Craziness recalled in its aftermath. ALways worrth a reminder:
The run-up to the Iraq war also elicits one of the most pungent lines in the book. After Bush told Jacques Chirac that biblical prophecies were being fulfilled and specifically that “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East,” the French president decided, in Eichenwald’s words, that “France was not going to fight a war based on an American president’s interpretation of the Bible.”
From Thomas Ricks' review of Kurt Eichenwald's 500 days, which considers the time between 9/11 and the Iraq invasion as a kind of fever dream. You can apparently publish a book referring to the Afghan population as 'Afghanis' twelve years after the war there started, so maybe it's still having lingering effects.