Monday, December 19, 2005

Bush's Prime Time Speech on Iraq and our answer:

ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT TO THE NATION

As Prepared for Delivery

Good evening. Three days ago, in large numbers, Iraqis went to the polls to choose their own leaders – a landmark day in the history of liberty. In coming weeks, the ballots will be counted … a new government formed … and a people who suffered in tyranny for so long will become full members of the free world.

The Iraqis went to the polls in large numbers, at least in part, because they want our military out of their country, ASAP. Of course, they also want a say in whatever is left of their destroyed country.

This election will not mean the end of violence. But it is the beginning of something new: constitutional democracy at the heart of the Middle East. And this vote – 6,000 miles away, in a vital region of the world – means that America has an ally of growing strength in the fight against terror. (I would not count on the ally part. I am sure that the Iraqis don't want terrorist running around their country, wreaking havoc. They don't want your people there either, fixing elections.)

All who had a part in this achievement – Iraqis, Americans, and Coalition partners – can be proud. Yet our work is not done. There is more testing and sacrifice before us. I know many Americans have questions about the cost and direction of this war. So tonight I want to talk to you about how far we have come in Iraq, and the path that lies ahead. (Just to make it perfectly clear that you have no plan to leave, eh, Junior?

From this office, nearly three years ago, I announced the start of military operations in Iraq. Our Coalition confronted a regime that defied United Nations Security Council Resolutions … violated a cease-fire agreement … sponsored terrorism … and possessed, we believed, weapons of mass destruction. After the swift fall of Baghdad, we found mass graves filled by a dictator … we found some capacity to restart programs to produce weapons of mass destruction … but we did not find those weapons. ( How many graves have been dug since. We know about the torture, rape, beating and out and out murder under your watch, Junior. How many more atrocities will we have to uncover. You found nothing in Iraq; nothing, nada, zero, zip...so shut up about WMD. The only WMD in Iraq are the WMD we brought with us; Napalm, White Phosphorus, Depleted Uranium...need I go on?)

It is true that Saddam Hussein had a history of pursuing and using weapons of mass destruction. It is true that he systematically concealed those programs, and blocked the work of UN weapons inspectors. It is true that many nations believed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. But much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. And as your President, I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq.

That is bullshit and you know it. Some of those weapons, he used on the Kurds and the Shia, we gave him the ingredients for, when your father was VP, actually.

Others may have suspected that Saddam had weapons, but many of them knew that your accusations regarding WMD were not true. The evidence you and your mouthpieces touted were all false: Uranium from Niger and ties to Al Qaeda were bogus, for example, and Intelligence agencies from France and Germany tried numerous times to get that through your thick skull, all to no avail. 

Besides, it matters not what anyone else thought because they did not unilaterally commit a war of aggression, as a mater of fact, they voted against such a war, as there were other avenues available to the world community.

So, now you say you are responsible for the hideous mess in which we find ourselves.

Are there not consequences? There had damned well better be, or everyone currently serving in D.C. had better be preparing for an early retirement.

Yet it was right to remove Saddam Hussein from power. He was given an ultimatum – and he made his choice for war. And the result of that war was to rid the world of a murderous dictator who menaced his people, invaded his neighbors, and declared America to be his enemy. Saddam Hussein, captured and jailed, is still the same raging tyrant – only now without a throne. His power to harm a single man, woman, or child is gone forever. And the world is better for it. (

Saddam, no matter how sick and evil he is,  was cooperating with the U.N. inspectors. Do you even remember them being in Iraq. On no less than three occasions, since the invasion, you have said that Saddam would not let them in. They were there doing there job, and with a great deal of cooperation.

Saddam did let them in, realizing, probably, that 9/11 had, indeed changed things.

The inspectors there and had to leave or get their butts blown off, because you had to start bombing the place to smitherines.

You couldn't wait. Iraq was a growing, gathering threat. Mushroom clouds would be rising over American cites any minute, the entire eastern seaboard could be sprayed with small pox, Osama and Saddam were bosom buddies, who were swapping recipes for chemical cupcakes and other ludicrous claims.

Rumsfeld said, "we know were they (the weapons) are. When Hans Blix (remember him?) went to those places, there were no weapons. Why did that not give you pause? You chose to fight a war of aggression, when there were other ways of dealing with Saddam.

Yes, Saddam is out of power, but the torture, beatings, murders and rapes have continued, but now without a basic infrastructure to sustain life with dignity for the Iraqis. If I were you I would not be talking about pride.

Since the removal of Saddam, this war – like other wars in our history – has been difficult. The mission of American troops in urban raids and desert patrols – fighting Saddam loyalists and foreign terrorists – has brought danger and suffering and loss. This loss has caused sorrow for our whole Nation – and it has led some to ask if we are creating more problems than we are solving.

And the answer to that is a resounding, YES. Americans are much less safe, at home and abroad. This insane war is bankrupting the country and what is worse, another generation of Americans will be forever damaged by this war; the ones that survive, that is.

That is an important question, and the answer depends on your view of the war on terror. If you think the terrorists would become peaceful if only America would stop provoking them, then it might make sense to leave them alone.

Iraq had nothing to do with Al Qaeda!!! What is it going to take for you to stop linking the two. If there are terrorists in Iraq, it is because you drew them there. You turned the Iraqis' homeland into a killing field, because you wanted to fight the terrorists there instead of here. But they were not there, before we invaded that country. Besides, where is it written that Al Qaeda cannot blow up something here, simply because we have troops in Iraq? That makes no sense and it never has. It sounds good, to the ignorant and the Fox News watchers, but it makes no sense, just like much of what you say. If anything you have given many more an incentive than they ever had before to kill Americans)

This is not the threat I see. I see a global terrorist movement that exploits Islam in the service of radical political aims – a vision in which books are burned, and women are oppressed, and all dissent is crushed. Terrorist operatives conduct their campaign of murder with a set of declared and specific goals – to de-moralize free nations … to drive us out of the Middle East … to spread an empire of fear across that region … and to wage a perpetual war against America and our friends. These terrorists view the world as a giant battlefield – and they seek to attack us wherever they can. This has attracted al Qaida to Iraq, where they are attempting to frighten and intimidate America into a policy of retreat.

Sounds like the dream of the NeoCons and their Project for a New American Century to me? Talk about projection!

The terrorists do not merely object to American actions in Iraq and elsewhere – they object to our deepest values and our way of life. And if we were not fighting them in Iraq … in Afghanistan … in Southeast Asia … and in other places, the terrorists would not be peaceful citizens – they would be on the offense, and headed our way.

Then why have you been wasting time, money and blood in Iraq.

Where is Osama? Where is the rest of the Al Qaeda gang?

I seriously doubt that they give a damn about our lifestyles, our way of life or much else that we do over here. They may well resent the hell out of our corporations that are spreading their sociopathic tentacles all over the world, exploiting cheap labor, poisoning the environment and generally behaving badly. They may well resent our troops being deployed on what they believe to be their sacred ground. But I do not believe for a moment that Osama gives a damn about my way of life. He couldn't do much about it if he did. It is only our own government that can take away our freedom and threaten our way of life.

That means you, Junior.

Your administration has proven itself to be much more dangerous to our way of life than Osama will ever be.

September 11th, 2001 required us to take every emerging threat to our country seriously, and it shattered the illusion that terrorists attack us only after we provoke them. On that day, we were not in Iraq … we were not in Afghanistan … but the terrorists attacked us anyway – and killed nearly 3,000 men, women, and children in our own country. My conviction comes down to this: We do not create terrorism by fighting the terrorists. We invite terrorism by ignoring them. And we will defeat the terrorists by capturing and killing them abroad … removing their safe havens … and strengthening new allies like Iraq and Afghanistan in the fight we share.

We were, however, in Saudi Arabia.

9/11 should not have caused us to go off the deep end and threaten to start WWIII. We should have gone after bin Laden and Al Qaeda members, and we should have kept after them until we found them and brought them to justice, no matter how long it took.

But that was never your plan, was it? It was always Iraq.

This work has been especially difficult in Iraq – more difficult than we expected. Reconstruction efforts and the training of Iraqi Security Forces started more slowly than we hoped. We continue to see violence and suffering, caused by an enemy that is determined and brutal – unconstrained by conscience or the rules of war.

But War Profiteering has gone extremely well, eh?

Junior, you are an incompetent boob of a man, surrounded by other boobs and/or criminals, take your pick. You all need to be out of power and in prison.

As an American I do not have to be concerned about whether or not Al Qaeda members are constrained by the rules of war, or common decency, for that matter. I only have to worry about the acts of depraved, sickos which are done in my name.

If we continue to say, like a 5 year old, "they did it first...", we are no better than they are. If every time you are confronted with atrocities that have resulted from your knot-headed policies, all you can say is how much more evil Osama ad Saddam are, well...that does not speak very highly of us, now does it? If we have to compare ourselves to murderers and torturers to appear as the good guys, there just doesn't seem to be much hope for us.

Some look at the challenges in Iraq, and conclude that the war is lost, and not worth another dime or another day. I don’t believe that. Our military commanders do not believe that. Our troops in the field, who bear the burden and make the sacrifice, do not believe that America has lost. And not even the terrorists believe it. We know from their own communications that they feel a tightening noose – and fear the rise of a democratic Iraq. Why then, did the violence drop to unheard of levels on election day, so people could vote in peace?

The terrorists will continue to have the coward’s power to plant roadside bombs and recruit suicide bombers. And you will continue to see the grim results on the evening news. This proves that the war is difficult – it does not mean that we are losing. Behind the images of chaos that terrorists create for the cameras, we are making steady gains with a clear objective in view.

This war will never succeed for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it is a war of aggression based on out and out lies. The Iraqis do not trust you and your administration, Junior, They did not trust your father and they don't trust you. Who the hell can blame them?

America, our Coalition, and Iraqi leaders are working toward the same goal – a democratic Iraq that can defend itself … that will never again be a safe haven for terrorists … and that will serve as a model of freedom for the Middle East.

We have put in place a strategy to achieve this goal – a strategy I have been discussing in detail over the last few weeks. This plan has three critical elements.

 Now you are discussing a strategy?

NOW???

What in hell have you been doing all this time? Oh, that's right, campaigning for one nutty idea after another. You should have had a strategy before you invaded, knot-head!

You shouldn't have invaded and occupied Iraq in the first place.

Now you need to be finding a way out, and damned fast!

First, our Coalition will remain on the offense – finding and clearing out the enemy … transferring control of more territory to Iraqi units … and building up the Iraqi Security Forces so they can increasingly lead the fight. At this time last year, there were only a handful of Iraqi army and police battalions ready for combat. Now, there are more than 125 Iraqi combat battalions fighting the enemy … more than 50 are taking the lead … and we have transferred more than a dozen military bases to Iraqi control. This sounds very much like what we were told last January.

This is not a new strategy. This is the same one you guys have been pedaling for, at least, the last year.

Furthermore, the Iraqis will never sit still for a puppet government, controlled by the U.S.

And what about those 14 permanent bases you wanted in Iraq?

You do not intend to fully withdraw and you never did.

Second, we are helping the Iraqi government establish the institutions of a unified and lasting democracy, in which all of Iraq’s peoples are included and represented. Here also, the news is encouraging. Three days ago, more than 10 million Iraqis went to the polls – including many Sunni Iraqis who had boycotted national elections last January. Iraqis of every background are recognizing that democracy is the future of the country they love – and they want their voices heard. One Iraqi, after dipping his finger in the purple ink as he cast his ballot, stuck his finger in the air and said: “This is a thorn in the eyes of the terrorists.” Another voter was asked, “Are you Sunni or Shia?” He responded, “I am Iraqi.”

Does it ever occur to you that the Iraqi people consider you a terrorist, Junior?

Third, after a number of setbacks, our Coalition is moving forward with a reconstruction plan to revive Iraq’s economy and infrastructure – and to give Iraqis confidence that a free life will be a better life. Today in Iraq, seven in 10 Iraqis say their lives are going well – and nearly two-thirds expect things to improve even more in the year ahead. Despite the violence, Iraqis are optimistic – and that optimism is justified.

In all three aspects of our strategy – security, democracy, and reconstruction – we have learned from our experiences, and fixed what has not worked. We will continue to listen to honest criticism, and make every change that will help us complete the mission. Yet there is a difference between honest critics who recognize what is wrong, and defeatists who refuse to see that anything is right.

Defeatism may have its partisan uses, but it is not justified by the facts. For every scene of destruction in Iraq, there are more scenes of rebuilding and hope. For every life lost, there are countless more lives reclaimed. And for every terrorist working to stop freedom in Iraq, there are many more Iraqis and Americans working to defeat them. My fellow citizens: Not only can we win the war in Iraq – we are winning the war in Iraq.

Not much chance to report on those lovely scenes of success when one is confined to the Green zone most of the time due to the security problems...scratch that...I mean security nightmare...

You own generals have said that the Iraq war cannot be won militarily. Any damn fool can see that. We are not defeatists. We are simply not blind to reality and human nature.

It is also important for every American to understand the consequences of pulling out of Iraq before our work is done. We would abandon our Iraqi friends – and signal to the world that America cannot be trusted to keep its word. We would undermine the morale of our troops – by betraying the cause for which they have sacrificed. We would cause tyrants in the Middle East to laugh at our failed resolve, and tighten their repressive grip. We would hand Iraq over to enemies who have pledged to attack us – and the global terrorist movement would be emboldened and more dangerous than ever before. To retreat before victory would be an act of recklessness and dishonor … and I will not allow it.

Junior, the world does not trust you anyway. You have lied to them as well as us.

No one is suggesting that we abandon the Iraqis, nor are we suggesting that we turn our backs on the unconscionable mess you and your administration have made in their country.

What we are suggesting is that until we have new leadership in this country, it is doubtful that we will be trusted over in Iraq, or anywhere else for that matter. Our troops have become, thanks to you, Cheney and Rummy, part of the problem, not the solution. It is high time to face that simple fact, and act accordingly.

And what the hell do you mean, you won't allow it, you arrogant little piss-ant?

You are not the king of the world or the second coming or whatever the hell it is you think you are. You are a lying, arrogant coward who  supported a war, 335 years ago, but would not go fight it. You did not learn the lessons of that miserable war, so now we are in this horrible mess.

You blew it, Junior. So do not talk to us about defeatism or what you will and will not allow.

You work for us, not the other way around!

You are about to learn that lesson, the hard way.

We are approaching a New Year, and there are certain things all Americans can expect to see. We will see more sacrifice – from our military … their families … and the Iraqi people. We will see a concerted effort to improve Iraqi police forces and fight corruption. We will see the Iraqi military gaining strength and confidence, and the democratic process moving forward. As these achievements come, it should require fewer American troops to accomplish our mission. I will make decisions on troop levels based on the progress we see on the ground and the advice of our military leaders – not based on artificial timetables set by politicians in Washington. Our forces in Iraq are on the road to victory – and that is the road that will take them home.

Have we not heard this before, at least a dozen times? It's like listening to a broken record.

In the months ahead, all Americans will have a part in the success of this war. Members of Congress will need to provide resources for our military. Our men and women in uniform, who have done so much already, will continue their brave and urgent work. And tonight, I ask all of you listening to carefully consider the stakes of this war … to realize how far we have come and the good we are doing … and to have patience in this difficult, noble, and necessary cause.

Oh No! Leave us out of it!

You and your administration have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. You have violated the Constitution and myriad international laws and continue to to do so, even defending your actions.

We want no part of your war in Iraq. As a matter of fact, we want no part of you, Junior.

I also want to speak to those of you who did not support my decision to send troops to Iraq: I have heard your disagreement, and I know how deeply it is felt. Yet now there are only two options before our country – victory or defeat. And the need for victory is larger than any president or political party, because the security of our people is in the balance. I do not expect you to support everything I do, but tonight I have a request: Do not give in to despair, and do not give up on this fight for freedom.

Actually, Junior, you called us a focus group...you belittled and made fun of us, as you swaggered into an unbelievably stupid war in Iraq, on trumped-up evidence that most of us knew was false, or strongly suspected was false. All we wanted was for you to allow the inspections to be carried out, but you would not. We are not giving into despair. We are way past that. We are sad, outraged and determined that you will pay for what you have done, but we are not in despair, and from what we have seen, the fight for freedom needs to start right here at home.

And there are always more than two options. The world is not so black and white as you seem to see it. That is another lesson you never learned.

Bring some fresh blood and ideas into you inner circle. What are you hiding. Let the sunshine in.

Americans can expect some things of me as well. My most solemn responsibility is to protect our Nation, and that requires me to make some tough decisions. I see the consequences of those decisions when I meet wounded servicemen and women who cannot leave their hospital beds, but summon the strength to look me in the eye and say they would do it all over again. I see the consequences when I talk to parents who miss a child so much – but tell me he loved being a soldier … he believed in his mission … and Mr. President, finish the job.

What you have been doing since 9/11 is more properly called a protection racket.

It is time the people see it. More of them are seeing it, everyday. 

You cannot hide the truth from the American people forever.

Where was your oath to protect the people when warnings from all over the world were pouring in about the terrorist threat in the summer of 2001 and George Tenet was running around with his hair on fire and Richard Clarke was warning all of you that Al Qaeda was a real and serious threat?

I know that some of my decisions have led to terrible loss – and not one of those decisions has been taken lightly. I know this war is controversial – yet being your President requires doing what I believe is right and accepting the consequences. And I have never been more certain that America’s actions in Iraq are essential to the security of our citizens, and will lay the foundation of peace for our children and grandchildren.

It is never right to deceive the people with fear-mongering lies, and that is exactly what you and your administration have done, time and time again. It is never acceptable to conduct warrant-less spying on American citizens. It is never acceptable to do those things, in the name of American citizens, which make all decent, moral people recoil in horror, no matter who is doing them.

If we have anything to say about it, you will stand for the consequences of what you have done.

We will not wait for the verdict of historians.

For our country's sake and the sake of the rest of the world, we cannot wait.

Next week, Americans will gather to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. Many families will be praying for loved ones spending this season far from home – in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other dangerous places. Our Nation joins in those prayers. We pray for the safety and strength of our troops. We trust, with them, in a love that conquers all fear, and a light that reaches the darkest corners of the Earth. And we remember the words of the Christmas carol, written during the Civil War: “God is not dead, nor [does] He sleep; the Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail, with peace on Earth, good-will to men.”

Liars are not light bringers, George.

The light is truth, no matter how painful and humiliating.

Yes, there is a love that conquers all fear, but you do not seem to know anything about it, other than that it sounds nice at Christmas time. But it is meaningless when bombs are falling on innocents, needlessly, and we understand that as American ground troops pull back, there is an accelerating air war commencing. That doesn't sound like love to me.

Why won't you make a firm commitment that there will be no permanent American bases in Iraq?

Lips that deceive should not utter the name of the Divine. You make a mockery of you own so-called faith.

Thank you, and good night.

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