George W. Bush’s god told him to go kill Iraqis instead of terrorists, but Pat Robertson’s god had a different story to tell: (Story links open in new windows)
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says he warned President George W. Bush before U.S. troops invaded Iraq that the United States would sustain casualties but that Bush responded, "Oh, no, we’re not going to have any casualties."
"I had deep misgivings about this war, deep misgivings," Robertson said, recalling his warning to Bush when they met in Nashville, Tenn., before the war in 2003. "The Lord told me it was going to be, A, a disaster and, B, messy."
There was an immediate spin rather than a denial from Karen Hughes:
Adviser Karen Hughes said: "I don’t believe that happened. He must have misunderstood or misheard it."
Bush thinks his message from god is right, of course. He keeps defending his actions in the by-invitation-only, revivalist-style meetings he’s conducting with his flock in the run-up to the election. These are the rallies where he gets hard-hitting questions like these:
"Mr. President," begins a young man in a baseball hat. "I just want to say I’m praying for you and God bless you."
And then one questioner later: "I would just like to say that I agree with this gentleman, that we should all pray for you." [Pep Sessions Keep Protesters Out of Sight]
That’s what happens inside the tent, but in the real world:
For at least the last year, anti-Bush protestors have been getting arrested at Bush rallies. These rallies have been by invitation only, but the arrestees have had tickets. It didn’t help:
Dead Soldier’s Mother Arrested For Shouting At Laura Bush
During [Laura] Bush’s salute to the men and women in Iraq, Sue Sapir Niederer, of Hopewell, N.J., was pulled outside the firehouse after she staged a war protest.
Secret Service and local police escorted her out of the event, handcuffed her and placed her in the back of a police van. [NBC 9/17/04]
September 14, 2004, CHARLESTON, WV – The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit against the United States Secret Service and Greg Jenkins, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of White House Advance, on behalf of a West Virginia couple who were arrested at a Fourth of July presidential appearance at the state Capitol because they were wearing t-shirts critical of the president.
I guess the devil made them do it.
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