Give me a second here, Rush, because I want to share something with you. I am deeply concerned about a country, the United States, leaving the Middle East. I am worried that rival forms of extremists will battle for power, obviously creating incredible damage if they do so; that they will topple modern governments, that they will be in a position to use oil as a tool to blackmail the West. People say, "What do you mean by that?" I say, "If they control oil resources, then they pull oil off the market in order to run the price up, and they will do so unless we abandon Israel, for example, or unless we abandon allies. President Bush
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Matthew 7:3
In psychology, according to Wikipedia, psychological projection (or projection bias) is a defense mechanism in which one attributes ("projects") to others, one’s own unacceptable or unwanted thoughts or/and emotions. Projection reduces anxiety by allowing the expression of the unwanted subconscious impulses/desires without letting the ego recognize them.
I agree with the President, although I'd change some of the verb tenses and rearrange pro and an-tagonists. To wit: I am worried that rival forms of extremists are battling for power, obviously creating incredible damage as they do so; that they have toppled modern governments, that they wish to be in a position to use oil as a tool to blackmail the World.
Oh well, at least a few guys will learn that one does not create and mold history to one's liking, the flow of the story of man envelops all men- it is a medium in which we all live, whether we are aware of it or not. I believe at best one can ride the waves of history, if you will, by getting ahead of the story. Attempts to create one's own waves often obscures the onrushing, "big one."