Wednesday, December 08, 2004

History has indigestion

"We fight because we must fight if we are to live in a world where every country can shape its own destiny. And only in such a world will our own freedom be finally secure.


[We} have made a national pledge to help Iraq defend its independence.

And I intend to keep that promise.

To dishonor that pledge, to abandon this small and brave nation to its enemies, and to the terror that must follow, would be an unforgivable wrong.

We are also there to strengthen world order. Around the globe...are people whose well-being rests, in part, on the belief that they can count on us if they are attacked. To leave Iraq to its fate would shake the confidence of all these people in the value of an American commitment and in the value of America's word. The result would be increased unrest and instability, and even wider war.

We are also there because there are great stakes in the balance. Let no one think for a moment that retreat from Iraq would bring an end to conflict. The battle would be renewed in one country and then another. The central lesson of our time is that the appetite of aggression is never satisfied. To withdraw from one battlefield means only to prepare for the next. We must say in Iraq--as we did in Europe--in the words of the Bible: "Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further."

Our objective is the independence of Iraq, and its freedom from attack. We want nothing for ourselves--only that the people of Iraq be allowed to guide their own country in their own way.

We will do everything necessary to reach that objective. And we will do only what is absolutely necessary.

We do this in order to slow down aggression.

We do this to increase the confidence of the brave people of Iraq who have bravely borne this brutal battle for so many years with so many casualties.

And we do this to convince the leaders of the insurgency--and all who seek to share their conquest--of a very simple fact: We will not be defeated. We will not grow tired.

We will not withdraw, either openly or under the cloak of a meaningless agreement."

George Bush, December 2004

Nah, just kidding. I just popped in "Iraq" for "South Vietnam" and "insurgency" for "North Vietnam." It's actually Lyndon Johnson in his "Peace without Conquest" speech, April 1965.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great find. We need to make comparisons to our last great failure (you know, the one the Chimp bailed on) as often as possible.

9:46 AM  

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