| Bush and Israel Threaten America with Another Unnecessary
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What A New
Bush War with Iran Will Mean
Tongue-Tied Bush Dislikes Diplomacy. Prefers Threats of War.
The US Should Discourage, not Encourage An Israeil Attack on Iran.
Peerless DJI Charts in the War Years. Superb Buys and Sell Signals.
See below: 1916, 1940-1942, 1950-1952, 1965-1974, 1990, 2002
The Costs and Consequences of A War with
"It's a nightmare scenario for any contingency
planner, and I think you really enter
the twilight zone if you strike Iran."
The decline in US-Iranian relations started with the
CIA-backed coup of the democratically elected premier of
Iran in 1953 to stop his plans for nationalizing British
Petroleum. This company not only controlled Iran's main
source of income, oil, it dominated the economic and politcal
life everywhere there. Oil field wages were low. The British
government received 30% of the royalties. The Iranian
government got but 10% to 12%.
"The 1953 Iranian coup d'état
saw the overthrow
of the democratically-elected administration of Iranian Prime
Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq and his cabinet from power by
British and American intelligence operatives working together
with Iranian agents and elements of the Iranian army. Bribing
Iranian officials, news media and others with British and
American funds,... the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),
organized the covert operation" which put in power
a retired Iranian General Fazlollah Zahedi, the Imperial
Guard Colonel Nematollah Nassiri and set up the dictatorship
of Iran. (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_coup_d'%C3%A9tat
US Backed Terror in Iran, 1953-1978
The US backed Shah of Iran ruled Iran from 1953 to 1978. His
dictatorhip was notoriously brutal and corrupt. The Shah's
Secret Police were the SAVAK. They were widely feared.
They tracked down, imprisoned, tortured and killed those
who dissented and spoke ill of the Shah.
Americans are mostly oblivious to their government's role
in the terrorism against Iranians in this period. Jimmy Carter
bears a good part of that responsibility, though it was
a Republican President, Eisenhower, who approved the
1953 coup in Iran. But it was Carter who lavised praise
on the Shah in 1977, a year before he would be removed
by Iranian nationalists. The CIA warned Carter that hatred
for the Shah was widespread. But he toasted the Shah:
"Iran, because of the great
leadership of the Shah, is an island of
stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world. This is a great
tribute to you, Your Majesty, and to your leadership, and to the respect
and admiration and love which your people give to you." (Source:
The Iranian distrust and dislike for the US now goes back
thse events. I highly recommend "Blowback:
and Consequences of American Empire", by
How is Iran a threat to the US
Iranian intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Wow! It is the height of arrogance for the US, which went
half way around the world, to attack Iraq, to complain
that Iran, which borders Afghanistan and Iraq, is trying
to influence its neighbors when they are is sate of high flux.
Israel and Iran
Israel is not the US. America cannot back it automatically
and unconditionally, if it chooses to start a war with Iran.
Our interests and Israel's interests are better served
by diplomacy, mutual respect and demanding withdrawl by
Israeli settlers of the occupied territories. These should
be left unocupied and kept as key parcels in the peace process.
Israel has between 150-200 nuclear weapons. Iran is not
suicidal. Iran will not attack Israel. Why should Israel
attack Iran? The US should discourage Israel from such
an attack on Iran.
"The Iranians cannot
effectively retaliate against
Israel, so they'll retaliate against us. `And then we will be
tempted to retaliate against Iran, and we'll be drawn into
a very destructive conflict from which we will not extricate
ourselves for many years to come.''
former Presidential National Security Advisor.)
"increasingly military analysts are warning of severe
consequences if the US begins a shooting war with Iran...
Iranian networks in Iraq and Afghanistan could imperil US interests there; American
forces throughout the Gulf region could be targeted by asymmetric methods and
lethal rocket barrages; and Iranian partners across the region such as Hezbollah
in Lebanon could be mobilized to engage in an anti-US fight. Iran's response
could also be global, analysts say, but the scale would depend on the scale of the
US attack. "One very important issue from a US intelligence perspective, [the Iranian
reaction] is probably more unpredictable than the Al Qaeda threat," says Magnus
Ranstorp at the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defense
College in Stockholm. "I doubt very much our ability to manage some of the
consequences," says Mr. Ranstorp, noting that Iranian revenge attacks in the past
have been marked by "plausible deniability" and have had global reach.
"If you attack Iran you are unleashing a firestorm of reaction internally that will
strengthen revolutionary forces, and externally in the region," says Ranstorp.
"It's a nightmare scenario for any contingency
planner, and I think you really enter
the twilight zone if you strike Iran."
The American mass media did not report that Iran has
offered to lay a wreat at "gound zero" in NYC. This was
rejected. Similarly, Bush and the American corporate
media leave out the compelling fact that Iran was often
violently opposed to Al-Qaeda's presence in Afghanistan.
Is not the Bush insistence that Iran give up nuclear power
as a pre-condition for talks, a tactic to avoid them?
"An attack by the United
States on Iran would be a catastrophe
for both countries and would have a devastating effect on the
entire Middle East region. Bombing nuclear sites would only delay,
not eliminate, Iran's nuclear program and would virtually guarantee
accelerated efforts to build a weapon for self-defense... Iran would
certainly retaliate, closing the Straits of Hormuz and leading to a
surge in oil prices. It would unleash a wave of attacks against US
forces in neighboring Iraq and would exploit its relationship with
Hezbollah to stage terrorist attacks against Israel and also possibly
within the United States. It could destabilize neighboring Afghanistan.
US response to Iranian resistance would likely result in huge civilian
Giraldi, a former CIA Counter-terrorism specialist
Expect Oil to jump to $200/bar.
At its narrowest point the Straits of Hormuz between
Iran and Saudi Arabia are 21 miles apart. 17 million
bar. of oil go trough it each day. That's about 20%
of the world's total oil supply. Sea mines and terrorist
actions against oil tankers are a distinct possibility.
Iranian oil production is nearly 4 million bar. a day.
If this were taken off the market, oil prices would
go sky-high. Many experts say that Iran would certainly
retaliate, close the Straits of Hormuz and stop its oil
to countries it considers not its enemy.
We forget that the Arab boycott called in 1973 to protest
against Western backing for Israel tripled oil prices. There
are more sources now. But Arab countries produce the
preponderance of oil, still.
The Fragmentation of America.
Americans will be fighting for what oil
there is. And
Republicans will be more divided than ever. Riots and
protests beyond anything seen in the 1960's will be seen again.
The Impoverization of Americans.
Businesses will be forced to close. Unemployment will
soar. A severe recession is almost certain based on
what happened in 1973-1974. Real incomes then fell 2.7%.
The stock market plunged from a high of 1040 to 580.
Bear Market ahead.
A 20% Decline down from 13,000 is
the minimum we
should expect if Bush involves the US in a new war for oil with
Iran. This estimate is based on how the DJI behaved before
the start of US involvement in World War I, World War II,
and the LBJ bear market in 1966 as US troops reached
nearly 500,000 in Viet Nam. The NIXON 1969-1974
bear market of nearly 40% coincided with his expansion
of the war and then the US defeat in Viet Nam. Bush's
launching of the Iraq War and the obtaining of Congressional
authorization of the war in September 2002, saw the DJI
fall more than 20% in the preceeding 7 months.
Shame on Our
Clueless Political Leaders
by William Schmidt, Ph.D. (Columbia University)
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What A New
Bush War with Iran Will Mean
by William Schmidt, Ph.D
One if forty Iraqi is now dead
because of George Bush's messianic meglomania.
How can that win the hearts and minds of anyone, but a certifiable sadist or serial
The British Medical Journal "Lancet" estimates that more than a million
Iraqis have been
killed in Bush's war on Iraq. 10% of the population has had their homes destroyed and
have fed the country. Another four million have been either internally-displaced or
fled the country. Living standards have declined steeply by every measure -
clean water, food-security, medical supplies, education, electrical power, employment etc.
How many of our bravest youth must still die for the sake of the pride of those who caused
this calamity? America will be $3 trillion dollars or more poorer because Bush's
violence. The occupation begets violence. "Miles of concrete
blast-walls snake through
Baghdad to separate the warring parties; the country is fragmented into a hundred
pieces each ruled by local militia commanders." (Source of quote)
Come and see our overflowing morgues and find our little ones for us...
You may find them in this corner or the other, a little hand poking out, pointing
out at you... Come and search for them in the rubble of your "surgical" air
you may find a little leg or a little head...pleading for your attention.
Come and see them amassed in the garbage dumps, scavenging morsels of food...
Come and see, come..." "Flying Kites Layla Anwar
Retired Lt. General William Odom commented on this point in an interview
Jim Lerher News Hour: "The surge has
sustained military instability and achieved
nothing in political consolidation....Things are much worse now. And I don't see them
getting any better. This was foreseeable a year and a half ago. And to continue to put
the cozy veneer of comfortable half-truths on this is to deceive the American public
and to make them think it is not the charade it is....."
reasonable person would learn from this mistake.
Not Bush and not McCain. They would expand the war to Iran. Not Nancy
Democratic Whip They continue to fostor these horrors. to continue. They
funding so that the war and occupation continue, despite their mandate in 2006 to end the
The American people are not as dumb as the politicians that run the country.
Sure, they were rushed and mislead into war. The Press Secretary to Bush has
testified to Congress that the President, Vice President, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and
others in the White House "purposefully conspired to mislead Americans into war
for political gain and at the cost of the lives of our soldiers, the security of our
and the sanctity of our Constitution."
60% of Americans wanted out of Iraq two years ago, in March 2006. Only
39% now believe the US
should stay in Iraq "as long as needed". Reasonable people might
think that Bush would not be allowed to start another war. But he is planning a new
with Iran right now. See the latest issue of the New Yorker and the lengthy
by Seymour Hirsch. http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/04/17/060417fa_fact
STARTING A WAR AND STOCK PRICES
Starting a war has always been bad for the stock
market. Look at 1917, 1940, 1941, 1950,
1969 and 1970 when Nixon intensified the bombing of North Viet Nam and spread the war
in Viet Nam to Laos and Cambodia. Look at 1990. And look at the 2002 chart.
A decline of 20% is the rule in the months leading up to the war.
The stock market (DJIA) plunged 20% in the four months leading up to the US
of war on Germany in 1917.
1.) The DJI fell 30% in several weeks following the NAZI invasion of Western Europe in
2.) It fell 20% in the 4 months prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor in
3.) It fell 25% in 1966, after LBJ sent nearly 500,000 US soldiers to Viet Nam.
4.) It lept up nearly 20% in the months after he said he would not run for
President again in 1968.
5.) It fell nearly 40% from Janaury 1969 when Nixon took office to October 1974,
soon after he resigned in disgrace, having succeeded only in expanding and intensifying
the killing and in the end losing the war.
6) The lead-up to the Allied war to liberate Kuwait in 1990 saw the DJI fell 20%.
7) The DJI fell 25% in the year six months before Bush got Congress to authorize a
war in Iraq.
Lusitania in May 1915.
(http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/snpwwi2.htm ) The sinking of the Lusitania
outraged American public opinion. Bu Wilson campaigned in 1916 on the slogan,
"He kept us out of war".
1940 War in Western
INVASION OF WESTERN EUROPE, MAY 1940 In 1939, as the prospects of World
War II grew closer
for the English and the French following the German attack on Poland, there was a period
of quiet on
the Western front. The British and French war planners focused on World War1 and the
of stalemated trench warfare. The "Maginot Line" would be their defense.
Offensive assaults had been
found to be too costly in French lives in WWI. Hitler had actually
wanted to attack France soon after
the successful German campaign against Poland. But bad weather and the inadvertent
disclosure of the
original German attack plans caused a delay and a change in strategy. The Germans
would attack through
the less defensed low lands of Holland and Belgium and then assault France in the less
Ardennes Forest. The German attack began on May 10th, 1940. Three weeks later, on
June 5th, the
German Army began attacking across the River Somme and into France. By June 14th,
Army reached Paris and on June 22nd, France signed a "document of capitulation".
See - http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/fall_france_05.shtml
Arrogance led Hitler to decide to
attack the Soviet Union. The attack began on June 22, 1941.
Arrogance led Japan believe they could defeat the US in a surpsie attack on Pearl Harbor
on December 7, 1941. As the war clouds gathered for the US, the stock market fell
steadily in the
second half of 1941. Pearl Harbor was anticipated by the stock market decline before
On the Eastern Front, the Germans captured Minsk on June 28, 1941 and crossed the River
the Ukraine on July 19, 1941. FDR froze Japanese assets in the
US and suspended diplomatic
relations on July 26, 1941. On August 1, 1941 the US announced an oil embargo on
Japan. In August
the Germans lay seige to Leningrad. On September 9th, they take Kiev, in October,
Odessa and Kharkov.
But on December 6, 1941 the German assault on Moscow is abandoned the Red Army begins a
attack. On December 7th, the Japanese bomb Pearl
1942 Tide Changed after
Battle of Midway.
On January 13, the German U-boat offensive begins along the East coast of the US.
is on the attack in North Africa. German air raids begin against cathedral cities in
The Germans start a new offensive in the Crimea in May. But on
May 27, SS Leader Heydrich
is shot by a resistance ambush in Prague. On May 30th, there is a British air raid
For more of a time-line see http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/timeline/ww2time.htm#1942
The Battle of Midway took place between June 4, 1942 and
June 7th. The Americans sunk 4 Japanese
carriers and a heavy cruiser. It was a decisive turning point. And it was
viewed as such at the time.
The weakness of aircraft carriers to air attack was revealed. The Imperial Japanese
Navy was weakened
considerably. And the battle enabled America's greater industrial capacity to turn
out superior numbers of
ships and aircraft. See - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Midway
North Korean Attack on South Korea, 1950
Skirmishes between North Korean and
South Korean troops turned into a full scale assault
after Communist losses in open elections in South Korea in the beginning of 1950.
forces fell back steadily towards the port of Pusan. Truman ordered US ground
troops to Korea
on June 30, 1950. On September 25th US marines staged a surprise amphibious
attack on September
25th. With superior air and naval power, soon the marines had liberated Seoul and
the North Koreans
retreated in disorder back up the penninsula. The UN forces march north to the Yalu
bitter cold condition, -88 degrees at one point. US General MacArthur dismiissed
warnings from China
that they would not allow the North Korean buffer state to lose this war. On
December 9th, the
Chinese Army lauched a massive counter-attack on UN forces far up the Korean Penninsula.
Chinese Army quickly drove the UN forces back to the 38th parallel. They briefly
took Seoul, but
were forced out By February 1951, a stalemate ensued, like in World War I.
MacArthur was removed from command on April 11 when he openly challenged President
decision not to attack the Chinese north of the Yalu River. This served to ratify
the military stalemate
that last until the Armistice of 1953. The military importance of Air Power was made clear
in this period.
1952 Miltary Stalemate in Korea. Eisenhower's famous pronouncement
in the 1952
of the dramatic points of the 1952 presidential campaign came on October 24 in Detroit
when Eisenhower announced that,
immediately after his election, he would "forgo the diversions of politics and
concentrate on the job of ending the Korean war....
That job requires a personal trip to Korea. I shall make that trip. Only in
that way could I learn how best to serve the American
people in the cause of peace. I shall go to Korea." (Source: http://www.eisenhower.utexas.edu/Korea/html/Koreanphotographs.html
War in Viet Nam
July 27th -5,000 more American
military advisers are sent to South Vietnam bringing the total number of United
States forces in Vietnam to 21,000.
August 2nd and 4th - The Gulf of Tonkin
Incident prompted the first large-scale involvement of U.S. armed forces in Vietnam. It is claimed by the
Defense Separtment that US destroyers USS Maddox and USS C. Turner Joy are
attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin. Air support from the carrier USS Ticonderoga sinks
two, possibly three North Vietnamese gunboats. (In 2005, it was revealed in
an official NSA declassified report
that the USS Maddox fired warning shots on the August 2 incident before
any actions were taken by Northv Vietnamese patrol boats. And that there was attack
by North Vietnamese boats at the August 4 incident. Just a few days after the incident,
Lyndon Johnson commented privately: "For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales
out there." 
2005 NSA declassified report
which stated on page 17:
(See - http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2261
"At 1500G, Captain Herrick ordered Ogier's
gun crews to open fire if the boats approached within ten thousand yards. At about 1505G,
the Maddox fired three rounds to warn off the communist boats. This initial action was never reported by the Johnson administration,
which insisted that the Vietnamese boats fired first."
August 5th - American aircraft from carriers USS Ticonderoga
and USS Constellation bomb North Vietnam in retaliation for strikes attacked US
destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.
August 7th - The U.S. Congress
passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving US President Lyndon B. Johnson broad war
powers to deal with North Vietnamese attacks on American forces. The resolution served as Johnson's legal justification for escalating
American involvement in the Vietnam War, which lasted until 1975.
August 16th - With US approval
(Pentagon Papers), a coup d'état replaces Duong Van Minh with General Nguyen Khanh as
President of South Vietnam. A new constitution is established with aid from the U.S.
December 3rd - Berkeley Free
Speech Movement: Police arrest over 800 students at the University of California,
Berkeley, following their takeover and massive sit-in at the administration building
protesting the UC Regents' decision to forbid Vietnam War protests on UC property.
February 9th - The first United States combat troops are sent to South Vietnam.
March 30th - A car bomb explodes
in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.
April 28th - United States troops
land in the Dominican Republic to "forestall establishment of a Communist
dictatorship" and to evacuate U.S. citizens.
May 27th - United
States warships begin bombardments of National Liberation Front targets within South
for the first time.
June 10th - Battle of
Dong Xoai begins.
June 18th - The United States
uses B-52 bombers to attack National Liberation Front guerrilla fighters
in South Vietnam,
July 24th - Four F-4C Phantoms
escorting a bombing raid at Kang Chi are the targets of antiaircraft missiles in the first
such attack against American planes in the war. One is shot down and the other three
July 28th - US President Lyndon
B. Johnson announces his order to increase the number of United States troops in South
Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.
August 18th - United States
Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in the
first major American ground battle of the war.
October 30th - Just miles
from Da Nang, United States Marines repel an intense attack by wave after
wave of Viet Cong forces, killing 56 guerrillas. Among the dead, a sketch of Marine
positions was found on the body of a 13-year-old Vietnamese boy who sold drinks to
the Marines the day before.
November 27th - The Pentagon
tells US President Lyndon B. Johnson that if planned operations were to succeed, the
number of American troops in Vietnam has to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000.
May 16 Attack on biggest US Air Force base in South Viet Nam. Video.
January 8th - U.S. forces launch
Operation Crimp. Deploying nearly 8,000 troops, it is the largest American operation of
the war. The goal of the campaign is to capture the Vietcong's headquarters for the Saigon
area, which is believed to be located in the district of Chu Chi. Though the area in Chu
Chi is razed and repeatedly patrolled, American forces fail to locate any significant
February - Hoping
for head-on clashes with the enemy, U.S. forces launch four search and destroy missions in
the month of February. Although there are two minor clashes with Vietcong regiments, there
are no major conflicts.
March - The 272nd Regiment of the Vietcong
9th Division attack a battalion of the American 3rd Brigade at Lo Ke. U.S. air support
succeeds in bombing the attackers into retreat. Two days later, the American 1st Brigade
and a battalion of the 173rd Airborne are attacked by a Vietcong regiment, which is driven
away by artillery fire.
April - May --- In Operation Birmingham, more
than 5,000 U.S. troops, backed by huge numbers of helicopters and armored vehicles, sweep
the area around north of Saigon. There are small scale actions between both armies, but
over a three week period, only 100 Vietcong are killed. Most battles are dictated by the
Vietcong, who prove elusive.
June - North Vietnamese 324B Division
crosses the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and encounters a Marine battalion. The NVA holds
their ground and the largest battle of the war to date breaks out near Dong Ha. Most of
the 3rd Marine Division, some 5,000 men in five battalions, heads north. In Operation
Hastings, the Marines backed by South Vietnamese Army troops, the heavy guns of U.S.
warships and their artillery and air power drive the NVA back over the DMZ in three weeks.
July - Heavy fighting near Con Thien
kills nearly 1,300 North Vietnamese troops.
End of 1966 - By
the end of 1966, American forces in Vietnam reach 385,000 men, plus an additional 60,000
sailors stationed offshore. More than 6,000 Americans have been killed in this year, and
30,000 have been wounded. In comparison, an estimated 61,000 Vietcong have been killed.
However, their troops now numbered over 280,000.
1969 Instead of bringing peace to the US war
on Viet Nam, he intensified the war. From the time
he took office to soon after
he resigned in 1974, without having brought peace, the DJI fell
from 950 to 580, almost 40%..
1990 IRAQ INVASION
Anti-Iraq War Speech
Delivered in Chicago on Wednesday, October 2, 2002.
On this day, the President Bush and Congress announced
their agreement on the joint resolution authorizing the Iraq War
Oil was $30/bar. when Bush took
office in 2001.
It is now $130/bar.
|Obama' Speech against Bush's War on
Iraq - September 2002.
Good afternoon. Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war
rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all
The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in
history, and yet it was only through the crucible of the sword, the sacrifice of
multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union, and drive the scourge of slavery
from our soil. I dont oppose all wars.
My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Pattons army. He saw the dead and dying across the
fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger
freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did
not fight in vain.
I dont oppose all wars.
After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction,
the dust and the tears, I supported this Administrations pledge to hunt down and
root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance,
and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
I dont oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage
of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed
to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard
Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other arm-chair, weekend warriors in this
Administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of
the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.
What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove
to distract us from a
rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock
market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression.
Thats what Im opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason
but on passion, not on principle but on politics.
Now let me be clear I suffer no illusions about Saddam
Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to
secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN
resolutions, thwarted UN
inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity.
Hes a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.
But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United
States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is
in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert
with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators,
he falls away into the dustbin of history.
I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost,
with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear
rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle
East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and
strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.
I am not opposed to all wars. Im opposed to dumb wars.
So for those of us
who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to
the president today. You want a fight, President
Bush? Lets finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of
the financial networks that support terrorism,
and a homeland security program that involves more than
You want a fight, President Bush? Lets fight to make sure that the UN inspectors
can do their work, and that we vigorously enforce a non-proliferation treaty, and that former
enemies and current allies like Russia safeguard and ultimately eliminate their stores
of nuclear material, and that nations like Pakistan
never use the terrible weapons already in their possession, and that the arms merchants in
our own country stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe.
You want a fight, President Bush? Lets fight to make sure our so-called allies in
the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and
suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their
economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope,
the ready recruits of terrorist cells.
You want a fight, President Bush? Lets fight to wean ourselves off Middle East oil,
through an energy policy that doesnt simply serve the interests of Exxon and Mobil.
Those are the battles that we need to fight. Those are the battles that we willingly
join. The battles against ignorance and intolerance, corruption
and greed, poverty
The consequences of war are dire, the sacrifices immeasurable. We may have occasion in
our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom,
and pay the wages of war. But we ought not we will not travel down that
hellish path blindly. Nor should we allow those who would march off and pay the ultimate
sacrifice, who would prove the full measure of devotion with their blood, to make such an
awful sacrifice in vain.
2002 BUSH SETS
OUT TO ATTACK IRAQ.