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Bush's speech.

Well, as predicted, he stops short of saying war is ended, just that major battle is done. Note that this was pointed out because this means he can keep the thousands imprisoned without reckoning to international law. Some "liberty" he keeps speaking of. But anyway..

Because of you our nation is more secure. Because of you the tyrant has fallen and Iraq is free.

Er, once again, there is no proof that our nation was any less secure for Saddam being in power. In fact, if anything, this war where we just sort of ran over them proved that they were never any threat to us.

Operation Iraqi Freedom was carried out with a combination of precision and speed and boldness the enemy did not expect and the world had not seen before.

And cowardice not seen since the French when Hitler invaded! (Ok, you got my token France joke, rejoice.)

You have shown the world the skill and the might of the American armed forces.

I would like to ask why this is necessary. It's not like anyone (excepting Wolfowitz in his letters of Defense on New American Century.org) ever doubted this.

Oh wait, this is eerie foreshadowing statement #1.

We thank all of the citizens of Iraq who welcomed our troops and joined in the liberation of their own country.

Too bad so many of them are protesting now, but you know, protesters don't matter anyway.

The character of our military through history, the daring of Normandy, the fierce courage of Iwo Jima, the decency and idealism that turned enemies into allies is fully present in this generation.

I'm sorry, but Iraq != any part of The Great War. It's a small country we ran over with tanks and bombs, not a major undertaking by most of the nations in the Western World where multiple countries were at stake with very real threats.

With new tactics and precision weapons, we can achieve military objectives without directing violence against civilians.

And cowardice again! The fleeing army before us proves not our might and majesty, but our SKILLS with weaponry apparently! Er, sorry about the friendly fire incidents, though.

(And even despite that, over 2000 Iraqi civilians have died so far.)

Men and women in every culture need liberty like they need food and water and air.

So is that why it took so long to get water to the people? How many are still without it even now?

We are helping to rebuild Iraq where the dictator built palaces for himself instead of hospitals and schools.

Is that why we took over a primary school as a military base? Then killed the people who protested that action?

And we will stand with the new leaders of Iraq as they establish a government of, by and for the Iraqi people.

As long as they're "elected" according to our appointment.

The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September the 11th, 2001 and still goes on.

Eerie foreshadowing statement #2.

They imagined, in the words of one terrorist, that September the 11th would be the beginning of the end of America.

And given the anti-Constitutional and anti-Democracy Patriot Act, they were right.

By seeking to turn our cities into killing fields, terrorists and their allies believed that they could destroy this nation's resolve and force our retreat from the world.

They have failed.


Eerie foreshadowing statement #3.

America and our coalition will finish what we have begun.

From Pakistan to the Philippines to the Horn of Africa, we are hunting down Al Qaida killers.


#4.

The liberation of Iraq is a crucial advance in the campaign against terror.

#5. And a big one.

We have removed an ally of Al Qaida and cut off a source of terrorist funding.

Uhm, ally? Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein hate each other! Wtf?

And this much is certain: No terrorist network will gain weapons of mass destruction from the Iraqi regime, because the regime is no more.

Doesn't supplying weapons of mass destruction to others require having an excess of them? Considering that we have yet to find any, this argument has less and less credibility.

Our war against terror is proceeding according to the principles that I have made clear to all.

Ah, he must be referring to the Statement of Principles in New American Century. Thus, eerie statement #6.

Any person involved in committing or planning terrorist attacks against the American people becomes an enemy of this country and a target of American justice.

Funny that this is something that's been called "treason" since before this country began.

Any person, organization or government that supports, protects or harbors terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent and equally guilty of terrorist crimes. Any outlaw regime that has ties to terrorist groups and seeks or possesses weapons of mass destruction is a grave danger to the civilized world and will be confronted.

So who will confront us? We have definite ties to terrorist organizations (a lot of substantial evidence that Timothy McVeigh acted with the support of a white supremacy group we have taken no action against, we routinely take in immigrants under political refuge status), and we have nukes.

And anyone in the world, including the Arab world, who works and sacrifices for freedom has a loyal friend in the United States of America.

Ooo, so we're allies with the suicide bombers in the Gaza Strip now? Oh, wait, wrong freedom.

The advance of freedom is the surest strategy to undermine the appeal of terror in the world.

Eerie foreshadowing statement #7.

American values and American interests lead in the same direction. We stand for human liberty.

Remember my lead-in paragraph. This statement made me incredibly irate when I first read it. You have no right, Mr Bush, to talk of liberty with such arrogance when your whole speech enveloping this statement is designed to keep so many people imprisoned.

The United States upholds these principles of security and freedom in many ways: with all of the tools of diplomacy, law enforcement, intelligence and finance.

And this nasty followup. First of all, security and freedom are generally counteractive to one another. Furthermore, finance has nothing to do with either directly. Interesting addition there.

The use of force has been and remains our last resort.

And that's why we were the first to use it!

Our mission continues. Al Qaida is wounded, not destroyed. The scattered cells of the terrorist network still operate in many nations and we know from daily intelligence that they continue to plot against free people. The proliferation of deadly weapons remains a serious danger.

The enemies of freedom are not idle, and neither are we. Our government has taken unprecedented measures to defend the homeland and we will continue to hunt down the enemy before he can strike.

The war on terror is not over, yet it is not endless. We do not know the day of final victory, but we have seen the turning of the tide.


Ok, that's a fuckload of eerie foreshadowing.

Other nations in history have fought in foreign lands and remained to occupy and exploit. Americans, following a battle, want nothing more than to return home. And that is your direction tonight.

Uhm, that's like one ship. I want Marko home again and with his newlywed wife. I want to see Justin laughing with the rest of the staff at Ceremony again. When are they coming home?

May God bless you all. And may God continue to bless America.

Meanwhile, the Pope is looking into the possibility that Bush's Administration knew about the WTC attacks ahead of time. No, really, he is. Now, I'm not into that idea, but I find it funny that the Vatican is.



So, in summary, lots of bullshit forgetting that his reasons for the war have so far proven unfounded, which I guess is to be expected, and 7 statements plus 3 paragraphs of eerie foreshadowing. Given the implications of those, there is more war coming.

God, I feel sick again.
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