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Bush Speech Low-Lights

Reported by Judy - March 30, 2006

Fox News' "Dayside" skipped its programming on Wednesday (March 29, 2006) to broadcast another effort by George Bush to explain exactly why the U.S. is still in Iraq, even though Bush's performance was more entertaining than newsworthy.

Bush certainly was not intending to be entertaining, unless you call his lame attempts at humor entertainment. But numerous other parts of his speech did make me want to LOL, ROFLOL, and maybe even ROFLMHO.

News Hound Donna's entry already has pointed out the absurdity of George Bush's main point in his speech -- that Saddam Hussein is to blame for the current violence in Iraq. There were other absurdities.

Bush harped on his belief that the desire for freedom is "universal" and the need for democracy in the Middle East and said, "That's what's going to be driving my foreign policy." So why is it that he has not done more to free the Palestinians from the oppressive policies of Israel? Why is it that he wants to destroy the government Palestinians elected? Why is it that the Bush administration has let it be known that it does not like Iraq's current leader Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari? Middle Easterners may have a good reason to be confused about exactly what kind of freedom and democracy Bush is proposing for them.

Then there was his silly claim that democracies don't go to war with each other. Well, this democracy certainly has gone to war with a lot of other countries, either covertly or overtly: Nicaragua, Cuba, Vietnam, Panama, Iraq. Being a democracy does not automatically guarantee that a nation is peace-loving.

An especially amusing incident came with the first question, from a man from Mali, who said his African home was a struggling new democracy that had applied for funds from Bush's Millenium Challenge program, which is supposed to help such countries. "We haven't seen any money yet," said the questioner. Bush responded that the program was slow getting started and changes were being made. Translation: My administration is incompetent. So what else is new?

Another amusing incident concerned global warming, when an Australian asked, "What is your plan?" Bush went on about his State of the Union proposals to wean the U.S. from foreign oil. Then he went on to talk about why he ditched the Kyoto treaty on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions -- he thought reducing emissions would mean massive layoffs -- but I had trouble sorting out why he thought it's OK to use technology now to do what we should have starrted doing five years ago before the problem got so much worse. "Guess I should have started differently," Bush admitted.

Bush took forever answering some questions, rambling into some nonsense about isolationists in the U.S. that seemed unrelated to the question. The lack of applause from a right-leaning group like Freedom House (funding comes from a Scaife foundation) was interesting.

As it went on, I came to the conclusion that Bush's talk was not aimed at all Americans, but at his base, where his support is starting to slip. At one point he said he hoped that people who disagree with him, "at least will understand that I am making my decisions based on something I believe deep in my soul." In other words, if Bush screws things up, it doesn't matter because he believes he's right.

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