I listened with disbelief to GW Bush's address to the UN. In the recent past, both Cheney and Rumsfeld have gone on the record to admit that there had been no connection between the events of 9/11 and Iraq or the Hussein government.
Yet, in a speech designed to marshal support for nationbuilding in Iraq, the first words out of Bush's mouth, recalled the 9/11 tragedies and global terrorism.
In a speech where he often fumbled words and fiddled with his script, Bush spoke in a defensive, arrogant, and inexplicably vague way about the need for the UN and its affiliated countries to support police and rebuilding efforts in Iraq. Although it was not explicitly stated in the speech, it is still clear that these contributing countries will have no real influence or power - something the Bush administration is unwilling to relinquish. It is also increasingly clear that, despite the desires of the Iraqis and our allies, control over Iraqi affairs and services will not revert to actual Iraqis until it is pried out of Mr. Bush's fingers or until all major services have been divied up among major corporations domestic and foreign.
No apologies were offered for the preemptive strike which was opposed by almost every country on earth, nor were any apologies offered to Germany, France, or other countries which have been insulted and threatened because they would not support the preemptive strike and subsequent occupation actions. At no time did Bush admit that things have not . . . and are not . . . going smoothly or that far more Iraqi citizens are now dead as a result of the US occupation than the amount of Americans killed in the attack on the twin towers and the Pentagon . . . neither of which the Iraqi people were responsible for.
Bush intoned: "The regime of Saddam Hussein cultivated ties to terror while it built weapons of mass destruction," two lies that do not stand. Does he think that if he simply continues to repeat them they will suddenly become true? He calls Hussein "an ally of terror", ignoring true allies of terror in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, including Osama Bin Laden.
Bush stated, "A second challenge we must confront together is the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Outlaw regimes that possess nuclear, chemical and biological weapons -- and the means to deliver them -- would be able to use blackmail and create chaos in entire regions." Sadly, this sounds a lot like the United States at the present time. This statement, coming on the heels of an appeal to Congress to allow research and development into a new generation of nuclear weapons makes it hypocritical statement indeed.
He goes further in suggesting that the US "stands ready to help any nation draft new [anti-proliferation] laws, and to assist in their enforcement." While, of course, retaining the right to build and deploy at its own discretion more and deadlier nuclear weapons at its own discretion.
Re. "Humanitarian Aid" it is embarrassing to hear Mr. Bush brag about pledging a mere $15 billion towards AIDS research worldwide (an amount pledged, not paid), and $1.4 billion on global emergency food aid while lobbying aggressively for $87 billion to cover partial expenses in Iraq through the end of 2003! The acts of Hussein aside, a lion's share of the deplorable condition of Iraq's infrastructure can be blamed - for the most part - on damage caused by the recent attack and the earlier Gulf War.
Next, Bush drags international underage sex slavery into his crusade-laden scree. What does this have to do with the subject at hand? It's another "hydrogen car" smoke and mirrors attempt to distract. And incidentally, where in the United States does one find organized, large-scale Thailand-type sex tours involving children?
Finally, our Commander in Chief offers the following: "As an original signer of the UN Charter, the United States of America is committed to the United Nations."
Sure . . . as long as we don't have to stop doing anything we don't want to stop doing. Then we ignore the UN. We don't respect the UN . . . we just want the UN around to resurrect for its cachet of respectability when it's useful to further our agenda.