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Bruise from the “pretzel choke incident.” The leader of the free world is unfit for duty.

The paranoia of the Bush White House is in full flower as Porter Goss has been instructed to purge the agency of officers believed to have been disloyal to President George W. Bush.

The mass resignations are just the start. When Bush and Goss get through, we’re going to see a return of J. Edgar Hoover-like policies, mark my words.

If any of you have read Justin Frank’s convincing and thorough psych profile Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, you would not be surprised at this development.

Among the other subjects Frank explores:

* Bush’s false sense of omnipotence, instilled within him during childhood and emboldened by his deep investment in fundamentalist religion

* The president’s history of untreated alcohol abuse, and the questions it raises about denial, impairment, and the enabling streak in our culture

* The growing anecdotal evidence that Bush may suffer from dyslexia, ADHD, and other thought disorders

* His comfort living outside the law, defying international law in his presidency as boldly as he once defied DUI statutes and military reporting requirements

* His love-hate relationship with his father, and how it triggered a complex and dangerous mix of feelings including yearning, rivalry, anger, and sadism

* Bush’s rigid and simplistic thought patterns, paranoia, and megalomania — and how they have driven him to invent adversaries so that he can destroy them

At once a compelling portrait of George W. Bush and a damning indictment of his policies, Bush on the Couch sheds startling new light on an administration whose record of violence and cruelty seems increasingly dependent on the unstable psyche of the man at its center. Insightful and accessible, courageous and controversial, Bush on the Couch tackles the question no one seems willing to ask: Is our president psychologically fit to run the country?

An interview with Frank is here.

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