Friday, January 05, 2007

We Have a Sociopath as President

It's not new news, but the interview is new, and the content bears repeating. Via Steve Gilliard, a Buzzflash interview with Justin Frank, author of the book, Bush on the Couch. Please read.

Say what you will about parlor psychoanalysis, I challenge anyone who reads this to point out a discordant note. Everything point in it fits together like a giant jigsaw puzzle of crazy.

And now, what do we do about it?

    Justin A. Frank, M.D.: ...But I think the only way to deal with somebody who is this embattled and this delusional is to invoke the 25th Amendment. It’s so ironic that it was only used once, and that was when Gerald Ford became President and Nixon was forced out because he resigned.

    BuzzFlash: But then we have Cheney.

    Justin A. Frank, M.D.: The way the Republicans did it in ’73 was, they got rid of Agnew first, and they made sure that the person who would be the Vice President would be somebody who would be acceptable to both sides of the aisle. Maybe they should threaten to impeach Cheney first or something, and make Bush appoint somebody else. I’d rather have Cheney than Bush.

    BuzzFlash: Why is that? Many people would disagree with you.

    Justin A. Frank, M.D.: A lot of people would disagree with me. I really think that Bush is not competent to be President. He is unconsciously destructive. He is out of touch with his cruelty. He is unable to think clearly when presented with new information. He cannot do it. He cannot read. He cannot pay attention to the Baker-Hamilton Report. He never looked at that report. He looked at the opening title, about a new way forward or something, and that’s what he’s been using as his slogan now. He is not able to process information.

    I think Cheney, as much as he is malevolent and destructive and greedy and self-interested as an oil executive and wants absolute power, he’s out front about it. I think that he would have to negotiate in a way that’s different because he can’t not think, whereas Bush doesn’t think.

    BuzzFlash: It would certainly bring Cheney out of the shadows and make him accountable. Is that what you’re saying?

    Justin A. Frank, M.D.: Yes.

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