Bush's 9/11 Speech
I just can't take it anymore. I'll let him say it, from tonight's address to the nation:
a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance, and despises all dissent.
He's talking about them, not us. But every time I run across stories like this, this, this, this, and this, I wonder.
Saddam is not the person who told the American public "Either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists." And speaking of....
I am often asked why we are in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the Nine-Eleven attacks. The answer is that the regime of Saddam Hussein was a clear threat. My Administration, the Congress, and the United Nations saw the threat – and after Nine-Eleven, Saddam’s regime posed a risk that the world could not afford to take.
Vintage Bush. Uhhh..................care to elaborate? We know it wasn't a 9/11 connection. We know it wasn't WMDs. You already lied about those and we busted you. But you never tell us in the speech what constitutes the "clear threat" now. Is it because he "hates freedom, rejects tolerance, and despises all dissent?" That kinda justifies us going into Africa and South America too, right? And what about Mexico?
And now the challenge is to help the Iraqi people build a democracy that fulfills the dreams of the nearly 12 million Iraqis who came out to vote in free elections last December.
A noble sentiment indeed. Maybe after we establish a democracy in Iraq, we can try establishing one here.
The terrorists fear freedom as much as they do our firepower. They are thrown into panic at the sight of an old man pulling the election lever … girls enrolling in school … or families worshiping God in their own traditions.
Okay. Now that's even funnier than the episode of "Two and a Half Men" that followed it. Except that this isn't funny anymore. Do you think Bin Laden was thinking about girls enrolling in school when he executed the attacks? Fire this speechwriter, NOW.
And you can say what you want about the connection to our region. He already told us he screwed up down here and turned his back on us. And it's obviously never going to change, because he is clearly preoccupied with war against "freedom." Please tell me that the Red States didn't buy this crap last night.
I'll prefer to let this one stand as the essential 9/11 speech.
I'm sick and tired of people questioning my patriotism. Yes, I support our troops, Mr. President. Just because I don't have a yellow ribbon and drape myself in the American Flag, it doesn't mean I'm not a "true" American. I'm exercising my right to question a war that was supported because of 9/11 patriotism. A war that was justified because you connected Saddam to Al Qaeda. And, as it turned out, a war that had nothing to do with 9/11, patriotism, terrorism and Al Qaeda. And, now as it turns out, is now being fought on some stupid abstract idea like "he hates freedom."
If that's the case, who's going to be America's liberator?
I now refuse to stand idle while people like the president accuse me of being un-American.
POST-SCRIPT: And don't tell me that I'm supposed to support our president and the Republican Party because "We're at war. You're supposed to support your country when it's at war." I REPEAT: We are at war because HE LIED ABOUT WHY WE NEEDED TO GO THERE. AND HE STILL HASN'T GIVEN A REASON WHY WE STILL NEED TO BE THERE. If we were just supposed to support a president because we're at war, wouldn't every president from here on out start a war (for just reasons or not) right before his re-election? Isn't that what he actually did?