Monday, December 12, 2005

speech number three

President Bush delivers yet another speech, his third, on the situation in Iraq. This speech was delivered today in Philadelphia--the cradle of American democracy.

I felt that all I heard was a re-hash of the same old arguments Bush has been repeating parrot-like over and over again. Though there were some interesting bits he said: he has renamed the "insurgents," as in the last speech. They're now either "rejectionists," "Saddamists," or "terrorists." And he believes that about 30,000 Iraqis have died since the start of the invasion.

Anyway, what saved this presidential appearance for me was when after the speech, he opened it up to questions. He should do more of that--field questions directly from the public and answer their questions and concerns about America's presence in Iraq---questions and concerns that are behind his falling approval rating.

One questioner went straight to the point: "Mr. President [I will paraphrase here]
how can you and the members of your administration draw a connection between 9/11 and Iraq when no journalist and expert can now see the connection between the two."

His answer is that 9/11 changed his view on threat to the nation: any threat out there against America is not to be taken lightly: Saddam was regarded as a threat and had to be overthrown.

An amusing exchange during the question-and-answer portion was when one member in the audience yelled, "Could you repeat the questions?!"

Bush responds: "I will repeat the question, but if I don't like it I will make it up."

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