Bush: Sometimes leaders "hear voices"

Are they sweet nothings from Karen Hughes or words from a higher power?

Published October 6, 2005 5:53PM (EDT)

In a talk honoring the William F. Buckley and the National Review today, George W. Bush said that "sometimes it's hard to be a leader because you hear all kinds of voices."

At first, we thought maybe the president was referring to the listening device that Bush may or may not have been wearing during last year's debates. But John Aravosis at AMERICAblog has come across another possibility: In a three-part documentary that begins next week on the BBC, Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath says this about a meeting he had with Bush in June 2003. "President Bush said to all of us: 'I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, "George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan." And I did. And then God would tell me, "George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq ..." And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, "Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East." And by God, I'm gonna do it.'"

Is it any wonder that God hasn't had time to brief James Dobson on the Harriet Miers nomination yet?

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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