Deep Thoughts: Explaining the War


Some people are critical of our current policy.  They just do not understand.  Let us turn to President Bush’s own words, which will clarify everything.


MR. LEHRER: Let me ask you a bottom-line question, Mr. President. If it is as important as you’ve just said – and you’ve said it many times – as all of this is, particularly the struggle in Iraq, if it’s that important to all of us and to the future of our country, if not the world, why have you not, as president of the United States, asked more Americans and more American interests to sacrifice something? The people who are now sacrificing are, you know, the volunteer military – the Army and the U.S. Marines and their families. They’re the only people who are actually sacrificing anything at this point.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, you know, I think a lot of people are in this fight. I mean, they sacrifice peace of mind when they see the terrible images of violence on TV every night. I mean, we’ve got a fantastic economy here in the United States, but yet, when you think about the psychology of the country, it is somewhat down because of this war.
Now, here in Washington when I say, “What do you mean by that?”; they say, “Well, why don’t you raise their taxes; that’ll cause there to be a sacrifice.” I strongly oppose that. If that’s the kind of sacrifice people are talking about, I’m not for it because raising taxes will hurt this growing economy. And one thing we want during this war on terror is for people to feel like their life’s moving on, that they’re able to make a living and send their kids to college and put more money on the table. And you know, I am interested and open-minded to the suggestion, but this is going to be ….. I mean, Iraq is only a part of a larger ideological struggle. But it’s a totally different kind of war, than ones we’re used to.”


1 comment so far

  1. Mike B) on

    Bush is so brave to stand up in front of jellyfish Lehrer-typs and for the capitalist class. He knows that what’s good for business is good for America herself and our Arbeitgebers would be hurt by increases in their taxes. As a true patriot, he knows that the employing class is completely supportive of maintaining the employment of their employees and they wouldn’t be able to do that job well, if they were taxed much. The terrists attempt to cut off our oil supplies to our cars must be stopped in the streets around the embassies in Baghdad and Kabul. A hearty, “Sieg Heil” to unserer Fuehrer.

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