Tuesday, June 28, 2005

51 seconds

It only took 51 seconds for "President" Bush to mention (i.e. exploit) 9/11 in his speech -- "This war reached our shores on September 11, 2001."
Oh, wait, make that twice, second time at 1:55.

This is his speech in an attempt to "win over" the American public, who overwhelmingly disapprove of his war. Only 37 percent of Americans believe Bush has a clear plan for the war.
And 53 percent disapprove of his performance, the highest disapproval rating of his presidency.
Ah, Bush, you are so weak and try so hard to compensate by acting like you're a tough guy. But your weakness is so transparent. It's times like these that make it difficult for me to grasp that Bush is going to be in office till January 2009. Christ.

Here is the full transcript of the speech, and a couple highlights i've picked out from the first 5 minutes (i'll add more later, i'm having trouble getting the video to play right now).

"Our mission in Iraq is clear. We are hunting down the terrorists."
-really? cool. rock on with that. Remember when Bush said the war on terror was unwinnable? people forget but he did say that, until his handlers frantically tried to retract it.
Or that we never really got a clear explanation as to how Iraq had ANYTHING to do with 9/11. But hey, those are little things, right?

"We are removing a source of violence and instability - and laying the foundation of peace for our children and our grandchildren."
-really? cool. too bad the environment will be fucked for our precious children and grandchildren, something Bush doesn't give two shits about. so i can't really see all this peace and tranquility coming to fruition.
besides, he's living in a fantasy world if he truly believes this is all going to lead to peace. good luck, charmer.

Honestly, people should read this essay by Michael Ignatieff in Sunday's New York Times, to get a better sense of the historical context of what Bush is doing. or what he's trying to do.
Who are Americans to Think That Freedom is Theirs to Spread?

speaking of Bush, here's a great shot of his lovely daughter, Jenna, enjoying a quiet nite out.
like father, like daughter.

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