Bush’s Speech

Jeff Jarvis posted an excerpt from Bush’s speech last night. Jeff liked what he heard. I didn’t much care for what i read. Here is Jeff’s excerpt with my comments in italics.

America’s commitment to freedom in Iraq is consistent with our ideals and required by our interests.
required by what interests? – our reliance on oil from the mideast because we have no other energy policy?

Iraq will either be a peaceful, democratic country or it will again be a source of violence, a haven for terror and a threat to America and to the world….
As I have said to those who have lost loved ones, we will finish the work of the fallen.
America’s armed forces are performing brilliantly, with all the skill and honor we expect of them. We’re constantly reviewing their needs. Troop strength now and in the future is determined by the situation on the ground. If additional forces are needed, I will send them. If additional resources are needed, we will provide them….
why not ask our friends – or the countries that used to be our friends before Bush pissed them all off – to send some of their troops to help us out?

Now is the time, and Iraq is the place, in which the enemies of the civilized world are testing the will of the civilized world. We must not waver….
this is only the case because Bush decided to make Iraq the place where he would fight these “enemies of the civilized world”. maybe he should have picked a better place to do that

Yet, in this conflict, there is no safe alternative to resolute action. The consequences of failure in Iraq would be unthinkable.
then why were we in such a hurry to pick a fight there? didn’t we realize that the risks of failure were so large?

Every friend of America in Iraq would be betrayed to prison and murder, as a new tyranny arose. Every enemy of America in the world would celebrate, proclaiming our weakness and decadence, and using that victory to recruit a new generation of killers.
We will succeed in Iraq.
at what cost? and why did it have to be this way?