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By Joel Skousen - Editor of World Affairs Brief

February 7, 2003

The American people were denied any meaningful rebuttal to the President�s State of the Union address to Congress.  Predictably, the Republicans responded with nothing but enthusiasm and blind support for Bush�s statements.  The Democratic response was a pathetic combination of maudlin appeals to minorities, me-too yesmanship on Iraq , and �we can offer you more� assertions regarding Bush�s rather irresponsible and undisciplined spending proposals.  In this week�s World Affairs Brief, I will lay out for my readers a comprehensive point by point rebuttal of Bush�s address from a constitutional conservative point of view.


I am particularly disturbed by the increasing lack of honor and dignity of Congress in allowing itself, through mindless pomp and circumstance, to be turned into a manipulating propaganda machine on behalf of a sitting president.  State of the Union speeches are fraudulent from start to finish.  They are never the original work of modern script-reading Presidents (who are chosen more for their slavish loyalty to the control system than for their abilities).  Hack ghost writing committees mix the dry substance of political proposals with melodramatic and grandiloquent phrases (borrowed from far superior writers like Winston Churchill, who, despite being a deceptive, manipulating globalist, did have real talent) to induce applause and standing ovations at regular intervals.   


When a person makes verbal appeals to high minded and lofty principles, invoking the name of God for support, conscience demands that hypocrisy and ulterior motives be absent.  When grand eloquence is used to cover for grand lies, the judgments of God are not far behind.  We have had three artful dodger presidents in a row fronting for globalist aims, while pretending to be God-fearing protectors of the Constitution.  It is time for conservatives to stop viewing their Republican leaders with rose colored glasses and start critically analyzing the half truths and multi-faceted deceptions that are being foisted upon them to undermine all we hold dear.  The State of the Union address is the epitome of manipulation and deception, being specifically contrived for those purposes alone, and must be virtually picked apart line by line to expose all its dangerous fallacies.  Here I will examine Bush�s latest address point by point, including my analysis and rebuttals in [brackets].  Readers will soon get a clear perception of the extent and depth of deception and double-speak inherent in this speech, and indeed, in every public address by our establishment-controlled President.


�You and I serve our country in a time of great consequence�.we will answer every danger and every enemy that threatens the American people. [This is pure bravado, meant only to elicit applause and garner the emotional, unthinking support of the people.  No leader can guarantee an answer to every danger to a nation, but the real deception here lies in the true intent of Bush to take his nation into a war that will eventually result in a huge retaliatory attack on America.]


�In all these days of promise and days of reckoning [strange mix of conflicting adjectives], we can be confident.  In a whirlwind of change, and hope, and peril, our faith is sure [it is particularly offensive to God when politicians invoke allusions to faith or God to elicit support for evil causes], our resolve is firm, and our union is strong. [Bush�s reference to a strong union is anachronistic.  The feds have long since removed any potential for state rebellion or official disunity.]


�This country has many challenges. We will not deny, we will not ignore, we will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, other presidents, and other generations. [This statement is patently untrue and knowingly deceptive.  Every president who commits this country to billions in deficits, as Bush will do in this speech, knowingly passes on the costs to future generations.  In fact, all of his �solutions,� whether about Social Security, Medicare, education, foreign aid, or welfare, are doomed to failure, no matter what their version. The problem keeps getting worse with each administration, whether Republican or Democrat.]  We will confront them with focus, and clarity, and courage. [Time will prove him deadly wrong.]


�During the last two years, we have seen what can be accomplished when we work together. To lift the standards of our public schools, we achieved historic education reform which must now be carried out in every school, and every classroom, so that every child in America can read, and learn, and succeed in life. [I beg to differ.  Bush has merely achieved historic and unconstitutional federal intervention in schools--not reform.  Reform occurs when real change for the better takes place, and no change is ever going to occur as long as there exists a federal and state government monopoly of power over control and funding in schools.  Only the complete separation of school and state will solve this downward spiral.  For example, the key element of all successful education is discipline�but no reform is even contemplated in this area because students don�t want it, parents complain, and all official centers of power (teacher�s union, administrators, school districts, and academics) subscribe to a flawed ideology of permissiveness in human relations.  It is little wonder that a whole plethora of unfortunate legal precedents has been created to make sure than no teacher or administrator can take exception to the horrible status quo. While public schools always produce a minority of success stories (mostly, in spite of the system) the overall result for the majority of students continues to decline precipitously.]


�To protect our country [which wasn�t the real purpose], we reorganized our government and created the Department of Homeland Security which is mobilizing against the threats of a new era.  [In fact, it is preparing to mobilize against the inevitable domestic backlash from constitutional conservatives and civil libertarians to this new form of federal tyranny.]  To bring our economy out of recession, we delivered the largest tax relief in a generation. [This obviously didn�t achieve Bush�s stated purpose, though I believe it is helpful.]  To insist on integrity in American business, we passed tough reforms, and we are holding corporate criminals to account. [This is an outright falsehood.  No one of any significance has been prosecuted.  All the big fish, such as Enron chief Ken Lay and other executives at Global Crossing and WorldCom, have been protected from meaningful prosecution � because they are among the insiders to a secret government-corporation partnership for global governance.]


�Some might call this a good record. I call it a good start [a pack of lies and half truths would be more accurate]. � We must have an economy that grows fast enough to employ every man and woman who seeks a job. [Actually, labor is always in short supply even during a depression, though this fact is masked by the artificial surplus of labor created by the forced maintenance of abnormally high wages.  Thus the problem is more accurately a matter of not enough high paying jobs, because the economy is contracting from an ongoing cycle of government-induced excess.  If wages were allowed to contract along with the economy, the labor surplus would quickly disappear, and recovery would be much faster.]


�After recession, terrorist attacks, corporate scandals, and stock market declines, our economy is recovering [not true according to most government data] � yet it is not growing fast enough, or strongly enough. With unemployment rising [a contradiction of his statement on recovery], our Nation needs more small businesses to open, more companies to invest and expand, more employers to put up the sign that says, Help Wanted.  [As I pointed out in a recent brief, the single biggest inhibition to hiring new people is the government-imposed costs of employment � taxes, Social Security, withholding, insurance, unemployment compensation.  These costs are particularly restrictive to individual entrepreneurs looking to expand their operations and hire employees.  There are millions who could hire, but won�t do so due to the high cost of regulation.  The Bush plan does nothing here.]


Jobs are created when the economy grows [circular reasoning]; the economy grows when Americans have more money to spend and invest [this is a Keynesian idea.  In truth, the economy grows when people make more than they consume, in real terms.  Inflation of the money supply by government provides the illusion that people have more money to spend and invest, but that illusion is always temporary and is detrimental to long-term economic growth]; and the best, fairest way to make sure Americans have that money is not to tax it away in the first place [true�but Bush wants it both ways: cut taxes and raise spending on a massive scale.  So, it�s a lie that he doesn�t intend to pass our problems down to the next generation].


�This tax relief is for everyone who pays income taxes and it will help our economy immediately. [It will not in itself lead to economic recovery, but will merely slow the continued contraction. However, this is good, because the longer a severe collapse is avoided, the more time the economy has to adjust to reality.] If this tax relief is good for Americans three, or five, or seven years from now, it is even better for Americans today [true enough].


�We also strengthen the economy by treating investors equally in our tax laws.  [It�s not just investors that should be treated fairly, but all taxpayers.  It is grossly unjust that the top 50% of taxpayer pay over 90% of all taxes.] It is fair to tax a company's profits. It is not fair to again tax the shareholder on the same profits [absolutely true].


�Lower taxes and greater investment will help this economy expand [true]. More jobs means more taxpayers and higher revenues to our government.  [This is a socialist view and should never be a legitimate goal of government.  The proper goal of government taxation should be to extract from the private economy the least amount possible to satisfy its mandate to defend fundamental rights.]  The best way to address the deficit and move toward a balanced budget is to encourage economic growth and to show some spending discipline in Washington , D.C. [Spending discipline? Is this guy even listening to what he says?  Watch him propose billions in wasteful and unconstitutional spending in the next sentences.]  We must work together to fund only our most important priorities. I will send you a budget that increases discretionary spending by four percent next year � about as much as the average family�s income is expected to grow. [This proposal is ludicrous on three counts:  1) Talk of increasing spending is reckless on its face when huge deficits are projected, even without accounting for the continued raiding of the SS trust fund and the war in Iraq .  2) His spending increase will be at least 10 percent higher than projected 3) Families are struggling now just to stay even; a 4 percent increase in income across the board seems overly optimistic.] And that is a good benchmark for us: Federal spending should not rise any faster than the paychecks of American families. [That would indeed be a reasonable benchmark, if we could trust the government to use honest accounting, which it does not.  A telling example is the manipulated and skewed Consumer Price Index, which continually downplays real inflation].


�A growing economy, and a focus on essential priorities, will also be crucial to the future of Social Security.  [Yes, Bush wants economic growth to help postpone the inevitable death of the SS Ponzi scheme.  The SS system pays out too much to current beneficiaries and will at some point go bankrupt to the detriment of future beneficiaries.  Even so, no US president has had the courage to stop robbing the trust fund each year of $300 billion to help cover the deficit, contributing even more to its insolvency..] As we continue to work together to keep Social Security sound and reliable [Whoooaaa there, Cowboy.  How about �fessing up to your recent proposal to offer SS benefits to Mexicans living in Mexico, who were once illegal aliens in America?], we must offer younger workers a chance to invest in retirement accounts that they will control and they will own.


�Our second goal is high quality, affordable health care for all Americans. [Affordable health care in America is a contradiction of terms.  The only affordable health care today is outside the establishment system, in alternative medicine�the only real free (though highly suppressed) market in medicine.   Prices have risen out of sight in establishment medicine primarily because of several factors: 1) the government monopoly over licensure of medical schools, hospitals and practitioners; 2) government and drug company control over prescription drugs; 3) excessive use of insurance rather than direct payment by recipients (due to tax policy inducements for companies to provide health insurance); and 4) direct government funding of medical welfare through our own version of socialized medicine, Medicare.  These last two are significant because when people don�t have to pay directly for medical care, there is little resistance to price increases and little incentive to watch lifestyle and nutrition factors that lead to bad health.]


The American system of medicine is a model of skill and innovation with a pace of discovery that is adding good years to our lives. [This is only partly true.  A good portion of the longevity achieved by Americans is being enjoyed by the full third of Americans who are turning to better nutrition, vitamins, minerals, herbs and alternative therapies to achieve better health.  Those who stay within the established system become ever more dependent upon drug therapies which all have deleterious side effects.]  Yet for many people, medical care costs too much [it costs too much for everybody!] and many have no coverage at all [there should be � but is not � a clear distinction made between those who want medical coverage but can�t afford it, and those who choose not to purchase establishment medical coverage but to rely on nutrition and alternative therapies to address the majority of their health issues]. These problems will not be solved with a nationalized health care system that dictates coverage and rations care [true, but what Bush is proposing will result in the same type of control, while avoiding the term �nationalized care]. Instead, we must work toward a system in which all Americans have a good insurance policy [this is very deceptive.  Insurance companies are where the control occurs.  They almost always refuse to pay for anything outside the establishment system � even when its cheaper], choose their own doctors [he isn�t including alternative practitioners here], and seniors and low-income Americans receive the help they need [more welfare socialism, and more spending � in the billions].


�Health care reform must begin with Medicare, because Medicare is the binding commitment of a caring society. [Yes, Medicare is binding, but it is morally wrong!  It is the bondage commitment for a society becoming ever more socialist.  In contrast, the hallmark of a caring, free society is voluntary charity hospitals.] We must renew that commitment by giving seniors access to the preventive medicine and new drugs that are transforming health care in America . [Again, when he says �renew that commitment,� he�s talking about that binding commitment to transfer wealth from one person to another, without choice and under the penalty of loss of life and property if you refuse.  How charitable does that sound?  Like all welfare schemes, it is unconstitutional as well.]


�Seniors happy with the current Medicare system should be able to keep their coverage just the way it is. [This is simply a political sop to quell any potential discontent from Seniors too fearful of changing proposals.  Seniors have become the single biggest welfare corrupted voting block.  The Bush speech writers wanted to make sure there wouldn�t be any backlash here.] And just like you, the members of Congress, members of your staffs, and other federal employees, all seniors should have the choice of a health care plan that provides prescription drugs. [Interesting comment.  If the public knew what kind of perks Congressmen have in terms of cradle to grave pensions and healthcare � without having to pay for SS � they would be outraged in comparison.]  My budget will commit an additional $400 billion over the next decade to reform and strengthen Medicare.  [This amount is grossly understated, as are all socialist foot-in-the-door programs.  Eventually everyone will demand subsidized drug prices and the cost to taxpayers will go up to astronomical proportions.]


�No one has ever been healed by a frivolous lawsuit and I urge the Congress to pass medical liability reform. [The problem isn�t frivolous lawsuits, which are very few.  Most medical lawsuits are based on real damage to people done by doctors making mistakes or by the damaging side effects of drugs.  Just as Bush has been pushing for immunity for vaccine manufacturers, he wants limited immunity for the establishment medical community as well.  I do not favor giving any sector blanket immunity from liability, though there ought to be limitations on obscenely high damage awards.  The way juries are selected now, only the most manipulable persons are chosen to pass judgment on a case.  The judicial system has written its own (unconstitutional) rules about jury selection, and has given judges too much power to control what juries may decide.]


�Our third goal is to promote energy independence for our country, while dramatically improving the environment.  I have sent you Clear Skies legislation that mandates a 70 percent cut in air pollution from power plants over the next 15 years. [I�m skeptical.  Power plants are already very clean and represent a very small fraction of air pollution.  I think he�s driving at pacifying the global warning crowd by including carbon dioxide in this list of �pollutants�.]


I have sent you a Healthy Forests Initiative, to help prevent the catastrophic fires that devastate communities, kill wildlife, and burn away millions of acres of treasured forest. [If he is talking about emphasizing good logging practices, I�m all for it.  Forests are meant to be harvested and renewed over time.  But I think he is hiding something.  His forest service bureaucrats were responsible for much of the damage caused by fires last year, because of their refusals to allow private contractors to help put out fires free of charge.  Now, bureaucrats in the Department of the Interior are still refusing to allow logging companies to log burned out forest areas�a practice that has added insult to injury in the devastation wrought upon the land.  The standing, limbless trees are simply left to rot.  The radical environmental movement still controls most of these bureaucratic positions in government, and Bush has used none of his executive authority to cause these departments to change their policies.]


�Tonight I am proposing 1.2 billion dollars in research funding so that America can lead the world in developing clean, hydrogen-powered automobiles. [Bush has no business throwing another billion of taxpayer funding at any kind of research.  Tax money should never be used to give an advantage to one avenue of research over others competing in the same area of the free market.   Besides the unfair monopoly over funding that is given, such federal grants also stifle private investment (why take the risk when government will fund it?).  Meanwhile, in waiting for government, innovators and private investors lose control over the process].


�For so many in our country � the homeless, the fatherless, the addicted � the need is great. Yet there is power, wonder-working power, in the goodness and idealism and faith of the American people. [I tire of Bush continually confusing �the power of goodness, idealism and faith� with government coercive taxation to fund more welfare schemes.  This is not charity.  This is confiscation at the point of a gun.]


�Americans are doing the work of compassion every day visiting prisoners, providing shelter to battered women, bringing companionship to lonely seniors. These good works deserve our praise; they deserve our personal support; and, when appropriate, they deserve the assistance of our government. [I�ve never seen an instant when Bush didn�t think it appropriate to insert government into the ever more controlling equation.] I propose a $450 million initiative to bring mentors to more than a million disadvantaged junior high students and children of prisoners. [I can�t think of a more inappropriate and unconstitutional venue for government (which has a self-declared mandate to push non-discrimination in hiring) than to provide bureaucratically selected and trained �mentors� for disadvantaged children.  You all know where this will lead.] 


�Another cause of hopelessness is addiction to drugs.� Too many Americans in search of treatment cannot get it. So tonight I propose a new $600 million program to help an additional 300,000 Americans receive treatment over the next three years. [So we spend billions on a fruitless effort to stop drug trafficking, even though the government is deeply involved in the trade, and now the taxpayer is required to fund treatment?  Again, this program both fails to solve the problem, and transfers billions of taxpayer dollars to the purveyors of false solutions.]


�The qualities of courage and compassion that we strive for in America also determine our conduct abroad.  [Totally false and highly selective.  The Bush foreign policy has nothing to do with courage or compassion.  Where is the Bush compassion for the white owners of Zimbabwe farms whose farms have been confiscated? and for the millions who are starving in Africa because of the globalists� selective refusal to eliminate protected tyrants like Mugabe?  There�s no Bush movement to invade Zimbabwe , or to even respond to the injustices being carried out in that part of the world.]


�The American flag stands for more than our power and our interests.  [The flag doesn�t stand for our power and interests, but rather for the cause of liberty of the original 13 colonies.]  Our Founders dedicated this country to the cause of human dignity, the rights of every person, and the possibilities of every life. [This is a devious interpretation heading his listeners toward embracing a policy of globalist intervention � which the founders soundly rejected.]  This conviction leads us into the world to help the afflicted, and defend the peace, and confound the designs of evil men. [Yes, as individuals, but certainly not on a national scale as global cop, harnessing others� wealth to overthrow governments not a direct threat to American liberty.]   In Afghanistan , we helped to liberate an oppressed people [Bush fails to mention he gave that same oppressive Taliban regime millions in aid the year before], and we will continue helping them secure their country, rebuild their society, and educate all their children � boys and girls. [By what stretch of the Constitution is the American citizen obligated to educate all the poor in the world?]


�In the Middle East , we will continue to seek peace between a secure Israel and a democratic Palestine . [ Palestine is not democratic and yet the Bush administration keeps protecting terror chief Yasser Arafat.  In reality, Bush cares nothing about whether Palestine is democratic; the Bush agenda is concerned only with international control of Israel and Jerusalem .] Across the earth, America is feeding the hungry; more than 60 percent of international food aid comes as a gift from the people of the United States . [No, not from the US people, but from the US government � and that aid often serves not to feed the needy but to preserve tyranny. Such is the case in North Korea , where the food aid is used as lever to exact compliance from the populace.]


�There are whole countries in Africa where more than one-third of the adult population carries the [AIDS] infection. More than four million require immediate drug treatment. Yet across that continent, only 50,000 are receiving the medicine they need� Anti-retroviral drugs can extend life for many years.  And the cost of those drugs has dropped from $12,000 a year to under $300 a year which places a tremendous possibility within our grasp. [There is very little evidence to support this optimism.  There is no drug cure for AIDS.  Neither can AIDS be reliably attributed to a single virus or cause.  It is actually a group of chronic immunally destructive diseases related to extreme drug use, permanently debilitating reactions to overuse of antibiotics and experimental AIDS drugs, plus unsanitary and promiscuous sexual encounters.]


�Ladies and gentlemen, seldom has history offered a greater opportunity to do so much for so many. [This is a borrowing from Churchill�s famous words concerning the British pilots who defended London against Hitler�s bombers (which Churchill worked long and hard to provoke into bombing London ).] I ask the Congress to commit $15 billion over the next five years, including nearly $10 billion in new money, to turn the tide against AIDS in the most afflicted nations of Africa and the Caribbean . [This is another potentially bottomless pit into which the taxpayer will be expected to throw money.  Once such a program is started, no politician will have the courage to stop it.  The proposal looks to me like a public bailout of the drug companies which profit from the various experimental AIDS drugs, which often cause the very symptoms labeled as AIDS, and of the international clique that controls the AIDS campaign.  This clique, heading by corrupt Dr. Robert Gallo, has done its utmost to suppress major dissenters who have dramatic evidence challenging the prime thesis of the cause of AIDS and the role of these new experimental drugs.  See the following website for the dissenters� view on the war on AIDS:]


�And this Nation is leading the world in confronting and defeating the man-made evil of international terrorism. [Untrue.  The US has selectively aided and traded with terrorist for decades (PLO, IRA, Islamic Jihad, etc.) and has aided and abetted virtually every nation that sponsors terrorism � particularly Russia and China .]  The war goes on, and we are winning. [Again, untrue.  We are not winning, because there is no intention to win � only to keep terrorism ever before us in order to justify increasing restrictions on liberty.   Terrorism is almost always controlled by larger predator states, behind the scenes.  The US knows of these relationships between terror groups and predator states such as Russia and China , and looks the other way.  The US also has its own continuing links with terror groups.  It funded and created Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.  Why?  Because terrorism is useful in fomenting conflict that can, in turn, be used to undermine our liberties.]


�To date we have arrested, or otherwise dealt with, many key commanders of al Qaeda. [These are pronouncements without any independent verification.  We know nothing about al Qaeda except what the US government tells us.] All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries. And many others have met a different fate.  [All have disappeared into the black hole of military detention without charge, without rights and with virtually no recourse to justice.  Even prisoners of WWII had rights under the Geneva Convention.] They are no longer a problem for the United States and our friends and allies. [Perhaps not, but the destruction of justice that their indefinite detention without rights represents challenges our very concept of rights and justice.]


�We are working closely with other nations to prevent further attacks. America and coalition countries have uncovered and stopped terrorist conspiracies targeting the American embassy in Yemen , the American embassy in Singapore , a Saudi military base, and ships in the Straits of Hormuz and the Straits of Gibraltar. We have broken al Qaeda cells in Hamburg , and Milan , and Madrid , and London , and Paris as well as Buffalo , New York . [There is no independent verification of any of this.  The US simply says it is so, and won�t release any intelligence giving proof.]


�We have the terrorists on the run, and we are keeping them on the run. One by one, the terrorists are learning the meaning of American justice. [Sadly, terrorists are not on the run, but are still free to grow and continue operations.  Terrorism in the US is a controlled entity used for political purposes � otherwise, why haven�t we seen the multiple small car bombings or infrastructure attacks typical of true terrorism in the US since 9/11?  In nations with much more effective security threatened by real terrorist entities, such non-high-profile attacks are nearly daily occurrences.]


�This government is taking unprecedented measures to protect our people and defend our homeland. [Unprecedented, yes � but not to protect!  The core elements of the USA PATRIOT Act and Homeland Security were meant only to increase government surveillance powers and control of the US domestic opposition.] We have intensified security at the borders [A ludicrous claim on its face!  The Mexican border continues to be an open sieve for people, terrorists, and drugs.  Anyone can walk across in rural sections of the border.  Bush refuses to build even a simple fence, and refuses to modify the deliberate assignment of patrols to areas of low infiltration.] and ports of entry, posted more than 50,000 newly trained federal screeners in airports [who do little but harass honest travelers about nail files on toenail clippers],  begun inoculating troops [without their consent, and with severe threats of court martial should they object] and first responders against smallpox [many nurses are refusing the shots], and are deploying the Nation�s first early warning network of sensors to detect biological attack.  And this year, for the first time, we are beginning to field a defense to protect this Nation against ballistic missiles.  [It does no such thing.  It is a fraudulently complex and weakened system without a warhead, giving it a low probability of a kill.  It is purposely designed to be unable to deter a Russian nuclear missile strike � as has been stated openly to Russia by Clinton and Bush.]


�I ask you tonight to add to our future security with a major research and production effort to guard our people against bio-terrorism, called Project Bioshield. [This must be another pro-vaccine funding boondoggle that will generate billions for insider vaccine companies (already granted blanket immunity for their questionable work).  Different strains of bio-toxins are manufactured constantly.  There is no way any of the vaccines on the market today are going to be effective against the full range of changing toxins.]


�I am instructing the leaders of the FBI, Central Intelligence, Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense to develop a Terrorist Threat Integration Center, to merge and analyze all threat information in a single location. [He forgot to mention one of the main components of this new organ: DARPA�s  Information Awareness Office (IAO), the new and dangerous domestic surveillance arm of government.]


�In the ruins of two towers, at the western wall of the Pentagon, on a field in Pennsylvania, this Nation made a pledge, and we renew that pledge tonight: Whatever the duration of this struggle, and whatever the difficulties, we will not permit the triumph of violence in the affairs of men � free people will set the course of history. [This is simply more bravado coupled with an applause generator.  They are hollow words of doubtful integrity in light of what we know about US government foreknowledge of and failure to respond during 9/11.]


�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. [This is the �rogue� threat ploy Bush is using, denying the reality of the larger systematic mortal threats posed by Russia and China .] These regimes could use such weapons for blackmail, terror, and mass murder. They could also give or sell those weapons to their terrorist allies, who would use them without the least hesitation.  [Technicians from both Russia and China are working in Iran , Iraq , North Korea , Pakistan , India , and in every Arab state surrounding Israel .]  This threat is new [Untrue.  The US has always known about the duplicity of these Communist countries but has failed to act or to warn its people]; America �s duty is familiar [follow the leaders who tell them Russia is no threat, while little Iraq is the boogie man].


�Throughout the 20th century, small groups of men seized control of great nations [through the deliberate assistance of major US financiers connected to the CFR or its predecessors], built armies and arsenals [using moneys from Wall Street], and set out to dominate the weak and intimidate the world [but only with globalist leaders acting in a permissive role].  In each case, their ambitions of cruelty and murder had no limit. [In the case of Hitler, civilian targets such as London were strictly forbidden as bombing targets until Germany was provoked by Churchill�s repeated fire-bombing of German civilians in August of 1940.] In each case, the ambitions of Hitlerism, militarism, and communism were defeated by the will of free peoples, by the strength of great alliances, and by the might of the United States of America . [In reality WWII was prolonged two years longer than necessary at a cost of millions of deaths because Churchill and Roosevelt made secret deals with Stalin to turn over half of Europe to Communism.  Churchill refused numerous proposals by portions of the German High Command to surrender or kill Hitler.]


�Now, in this century, the ideology of power and domination has appeared again [furthering the lie that Communism has been defeated, and that our only threat is rogue dictators], and seeks to gain the ultimate weapons of terror.  Once again, this Nation and our friends are all that stand between a world at peace, and a world of chaos and constant alarm [No, the major threat to peace in the world today is the competition for global control between the �continuing Soviets� (Russia/China axis) and the Western NWO globalists � including leaders of the US and her allies.  Both are aiming to give the world a war that will finally determine a winner in this competition � and the first casualty no matter which side triumphs will be liberty and national sovereignty.]. Once again, we are called to defend the safety of our people, and the hopes of all mankind [always the excuse]. And we accept this responsibility [gleefully, having created these crises].


�We are working with other governments to secure nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union , and to strengthen global treaties banning the production and shipment of missile technologies and weapons of mass destruction. [This program is a ruse.  Small amounts of nuclear arms in Russia are being dismantled but, as a consequence, the Bush administration is allowed to put the world to sleep about the huge new arsenals Russia is building in underground cities not open for inspection.]


�Yet the course of this Nation does not depend on the decisions of others. [This is exactly the opposite of what his administration said the day after this speech relative to North Korea . ��This is not a U.S-D.P.R.K. problem,�� a high-ranking American official said in Seoul .   �It is very important that the multilateral process start�Before too long, the United States will get the issue on the way to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Security Council.�  Notice how the US adeptly plays opposite sides of the same coin depending on who it wants to attack and who it wants to protect.] Whatever action is required, whenever action is necessary, I will defend the freedom and security of the American people. [Plain and simply, a big lie.  If Bush were serious about defending the American people, he would not have fought the proposal allowing the arming of airline pilots, he would build fences on our borders, and he would stop giving hundreds of thousands of visas to visitors and immigrants from hostile nations.  He would stop allowing Russian and Chinese military officials and scientists access to our nation�s weapons labs, and he would restrict rather than encourage Boeing and other weapons contractors doing continuous joint projects with our enemies.]


�Different threats require different strategies [an excuse justifying inconsistencies in foreign policy]. In Iran , we continue to see a government that represses its people, pursues weapons of mass destruction, and supports terror. We also see Iranian citizens risking intimidation and death as they speak out for liberty, human rights, and democracy. [But no war threats to Iran !] Iranians, like all people, have a right to choose their own government and determine their own destiny, and the United States supports their aspirations to live in freedom.


�On the Korean peninsula, an oppressive regime rules a people living in fear and starvation [with the help of continued US support in food, energy and refusal to impose sanctions]. Throughout the 1990s, the United States relied on a negotiated framework to keep North Korea from gaining nuclear weapons [which every honest analyst  knew would fail, since Communists have never abided by any treaty that wasn�t to their advantage]. We now know that the regime was deceiving the world [what a surprise!], and developing those weapons all along. And today the North Korean regime is using its nuclear program to incite fear and seek concessions. America and the world will not be blackmailed.  [Then why does Bush refuse to cut off North Korean shipments of missiles to other nations? They are in open violation, even more so than Iraq .  Why continue funding their �peaceful� nuclear program?  Why continue food aid, when Bush knows it is used to feed the military and pro-communist supporters?]  America is working with the countries of the region � South Korea, Japan, China, and Russia � to find a peaceful solution [doubletalk for continued permissiveness], and to show the North Korean government that nuclear weapons will bring only isolation, economic stagnation, and continued hardship [but will also lead to military might in the upcoming war]. The North Korean regime will find respect in the world, and revival for its people, only when it turns away from its nuclear ambitions. [North Korea doesn�t care about respect, only power and force of arms.]


�Our Nation and the world must learn the lessons of the Korean peninsula, and not allow an even greater threat to rise up in Iraq [Wait a minute!  You just explained that you�re going to let Korea slide, and now you say we must learn from Korea and apply it to Iraq ?] A brutal dictator, with a history of reckless aggression with ties to terrorism with great potential wealth will not be permitted to dominate a vital region and threaten the United States . [He�s got it backwards.  Iraq isn�t a threat to the US, Russia and China are.  Which nation has publicly threatened to nuke an American city?  That�s right� China !  But China isn�t on Bush�s radar screen, has no sanctions, and receives all the benefits of full aid and trade with the West.]


�Twelve years ago, Saddam Hussein faced the prospect of being the last casualty in a war he had started and lost. To spare himself, he agreed to disarm of all weapons of mass destruction.  [No�it was the US that unilaterally agreed to stop aggressions and save Saddam Hussein.]  For the next 12 years, he systematically violated that agreement. He pursued chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons even while inspectors were in his country. [Not wholly true.  In reality, what Saddam did was engineer the removal of his remaining arsenal to Syria .  The US already knows this and has numerous satellite photos showing dozens of armed convoys traveling at night into Syria .  Yet they say nothing.  Syria is a member of the Security Council, approved and promoted in this position by the US .] Nothing to date has restrained him from his pursuit of these weapons � not economic sanctions, not isolation from the civilized world, not even cruise missile strikes on his military facilities.  [Untrue.  Saddam is, in fact, effectively contained.  His weapons are mostly gone.  There is no longer any excuse to invade.] Almost three months ago, the United Nations Security Council gave Saddam Hussein his final chance to disarm. He has shown instead his utter contempt for the United Nations, and for the opinion of the world. [I don�t call almost complete cooperation with the current team of inspectors �showing utter contempt.]  The 108 UN weapons inspectors were not sent to conduct a scavenger hunt for hidden materials across a country the size of California . [Yes, that is their job � to hunt.  You never assume the host country is telling the truth.]


�The United Nations concluded [guessed] in 1999 that Saddam Hussein had biological weapons materials sufficient to produce over 25,000 liters of anthrax � [and] 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin� Our intelligence officials estimate [worst case scenario guesses] that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard, and VX nerve agent. [Some of these estimates are based on the knowledge that the US provided Iraq with this equipment and many of its first seed samples of toxins] � U.S. intelligence indicates that Saddam Hussein had upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents. Inspectors recently turned up 16 of them, despite Iraq �s recent declaration denying their existence.  Saddam Hussein has not accounted for the remaining 29,984 of these prohibited munitions. [This litany fails to disclose that UN inspectors already discovered and disposed of a good portion of these toxins and munitions during the previous inspection regime.  Bush acts as if they are all outstanding.] He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them. [This is the redundant statement Bush continues to pound home for theatrical effect.  In fact, the US already knows most of this stuff went to Syria .  So who�s guilty of obstruction?  Why didn�t the US intervene in the transfer in the first place?  The convoys when right through areas the US controls via its no fly zone!]


�From three Iraqi defectors we know that Iraq , in the late 1990s, had several mobile biological weapons labs. [We only have the government�s word on this; no one has been able to independently assess these claims.  If Iraq had mobile bio labs, they had to have been of Russian origin.] These are designed to produce germ warfare agents, and can be moved from place to place to evade inspectors.  [They can�t be moved without coming within view of constant US satellite surveillance.]  The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in the 1990s that Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program [this is the most circumstantial of all Bush�s evidence], had a design for a nuclear weapon and was working on five different methods of enriching uranium for a bomb. � Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production. [They also have many other industrial purposes.]


�The dictator of Iraq is not disarming. [Bush fails to recognize the large amount of disarmament that occurred during the initial inspection regime.  He also fails to acknowledge the convoys leaving regularly for Syria .  Israeli intelligence states that the Syrian shipments did contain WMD arsenal components.]


�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 Qaeda. [This is highly speculative given that Hussein is an anti-Moslem fundamentalist.   Hussein most likely knows better than most that al Qaeda is US funded and controlled (at the Osama bin Laden level) and would have every motive not to get deeply involved with this snake trap.]


[After a long litany of scar mongering and recitations of Saddam�s brutality (which occurred while the US was allied with Iraq ) Bust pontificates:] �If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning. [I could borrow that line in describing this entire fraudulent address: �If this is truth, then truth has no meaning!�]


�And tonight I have a message for the brave and oppressed people of Iraq : Your enemy is not surrounding your country � your enemy is ruling your country. And the day he and his regime are removed from power will be the day of your liberation.  [Any Arab or Muslim country that still believes the West�s promises about becoming a free nation under democracy is looking to buy the Brooklyn Bridge .  The principle of democracy is antithetical to Islam and always will be.  Saddam Hussein will be gone fairly soon, but there are thousands to take his place.]


�The United States will ask the UN Security Council to convene on February 5th to consider the facts of Iraq �s ongoing defiance of the world. � If Saddam Hussein does not fully disarm, for the safety of our people, and for the peace of the world, we will lead a coalition to disarm him. [Bush is giving warning that he is going to war, regardless.]


[To the armed forces he flatters:] Your honor will guide you. You believe in America , and America believes in you. [Sadly the armed forces are full of unknowing yes-men--all too willing to following orders without protest.  There is no honor in this--especially when one is ordered to kill innocent civilians.  Does this happen?  It does.  As recently as Kosovo we know that American commanders pressured a US Air Force pilot to fire upon a convoy of civilians even after he radioed in protest that there were no military persons or vehicles in the group.  That�s not honor.  As a former fighter attack pilot I would have returned to base in defiance of the order and told the story to the world.  Sure, I would have been court-martialed, and would have been proud of it.]


We seek peace. We strive for peace. [Talk is cheap.  Your actions belie what you say.]  And sometimes peace must be defended. A future lived at the mercy of terrible threats is no peace at all. If war is forced upon us [it takes real gall to put it that way�especially when Bush steadfastly refuses to abide by the constitutional restriction against going to war without a specific declaration by Congress.], we will fight in a just cause and by just means � sparing, in every way we can, the innocent. [We shall see.  Or perhaps we won�t.  The US has engaged in covering up both military and civilian casualties ever since the Balkan interventions.] And if war is forced upon us, we will fight with the full force and might of the United States military and we will prevail. And as we and our coalition partners are doing in Afghanistan , we will bring to the Iraqi people food, and medicines, and supplies and freedom. [ US taxpayers pay for both the destruction and the rebuilding in the process of intervention.]


America is a strong Nation [militarily, it is technologically superior but has little depth.  Its forces are stretched very thin], and honorable in the use of our strength [creating crises to provoke war is hardly honorable]. We exercise power without conquest, and sacrifice for the liberty of strangers. [Certainly this is the desire of American people, but it doesn�t match what our government does behind the scenes.]


�Americans are a free people [only partially, and our freedoms are diminishing each year], 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 [and may God hold you accountable, George Bush, for what you are about to do to destroy that liberty worldwide].


�We Americans have faith in ourselves but not in ourselves alone. We do not claim to know all the ways of Providence [we know enough to know the peril in lying before God], yet we can trust in them, placing our confidence in the loving God behind all of life, and all of history [whose love will not save those who are unrepentant deceivers]. May He guide us now, and may God continue to bless the United States of America .� [Sadly, if Christians don�t wake up to the unprincipled pretenders that lead them, feigning false allegiance to God, all blessings of protection from America will inevitably be withdrawn.  God will have no part of what Bush is about to do except perhaps to pay out a little more rope in preparation for that judgment that inevitably awaits.  Even though we may not have the power to stop this globalist steamroller, we can at least abstain from support.  Don�t get caught up in cheering�out of a misplaced sense of patriotism-- for that which ultimately has an evil purpose.]

� 2003 Joel Skousen - All Rights Reserved

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Joel Skousen is political scientist by training, and currently editor-in-chief of the World Affairs Brief









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