Bush:The formation of a new government represents a new beginning for Iraq and a new beginning for the relationship between Iraq and our coalition. The United States and Great Britain will work together to help this new democracy succeed
The United States and Great Britain have lost some of our finest men and women in combat. The car bombings and suicide attacks and other terrorist acts have also inflicted great suffering on the Iraqi people. And Iraqis have increasingly become the principal victims of terror and sectarian reprisal. g.
Yet, in the face of this ongoing violence, each time the Iraqi people voiced their opinion, they chose freedom. In three different elections, millions of Iraqis turned out to the polls and cast their ballots. Because of their courage, the Iraqis now have a government of their choosing, elected under the most modern and democratic constitution in the Arab world. The birth of a free and democratic Iraq was made possible by the removal of a cruel dictator.
The decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power was controversial. We did not find the weapons of mass destruction that we all believed were there -- and that's raised questions about whether the sacrifice in Iraq has been worth it. Despite setbacks and missteps, I strongly believe we did and are doing the right thing. Saddam Hussein was a menace to his people; he was a state sponsor of terror; he invaded his neighbors. Investigations proved he was systematically gaming the oil-for-food program in an effort to undermine sanctions, with the intent of restarting his weapons programs once the sanctions collapsed and the world looked away.
If Saddam Hussein were in power today, his regime would be richer, more dangerous and a bigger threat to the region and the civilized world. The decision to remove Saddam Hussein was right.
We are constantly adapting to the realities on the ground
All of our efforts these past three years have led to the emergence of this government
The terrorists are at war with the people of Iraq. They are at war with a free and democratic nation.
I was in Iraq early this week. Spoke first hand with the Iraqis and I came away thinking that the challenge was daunting but came away thinking now more certain than ever we must rise to the challenge
Iraqis were "utterly inspiring."
Reason for the blood and violence - the same forces creating this violence, blood in Iraq are the same forces targeting our countries.
Bush: Politics will not make the decision. Conditions will make that decision.
Blair: I think it's possible for the Iraqi security forces to take control of their country. For that to happen, they need a strong government. Iraqi leaders intend to create such a government. There is no excuse now for anyone to exact violence, everyone can participate in this free, elected government. Not a single Iraqi political leader, NOT ONE, wants us to pull out . They have a clear sense of what they want the multi-national forces to do.
Next asshat........UN said the invasion was illegal.
Blair: We need to recognize there are threats in the world today that call us to act earlier.
The global terrorism -- there is a clear link between every country, in the Middle East, our countries, and Iraq and Iran, this terror is all linked.
We will succeed in Iraq and Afghanistan
BUSH: I'D LIKE TO SEE A UNITED NATIONS THAT'S EFFECTIVE. ONE THAT IS UNABASHED IN THEIR DESIRE TO SPREAD FREEDOM. THAT'S WHAT I'D LIKE TO SEE there was more, priceless
"I'd like to see a United Nations that's effective, one that joins us in trying to rid the world of tyranny, one that is willing to advance human rights and human dignity at its core, one that's an unabashed organization -- is unabashed in their desire to spread freedom. That's what I'd like to see, because I believe that freedom will yield to peace. I also believe freedom is universal. I don't believe freedom is just a concept only for America or Great Britain. It's a universal concept. And it troubles me to know that there are people locked in tyrannical societies that suffer. And the United Nations ought to be clear about its desire to liberate people from the clutches of tyranny. That's what the United Nations ought to be doing, as far as I'm concerned. "
Bush: We spent a great deal of time talking about the Iranian issue, and one of the goals that Tony and I had was to convince others in the world that Iran, with a nuclear weapon, would be very dangerous, and therefore, we do have a common goal. And the fundamental question is, how do you achieve that goal, obviously. We want to do it diplomatically.
Right now, we, as a matter of fact, spent a lot of time upstairs talking about how to convince the Iranians that this coalition we put together is very serious. One option, of course, is through the United Nations Security Council. And we strategized about how do we convince other partners that the Security Council is the way to go if the Iranians won't suspend like the EU3 has asked them to do. The Iranians walked away from the table. They're the ones who made the decision, and the choice is theirs. Now, if they would like to see an enhanced package, the first thing they've got to do is suspend their operations, for the good of the world. It's incredibly dangerous to think of an Iran with a nuclear weapon.
Re: The letter
He didn't address the issue. The issue at hand is the nuclear weapon. No beef with the Iranian people. We want the Iranian people to be free, their women to be free.
If they want to be isolated from the world, we will do that.
The Iranians walked away from the table.
Question: Snow retiring? .... Americans are increasingly concerned about rising health care costs, costs of gasoline. And does that make it hard for your administration, Treasury Secretary Snow, and everyone else to continue to talk up the economy?
What planet is this fool on? Another bogus meme. The economy is booming.The American economy is the fastest growing of any major industrialized nation
in the world. Productivity has been growing at the highest rate in decades.
[UPDATE: May 25th: America's economy is on the fast track. Today’s revised report by the Commerce Department indicates our economy grew at 5.3 percent for the first quarter of this year.]
PRESIDENT BUSH: No.....he's doing a fine job. After all, our economy is strong. We grew at 3.5 percent last year; a good, strong first quarter this year. We added five -- 2.5 million new jobs, we've got 4.7 percent unemployment rate nationwide. Productivity is up, home ownership is high, small businesses are doing well.
[...]promote alternatives, such as ethanol or battery technologies that will enable us to drive the first 40 miles on electricity. We're spending about $1.2 billion over the next 10 years to develop hydrogen fuel cells. We want -- we need to get away from hydrocarbons here in America,
One way we could help alleve gasoline prices here in America .....We haven't built a new refinery here since the 1970s. And curiously enough, when demand for a product goes up with tight supply, price follows.
As far as health care goes,[..] one of the most practical ways is to get rid of these junk lawsuits that are running good doctors out of practice and running up the price of medicine. Passed it out of the House. They can't get it out of the Senate because the lawyers won't let it out.Next asshat, asking/implying Blair if he wants Kofi's job (!)
Blair: No (light joke) ...but the UN must be effective. The whole point of the international
community is that they must be able to take actions
Bush on IRAQ: "The sacrifice is worth it and necessary." The best way to defeat them in the long run is liberty. History has proven that freedom can change countries, peoples.
Bush is on a roll.............very very strong performance I gotta tell you
I can't believe the leftarded networks are not running this. It is an important event. They can't even determine what is news anymore.
Blair: The terrorists are fighting in Iraq because they fear Iraqis do want to be free. The people fighting us there know what is at stake. The question is do we?
Question: Questioning the ability of the Iraqi soldiers and our ability to leave;
Bush: We are training them. WE are making progress toward the goal.We were at 165,000 troops now we are down to 130,000...we've moved troops out of Kuwait. The military will achieve the objective not politicians. How many troops depend on what the Generals dictate.A loss in Iraq will make this world a very dangerous place.
There are no rules of war for these people.
Blair: No one is a saying there aren't problems.There are. But there is another side to it and that is the Iraqi people want this. They want to take over. There is a positive side to the Iraqi forces. They know this is the prerequisite for success for them. One of the Iraqi policemen told Blair "we were a completely failed state"
So they are talking about building a state from scratch.
Blair: [...]And the problem we have is very, very simple. A large part of the perspective with which we look at this is to see every act of terrorism in Iraq, every piece of ghastly carnage on our television screens, every tragic loss of our own forces -- we see that as a setback and as a failure when we should be seeing that as a renewed urgency for us to rise to the challenge of defeating these people who are committing this carnage. Because over these past three years, at every stage, the reason they have been fighting is not, as we can see, because Iraqi people don't believe in democracy, Iraqi people don't want liberty. It is precisely because they fear Iraqi people do want democracy, Iraqi people do want liberty.
And if the idea became implanted in the minds of people in the Arab and Muslim world that democracy was as much their right as our right, where do these terrorists go? What do they do? How do they recruit? How do they say, America is the evil Satan? How do they say the purpose of the West is to spoil your lands, wreck your religion, take your wealth? How can they say that? They can't say that.
Asshat: What mistakes do you regret the most? A real setup question........LLL looking for tomorrow's headline, ya know?
Bush: Sounds like kind of a familiar refrain here -- saying "bring it on," kind of tough talk, you know, that sent the wrong signal to people. I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner -- you know, "wanted dead or alive," that kind of talk. I think in certain parts of the world it was misinterpreted, and so I learned from that. And I think the biggest mistake that's happened so far, at least from our country's involvement in Iraq is Abu Ghraib. We've been paying for that for a long period of time. And it's -- unlike Iraq, however, under Saddam, the people who committed those acts were brought to justice. They've been given a fair trial and tried and convicted.
Blair: Not forseeing the violence of unleashing al qaeda and like terrorists in a free Iraq......underestimating the tenacity of the enemy
Press Conference VIDEO HERE
UPDATE:Poster boy for the left, George Galloway supports Blair assassination;
The Respect MP George Galloway has said it would be morally justified for a suicide bomber to murder Tony Blair.
In an interview with GQ magazine, the reporter asked him: "Would the assassination of, say, Tony Blair by a suicide bomber - if there were no other casualties - be justified as revenge for the war on Iraq?
Mr Galloway replied: "Yes, it would be morally justified. I am not calling for it - but if it happened it would be of a wholly different moral order to the events of 7/7. It would be entirely logical and explicable (hat tip zhombre)