President George W. Bush gave a speech today designed to rally the soccer moms and NASCAR Dads around his visions of war in Iraq, one that was originally going to be spoken around September 11th, 2005. Unfortunately for Bush's propaganda machine, Bush was busy covering his ass for the Katrina fiasco, and his pro war position would have collided with the fact that the national guard is in Iraq and unable to the job that is required. So he had to wait to make his speech until today.
Bush, per tradition, smeared all of "our" enemies into one face, and compartmentalized them into his neat little box of "militants" because they don't do exactly what Bush says. Let's examine some key points in his speech today:
"The militants believe that controlling one country will rally the Muslim masses, enabling them to overthrow all moderate governments in the region and establish a radical Islamic empire that expands from Spain to Indonesia."
I would say that Bush's "Pax-American 'Christian'" goal is to overthrow all governments in the region and establish a radical "Christian" empire that spans from Syria to Afghanistan. Check the map and remember who Bush characterized as the "Axis of Evil" and "Rogue States."
If your read the PDF in the above paragraph, and trace the source of that document, you will see that the very people in power now wrote in 2000 that a war on 2 fronts was needed to display to the world that the United States was THE Superpower. The very folks who crafted that document (Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century) have gotten their war on two fronts.
And to remove all doubt from the Neo Cons ultimate goal in the region, Bush Let off this zinger:
"State sponsors like Syria and Iran have a long history of collaboration with terrorists and they deserve no patience from the victims of terror. The United States makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbor them because they're equally as guilty of murder."
Bush also, ironically, made a statement that would made Freud spin in his grave like a drill bit:
"We're facing a radical ideology with an unalterable objective, to enslave whole nations and intimidate the whole world."
I guess now would be a good time to revisit the phrase "With us or Against Us," well, I think you get my point.
A speech given by former vice president Al Gore illustrated an important point yesterday:
"I thought maybe it was an aberration when three-quarters of Americans said they believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for attacking us on September 11, 2001. But more than four years later, between a third and a half still believe Saddam was personally responsible for planning and supporting the attack."
...And Bush continued the charade today attempting to confuse Iraq with 9/11/01:
"I would remind them that we were not in Iraq on September 11, 2001, and al Qaeda attacked us anyway."
Speaking of wealth, Bush described Bin Laden and his methods:
"Osama bin Laden says his own role is to tell Muslims, quote, 'what is good for them and what is not.' And what this man who grew up in wealth and privilege considers good for poor Muslims is that they become killers and suicide bombers.
He assures them that this is the road to paradise, though he never offers to go along for the ride.
Like the ideology of communism, our new enemy teaches that innocent individuals can be sacrificed to serve a political vision. And this explains their cold-blooded contempt for human life."
I could point out all the parallels between Bush and Bin Laden, how Bush grew up in "wealth and privilege" as well, how he evaded service in Vietnam (didn't go along for the ride), and how he considers all good "Americans" to, well let's hear what George thinks we need to do for his ideology:
"Wars are not won without sacrifice, and this war will require more sacrifice, more time and more resolve."
Hmmm, if Bin Laden says to be a good Muslim you need to sacrifice and George says you need to sacrifice...
Well, its good that George W. Bush is able to speak 1 on 1 with God so we know he his telling us the truth, huh?
"God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East."
"I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, 'George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.' And I did, and then God would tell me, 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …' And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, 'Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.' And by God I'm gonna do it."
"I believe that God wants me to be president."
"I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job."
"Therefore, I, George W. Bush, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim June 10, 2000, Jesus Day in Texas and urge the appropriate recognition whereof, in official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this 17th day of April, 2000.
(and to show the apple doesn't fall far from the tree regarding "infidels," here is George H.W. Bush's form of proselytizing)
"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God."
(Special Thanks to Katiahnya Muromachi for her timing in bringing those last 4 quotes to my attention)
Well, this whole speech is about radicals, so let's let Bush tell us more about radicals and militants:
"Evil men obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience must be taken very seriously, and we must stop them before their crimes can multiply.
Defeating a militant network is difficult because it thrives like a parasite on the suffering and frustration of others.
The radicals exploit local conflicts to build a culture of victimization in which someone else is always to blame and violence is always the solution.
They exploit resentful and disillusioned young men and women, recruiting them through radical mosques as the pawns of terror."
Substitute "U.S. Military Recruitment Centers" for "radical mosques" and I think George just described his own administration.
"And Iraq is ruled by perhaps the world's most brutal dictator who has already committed genocide with chemical weapons, ordered the torture of children, and instituted the systematic rape of the wives and daughters of his political opponents."
Something about "exploit local conflicts to build a culture of victimization in which someone else is always to blame and violence is always the solution."
I could go on, but why bother. If you still drink Bush's Kool-Aid after all this utter bullshit hypocrite nonsense, then no amount of proof or facts about our problems will seep in. We have a religious extremist in power thinking up new reasons weekly why we kill who we kill, and why we die. All the while the price of gas goes up, the power of the dollar goes down, and Bush does more favors for his cronies and corporate chums.
Bin Laden has been accused of killing 3000 U.S. citizens on 9/11/01. Well, Bush has now killed almost 2000 citizens. I would say Bush is catching up, but the 26,000-29,000 Iraqi civilians puts Bush well in the lead in the neck in neck race of bloodthirsty religious extremist "born of privilege" wanna be tyrants to murder and oppress for their own gain.
"In truth, they have endless ambitions of imperial domination, and they wish to make everyone powerless except themselves...Throughout history, tyrants and would-be tyrants have always claimed that murder is justified to serve their grand vision. And they end up alienating decent people across the globe."