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Line-by-line indy analysis of Herr Bush's speech

Two of us watched the State of the Union speech tonight in different places. One of us came over to the other's house afterwards to decompress from the unpleasant experience. Together, we went through the text of the speech and made some comments.
About Bush and his delivery: Luckily he is not much of an actor, as he works through a speech whose aim it is to introduce the idea of a war that has the potential to cause tens of thousands of deaths, a smirk appears periodically. He actually seemed to enjoy the mood.


Clearly, he was trying to convince people that a war against Iraq is necessary. Has the growing No-War-in-Iraq movement made him go on the defensive? Perhaps. Hundreds of thousands of people protesting in the streets, and some of those acting directly against the physical structures of war-making capitalism is not what the powers-that-be want, that's for sure. So that would be the one hopeful thing to pull out of the speech.

Here's the text, with comments following in blockquote:

Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, distinguished citizens and fellow citizens, every year, by law and by custom, we meet here to consider the state of the union. This year, we gather in this chamber deeply aware of decisive days that lie ahead.

The people watching this speech who hated it also know these are decisive days and we are planning, too. Be warned, Mr. Bush: Your war will not escalate without increasing resistance.

You and I serve our country in a time of great consequence.

Indeed. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are about to die. Can we stop it?

During this session of Congress, we have the duty to reform domestic programs vital to our country, we have the opportunity to save millions of lives abroad from a terrible disease.

True enough. We didn't hear anything about this during the speech, though, since that would mean dismantling capitalism, destroying the war machine, and turning from greed. What he's really talking about here, domestically, is privatization.

We will work for a prosperity that is broadly shared, and we will answer every danger and every enemy that threatens the American people.

...Everyone and anything on the entire planet that attempts to exercise self-determination over their own resources and lives.

In all these days of promise and days of reckoning, we can be confident. During the last two years we have seen what can be accomplished when we work together.

A never-ending war; a system of repression rivalling, in attitude, that of post-Wiemer Germany and the brownshirts, but in terms of reach it is next-to-none; state budgets in complete collapse, (also post-Wiemer like) killing the most helpless of society.

To lift the standards of our public schools, we achieved historic education reform which must now be carried out in every school and in every classroom so that every child in American can read and learn and succeed in life.

Curing the ills of public education by spending taxes on a useless war is not going to make anyone smarter (nor will testing).

To protect our country, we reorganized our government and created the Department of Homeland Security, which is mobilizing against the threats of a new era.

...by preparing to squash out dissent whereever it sees it by putting a camera on every corner, a bug in every room, and a turncoat neighbor on every street.

To bring our economy out of recession, we delivered the largest tax relief in a generation.

Thousands will soon lose unemployement and no amount of tax relief will help them.

To insist on integrity in American business, we passed tough reforms, and we are holding corporate criminals to account.

And the best way to do that is to fill the Administration with them. Arianna Huffington writes: "[B]oth Harken Energy, while President Bush was on its board, and Halliburton, while Vice President Cheney was its CEO, had created subsidiary shell companies in offshore tax havens. The administration's attempt at what was presumably damage control did more harm than good." That's just the tip of the iceberg. See morehere.

Some might call this a good record. I call it a good start.

Cute.

Not.

Tonight I ask the House and the Senate to join me in the next bold steps to serve our fellow citizens.

Our first goal is clear: We must have an economy that grows fast enough to employ every man and woman who seeks a job.

After recession, terrorist attacks, corporate scandals and stock market declines, our economy is recovering. Yet it is not growing fast enough, or strongly enough.

Huh? The recession is over? Where? Not in Oregon, that's for sure!

With unemployment rising, our nation needs more small businesses to open, more companies to invest and expand, more employers to put up the sign that says, ``Help Wanted.''

Jobs are created when the economy grows; the economy grows when Americans have more money to spend and invest; and the best and fairest way to make sure Americans have that money is not to tax it away in the first place.

TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS! Last time that was tried, in combination with increased defense spending, under Reagan (actually started by Carter), it was disasterous.

I am proposing that all the income tax reductions set for 2004 and 2006 be made permanent and effective this year.

Oh good lord. More money to rich people. Great. I'm not personally in favor of even having federal governments, but if you are gonna, tax the hell out of the rich.

And under my plan, as soon as I've signed the bill, this extra money will start showing up in workers' paychecks.

Through this imagined reality of rich people using their money to create jobs. Too bad it doesn't actually work that way.

Instead of gradually reducing the marriage penalty, we should do it now.

Instead of slowly raising the child credit to $1,000, we should send the checks to American families now.

Is another bribe coming?

This tax relief is for everyone who pays income taxes, and it will help our economy immediately. Ninety-two million Americans will keep this year an average of almost $1,100 more of their own money. A family of four with an income of $40,000 would see their federal income taxes fall from $1,178 to $45 per year.

Beware the word "average". It's a statistical trick. Look this one up and figure out what it really means. As for the example he gives, I don't buy it. Where's the gun money gonna come from?

And our plan will improve the bottom line for more than 23 million small businesses.

What's "small"? 50 and under? 500 and under? This is a meaningless phrase.

You, the Congress, have already passed all these reductions, and promised them for future years. If this tax relief is good for Americans three or five or seven years from now, it is even better for Americans today.

We should also strengthen the economy by treating investors equally in our tax laws. It's fair to tax a company's profits. It is not fair to again tax the shareholder on the same profits.

More breaks for the rich. "Treating investors equally"? As if "investors" are some sort of downtrodden class? Co-opting the language of victim politics here.

To boost investor confidence, and to help the nearly 10 million seniors who receive dividend income, I ask you to end the unfair double taxation of dividends.

Another one for the rich, mostly.

Lower taxes and greater investment will help this economy expand. More jobs mean more taxpayers and higher revenues to our government.

And here's the central lie of Trickle-Down: the government will get MORE money if it lowers taxe rates because more people will be making more money. This shit went out of repute in economic circles in the 1930's.

The best way to address the deficit and move toward a balanced budget is to encourage economic growth and to show some spending discipline in Washington, D.C.

...except for weapons of mass destruction.

We must work together to fund only our most important priorities. I will send you a budget that increases discretionary spending by 4 percent next year, about as much as the average family's income is expected to grow. And that is a good benchmark for us: Federal spending should not rise any faster than the paychecks of American families.

Circular reasoning within trickle-down. Kinda like water going down the drain.

A growing economy and a focus on essential priorities will be crucial to the future of Social Security. As we continue to work together to keep Social Security sound and reliable, we must offer younger workers a chance to invest in retirement accounts that they will control and they will own.

PRIVATIZATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY.

Our second goal is high quality, affordable health for all Americans.

The American system of medicine is a model of skill and innovation, with a pace of discovery that is adding good years to our lives.

Cuba's is better. Nyah nyah!

Yet for many people, medical care costs too much, and many have no coverage at all.

These problems will not be solved with a nationalized health care system that dictates coverage and rations care.

HMOs manage care and dicate coverage.

Instead, we must work toward a system in which all Americans have a good insurance policy, choose their own doctors, and seniors and low-income Americans receive the help they need.

Instead of bureaucrats and trial lawyers and HMOs, we must put doctors and nurses and patients back in charge of American medicine.

Sounds good in principle, but I'll bet I'm gonna hate what's coming next.

Health care reform must begin with Medicare; Medicare is the binding commitment of a caring society.

He must mean he wants to privatize Medicare.

We must renew that commitment by giving seniors access to the preventive medicine and new drugs that are transforming health care in America.

The best preventative medicine is no medicine at all, but rather a healthy lifestyle. However, the addictions of junk food, stagnant lives, etc., will not be discouraged. Better to keep everyone unhealthy and dull and dependant.

Seniors happy with the current Medicare system should be able to keep their coverage just the way it is.

And just like you, the members of Congress, and your staffs and other federal employees, all seniors should have the choice of a health care plan that provides prescription drugs.

Keep everybody addicted to Big Pharm. Never mind that the shit don't work.

My budget will commit an additional $400 billion over the next decade to reform and strengthen Medicare. Leaders of both political parties have talked for years about strengthening Medicare. I urge the members of this new Congress to act this year.

Let's see what strings are attached.

To improve our health care system, we must address one of the prime causes of higher cost: the constant threat that physicians and hospitals will be unfairly sued.

Because of excessive litigation, everybody pays more for health care, and many parts of America are losing fine doctors. No one has ever been healed by a frivolous lawsuit; I urge the Congress to pass medical liability reform.

Having lost millions on the stock market, insurance companys are trying to recoup with rising premiums.

Our third goal is to promote energy independence for our country, while dramatically improving the environment.

I have sent you a comprehensive energy plan to promote energy efficiency and conservation, to develop cleaner technology, and to produce more energy at home.

...from the Arctic Wildlife Refuge and other pristine lands.

I have sent you clear skies legislation that mandates a 70 percent cut in air pollution from power plants over the next 15 years. I have sent you a healthy forest initiative to help prevent the catastrophic fires that devastate communities, kill wildlife and burn away millions of acres of treasured forests.

Well shit, if the former is anything like the latter, we know it sucks.

I urge you to pass these measures for the good of both our environment and our economy.

Even more, I ask you to take a crucial step and protect our environment in ways that generations before us could not have imagined.

Just don't stop driving cars.

In this century, the greatest environmental progress will come about not through endless lawsuits or command-and-control regulations, but through technology and innovation.

Aah yes, science will save us all. Ho hum.

Tonight I'm proposing $1.2 billion in research funding so that America can lead the world in developing clean, hydrogen-powered automobiles.

Heavens, that the car companies should come up with their own R&D cash. Another giveaway to corporations.

A simple chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen generates energy, which can be used to power a car, producing only water, not exhaust fumes. With a new national commitment, our scientists and engineers will overcome obstacles to taking these cars from laboratory to showroom, so that the first car driven by a child born today could be powered by hydrogen, and pollution-free.

Join me in this important innovation to make our air significantly cleaner, and our country much less dependent on foreign sources of energy.

Join him in gutting clean air and water regulations.

Our fourth goal is to apply the compassion of America to the deepest problems of America. For so many in our country--the homeless, and the fatherless, the addicted--the need is great. Yet there is power--wonder-working power--in the goodness and idealism and faith of the American people.

Americans are doing the work of compassion every day: visiting prisoners, providing shelter for battered women, bringing companionship to lonely seniors. These good works deserve our praise, they deserve our personal support and, when appropriate, they deserve the assistance of the federal government.

"when appropriate". Hmmm. Do i smell a "faith-based" reference about to come?

I urge you to pass both my faith-based initiative and the Citizen Service Act to encourage acts of compassion that can transform America one heart and one soul at a time.

I do!

Last year, I called on my fellow citizens to participate in the USA Freedom Corps, which is enlisting tens of thousands of new volunteers across America.

Tonight I ask Congress and the American people to focus the spirit of service and the resources of government on the needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens: boys and girls trying to grow up without guidance and attention, and children who have to go through a prison gate to be hugged by their mom or dad.

Those same prisoners, many who are serving draconian sentences for minor drug possesion, were incarcerated under laws unfairly applied, and conceived to exact vengeance, and not reform.
The US has essentially a third-world, two-tiered justice system.

I propose a $450 million initiative to bring mentors to more than a million disadvantaged junior high students and children of prisoners.

Government will support the training and recruiting of mentors, yet it is the men and women of America who will fill the need. One mentor, one person, can change a life forever, and I urge you to be that one person.

Whoah. So the government is going to provide a replacement to children for their incarcerated parents. Great.

Another cause of hopelessness is addiction to drugs. Addiction crowds out friendship, ambition, moral conviction, and reduces all the richness of life to a single destructive desire.

Indeed. The addictions of consumerism, such as television, junk-food, car-driving, etc., are doing just that to our society. However, those are addictions that keep corporate-Capitalism going, so they will remain unmentioned.

As a government, we are fighting illegal drugs by cutting off supplies and reducing demand through anti-drug education programs. Yet for those already addicted, the fight against drugs is a fight for their own lives.

Nevermind the fact that the CIA pumped drugs into the inner cities (and probably still does), or that U.S. banks make billions in profit every year by handling all the drug money that washes through their coffers. These are empty words. The government is not against illegal drugs. It is, however, all for criminalizing health problems (the "War on Drugs", which is really a war on people of color and the money-poor) and taking over the resources of other countries (which is what the alleged war on drugs in Colombia is for).

Too many Americans in search of treatment cannot get it. So tonight I propose a new $600 million program to help an additional 300,000 Americans receive treatment over the next three years.

That's $666.67 for each of those people per year for that three years. How will it be disbursed? How much of the ~$667 will go to administrative fees? What choices for recovery will people have? I.e., only methadone for heroin users and nothing else? (which is just replacing one dangerous drug for another.) Will natural methods be covered? How many hour-long counseling sessions would that cover? Maybe 10? For example, "According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one year of methadone treatment for heroin addiction costs $3,500." [source] This isn't as much money as it sounds like, in other words.

Our nation is blessed with recovery programs that do amazing work. One of them is found at the Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A man in the program said, ``God does miracles in people's lives, and you never think it could be you.''

Here, he steals a page from Clinton's book, by pointing out a down-home, "real" example of what he's trying to day. Doesn't do it as well as Clinton, who would've had someone from the church in the audience to stand up and get applause. (I don't mean this as props to Clinton at all, who was worse for this country than Reagan or Bush I.)

Tonight, let us bring to all Americans who struggle with drug addiction this message of hope: The miracle of recovery is possible, and it could be you.

Unfortunately, Bush might not have experienced this miracle himself, though he claims to have given up bad habits from his youth. Read this tip, which claims he was still using cocaine as recently as the 2000 presidential campaign. And his daughters seem like they're going down a bad road, too. If he gets imprisoned, will a "mentor" be found for them?

By caring for children who need mentors, and for addicted men and women who need treatment, we are building a more welcoming society, a culture that values every life.

And in this work we must not overlook the weakest among us. I ask you to protect infants at the very hour of their birth and end the practice of partial-birth abortion.

Partial-birth abortion is an exceedingly rare practice that is normally undertaken only to save the life of the mother. Because Bush doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to really go after abortion, like many of his supporters would like to, he throws them this meaningless chit.

And because no human life should be started or ended as the object of an experiment, I ask you to set a high standard for humanity and pass a law against all human cloning.

Huh. Okay. This is a great idea, actually. Hmmm. What's the catch?

The qualities of courage and compassion that we strive for in America also determine our conduct abroad. The American flag stands for more than our power and our interests. Our founders dedicated this country to the cause of human dignity, the rights of every person and the possibilities of every life.

Were these the same founders who were slave-owners? Who didn't let anyone vote unless they were white male landowners? That spirit is indeed still alive in aMErica today.

This conviction leads us into the world to help the afflicted, and defend the peace, and confound the designs of evil men.

Wow, well this is just a bold-faced lie. Do you think he believes it himself? My own convictions lead me to confound the designs of this particular evil man, I tell you what.

In Afghanistan, we helped to liberate an oppressed people, and we will continue helping them secure their country, rebuild their society and educate all their children, boys and girls.

A pointless exercise in rearranging the landscape. Those the US aided turned to be just as repressive, (accept they are now "on our side" as it were).

In the Middle East, we will continue to seek peace between a secure Israel and a democratic Palestine.

How is it that sending weapons and money to a nuclear-armed Israel (allowed to torture and kill whomever it pleases and occupy soveriegn nations) will bring peace?

Across the Earth, America is feeding the hungry. More than 60 percent of international food aid comes as a gift from the people of the United States.

As our nation moves troops and builds alliances to make our world safer, we must also remember our calling, as a blessed country, is to make the world better.

Blessed country? We are "blessed" with having the most viscous gang of killers that has ever ran a state. Oh, blessed be our cruise missiles as they fall from heaven ontop of those that dare question our gluttenous way of life.

Today, on the continent of Africa, nearly 30 million people have the AIDS virus, including 3 million children under the age of 15. There are whole countries in Africa where more than one-third of the adult population carries the infection. More than 4 million require immediate drug treatment. Yet across that continent, only 50,000 AIDS victims--only 50,000--are receiving the medicine they need.

Because the AIDS diagnosis is considered a death sentence, many do not seek treatment. Almost all who do are turned away.

A doctor in rural South Africa describes his frustration. He says, ``We have no medicines, many hospitals tell people, 'You've got AIDS. We can't help you. Go home and die'.'' In an age of miraculous medicines, no person should have to hear those words.

AIDS can be prevented. Anti-retroviral drugs can extend life for many years. And the cost of those drugs has dropped from $12,000 a year to under $300 a year, which places a tremendous possibility within our grasp.

Ladies and gentlemen, seldom has history offered a greater opportunity to do so much for so many. We have confronted, and will continue to confront, HIV/AIDS in our own country. And to meet a severe and urgent crisis abroad, tonight I propose the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a work of mercy beyond all current international efforts to help the people of Africa.

This comprehensive plan will prevent 7 million new AIDS infections, treat at least 2 million people with life-extending drugs and provide humane care for millions of people suffering from AIDS and for children orphaned by AIDS.

I ask the Congress to commit $15 billion over the next five years, including nearly $10 billion in new money, to turn the tide against AIDS in the most afflicted nations of Africa and the Caribbean.

I'll believe it when i see it. And how do his Big Pharm donors fit into this picture?

This nation can lead the world in sparing innocent people from a plague of nature.

And this nation is leading the world in confronting and defeating the man-made evil of international terrorism.

...by disarming and stepping down from our imperial pedastal?

There are days when our fellow citizens do not hear news about the war on terror. There's never a day when I do not learn of another threat, or receive reports of operations in progress or give an order in this global war against a scattered network of killers. The war goes on, and we are winning.

Hitler said this kinda shit up 'til the end.

To date we have arrested or otherwise dealt with many key commanders of Al Qaida. They include a man who directed logistics and funding for the September the 11th attacks, the chief of Al Qaida operations in the Persian Gulf who planned the bombings of our embassies in East Africa and the USS Cole, an Al Qaida operations chief from Southeast Asia, a former director of Al Qaida's training camps in Afghanistan, a key Al Qaida operative in Europe, a major Al Qaida leader in Yemen.

All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries.

And many others have met a different fate. Let's put it this way: They are no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and allies.

So many other "suspected" people "are no longer a problem" without recourse to criminal courts and the basic idea of justice that the US is supposed to uphold. Summary executions are now allowed.

A person in the room where i was watching this said, "John Wayne". This was a sick sick moment in the history of the U.S. presidency (or in this case, pResidency).

We are working closely with other nations to prevent further attacks. America and coalition countries have uncovered and stopped terrorist conspiracies targeting the embassy in Yemen, the American embassy in Singapore, a Saudi military base, ships in the Straits of Hormuz and the Straits of Gibraltar. We've broken Al Qaida cells in Hamburg and Milan and Madrid and London and Paris--as well as Buffalo, New York.

We've got the terrorists on the run. We're keeping them on the run. One by one the terrorists are learning the meaning of American justice.

"American Justice", an apt phrase, means summary exections and arrests and the creation of a giant free-fire zone: the entire planet.

As we fight this war, we will remember where it began: here, in our own country.

This is probably the truest thing he said all night. Yes, it did start here, in the School of the Americas, the Pentagon, Westpoint, the Whitehouse, and every ROTC in the country. "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government." (MLK)

This government is taking unprecedented measures to protect our people and defend our homeland.

We've intensified security at the borders and ports of entry, posted more than 50,000 newly trained federal screeners in airports, begun inoculating troops and first responders against smallpox, and are deploying the nation's first early warning network of sensors to detect biological attack.

And this year, for the first time, we are beginning to field a defense to protect this nation against ballistic missiles.

Star Wars is back.

I thank the Congress for supporting these measures. I ask you tonight to add to our future security with a major research and production effort to guard our people against bio-terrorism, called Project Bioshield.

The budget I send you will propose almost $6 billion to quickly make available effective vaccines and treatments against agents like anthrax, botulinum toxin, ebola and plague. We must assume that our enemies would use these diseases as weapons, and we must act before the dangers are upon us.

...and some black ops funding will also be part of this project, to include other ingredients in these vaccines. Mind control shit, here we come.

Since September the 11th, our intelligence and law enforcement agencies have worked more closely than ever to track and disrupt the terrorists. The FBI is improving its ability to analyze intelligence, and is transforming itself to meet new threats.

...but is on strict orders not to ask any questions around the White House, where they would get the REAL story about Sept. 11. (Clue: BUSH KNEW.) Of course, this is also a reference to more internal investigation of anyone the administration doesn't like, which would be political dissidents, freedom-lovers, indymedia readers and contributors, and anyone else who doesn't like Bush and his government and his damn war.

Tonight, I am instructing the leaders of the FBI, the CIA, the Homeland Security and the Department of Defense to develop a Terrorist Threat Integration Center, to merge and analyze all threat information in a single location.

Oh great. Gonna build that in Portland, maybe? Next to the eco-terrorism office? Is all this going to eventually be brought together under a new Chimera Department?

Our government must have the very best information possible, and we will use it to make sure the right people are in the right places to protect our citizens.

And to harrass those citizens whenever possible. Say goodbye to freedom. The only way that most of us can live with all the oppressive laws in our society is to break them on a daily basis when we need to and get away with it. Once everything is being tracked, and all the agencies are talking to each other, and all the video monitors are staffed for those cameras on all the cameras, our individual liberty will be toast. No one is a completely law abiding citizen. Nobody. 'Cause there's too damn many stupid laws, This is just another way of saying that social control is going to be stepped up even more. Fucker.

Our war against terror is a contest of will in which perseverance is power. In the ruins of two towers, at the western wall of the Pentagon, on a field in Pennsylvania, this nation made a pledge, and we renew that pledge tonight: Whatever the duration of this struggle and whatever the difficulties, we will not permit the triumph of violence in the affairs of men; free people will set the course of history.

Yes we free people will. And you'll be on the wrong side of it, Georgie, unless you have some sort of incredible life-change. The violence committed against humanity by the Bush administration when it orchestrated and carried out the Sept. 11 attacks is far bigger than the deaths that occured that day (more people die in Iraq every month from the sanctions and depleted uranium, and have been for 12 years) but eventually we the free people will prevail. It might be prevailing over smoking ruins everywhere, but it will happen.

Today, the gravest danger in the war on terror, the gravest danger facing America and the world, is outlaw regimes that seek and possess nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Yes, that's right. The gravest danger facing aMErica and the world are those weapons; the ones in the hands of the U.S. government, that is.

These regimes could use such weapons for blackmail, terror and mass murder. They could also give or sell those weapons to terrorist allies, who would use them without the least hesitation.

...which is exactly what the U.S. does.

This threat is new; America's duty is familiar. Throughout the 20th century, small groups of men seized control of great nations, built armies and arsenals, and set out to dominate the weak and intimidate the world.

...and in this way, the U.S. is only the latest to do so.

In each case, their ambitions of cruelty and murder had no limit. In each case, the ambitions of Hitlerism, militarism and communism were defeated by the will of free peoples, by the strength of great alliances and by the might of the United States of America.

And let's hope the rest of the world can do that next, and soon, to the U.S. No, let's not hope -- let's work actively toward that goal. Altogether now: "SMASH THE STATE!"

Now, in this century, the ideology of power and domination has appeared again and seeks to gain the ultimate weapons of terror.

That's right, and George Bush is at the helm. Frightening. Especially if you're a brown person in a country with oil.

Once again, this nation and our friends are all that stand between a world at peace, and a world of chaos and constant alarm. Once again, we are called to defend the safety of our people and the hopes of all mankind. And we accept this responsibility.

Oh jesus, what sick awful bullshit. I really have trouble listening to this crap.

America is making a broad and determined effort to confront these dangers. We have called on the United Nations to fulfill its charter and stand by its demand that Iraq disarm. We are strongly supporting the International Atomic Energy Agency in its mission to track and control nuclear materials around the world. We are working with other governments to secure nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union and to strengthen global treaties banning the production and shipment of missile technologies and weapons of mass destruction.

Treaties for other coutries, that is. The U.S. will, in the meantime, break treaties it has already signed (the ABM treaty, for one) and just not sign others (Ban on Landmines). Hypocricy.

In all of these efforts, however, America's purpose is more than to follow a process. It is to achieve a result: the end of terrible threats to the civilized world.

The end of the civilized world, period, is the likely outcome of U.S. foreign policy.

All free nations have a stake in preventing sudden and catastrophic attacks, and we're asking them to join us, and many are doing so. Yet the course of this nation does not depend on the decisions of others.

Whew! What happened to the Republicans anyway? From Isolationism to Unilateralism. The old-school conservatives should be up in arms over this shit. (Maybe they are, already. If so -- more power to ya!)

Whatever action is required, whenever action is necessary, I will defend the freedom and security of the American people.

Really? Then get the hell out of office. That would be a great start.

Different threats require different strategies. In Iran we continue to see a government that represses its people, pursues weapons of mass destruction and supports terror.

Just like home!

We also see Iranian citizens risking intimidation and death as they speak out for liberty and human rights and democracy. Iranians, like all people, have a right to choose their own government, and determine their own destiny, and the United States supports their aspirations to live in freedom.

Oh so we like Iran again? It's hard to keep track of this stuff.

On the Korean Peninsula, an oppressive regime rules a people living in fear and starvation. Throughout the 1990s, the United States relied on a negotiated framework to keep North Korea from gaining nuclear weapons. We now know that that regime was deceiving the world and developing those weapons all along.


And today the North Korean regime is using its nuclear program to incite fear and seek concessions.

America and the world will not be blackmailed.

Not when no one's trying to blackmail them, no.

America is working with the countries of the region--South Korea, Japan, China and Russia--to find a peaceful solution and to show the North Korean government that nuclear weapons will bring only isolation, economic stagnation and continued hardship.

...which the U.S. knows from experience.

The North Korean regime will find respect in the world and revival for its people only when it turns away from its nuclear ambitions.

Good advice for the U.S.

Our nation and the world must learn the lessons of the Korean Peninsula and not allow an even greater threat to rise up in Iraq.

A brutal dictator, with a history of reckless aggression, with ties to terrorism, with great potential wealth will not be permitted to dominate a vital region and threaten the United States.

Here, Bush is clearly describing himself.

Twelve years ago, Saddam Hussein faced the prospect of being the last casualty in a war he had started and lost. To spare himself, he agreed to disarm of all weapons of mass destruction.

For the next 12 years, he systematically violated that agreement. He pursued chemical, biological and nuclear weapons even while inspectors were in his country.

Nothing to date has restrained him from his pursuit of these weapons: not economic sanctions, not isolation from the civilized world, not even cruise missile strikes on his military facilities.

Almost three months ago, the United Nations Security Council gave Saddam Hussein his final chance to disarm. He has shown instead utter contempt for the United Nations and for the opinion of the world.

The 108 U.N. inspectors were sent to conduct--were not sent to conduct a scavenger hunt for hidden materials across a country the size of California. The job of the inspectors is to verify that Iraq's regime is disarming.

It is up to Iraq to show exactly where it is hiding its banned weapons, lay those weapons out for the world to see and destroy them as directed. Nothing like this has happened. The United Nations concluded in 1999 that Saddam Hussein had biological weapons materials sufficient to produce over 25,000 liters of anthrax; enough doses to kill several million people. He hasn't accounted for that material. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed it.

The United Nations concluded that Saddam Hussein had materials sufficient to produce more than 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin; enough to subject millions of people to death by respiratory failure. He hasn't accounted for that material. He's given no evidence that he has destroyed it.

Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent. In such quantities, these chemical agents could also kill untold thousands. He's not accounted for these materials. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them. U.S. intelligence indicates that Saddam Hussein had upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents. Inspectors recently turned up 16 of them, despite Iraq's recent declaration denying their existence. Saddam Hussein has not accounted for the remaining 29,984 of these prohibited munitions. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them.

From three Iraqi defectors we know that Iraq, in the late 1990s, had several mobile biological weapons labs. These are designed to produce germ warfare agents and can be moved from place to a place to evade inspectors. Saddam Hussein has not disclosed these facilities. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them.

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in the 1990s that Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program, had a design for a nuclear weapon and was working on five different methods of enriching uranium for a bomb.

The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.

Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production.

Saddam Hussein has not credibly explained these activities. He clearly has much to hide.

The dictator of Iraq is not disarming. To the contrary, he is deceiving.

From intelligence sources, we know, for instance, that thousands of Iraqi security personnel are at work hiding documents and materials from the U.N. inspectors, sanitizing inspection sites and monitoring the inspectors themselves.

Iraqi officials accompany the inspectors in order to intimidate witnesses. Iraq is blocking U-2 surveillance flights requested by the United Nations.

Iraqi intelligence officers are posing as the scientists inspectors are supposed to interview. Real scientists have been coached by Iraqi officials on what to say.

Intelligence sources indicate that Saddam Hussein has ordered that scientists who cooperate with U.N. inspectors in disarming Iraq will be killed, along with their families.

Year after year, Saddam Hussein has gone to elaborate lengths, spent enormous sums, taken great risks to build and keep weapons of mass destruction. But why? The only possible explanation, the only possible use he could have for those weapons, is to dominate, intimidate or attack.

With nuclear arms or a full arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, Saddam Hussein could resume his ambitions of conquest in the Middle East and create deadly havoc in that region.

Whew! There's so many lies here, it's impossible to pin 'em all down. I suggest visiting Voices in the Wilderness to learn about the effects of sanctions in Iraq over the last 12 years. It's been a slow-motion genocide against the Iraqi people.

And this Congress and the American people must recognize another threat. Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications and statements by people now in custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al Qaida. Secretly, and without fingerprints, he could provide one of his hidden weapons to terrorists, or help them develop their own.

Before September the 11th, many in the world believed that Saddam Hussein could be contained. But chemical agents, lethal viruses and shadowy terrorist networks are not easily contained.

Imagine those 19 hijackers with other weapons and other plans, this time armed by Saddam Hussein. It would take one vial, one canister, one crate slipped into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever known.

We will do everything in our power to make sure that that day never comes.

BIG scare tactic story. Shit. Not like what he's describing could ever be stopped for sure. But it IS an excuse to create a totalitarian state,siphon public money to private defense companies and make an imperial grab for global control. Which is what he really wants.

Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike?

If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words and all recriminations would come too late. Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option.

Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Bush is even less of an option. He's clearly not the first and doesn't have the latter.

The dictator who is assembling the world's most dangerous weapons has already used them on whole villages, leaving thousands of his own citizens dead, blind or disfigured.

Iraqi refugees tell us how forced confessions are obtained: by torturing children while their parents are made to watch. International human rights groups have catalogued other methods used in the torture chambers of Iraq: electric shock, burning with hot irons, dripping acid on the skin, mutilation with electric drills, cutting out tongues, and rape.

As for the citizens who Hussein has killed himself -- they've been Kurds for the most part, about whom the U.S. government doesn't care at all when Turkey is slaughtering them (with U.S. bought weapons).

If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning.

Takes one to know one.

And tonight I have a message for the brave and oppressed people of Iraq: Your enemy is not surrounding your country, your enemy is ruling your country. And the day he and his regime are removed from power will be the day of your liberation.

That's the message for us, here, too.

The world has waited 12 years for Iraq to disarm. America will not accept a serious and mounting threat to our country and our friends and our allies.

The United States will ask the U.N. Security Council to convene on February the 5th to consider the facts of Iraq's ongoing defiance of the world. Secretary of State Powell will present information and intelligence about Iraqi's--Iraq's illegal weapons programs, its attempts to hide those weapons from inspectors and its links to terrorist groups.

We will consult, but let there be no misunderstanding: If Saddam Hussein does not fully disarm for the safety of our people, and for the peace of the world, we will lead a coalition to disarm him.

So there was the only interesting piece of information from the whole speech. So an escalation against Iraq won't occur until then? That's only a week, actually. What are YOU going to do on that dreadful day when the war escalates?

Tonight I have a message for the men and women who will keep the peace, members of the American armed forces. Many of you are assembling in or near the Middle East, and some crucial hours may lay ahead.

In those hours, the success of our cause will depend on you. Your training has prepared you. Your honor will guide you. You believe in America and America believes in you.

This got the biggest applause of the night. "Support our troops" don'tchaknow.

Sending Americans into battle is the most profound decision a president can make. The technologies of war have changed. The risks and suffering of war have not.

For the brave Americans who bear the risk, no victory is free from sorrow. This nation fights reluctantly, because we know the cost, and we dread the days of mourning that always come.

We seek peace. We strive for peace. And sometimes peace must be defended. A future lived at the mercy of terrible threats is no peace at all.

If war is forced upon us, we will fight in a just cause and by just means, sparing, in every way we can, the innocent.

The U.S. has a terrible track record in that department. Don't believe it.

And if war is forced upon us, we will fight with the full force and might of the United States military, and we will prevail.

And as we and our coalition partners are doing in Afghanistan, we will bring to the Iraqi people food and medicines and supplies and freedom.

Will the food packages look just like bombs again?

Many challenges, abroad and at home, have arrived in a single season. In two years, America has gone from a sense of invulnerability to an awareness of peril, from bitter division in small matters to calm unity in great causes.

And we go forward with confidence, because this call of history has come to the right country.

Americans are a resolute people, who have risen to every test of our time. Adversity has revealed the character of our country, to the world, and to ourselves.

America is a strong nation and honorable in the use of our strength. We exercise power without conquest, and we sacrifice for the liberty of strangers.

Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world; it is God's gift to humanity.

All total bullshit.

We Americans have faith in ourselves, but not in ourselves alone. We do not claim to know all the ways of Providence, yet we can trust in them, placing our confidence in the loving god behind all of life and all of history. May he guide us now, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

Thank you.


No, Mr. Bush -- thank YOU for being so obvious about your fascist plans.
just because he can get half a room to cheer 29.Jan.2003 01:23

doesnt mean its true or good for you

I have sent you clear skies legislation that mandates a 70 percent cut in air pollution from power plants over the next 15 years. I have sent you a healthy forest initiative to help prevent the catastrophic fires that devastate communities, kill wildlife and burn away millions of acres of treasured forests.

Instead of letting our 'treasured forests' burn
naturally we'll just turn them into treasured stumps.

god bless us
we're special

was this done in response to.. 29.Jan.2003 03:15

visible "resistance"

with the damn big (cuz everybody who showed up knows at least 1 or 2 more people who may not have shown up) turnout for the peace rallies, do you think they scheduled this state of the Onion so they could propagandize some more?

i mean, the guy mentions Iran before Iraq, basically tries to make it look like Iraq did something wrong by 'monitoring' the UN inspectors cuz, if i'm not mistaken, last time there was a US spy on the team. i like the alluding to the fact that Colin Bowel will reveal some devastating facts in 5 days--why not 5 days ago when Bowel announced this? what's stopping them from bringing out the big lies, Ramadan?

"A simple chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen generates energy, which can be used to power a car, producing only water, not exhaust fumes."

he stumbled on the word oxygen :)

also, can this guy stop saying "nookuler"--shit, he's itching to use one, why can't he learn to say "nuCLEAR"?

and i'm sure the whitehouse is trying to use the faith-based and citizens initiatives as more mind-control crud; even they are aware of how controlling religious people are. in theory, [God] controls the church, the church controls the people and the people help control each other (and in their mind, the State is [God]). Bush stops short of leading everybody in prayer..guess he wasn't taking chances w/ lightening snaking its way up into the Capitol building.

(hey religious people, wonder why the guy didn't lead the country in a prayer? I know i am. i thought he was [God] fearing and loving--even a pro-athlete will take time to pray during a game)

"And tonight I have a message for the brave and oppressed people of Iraq: Your enemy is not surrounding your country, your enemy is ruling your country. And the day he and his regime are removed from power will be the day of your liberation.

That's the message for us, here, too."

you read my mind :)

the amerikan people, who i'm sure have forgotten about the economic plan already, need to know that amerikkka is still "the good guy". a lot of head shaking "you poor Iraqis" was probably going on in amerikan homes. amerikan big daddy complex.

this breakdown of his BS speech is right on! :)

also graphic language 29.Jan.2003 03:22

visible resistance

also, i think i heard a bit of "graphic" language in the speech (i don't feel like pouring over it now).

i was reminded of when i was listening to the local news the other day (8) and the anchor was talking about some crazy dude that supposedly broke into a house and molested and talked dirty to a young girl. the anchor talked about which body parts of the girl were touched and what the man supposedly said.

i thought this strange cuz i personally don't remember the news being graphic in this manner, not that i watch regularly.

Extremely shallow analysis 29.Jan.2003 04:25

Bush Admirer

Key points and initiatives in Bush's State of the Union address:

IRAQ

?Secretary of State Colin Powell will address the U.N. Security Council next Wednesday on evidence linking Iraq to terrorists and on Baghdad's refusal to disarm.

(Leftist denial is getting even harder)

?The world cannot afford to wait until the threat from Iraq is plainly imminent, Bush argues. "Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike?"

(Bingo)

WAR ON TERRORISM

?A new Terrorist Threat Integration Center will gather and analyze intelligence from a wide array of agencies working at home and abroad.

(Our intelligence services have been hamstrung by 'politically correct' bullshit, Clinton oversight, and too many lawyers. Good move to integrate and empower them).

?Asked Congress for $6 billion over a decade to quickly make available vaccines and treatments against bioweapons such as anthrax and plague.

(Looking out for our safety is the right thing to do George).

AFRICA AIDS

?Seeks $15 billion over five years to combat AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean.

(How are the anti-Bush dorks going to spin this? Clearly a much needed humanitarian need by one heck of a good President).

MEDICARE

?Sought $400 billion over 10 years to change Medicare, offering older Americans the choice of programs that include prescription drug benefits.

(Needed, good move)

SOCIAL SECURITY

?Renewed his call for private Social Security retirement accounts.

(Long overdue - anything privatised is better than anything mismanaged by government bureaucrats)

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

?Urged lawmakers to cap certain damages in malpractice awards.
(Those scumbag trial lawyers do need to be reigned in -- good move George)

ABORTION

?Asked Congress to ban a procedure critics call "partial-birth abortion" and all human cloning.

(OK, so you needed to toss a chip to the religious right for their support. Not a very big one).

ENVIRONMENT

?Proposed spending $1.2 billion over an unspecified period to speed the development of hydrogen-powered, zero-emission fuel cell vehicles.

(A big big move if the technology can really be commercialized).

DRUG TREATMENT

?Sought a $600 million increase in federal spending over the next three years to help treat Americans with drug addition.

(I'd rather lock them up or deport them, but treatment is OK too).

MENTORS

?Called for $450 million over three years to connect mentors with 1 million children of prisoners and disadvantaged adolescents.

(Be nice if we could somehow put these kids on the right track. At present they're headed for prison too, just like their parents).

GROWING DEFICITS

?Confronted critics who say his tax cuts and new spending are driving deficits to record levels, saying his economic growth policies would bring in more tax revenues. He demanded "spending discipline" from lawmakers.

(Liberals never did understand economics. They still don't. Full speed ahead George. Your already high approval ratings are about to soar).

hey Bush Admirer 29.Jan.2003 06:39

how come?

hey Bush Admirer, check this out (Winblowz, RealPlayer or Mac)
 http://fuckitall.com/bsh/

Working Class tax reductions 29.Jan.2003 14:36

f. flintstone

UNENPLOYMENT, yaba, daba, doo

More lies 29.Jan.2003 14:53

Radar

Hmm, the war on Iraq will help the people of Iraq? The US plans to drop 800 missiles on Baghdad in two days. How many innocent Iraqis will that kill?

And all the new money to social programs. He cut them back first, THEN he adds new funds, (but not as much as he cut.)

If all the stuff he said was true, I would be a Bush Admirer myself. But his lies are too transparent. I believe what people do not what they say.

But I think I'm going to sit back and bide my time for a little while. I don't think people are really going to wake up until they find that they, too, are unemployed or homeless. That they, too, lost a son or daughter or spouse in the war. People are marching. People are talking. But most people are still comfortable. Bush Admirer is still comfortable. I think maybe things are going to get really scary in the next few years, and I don't think any of us is going to be able to forsee all the consequenses. The best thing for us to do is make sure we have strong communities.
I think it's strange how many of us never meet our neighbors. "United we stand, divided we fall". Hope Bush Admirer has a good base of friends and family, too. We all are part of this country, and it all may get really ugly.

I also have a problem with Bush's religious slant. Don't we have a separation of church and state? Isn't his religion his own business? I wonder how many people he is alienating. I myself am not Christian, and although I have nothing against christians in general, I don't consider that this country is Christian. It has room for all of us, and our president should reflect that.

And the Healthy Forest Initiative is really depressing.

Forgive Me 29.Jan.2003 15:28

Bush Admirer

I am sorry I am being such a cocksucking troll.

Poem on Bush Speak 29.Jan.2003 16:55

Stew Albert stewa@aol.com

Set Your Dial
by Stew Albert


Turned my radio on
last night
listened
to
State of Bush
speech.
Couldn't stand watching
his
TV sneers
anymore.

I
grew up on radio,
Superman
Captain Midnight
The Shadow
and
giant jazz bands.
Voices meant something in those days.

Edward R. Murrow
spoke
like God
at
Sinai.

Bush
sounded sinister
and
frightened
and
reverential
fusing
the
Arch Captain Midnight villain
Ivan Shark
(at the end of his wits
and
plots
and
plans)
with
Christian evangelist
pious
hustlers
of
Sunday morning,
building
Christ Town
in Florida
with
your
generous love offerings
of
high priced naivete.

Bush was a jealous villain.
You shall have no villains before me!
He wouldn't even mention
the
Scot free
Bin Laden,
whose cruel mind
still
intends
a
return trip
to
eat the Big Apple.

And he was also
a
morose Minister,
no joy in his voice
no happy warrior
no zest for battle
just anger
just fear
just death.

Bush's sermon
came not
from
a
mountain top.
His speech
was a direct
feed
from
the
Gates of Hell.


a few of my thoughts 29.Jan.2003 20:30

peace rebel girl


a few more... 29.Jan.2003 20:38

peace rebel girl


one more try 29.Jan.2003 23:16

peace rebel girl

first off i did not watch nor did i listen to bush give his state of the union address. i cannot stomach seeing him, with his dramatic narrowing of the eyes as he moves down into a deep topic of discussion. and listening to him is not much different, so i eschewed the whole damn drama, until reading it here.

thanks to whomever did this blow by blow analysis of bush's speech; it inspired me to read it and write in a few comments of my own:

BUSH:"We must renew that commitment by giving seniors access to the preventive medicine and new drugs that are transforming health care in America."

PRG: Many seniors do not even have adequate food due to destitution so let us start here with "preventative medicine" by feeding everyone. Drugs are destroying healthcare in america and only serve to transform the revenues of the drug companies.

BUSH: "Tonight I'm proposing $1.2 billion in research funding so that America can lead the world in developing clean, hydrogen-powered automobiles."

"Join me in this important innovation to make our air significantly cleaner, and our country much less dependent on foreign sources of energy."

peace rebel girl: since many americans are waking up to the fact that we are attacking iraq for their oil, bush makes this statement as a way to diffuse and confuse the unsuspecting or ignorant americans, who can then say to their knowing friends: "see, it's not about the oil, bush said that he wants to develop clean, hydrogen-powered automobiles.

BUSH: Our fourth goal is to apply the compassion of America to the deepest problems of America. For so many in our country--the homeless, and the fatherless, the addicted--the need is great. Yet there is power--wonder-working power--in the goodness and idealism and faith of the American people.

peace rebel girl: Is this in any way related to the billboards of Mother Teresa that say "Compassion", sponsored by the "Foundation for a Better Life"? We all know that Mother Teresa was profoundly compassionate as are many individuals who dedicate their lives to helping others, but it is quite obvious that our government has zero compassion as witnessed in the number of homeless and hungry americans who are living without in the wealthiest country in the world. Yes, there is "power" and it is so ruthlessly abused that it is appalling. "goodness and idealism and faith of the american people"? These are attributes that are applied to people who really care about people of every color in every nation, whose idealism shows them a clear path to consciousness, compassion, and peace versus blind faith on a myopic warring administration.

BUSH: Another cause of hopelessness is addiction to drugs. Addiction crowds out friendship, ambition, moral conviction, and reduces all the richness of life to a single destructive desire.

peace rebel girl: I could say so much about drug addiction, since I work in the field. Addiction is BIG business that destroys so many people's lives, and our government is reaping huge profit from the misery of others. Think about it. Addiction feeds the most powerful and corrupt systems in america: the penal system, the mental health system, the pharmaceutical giants, the medical monopoly, and the addiction treatment centers, who have incredible rates of recidivism. Bush wants to sound compassionate in this diatribe but if he was really concerned about addiction he would "dare to get the CIA off drugs"! Additionally, doctor prescribed pharmaceutical drugs kills more people than alcohol and illicit drugs do, so let's start with our concern about addiction there.

BUSH: As a government, we are fighting illegal drugs by cutting off supplies and reducing demand through anti-drug education programs. Yet for those already addicted, the fight against drugs is a fight for their own lives.

peace rebel girl: This is such a bald face lie. opium production and export soared after we busted into afghanistan. and the drug industry is a significant money maker for the government.

BUSH: The qualities of courage and compassion that we strive for in America also determine our conduct abroad. The American flag stands for more than our power and our interests. Our founders dedicated this country to the cause of human dignity, the rights of every person and the possibilities of every life.

peace rebel girl: I think that bush is speaking to the issue that many of us have in re to the flag being a symbol of support for a war. I mean he basically says what many of us feel the american flag represents: "our power and our interests" So by saying that it is about human dignity and rights, he comes off as being oh so concerned about americans. And what "rights" would bush be talking about? Methinks "our founders" would find bush's referral of their efforts in this capacity contemptuous.

BUSH: This conviction leads us into the world to help the afflicted, and defend the peace, and confound the designs of evil men.

peace rebel girl: The only conviction that is leading us into other parts of the world is to steal their resources while doing so in the name of "defending the peace" and to "confound the designs of evil men."

BUSH: In Afghanistan, we helped to liberate an oppressed people, and we will continue helping them secure their country, rebuild their society and educate all their children, boys and girls.

peace rebel girl: In afghanistan we killed thousands of innocent people, destroyed their homes, and pillaged their villages. "Liberation, helping, rebuilding, educating"? that doesn't even happen in this country and we certainly did not go into Afghanistan to help them "secure their country".

BUSH: Across the Earth, America is feeding the hungry. More than 60 percent of international food aid comes as a gift from the people of the United States.

peace rebel girl: Like the "gift" of the little yellow food boxes dropped into Afghanistan that looked just like land mines? What a lovely humanitarian effort... Additionally, this "gift" does not come without a price, according to a friend who has done some research on this issue. And what about the sanctions on iraq?

BUSH: Today, on the continent of Africa, nearly 30 million people have the AIDS virus, including 3 million children under the age of 15. There are whole countries in Africa where more than one-third of the adult population carries the infection. More than 4 million require immediate drug treatment. Yet across that continent, only 50,000 AIDS victims--only 50,000--are receiving the medicine they need.

peace rebel girl: AIDS is a lie! S. African President Mbeki spoke out loud and clear about the myth of HIV=AIDS and received immense amounts of grief (threats) from all sides, including our government.

BUSH: The war goes on, and we are winning...

peace rebel girl: What is that we are winning? more enemies? more anti-american fear and loathing from the rest of the world? blood on our greedy hands? dead soldiers? We aren't winning anything because in the end there is always karma to reckon with.

BUSH: And many others have met a different fate. Let's put it this way: They are no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and allies.

peace rebel girl: "They" ("the terrorists") are no longer a problem because many of them are locked up for no reason (other than their ethnicity), have been given no fair trial, and may be imprisoned ad infinitum.

BUSH: We've got the terrorists on the run. We're keeping them on the run. One by one the terrorists are learning the meaning of American justice.

peace rebel girl: "american justice" is a chilling monster: cruel, nefarious and unrelenting. who wouldn't run from this monster?

BUSH: The budget I send you will propose almost $6 billion to quickly make available effective vaccines and treatments against agents like anthrax, botulinum toxin, ebola and plague. We must assume that our enemies would use these diseases as weapons, and we must act before the dangers are upon us.

peace rebel girl: "assume" that "our enemies" are going to use "diseases as weapons", so "we must act before the dangers are upon us". this is a classic psychological terrorism tactic. bush failed to mention the microchips that are embedded in the vaccines...

BUSH: This threat is new; America's duty is familiar. Throughout the 20th century, small groups of men seized control of great nations, built armies and arsenals, and set out to dominate the weak and intimidate the world.

peace rebel girl: "small groups of men seized control of great nations, built armies and arsenals, and set out to dominate the weak and intimidate the world." This is exactly what american government is doing. I could not have said it better myself.

BUSH: In each case, their ambitions of cruelty and murder had no limit. In each case, the ambitions of Hitlerism, militarism and communism were defeated by the will of free peoples, by the strength of great alliances and by the might of the United States of America.

peace rebel girl: bush speaking of "the ambitions of hitlerism and militarism". again, a very telling statement about himself and his "might" that he is using to intimidate to try and dominate the world.

BUSH: we are called to defend the safety of our people and the hopes of all mankind

peace rebel girl: "safety of *our* people and the hopes of all mankind". bsuh does not care about the safety of other people. and the "hopes of all mankind"? we all know that is just another way for bush to try and convey his lie that he is working to preserve humanity when in reality he is only working to preserve the dope of his own interests.

BUSH: We also see Iranian citizens risking intimidation and death as they speak out for liberty and human rights and democracy. Iranians, like all people, have a right to choose their own government, and determine their own destiny, and the United States supports their aspirations to live in freedom.

peace rebel girl: Let us not forget that iranians risk intimidation and death from america. "liberty, human rights and democracy"? let's talk about the u.s. sanctions and the depleted uranium for starters.

BUSH: Tonight I have a message for the men and women who will keep the peace, members of the American armed forces. Many of you are assembling in or near the Middle East, and some crucial hours may lay ahead.

In those hours, the success of our cause will depend on you. Your training has prepared you. Your honor will guide you. You believe in America and America believes in you.

peace rebel girl: How is killing "keeping the peace"? ... "the success of our cause will depend on you." would these young soldiers and their families think it an act of honor to kill innocent people for oil? Will we be there to "support our troops" in the same way that we "support" Vietnam veterans who litter street corners addicted to heroin and begging for a handout?

BUSH: We seek peace. We strive for peace. And sometimes peace must be defended. A future lived at the mercy of terrible threats is no peace at all.

peace rebel girl: "WE SEEK PEACE"? As the saying goes we cannot simultaneously prepare for war and prepare for peace. Peace is a concept that bush knows and cares nothing about.

BUSH: If war is forced upon us, we will fight in a just cause and by just means, sparing, in every way we can, the innocent.

peace rebel girl: The u.s. government is the only one doing any forcing of war, and the fight is not a just one but a blood curdling one that will take the lives of an untold number of innocent victims.

BUSH: America is a strong nation and honorable in the use of our strength. We exercise power without conquest, and we sacrifice for the liberty of strangers.

peace rebel girl: "honorable in the use of our strength"? as in with kosovo, bosnia, iraq, afghanistan, etc., etc,...

BUSH: Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world; it is God's gift to humanity.

peace rebel girl: freedom *is* our right, but our government is slowly working towards taking it away from us in the name of "safety". frog sitting in the increasingly warming water scenario...

We Americans have faith in ourselves, but not in ourselves alone. We do not claim to know all the ways of Providence, yet we can trust in them, placing our confidence in the loving god behind all of life and all of history. May he guide us now, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

peace rebel girl: blasphemy!