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Bringing LIBERTY to Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, April 12, 2008, 10:30am

A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning Radio Address

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Notes and Summary of the President's Address -- "Assessing 'The Surge'"

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Fifteen months ago this week, I announced the surge. And this week, General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker gave Congress a detailed report on the results. (continued below)

How the President Differs from the American vision of "Liberty Under God":

  1. The American Dream: Everyone dwelling safely "under his Vine and Fig Tree."
  2. The America Motto: "In God We Trust"
    1. "a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence."
  3. America was originally a "city upon a hill" -- Christian values and charity (economic productivity) were sent around the world. Trade created relationships. America built rather than destroyed. America was loved and admired.

  4. A Truly American Foreign Policy:

    The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible."
         — Washington, Farewell Address (1796) [Washington’s emphasis]
    I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government, and consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration,…peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.
         — Jefferson, First Inaugural Address (1801) 
    A truly American Foreign Policy is conducted by American business owners, not politicians.
    "Spreading democracy" demands, first, spreading economic democracy: "Free Markets" or "capitalism" through free trade: not government-imposed isolationism: "sanctions" and embargoes.
  5. The Federal Government stopped heeding this wisdom 100 years ago. The 20th century has been a century of totalitarian foreign intervention. America sends bombs, not commerce and charity. America is feared and despised.
    1. Iran, 1953 -- U.S. installs dictator who is worse than the tyrant complained of in the Declaration of Independence
    2. U.S. intervenes in Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, funds Islamic terrorists to irritate Soviets.
    3. Iran-Iraq, 1980's -- U.S. supports Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran's attempts at "regime change."
    4. U.S. has military bases around the world
    5. Kuwait -- U.S. supports Arab sheik and his wives, ignoring the rights of Kuwaiti workers.
    6. U.S. Sanctions and Bombing against Iraq kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people.
  6. Washington's foreign bullying causes resentment, and increases terrorist recruiting.
  7. This means beating "swords into plowshares." "Unilateral Disarmament" -- and end of "Weapons of Mass Destruction."

President Bush's
Saturday Morning Radio Address

Another Perspective:
"Liberty Under God"

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Fifteen months ago this week, I announced the surge. And this week, General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker gave Congress a detailed report on the results.  
Since the surge began, American and Iraqi forces have made significant progress. While there's more to be done, sectarian violence, civilian deaths, and military deaths are down. Improvements in security have helped clear the way for political and economic progress. The Iraqi government has passed a budget and three major "benchmark" laws. And many economic indicators are now pointed in the right direction.  
Serious and complex challenges remain in Iraq. Yet with the surge, a major strategic shift has occurred. Fifteen months ago, extremists were sowing sectarian violence; today, many mainstream Sunni and Shia are actively confronting the extremists. Fifteen months ago, al Qaeda was using bases in Iraq to kill our troops and terrorize Iraqis; today, we have put al Qaeda on the defensive in Iraq, and now we are working to deliver a crippling blow. Fifteen months ago, Americans were worried about the prospect of failure in Iraq; today, thanks to the surge, we've revived the prospect of success in Iraq.  "Every time an air strike is called in anywhere on the planet, anyone who orders it should automatically assume that left in its wake will be grieving, angry husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, relatives, friends -- people vowing revenge, a pool of potential candidates filled with the anger of genuine injustice. From the point of view of your actual enemies, you can't bomb, missile, and strafe often enough, because when you do so, you are more or less guaranteed to create their newest recruits.
Tom Engelhardt, "Catch 2,200: 9 Propositions on the U.S. Air War for Terror
This week, General Petraeus reported that security conditions have improved enough to withdraw all five surge brigades. By July 31, the number of U.S. combat brigades in Iraq will be down 25 percent from the year before. Beyond that, General Petraeus says he will need time to assess how this reduced American presence will affect conditions on the ground before making recommendations on further reductions. I've told him he'll have time he needs to make his assessment. There is obviously anti-war pressure on Bush, coming from growing numbers of Americans, and from Democrat candidates. Using the word "withdraw" helps respond to that pressure.

The U.S. will not withdraw from Iraq for decades, as McCain has truthfully said. The U.S. intends on managing Iraq and its oil resources until oil is no longer an important source of energy.

Our job in the period ahead is to stand with the Iraqi government as it makes the transition to responsibility for its own security and its own destiny. So what would this transition look like? On the security front, we will stay on the offense, continue to support the Iraqi security forces, continue to transfer security responsibilities to them, and move over time into an overwatch role. Iraq was already responsible for its own security and destiny. The U.S. didn't like how they were discharging that responsibility, so we took over.

This "overwatch" role will last another 50 years.

On the economic front, Iraq's economy is growing. Iraq is assuming responsibility for almost all the funding of large-scale reconstruction projects, and our share of security costs is dropping as well. On the political front, Iraq is planning to hold elections that will provide a way for Iraqis to settle disputes through the political process instead of through violence. Why should Iraq pay for the reconstruction of our destruction?
Our efforts are aimed at a clear goal: a free Iraq that can protect its people, support itself economically, and take charge of its own political affairs. And no one wants to achieve that goal more than the Iraqis themselves. Iraq was in charge of its own political affairs before the U.S. took over.
The turnaround that our men and women in uniform have made possible in Iraq is a brilliant achievement. And we expect that, as conditions on the ground continue to improve, they will permit us to continue the policy of return on success. Via Glenn Greenwald, a Rasmussen poll released yesterday indicates that support for withdrawing from Iraq has reached an all time high. Only 31% want to stay until “the mission is complete.”  [Cato-at-liberty » Maybe the Surge Isn’t Working]
I'm confident in our success because I know the valor of the young Americans who defend us. This week, I commemorated the sacrifice of Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL who gave his life in Iraq, and became the fourth Medal of Honor recipient in the war on terror. On September 29, 2006, Mike and two teammates had taken a position on a rooftop when an insurgent grenade landed on the roof. Mike threw himself onto the grenade. One of the survivors put it this way: "Mikey looked death in the face that day and said, 'You cannot take my brothers. I will go in their stead.'" This man is indeed a brave, heroic man.

But terrorists do the same things, willing to give their lives for their cause.

Monsoor gave his life for his buddies, but he also gave his life for an unAmerican and unConstitutional foreign policy, policies that do not make America safer or more noble. He and his buddies should not have been in Iraq, and the grenade that killed Monsoor came, in a very real sense, from the White House. In this sense, Monsoor died in vain.

It is heroism like Michael Monsoor's that pays the cost of human freedom. Our prayers remain with Michael's family and with all the men and women who continue his noble fight. We look forward to the day when they return home in victory. The willingness of Americans to follow unGodly and unConstitutional orders imperils our freedoms.
Thank you for listening.  

Kevin Craig's Platform:

Libertarian Resources

Exporting the True Religion

Bush has faith in "Democracy." His goal is to export Democracy to Iraq. This is not his job under the Constitution. If he wants to export something to the Middle East (repeat: "This is not his job under the Constitution"), he should export Christianity. James Madison, "The Father of the Constitution," said Americans should oppose any policy or legislation if
the policy of the bill is adverse to the diffusion of the light of Christianity. The first wish of those who enjoy this precious gift, ought to be that it may be imparted to the whole race of mankind. Compare the number of those who have as yet received it with the number still remaining under the dominion of false Religions; and how small is the former! Does the policy of the Bill tend to lessen the disproportion? No; it at once discourages those who are strangers to the light of (revelation) from coming into the Region of it; and countenances, by example the nations who continue in darkness, in shutting out those who might convey it to them. Instead of levelling as far as possible, every obstacle to the victorious progress of truth, the Bill with an ignoble and unchristian timidity would circumscribe it, with a wall of defence, against the encroachments of error.
• "True Religion"
False Religion
• The Myth of "The Separation of Church and State"
It really means "the separation of God and Government," which leaves the Government free to become its own god.
A government that is not "under God" is a government that thinks it is God.
• The Bush regime is not just a false religion, it is a cult.

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John Adams once wrote that the American Revolution began in 1761, when Massachusetts attorney James Otis began legal challenges to the Writs of Assistance. He lost the case, but "American independence," Adams wrote, "was then and there born." Now do the math. That means it took 15 years to convince the rest of America to declare Independence (1776). Then another seven years of war was required before a Peace Treaty was signed (1783), and then six years before the Constitution was finally ratified (1789). That's almost 30 years. (And Jefferson said we shouldn't go 20 years without another rebellion!) How can we hope to convince Americans to fight for principles they were never taught in government schools? We need to be in this battle for the long term. "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."

The Democrat Party Radio Address:

Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth delivered the Democratic Radio Address.

Partisan criticisms of Bush's war. If a Democrat President were leading this war, the Republican radio response would sound exactly like this, and the Democrat would sound exactly like Bush.

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