Remarks by President George W. Bush at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention at the Kansas City Convention and
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Please be seated. It’s good to be with you again.
(This a pretty long speech, but so is the
I understand you haven’t had much of a problem attracting speakers.
(I consider myself an attractive speaker.) (Laughter.)
I thank you for inviting me. I can understand why people want to come here. See, it’s an honor to stand with the men and women of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
(I might have been a veteran, too, if Daddy hadn’t got me into the National Guard.) (Applause.)
I stand before you as a wartime President. I wish I didn’t have to say that, but an enemy that attacked us on
The struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it’s a struggle for civilization.
(Our struggle is very different from Mein Kampf .)
We fight for the possibility that decent men and women across the broader
And as long as I’m Commander-in-Chief we will fight to win.
(Because I’m the world’s Decider.)
For those of you who wear the uniform, nothing makes me more proud to say that I am your Commander-in-Chief.
(And Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.)
Thank you for volunteering in the service of the
Now, I know some people doubt the universal appeal of liberty, or worry that the
Others believe that
(And that’s accurate, because if we were out of
I want to thank Bob Wallace, the Executive Director. He spends a lot of time in the Oval Office -- I’m always checking the silverware drawer.
(When I’m not checking for those WMD.)
There are many differences between the wars we fought in the
(My war in
But one important similarity is at their core they’re ideological struggles. The militarists of
Today, the names and places have changed, but the fundamental character of the struggle has not changed. Like our enemies in the past, the terrorists who wage war in
(And that will stop the flow of oil that our vehicles require.)
Like our enemies in the past, they kill Americans because we stand in their way of imposing this ideology across a vital region of the world. This enemy is dangerous; this enemy is determined; and this enemy will be defeated.
(Millions of Iraqis have already left
We’re still in the early hours of the current ideological struggle (Although this ideological struggle has now lasted longer than World War II.), but we do know how the others ended -- and that knowledge helps guide our efforts today. The ideals and interests that led
(Our ideal goal is to maintain our interests in this region for its oil, and to act as a defensive buffer against
At the outset of World War II there were only two democracies in the
You know, the experts sometimes get it wrong.
(My own experts got it wrong about
(And we must get over our
The tragedy of
(But compared to the tragedy of
So I’m going to limit myself to one argument that has particular significance today. Then as now, people argued the real problem was
The argument that
(Barney has a long pedigree.)
Three decades later, there is a legitimate debate about how we got into the Vietnam War and how we left.
(Answers to this debate: 1.
(Fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 attackers were Saudis. So I bombed
And it’s the central front for the
(Getting the job done…getting the job done…getting the job done. What is the job? What will be the conclusion of getting the job done?)
If we were to abandon the Iraqi people, the terrorists would be emboldened, and use their victory to gain new recruits.
(Iraqis don’t have much water or electricity, but we cannot abandon their oil.)
As we saw on September the 11th, a terrorist safe haven on the other side of the world can bring death and destruction to the streets of our own cities.
(That safe haven was---and is---
And that is why, for the security of the
(They might come to
So we pursue the extremists wherever we find them and we stand with the Iraqis at this difficult hour -- because the shadow of terror will never be lifted from our world and the American people will never be safe until the people of the
(Were the people of
I recognize that history cannot predict the future with absolute certainty.
(Most of us won’t be around for that history anyway.)
I understand that.
In a world where the terrorists are willing to act on their twisted beliefs with sickening acts of barbarism, we must put faith in the timeless truths about human nature that have made us free.
(Since US forces rolled into central
The imposing building in the Al-Mustarisiya quarter is guarded by around 50
Amnesty International has criticized the attention on controlling oilfields, which it said must have taken "much planning and resources."
"However, there is scarce evidence of similar levels of planning and allocation of resources for securing public and other institutions essential for the SURVIVAL AND WELL-BEING OF THE POPULATION," the London-based rights group said.)
They want societies where they’re treated with dignity and respect, where their children have the hope for a better life.
(Where they have adequate food, water and electricity.)
Prime Minister Maliki is a good guy, a good man with a difficult job, and I support him.
And it’s not up to politicians in
(I do that. I’m the Decider!) –
that is up to the Iraqi people who now live in a democracy
(with very little water and electricity) and not a dictatorship.
Thank you, and God bless.
I don't think our troops ought to be used for what's called nation building.
George W. Bush
"He was thinking about invading
Bush expressed frustration at a lifetime as an underachiever in the shadow of an accomplished father. In aggressive military action, he saw the opportunity to emerge from his father's shadow.
Take, for instance, Bremer's first casualties. The soldiers and workers he laid off without pensions or severance pay didn't all disappear quietly. Many of them went straight into the mujahedeen, forming the backbone of the armed resistance. “Half a million people are now worse off, and there you have the water tap that keeps the insurgency going. It's alternative employment,” says Hussain Kubba, head of the prominent Iraqi business group Kubba Consulting. Some of Bremer's other economic casualties also have failed to go quietly. It turns out that many of the businessmen whose companies are threatened by Bremer's investment laws have decided to make investments of their own—in the resistance. It is partly their money that keeps fighters in Kalashnikovs and RPGs.
With unemployment as high as 67 percent, the imported products and foreign workers flooding across the borders have become a source of tremendous resentment in
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BY Naomi Klein
Secret U.S. carpet bombing of Cambodia destroyed that country, enabling Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge to come to power. Nixon, too, had warned of a bloodbath in Vietnam to justify continuing his war.
Contrary to the picture Bush painted, Vietnam is a unified, stable country that doesn't threaten the region; it has become a trading partner of the United States.
Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and president of the National Lawyers Guild
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