State of the Union Address 2006
I tought Bush has omitted some sentences in his speech, marked in blue
STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT G. W. Bush on January 31, 2006
“We will choose to build our prosperity by leading the world economy”
….unless the dollar collapses.
“The only way to protect our people, the only way to secure the peace, the only way to control our destiny is by our leadership”
….by having over 700 military bases overseas in more than 100 countries, by spending more and more money on military expenditures
“we seek the end of tyranny in our world…. the future security of America depends on it.”
….and that thyranny covers all the world
“Dictatorships shelter terrorists, and feed resentment and radicalism, and seek weapons of mass destruction. Democracies replace resentment with hope, respect the rights of their citizens and their neighbors, and join the fight against terror. Every step toward freedom in the world makes our country safer -- so we will act boldly in freedom's cause.”
….by all means necessary including military
“In 1945, there were about two dozen lonely democracies in the world. Today, there are 122.”
Probably the President’s figures come from the 2006 Freedom in the World rankings of the Freedom House (in their website they claim to be an independent non-governmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world). In their report the number 122 is the number of electoral democracies in the world.
“At the start of 2006, more than half the people of our world live in democratic nations. And we do not forget the other half -- in places like Syria and Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea, and Iran -- because the demands of justice, and the peace of this world, require their freedom, as well.”
....if you don't know where those countries are located on the world map, I will give you two more examples - Russia and China. Those two countries were also ranked as “NOT FREE” in THAT publication.
“Their aim is to seize power in Iraq, and use it as a safe haven to launch attacks against America and the world. Lacking the military strength to challenge us directly, the terrorists have chosen the weapon of fear.”
…like we do
“Once again, we accept the call of history to deliver the oppressed and move this world toward peace.”
….remember the old phrase? Only good Indian is a dead Indian.
“We remain on the offensive in Afghanistan, where a fine President and a National Assembly are fighting terror while building the institutions of a new democracy. “
….as you know this fine President is one of us
“We're on the offensive in Iraq, with a clear plan for victory. First, we're helping Iraqis build an inclusive government, so that old resentments will be eased and the insurgency will be marginalized. Second, we're continuing reconstruction efforts, and helping the Iraqi government to fight corruption and build a modern economy, so all Iraqis can experience the benefits of freedom. “
….in other words we are destructing anything to be restructed by our companies
“Our work in Iraq is difficult because our enemy is brutal. But that brutality has not stopped the dramatic progress of a new democracy. In less than three years, the nation has gone from dictatorship to liberation, to sovereignty, to a constitution, to national elections.”
…but Freedom House still hasn’t changed Iraq’s rank from “NOT FREE” to “FREE”. We will fire the director.
“Fellow citizens, we are in this fight to win, and we are winning.”
….veni, vidi, vici and the rest is not our problem.
“Democracies in the Middle East will not look like our own, because they will reflect the traditions of their own citizens. Yet liberty is the future of every nation in the Middle East, because liberty is the right and hope of all humanity.”
….but they don’t understand
“The same is true of Iran, a nation now held hostage by a small clerical elite that is isolating and repressing its people.”
….we should liberate them as we did in Afganistan and Iraq
“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.”
….how can they do so without getting our permission and approval
“We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom.”
….because trust us we know what is best for you
“We will build the prosperity of our country by strengthening our economic leadership in the world.”
….I said that before but I repeat again
“Keeping America competitive requires affordable energy.”
….by affordable I mean cheap for us, Americans
“And here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world.”
….if they remain unstable we know how to make them stable
“The best way to break this addiction is through technology….we will invest more in zero-emission coal-fired plants, revolutionary solar and wind technologies, and clean, safe nuclear energy.”
….the other should continue using their oil, and when they run out we will sell them our oil and make a nice profit
“We must also change how we power our automobiles.” hybrid and electric cars, hydrogen and ethanol.
….your grandchildren will thank you
“Breakthroughs on this and other new technologies will help us reach another great goal: to replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025.”
….also keep in mind that Middle East 25 years later will not be today’s Middle East.
“By applying the talent and technology of America, this country can dramatically improve our environment, move beyond a petroleum-based economy, and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past.”
….remember, history repeats itself
“Human life is a gift from our Creator -- and that gift should never be discarded, devalued or put up for sale.”
….and remember the old Arab proverb, dogs bark but the caravan moves on