June 29, 2005


From George W. Bush's speech last night.

As Iraqis make progress toward a free society, the effects are being felt beyond Iraq's borders. Before our Coalition liberated Iraq, Libya was secretly pursuing nuclear weapons. Today the leader of Libya has given up his chemical and nuclear weapons programs. Across the broader Middle East, people are claiming their freedom. In the last few months, we have witnessed elections in the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon. These elections are inspiring democratic reformers in places like Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Our strategy to defend ourselves and spread freedom is working. The rise of freedom in this vital region will eliminate the conditions that feed radicalism and ideologies of murder — and make our Nation safer.

So did Bush kill Arafat? The only reason that the Palestinian territories had elections was the death of Arafat. So, did Bush admit to assasinating Arafat? Or is he taking credit for "God's work?"

Avedon notes that the speech was Nixonesque.

Posted by Jess at June 29, 2005 07:42 PM

Well, no. Arafat's death was a necessary condition for elections, but not a sufficient one.

Not that the elections were particularly meaningful, unlike those Iraq or Lebanon. I wouldn't want to take any credit for the Palestinian elections myself.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 29, 2005 09:02 PM

Well, oddly enough, I was actually waiting to hear what his "strategy" was. McClellen set us up for that. Why do I get my hopes up like that? I did listen to the whole speech. It was in the afternoon here and NPR broadcast the whole thing. Did like the fact that he didn't do the Cheney "happy talk" and he did talk about the situation in Iraq as serious.
What I wanted to hear, were the goals - what he wants to accomplish. I wasn't expecting to hear some time table for leaving, since I agree that would be dumb.
I dunno, I was just disappointed.

Posted by: JulieB at June 29, 2005 09:13 PM

The problem is he thinks he is god or at least on a first name basis with the all mighty.

Posted by: TheMadAdmin at June 30, 2005 11:57 AM

Dude, you got a link from Avedon. High fives.

Posted by: Travis Jefferson at July 2, 2005 09:17 AM
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