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Bush Draws Comparisons Between Iraq War, WWII


Bush Draws Comparisons Between Iraq War, WWII
Bush Arrived At NAS North Island On Monday

SAN DIEGO -- A resolute President George W. Bush, facing a public wary of his war policies, declared Tuesday at Naval Air Station North Island that "we will not rest until victory is America's and our freedom is secure."

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, the president drew comparisons between that 20th-century conflict and current wars on terror and in Iraq.

"As we mark this anniversary, we are again a nation at war. Once again war came to our shores with a surprise attack that killed thousands in cold blood," he said at a naval base here, referring to Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

He said that as in the time of World War II, the United States now faces "a ruthless enemy" and "once again we will not rest until victory is America's and our freedom is secure."

Bush invoked the memory of his father as a young Navy pilot shot down over the Pacific and of an optimistic Franklin Roosevelt calling on Americans to defend liberty. He portrayed Roosevelt's vision as similar to his own -- a commitment to spreading freedom even when U.S. allies were not convinced it was the best course.

"Franklin Roosevelt refused to accept that democracy was finished," Bush said. "His optimism reflected his belief that the enemy's will to power could not withstand our will to live in freedom."

The president praised veterans of World War II two weeks after the anniversary of the August 14, 1945, surrender by Japan that ended that conflict.

"The freedom that was born of your sacrifice has lifted millions of God's children across the Earth," he said while standing in the shadow of the red, white and blue-adorned USS Ronald Reagan, the newest aircraft carrier in the fleet.

The speech at the Naval Air Station North Island here was the president's third address about Iraq or the war on terrorism in less than two weeks, part of an intensified effort to allay the fears of a public that has become increasingly skeptical about his Iraq policies.

Iraq woes have dogged Bush throughout his August break.

One grieving mother who lost a son in Iraq set up camp near Bush's ranch just days after he got there, demanding to meet with the president and promising to stay until she could question him about the war.

Cindy Sheehan was denied a meeting, a decision some administration officials now are second-guessing, since what started as a one-woman mission turned into a sprawling anti-war protest that drew close media attention. Hundreds of people from across the country have joined Sheehan and have asked the president to bring home troops immediately. Bush supporters countered with their own gathering nearby.

At the same time, it was an especially bloody month in Iraq, with the number of U.S. military members who have died since March 2003 now nearing 1,900.

The count, coupled with polls that show public backing of the Iraq war slipping, has taken a toll on national support for Bush. His approval rating on Iraq has fallen below 40 percent in polls.

Also contributing to Bush's discomfort was the Iraqi government's effort to craft a constitution. The process was marked by repeated delays. Though now complete, the final version is far from what U.S. officials had envisioned. Critics say the document does not adequately protect religious freedom and women's rights.

Air Force One touched down at Naval Air Station North Island Monday. The president and first lady Laura Bush arrived at the Coronado base about 4:30 p.m. following brief stops earlier in the day in Ontario, Calif., and Arizona. The president did not speak to reporters, who were hoping he might say something about Hurricane Katrina.

Several military officials met the president before he was escorted to the Hotel Del Coronado in a presidential limousine. The president and first lady spent the night there.

Following the address, the president paid a visit to the Naval Medical Center San Diego in Balboa Park.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was also in San Diego Monday. Rumsfeld hung out with the boys of summer at Petco Park, watching the Padres game from a skybox. Earlier Monday, Rumsfeld met with 1,000 soldiers and civilians at the national training center in

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No. What is this man smoking? They attacked us? He can't stop lying can he. Iraq never, ever attacked the United States of America. He is a damn liar.

PRESIDENT; "WE WILL NOT REST UNTILL OUR FREEDOM IS SECURE"

By this I assume his meaning is that we here in this country were in danger of losing our freedom because of some action on the part of Sadam Hussian. "EXACTLY WHAT ACTION BY HUSSIAN THREATEND OUR FREEDOME HERE, MY PRESIDENT? CERTAINLY NOT ANY WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRUCTION. CERTAINLY NOT BY ANY MASSIVE INVADING IRAQI ARMY TO OUR SHORES. PLEASE EXPLAIN. WHAT IS THE BASIS FOR THIS STATEMENT? HOW WERE WE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY AT RISK FROM LOSING OUR FREEDOM FROM IRAQI THREATS?
He just keeps it going. It's as if there is no desention what so ever at all in this country. When i here his rhetoric like this, i wonder about his mental statas. It's frightning.**HUMPHREY**

Both were based on lies from the government to the people re: the facts that sent us into those wars.

Are you nuts. Roosevelt saw the Nazis for what they were and sure he wanted to go to war with them. Just imagine if we didn't intervene and the Nazis were given the time to develop the A-Bomb. And how is your German?

I merely said the government lied about the facts that lead to our involvement. It is a fact that we broke the Japanese code and knew they were going to attack and Roosevelt ALLOWED it to happen (sacrificing all those men at Pearl Harbor) so he wouldn't break his campaign promise not to go to war unless we were attacked. Facts, Facts, FACTS.

If we don't stop the neocons, it may come to the same thing.

Roosevelt had recalcitrant allies when it came to taking on the Axis????????

The US is responding to the 9/11 attack by engaging Iraq?

After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Bush would have attacked some other Asian-looking country... say Mongolia.

The right wingnuts have finally reached to the last straw and it doesn't bode well for them wingnuts!

There are plenty of kool-aid drinker who are still gulping Bush's bullshit down,but to me, and to all the others who exist in a reality base,Bush's drivel is getting old. Not only old... but replusive.What I find to be most painful thing in all this is the fact that many Americans are either too ignorant or unconcerned to rise up stop this blight on our nation called Bush.

I read this on cnn and I about puked I was so disgusted... Still using 9/11 as an excuse.. and trivializing the efforts of those who fought in WWII by comparing it to this completely illegal, and not at all similar escapade is sickening to me...

They baited us into the Iraq war for nonexistent reasons, and now want us to show "the same resolve for it as for WW II"?, as Bush says in his speech in Coranado, CA. In WW II we had real reason to defend our country, or we would have been speaking German or Japanese if we didn't take action, unlike the Iraq war which is at best a "venture" and on par with a goat rope.

How deceptive, underhanded, and misleading for our alleged leader to compare the two wars, which are like night and day in their basis, or lack thereof. Apparently he thinks we will all believe such baloney.

Its sad that, no doubt, there will be those not yet informed who will still be taken in by that deception, and sadder yet that our leaders unashamedly take advantage of that lack of awareness.

WWII - A war of necessity to stop the Nazi war machine. (pretty clear objective/goal)

Iraq - (1) to avenge 9/11 (Iraq's false ties to al-Qaeda), (2) to prevent an imminent attack with the use of nonexistant WMDs (nuclear, chemical biological weapons), (3) to overthrow Saddam and "free" the Iraqi people who are now teetering on civil war and attempting to become an Islamic republic, (4) to fight the newly created insurgency/terrorists over there so we won't have to fight them over here, (5) to "bring" democracy to the entire globe, (6) to "complete the mission" in order to "honor" the nearly 1900 American kids who gave their lives for the assorted reasons above, and (7) the latest reason: to protect the Iraqi oil from landing in the hands of bin Laden. (These "reasons" are continually re-shuffled and re-used depending on need.)

REAL REASONS: Oil, land, global domination as the last remaining super power, and Bush's personal goals to (1) be a war president and spend political capital, (2) accomplish what his father had not -- take Baghdad.

Don't leave out "Liberating the Oppressed Iraqi Women". BushCo milked that one for several weeks.

Now we see that the new constitution is going to set women's rights back at least 30 years.

Way to go, BushCo!!! Rah-Rah! Go Team!!!

"When you're a boy
You can buy a home of your own
When you're a boy
Learn to drive and everything
You'll get your share
When you're a boy"
- Boys Keep Swinging by David Bowie

peace.

It's way beyond repulsive and revolting. Now, watching Bush speak is eerie.

Bush's comparisons of Iraq and WWII is an insult to any veteran who served in WWII. It is an affront to the cause for which we took up arms against the axis powers. Obviously Bush hasn't any more grasp on history than he has on anything else and the ONLY thing he shares in common with FDR, is the same office.

In answer to the survey - NO! Judging from all he's done so far about anything you care to mention, he should keep his hands in his pockets and look the other way. I think the bible says something about "You will know them by their fruits."

I do see a similarity between Iraq and WWII:

Bush and Hitler playing the same roles.

Yup, the Fascist's Playbook doesn't change much, just the "Internal Enemies" (The Scapegoats) and the "External Enemies" (the Boogie Man) change.

The American PNAC NEO CON "Fascists" now have the "Drug War" for their
Internal Scapegoats and the "Islamic Terrists" (as Bush calls them) for their External Boogie Man.

Marx may not have been "right", but he wasn't "wrong", either. ;-)

I saw this yesterday and thought this forum might find it interesting.

"When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents "danger" and the other represents "opportunity."
- John F. Kennedy

"My little China Girl
You shouldn't mess with me
I'll ruin everything you are
I'll give you television
I'll give you eyes of blue
I'll give you men who want to rule the world"
- China Girl by Iggy Pop/David Bowie

peace.

The only connection I see is the fascism. Bush and his family know lots about Nazis, and even made some of their family fortune serving them.

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