President George W. Bush said on Saturday U.S. troops in Iraq were fighting to protect Americans at home from more attacks like those of September 11, 2001…
“Our troops know that they’re fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere to protect their fellow Americans from a savage enemy,” Bush said in his weekly radio address.
“They know that if we do not confront these evil men abroad, we will have to face them one day in our own cities and streets, and they know that the safety and security of every American is at stake in this war, and they know we will prevail,” he said.
So much for “freeing the Iraqi people” and “bringing democracy to the Iraqis.” This month the reason for invading Iraq is back to Iraq was going to attack us. And of course the mysterious “they” that we are fighting:
“We’re fighting the terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world, striking them in foreign lands before they can attack us here at home,” Bush said.
“Foreign lands.” Has a ring to it, no?
Since Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, and had no plans nor had the means to attack us, I guess he’s saying that brown people attacked us on 9/11, so we have to fight brown people somewhere? I guess that would fit with the language about “savages.”
Also – Focus group phrase alert!
“In a few weeks, our country will mark the four-year anniversary of the attacks of September the 11th, 2001. On that day, we learned that vast oceans and friendly neighbors no longer protect us from those who wish to harm our people,”
This must have have good results from focus groups in “the heartland” who somehow forgot about decades of fear of nuclear missiles and long-range bombers.