'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Sunday, February 08, 2004

It's historic times: The Meet The Press Descent into Incoherence

BUSH: See, free societies are societies that don't develop weapons of mass terror and don't blackmail the world.

So I guess the USA isn't a free society...

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BUSH: There's nervousness because they're not exactly sure what their form of government will look like, and there is you can understand why. In nine months' time, there’s – we’re now saying, democracy must flourish. And as I recall from my history, it took us quite a while here in the United States, but nevertheless we are making progress.

What the hell does this mean? I thought we were saying that democracy was going to flourish by June 30th? Has the June 30th deadline slipped? Where the hell did nine months come from? Is he talking about democracy flourishing before the US elections in November? If so, he has just admitted that the dates they are picking have nothing to do with what's good for Iraqis, but, rather, have everything to do with what's good for Bushies.

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Russert: If the Iraqis choose, however, an Islamic extremist regime, would you accept that, and would that be better for the United States than Saddam Hussein?

Bush: They're not going to develop that. And the reason I can say that is because I'm very aware of this basic law they're writing. They're not going to develop that because right here in the Oval Office I sat down with Mr. Pachachi and Chalabi and al Hakim, people from different parts of the country that have made the firm commitment, that they want a constitution eventually written that recognizes minority rights and freedom of religion.

This is just a great exchange. Really shows Bush's vision of democracy. Democracy is three unelected clowns in the oval office making decisions for a country that hates them. Sounds just like our democracy.

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Russert: Now looking back, in your mind, is it worth the loss of 530 American lives and 3,000 injuries and woundings simply to remove Saddam Hussein, even though there were no weapons of mass destruction?

Bush: Every life is precious. Every person that is willing to sacrifice for this country deserves our praise, and yes. [...snip...]It's essential that I explain this properly to the parents of those who lost their lives. Saddam Hussein was dangerous, and I’m not gonna leave him in power and trust a madman. He's a dangerous man. He had the ability to make weapons at the very minimum. For the parents of the soldiers who have fallen who are listening, David Kay, the weapons inspector, came back and said, “In many ways Iraq was more dangerous than we thought.” It's we are in a war against these terrorists who will bring great harm to America, and I've asked these young ones to sacrifice for that. A free Iraq will change the world. It's historic times. A free Iraq will make it easier for other children in our own country to grow up in a safer world because in the Middle East is where you find the hatred and violence that enables the enemy to recruit its killers. And, Tim, as you can tell, I've got a foreign policy that is one that believes America has a responsibility in this world to lead, a responsibility to lead in the war against terror, a responsibility to speak clearly about the threats that we all face, a responsibility to promote freedom, to free people from the clutches of barbaric people such as Saddam Hussein who tortured, mutilated there were mass graves that we have found a responsibility to fight AIDS, the pandemic of AIDS, and to feed the hungry. We have a responsibility. To me that is history's call to America. I accept the call and will continue to lead in that direction.

Words fail me.

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