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This man is LOSING it!!!

Posted by Daniel on Thursday, March 16, 2006

Don’t be suprised if, in the near future – say, around October of this year – Iran isn’t in the cross-hairs of the so-called “Peace President“. Regardless of his propensity for half-assed diplomacy, you can bet the farm that he and his staff are already prepared to lie this country into a pre-emptive strike against Iran. He’s also very busy verbally bitch-slapping North Korea, Syria, China and Russia.

While it’s true these countries have their own negative issues, Bush is showing he’d rather nix diplomacy altogether. It would appear that Bush feels constrained by having to use diplomacy as a weapon, and would rather use actual weapons. Take, for example, the following:

In a 49-page national security report, the president said diplomacy is the U.S. preference in halting the spread of nuclear and other heinous weapons.

“If necessary, however, under long-standing principles of self defense, we do not rule out the use of force before attacks occur — even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy’s attack,” Bush wrote.

Titled “National Security Strategy,” the report summarizes Bush’s plan for protecting America and directing U.S. relations with other nations. It is an updated version of a report Bush issued in 2002.

In the earlier report a year after the September 11 attacks, Bush underscored his administration’s adoption of a pre-emptive policy, marking the end of a deterrent military strategy that dominated the Cold War.

The latest report makes it clear Bush hasn’t changed his mind, even though no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.

“When the consequences of an attack with weapons of mass destruction are potentially so devastating, we cannot afford to stand idly by as grave dangers materialize. … The place of pre-emption in our national security strategy remains the same,” Bush wrote.

The report had harsh words for Iran. It accused the regime of supporting terrorists, threatening Israel and disrupting democratic reform in Iraq. Bush said diplomacy to halt Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons work must prevail to avert a conflict.

“This diplomatic effort must succeed if confrontation is to be avoided,” Bush said.

He did not say what would happen if international negotiations with Iran failed. The Bush administration currently is working to persuade Russia and China to support a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution demanding that Iran end its uranium enrichment program.

Bush had similar words for North Korea, which he said poses a serious nuclear proliferation challenge, counterfeits U.S. currency, traffics in narcotics, threatens its neighbors and starves its people.

“The North Korean regime needs to change these policies, open up its political system and afford freedom to its people,” Bush said. “In the interim, we will continue to take all necessary measures to protect our national and economic security against the adverse effects of their bad conduct.”

Bush issued rebukes to Russia and China and called Syria a tyranny that harbors terrorists and sponsors terrorist activity.

On Russia, Bush said recent trends show a waning commitment to democratic freedoms and institutions. “Strengthening our relationship will depend on the policies, foreign and domestic, that Russia adopts,” he said.

The United States also is nudging China down a road of reform and openness.

“China’s leaders must realize, however, that they cannot stay on this peaceful path while holding on to old ways of thinking and acting that exacerbate concerns throughout the region and the world,” Bush wrote.

He said these “old ways” include enlarging China’s military in a non-transparent way, expanding trade, yet seeking to direct markets rather than opening them up, and supporting energy-rich nations without regard to their misrule or misbehavior at home or abroad.

The report is laden with strategies for advancing democracy across the globe, a theme of Bush’s second inaugural address.

The president said his administration was advancing this goal by holding high-level meetings at the White House with democratic reformers in repressive nations; using foreign aid to support fair elections, women’s rights and religious freedom; and pushing to abolish human trafficking.

“The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48”
Preemption Pre*”emp”tion (?; 215), n. Pref. pre- + emption:
cf. F. pr’eemption. See Redeem.
The act or right of purchasing before others. Specifically:
(a) The privilege or prerogative formerly enjoyed by the king
of buying provisions for his household in preference to
others. Eng.


One Response to “This man is LOSING it!!!”

  1. Gary said

    He is going down, and unfortunately, it looks as though he is going to take us with him.

    BTW…I wanted to say thanks for the comments on my diary on KOS yesterday. This is “FISG” otherwise known as Gary. I really appreciate all the kidn words that I found there yesterday.

    Especially the Dan comment. 😉

    Have a great day and a good weekend.

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