Schroeder's wife is American.)
Another "Dry drunk" sign says van Wormer, is Dubya's "dangerous
obsessing about only one thing (Iraq) to the exclusion of all other things."
Van Wormer's bottom line prognosis: "George W. Bush seems to
possess the traits characteristic of addictive persons who still have the
thought patterns that accompany substance abuse. The fact that some residual
effects from his earlier substance abuse - however slight - might cloud the
U.S. President's thinking and judgment is frightening, however, in the
context of the current global crisis."
The Toronto Star recounts how NYU author and media critic Mark
Crispin Miller attempted to catalogue GW's verbal gaffes. Some favorites:
"The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country." "If we
don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."
"The future will be better tomorrow."
"He meant it for a laugh," wrote the Star. "Not now."
The author of Boxed In: The Culture of TV believes "Bush is not
an imbecile. He's not a puppet. I think that Bush is a sociopathic
personality. I think he's incapable of empathy. He has an inordinate sense of
his own entitlement, and he's a very skilled manipulator. And in all the
snickering about his alleged idiocy, this is what a lot of people miss."
Miller's judgment - that an unelected president might suffer from
a clinical personality disorder - is much heavier than being called the
global village idiot. "He has no trouble speaking off the cuff when he's
speaking punitively, when he's talking about violence, when he's talking
about revenge. When he struts and thumps his chest, his syntax and grammar
are fine," Miller mentions. "It's only when he leaps into the wild blue
yonder of compassion, or idealism, or altruism, that he makes these hilarious
Bush even has trouble repeating comforting clichés. "Fool me
once, shame ... shame on ... you," Long, uncomfortable pause. "Fool me -
can't get fooled again!"
While the world was laughing, Miller saw something darker.
"What's revealing about this is that Bush could not say, `Shame on me' to
save his life. That's a completely alien idea to him. This is a guy who is
absolutely proud of his own inflexibility and rectitude," wrote Miller.
Miller says that Bush saying, "I know how hard it is to put food
on your family" is not 'cause he's stupid, but "because he doesn't care about
people who can't put food on the table."
When Bush is envisioning "a foreign-handed foreign policy,"
Miller contends it's because he can't keep his focus on things that mean
nothing to him. "When he tries to talk about what this country stands for, or
about democracy, he can't do it," Miller observes.
According to Miller, this is why GW is so closely watched by his
handlers. "Not because he'll say something stupid," the Star paraphrased,
"but because he'll overindulge in the language of violence and punishment at
which he excels."
"He's a very angry guy, a hostile guy," Miller says. "He's much
like Nixon. So they're very, very careful to choreograph every move he makes.
They don't want him anywhere near protestors, because he would lose his
temper." Adds this media expert, "It would be a grave mistake to just play
him for laughs."
DEPRESSION CAN BE DANGEROUSLY DEPRESSING
Confronted by a man who will not listen to anyone but a few
"chickenhawks" urging worldwide war, why shouldn't we feel depressed? Not
surprisingly, we do.
Seventy percent of U.S. pastors constantly fight depression.
Right now, almost three million Canadians are seriously depressed. (Multiply
by four or five for approximate U.S. figures.) We can't blame GW for this. Or
the fact that suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in 15 to 24 year
olds. But as the man responsible for perpetrating a worldwide bummer, George
isn't helping! [www.tonycooke.org; National Institute of Mental Health]
If it's politically incorrect to ask these questions, how
"correct" is it to launch 800 cruise missiles and thousands of one-ton bombs
on a captive urban population already suffering the ravages of deliberately
imposed hunger and disease?
Another big clue to Dubya's displays of dementia comes in
"photo-ops" showing him slugging back diet Coke with other Aspartame addicts,
like Chicago's mayor Richard Daley. Their beet red faces spell either
embarrassment over Bush's hijacking of America, or aspartame poisoning.
[Chicago Sun Times, Sept. 27, 2002]
According to Carol Guilford, an Aspartame expert and support
worker, the President-Select's "pretzel" pratfall was most likely an
Aspartame seizure. Bush, like Carter, Al Gore and millions of Americans, is
addicted to this constant caffeine hit. Among the FDA's listed 92 symptoms
for Aspartame poisoning are: "Difficulty Swallowing", "Fainting" and
Bush's facial lesions, removed as a result of "Too much sun" is
another sign of Aspartame poisoning. So was his recent knee surgery:
Aspartame depletes synovial fluid lubricating the joints.
Would you drink 6 to 12 cans of formaldehyde a day? It turns out
that methanol in Aspartame converts to formaldehyde in the tissues. As
Guildford wrote to USN Captain Eleanor Marino, Physician to the President
(Feb. 21, 2002): 10% of a 200mg can of diet soda is straight methanol wood
alcohol! Methanol is such a gross cumulative poison, the EPA's limit for
drinking water is 7.8 mg daily. For serious addicts like Bush, the methanol
intake can exceed 32 times the EPA's recommended limit..
Now the punch line: Clinical case studies shows that, among other
symptoms, Aspartame ingestion results in "mind fog", feeling "unreal", poor
memory, confusion, anxiety, irritability, depression, mania, and slurred
speech. [Neurology 1994]
Alcohol-related brain damage is not helped by chugging
formaldehyde. James Turner, consumer protection lawyer and author of The
Chemical Feast learned that an Oct. 1980 FDA inquiry found that the
formaldehyde formed by Aspartame actually eats microscopic holes and triggers
tumors in the brain.
That finding banned Aspartame from the food supply. But three
months later, Searle CEO Donald Rumsfeld told that pharma giant's sales staff
he would get Aspartame approved pronto. The next month, the FDA commissioner
was replaced by Dr. Arthur Hayes. In Nov. 1983 the FDA approved aspartame for
soft drinks. Under fire for accepting corporate bribes, Hayes went to work
for Searle's public-relations firm. Searle lawyer Robert Shapiro coined the
name NutraSweet. Monsanto bought Searle. Rumsfeld received $12 million for
his help. Shapiro now heads Monsanto.
The same "revolving door" swings wide for arms makers and the oil
mafia. The Big Question is: Why hasn't Dick warned George that the diet
drinks he's swilling are eating his brain and making him crazy?
Crazy? Am I calling the President-Select of the Excited States
crazy? Not me. As a journalist, I can only point out that published medical
evidence goes frighteningly far in explaining GW's behavior. For certain,
this good ol' boy should go in for a brain scan before being allowed to
command more firepower than the next 11 nations combined. If George W. Bush
is not crazy - he's sure acting like it.