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Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Nothing says "Everybody has worth" like a war by the United States to prevent another country from doing something the U.S. does every day
I just got done reading President Bush's State of the Union speech and when combined with Bush's remarks today in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I have to say that old Dubya seems to be saying that war without end probably isn't good politics. I still think that is his intention but Bush doesn't seem to want to make as big of a deal out of it as he did a year ago. This will likely end up as good politics and end up causing diminished opposition to his imperial plans.
I can't help but marvel at this statement from today:
We know that there is still an enemy which lurks -- and there is; there is. And they're nothing but a bunch of cold-blooded killers, by the way. You know, they just don't value life like we do. The great thing about America is we say every life is precious, everybody counts. Everybody has worth. And they just don't view it that way. They kill in a name of a false ideology based upon hatred.Funny how, save for when Bush is talking about America, this would serve as a very good description of the Bush Administration.
Then there is this soon to be a classic bit:
We will free people. This great, powerful nation is motivated not by power for power's sake, but because of our values. If everybody matters, if every life counts, then we should hope everybody has the great God's gift of freedom. We go into Iraq to disarm the country. We will also go in to make sure that those who are hungry are fed, those who need health care will have health care, those youngsters who need education will get education. But most of all, we will uphold our values. And the biggest value we hold dear is the value of freedom.First of all, freedom is a concept with no concrete meaning. It is because of comments like this that Bush should be regarded as an idiot. More importantly, it is absurd to think that giving "freedom" to the Iraqis is as much of a motivating factor as preventing Iraq from developing and possessing weapons of mass destruction. If Bush actually cared as much about making others "free" as Bush says he does he might want to stop some of the draconian law enforcement measures that his administration engages in. Seriously, if he doesn't care about "freedom" in the country you have been elected in, is there any doubt that Bush doesn't care about "freedom" in Iraq?