If you missed President Bush’s address to the nation last night, thank yourself. Fifteen seconds into his speech, I became annoyed. What can I say, habitual liars with no shred of credibility have that affect on me.
The news media hyped up this speech as the President’s final unveiling of his grand new plan to rectify the abysmal failure we currently refer to as the Iraqi war. What exactly is so new about it? Your guess is as good as mine. As Georgie described his plan, I couldn’t help but recall other speeches he’s given in the past that shared the same themes as those discussed last night.
Lowlights of the speech include:
It is clear that we need to change our strategy in Iraq. So my national security team, military commanders and diplomats conducted a comprehensive review.
We consulted members of Congress from both parties, allies abroad, and distinguished outside experts.
We benefited from the thoughtful recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel led by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Congressman Lee Hamilton.
How nice of the bipartisan group to come together and present you with ideas to solve the conundrum In Iraqi – most of which you have chosen to ignore.
The consequences of failure are clear: Radical Islamic extremists would grow in strength and gain new recruits. They would be in a better position to topple moderate governments, create chaos in the region and use oil revenues to fund their ambitions. Iran would be emboldened in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Our enemies would have a safe haven from which to plan and launch attacks on the American people.
All thanks to you.
On September the 11th, 2001, we saw what a refuge for extremists on the other side of the world could bring to the streets of our own cities. For the safety of our people, America must succeed in Iraq.
Why is he still trying to make the connection between 9/11 and Iraq? I guess one could point out that the same training Osama and co. received from the military to fight the Soviets back in the 80s was used to orchestrate the terrorist attacks on 9/11 is not a far cry from this administration giving terrorists new ground to prep for future attacks against American interest.
Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not.
I’m still wondering, actually.
I have made it clear to the prime minister and Iraq’s other leaders that America’s commitment is not open-ended. If the Iraqi government does not follow through on its promises, it will lose the support of the American people. And it will lose the support of the Iraqi people.
So, we invaded your country and made this mess, but it’s your job to clean it up. It’s your country, not ours.
Victory will not look like the ones our fathers and grandfathers achieved. There will be no surrender ceremony on the deck of a battleship.