BUSH - "I was hoping diplomacy would work. I understand the serious consequences of committing our troops into harm‘s way."
I was hoping to win the lottery also, but since I never buy tickets, it will never happen. The same thing with deplomacy, if you don't try to use it, it will never work. We had inspectors on the ground in Iraq. The only reason they left is because we told them we were invading. Diplomacy only works if you give it a chance to work.
BUSH- "We‘re facing a group of folks who have such hatred in their heart, they‘ll strike anywhere, with any means."
A "group of folk's"... are we fighting al queda or the partridge family?
BUSH- "But to say that there‘s only one focus on the war on terror doesn't really understand the nature of the war on terror. "
No, to say that Iraq was the focus for the war on terror is to not understand the war on terror. al Queda is the focus for the war on terror. Maybe you could claim Iraq is a focus for the war on human rights abuse, but not on the war on terror. But, since Bush doesn't like US intervention for humanitarian reasons (Sudan, Burundi, Liberia, N. Korea, Haiti, etc.) I am guessing that was not a big factor for his decision. So I guess he doesn't "really understand" the nature of the war on terror.
BUSH - "Of course we‘re after Saddam Hussein—I mean bin Laden."
Opps, Freudian slip...
BUSH - "He [Prime Minister Allawi] believes, like I believe, that the Iraqis are ready to fight for their own freedom."
Yeah, and they seen to be fighting us... Ironic.
BUSH - "First of all, what my opponent wants you to forget is that he voted to authorize the use of force and now says it‘s the wrong war at the wrong time at the wrong place. "
Just because he voted to give you a big stick doesn't mean he intended you to use it. Discretion is the better part of valor.
BUSH - "I don‘t think we want to get to how he‘s going to pay for all these promises. It‘s like a huge tax gap. Anyway, that‘s for another debate."
By making Cheney pay his taxes... but you are right, lets leave that to your next debate whoop'n
BUSH - "My administration worked with the Congress to create the Department of Homeland Security so we could better coordinate our borders and ports."
Only after you vigorously opposed the Dept of Homeland security. Would that be a flip-flop? And, by the way, ports... still wide open 3 years later.
BUSH- "You know, we have to be right 100 percent of the time. And the enemy only has to be right once to hurt us. "
You weren't right on Sept. 11th. It was on your watch Mr. Bush. I guess if anything less than 100% is a failing grade, you failed.
BUSH - "We‘ve got 100,000 trained now, 125,000 by the end of this year, 200,000 by the end of next year. "
Actually, according to the US Army, only 8000 trained. The rest are waiting to be trained, have been fired for being unreliable, or have deserted to the other side.
BUSH - "My opponent says we didn‘t have any allies in this war. What‘s he say to Tony Blair? What‘s he say to Alexander Kwasniewski of Poland? You can‘t expect to build an alliance when you denigrate the contributions of those who are serving side by side with American troops in Iraq."
In both England and Poland, 70% of the citizens want to pull out of Iraq and Poland is planning to pull out of Iraq next year.
LEHRER - "New question, Mr. President, two minutes. You have said there was a, quote, “miscalculation,” of what the conditions would be in post-war Iraq. What was the miscalculation, and how did it happen?
BUSH- "No, what I said was that, because we achieved such a rapid victory, more of the Saddam loyalists were around.
New York Times Aug. 27th - The paper quoted Bush as saying during a 30-minute interview that he made "a miscalculation of what the conditions would be" in post-war Iraq. How soon we forget.
BUSH - "The only consistent about my opponent‘s position is that he‘s been inconsistent. He changes positions. And you cannot change positions in this war on terror if you expect to win."
And the only thing you have been consistent about is being wrong. Can't win the war on terror that way either. I would rather have a guy that is constantly re-evaluating the situation and trying to get it right than being constantly wrong.
BUSH - "Let me finish."
Oh God, please no... that's enough out of you Mr. Bush.