Friday, March 19, 2004

Happy Anniversary

The Bush War is a year old, and I think it is instructive to look at that speech he gave a year ago. Perhaps comparing it to the speech he is giving today woudl be nice, as well. Last year's speech on the first day of the war is here: A pretty good speech, actually. . .

It was indeed a rousing and patriotic speech, but this paragrah certainly would give pause when read today:
Our nation enters this conflict reluctantly -- yet, our purpose is sure. The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder. We will meet that threat now, with our Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines, so that we do not have to meet it later with armies of fire fighters and police and doctors on the streets of our cities.
Reluctantly? Paul O'Neill's book sure casts doubt on that. But what I notice here s that on the very day American troops are comitted to battle, from which 500 and more will not return, Mr. Bush uses the excuse of WMD as his most prominent one. Would that all those dead and injured soldiers could read this speech today and see that they were sent into harm's way for false reasons.

God Bless our soldiers. Pray that they get a new Commander in Chief.