Your President Speaks!

At the Pentagon, today.

Excuses, Excuses

I put off my speech — actually, I was quite flexible about when I was going to give my speech, to begin with — and one of the main reasons why is I really do want the new Secretary of Defense to have time to get to know people and hear people and be a part of this deliberation. And he will not be sworn in until next Monday. I also — one of the interesting things about this experience is that there’s a lot of ideas and a lot of opinions. And I want to make sure I hear from as many of those ideas and opinions as possible.

People Got To Understand

But one thing people got to understand is we’ll be headed toward achieving our objectives.

“Energy” = Oil — What It’s All About

Moderate people — moderate governments in the Middle East would be making irrational decisions about their future. It would be a disaster for governments that have got energy resources to be in the hands of these extremists. They would use energy to extract blackmail from the United States. And when you couple all that with a regime that is — doesn’t like the United States having a nuclear weapon, you can imagine a world of turmoil.

Wrong Ira_

It’s in Saudi’s interest, it’s in Jordan’s interest, it’s in the Gulf Coast countries’ interest that there be a stable Iran, an Iran that is capable of rejecting Iranian influence — I mean, Iraq that is capable of rejecting Iranian influence.

I Have A Theory That Is Mine

And as I deliberate the way forward, I keep in mind that we’ve got brave souls that need — to need to know that we’re in this fight with a strategy to help them achieve the objectives that we’ve got.

Still No Sign Of Reality

Q As you give the new Defense Secretary time to get more in the mix, what is the strategy that you’re looking to build? Is it a military strategy for success in Iraq, or a political one?

THE PRESIDENT: I think that our military cannot do this job alone. Our military needs a political strategy that is effective. And that includes things such an oil law passed by the Iraqis that basically says to the people, all of you, regardless of where you live or your religion, get to share in the bounty of our nation. It requires a reconciliation effort, including a rational de-Baathification law.

Q That’s not something you can do with your new strategy, is it?

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely, I can do that with my strategy. I mean, it is — I can hold people to account. It’s something the military recognizes that they’re not — that’s not their job, it’s my job to convince the Maliki government to make the hard decisions necessary to move his country forward.

7 thoughts on “Your President Speaks!

  1. When do the people of the United States get to share in the oil companies’ bounty? Or the defense contractors bounty???

  2. To be serious for a moment: (I assume that’s allowed here? Some day’s I find it hard to accept that, and other days, well…sorry…)
    We have been presented with a new IQ test. The way to take this test is to decide if you believe that there is as much as a 1% chance that Bush will order a reduction in combat forces in Iraq in the next 6 months. If you decide the answer is Hell no – your IQ is above 120. If you decide the answer is probably not – your IQ is about 100. If you decide the answer is I can see him doing that – your IQ is about 80. If you decide the answer is he hasn’t decided yet – you are excused – people with IQ’s that low aren’t able to make decisions anyway.

  3. They would use energy to extract blackmail from the United States.
    and everyone knows that’s Exxon’s job

  4. Sorry to post twice, but I just love the quote:
    “Moderate people — moderate governments in the Middle East would be making irrational decisions about their future. It would be a disaster for governments that have got energy resources to be in the hands of these extremists. They would use energy to extract blackmail from the United States.”
    Does that mean that we’re invading Venezuela?

  5. On one hand, I get it – The pressure is on Shrub to get it right. He’s presented with a plethora of evidence and is basically a deer caught in the headlights.
    On the other hand, the situation in Iraq is degrading. The longer he waits is the longer to “stay the course”. And the longer he waits, it doesn’t make him look scholarly and considering all the angles :
    waiting just makes him look stupid and weak.
    Waiting makes him look like he’s stubornly stonewalling the Iraq study
    Waiting makes it look like he wasn’t gathering evidence before.

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