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               September 18, 2007

                       It's Final Now:
      "The Iraq War Was Always for The Oil."
                   Greenspan Says So.

         Hubris and Nemesis

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          Greenspan:  "I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge
        what everyone knows:  the Iraq war is largely about oil." 

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                                       Hubris and Nemesis:

"The experience of the Cold War gives Americans a sense that they can run the
      world because their military power is so much greater than that of any other nation
      or group of nations. But the nation's economic base is smaller than ever, so resources
      do not support expectations." ( http://catch-13.blogspot.com/2006/04/american-hubris.htm l
      The dollar cost, so far, of the Iraq war is nearly $500 billion!    American unity and resolve
      are shattered.  And the dollar is in a  major decline.  The FED's Rate Cut tomorrow will
      make the Dollar even less attractive.

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          Wars have always bred greed and arrogance.  It was true in Socrates and Plato's day.
    Socrates condemned repeatedly the best known Greek political leaders of ancient
    Athens: Themistocles, Cimon and Militiades.  These men were the architects of the battles
    of Marathon and Salamis that repelled the much bigger invading Persian forces of Darius and
    Xerxes. But Socrates condemned them and also Pericles, the builder of the Acropolis. 
    He condemned a new imperialism he saw in Athens, a confidence and ambition that lets
    Athens' leaders believe it was their destiny and duty to conquer all of Greece.  It was the
    Athenian navy, built first to protect against the Persians, that Pericles tried to use to
    control all of Greece.  In the end the Athenians suffered a disastrous defeat at the hands
    of Sparta.  (See Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC)

                    Aristotle defined hubris as causing shame to the victim, merely for self-
               gratification.    Hubris is not reprisal for past injuries.  "As for the pleasure in
               hubris, its cause is this: men think that by ill-treating others they make their own
              superiority the greater

       Themistocles may have built the Athenian Navy that defeated the Persian fleet, but
     Socrates charged him with greed, fraud and vanity. for he had even built a public shrine to
     himself on grounds that his own counsel was the wisest.   Athenian cruelty grew. too, 
     after the defeat of the Persians.  For example, the people living in the island of Melos
     refused to surrender to Athens.  They wished to remain neutral in the Peloponnesian War.
     So, the Athenians starved them into submission.  The men were all executed.  The
     women and children became slaves.  The principles of POWER and GREED ruled
     in Athens now. The old virtue of temperance was scorned.   In this way, Perciles sowed the
     seeds of Athen's own disaster. 

        Arrogance was the greatest sin, according to Thucydides, the great historian
     of the Peloponnesian War.  Unbridled greed and hubris always produced a tragic end
     in the classical Greek tragedy.  To them Hubris was an overbearing pride and resulted
     in fatal retribtion.  It was a character flaw that brought on their "nemesis", or destruction.

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                                                      "I am the Decider and I decide what's best."
          I haven't read, but may soon get    Bush on the Couch Rev Ed: Inside the Mind of the President .
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Book Description

With the Bush administration in permanent crisis, a renowned Washington psychoanalyst updates his portrait of George
W.'s public persona—and how it has damaged the presidency.

Insightful and accessible, courageous and controversial, Bush on the Couch sheds startling new light on George W. Bush's
psyche and its impact on the way he governs, tackling head-on the question few seem willing to ask: Is our president
psychologically fit to run the country? With an eye for the subtleties of human behavior sharpened by thirty years of
clinical practice, Dr. Justin A. Frank traces the development of Bush's character from childhood through his presidency,
identifying and analyzing his patterns of thought, action, and communication. The result is a troubling portrait filled with
important revelations about our nation's leader—including disturbing new insights into:

  • How Bush reacted to the 2006 Democratic sweep in Congress with a new surge of troops into Iraq
  • His telling habits and coping strategies—from his persistent mangling of English to his tendency to "go blank" in the midst of crisis
  • The tearful public breakdown of his father, George H. W. Bush, and what it says about the former president's
    relationship to his prominent sons
  • The debacle of Katrina—the moment when Bush's arrogance finally failed him

With a new introduction and afterword, Bush on the Couch offers the most thorough and candid portrait to date of
arguably the most psychologically damaged president since Nixon.

About the Author

Justin A. Frank, M.D., is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at George Washington University
Medical Center. Since 1980 he has been a teaching analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He is past
president of the Greater Washington Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Frank lives and practices psychoanalysis in Washington, D.C.

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