Although GOP loyalists dismissed the reports an anti-Bush propaganda, the reports were later confirmed by prominent George Washington University psychiatrist Dr. Justin Frank in his book Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President. Dr. Frank diagnosed the President as a “paranoid meglomaniac” and “untreated alcoholic” whose “lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting journalists, gloating over state executions and pumping his hand gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad” showcase Bush’s instabilities.
“I was really very unsettled by him and I started watching everything he did and reading what he wrote and watching him on videotape. I felt he was disturbed,” Dr. Frank said. “He fits the profile of a former drinker whose alcoholism has been arrested but not treated.”
Dr. Frank’s conclusions have been praised by other prominent psychiatrists, including Dr. James Grotstein, Professor at UCLA Medical Center, and Dr. Irvin Yalom, MD, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University Medical School.
The doctors also worry about the wisdom of giving powerful anti-depressant drugs to a person with a history of chemical dependency. Bush is an admitted alcoholic, although he never sought treatment in a formal program, and stories about his cocaine use as a younger man haunted his campaigns for Texas governor and his first campaign for President.
“President Bush is an untreated alcoholic with paranoid and megalomaniac tendencies,” Dr. Frank adds.
The White House did not return phone calls seeking comment on this article.
Although the exact drugs Bush takes to control his depression and behavior are not known, White House sources say they are “powerful medications” designed to bring his erratic actions under control. While Col. Tubb regularly releases a synopsis of the President’s annual physical, details of the President’s health and any drugs or treatment he may receive are not public record and are guarded zealously by the secretive cadre of aides that surround the President.
Veteran White House watchers say the ability to control information about Bush’s health, either physical or mental, is similar to Ronald Reagan’s second term when aides managed to conceal the President’s increasing memory lapses that signaled the onslaught of Alzheimer’s Disease.
It also brings back memories of Richard Nixon’s final days when the soon-to-resign President wondered the halls and talked to portraits of former Presidents. The stories didn’t emerge until after Nixon left office.
One long-time GOP political consultant who – for obvious reasons – asked not to be identified said he is advising his Republican Congressional candidates to keep their distance from Bush.
“We have to face the very real possibility that the President of the United States is loony tunes,” he says sadly. “That’s not good for my candidates, it’s not good for the party and it’s certainly not good for the country.”
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Sullen, Depressed President Retreats Into Private, Paranoid World
By TERESA HAMPTON & WILLIAM D. McTAVISH
Capitol Hill Blue Staff
A sullen President George W. Bush is withdrawing more and more from
senior staff, retreating into a private, paranoid world where only the
loyalists are welcome.
Cabinet officials, senior White House aides and leaders on Capitol Hill
complain privately about the increasing lack of “face time” with the
and campaign advisors are worried the depressed President may not be up
rigors of a tough re-election campaign.
“Yes, there are concerns,” a top Republican political advisor admitted
privately Wednesday. “The George W. Bush we see today is not the same,
gregarious, back-slapping President of old. He’s moody, distrustful and
Bush Walks Alone
Bush’s erratic behavior and sharp mood swings led White House physician
Richard J. Tubb to put the President on powerful anti-depressant drugs
stormed off stage rather than answer reporters' questions about his
relationship with indicted Enron executive Richard J. Lay, but White
insiders say the strong, prescription medications seem to increase
sullen behavior towards those around him.
“This is a President known for his ability to charm people one-on-one,”
staff member to House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert. “Not any more.”
White House aides say Bush has retreated into a tightly-controlled
where only top political advisors like Karl Rove and Karen Hughes are
Even White House chief of staff Andrew Card complains he has less and
access to the President.
Among cabinet members, only Attorney General John Ashcroft, a
who shares many of Bush’s strict religious convictions, remains part of
inner circle. White House aides call Bush and Ashcroft the “Blue
because, like the mythical movie characters, “both believe they are on
mission from God.”
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, the man most responsible for
America’s war on terrorism, complains to staff that he gets very little
with the President and gets most of his marching orders lately from
Some on Ridge’s staff gripe privately that Ashcroft is “Bush’s
reference to Heinrich Himmler, Chief of the SS (the German Police)
“Too many make the mistake of thinking Dick Cheney is the real power in
Bush administration,” says one senior Homeland Security aide. “They’re
It’s Ashcroft and that is reason enough for all of us to be very, very
While Vice President Cheney remains part of Bush’s tight, inner circle,
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has fallen out of favor and tells his staff
matter what happens in November, I’m outta here.”
White House aides say the West Wing has been overtaken by a “siege
where phone calls and emails are monitored and everyone is under
“disloyalty to the crown.”
“I was questioned about an email I sent out on my personal email
home,” says one staffer. “When I asked how they got access to my
account, I was told that when I came to work at the White House I gave
rights to privacy.”
Another staffer was questioned on why she once dated a registered
“He voted for Bush in 2000,” she said, “but that didn’t seem to matter.
Matalin is married to James Carville and that’s all right but suddenly
loyalty is questioned because a former boyfriend was a Democrat?”
Republican political operative and advisor to the Bush campaign, is the
former Bill Clinton political strategist James Carville.
Psychiatrists say the increasing paranoia at the White House is
Bush’s “paranoid, delusional personality.”
Dr. Justin Frank, a prominent Washington psychiatrist and author of the
Bush on the Couch, Inside the Mind of the President, says the President
from “character pathology,” including “grandiosity” and “megalomania” –
himself, America and God as interchangeable.
Dr. Frank also concludes that Bush’s years of heavy drinking “may have
his brain function – and his decision to quit drinking without the help
12-step programs puts him at a far higher risk of relapse.”
Whatever the cause for the President’s increasing paranoia and
veteran White House watchers see a strong parallel with another
president from 30 years ago.
“From what people who work there now tell me, this White House looks
more like the White House of Richard M. Nixon,” says retired political
professor George Harleigh, who worked in the Nixon White House. “It may
but it is starting to seem more like 1974 (the year Nixon resigned in
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Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides
By DOUG THOMPSON & TERESA HAMPTON
Capitol Hill Blue
President George W. Bush’s increasingly erratic behavior and wide mood
has the halls of the West Wing buzzing lately as aides privately
growing concern over their leader’s state of mind.
In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President
from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the
Democrats and others that he classifies as “enemies of the state.”
Worried White House aides paint a portrait of a man on the edge,
wary of those who disagree with him and paranoid of a public that no
trusts his policies in Iraq or at home.
“It reminds me of the Nixon days,” says a longtime GOP political
with contacts in the White House. “Everybody is an enemy; everybody is
get him. That’s the mood over there.”
In interviews with a number of White House staffers who were willing to
off the record, a picture of an administration under siege has emerged,
a man who declares his decisions to be “God’s will” and then tells
“fuck over” anyone they consider to be an opponent of the
“We’re at war, there’s no doubt about it. What I don’t know anymore is
the enemy might be,” says one troubled White House aide. “We seem to
time trying to destroy John Kerry than al Qaeda and our enemies list
growing and growing.”
Aides say the President gets “hung up on minor details,” micromanaging
extreme while ignoring the bigger picture. He will spend hours
reviewing and approving every attack ad against his Democratic opponent
then kiss off a meeting on economic issues.
“This is what is killing us on Iraq,” one aide says. “We lost focus.
President got hung up on the weapons of mass destruction and an
to al Qaeda. We could have found other justifiable reasons for the war
President insisted the focus stay on those two, tenuous items.”
Aides who raise questions quickly find themselves shut out of access to
President or other top advisors. Among top officials, Bush’s inner
shrinking. Secretary of State Colin Powell has fallen out of favor
his growing doubts about the administration’s war against Iraq.
The President's abrupt dismissal of CIA Directory George Tenet
is, aides say, an example of how he works.
"Tenet wanted to quit last year but the President got his back up and
hear of it," says an aide. "That would have been the opportune time to
change, not in the middle of an election campaign but when the director
challenged the President during the meeting Wednesday, the President
off by saying 'that's it George. I cannot abide disloyalty. I want your
resignation and I want it now."
Tenet was allowed to resign "voluntarily" and Bush informed his shocked
of the decision Thursday morning. One aide says the President actually
described the decision as "God's will."
God may also be the reason Attorney General John Ashcroft, the
lightning rod because of his questionable actions that critics argue
freedoms granted by the Constitution, remains part of the power elite.
Wing staffers call Bush and Ashcroft “the Blues Brothers” because
“they’re on a
mission from God.”
“The Attorney General is tight with the President because of religion,”
one aide. “They both believe any action is justifiable in the name of
But the President who says he rules at the behest of God can also
those he perceives as disloyal, calling them “fucking assholes” in
other staff, berating one cabinet official in front of others and
anyone who disagrees with him “unpatriotic” or “anti-American.”
“The mood here is that we’re under siege, there’s no doubt about it,”
troubled aide who admits he is looking for work elsewhere. “In this
administration, you don’t have to wear a turban or speak Farsi to be an
of the United States. All you have to do is disagree with the
The White House did not respond to requests for comment on the record.
*** is waging war on American Muslims. This huy hits the nail in the head,
baby Jesus vs Allah all over again....and the reason "Patriot" Act and
detention was supported was because muslims were the target - at least
what Mullah Ashcroft suggested... ***
Ayatollah Ashcroft's Law
How U.S. Attorney-General, a Christian Evangelist With Anti-Islamic Views On Record,
Is Waging War On American Muslims
by Haroon Siddiqui
The Toronto Star
In the days following 9/11, George W. Bush provided exemplary
was calm yet resolute. He was patient when most people wanted him to go
someone, anyone. He warned Americans not to ascribe collective guilt to
or Muslims for the actions of 19 terrorists.
"Unfortunately, the government's actions over the past 20 months are in
contrast to its words," says Anthony Romero, executive director of the
Civil Liberties Union.
"The war on terror quickly turned into a war on immigrants."
A report last week by the Justice department's own internal watchdog
the government's harsh treatment of 762 illegal immigrants as part of
post-9/11 "absconder initiative." But the Bush administration is doing
than selectively rounding up Muslims violating immigration rules.
It is routinely ignoring due process, in violation of the Fifth
applies to all residents of the U.S. It is jailing asylum seekers,
international norms. It is fingerprinting and questioning legal
To see the full scope of Attorney-General John Ashcroft's trashing of
democratic traditions, you have to wade through his many initiatives,
of which are shrouded in a veil of secrecy:
Registering Muslim Men
The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System affects two sets
1) Non-citizens and non-green card holders from 25 nations. This was a
cattle call, with no individual notification to the hundreds of
student, business or visitor visas. Yet non-compliance could make one
About 83,000 people responded, including many illegals hoping to win
They didn't. About 13,000 have been marked for deportation. Rather than
arrest, thousands of others fled. About 15,000 Pakistanis alone
or sought refuge in Europe or Canada, with 2,600 coming here.
The program caused particular havoc in Brooklyn's Pakistani community
120,000, which has been nearly halved.
"These people were not terrorists," says Romero. "They came to the
States for the same reason previous generations of immigrants did ...
to be in a country where they could achieve a better life and live in
2) Also fingerprinted and questioned were those arriving from, or
with, Syria, Libya, Iran, Iraq and Sudan.
"You may not even have visited those places," says Marshall Fitz of the
American Immigration Lawyers Association, from Washington, D.C.
"Inspectors at ports of entry have wide latitude" in deciding whom to
About 47,000 people are thought to have been detained.
Between the two programs, how many terrorists have been unearthed?
Eleven people were suspected of possible terrorist links. Yet none was
or even detained.
Change of address
Millions of non-citizens, including legal permanent residents, were
notify the INS of any change of address.
When hundreds of thousands did, the Immigration and Naturalization
could not cope.
One office alone has 200,000 unprocessed forms.
"Each one of those 200,000 law-abiding immigrants is at risk of
because of sloppy INS record-keeping and a draconian enforcement
Worse, says Fitz, the INS is yet to match address forms to immigration
Many can thus be charged for not complying with the new law when, in
A security sweep of sensitive workplaces, including airports — an
justifiable measure — was extended to private firms supplying goods and
services to airports and airlines.
"People who had never set foot near an airport were dragged in," says
How many terrorists were found in the mass arrests? None.
In "highly coercive" encounters, says Romero, people are asked about
accounts, mosque attendance and opinion about the U.S., in violation of
constitutional rights to freedom of speech and religion.
Initially, 5,000 people between 18 and 33 were identified by the FBI
questioning. In March last year, another 3,000 were called up.
Fewer than 20 were arrested. How many terrorists? None.
Mandatory detention of asylum seekers
Operation Liberty Shield was designed to protect America from
the war on Iraq.
It authorized detention of anyone seeking asylum from 33 unnamed
The program has since morphed into a new one. Anyone arriving from
not necessarily just from there, is being jailed.
Ashcroft's argument is not that they pose a danger but that such
arrests send a
signal to would-be asylum seekers not to come, thus freeing the Coast
terrorist interdiction work.
To sum up: Ayatollah Ashcroft, a Christian evangelist with anti-Islamic
on record, is waging war on American Muslims, rather than engaging in
effective battle against terrorism.
Fritz: "It's not as if the government has made us any safer. Instead of
targeting terrorists, they are targeting immigrants. And they are
pile so big it's making it that much more difficult to find a terrorist
in that huge haystack."
Dalia Hashad of the American Civil Liberties Union: "Selective law enforcement, religious, ethnic and racial profiling, holding people incommunicado and conducting closed hearings should never happen in the U.S."
Haroon Siddiqui is the Star's editorial page editor emeritus.
Mediocre times produce the very worst that the world has to offer:
Laden, Bush, Hussein, Sharon, and Blair. None but the feeble minded
inspiration from such a ghastly lineup of "leaders".
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