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Norquist Nemesis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-16-04 12:22 AM
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White House Website: Denial and Deception
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/10/2002100...

ROFL The banner tag looks more like a directive than a description!

Anyway, this is the speech Bush gave just before the IWR vote. In re-reading it, I'm reminded of how I felt then. It seemed a pretty safe bet we were going in. It was too strongly worded to think otherwise, IMO.

BUT!!!! Here's a few little nuggets from what Bush said about using the military:

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. As Americans, we want peace -- we work and sacrifice for peace. But there can be no peace if our security depends on the will and whims of a ruthless and aggressive dictator. I'm not willing to stake one American life on trusting Saddam Hussein.

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Iraq is a land rich in culture, 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.

Later this week, the United States Congress will vote on this matter. I have asked Congress to authorize the use of America's military, if it proves necessary, to enforce U.N. Security Council demands. Approving this resolution does not mean that military action is imminent or unavoidable. The resolution will tell the United Nations, and all nations, that America speaks with one voice and is determined to make the demands of the civilized world mean something. Congress will also be sending a message to the dictator in Iraq: that his only chance -- his only choice is full compliance, and the time remaining for that choice is limited.

Members of Congress are nearing an historic vote. I'm confident they will fully consider the facts, and their duties.


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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-16-04 12:31 AM
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1. This is a good one for the Kerry campaign to work
"Approving this resolution does not mean that military action is imminent or unavoidable."

Lie, as proven by the infamous Time magazine quote.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-16-04 12:40 AM
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2. Good post.......
Kerry should use Bush's own words to explain his IWR vote.

"Approving this resolution does not mean that military action is imminent or unavoidable."

Bush lied, 10's of thousands died.
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