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Monday, June 14, 2004

Shorter Dr. Frank: Bush is Nuts

From Juan Cole:
Dr. Frank: The Cure for Bush's Neuroses: Get him Out of Office

Psychiatrist Dr. Justin Frank puts George W. Bush on the couch and comes up with disturbing findings.

The findings:

1. Sadism: ' the President has a ""lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting journalists, gloating over state executions ... [and] pumping his fist gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad." '

2. Megalomania: ' The President suffers from "character pathology," including "grandiosity" and "megalomania" -- viewing himself, America and God as interchangeable. '

3. Paranoia ' says President George W. Bush is a "paranoid meglomaniac" '

Dr. Frank reports that after long observations of Bush, he felt "he was disturbed."

' "I was really very unsettled by him and I started watching everything he did and reading what he wrote, and watching him on videotape. I felt he was disturbed," Dr. Frank told Leiby. Bush, he said, "fits the profile of a former drinker whose alcoholism has been arrested but not treated." Dr. Frank's expert recommendation? ""Our sole treatment option -- for his benefit and for ours -- is to remove President Bush from office . . . before it is too late." '