Quote by Andrew Greeley
Would it not be much better to have a president who deliberately lied to the people because he thought a war was essential than to have one who was so dumb as to be taken in by intelligence agencies, especially those who told him what he wanted to hear?
This quote suggests that having a president who deliberately lies to the people because they believe a war is necessary might be preferable to one who is easily influenced by intelligence agencies, especially if they tell him what he wants to hear. The quote implies that a president who lies for what they perceive as a greater good demonstrates some level of strategic thinking and conviction. On the other hand, a president who falls for misinformation and is easily swayed might be seen as ignorant or lacking critical judgment in their decision-making.
Was it not part of the secret black art of truly politics of revenge, of a farseeing, subterranean, slowly advancing, and premeditated revenge, that Israel must itself deny the real instrument of its revenge before all the world as a mortal enemy and nail it to the cross, so that 'all the world,' namely all the opponents of Israel, could unhesitatingly swallow just this bait? And could spiritual subtlety imagine any bait than this? Anything to equal the enticing, intoxicating, overwhelming, and undermining power of that symbol of the 'holy cross,' that ghastly paradox of a 'God on the cross,' that mystery of an unimaginable ultimate cruelty and self-crucifixion of God ?