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McClellan Refutes Palestinian Claim That Bush Said God Directed Him To Invade Iraq, Afghanistan

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The White House is denying that President Bush ever told Palestinian leaders that God told him to invade Afghanistan and Iraq, and to create a Palestinian State.

Responding to comments made by Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen and Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath in a BBC series scheduled to air this month, White House Spokesman Scott McClellan said Bush “never made such comments.”

But McClellan also admitted he “didn’t travel on that trip,” when Bush allegedly made the comments. (This point was skipped by most mainstream media.)

In other words, we should trust McClellan on his word, rather than any first-hand knowledge he has. Presumably, McClellan was passing along information he received from someone in Bush’s inner circle, who may or may not have been in the meeting.

If this were a court case, wouldn’t this be considered “hearsay?”


Meanwhile, Shaath stood behind his recollection of the comments. In an interview yesterday with the Times of London, Shaath said he considered the comments “a figure of speech.”

“We felt he was saying that he had a mission, a commitment, his faith in God would inspire him … rather than a metaphysical whisper in his ear,” he told the newspaper.


The Bush Administration wants to quickly put an end to the controversy. But newspapers throughout the Arab region have already reacted negatively.

For example:

Editorial in Al-Quds Al-Arabi: “Had those statements come from an ordinary person, he would have been arrested straight away and taken to a lunatic asylum for treatment… Such statements cannot be made by someone who is mentally sound.”

Surprisingly, the administration apparently missed an opportunity to be proactive — rather than wait until a controversy erupted.

A BBC spokesman told the Times of London that the program’s content had been provided to the White House in advance, but the Bush Administration failed to respond.


This item first appeared at Journalists Against Bush’s B.S.

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  • Les Slater

    Maybe it’s just an error of judgment. It’s one thing to act on God’s command, but to tell others? It’s only the special few that actually have God speak to them. It is not a common experience so telling the world would surely be cause for skepticism.

    Maybe it was also an error in judgment by God. He should have counseled discretion.

  • or perhaps it was the cynical actions of any fakir to lend credence via the Spiritual to a purely political Imperialist agenda…

    not towards the commentator here…but i do get so very tired of the IMpression that the Shrub could be caught in bed with a dead woman, a live boy, empty whiskey bottles, a young sheep and velcro mittens and there would still be Apologists who would try and spin things in a positive light….

    Frist under investigation for stocks concerning his families abortion clinic business (nope, no hypocrisy from the “pro-lifer” there) DeLay and Abramhoff under investigation and Indictments, Rove and Scooter Libby up again in front of the Grand Jury…possibly perjury if not outright violation of various Secrecy acts….

    like the Ancinet Chinese Curse…this Administration “lives in Interesting times”…

    nuff said?


  • Les Slater

    > like the Ancinet Chinese Curse…this Administration “lives in Interesting times”…

    We all live in interesting times.

  • To most observers, it was obvious that the Bush administration aimed to invade Iraq under some pretext, even prior to 9/11. Therefore, it wouldn’t surprise me if Bush was driven by divine or other inspiration toward this cause.

    This is not much of a story, however, as it will likely remain hearsay.

  • I don’t think it should be overlooked that the BBC reached out to the WH prior to this news breaking, and the WH didn’t say anything.

    Had they been proactive rather than reactive — a problem with this administration — this might have been portrayed in a much different light by the BBC, and as a result everyone else.

  • I think until this summer or so the Bush administration has gotten away with stonewalling the media and giving up as little information as possible.