For George W. Bush, 9/ 11 was the second major watershed of his life. “This is what I was put on earth for,” he said early on. “I’m here for a reason.” Just as his coming to Christ in his late thirties gave meaning to what had been an aimless and dissolute life, so the war on terror became his sacred mission. “Our responsibility to history is clear,” said the president at the National Cathedral on September 14. “To answer these attacks and rid the world of evil.” Believing he was the agent of God’s will, and acting with divine guidance, George W. Bush would lead the nation into two disastrous wars of aggression. It is no surprise that he initially referred to America’s effort as a crusade, a messianic image evoking Christian knights battling infidels for control of the holy land.
Jean Edward Smith, from his book ‘Bush’