Saturday, February 04, 2006

Slave of the Union



And an happy new year...
2002:
As we gather tonight, our Nation is at war; our economy is in recession; and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers.
2003:
This year, we gather in this chamber deeply aware of decisive days that lie ahead.
2004:
As we gather tonight, hundreds of thousands of American service men and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror.
2005:
And tonight that is a privilege we share with newly elected leaders of Afghanistan, the Palestinian Territories, Ukraine, and a free and sovereign Iraq.
2006:
In this decisive year, you and I will make choices that determine both the future and the character of our country.

Anyone gimme an enemy...
2002:
The men and women of our Armed Forces have delivered a message now clear to every enemy of the United States: Even 7,000 miles away, across oceans and continents, on mountaintops and in caves, you will not escape the justice of this Nation.
2003:
We will work for a prosperity that is broadly shared, and we will answer every danger and every enemy that threatens the American people.
2004:
We will challenge the enemies of reform, confront the allies of terror, and expect a higher standard from our friend. To cut through the barriers of hateful propaganda, the Voice of America and other broadcast services are expanding their programming in Arabic and Persian, and soon a new television service will begin providing reliable news and information across the region.
2005:
Our country is still the target of terrorists who want to kill many and intimidate us all, and we will stay on the offensive against them until the fight is won. Pursuing our enemies is a vital commitment of the war on terror
2006:
We will choose to act confidently in pursuing the enemies of freedom, or retreat from our duties in the hope of an easier life.

The magic word...
2002:
So long as training camps operate, so long as nations harbor terrorists, freedom is at risk. And America and our allies must not and will not allow it.
2003:
Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world; it is God's gift to humanity.
2004:
As democracy takes hold in Iraq, the enemies of freedom will do all in their power to spread violence and fear. They are trying to shake the will of our country and our friends, but the United States of America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins. The killers will fail, and the Iraqi people will live in freedom.
2005:
To promote peace and stability in the broader Middle East, the United States will work with our friends in the region to fight the common threat of terror, while we encourage a higher standard of freedom.
2006
Together, let us protect our country, support the men and women who defend us, and lead this world toward freedom.

Mission accomplished...
2002:
In 4 short months, our Nation has comforted the victims, begun to rebuild New York and the Pentagon, rallied a great coalition, captured, arrested, and rid the world of thousands of terrorists, destroyed Afghanistan's terrorist training camps, saved a people from starvation, andfreed a country from brutal oppression.
2003:
The war goes on, and we are winning.
2004:
Having broken the Ba'athist regime, we face a remnant of violent Saddam supporters.
Yet we're making progress against them.
2005:
Our men and women in uniform are fighting terrorists in Iraq so we do not have to face them here at home.
2006:
And we are on the offensive in Iraq, with a clear plan for victory.

Did I say women?
2003:
In Afghanistan, we helped to liberate an oppressed people, and we will continue helping them secure their country, rebuild their society and educate all their children, boys and girls.
2004:
The first to see our determination were the Taliban, who made Afghanistan the primary training base of Al Qaida killers. As of this month, that country has a new constitution guaranteeing free elections and full participation by women.
2005:
That advance has great momentum in our time, shown by women voting in Afghanistan
2006:
And we are writing a new chapter in the story of self-government, with women lining up to vote in Afghanistan

Those evil, evil, wmds
2002:
The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax and nerve gas and nuclear weapons for over a decade. Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom.
2003:
The dictator of Iraq is not disarming. To the contrary, he is deceiving.[...]
For the next 12 years, he systematically violated that agreement. He pursued chemical, biological and nuclear weapons even while inspectors were in his country.
2004:
Had we failed to act, the dictator'sweapons of mass destruction programs would continue to this day.
2005:
Today, Iran remains the world's primary state sponsor of terror, pursuing nuclear weapons while depriving its people of the freedom they seek and deserve.
2006:
The Iranian government is defying the world with its nuclear ambitions, and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons.

Nookular dance
2002:
we must prevent the terrorists and regimes who seek chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons from threatening the United States and the world.
2003:
With nuclear arms or a full arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, Saddam Hussein could resume his ambitions of conquest in the Middle East and create deadly havoc in that region.
2004:
As part of the offensive against terror, we are also confronting the regimes that harbor and support terrorists and could supply them with nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. The United States and our allies are determined: We refuse to live in the shadow of this ultimate danger.
2005:
Today, Iran remains the world's primary state sponsor of terror, pursuing nuclear weapons while depriving its people of the freedom they seek and deserve.
2006:
The same is true of Iran, a nation now held hostage by a smallclerical elite that is isolating and repressing its people. The regimein that country sponsors terrorists in the Palestinian territories and in Lebanon, and that must come to an end.

Good and evil...
2002:
America will take the side of brave men and women who advocate these values around the world, including the Islamic world, because we have a greater objective than eliminating threatsand containing resentment. We seek a just and peaceful world beyond the war on terror.
2003:
Today, the gravest danger in the war on terror, the gravest danger facing America and the world, is outlaw regimes that seek and possess nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
2004:
As long as the Middle East remains a place of tyranny and despair and anger, it will continue to produce men and movements that threaten the safety of America and our friends. So America is pursuing a forward strategy of freedom in the greater Middle East.
2005:
Our generational commitment to the advance of freedom, especially in the Middle East, is now being tested and honored in Iraq. That country is a vital front in the war on terror, which is why the terrorists have chosen to make a stand there. Our men and women in uniform are fightingterrorists in Iraq so we do not have to face them here at home. And the victory of freedom in Iraq will strengthen a new ally in the war on terror, inspire democratic reformers from Damascus to Tehran, bring more hope and progress to a troubled region, and thereby lift a terrible threat from the lives of our children and grandchildren.
2006:
On September 11, 2001, we found that problems originating in a failed and oppressive state 7,000 miles away could bring murder and destruction to our country. Dictatorships shelter terrorists, feed resentment and radicalism, and seek weapons of mass destruction.

Al Qaeda: the database...
2002:
Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction. Some of these regimes have been pretty quiet since September the 11th, but we know their true nature.
2003:
Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications and statements by people now in custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al Qaida. Secretly, and without fingerprints, he could provide one of his hidden weapons to terrorists, or help them develop their own.
These regimes could use such weapons for blackmail, terror and mass murder. They could also give or sell those weapons to terrorist allies, who would use them without the least hesitation.
2004:
We're tracking Al Qaida around the world, and nearly two-thirds of their known leaders have now been captured or killed. Thousands of very skilled and determined military personnel are on the manhunt, going after the remaining killers who hide in cities and caves, and one by one, we will bring these terrorists to justice.
2005:
The Al Qaida terror network that attacked our country still has leaders, but many of its top commanders have been removed. There are still governments that sponsor and harbor terrorists, but their number has declined.
2006:
Terrorists like bin Laden are serious about mass murder, and all of us must take their declared intentions seriously. They seek to impose a heartless system of totalitarian control throughout the Middle East and arm themselves with weapons of mass murder.

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