It was so mixed that it confused Chirac.
Bush II told Chirac, in an official government communiqué, that the war against Iraq was god-ordained and prophesied in the Bible.
To support his dogmatic statement, Bush II pointed out these verses:
7. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,(ICH, Revelation 20). A hand me down quotation by the Leader of the Free World, from a book controversially said to have been written circa A.D. 90 by the Apostle John, even though the first verse of the book says "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him".
8. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
I call the Bush II communique to Chirac presidential dogma because we know his mind was made up well before the time of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
It was also written at a time when he was making public statements that he had not made up his mind about Iraq. But notice:
(Richard N. Haass, emphasis added). The president of a supposedly democratic country was carrying out a religious dogma "to bring peace and democracy" to the heathen by way of an unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation without a democratic debate or United Nations approval.
It was early July 2002, and I went to meet Condoleezza Rice, President George W. Bush's national security advisor, in her West Wing office. I was seeing Condi in my capacity as director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff ... I began my meeting with Condi by noting that the administration seemed to be building momentum toward going to war with Iraq and that I harbored serious doubts about the wisdom of doing so ... Condi cut me off. "You can save your breath, Richard. The president has already made up his mind on Iraq." The way she said it made clear that he had decided to go to war.
The Plutocracy of The Empire Prevaileth
Furthermore, by this time torture had been practiced for months by the same Bush II regime and policy decisions were being made based upon what detainees said during torture sessions where water boarding was administered scores of times each month on some detainees.
It really was an apocalyptic mentality that brought disaster upon us, which we are still suffering from, as you well know.
The next post in this series is here.