The Gospel According to... Hegel?!
What I find interesting is that Bush is casting this whole thing in quasi-religious terms. He talks about freedom being the "almighty's" gift to everyone. Now presumably Bush's opinion of the "almighty" is Christian, and yet, I don't believe you can find that sentiment anywhere in the Bible - at least as far as it refers to temporal political freedom (again, whatever that means). In fact, the idea that Bush is now expressing most closely resembles Hegel. In Hegel's view history is unfolding in a rational way to bring about increased human freedom.
Looking at that, it appears that you can draw a much more direct line from Bush's new excuse for war to Hegel than you can to anything in the Bible. But what does this mean? Well, I think it would be instructive to remember that Hegel's thinking had a huge influence one Karl Marx. Marx's mistake was to think that he had the solution for attaining Hegel's ultimate human freedom. Communism was the ultimate solution, history's dialectic would end with global communism. He was, history has shown, somewhat mistaken. Ironically, it seems that Bush and the neocons want to set the United States on a similar course. The neocons, like Marx, have been overcome by hubris. Instead of communism, they have unlimited faith in a new dialectic-ender, free-market capitalism with some kind of democratic form. They feel that they have the ultimate path to total human freedom and that the force of history is on their side. This is the kind of arrogance that makes people do dangerous and stupid things.