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Bringing LIBERTY to Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, August 16, 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 -- Georgia On My Mind

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Some Americans listening today may wonder why events taking place in a small country halfway around the world matter to the United States.   (continued below)

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

  • "No entangling alliances" was our original 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) 

  • Global hegemony is our current foreign policy
  • In 1776, The United States was "a breakaway republic."  Americans did not "respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Great Britain.
  • If Ossetians want to break away from Georgia, why should the United States repress the effort? If Russia wants to help the Ossentians, like France helped the U.S., should the U.S. nuke Russia?
  • A pipeline runs through Georgia
  • America was founded on the philosophy of "Liberty Under God."
    "Liberty" means freedom from government suppression of ideas and confiscation of wealth
    "Under God" means we have a personal responsibility to love God and neighbor.

President Bush's
Saturday Morning Radio Address

Another Perspective:
"Liberty Under God"

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. For more than a week, the people of the nation of Georgia have withstood assault from the Russian military. The world has watched with alarm as Russia invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatened a democratic government elected by its people. This act is completely unacceptable to the free nations of the world. Are U.S. citizens involved in military repression of the people of Ossetia

Does "the world" have the same opinion of events in the "former" Soviet Union as the Bush Administration?

The United States and our allies stand with the people of Georgia and their democratically elected government. We insist that Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity be respected. And Moscow must honor its pledge to withdraw its invading forces from all Georgian territory. In 1776, The United States was "a breakaway republic." If the U.S. supported self-determination for Kosovo, then why not for Georgia's breakaway regions? Why should Georgia's "sovereignty and territorial integrity be respected" but not Ossetia's?

What about the Ossetians?

Has the U.S. been respecting the "sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Russia by agitating for Ukraine and Georgian membership in NATO, and plans for installing U.S. "missile defense" installations in Poland and the Czech Republic? What if Russia was trying to get Canada to join a Russian-led federation and was building "missile defense" installations in Mexico?

Did the United States respect the "sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Iraq?  Interventionist Hypocrisy

Earlier this week I directed a series of steps to demonstrate America's solidarity with the Georgian people and to help bring about a peaceful resolution of the conflict. On Thursday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in France, where she conferred with President Sarkozy about the diplomatic effort that the French government is leading on behalf of the European Union. The "Georgian people," or the Georgian government?

Are the people of Ossetia "Georgian people?" Is the U.S. in solidarity with them?

Yesterday, she was in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, where she conveyed America's support for Georgia's democratic government. It's the government, here described as "democratic," because the number of Georgia's government is larger than the number of Ossetia's government.

"Democracy is two wolves and one lamb voting on what to have for lunch."

And next week, Secretary Rice will travel to Brussels, where she will meet with the foreign ministers of our NATO allies and EU officials to continue our efforts to rally the free world in defense of a free Georgia. To what extent does NATO obligate the United States to send combat troops to defend another NATO member? Pat Buchanan says Ukraine and Georgia membership in NATO means a U.S. commitment to treat any Russian attack on Kiev or Tbilisi like an attack on Kansas or Texas. (See Article V.)
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is overseeing a mission by the United States military to provide humanitarian aid for the people of Georgia. In recent days, U.S. cargo planes carrying humanitarian supplies have arrived in Georgia. In the days ahead, we will continue using U.S. aircraft and other assets as needed to deliver more humanitarian and medical supplies. Russia has agreed to let in all forms of humanitarian assistance, and Russia must keep open all lines of communication and transport, including seaports, airports, roads, and airspace for civilian transit and the delivery of humanitarian assistance. If Georgia had been a member of NATO, would the U.S. be sending combat troops instead of humanitarian aid?
Some Americans listening today may wonder why events taking place in a small country halfway around the world matter to the United States. In the years since it gained independence after the Soviet Union's collapse, Georgia has become a courageous democracy whose people are making the tough choices that are required of free societies. repressing Ossetia? This is a "tough choice?"
Since the Rose Revolution in 2003, the Georgian people have held free elections, opened up their economy, and built the foundations of a successful democracy. Georgia has sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq to help others achieve the liberty that they struggled so hard to attain. To further strengthen their democracy, Georgia has sought to join the free institutions of the West. The people of Georgia have cast their lot with the free world, and we will not cast them aside.  

Is this why the U.S. is helping Georgia militarily conquer the people of Ossetia?

Georgia's emergence as a young democracy has been part of an inspiring and hopeful new chapter in Europe's history. Europe has moved beyond the world wars that killed millions of people and the Cold War that divided its citizens between two superpowers. For the first time in memory, Europe is becoming a continent that is whole, free, and at peace. And it is essential that America and other free nations ensure that an embattled democracy seeking to stand with us remains sovereign, secure, and undivided. who is "us"?
Russia's actions in Georgia raise serious questions about its role and its intentions in the Europe of the 21st century. In recent years, Russia has sought to integrate into the diplomatic, political, economic, and security structures of the West. The United States has supported those efforts. Now Russia has put its aspirations at risk by taking actions in Georgia that are inconsistent with the principles of those institutions.  
To begin to repair the damage to its relations with the United States, Europe, and other nations, and to begin restoring its place in the world, Russia must act to end this crisis.  
Thank you for listening.  

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