George Bush said to all of us: "I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan. And I did. And then God would tell me, George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq... And I did. "
The White House has denied that US President George W. Bush said God told him to invade Iraq!
"That's absurd. He's never made such comments," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Thursday.
'Bush says God sent him to war'
"And then God would tell me: 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq.'
"And I did.
"It was really a figure of speech (by Bush). We felt he was saying that he had a mission, a commitment, his faith in God would inspire him ... rather than a metaphysical whisper in his ear," he said.
Mr Bush, once quoted as saying: "I believe that God wants me to be president", is a devout Christian and makes no secret of appealing to God for strength, but denies using God to justify his decisions.
Bush said: "God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them."
Six U.S. Marines Killed in Iraq
The American deaths brought to 1,950 the number of U.S. troops who have died since the beginning of the war in 2003.
Yesterday, the same day New Yorkers were warned there was a "specific threat" of a bombing on their subways, President Bush delivered what the White House promoted as a major address on terrorism. It seemed, on the surface, like a perfect topic for the moment. But his talk was not about the nation's current challenges. He delivered a reprise of his Sept. 11 rhetoric that suggested an avoidance of today's reality that seemed downright frightening.
The period right after 9/11, for all its pain, was the high point of the Bush presidency. Four years ago, we hung on every word when Mr. Bush denounced Al Qaeda and made the emotional - but, as it turned out, empty - vow to track down Osama bin Laden. Yesterday, it seemed as if the president was still trying to live in 2001. It was eerie to hear him urge Americans to take terrorism seriously. There wasn't any reason to worry about that even before subway riders were being told about the threat of a terrorist attack on their commute home.
He seemed to be reading from a very old and familiar script as he revealed that terrorists recruit "disillusioned young men and women," some of whom build weapons based on information available on the Internet. He shared his conviction that "it is cowardice that seeks to kill children and the elderly with car bombs." He said his team was "reforming our intelligence agency" and reorganizing government for "a broad and coordinated homeland defense."
Americans have seen the Department of Homeland Security in action for several years now, under two directors. The first, a former governor with whom the president had a good personal relationship, was an inept bureaucratic and political player who had a strange obsession with color-coded states of emergency. The current one was at the helm during the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster in New Orleans, when that agency was overseen by an unqualified political appointee.
The administration is still trying to recover politically from Katrina. The hurricane was not just a bad stretch that could be cured by a promise of federal aid and a demonstration of presidential concern. The hurricane showed that despite four years of spinning, America is still unprepared for a catastrophe. It raised major questions about the caliber of people with whom Mr. Bush surrounds himself.
Ever since the terrorist attacks, the main thing Americans have wanted from Washington is a sense of safety. That takes more than hyperalertness to suicide bombing threats, important as that is. No matter what the terrorists are up to, it is not possible to feel safe if the federal government does not appear to know what it is doing on so many different levels.
Yesterday was an ideal moment for Mr. Bush to demonstrate that he was really in control of his administration. He could have taken any one of a number of pressing worries and demonstrated that he was on the job, re-examining the problems, working on answers. For instance, he could have addressed the crisis facing the overstretched military due to the endless demands made by Iraq on both the Army and the beleaguered National Guard.
The speech came one day after the White House threatened to veto a bill onto which the Senate added a ban on the use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" against prisoners of the American government. This president could not find the spine to veto a bloated transportation bill that included wildly wasteful projects like the now-famous "bridge to nowhere" in Alaska. What kind of priorities does that suggest? If we ever needed the president to demonstrate that he has a working understanding of exactly where he wants to take this country, we need it now.
The president's inability to grow beyond his big moment in 2001 is unnerving. But the fact that his handlers continue to encourage him to milk 9/11 is infuriating. For most of us, the memories are fresh and painful. We mourn the people who died on Sept. 11, as we mourn Daniel Pearl and other Americans, not to mention innocents from other countries, who were murdered by terrorists. The administration's penchant for using them as political cover is offensive. It threatens to turn our wounds, and our current fears, into cynical and desperate spin.
Bush vows to never back down
Mr Bush stepped up his rhetoric against Iran and Syria, saying any government that chose to be an "ally of terror" was an "enemy of civilisation". "(The) US makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbour them because they are equally guilty of murder."
About 100,000 Iraqi civilians - half of them women and children - have died in Iraq since the invasion, mostly as a result of airstrikes by coalition forces!
"US General Tommy Franks is widely quoted as saying 'we don't do body counts'," they write, but occupying armies have responsibilities under the Geneva convention."This survey shows that with modest funds, four weeks and seven Iraqi team members willing to risk their lives, a useful measure of civilan deaths could be obtained."
George W. Bush told a group this morning that the U.S. has stopped 10 serious al-Qaeda plots against the United States, including three that would have occurred inside the U.S.Speaking to the National Endowment for Democracy, Bush offered no details on the plots and asked for trust in pursuit of the war in Iraq.
Speaking to the National Endowment for Democracy, Bush offered no details on the plots and asked for trust in pursuit of the war in Iraq.Bush said Iraq is the central front in the war on terror. He said the war in Iraq did not create hatred of the United States?
Troops stranded in Iraq by grounded planes
Two and a half years of constant operations have taken their toll on the ageing aircraft and the situation has become so serious that defence chiefs have ordered the RAF's four massive C17 air transporters to be used to ferry troops out of the operational theatre.
Pentagon Analyst Pleads Guilty in Israeli Spy Case
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051005/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/pentagon_spy_probe;_ylt=Ahbfk4hRHAC2OOx8EDQJqtKs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3b2NibDltBHNlYwM3MTY ALL SPIES SHOULD BE SHOT!
Indictment threatens Bush aide over CIA leak
The leak investigation was launched after the disclosure in July 2003 of the name of a CIA undercover official, Valerie Plame. Her husband, Joseph Wilson, a former US ambassador, claimed that her identity had been leaked by the Bush administration in retribution against him for publicly questioning the official justification for the Iraq war.
George Bush’s “Major Speech” Resets the Terror Trap!
Ironically, so much of Bush’s speech can be turned right back onto him. So many of the accusations George Bush made in his speech were accurate depictions of his own policies of empire and global domination. But fear easily trumps irony in a world gone mad, and there’s no way of knowing at this moment which way this nation will go.
Informant: N.Y. Subway Plotter May Be in U.S.
The United States has obtained a letter from one terrorist leader to another that discusses plans to force a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, create an Islamic state there and then spread war to neighboring countries, Pentagon officials said.
Plane Carrying Viruses Crashes in Canada
THE ARABS DID IT! THE ARABS DID IT!
This letter is in response to Darren Dvorak's GOP talking points from Friday's Daily Lobo. The President of the United States in America says that GOD told him to invade Iraq, praise Allah! George Bush is Al Queda's greatest Ally. Right after the President's "terrorist" speech yesterday the US Government throws a BS Terror Threat in our face, Booga Booga. Bush said Radical Islam wants to create an Empire, and right on cue an Al Queda press release confirms that yes that is exactly what they want to do. You should never wave a flag so hard in front of your face that you can't see what's going on. George Bush has delivered an Islamic THEOCRACY to Iraq, not a Liberal DEMOCRACY. There were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, there was no eminent threat, no smoking guns in the shape of mushroom clouds. Bush got rid of an evil and ruthless dictator who was installed and supported by the United States. The US Military has been bombing Iraq now for 15 years! Sanctions under the Clinton Regime killed over a million Iraqis, mostly children. And, no, there were not any credible links between Iraq and al Qaeda, but keep on spinning. What is the noble cause that has killed and wounded over 20,000 U.S. Troops, Freedom? Dick Cheney has said that the US must be prepared to fight the war of terror for decades or As long as it's profitable. Why haven't all Young Republicans Hawks signed up for this noble cause, are they chicken? No moral American can support Bush and the illegal war of conquest he started with his lies.
The best political weapon is the weapon of terror. - Heinrich Himmler
So when do we get invaded to remove the rogue government that spies on its own people, gases its own people during anti War protests, stages "terrorist" attacks, holds crooked elections, attacks other nations without cause, and uses torture on innocent people looking for WMD that don't exist?