George W. Bush answered no questions Iraqis, Americans, and others may have about the June 30 'transfer of power' during his speech to the Army War College on Monday. In a 30-minute speech, Bush devoted less than 60 seconds sharing any information at all on his supposed plan for creating an 'interim Iraqi government', saying that UN envoy Lakhar Brahimi was just putting together the list this week. He did promise that free and fair elections would be held 'by the end of next year', an awfully long time when the 2004 US election is so near and the 'War on Terror' so profitable to certain sectors of the American corporate landscape, including a lot of close friends of the Bush administration.
Retreating from a train wreck of a news conference held at the White House in April, where he took pre-submitted questions from a generally compliant press corpse and still managed to stun everyone with his meltdown, Bush made his Monday speech in front of the military and departed without taking any questions. After reading his teleprompters for half an hour, Bush expelled a huge breath of air while walking off the stage.
During the Q&A session in April, Bush spent nearly 30 seconds staggering and stuttering while trying to come up with an answer to a reporter's question: 'After 9-11, what do you think your biggest mistake was and what have you learned from it.' Bush revealed that all of the other questions had been scripted when he answered, 'I wish you had given me this question ahead of time so I could plan for it.' When asked about the plan for 'transferring power' to the Iraqi people, Bush had no answer but to say that Brahimi was working on it.
Despite the seemingly friendly audience at the Army War College on Monday, Bush stammered on a number of occasions while reading his line. At one point in the speech, Bush spoke of Iraq's 'dependence', then quickly said, 'Independence'. Later he badly blew the pronunciation of 'Abu Ghraib'.
The only questions commonly on peoples' minds that Bush answered Monday were those related to plans for the continuation of the American occupation and whether George W. Bush has learned anything from the disastrous crime that he has fomented on the Iraqi and American people. Answer: The US military will not be brought home for a least 2 years and its murderous tactics will continue. Bush pledged to send more troops to Iraq, if necessary.
Bush's speech also clarified that the official US government position on the torture and murder of Iraqis in Abu Ghraib prison is that it is the crime of a small number of misguided American troops rather than US policy written in the office of the Secretary of Defense. Bush pledged to raze Abu Ghraib and build a massive new prison system in Iraq to help the Iraqis on their road to democracy. He failed to mention the torture and murder of prisoners in other prisons by American forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba, and elsewhere.
Bush said that the American military had decided that a massive assault on 'terrorists' in Iraqi cities would be a tactical error that would turn huge numbers of the Iraqi people against the US occupation. He failed to mention that a recent poll indicated that more than 80 percent of Iraqis want US troops to leave the country now.