[Paleopsych] Bush's real motive

Steve Hovland shovland at mindspring.com
Mon Jan 16 23:37:19 UTC 2006

If true, he has failed miserably.

Is that often true?  Boys wanting to show
their father how smart they are and making
a mess instead?

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[mailto:paleopsych-bounces at paleopsych.org]On Behalf Of Hannes Eisler
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  Subject: [Paleopsych] Bush's real motive

  There has been quite a discussion about Bush's true incentives to start
the war in Iraq. I am surprised that what I consider his real main motive
has never been mentioned, as far as I know. It is that he wanted to surpass
his father who did not dare to invade Iraq. As a European I have sometimes
wondered about US motives being family reasons, intending to please parents
or wives or boost the pride of children, rather than the objective ones. In
American literature I remember my astonishment about two examples : the
policeman or superintendent trying to stop the fight between the two groups
of hooligans in "West side story," stating some private motive, and an
officer at the landing in Normandy at the end of WW2 in Irwin Shaw*s " The
young lions" who, armed with a private gun with ivory handle, bragged about
which impression he will make on his wife (or was it his parents?).
  Prof. Hannes Eisler
  Department of Psychology
  Stockholm University
  S-106 91 Stockholm

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