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  • The President's State of the Union...speech.

    Great speech I must say (throwing your politics out).

    Especially liked the point he made as to how Democrats on the campaign trail have repeated the United States' need to "internationalize" our work in Iraq.

    He addressed this issue specifically during his speech when he said....

    "Some critics have said our duties in Iraq must be internationalized. This particular criticism is hard to explain to our partners in Britain, Australia, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, the Netherlands, Norway, El Salvador, and the 17 other countries that have committed troops to Iraq. As we debate at home, we must never ignore the vital contributions of our international partners, or dismiss their sacrifices. From the beginning, America has sought international support for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and we have gained much support. There is a difference, however, between leading a coalition of many nations, and submitting to the objections of a few. America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. "


    Great words! And isn't it funny how the media and Democrats (here in USA) always act as if we need to respect the "international community" more....yet show such a lack of "real" respect to all the nations already involved!

    When they say "internationalize" it more. All they really mean is Germany and France. Yet, those two nations for whatever reasons don't want to be involved (that is for another debate)....but as Bush said, we don't need a permission slip from either of those two nations!".
    Last edited by meade95; 20 Jan 04, 22:33.

  • #2
    Another great quote from the speech by Bush.

    “Nine months of intense negotiations involving the United States and Great Britain succeeded with Libya, while 12 years of diplomacy with Iraq did not,” Bush said. “And one reason is clear: For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible. And no one can now doubt the word of America.”

    Meaning we will not hesitate any longer to disarm a Rouge nation we feel could be a threat to us. Especially a nation that for 12 years refuses to abide by resolution after resolution after resolution.


    He also added....(His words)...

    “We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire,” he added. “Our aim is a democratic peace — a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman. America acts in this cause with friends and allies at our side, yet we understand our special calling: This great republic will lead the cause of freedom.”

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    • #3
      More of a great speech.....Bush's words..

      "Last January, Iraq's only law was the whim of one brutal man. Today our coalition is working with the Iraqi Governing Council to draft a basic law, with a bill of rights. We are working with Iraqis and the United Nations to prepare for a transition to full Iraqi sovereignty by the end of June.

      As democracy takes hold in Iraq, the enemies of freedom will do all in their power to spread violence and fear. They are trying to shake the will of our country and our friends but the United States of America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins. The killers will fail, and the Iraqi people will live in freedom.

      Month by month, Iraqis are assuming more responsibility for their own security and their own future. And tonight we are honored to welcome one of Iraq's most respected leaders: the current President of the Iraqi Governing Council, Adnan Pachachi. Sir, America stands with you and the Iraqi people as you build a free and peaceful nation.

      Because of American leadership and resolve, the world is changing for the better. Last month, the leader of Libya voluntarily pledged to disclose and dismantle all of his regime's weapons of mass destruction programs, including a uranium enrichment project for nuclear weapons."

      He continued....

      "Some in this chamber, and in our country, did not support the liberation of Iraq. Objections to war often come from principled motives.

      But let us be candid about the consequences of leaving Saddam Hussein in power. We are seeking all the facts already the Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations.

      Had we failed to act, the dictator's weapons of mass destruction programs would continue to this day. Had we failed to act, Security Council resolutions on Iraq would have been revealed as empty threats, weakening the United Nations and encouraging defiance by dictators around the world. Iraq's torture chambers would still be filled with victims terrified and innocent. The killing fields of Iraq, where hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children vanished into the sands, would still be known only to the killers. For all who love freedom and peace, the world without Saddam Hussein's regime is a better and safer place."

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      • #4
        I agree, the speech was well written and delivered. In fact, it is one of the best speeches the Bush team has developed. He was aggressive, firm, and said things that clearly wasn't popular with Congress, which only makes the speaker look stronger.

        The Democrats on the other hand seemed to have adopted Bush's old speech theory of running in circles toward destination for nowhere. They spent so much time criticizing the President, their message became boring. I saw a little girl invited by Bush had fallen asleep during his speech. Had she heard the Democrats response, she'd be in a coma.

        Domestically, the speech will carry some short-term impact on how Bush is seen. He appeared Presidential tonight. I thought his statement, "America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people," was extremely powerful and will remain on the minds of the American people for some time to come. Bush was more on the offensive.

        The speech was written before the Iowa Primaries. I noted there were some small changes, but not much. Bush did appear to focus on rebuffing Howard Dean. I also don't believe he calculated on the issue of civil liberty playing so much of a role in the campaign. If he had, Bush might have left out "The Patroit Act."

        Overall, Bush clearly used the State of the Union as an forum to get his campaign message across. As one CNN reporter stated, the impact of the State of the Union last about 36hrs. That is unless Bush can do more to capitalize on what I saw as a very well-written speech.
        "As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy."-Christopher Dawson - The Judgement of Nations, 1942

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        • #5
          I thought that iy was a good speech.

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          • #6
            Yes a very well done speech indeed



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