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August 25, 2006

The Continuing Adventures Of Saddam Hussein, Presidential Speechwriter

Back on March 8 of last year, President Bush spoke of his deep, sincere concern for the people of Lebanon, and his anger at Syria for oppressing them:

The world community...has presented the Syrian government with one of those choices -- to end its nearly 30-year occupation of Lebanon, or become even more isolated from the world...All Syrian military forces and intelligence personnel must withdraw before the Lebanese elections, for those elections to be free and fair.

The Lebanese people have the right to determine their future, free from domination by a foreign power. The Lebanese people have the right to choose their own parliament this spring, free of intimidation.

Today I have a message for the people of Lebanon...The American people are on your side.

In the United States, this is taken as proof that Bush really, truly cares about Lebanon and democracy in the mideast. After all, he talks about it all the time!

Well, by this standard, guess who else really, truly cares about the people of Lebanon?

What is currently taking place in Lebanon...harms this beloved Arab country, undermines its independence and dignity, and threatens its security and the lives of its sons...

The outcome of this abnormal presence completely contradicts all claims made to justify it. The continued presence of the Syrian regime's forces in Lebanon has turned into a factor dividing the country, spreading sedition among its people, and preventing them through force and terrorism from reaching reconciliation and accord...

The first urgent step is for the Arab states to assume through the Arab League the responsibility of enabling the Lebanese people to choose a new president for the republic in a free manner and away from the means of terrorism, pressure and extortion to impose a president on this country without the consent of its people and through a suspect agreement with a foreign state...

...The Lebanese Arab people hear an Arab voice confirming to them that the Arabs are not oblivious to their ordeal or careless about acts seeking to harm and humiliate them.

-- Saddam Hussein
January 9, 1989

(via BBC Worldwide Monitoring Service)

Posted at August 25, 2006 03:28 PM | TrackBack

I've been reading your postings here at ATR. I didn't believe it before, but now you've confirmed it. You loony lefty losers really don't have a clue, do you?

Just because, on extremely rare occasions, an evil man like Saddam said something that happened to be true does not justify the connections you draw. They are a product of YOUR mind, which says a lot.

Posted by: Greg at August 25, 2006 03:44 PM

loony lefty losers

Isn't the term of art "loony lefty lapdog lascivious losers"?

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at August 25, 2006 04:20 PM

Greg -

Do you know what a 'straw man' is? --it is when someone pretends to refute someone by pretending they said something they did not.

This is what you are doing. You are not attacking what Jon posted, but something in your own head.

Jon's post is about how both Saddam and Bush have falsely pretended to care about the people in Lebanon. Recently 750,000 people in that country have been made homeless, and much of its infrastructure destroyed. Do you remember that?

Is it possible you missed that the post is about the crocodile tears of politicians because you cant imagine caring about the fate of others? (and thus it didn't occur to you that people might?)

you called people 'loony lefty losers', without first being attacked yourself. I am guessing that it is because you feel under seige. But are you under seige? Isn't it the people of Lebanon that are?

Remember, Bush is not the USA. Thus there is no need for you to get anxious when he is criticized.

We all collectively should demand more sincerity from our politicians. You should not yourself feel threatened by this.

Posted by: Henry at August 25, 2006 04:38 PM

Remember, Bush is not the USA. Thus there is no need for you to get anxious when he is criticized.

It's a little more complex than this, I think. People like Greg generally have the sense, roiling around in their unconscious, that Bush is their father.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at August 25, 2006 04:44 PM

Heh, that Greg fellow writes almost as good as my man Saddam -

Posted by: Jesus B. Ochoa at August 25, 2006 05:05 PM


Aren't you a raunchy righty reprobate? Just asking.

Posted by: Stinky Flamingo at August 25, 2006 05:16 PM

I was really trying to get thru to this guy. No matter how much of an ass*** he is, since we are all in this together.

I think we have reassure the Gregs of the country over and over again that if Bush and his gang of thugs goes down, they will not.

It shouldn't be like this, of course. We should not have to spend time reassuring a bunch of arrogant warmongers in any way. Lord knows they don't deserve anything from us. But we have to, nonetheless.

This -I think- is especially important if US military starts faring worse in Iraq over the next couple of years. This may seem unlikely now, but if this happens every goddamn liberal will have to suck it up and tell a lot of the right-wingers -in effect- *everything is going to be OK*.

Which it will be, for them. Even if they don't deserve it.

Posted by: Henry at August 25, 2006 06:21 PM

Henry is right, we are ALL in this boat together, and we are ALL begining to feel the Captain's lash.
I believe Saddam was still OUR DOG in 1989.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at August 25, 2006 06:50 PM


Looks like you hit a nerve. Keep up the good work. Your choices of material directly undercuts the right wing narrative. Worse for the right, your snippets actually show by example who really is more closely aligned to the dictatorial villians used for the half-hour of hate that keeps the right wing movement coherent.

Confronting the programmed with such digestable examples is the necessary beginning to waking them up.

Posted by: patience at August 26, 2006 12:01 AM