Tuesday, February 07, 2006

A catena of quotations on Mr Bush’s most recent big speech
Compiled by columnist Gordon Bennett:
...George Bush spoke with unsubstantiated optimism about the war in Iraq; yesterday another American soldier was killed, bringing the total to 2,243. If all the families of all of those soldiers had been sitting in the chamber, could Bush’s self-serving comments about sacrifice have been heard above the cries of grief and anguish?
- Celeste Zappala, whose eldest son Sherwood was the first Pennsylvania National Guardsman to die in combat since World War II. She’s a member of Gold Star Families Speak Out.
President Bush states that... ‘the United States of America will continue to lead’. This President led the U.S. into an immoral, illegal war against Iraq based on lies and deception. The president worries that ‘a sudden withdrawal of our forces from Iraq would abandon our Iraqi allies to death and prison.’ He does not mention that U.S. forces are imprisoning 16,000 Iraqis, many of them held without charges.
- Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Bush stated: ‘We are continuing reconstruction efforts and helping the Iraqi government to fight corruption and build a modern economy, so all Iraqis can experience the benefits of freedom.’... a cleverly worded lie… The contractors are already shutting down their work even though some of the original $18.4 billion allocated for reconstruction over two years ago has not been spent and half of the money spent so far has either been spent on insurance and private security or worst of all diverted to other schemes such as the building of a new United States embassy.
- Pratap Chatterjee, author of the book Iraq Inc.: A Profitable Occupation
President Bush said that ‘violent crime rates have fallen to their lowest levels since the 1970s’. This is true only if you look at violent street crime and ignore the violent corporate crime that results in pollution, worker and consumer deaths. The rate of violent corporate crime is by all indications on the increase.
- Russell Mokhiber, editor of Corporate Crime Reporter
Bush made no mention of the comprehensive energy bill he recently signed. That makes sense; the lobbyists went wild with it, the oil companies got $5 billion, $8 billion for coal, $12 billion for nuclear, and only $3 billion for renewables. Oil companies are posting record profits.
- Tycom Slocum of the Public Citizens’ Energy Program
Bush stated, ‘We accept the call of history to deliver the oppressed and move this world toward peace… And we do not forget the other half -- in places like Syria and Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea and Iran.’ Bush left out from that list... oppressive countries that are aligned with the U.S. (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Libya, Algeria, Guatemala, Azerbaijan, etc.
- As’Ad Abukhalil, author of The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power
While President Bush declares that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose ‘a grave threat to the security of the world’... the U.S. is retooling its own nuclear-weapons research, design, and production infrastructure to maintain thousands of nuclear weapons for many decades to come, while enabling the production of new nuclear weapons for ‘post-Cold War’ missions envisioned by U.S. war planners.

Following the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration openly declared the potential first use of nuclear weapons -- even against those countries that don’t have them... (
U.S. Nuclear Posture Review, 2002)... But just beyond Iran’s border, the U.S. continues to turn a blind eye toward Israel’s sizable undeclared nuclear arsenal.
- Jacqueline Cabasso, executive director of the Western States Legal Foundation

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