God told him to forsake them.
Just like God told him that Saddam had WMD.
Just like God told him that Karl Rove was/is a saint.
Just like God told him how to rig voting machines.
Georgy walks and talks with God. People that do ignorant things and blame it on God are generally considered to have a mental illness. Lots of people that walk and talk with God do so in a tightly-fashioned jacket down a secured and padded hallway wing (on their way to receive a thrice-daily Haldol ****tail).
George is different though since he's the president. He's touched. He's touched with something - and I don't think it has anything to do with religion.