Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The President's "Big" Speech

-I'm betting he's going to say "Terrorist" and "9/11" about one jillion times. I'll eat my hat if he mentions "Osama bin Laden."

Hey, that turd is wearing a blue tie, I expected a red one.

Wooo! September the 11th! I'm really glad I didn't make this a drinking game.

The president just said the same thing twice. "We must fight 'them' abroad, or we will fight them at home." He then quoted some general who parroted the same meme.

Shoot! Osama came up, guess I have a hat to eat. BTW I would really, really like it if we were hunting down Osama bin Laden. Maybe we can do that after this business in Iraq, yes?

He just mumbled something about timing a place in time. Maybe his ear-peace is faulty?

160 thousand Iraqi troops are apparently trained, outnumbering American troops by more than 10 thousand. Something tells me the president just lied, otherwise Iraq has the worst.troops.ever.

Now, it seems a lot of those Iraqi troops are not yet ready to stand on their own. Not so much troops as Weebalos

So far, it seems that Bush's big plan is to "train more Iraqi troops." Great plan; I bet he stayed up til the wee hours of the morning to come up with such a nuanced and not at all vague plan.

2 things. No new plan on the "exit strategy." The prez. just informed 2 out of 3 Americans that any time table would cause Iraq to crumble. Also, the prez. just claimed he'd add more troops if his generals asked for them. I've heard at least 1 general ask for more troops. It is a moot point because NO ONE wants to sign up for the Iraq war. This war has stretched our military very thin indeed.

Is he really claiming the recent Palestinian elections as some sort of success? Hamas won several seats there (Hamas is best described as a well-organized Terrorist network).

He just thanked those willing to re-enlist. How about those who were unwilling, but forcefully re-enlisted anyway? This guy has no shame.

Well, I didn't expect it to last very long, but dang that was extremely brief. There was nothing at all new in this speech. His framing was super clear. Everyone fighting against us in Iraq is clearly a terrorist, clearly tied to Osama bin Laden. Our reason for fighting in Iraq is, and always has been, fighting all the Terrorists (cough cough WMDs, cough, Saddam Hussein's regime, cough).

As for the meat of the speech, absolutely nothing new about his policy for Iraq. It is still nothing greater than "Stay the Course and support the "troops" (a.k.a the War in Iraq).


The more I think about, the more I am dumbfounded as to why Bush brought up Osama bin Laden and 9/11 in a speech that was supposed to be about our policy for the war in Iraq. Doesn't he realize how easy it will be for his opposition to make the case that Terrorists weren't a problem in the Saddam Hussein Iraq? That Bush let Osama get away? That we aren't really looking too hard for him now? That it was Al Qaeda, and not Iraq who was actually responsible for 9/11? That, in light of the fact that were zero WMD's in Iraq, we were actually under no threat from Iraq? The president is counting on the American public to be much, much more ignorant than they actually are. This guilt-by-association crap might have flown back in 2003, when we really didn't know for sure what threat Iraq posed. Now however, we've had enough with this cowboy's lies. We aren't going to change our minds just because the president said those same, tired lines for the 814th time.


At 7:15 PM, Blogger johnnie said...

"Build a free nation that can defend itself, sustain itself." I think having electricity more than a couple of hours a day would sure help in that goal...

At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I SWEAR some people in the audience chuckled when he said, "Those of you out there considering a military career..."


At 7:39 PM, Blogger Sue B said...

I wonder if he'll be able to fool the networks into more free time the next time he wants an audience for his own echo chamber?

At 7:47 PM, Blogger Synthesis said...

This sort of reminds me of the presidential debates, especially that first one. The president managed to say so many words, but not substance at all.

Make sure to check out all those online polls and spam them. This was a propaganda piece and we might as well counter it with our own opinions.

Let us not allow the spin to become the truth.

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Dem-X said...

Bummer that the Daily Show won't get to talk about this speech -- they're changing studios and showing reruns for a week, I think.

Anyone got a link to the full speech hosted online?


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