2005/10/06

Latest speech from Bush

Bush re-e-e-ally pushes the ol' fear buttons today! Think Progress has a version of the speech which highlights all the phrases designed to give people nightmares. Here are some selections, in no particular order and emphases are from Think Progress:

Evil men who want to use horrendous weapons against us are working in deadly earnest to gain them.

They seek to end dissent in every form and to control every aspect of life and to rule the soul itself.

the killers choose their victims indiscriminately

The provocations for writing this post, though is this:

No act of ours invited the rage of the killers, and no concession, bribe or act of appeasement would change or limit their plans for murder.

Really? Bush includes in his list of "terrorists", the people who are combatting American occupiers of Iraq, a country that America invaded without provocation. Remember, there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Plame case makes it quite clear that the Bush Administration simply made this threat up out of thin air. One could perhaps claim that there were other threats that the US did have evidence for, but no one has shown that any such evidence ever existed. People going through warnings delivered by the CIA have found those reports absolutely chock-full of words like "if", "but", "considering", "perhaps", "it might be argued that...", etc, etc. Besides, had any such evidence ever existed, why would the Bush Administration have made anything up in the first place? Had there been any serious evidence, why didn't the Bush Administration simply use that? Had there been any true threat from Iraq, there would have been no need for the Plame case ever to have happened.

Bush's latest speech slides over into sheer hysteria. He's obviously gettng desperate to shore up support for the Iraq War. Too bad that over two years into the war, he can't show the American People any genuine progress in that war.

Additionally, Uggabugga points out that:

From Bush's speech:
  • "evil" mentioned 6 times
  • "terror" (& variants) mentioned 31 times
  • "kill" (& variants) mentioned 13 times
  • "radical" (& variants) mentioned 23 times
  • "Bin Laden" mentioned 5 times
That has nothing to do with the present Sunni/Shia/Kurd logjam. Who is buying this nonsense? Limbaugh was full of praise this morning for Bush's "leadership" but a caller to O'Reilly had had enough. She said that Bush misleads, we're stuck in Iraq, that it's a waste of time, money, and men. (O'Reilly noncommital except to bitch about liberals).

Bush:
"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."
This is unreal. Does Bush's speech reflect the opinion of anybody in the administration?
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I should mention that when I say "hysterical", I don't mean "funny", I mean running down the hallway naked and screaming, arms upraised and blabbering. That's the kind of hysteria Bush is engaging in.

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