Tuesday, May 25, 2004

here we go, here's the entire text of bush's speech yesterday, from the guardian.

and i'm coopting the following commentary from Onager over at Peoplesforum, as he's much better at it than i.

"Some highlights:

1. He's still telling the lie that the Taliban hung out in Iraq:

"Our terrorist enemies...seek to impose Taliban-like rule country by country across the greater Middle East.

They seek the total control of every person in mind and soul; a harsh society in which women are voiceless and brutalized..."

Sounds just like the GOP/Fundie platform.

2. As close to an admission of error as we will ever get:

"The swift removal of Saddam Hussein's regime last spring had an unintended affect. Instead of being killed or captured on the battlefield, some of Saddam's elite guards shed their uniforms and melted into the civilian population."

Oh. You mean, just like every real military expert TOLD you they would do? Amazing!

"These elements of Saddam's repressive regime and secret police have reorganized, rearmed and adopted sophisticated terrorist tactics."

Including those elements currently on our payroll.

3. He enjoyed using his favorite word about 900 times:

"The return of tyranny to Iraq would be an unprecedented terrorist victory and a cause for killers to rejoice. It would also embolden the terrorists, leading to more bombings, more beheadings and more murders of the innocent around the world.

"The rise of a free and self-governing Iraq will deny terrorists a base of operation, discredit their narrow ideology and give momentum to reformers across the region. This will be a decisive blow to terrorism at the heart of its power and a victory for the security of America and the civilized world."

Iraq wasn't a terrorist base of operation until you made it one, dickhead.

4. This is probably the most ominous line. Right out of the PNAC script:

"We believe that when all Middle Eastern peoples are finally allowed to live and think and work and worship as free men and women, they will reclaim the greatness of their own heritage. And when that day comes, the bitterness and burning hatreds that feed terrorism will fade and die away."

In other words, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

...that light, maybe it's actually an oncoming train?

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