If you look at the record, national security (State, the NSC) went to moderate Republicans, with neocons at Defense and in the VP's office. All the hard religious right got was the DOJ, and Osama bin Laden derailed their agenda on 9/11.<quoted text>Well, that's the thing, ain't it?
I'll freely admit that people with agendas over-reacted and outright fabricated certain things regarding Bush's alleged "talks with God", and so on.
To pull clear back the other way and deny any clues exist at all is just as much an over-reaction.
Political expediency is an easy and plausible explanation, when one is campaigning. Hanging with the likes of LaHaye may be written off as a necessary evil. Comments to Bob Woodward about not consulting his father about Iraq, but The Father...well, that is certainly interesting, when one considers his father's experience.
After one has completed the penultimate campaign, one is left to finally and truly follow one's own light, beholden to no other.
As one of the few public appearances made since leaving the fishbowl, choosing to speak at a fundraiser for the Jewish Messianic Bible Institute is a pretty good tell...
Let's put it this way.....I don't perceive George Bush to be an overly complicated man.....simple, compact answers seem to suit him just fine.
I'm sure Bush did pray about Iraq, but if he didn't talk to his father about going into Iraq my guess is that advice came from neocons rather than God.
Just my opinion ...