I was watching a documentary about Ramesses II who reigned in Egypt in the 14th century B.C.E. During the course of the show it was mentioned that, after a war with the Hittites which ended badly for Egypt, the Pharaoh built a war monument to himself.
Portraying himself as the supreme victor of the war, he was depicted as a giant surrounded by dead and dying Hittites and many slaves. According to the narrator of the show, this was more than propaganda. Ramesses’ and the typical Egyptians believed that the fact that they were written made such statements true.
I’m starting to get a glimpse into the mindset of President Bush:
“Weapons of mass destruction exist in Iraq.”
“We must stay the course.”
“We are winning the war in Iraq.”
“America does not torture.”
“We don’t eavesdrop on American citizens unless we have a court order allowing us to do so.”
Maybe he truly believes that the fact that he says these preposterous things and that they are duly recorded actually makes them true.
The trouble is, BUSH isn’t surrounded by people who see the world the same way he does. So making up the world as he goes along doesn’t work any more.