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Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Bush Address: Simplistic, inconsequential drivel

The State of the Union Address has fallen from the sublime to the ridiculous during the years in which George Bush and his regime have inflicted themselves upon the American people. This year, instead of bold and firm answers to the threats which this regime has created through its pig-headed arrogance, wishy-washy soundbites written evidently by the more intelligent and desperate members of the White House team.

“We enter the year 2007 with large endeavours underway, and others that are ours to begin” is the sentence which sets the tone of the whole speech, right from the beginning. Large endeavours. This is a great euphemism for the illegal act of slaughter in Iraq and “others” is a wonderful way to send a veiled threat to Teheran, which must be curled up giggling (like the rest of the international community) after seeing the utter chaos caused by the Bush regime’s policies in Iraq.

Tellingly, George Bush decided to focus this speech on domestic issues (wonder why?), with sweeping and vague statements on the economy (good news on job creation schemes) and then, even vaguer statements on the future, so vague in fact that one questions what this regime has been doing in the last six years.

“First we must balance the federal budget”. Wonderful, by spending 200 billion USD on an illegal act of butchery which has divorced the USA from the international community until at least someone from the Dems comes to power? Nice empty words, followed by more honeyed sweet-talking on medicare.

“Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid are commitments of conscience, and so it is our duty to keep them permanently sound”. What is that supposed to mean? How about spending more money on healthcare and less on illegal acts of slaughter abroad?

Other hollow soundbites follow throughout this speech, more an act of contrition without an apology than anything else, what an absolute disgrace for a President of the USA, caught like a six-year-old who has destroyed his mother’s herb garden with a football, who suddenly tries to focus the irate parents’ attention on the crow flying high in the air.

“Spreading opportunity and hope in America also requires public schools that give children the knowledge and character they need in life”. Again, what has this regime been doing for the last six years? Destroying Iraqi infrastructures with militatry hardware to dole out contracts without tender to companies gravitating around the White House. Maybe the President should have added the question: “Is our children educated?”

There follows the predictable green card, talking about alternative energy sources (commendable) but not actually doing anything (as usual) and finally, “we must take the fight to the enemy”.

Here begins the justification of the unjustifiable, the foreign policy of the Bush regime, confirming the USA as the most hated nation on Earth, in the four corners of the globe. For George Bush, protecting the citizens of the USA has taken five years. Interesting. What has he actually managed to achieve in this time? Destabilise Afghanistan? Destroy the State in Iraq? Unite practically the entire Middle East and developing world against Washington?

“America is still a nation at war”. A telling soundbite in the middle of this study in mediocrity, empty promises about what “we are going to do”...then why didn’t you do it already?

All the Bush regime has done is unite the world behind the terrorists. As for the rest of the speech, how can anyone serious comment on phrases such as “The Shia and Sunni extremists are different faces of the same totalitarian threat. Whatever slogans they chant, when they slaughter the innocent they have the same wicked purposes. They want to kill Americans, kill democracy in the Middle East and gain the weapons to kill on an even more horrific scale”.

It was George Bush’s Americans that invaded this area and set Shia against Sunni in the first place. The “generation struggle” that George Bush mentions, to describe the war on terror is indeed a generation struggle for the USA: how many generations will suffer to pay for his inane and inept policies at home and his acts of mass murder and war crimes abroad?

Whether George Bush likes it or not, it is this section of the speech that the international community is focussing upon, and for some reason it must be. The rest is the same smplistic, inconsequential drivel.

Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY

PRAVDA.Ru

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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