Excerpts from Oct. 6 speech by GWB before the National Endowment for Democracy, with commentary added:

Reading the transcript of the speech, there were, as usual, a number of phrases that made me cringe. Here's just two of those...

"Evil men obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience must be taken very seriously, and we must stop them before their crimes can multiply."

What an amazingly ironic phrase for him to use... there are several million people - at the very least - in this country who would say that those words describe just how they feel about GWB and the people who are guiding him. It's a bit spooky to actually hear him say that. It would be even stranger if he had actually written those fine-sounding words...

"In Iraq, there is no peace without victory. We will keep our nerve and we will win that victory."

He can't just come straight out and say that American troops will be stationed in Iraq forever, if the NeoCons he works for get their way. Instead he can offer that bold phrase as the not-secret code for what is intended. That's been their dream for nearly two decades, and they fully expect to make their dream come true. They're deluded, of course; patriotic Iraqi people and extremists from all over the world will oppose an American presence forever, just as they do now. And the American people, despite our war-like history, have had enough of this particular war...

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