Good speech last night for Bushie
- about as good as he can deliver. The problem is that it is the same old stuff. Here are some of Bushie's quotes and some of my thoughts:
1. "Today, we are safer, but we are not yet safe
." We will never be safe - ever. Terrorism will always exist and any politician who says he/she can make you safe is just fooling you. There are millions of soft targets in the U.S. which is why we will never, EVER, be completely safe. It is just a matter of time before the next major terrorist attack.
2. "The war against this enemy is more than a military conflict. It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century, and the calling of our generation
." If this were true, then why not ask the American people to sacrifice? Why not ask Americans to conserve gas so that we do not have to pay our enemies in OPEC for as much oil? Why not repeal the tax cuts on the wealthy so that we do not have to further borrow from foreigners in order to fund our huge deficits? Americans have not been asked to sacrifice.
3. "America will find you, and we will bring you to justice
." Another warning to bin Laden. It has "only" been 5 years.
4. "I'm often asked why we're in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks
." At least he stated that Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11.
5. On the mess in Iraq, "America will stay in the fight. Iraq will be a free nation, and a strong ally in the war on terror
." Time will tell, but there was never a plan to win the peace. We never secured large weapons caches in the country after our invasion. We disbanded the Iraq army and allowed them to go home with their weapons. We allowed $10 billion in CPA money to be "lost." This money was stolen and much of it probably was used to fund operations against our troops. American soldiers have been relegated to holding back a civil war, acting as police officers, digging drinking wells, and becoming building contractors to rebuild schools, roads, and other infrastructure. In the end, the best we are going to end up with is a stable, pro-Iran Shiite theocracy.
6. In the broader Middle East, ". . . we changed our policies, and committed America's influence in the world to advancing freedom and democracy as the great alternatives to repression and radicalism
." This is why we have Hamas running Palestine and Hezbollah now running Lebanon. The Bush foreign policy has yielded extremist governments that are duly elected by their people. There is no effort to promote democracy in Saudi Arabia and Egypt because they are largely benign to the U.S.
7. "Winning this war will require the determined efforts of a unified country, and we must put aside our differences and work together to meet the test that history has given us
." Why doesn't he just say to be unified means that one cannot question the President. Cheney and Rove go out and question the patriotism of Democrats - it is hard to be unified when the President's men are out there calling you a traitor.
In the end it is all the same old stuff. His speech can be condensed down to this:September the 11th was bad. Osama bin Laden is still on the loose so be scared. I am a war president who is making you safer - don't question me. Freedom is on the march. Saddam Hussein was a bad guy but we got him. Iraq is getting better. Be scared and vote Republican otherwise you are giving in to the terrorists. God bless America