Monday, October 10, 2005

News From Underground: Projector-in-Chief

Bob Costa parses Bush's speech on terrorism:

During War Speech, Bush Calls Himself a 'Tyrant' and a 'Radical'

Bush's speech today at the National Endowment for Democracy was loaded with what author Mark Crispin Miller has observed as Bush's pathological tendency for "projectivity."

"Projectors are those people who consistently attack others for the things they hate most in themselves. When Bush talks about Saddam Hussein, he's talking about himself . . . What's significant about Bush's projectivity is that it perfectly expresses or reflects the larger projectivity of the Christo-fascist movement . . . Movements to rid the world of evil are always paranoid because they're fundamentally driven by the crusaders' inner evil-doers. You can kill every evil-doer in the world. You can kill everybody. But you can never kill enough of them if it's the evil-doer in yourself who most disturbs you." Mark Crispin Miller in an interview with Buzzflash. July 23, 2004

So now, some George W. Bush pathological projectivity from Thursday's address.

Bush on his six week vacation: "There's always a temptation in the middle of a long struggle to seek the quiet life, to escape the duties and problems of the world and to hope the enemy grows weary of fanaticism..." He's referring to opponents of the war, but he's actually talking about his own desire to escape from the day-to-day onslaught of bad news.


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