At least now we have a choice
President Bush's State of the Union Address, 21 Jan 04
As before, Bush's January 2004 State of the Union Address was filled with lies and deceptions. For example:
1. "As we gather tonight, hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror. By bringing hope to the oppressed, and delivering justice to the violent, they are making America more secure."
There are no doubt many men, women, and children in Afghanistan and Iraq who feel that they are being far more "oppressed" by agents of the Bush Administration than they ever were under their former regimes. Among other things, they have suffered far higher casualty rates since George W. Bush decided to invade their countries. The victims of those 180 "storm trooper raids" a week that Bush likes to boast about have even further reasons to feel "oppressed." Whether things will ultimately work out better for those countries still remains to be seen. But one thing we can say for certain is that despite Bush's claims to be "making America more secure", Bush Administration policies and actions have now created a situation where hardly a day goes by when we don't lose at least one American soldier or civilian to terrorist attacks in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other parts of the world. Jesus Christ had a name people who deceptively produce "bitter fruits" like that. He called them "wolves in sheep's clothing."
2. "Americans are proving once again to be the hardest working people in the world. The American economy is growing stronger. The tax relief you passed is working."
To the contrary, one would think that by dumping nearly half a trillion dollars of borrowed money into our economy during 2003, we would have seen a huge increase in jobs, but that hasn't happened. Instead, Bush's costly tax breaks have primarily benefited "the bottom line" of our nation's largest corporations and wealthiest individuals who in turn have been dumping much of that "new found money" into the stock market. Success in pumping up the stock market doesn't necessarily translate into success in pumping up our economy. Many of those "hardest working people in the world" are doing so, becasue they fear they would otherwise lose their jobs!
3. "We have faced serious challenges together and now we face a choice. We can go forward with confidence and resolve or we can turn back to the dangerous illusion that terrorists are not plotting and outlaw regimes are no threat to us."
This statement is highly deceptive. As various investigations have recently confirmed, it was the Bush Administration that had the "dangerous illusion that terrorists are not plotting" against us. Instead, they were focusing on promoting huge corporate welfare programs like the "Strategic Defense Initiative" while ignoring warnings from FBI agents, and others (including this web site) that the REAL threat we needed to focus on was the threat of terrorism.
4. "Inside the United States, where the war began, we must continue to give homeland security and law enforcement personnel every tool they need to defend us."
Perhaps George is right. The progression of terrorist activities that included 11 Sep 01 began several years before as retaliation for abusive US foreign policies. It was George W. Bush who made the decision to commit the United States to a never-ending "War on Terrorism"--a "dream come true" for arms manufacturers everywhere. Although it's unlikely that Bush's policies will ever really solve the problem, some of Bush's financial supporters will no doubt "make out like bandits" while appearing to implement those policies.
5. "Thousands of very skilled and determined military personnel are on a manhunt, going after the remaining killers who hide in cities and caves and, one by one, we will bring the terrorists to justice. "
This is an example of the same satanic mode of thinking that has condemned the people of Israel to live under conditions of never-ending terrorism. George W. Bush would have us believe that by killing or capturing certain individuals, the terrorist threat will disappear. But the reality is that by killing a far greater number of innocent bystanders than the number of "bad guys" we were after, all we have really been accomplishing has been to create an even larger number of future "bad guys." Such are the ways of Satan (and the ways of George W. Bush who adamantly opposes establishment the rule of law).
6. "As part of the offensive against terror, we are also confronting the regimes that harbor and support terrorists, and could supply them with nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. The United States and our allies are determined: We refuse to live in the shadow of this ultimate danger."
To the contrary, it was the Bush Administration that forced North Korea to reactivate its nuclear reactors by orchestrating the cut off of oil supplies to that nation; an action that pissed the government of North Korea off so much that it decided to begin building nuclear weapons as well. This helped Bush to justify his "Strategic Defense Initiative" corporate welfare program. But in fact the North Korean government is well aware that they don't need missiles to get nuclear weapons into the United States. They can smuggle them in themselves or sell to them to terrorist organizations who are likely to do so. So, as a result of the Bush Administration's policies and actions, NOW we really ARE living "in the shadow of this ultimate danger."
7. "Since we last met in this chamber, combat forces of the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Poland and other countries enforced the demands of the United Nations, ended the rule of Saddam Hussein and the people of Iraq are free. "
To the contrary, George W. Bush ignored the demands of the United Nations when he launched his invasion of Iraq, and it is now clear the United Nation's earlier demands regarding Iraq's suspected weapons of mass destruction could not possibly have been met, because those suspected weapons of mass destruction didn't really exist. The Iraqis were telling the truth when they told the United Nations that such weapons did not exist, but Bush invaded their country anyway.
8. "Having broken the Baathist regime, we face a remnant of violent Saddam supporters. Men who ran away from our troops in battle are now dispersed and attack from the shadows."
This should come as no surprise. I predicted this would happen in my Oct 02 www.onesalt.com article, and many others did as well. But it isn't just former Baathists who are engaging in those terrorist activities Religious terrorist from all over the world have flocked to Iraq to help kill Americans, because it is easier for them to enter and find sympathetic shelter in Iraq than in America.
9. "The work of building a new Iraq is hard, and it is right. And America has always been willing to do what it takes for what is right. Last January, Iraq's only law was the whim of one brutal man."
As evidenced by the ransacking of museums and other facilities in Iraq after the American invasion, despite the abuses of Saddam Hussein and his family, the average Iraqi citizen did enjoy a considerable level of law and order until Bush invaded their county. As far as America always being willing to "do what it takes for what is right", was America "right" when our government stood idly by and watched as an easily preventable genocide evolved in Rwanda? Was America "right" when our Secretary of State knowingly lied to the United Nations and the world about Iraq's alleged possession of "weapons of mass destruction"?
10. Many of our troops are listening tonight. And I want you and your families to know: America is proud of you. And my administration, and this Congress, will give you the resources you need to fight and win the war on terror."
Numerous reports regarding our soldiers being issued obsolete flack jackets and told to drive inadequately armored "humvees" have shown that the Bush Administration has fallen far short of fulfilling that promise. And now many of our National Guard and Reservists are being tapped for a SECOND tour in Iraq. It's a wonder we have any National Guard and Reserve soldiers still in the service after their first tour over there.
11. " I know that some people question if America is really in a war at all. They view terrorism more as a crime, a problem to be solved mainly with law enforcement and indictments. After the World Trade Center was first attacked in 1993, some of the guilty were indicted, tried, convicted, and sent to prison. But the matter was not settled. The terrorists were still training and plotting in other nations, and drawing up more ambitious plans. After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States and war is what they got."
Once again, George W. Bush is promoting his satanic "law of the jungle" (a.k.a. "might makes right") views as a substitute for the rule of law. Bush's comments about terrorists are like "the pot calling the kettle black"! As the European Union's Interpol agency has so clearly demonstrated, an international law enforcement structure could easily be established in today's world to track down, try, and imprison terrorists anywhere in the world (without killing at least as many innocent bystanders in the process). But President has adamantly opposed the law-and-order approach for solving such problems, as evidenced by his opposition of the establishment of an International Criminal Court. If George W. Bush wants to know who has done more than any other man alive to promote and perpetuate international terrorism, all he has to do is look in a mirror!
12. "America is a nation with a mission and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman."
These are noble aims, but they bear little resemblance to the policies and actions of the Bush Administration. Bush's invasion of Iraq reflected a very clear "desire to dominate."
I could go on and on pointing out the lies and deceptions in that speech, but other web sites like http://daily.misleader.org and http://www.truthout.org have pretty well covered the rest. For the sake of brevity, I'll jump straight to the WHOPPING BIG LIE at the end of his speech.
13. "My fellow citizens, we now move forward, with confidence and faith. Our nation is strong and steadfast. The cause we serve is right, because it is the cause of all mankind. The momentum of freedom in our world is unmistakable and it is not carried forward by our power alone. We can trust in that greater power who guides the unfolding of the years. And in all that is to come, we can know that his purposes are just and true. May God bless the United States of America. Thank you."
By promoting "law of the jungle" policies in lieu of the rule of law, George W. Bush has been following Satan, not God. Throughout mankind's history, it has been people's willingness to create and abide by the rule of law that has created civilizations, and the "law of the jungle" types who have destroyed them. God will NOT bless the United State of America if we continue to follow the satanically inspired policies of George W. Bush!
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