....LMB: "Bush Speaks"....

March 07, 2003

I simply cannot stand watching or listening to the president speak anymore, so when he gives a major address or interview or something, I just twiddle my thumbs for a few hours and then read the transcripts. Thanks to this strategy, both my television and my living room window have remained damage-free for the first years of the W administration.

Bush spoke tonight, in his eighth presidential press conference ever. By this point during his own term, Bill Clinton had given 30 press conferences. Reagan had given 16, George Bush I 58. But W rarely takes questions, because his handlers know that putting him in front of an army of reporters is like sending a toddler outside with a flame-thrower. Nothing good is going to come of it, and the best you can hope for is that the he’s not going to burn anything irreplaceable. The topic of this stately monotonous event was Iraq.

Bush lays out with simpleton logic the reason that the U.S. must remove Saddam Hussein from Iraq:

Saddam Hussein has a long history of reckless aggression and terrible crimes. He possesses weapons of terror. He provides funding and training and safe haven to terrorists -- terrorists who would willingly use weapons of mass destruction against America and other peace-loving countries. Saddam Hussein and his weapons are a direct threat to this country, to our people, and to all free people...

The attacks of September the 11th, 2001 showed what the enemies of America did with four airplanes. We will not wait to see what terrorists or terrorist states could do with weapons of mass destruction.

We are determined to confront threats wherever they arise. I will not leave the American people at the mercy of the Iraqi dictator and his weapons.

That's it, really. Saddam Hussein is an inherently bad person who does bad things (although Bush's claims about Hussein's links to terrorism are misleading at best). And since he is a bad person, he might attack the United States. And if he attacked the United States with weapons of mass destruction, the result would be much worse that September 11. And since another September 11 is not acceptable, we must remove Saddam Hussein from power.

Go read the speech yourself, that really is his argument. He gives an alternate one about violations of UN Security Council resolution 1441, but that's even weaker.

The Saddam-terrorism link above is overstated. It is true that Saddam Hussein gives money to the surviving families of Palestinian suicide bombers, but that's about it. While that's plenty bad, Palestinian terrorists are attacking Israel and Israel alone. Hardly a threat to "all peace-loving countries."

Which essentially leaves us with the argument that since Saddam Hussein is bad and has weapons that could conceivably do great damage to the United States, that we should invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein.

I think Bush might even believe his own arguments. Scary.

What was most striking to me was the near constant repetition of the word "disarm." How far our little president has come from his days of yelling “regime change” to his mature days of solemnly calling for disarmament. I have this image in my mind of a prep session where Bush was strapped into a Clockwork Orange-style brainwashing device, receiving painful electric shocks while Donald Rumsfeld and Ari Fleischer stood on either side of the president shrieking "SAY IT!!! SAY 'DISARM'!!!"

Posted by Jake at 05:07 PM

What? You no longer watch Bush's speeches? You miss the nuances of W's brilliantly timed facial expressions, persuasive delivery, and his excellent speaking skills.

Posted by: Eric at March 7, 2003 07:25 PM

hahaha....I love that visual at the end. I will go to sleep with a big fat grin on my face tonight. Yay!

Posted by: michele at March 7, 2003 11:57 PM

don't you just love his vocabulary?

Posted by: Akasha at March 8, 2003 08:22 AM

heh, heh, heh. We do agree -- my husband and I dash for the "mute" button at the first hint that we'll have to endure listening to Bush. Our goal is to never allow the sound of his voice to pollute the sanctity of our home. I thought that we were the only ones.

Posted by: Pat at March 8, 2003 02:56 PM

What the hell is the matter with you people? I think our president is doing a kick ass job with everything and I think he's trying his best and SOME people need to grow up and actually listen to his speeches so you don't start assuming things and sounding stupid.

Posted by: Ashley at April 15, 2003 03:46 PM

i think saddam will screw the US badly one day. i hope he does. george bush thinks hes stoping terriosm but hes making more people angry by the second. saddam isnt the bad person usa is.

Posted by: nik at May 3, 2003 11:51 PM

i think saddam will screw the US badly one day. i hope he does. george bush thinks hes stoping terriosm but hes making more people angry by the second. saddam isnt the bad person usa is.

Posted by: nik at May 3, 2003 11:51 PM

well his speaches r bs. he cant even pronounce the crap hes saying there. HA

Posted by: nik at May 3, 2003 11:52 PM

i wonder how good u guys would do being the president of the United States...

Posted by: olz at May 17, 2003 11:21 PM

use your election right to sacked this bloody bastard!!!!!!

Posted by: st. anger at July 28, 2003 02:59 AM

not read it? But you miss the furled brow and the 30 second pauses between words.

Posted by: at November 16, 2003 12:34 PM

The problem with america is that u have to take the BAD with the good, too many ppl after 9-11 have been attacking any1 who questions our government. We have done many horrible things, and if ppl dont wise up its going to get worse

Posted by: Jack at December 6, 2003 12:30 PM
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Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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