Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Bush, an Infidel?
"Over the last few months Dympha and I have discovered that the only Gates of Vienna posts that are virtually guaranteed to get massive numbers of comments are the ones that discuss Russia. What is it about Russia that elicits such extremes of opinion (and invective) among our readers? ... But many commenters here seem to be unable to distinguish among America's interests, Russia's interests and what is morally right or wrong. America's interests and Russia's interests (surprise!) do not coincide. The behavior of both countries may or may not be morally right, but that is irrelevant to the argument at hand. Actions which are moral for an individual or a small group may be immoral is taken by the leader of a nation. This is what makes statecraft so difficult: a leader who truly represents his people may have to do appalling things on their behalf. When 'Bomber Harris' instituted the mass bombing of civilian targets in Germany during World War Two, it was in what he judged to be the interests of the British people to do so. He was looking after their welfare. One may disagree with the wisdom and/or the effectiveness of his strategy, but that is the reason it was undertaken. ... All of this is an attempt to bracket the behavior of Vladimir Putin (and Dmitry Medvedev). To regard their behavior as an affront to morality is to miss the point. The moral obligation of an American leader is to look after the well-being of the people of the United States. The moral obligation of a Russian leader is to look after the well-being of the people of Russia. A leader of either country who fails to do these things is acting immorally. President Bush has acted immorally towards his own people. ... George W. Bush has not taken care of his own. He had taken care of Mexicans, the UN the OIC, the Saudis, the Shites of Iraq, and the trans-national oil companies. Not to see this is to be obtuse. God help me, but Vladimir Putin has been a better leader of his own country that George W. Bush (or any president since Reagan) has been for the United states", my emphasis, Baron Bodissey (BB), 9 November 2008 at http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2008/11/why-russia.html.
I agree with BB, having endorsed Putin for US President on 11 January and 24 August 2008. Bush claims to be a Methodist. Well Mr. Bush, let me acquaint you with part of "The Book". "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel", 1 Timothy 5:8 (KJV).