Bush Invokes 9/11 To Justify Staying In Iraq

Source: whitehouse.gov

He started off his speech with this...

"4 years ago today, coalition forces launched Operation Iraqi Freedom to remove Saddam Hussein from power. They did so to eliminate the threat his regime posed to the Middle East, and to the world."

Saddam Hussein posed no threat. He must not have been told.

Here he is playing the 9/11 Card.

"It can be tempting to look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude our best option is to pack up and go home. That may be satisfying in the short run, but I believe the consequences for American security would be devastating. If American forces were to step back from Baghdad before it is more secure, a contagion of violence could spill out across the entire country. In time, this violence could engulf the region. The terrorists could emerge from the chaos with a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they had in Afghanistan, which they used to plan the attacks of September the 11th, 2001. For the safety of the American people, we cannot allow this to happen."

Hmmm... we went in because of 9/11, and now we can't leave because of 9/11. I hope the anti-war movement sees that for what it is. Again, 9/11 is the justification. Take away that justification, and the war ends.

The Bushies' plans for pre-emptive wars are becoming clear:

We invade oil-rich counties based on some pretext that they're a threat to us (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran?). Then we stick-around indefinitely because Taliban, chaos, civil war, etc., are out of control, while we steal oil & quietly build permanent bases there for our future oil thefts.

In the process, hundreds of thousand of innocent people & our U.S. soldiers are killed & maimed, but to psychopaths like the Smirking Chimp or a Dick Cheney, they are worthless pawns to be discarded & forgotten.

"God is just"

"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever."
-Thomas Jefferson