President George W Bush went on television yesterday (May 24, 2004) to explain his position on the war in Iraq to the American people, and I imagine to the people of Iraq and the Arab World.
Here’s what he should have said – but didn’t.
There are reasons why a human being would be willing to sacrifice his or her life. I would gladly die if it was to save the life my wife and my children.
I would be willing to risk my life to save the lives of my family and close friends. And if it came to putting my life on the line to fight an enemy of my country and culture, I would do that too.
But dying for ungrateful Iraqis and Middle Eastern Arabs is not an option. And neither is sending America’s men and women in uniform to die in this futile exercise in bringing democracy and modernity to a people who sem to have no use for it.
We did the right thing by going into Iraq and taking down Saddam Hussein and his two murderous sons.
We did the right thing in looking wherever we could for weapons of mass destruction. And although we didn’t find any, doesn’t mean there weren’t any, or that there aren’t any that we just can’t find.
We sent a message to all the enemies of the USA, as to what the consequences are for doing us harm, or even trying to do us harm.
But now that we’ve done what we set out to do, it’s time to bring the troops home.
I hope the Iraqis will take their newfound liberation from despotism, and build upon it a vibrant democracy where its citizens will breath the air of freedom and equality.
But that will be up to them.
We wish them well and hope for their future. And whatever course they decide to travel, it will be their decision alone, as long as it is not a danger to America or our friends.
Therefore; I will make it clear to all.
On June 30, 2004, political power will be handed over to the Iraqi people for them, and for them alone to decide upon their destiny. On July 1, 2004, America will begin to leave Iraq.
That’s the address George W Bush should have made. Instead, all he did last night was spin his wheels and dig the rut a little bit deeper.
Bush’s only saving grace is John Kerry.
If Bush was running against just about anyone else, he would already be out of the Presidential race and planning his retirement. But Kerry, and Kerry alone is keeping Bush’s candidacy alive.
Bush is planning a series of 5 weekly Iraq updates. Talk about saying and doing all the wrong things.