Saturday, March 17, 2007

Four More Years!

A few excerpts from the president's 2003 St Patrick's Day address to the nation (there's video at the link):

Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. This regime has already used weapons of mass destruction against Iraq's neighbors and against Iraq's people.

The regime has a history of reckless aggression in the Middle East. It has a deep hatred of America and our friends. And it has aided, trained and harbored terrorists, including operatives of al Qaeda.

The danger is clear: using chemical, biological or, one day, nuclear weapons, obtained with the help of Iraq, the terrorists could fulfill their stated ambitions and kill thousands or hundreds of thousands of innocent people in our country, or any other....

Before the day of horror can come, before it is too late to act, this danger will be removed...

Today, no nation can possibly claim that Iraq has disarmed. And it will not disarm so long as Saddam Hussein holds power....

In a free Iraq, there will be no more wars of aggression against your neighbors, no more poison factories, no more executions of dissidents, no more torture chambers and rape rooms. The tyrant will soon be gone. The day of your liberation is near....

The terrorist threat to America and the world will be diminished the moment that Saddam Hussein is disarmed....

We are now acting because the risks of inaction would be far greater. In one year, or five years, the power of Iraq to inflict harm on all free nations would be multiplied many times over. With these capabilities, Saddam Hussein and his terrorist allies could choose the moment of deadly conflict when they are strongest. We choose to meet that threat now, where it arises, before it can appear suddenly in our skies and cities....

Unlike Saddam Hussein, we believe the Iraqi people are deserving and capable of human liberty. And when the dictator has departed, they can set an example to all the Middle East of a vital and peaceful and self-governing nation.

These clowns could fuck up a two-car funeral if you spotted them the hearse, couldn't they? Speaking of which, here's 3,200 pictures of dead soldiers. Here's a pulitzer prize-winning photo essay on a soldier's funeral (click 'slide show') and because we're all optimists here at Burro Hall, here's a love story with a happy ending.

Oh, and here's Crazy, Crazy Al Gore giving the best speech of his presidency six months before Bush gave the above. Does anyone still think Bush would have been more fun to have a beer with?

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