Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Equal Time, Mr. President...

I Give the President his Bully Pulpit:

The President: And so, yes, I care, I really do. I wish -- and so, therefore, I'm going to spend a lot of time trying to explain as best I can why it's important for us to succeed in Iraq.

Q:Quick follow-up. A lot of the consequences you mentioned for pulling out seem like maybe they never would have been there if we hadn't gone in. How do you square all of that?

The President: I square it because, -ah- imagine a world in which you had Saddam Hussein who had the capacity to make a weapon of mass destruction, who was paying suiciders to kill innocent life, who would -- who had relations with Zarqawi. Imagine what the world would be like with him in power. The idea is to try to help change the Middle East.

Now, look, part of the reason we went into Iraq was -- the main reason we went into Iraq at the time was -ah- we thought he had weapons of mass destruction. It turns out he didn't, but he had the capacity to -ah- make weapons of mass destruction. But I also talked about the -ah- human suffering in Iraq, and I also talked the need to advance a freedom agenda. And so my question -- my answer to your question is, -ah- is that, -ah- imagine a world in which Saddam Hussein was there, stirring up even more trouble in a part of the world that had so much resentment and so much hatred that people came and killed 3,000 of our citizens.

You know, I've heard this theory about everything was just fine until we arrived, and -ah- kind of "we're going to stir up the hornet's nest" theory. It just doesn't hold water, as far as I'm concerned. The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started -ah- the freedom agenda in the Middle East.

Q What did Iraq have to do with that?

The President: What did Iraq have to do with what?

Q The attack on the World Trade Center?

The President: Nothing, except for -ah- it's part of -- and nobody has ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a -- the lesson of September the 11th is, -ah- take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. Nobody has ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were -ah- ordered by Iraq. I have suggested, however, that resentment and -ah- the lack of hope create the breeding grounds for terrorists who are willing to use suiciders to kill to achieve an objective. I have made that case.

And one way to defeat that -- defeat resentment is with hope. And the best way to do hope is through a form of government. Now, I said going into Iraq that -ah- we've got to take these threats seriously before they fully materialize. I saw a threat. I -ah- fully believe it was the right decision to remove Saddam Hussein, and I -ah- fully believe the world is better off without him. Now, the question is how do we succeed in Iraq? And you don't succeed by leaving -ah- before the mission is complete, like some in this political process are suggesting.

9 Moderated Comments:

Blogger Vigilante said...

Thanks, Cal, for the graphic!

8/22/2006 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger MadMike said...

Great story Vigil! I guess Dubyah forgot Dick Wad Cheney's statements linking Iraq to 9\11......

8/22/2006 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger the WIZARD, fkap said...

Brilliant! You place only the actual transcription of the President's press conference on your blog and, by doing so, make a clear, unequivocal statement.

A tip o' the Wizard's pointy hat to you....

the Wizard...

8/22/2006 02:43:00 PM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

I picked a bad time to quit drinking. Just when you think he can't get any worse he exceeds beyond all expectations.

8/22/2006 07:14:00 PM  
Anonymous pekka said...

The great oratory is to be savored like a glass of vintage wine. There's more than a hint of elequence the way mr.President articulates. Churchill comes to mind.

8/23/2006 12:06:00 AM  
Blogger Messenger said...

Mad Mike, Rising Hegemon has an excellent post, both on defining "suggestion" and providing a short list of Saddam-Al Qaeda suggestions.

It is clear that Bush and Rove have retreated and circled their wagons around a new meme to the effect that they never came right out and said that 9-11 was directed from Baghdad.

8/23/2006 08:05:00 AM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Yes, that said, for my money the money quotes from Bush himself are supplied in the The Ostroy Report:

9/25/02:
"The war on terror, you can't distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror."

11/7/02:
"He's (Saddam) a threat because he is dealing with al Qaeda."

8/23/2006 08:31:00 AM  
Blogger a rose is a rose said...

i like the look of YOUR blog as well. very passionate. i also read your 'where i'm coming from'. i do love your passion

(and by the way, t w a t is FAR more offensive than asswipe)

8/27/2006 01:21:00 AM  
Blogger M.D. said...

That's a great graphic.

8/27/2006 12:31:00 PM  

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