On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing

Correntewire notes that Air Force Maj. Gen. Jack J. Catton Jr has parroted G.W. Bush’s statement, Bush: “I put loyalty to the country third on the list.”

[BUSH:] I emphasize, that is the priority for me as the President. It’s [1] my faith, [2] my family, and [3] my country.

It is tempting to just let this go. A Pentagon bureaucrat and the president of the U.S. put their religion and family before country. One assumes that they came to this list of priorities on some reflection. In Bush’s case there appears to be a conflict between his personal convictions and his oath of office as president,

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

As happens in many jobs or  official positions people take an oath to officially affirm that they will set aside their personal prejudices and preferences in order to carry out their duties.

Bill of Rights
Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The clause pertaining to religion not only prohibits Congress from passing legislation to establish an official religion, it also prohibits showing preference of one religion any other religion – what is commonly known as the “wall” is thus established. You are free to practice your religion until it comes up against the wall so to speak. In general terms Bush is a Christian, but he is also a member of a denomination of that religion, Methodist. One could break that definition down even further by saying that Bush is a fundamentalist Methodist. By putting his faith first he is in violation of his oath as the thoughts expressed were not from some dinner table conversation, but from an official appearance. If the violation of his oath wasn’t enough he is also violated the official stance of his own faith which he says he puts first, Iraq War ‘Unjustifiable’, says Bush’s Church Head

President George Bush’s own Methodist church has launched a scathing attack on his preparations for war against Iraq, saying they are ‘without any justification according to the teachings of Christ’.

Jim Winkler, head of social policy for United Methodists, added that all attempts at a ‘dialogue’ between the President and his own church over the war had fallen on deaf ears at the White House.

[ ]..Winkler is general secretary of the Board of Church and Society for the United Methodist church, which counts the President and the Vice-President, Dick Cheney, among its members. The church represents eight to nine million regular churchgoers and is the third biggest in America.

The Methodist Church, he says, is not pacifist, but ‘rejects war as a usual means of national policy’. Methodist scriptural doctrine, he added, specifies ‘war as a last resort, primarily a defensive thing. And so far as I know, Saddam Hussein has not mobilized military forces along the borders of the United States, nor along his own border to invade a neighboring country, nor have any of these countries pleaded for our assistance, not does he have weapons of mass destruction targeted at the United States’.

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“One of the things that did happen today that concerned me was that during Bush’s press conference he actually showed a graphic that showed 24 urban military outposts in downtown Baghdad. I would argue that showing that to the world and potentially to our enemy might compromise moral – might actually compromise operational security.”

“Our enemies aren’t stupid. They can look at that and figure out a grid coordinate and try and drop mortars on those exact locations. I mean, this is like a Geraldo moment during the invasion when Geraldo started drawing troop operation movements in the sand.

We all understand Bush’s priorities and his country is last. As Corrente noted at least he could have made his family first and his country second. When you have a faith based leader you get a Decider that decides to give mortar coordinates to the enemy.

A few months ago after the right-wing bloggers got home after a a day of buying made in China products at Wal-Mart they went ballistic over China’s space missle test. It was hardly a secret even then, U.S. knew of China’s missile test, but kept silent

But some experts outside government say that American officials might have been able to discourage the Chinese from launching the missile, had the officials been willing to enter into a broader discussion of ways to regulate the military competition in space. China had long advocated an agreement to ban weapons in space, an approach the Bush administration has rejected in order to maintain maximum flexibility for developing antimissile defenses.

“Had the United States been willing to discuss the military use of space with the Chinese in Geneva, that might have been enough to dissuade them from going through with it,” said Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control expert at the New America Foundation.

Dubbed the SC-19 by American intelligence, the Chinese antisatellite weapon consists of a solid-fuel medium-range missile carrying an interceptor that is designed to crash into enemy satellites. The weapon is fired from a mobile launcher.

The United States had already detected two previous tests of the system — on July 7, 2005, and Feb. 6, 2006. Neither struck a target. In the second trial, the missile passed near a satellite, leaving American officials unsure whether the goal had been to hit it, or simply to pass nearby. In neither case did the Bush administration complain to the Chinese, a senior official said.

How bizarre, right-wing bloggers complain so that the administration doesn’t have to. We all know that the Chinese pay tons of attention to what bloggers say. It is an awfully convenient game that Republicans play. They complain about the Chinese in every available media outlet all the while the elected officials that they support and the multinational corporations they champion are all too happy to knock down any trade barriers to doing business with China.

There I go again picking on right-wing blogs. One can’t really appreciate right-wing blogs by just reading snippets. The level of fabrication, the delusional rantings of the blogs and their commenters is a study in walking insanity. It is the kind of insanity that allows them to tie their shoes, stop at traffic signals and other basic tasks, but prevents them from lifting the veil that warps their world view. It also prevents them from seeing themselves and examining how they came to their conclusions and the discombobulated process by which they glue and tape together the most absurd imaginings about world events, Right-wing blogs discover massive conspiracy to hide WMDs in Iraq

But all of that is rendered moderate, restrained, sober and even sane by a new article she wrote for the British magazine, The Spectator (headline: I Found Saddam’s WMD Bunkers), which claims that: (a) WMDs really were found in Iraq after the invasion, (b) they were located in vast underground bunkers (c) which contained “nuclear, chemical and biological materials”, but (d) the U.S., through negligence, failed to secure those sites and, as a result, (e) the WMDs were stolen by The Terrorists and/or Syrian agents, who now have them and are actively plotting (along with China, Russia and North Korea) to use them against the West, but —

(f) because the Bush administration is so embarrassed by their failure to prevent the theft of all these dastardly weapons, and because Democrats are embarrassed by this discovery because it proves that Saddam really did have WMDs all along, they have all jointly created a vast conspiracy where they conceal the discovery of WMDs in order to cover up for their negligence.

As Glenn and others have said there is little doubt that twenty years or more we’ll still get wingers that swear they have proof that Saddam had WMD and planned to use them against the U.S. Denial ain’t just a river as they say.

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.” – Thomas Jefferson