American Samizdat

Wednesday, January 10, 2007. *
Hahaha... I hear the train a'coming'... With apologies to Johnny Cash. Do you hear it too?

Tonight's speech wasn't about Iraq friends...

"...Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq. We are also taking other steps to bolster the security of Iraq and protect American interests in the Middle East. I recently ordered the deployment of an additional carrier strike group to the region. We will expand intelligence sharing - and deploy Patriot air defense systems to reassure our friends and allies. We will work with the governments of Turkey and Iraq to help them resolve problems along their border. And we will work with others to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons and dominating the region. We will use America's full diplomatic resources to rally support for Iraq from nations throughout the Middle East. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf States need to understand that an American defeat in Iraq would create a new sanctuary for extremists - and a strategic threat to their survival. These nations have a stake in a successful Iraq that is at peace with its neighbors - and they must step up their support for Iraq's unity government.

Tonight you could see Bush's signature moment, in a major speech, where he typically throws a sliver of truth into what is otherwise a vast swamp of lies. The tiny moment of truth was loaded with his trademark mockery; his eyes changed, turning smiling and twinkly, his face suddenly lit up, as if the joke on us all was almost too much to contain. It's the facial expression with which he betrays his twisted soul.

He basically said that victory in Iraq would not be what our fathers and grandfathers conceived victory to be.

Bush's speech was nothing but his usual drumbeat of fear and misinformation, a horror show of repetition; and it was an act of psychological warfare aimed straight at the American people. And yet, always to employ Aesopian language to his base. "On to Iran".

You don't deploy Patriot missiles against rebels: is it Iran?
posted by Uncle $cam at 9:02 PM
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