Ugh. If you ever swallow anything toxic, you can use this as visual ipecac.
I, too,laugh when people point out Mad King George's little gaffes in speech, his oddball assertions, his bizarre facial tics. But I think he might actually be going crazy. Really. Case in point:
I wish I could report to the people of Colorado the war was over. It's not. There's an enemy still out there that wants to inflict harm on the United States of America because of what we believe in.
We believe in the freedom of people to worship and speak their mind, the freedom of the press to print what they want. They believe in the opposite. They have a dark vision of the world. They have made their intentions clear. They want to establish a totalitarian empire that stretches from Spain to Indonesia. And one way for them to accomplish their objective is to drive us out of the Middle East, is to cause America to become isolated. It's not going to happen on my watch. (Applause.)
One of the reasons I'm proud to stand here with Marilyn is she understands the stakes, as well. It's important to have a -- somebody from the United States Congress from that district, from her district, who understands that on September the 11th, 2001, an enemy declared war on the United States of America, and we must do everything in our power to protect the American people.
This is something he said here in Denver, at the Musgrave luncheon. Maybe the altitude was getting to him?
A totalitarian Empire. Let's just take a moment to breathe in the heady bouquet of irony there. Aaah. Notes of Manichean oversimplification, with a finish of blackberry.
And just who is this "enemy?" Who are we talking about? He doesn't get very specific, even in the rest of the speech. Who declared war on the United States on Sept. 11? Osama Bin Laden? Perhaps. 19 dead Saudis? Maybe. But Bush suggests that the "enemy" is the entity that wants to build an empire from Spain to Indonesia. The most Osama has ever really pretended to want is a victory over American Empire. He seems pretty disinterested in having one of his own. And besides, one guy, no matter how wealthy he is, will have a tough time building an empire that stretches from the Meditteranean to Southeast Asia. Not in this post-Genghis-Khan world. And the Al-Qaeda network has never really expressed imperialistic desires- like Bin Laden himself, their main objective seems to be to just fuck up the American Empire, and to get American imperialistic forces out of places that are considered holy in Islam. They have declared jihad on the U.S. Government, the so-called "Crusader/Zionist alliance," not on the free world itself.
So, then, who is the enemy? And what proof does Bush have that they want to take over the world? Seems to me the gentleman doth project too much.