Bush's National Address - Stop talking about 9/11
The President's numerous references to September 11th did not provide a way forward in Iraq, they only served to remind the American people that our most dangerous enemy, namely Osama bin Laden, is still on the loose and Al Qaeda remains capable of doing this nation great harm nearly four years after it attacked America.
It's a known fact. Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with Osama bin Laden. Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks on 9/11. There is no connection.
Yet, according to excerpts of his speech, which have just been released, President Bush will try to distract Americans from his lack of an Iraq strategy by invoking 9/11:
They are trying to shake our will in Iraq - just as they tried to shake our will on September 11, 2001.
The only way our enemies can succeed is if we forget the lessons of September 11Â… if we abandon the Iraqi people to men like Zarqawi and if we yield the future of the Middle East to men like Bin Laden.
Another predictably pathetic attempt to play on our emotions. This time, the American people aren't buying it.
This is all still part of the cognitive association game this administration is playing. Grouping Iraq with 9/11 with Al-Queda all under the term 'they', as if they are all part of the same thing. Simple fact of the matter is that invading Iraq was planned long before 9/11 by PNAC, so you can't justify the invasion because of 9/11, because it was planned before hand.
They knew they needed something like 9/11 to justify this war, and their massive military spending:
the process of [military] transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor
Any comments on his speech tonight?