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Friday, January 21, 2005

The truth in Presidential Radio Address speeches
This post is not mine, in fact I only reproduce what I heard on January 18th in OffTheWall. Well, I downloaded the program to my Zen and heard it today.

They took two key Radio Adresses the Whitehouse broadcasted just before the invasion of Iraq began (I'm sure you remember them when you read their title) and deleted the lies he said in them, making them shorter but, at least, true.

I have just grabbed both editted speeches and upped them so you don't need to download the whole program to hear it. I also posted the full transcripts of both addresses and changed the font to red of all the lies he say. Press the '[+]' link to see it, it's impressing.

President's Radio Address concerning Iraq Weapons, March 22, 2003 - Audio stream
Hear the radio address without lies - redirection (Click on 'Download/show the hosted file')

President's Radio Address concerning the Beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, March 22, 2003 - Audio stream
Hear the radio address without lies - redirection (Click on 'Download/show the hosted file')

>> I bet the same could be done with a 80% of his Radio Adresses. I don't understand why there's still people out there who hesitate calling him and his crew of prevaricators.

President's Radio Address concerning Iraq Weapons, March 22, 2003 - Audio stream
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Powell briefed the United Nations Security Council on Iraq's illegal weapons program, its attempts to hide those weapons, and its links to terrorist groups.

The Iraqi regime's violations of Security Council Resolutions are evident, they are dangerous to America and the world, and they continue to this hour.

The regime has never accounted for a vast arsenal of deadly, biological and chemical weapons. To the contrary, the regime is pursuing an elaborate campaign to conceal its weapons materials and to hide or intimidate key experts and scientists. This effort of deception is directed from the highest levels of the Iraqi regime, including Saddam Hussein, his son, Iraq's vice president and the very official responsible for cooperating with inspectors.

The Iraqi regime has actively and secretly attempted to obtain equipment needed to produce chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. Firsthand witnesses have informed us that Iraq has at least seven mobile factories for the production of biological agents -- equipment mounted on trucks and rails to evade discovery.

The Iraqi regime has acquired and tested the means to deliver weapons of mass destruction. It has never accounted for thousands of bombs and shells capable of delivering chemical weapons. It is actively pursuing components for prohibited ballistic missiles. And we have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.

One of the greatest dangers we face is that weapons of mass destruction might be passed to terrorists who would not hesitate to use those weapons. Saddam Hussein has longstanding, direct and continuing ties to terrorist networks. Senior members of Iraqi intelligence and al Qaeda have met at least eight times since the early 1990s. Iraq has sent bomb-making and document forgery experts to work with al Qaeda. Iraq has also provided al Qaeda with chemical and biological weapons training. And an al Qaeda operative was sent to Iraq several times in the late 1990s for help in acquiring poisons and gases.

We also know that Iraq is harboring a terrorist network headed by a senior al Qaeda terrorist planner. This network runs a poison and explosive training camp in northeast Iraq, and many of its leaders are known to be in Baghdad.

This is the situation as we find it -- 12 years after Saddam Hussein agreed to disarm and more than 90 days after the Security Council passed Resolution 1441 by a unanimous vote. Saddam Hussein was required to make a full declaration of his weapons programs. He has not done so. Saddam Hussein was required to fully cooperate in the disarmament of his regime. He has not done so. Saddam Hussein was given a final chance. He is throwing away that chance.

Having made its demands, the Security Council must not back down when those demands are defied and mocked by a dictator
. The United States would welcome and support a new resolution making clear that the Security Council stands behinds its previous demands. Yet, resolutions mean little without resolve. And the United States, along with a growing coalition of nations, will take whatever action is necessary to defend ourselves and disarm the Iraqi regime.

Thank you for listening.

President's Radio Address concerning the Beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, March 22, 2003 - Audio stream
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. American and coalition forces have begun a concerted campaign against the regime of Saddam Hussein. In this war, our coalition is broad, more than 40 countries from across the globe. Our cause is just, the security of the nations we serve and the peace of the world. And our mission is clear, to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein's support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.

President George W. Bush meets with his war council at Camp David, Saturday morning, March 22, 2003. Present at the table are, from left, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard B. Myers, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Chief of Staff to the Vice President Lewis Libby, Chief of Staff Andy Card, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, CIA Director George Tenet, and Chief Counsel to the President Alberto Gonzalez. White House photo by Eric Draper The future of peace and the hopes of the Iraqi people now depend on our fighting forces in the Middle East. They are conducting themselves in the highest traditions of the American military. They are doing their job with skill and bravery, and with the finest of allies beside them. At every stage of this conflict the world will see both the power of our military, and the honorable and decent spirit of the men and women who serve.

In this conflict, American and coalition forces face enemies who have no regard for the conventions of war or rules of morality. Iraqi officials have placed troops and equipment in civilian areas, attempting to use innocent men, women and children as shields for the dictator's army. I want Americans and all the world to know that coalition forces will make every effort to spare innocent civilians from harm.

A campaign on harsh terrain in a vast country could be longer and more difficult than some have predicted. And helping Iraqis achieve a united, stable, and free country will require our sustained commitment. Yet, whatever is required of us, we will carry out all the duties we have accepted.

Across America this weekend, the families of our military are praying that our men and women will return safely and soon. Millions of Americans are praying with them for the safety of their loved ones and for the protection of all the innocent. Our entire nation appreciates the sacrifices made by military families, and many citizens who live near military families are showing their support in practical ways, such as by helping with child care, or home repairs. All families with loved ones serving in this war can know this: Our forces will be coming home as soon as their work is done.

Our nation entered this conflict reluctantly, yet with a clear and firm purpose. The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder. Now that conflict has come, the only way to limit its duration is to apply decisive force. This will not be a campaign of half-measures. It is a fight for the security of our nation and the peace of the world, and we will accept no outcome but victory.

Thank you for listening.

[Escuchando: Deshacer el mundo - Heroes del silencio - Para Siempre (5:23)]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

so what you are implying is that bush intentionally misled the world - come on, are you really that ignorant? then you have to say russia, germany, united kingdom, france and all the other countless countries with reliable intelligence lied or misled or whatever you call it, as well. as we say here in the USA, don't kill the messenger. the president relied on this intelligence when he made those speeches. he trusted the sources as accurate and reliable. personally, i think there were WMD's in Iraq and I think they were moved prior to the gearing up of the war. that is just my opinion though.

by the way, you don't really have much to say since you don't even live in this country to begin with. he is not your president. i mean you have a president that cowers to terrorists, at least I can respect my president for having the balls to stand up to terrorists and not bend to their every whim in fear of their threats. cowards hurt threaten and kill innocent people, and cowards do nothing to stop them. my president is not a coward.

8:27 AM

Blogger pri said...

First of all sorry for not having ansewered before but I didn't see the comment till now. I would have sent this answer to your mail as I guess it's going to be quite long, but you posted anonymously.

I not only say that he misled the World. I say that he (his cabinet) lied both to the UN and their own citizens in order to justify the invasion of a sovereign country and that he did it on purpose. Knowing that he was lying. He wasn't the only president who did that, Blair did the same and Aznar put the shame on us when he did it. All of them stared at the camera with the same discourse: 'Believe me, Sadam has WMD and must be stopped before he can use them. And he will.' One of them already lost the confidence of his own country due to these sort of lies, the other two will.

It's true that I'm not US American, but that doesn't mean that I cannot give my opinion about this, as it also affect me and my country. Even if it were only a US matter I would give my opinion as I don't want the countries and the people I love to get themselves in trouble. I can make badnewswade words mine:
'Jesus, but it was depressing. You know what it's like as an outsider, watching what's happening to America?
It's like watching a good and dear friend go out and become a heroin addict, or join some dodgy cult. You want to tell them, hey, maybe you shouldn't shoot horse into your veins 24 hours a day, but when someone does mention it they get agressive and nasty and have to go for another fix.'

When you call our president a coward you might be forgetting that we live in a country that has been suffering all kinds of terrorism for years and we have succeeded defeating most of these groups by legal means.

I'll probably miss some as I'm writing only the ones I remember right now, but I'm going to enumerate the terrorist groups that have acted in Spain in the last 30 years. Currently only ETA, GRAPO and some Islamic groups are still active though heavily weakened due to the police/political work.

- nationalist groups -- Euzkadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), Terra Lliure, Exercito Guerrilleiro do Pobo Galego Ceibe, Exercit Roig Català d'Alliberament (ERCA), Exercit Popular Català (EPOCA), Iparretarrak
- communist or anarchist groups -- Grupo de Resistencia Anti-Fascista Primero de Octubre (GRAPO), Comandos Autónomos Anticapitalistas (CAA), Groupes d'Action Révolutionnaire Internationaliste - GARI
- right-wing groups -- Ultraderecha Juventud Española en Pie (JEP), Batallón Vasco Español (BVE), Alianza Apostólica Anticomunista (Triple A), Grupos Armados Españoles (GAE)
- State terrorist groups -- Grupo Antiterrorista de Liberacion (GAL), Anti Terrorismo ETA (ATE)
- Islamic groups -- Salafistas para la Predicación y el Combate (GSPC), Grupo Islámico Combatiente Marroquí (GICM), Groupe Islamique Armé (GIA), Salafia Jihadia

The USA might take a look at the way other countries have been succesfuly fighting terrorism before starting unnecesary wars abroad in a neverending search for terrorists. Let me ilustrate you this with the article 'March 11-14: lessons from Spain' by Miguel Carrión:

'On Sunday Morning, Foreign Minister Ana Palacio still insisted on the BBC that ETA "might still be found" to have collaborated in the attack but, by the time the polls opened in Spain at 9 am, the Spanish government had lost all credibility and sealed its own fate.
So, what is the lesson in all of this? In Spain, an informed citizenry, which kept tabs on its government's foreign policy, rallied around the flag, but not behind the Prime Minister, and did not stand for two-and-a-half days of lies, damned lies and misinformation after March 11. Unfortunately—and I will be deliberately blunt on this—after September 11 the US populace, uninterested in their government's foreign policy if not willfully ignorant, and kept in the dark about it by their media, rallied behind their President as much as around their flag, and have stood for two-and-a-half years of the White House's lies, misinformation, and stonewalling of congressional investigations. If Prime Minister Aznar had come out saying that Spain was attacked on March 11 because the terrorists hate our freedoms, forty million Spaniards would have died laughing.
A chorus of Bush's cronies in the USA and around Europe (mostly governments now fearing they will go the way of Aznar) now call Spain's vow to pull their troops out of Iraq "appeasement" of terrorism. Spain is not stepping down its own fight against terrorism, or the global fight for that matter: it is just that the war on Iraq has nothing to do with the fight against terrorism, fair-and-balanced FOX news notwithstanding. Besides, Spain has been fighting terrorism at home for around forty years with, in the 28 years since Franco's death, the understanding that, if an open and democratic society is to fight against terrorism without compromising its own freedom and democracy, it has to accept a degree of vulnerability and occasional setbacks but will ultimately prevail without compromising its essence. This is why all democratic Spanish governments (before Aznar came to power, that is) fought ETA with police action, with international cooperation, and reaching out to moderate Basque nationalists, and saw no place for military operations in the fight against terrorism. Independence-minded terrorist organizations in Galicia (Exercito Guerrilleiro do Pobo Galego Ceibe) and Catalonia (Terra Lliure) were essentially defeated in this way in the early 1980s, and before Aznar came along it was accepted across Spain that the same would eventually happen with ETA, which periodically suffers severe internal political crises in which significant numbers of militants abandon armed struggle and join political parties or social movements to advance the cause of Basque self-governance by peaceful means. Spain also has the understanding that one does not negotiate with terrorists, but two wrongs do not make a right: the Spanish government's support of the war on Iraq was wrong, and to suggest that two hundred dead suddenly make it right is a moral outrage.'

I highly recommend you read his article as it might give you another view. Here's a link to Google's cache in case you don't have enough privileges to open the page.

3:45 AM

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Microsoft, Yahoo to link instant messages ( via Yahoo! News)
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