Tuesday, September 12, 2006

President insane, impeach now

This is the full text of Bush's speech, very inadequately covered by the media. USA Today was the only paper I found last night online that had the text. No broadcast stations either. The scary part is they only reported on the non-inflammatory parts of the speech. I'll bet the Arab world will have a few good opinion pieces on this one.

In bold are some of the more frightening features of this speech:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A text of President Bush's address Monday evening, as provided by the White House:

Bush: Good evening. Five years ago, this date — September the 11th — was seared into America/s memory. Nineteen men attacked us with a barbarity unequaled in our history. They murdered people of all colors, creeds, and nationalities — and made war upon the entire free world. Since that day, America and her allies have taken the offensive in a war unlike any we have fought before. Today, we are safer, but we are not yet safe. On this solemn night, I have asked for some of your time to discuss the nature of the threat still before us, what we are doing to protect our nation ... and the building of a more hopeful Middle East that holds the key to peace for America and the world.

On 9/11, our nation saw the face of evil. Yet on that awful day, we also witnessed something distinctly American: ordinary citizens rising to the occasion, and responding with extraordinary acts of courage. We saw courage in office workers who were trapped on the high floors of burning skyscrapers — and called home so that their last words to their families would be of comfort and love. We saw courage in passengers aboard Flight 93, who recited the 23rd Psalm — and then charged the cockpit. And we saw courage in the Pentagon staff who made it out of the flames and smoke — and ran back in to answer cries for help. On this day, we remember the innocent who lost their lives — and we pay tribute to those who gave their lives so that others might live.

For many of our citizens, the wounds of that morning are still fresh. I have met firefighters and police officers who choke up at the memory of fallen comrades. I have stood with families gathered on a grassy field in Pennsylvania, who take bittersweet pride in loved ones who refused to be victims — and gave America our first victory in the war on terror. And I have sat beside young mothers with children who are now five-years-old — and still long for the daddies who will never cradle them in their arms. Out of this suffering, we resolve to honor every man and woman lost. And we seek their lasting memorial in a safer and more hopeful world.

Since the horror of 9/11, we have learned a great deal about the enemy. We have learned that they are evil and kill without mercy — but not without purpose. We have learned that they form a global network of extremists who are driven by a perverted vision of Islam — a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance and despises all dissent. And we have learned that their goal is to build a radical Islamic empire where women are prisoners in their homes, men are beaten for missing prayer meetings, and terrorists have a safe haven to plan and launch attacks on America and other civilized nations. The war against this enemy is more than a military conflict. It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century, and the calling of our generation.

Our nation is being tested in a way that we have not been since the start of the Cold War. We saw what a handful of our enemies can do with box-cutters and plane tickets. We hear their threats to launch even more terrible attacks on our people. And we know that if they were able to get their hands on weapons of mass destruction, they would use them against us. We face an enemy determined to bring death and suffering into our homes. America did not ask for this war, and every American wishes it were over. So do I. But the war is not over — and it will not be over until either we or the extremists emerge victorious. If we do not defeat these enemies now, we will leave our children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons. We are in a war that will set the course for this new century — and determine the destiny of millions across the world.

For America, 9/11 was more than a tragedy — it changed the way we look at the world. On September the 11th, we resolved that we would go on the offense against our enemies — and we would not distinguish between the terrorists and those who harbor or support them. So we helped drive the Taliban from power in Afghanistan. We put al-Qaeda on the run, and killed or captured most of those who planned the 9/11 attacks — including the man believed to be the mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He and other suspected terrorists have been questioned by the Central Intelligence Agency — and they have provided valuable information that has helped stop attacks in America and across the world. Now these men have been transferred to Guantanamo Bay, so they can be held to account for their actions. Osama bin Laden and other terrorists are still in hiding. Our message to them is clear: No matter how long it takes, America will find you, and we will bring you to justice.

On September the 11th, we learned that America must confront threats before they reach our shores — whether those threats come from terrorist networks or terrorist states. I am often asked why we are in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks. The answer is that the regime of Saddam Hussein was a clear threat. My administration, the Congress and the United Nations saw the threat — and after 9/11, Saddam's regime posed a risk that the world could not afford to take. The world is safer because Saddam Hussein is no longer in power. And now the challenge is to help the Iraqi people build a democracy that fulfills the dreams of the nearly 12 million Iraqis who came out to vote in free elections last December.

al-Qaeda and other extremists from across the world have come to Iraq to stop the rise of a free society in the heart of the Middle East. They have joined the remnants of Saddam's regime and other armed groups to foment sectarian violence and drive us out. Our enemies in Iraq are tough and they are committed — but so are Iraqi and coalition forces. We are adapting to stay ahead of the enemy — and we are carrying out a clear plan to ensure that a democratic Iraq succeeds.

We are training Iraqi troops so they can defend their nation. We are helping Iraq's unity government grow in strength and serve its people. We will not leave until this work is done. Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq, the worst mistake would be to think that if we pulled out, the terrorists would leave us alone. They will not leave us alone. They will follow us. The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad. Osama bin Laden calls this fight "the third world war" — and he says that victory for the terrorists in Iraq will mean America's "defeat and disgrace forever."

If we yield Iraq to men like Bin Laden, our enemies will be emboldened ... they will gain a new safe haven ... and they will use Iraq's resources to fuel their extremist movement. We will not allow this to happen. America will stay in the fight. Iraq will be a free nation, and a strong ally in the war on terror.

We can be confident that our coalition will succeed — because the Iraqi people have been steadfast in the face of unspeakable violence. And we can be confident in victory — because of the skill and resolve of America's armed forces. Every one of our troops is a volunteer, and since the attacks of September the 11th, more than 1.6 million Americans have stepped forward to put on our nation's uniform. In Iraq, Afghanistan and other fronts in the war on terror, the men and women of our military are making great sacrifices to keep us safe. Some have suffered terrible injuries — and nearly 3,000 have given their lives. America cherishes their memory. We pray for their families. And we will never back down from the work they have begun.

We also honor those who toil day and night to keep our homeland safe — and we are giving them the tools they need to protect our people. We have created the Department of Homeland Security. We have torn down the wall that kept law enforcement and intelligence from sharing information ... we have tightened security at our airports, seaports, and borders ... and we have created new programs to monitor enemy bank records and phone calls. Thanks to the hard work of our law enforcement and intelligence professionals, we have broken up terrorist cells in our midst and saved American lives.

Five years after 9/11, our enemies have not succeeded in launching another attack on our soil — but they have not been idle. al-Qaeda and those inspired by its hateful ideology have carried out terrorist attacks in more than two dozen nations. And just last month, they were foiled in a plot to blow up passenger planes headed for the United States. They remain determined to attack America and kill our citizens — and we are determined to stop them. We will continue to give the men and women who protect us every resource and legal authority they need to do their jobs.

In the first days after the 9/11 attacks, I promised to use every element of national power to fight the terrorists wherever we find them. One of the strongest weapons in our arsenal is the power of freedom. The terrorists fear freedom as much as they do our firepower. They are thrown into panic at the sight of an old man pulling the election lever, of girls enrolling in school or families worshipping God in their own traditions. They know that given a choice, people will choose freedom over their extremist ideology. So their answer is to deny people this choice by raging against the forces of freedom and moderation. This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization. We are fighting to maintain the way of life enjoyed by free nations. And we are fighting for the possibility that good and decent people across the Middle East can raise up societies based on freedom, and tolerance, and personal dignity.

We are now in the early hours of this struggle between tyranny and freedom. Amid the violence, some question whether the people of the Middle East want their freedom — and whether the forces of moderation can prevail. For 60 years, these doubts guided our policies in the Middle East. And then, on a bright September morning, it became clear that the calm we saw in the Middle East was only a mirage. Years of pursuing stability to promote peace had left us with neither. So we changed our policies, and committed America's influence in the world to advancing freedom and democracy as the great alternatives to repression and radicalism.

With our help, the people of the Middle East are now stepping forward to claim their freedom. From Kabul to Baghdad to Beirut, there are brave men and women risking their lives each day for the same freedoms that we enjoy. And they have one question for us: Do we have the confidence to do in the Middle East what our fathers and grandfathers accomplished in Europe and Asia? By standing with democratic leaders and reformers, by giving voice to the hopes of decent men and women, we are offering a path away from radicalism. And we are enlisting the most powerful force for peace and moderation in the Middle East: the desire of millions to be free.

Across the broader Middle East, the extremists are fighting to prevent such a future. Yet America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it — sometimes at the cost of thousands of good men in a single battle. When Franklin Roosevelt vowed to defeat two enemies across two oceans, he could not have foreseen D-Day and Iwo Jima — but he would not have been surprised at the outcome. When Harry Truman promised American support for free peoples resisting Soviet aggression, he could not have foreseen the rise of the Berlin Wall — but he would not have been surprised to see it brought down. Throughout our history, America has seen liberty challenged — and every time, we have seen liberty triumph with sacrifice and determination.

At the start of this young century, America looks to the day when the people of the Middle East leave the desert of despotism for the fertile gardens of liberty — and resume their rightful place in a world of peace and prosperity. We look to the day when the nations of that region recognize that their greatest resource is not the oil in the ground — but the talent and creativity of their people. We look to the day when moms and dads throughout the Middle East see a future of hope and opportunity for their children. And when that good day comes, the clouds of war will part the appeal of radicalism will decline ... and we will leave our children with a better and safer world. On this solemn anniversary, we rededicate ourselves to this cause. Our nation has endured trials — and we face a difficult road ahead. Winning this war will require the determined efforts of a unified country. And we must put aside our differences, and work together to meet the test that history has given us. We will defeat our enemies we will protect our people ... and we will lead the 21st century into a shining age of human liberty.

Earlier this year, I traveled to the United States Military Academy. I was there to deliver the commencement address to the first class to arrive at West Point after the attacks of September the 11th. That day I met a proud mom named RoseEllen Dowdell. She was there to watch her son Patrick accept his commission in the finest Army the world has ever known. A few weeks earlier, RoseEllen had watched her other son, James, graduate from the Fire Academy in New York City. On both these days, her thoughts turned to someone who was not there to share the moment: her husband, Kevin Dowdell. Kevin was one of the 343 firefighters who rushed to the burning towers of the World Trade Center on September the 11th — and never came home. His sons lost their father that day — but not the passion for service he instilled in them. Here is what RoseEllen says about her boys, "As a mother, I cross my fingers and pray all the time for their safety — but as worried as I am, I am also proud — and I know their dad would be too."

Our nation is blessed to have young Americans like these — and we will need them. Dangerous enemies have declared their intention to destroy our way of life. They are not the first to try — and their fate will be the same as those who tried before — 9/11 showed us why. The attacks were meant to bring us to our knees, and they did — but not in the way the terrorists intended. Americans united in prayer ... came to the aid of neighbors in need ... and resolved that our enemies would not have the last word. The spirit of our people is the source of America's strength. And we go forward with trust in that spirit, confidence in our purpose — and faith in a loving God who made us to be free.

Thank you, and may God bless you.


At September 14, 2006 7:18 AM, Blogger Causal said...

Impeach Bush yourself! No Joke.
This is much more than just a petition.

There's a little known and rarely used clause of the "Jefferson Manual" in the rules for the House of Representatives which sets forth the various ways in which a president can be impeached. Only the House Judiciary Committee puts together the Articles of Impeachment, but before that happens, someone has to initiate the process.

That's where we come in. In addition to the State-by-State method, one of the ways to get impeachment going is for individual citizens like you and me to submit a memorial. ImpeachforPeace.org, part of the movement to impeach the president, has created a new memorial based on one which was successful in impeaching a federal official in the past. You can find it on their website as a PDF.


You can initiate the impeachment process yourself by downloading the memorial, filling in the relevant information in the blanks (your name, state, etc.), and sending it in.


More information on the precedent for submitting an impeachment
memorial, and the House Rules on this procedure, can also be found at
the above address.

If you have any doubts that Bush has committed crimes warranting
impeachment, read this page: http://ImpeachForPeace.org/evidence/

If you're concerned that impeachment might not be the best strategy
at this point, read the bottom of this page: http://ImpeachForPeace.org

"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace."
Bush, June 18, 2002

"War is Peace."
Big Brother in George Orwell's 1984

At September 16, 2006 10:18 PM, Blogger Julie said...

thanks for the tip...let's rock this country!!!!

At September 24, 2006 10:05 PM, Blogger Rick said...


Thanks for posting this. I hope this is a good place for a piece I wrote about Bush.



"The Single Greatest Sin of the Bush Administration"

(Editorial by Rick Olshak, from http://olshak.blogspot.com, please feel free to distribute with appropriate citation)

I just had the opportunity (between screeches from the kids) to watch "In God's Name," a CNN special with the Clinton Global Initiative. On the whole, I felt hope to be listening to people of different national, ethnic and religious affiliations talking collaboratively and with hope about being able to solve world conflicts that shroud themselves in perceived religious differences. Note the word "perceived"... these are not genuinely religious conflicts in most cases, but disputes over economic and political issues.

The tragedy, of course, in calling these religious conflicts is that they serve to alienate and polarize people of different faiths, or in some cases people within the same faith. This leads people to develop labels such as "Islamic Facists" and remove the need to utilize reason to find solutions that work for all sides. Instead, these terms help separate people and demean the opposition. In short, people can rest comfortably (and ignorantly) knowing that their side is "right" and the other side is "wrong."

The Bush Administration has survived for six years by being able to use simple terms (9/11, WMDs, "with us or against us", "Axis of Evil", "cut and run", Mission Accomplished, Islamic Fascism, and so on) to over-simplify what are genuinely complicated issues on our world. They have used these words and terms in order to be able to justify a lack of engagement with those that don't share the same world view that the Administration holds. This has helped the Bush Administration to be able to avoid discussions which require thought that has not been given, and the application of negotiating points that have never been developed.

This may work for George W. Bush and his cronies, but it has served as an incredible disservice to the rest of the world. During the Clinton years, we reached a general conclusion to the Northern Ireland crisis and made significant strides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During the 1990s, we saw Israel work collaboratively with many of its Arab neighbors on academic, social, and trade matters, helping these people begin to overcome an environment of distrust.

Since the beginning of the Bush years, we have suffered setback after setback. After the invasion of Afghanistan, the Bush Administration immediately went to work planning for the invasion of Iraq. Trite phrases and flawed intelligence led to what is now widely accepted as an illegal invasion of another nation. Our lack of understanding of the people of Iraq and our inability to anticipate military contingencies in order to utilize the appropriate number of troops, has led to a debacle in Iraq, which is now so in disarray that it will take many years and many lives to resolve. This tragedy has also served as an incredible recruiting tool for terrorists, only insuring that hatred of America and its interests will continue into the forseeable future.

A similar disaster has taken place in Lebanon, where the U.S. has taken a less active role but is no less culpable. The nation of Israel was attacked by Hezbollah (though I won't dredge up the entire history of this particular conflict). Rather than use diplomatic means and limited military intervention to settle this issue and preserve a greater regional peace, Israel invaded southern Lebanon. Worse, they engaged in indiscriminate bombing that resulted in the deaths of over a thousand civilians. The Bush Administration clearly supported Israel in their actions. Thus, U.S. offers to now "stand by Lebanon" tend to fall on deaf ears, and for good reason.

In the same area, both Israel and the U.S. now refuse to deal with elected Palestinian leaders because they are part of Hamas. The rationale for this is that Hamas does not recognize Israel's right to exist. But will this lack of engagement ever serve to influence Hamas' position? If it does, it will only enforce Hamas' current view.

Finally, the Bush Administration has refused to engage with the nation of Iran on the issue of nuclear technology (or any other issue for that matter). The Administration simply holds on to its mantra that Iran is a part of the "Axis of Evil" and that Iran must do as the U.S. says. Pleas from other nations (not only with Iran, but earlier with respect to Iraq) to engage in dialogue are treated with disdain, and the constant argument is pushed by the Administration that appeasement and future conflict will be the only result of negotiations. This represents the "enlightened" position of the United States of America.

When you stop and consider these facts, is it not understandable that when a punk like Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stands at the United Nations calling Bush a "devil," his remarks are met with applause? We have emboldened such radical elements to come out against us and find a following because we are completely inept when it comes to bridging political differences.

I find it very interesting that during the Reagan Era most conservatives wished to invest in South Africa, over the protests of many liberals. The reasoning of the conservatives was that by engaging in business with the nation, dialogue would ensue that would make political change possible. Looking back, these people were quite right. The result in South Africa serves as a wonderful example of influencing politics through engagement.

Why then does that same approach not work when dealing with Iraq? With Iran? Why is it that as I write this commentary, American troops are preparing to depart for the Persian Gulf, for what is widely believed to be an attack against Iran that has already been decided upon? Why is it that whenever another nation does not agree with us, we either threaten to bomb them back into the Stone Age (a la Pakistan) or we actually do it? Why does the Bush Administration delude itself into believing that military solutions are lasting solutions that will make people either like or respect the United States?

The damage done in the past six years, and the damage that could still be done in the next two, is staggering. It could quite literally take decades to repair the damage being caused by this one President. And that assumes that the American public would vote for candidates that will contribute to the solution rather than the problem. Unfortunately the American public does not seem capable of offering any guarantees in this regard.

More likely, we will see a step forward and two steps back, rather than make consistent progress. The ultimate result of our approach is not pretty. It will serve to only promote radicalism. Moderates in the Islamic world will disappear as quickly as the middle class is disappearing in America. Imagine such a future. Imagine that the government of Pakistan will ultimately be deposed and radical elements will have a shortcut to nuclear weapons. Imagine that the next act of terrorists may well be the nuclear destruction of a city in Israel, Britain, or in the United States. Imagine that the Saudi government will be overthrown and the price of oil increased to a point where it breaks the American economy. And don't look to Venezuela for help... we already know what their leader thinks of our government.

In the shorter term, it is not difficult to imagine that our impending attack in Iran will have dire consequences. Our naval forces will be attacked, and it is very difficult to protect ships. Many American sailors may be killed. We have more than 100,000 troops in Iraq who are more than vulnerable to missile and troop attacks from Iran, not to mention the massive protests and suicide attacks that will likely break out in Iraq when we strike Iran. Even more members of the Army and Marine Corps, the services that have borne the brunt of service in Iraq, are likely to be lost. And it is not a stretch to think that an attack on Iran will result in terrorists destroying oil production facilities in order to destablize moderate Arab governments and hurt the American eceonomy.

It is far easier to imagine these outcomes than it is to imagine a world in which the Bush Doctrine of "bomb it and ignore questions later" results in the resolution of conflicts and the creation of respect for America. It is easier to imagine these outcomes than it is to imagine a world in which terrorists are discouraged to attack because of the threat of the U.S. military. More likely, we will only serve to draw recruits to radical and terrorist movements, ultimately resulting in the loss of many more lives.

And all of this is taking place because of George Bush and those around him who share his tunnel vision views. All of this is taking place not because Bush and his cronies are stupid, or because they have some malicious anti-American intent. This is all taking place because the of the greatest sin of the Bush administration... arrogance.

For more information on the Clinton Global Initiative, visit: http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/


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