10/08/2002 10:52:00 AM
by The MinuteMan
Bush For President
Fine, the speech was measured, sober, serious - did you think it was going to be delivered by Jerry Seinfeld? We can't rely on the mainstream media to cover this properly, so here we go, selective excerpter at the ready:
"Thank you for that very gracious and warm Cincinnati welcome. I'm honored to be here tonight. I appreciate you all coming."
Right, we are going to skip HUGE chunks now. Lots of stuff we have already heard, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Saddams a bad guy, hold on:
" Some have argued that confronting the threat from Iraq could detract from the war against terror. To the contrary, confronting the threat posed by Iraq is crucial to winning the war on terror."
If Al Gore is in the audience, please slink out now. Good-bye, Al.
So, George, why act now, having waited all this time?
"...there's a reason. We have experienced the horror of September the 11th. We have seen that those who hate America are willing to crash airplanes into buildings full of innocent people. Our enemies would be no less willing, in fact they would be eager, to use biological or chemical or a nuclear weapon.
Knowing these realities, America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud."
Hmm, so you say. Care to offer any supporting authority?
"As President Kennedy said in October of 1962, "Neither the United States of America nor the world community of nations can tolerate deliberate deception and offensive threats on the part of any nation, large or small. We no longer live in a world," he said, "where only the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge to a nation's security to constitute maximum peril."
Oh, man, a reaction shot of Ted Kennedy spraying scotch out his nose in disbelief would be priceless! Well, maybe at a State of the Union.
So, what is the Next Step?
"The time of denying, deceiving and delaying has come to an end."
Also ruled out were dickering, dilly-dallying, dodging, and dancing around the issues.
"Saddam Hussein must disarm himself, or, for the sake of peace, we will lead a coalition to disarm him."
I heard that, but it all sounds so dangerous. Could we go back to the "Wait and see" scenario?
"There is no easy or risk-free course of action. Some have argued we should wait, and that's an option. In my view, it's the riskiest of all options, because the longer we wait, the stronger and bolder Saddam Hussein will become. We could wait and hope that Saddam does not give weapons to terrorists or develop a nuclear weapon to blackmail the world. But I'm convinced that is a hope against all evidence."
You don't like the idea of just waiting this out, do you George?
"... through its inaction, the United States would resign itself to a future of fear.
That is not the America I know. That is not the America I serve. We refuse to live in fear."
Well, good news news for real estate brokers here
. Do you have any other good news?
"The lives of Iraqi citizens would improve dramatically if Saddam Hussein were no longer in power, just as the lives of Afghanistan's citizens improved after the Taliban...
America believes that all people are entitled to hope and human rights, to the nonnegotiable demands of human dignity.
People everywhere prefer freedom to slavery, prosperity to squalor, self-government to the rule of terror and torture.
America is a friend to the people of Iraq. Our demands are directed only at the regime that enslaves them and threatens us. When these demands are met, the first and greatest benefit will come to Iraqi men, women and children. The oppression of Kurds, Assyrians, Turkomen, Shia, Sunnis and others will be lifted, the long captivity of Iraq will end, and an era of new hope will begin.
Iraq is a land rich in culture and resources and talent. Freed from the weight of oppression, Iraq's people will be able to share in the progress and prosperity of our time.
If military action is necessary, the United States and our allies will help the Iraqi people rebuild their economy and create the institutions of liberty in a unified Iraq, at peace with its neighbors."
Yes, there was a time when America was a beacon of hope to the world. Didn't the French give us the Statute of Liberty, a copy of which we saw at Tianenmen Square? Nice to see someone remembers. I know the Brothers Judd do.
And he concludes with more for friends of freedom:
"We did not ask for this present challenge, but we accept it. Like other generations of Americans, we will meet the responsibility of defending human liberty against violence and aggression. By our resolve, we will give strength to others. By our courage, we will give hope to others. And by our actions, we will secure the peace and lead the world to a better day.
May God bless America.
Stand and applaud. Hear, hear!