Saturday, April 01, 2006

Bush: "I was wrong"

April one, 2006: In a press conference today, President George W. Bush appeared to admit that the war in Iraq was a mistake.
"We were led to believe, that is, Dick Cheeney and myself, we heard from our allies... Various intelligence was passed onto ourselves, and we made certain decisions... Well, to make a long story short, we gone to war and maybe it wasn't strictly necessary. Well, of course it was necessary, don't get me wrong, why would we have done it? But strictly speaking maybe we did not do due diligence and maybe diplomatic options were not exhausted, I am now being adviced.
"I'd like to pass on my most sincere apologies to the families of all the American heroes who have died. I am sure that Mr. Hussein is also contrite and sends his apologies to all the civilian Iraqies who we have killed.
"Also I'd like to take this opportunity to make a solemn promise to the American people that this country will never again go to war unless there is a pressing reason. Or at least a few good excuses which will not evaporate by the following Wednesday."
After stepping from the podium, the president was overheard commenting to aides: "Thank god it is only on April first every year I'm required to do things like this. It is really not my bag."

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Saturday, April 01, 2006   16 comments links to this post

16 Comments:

At 1 Apr 2006 23:27:00, Blogger Zeppellina said...

Oh-oh.......April Fool`s Day...!!

Wish he finally would admit he`d made a mistake.

Had me going for a minute there, Eolake.......

Zep.

 
At 2 Apr 2006 00:32:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good one! While the world plays the fool for one day, Bush is a fool for the entire year!

 
At 2 Apr 2006 01:05:00, Blogger Lee said...

An April Fools Day Joke! Oh, how could you do such a thing? :-D

 
At 2 Apr 2006 01:59:00, Blogger eolake said...

Oh I'm just a fun-loving little thang, me.

And this was a good subject because if you believe a person like Bush would ever think he could be wrong about anything, I'll throw in the Brooklyn Bridge for a hunnert bucks.

That's their force. A million percent certainty.

 
At 2 Apr 2006 02:06:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of April fools jokes, that little stunt you pulled on domai.com today was pretty good, albiet scary. Needless to say, I forgot what day it was. Still, don't do that again.

Also, as is every Domai girl, Lena is very lovely and beautiful, and cute too.

 
At 2 Apr 2006 02:16:00, Blogger Lee said...

I got a interest in my iRod, the new iPod cousin that stores and replays emotions...

 
At 2 Apr 2006 11:07:00, Blogger Gen said...

Wow, 6 comments! - Good to see people are still interested in political issues or rather: world affairs affecting all of us (not U.S.)

We not only need fool's days but also "fools" who like at court in the middle ages speak out what nobody wants to hear but what has to be discussed in order to keep the world going.

One April Fool's Day per year is not enough.

Have a good start into the new week, greetings Gen.

 
At 2 Apr 2006 14:22:00, Anonymous Uncle Ron said...

"You got me..."

(Last year's was funny...)

 
At 2 Apr 2006 16:53:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Speak sense to a fool and he calls you foolish." - Euripedes

 
At 3 Apr 2006 10:59:00, Blogger Slavo said...

Bush is a fine guy,but he´s spent too much time playing American football without his helmet...

 
At 16 Apr 2006 11:19:00, Blogger ALW said...

The true joke of all is that you people who think you are so bright and intellectual have no clue whether or not the war in Iraq was right or wrong. It is all mere speculation on your part. The fact is that you are clueless as to whether or not the war in Iraq was the right thing to do. I recall a point in history where you Europeans had some sort of big encounter with an evil man named Hitler. Maybe America should have ignored that event and stayed home?

If you are so brilliant, then I would like to believe that you would study history enough to comprehend that nobody really knows the long-term effects of removing an oppressive dictator from power until many years and even decades after the event. I am not saying that President Bush is 100% correct in all of his decisions. However, I am saying that nobody knows all of the facts or what the future holds for Iraq. It is all speculation on your part and what your little television and shabby local newspaper plops down on your doorstep.

I am an American and a very proud one at that. I sit on the fence politically and pick what is logical rather than what I am told is appealing by a party or the media. Unfortunately, it is a nauseating reality that the majority of society follows the latest little bit tossed to them by the media without realizing that the media determines what part of the bigger picture is important. Those people are suckers. The fools are the ones who are quick to run with that little bit of drama without investigating all sides.

My brother is a United States Marine who is in Iraq as I type this blog. Anyone, and that includes me, who likes to sit comfortably at their desk chair and babble in their little blogs all quaint, cozy and free can thank someone like my brother or any other soldier, whether American, British or an Iraqi police officer who fights to fulfill a dream of peace in his or her homeland. If someone cannot grasp that simple concept, then STFU.

So, keep pissing and moaning about the weapons of mass destruction never being found. Keep making your wisecracks about Bush, Cheney, Republicans and the United States in the FREEDOM of your home and sit back for the day Syria decides to take those weapons of mass destruction out of storage and use them to terrorize your peaceful world. That is the reality of this world. How soon you forget, in the comfort of where you sit now, what it is like to have terrorists sneak into your subway and blow away a peaceful day or level buildings with thousands of people disappearing in an instant. How soon you people forget. Shame on you and your pathetically closed minds led around by the media every day in whatever direction they tell you is important.

Just as history has repeatedly proven, there are always people, such as the terrorists, intent upon disrupting those who have found true freedom. The true question is whether you have the fortitude to stand up for your freedom or, at a minimum, support those who stand up for you. Once again, if someone cannot comprehend this concept, then they can STFU and sit their cowardly ass back down in their cozy desk chair, in the warmth and safety of their quaint home, on a street located in some town where a suicide bomber has never blown themselves to pieces, on a street where an improvised explosive device (aka IED or roadside bomb) has never shredded their loved ones... .

 
At 16 Apr 2006 11:37:00, Blogger eolake said...

ALW,

I am sick and tired of people justifying violence by pointing out that violence exists elswhere.
The fact is that the war in Iraq was unprovoked. If small countries do that, they are evil. When You-ess-Ehh does it, it is supposedly benign intervention.

There has never been a country/government in the world which acted out of anything but self-interest. Get used to it. If you honestly think for a moment that Bush The Second gives a flying f**k about how Iraqians are treated by their governemt, then you are more naive than the law permits.

 
At 17 Apr 2006 14:34:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, Stobblehouse.

 
At 19 Apr 2006 05:27:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, Eolake, I'm sick and tired of it too.

Being a retired US Fighting Soldier, it's a little difficult to understand why someone that has never fought, bled, and almost died for their country and their belief in their Constitution would even raise their voice over anything--although I'll defend to my death their right to say it.

What the young man missed, and possibly some of you that are not all that familiar with the US Constitution and the oath that the military takes, is that it's not just for Americans (as some in the media and the US would have you believe). I believe it goes "...that ALL men are created equal...". Doesn't sound like "Just Americans" to me.

The oath requires us to support and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign AND domestic. Toward that end we believe there will be "...peace, liberty, and justice FOR ALL." Hmmm...doesn't sound like it stops at our shores there either.

Having fought in the 1st Gulf War, served in Turkey (a beautiful country with incredible heritage and people), walked the streets of Riyadh, talked with people of diverse cultures in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Greece, England, Egypt, to name a few places and nationalities, I've learned some incredible things. We all want to believe there will be no more fighting, no more wars. We all want to believe that governments everywhere will recoginze civil and human rights and let their people live in peace. Or at least "leave us alone".

However, since recorded history began there was (I believe) only a single decade where there were no wars/battles taking place on the whole planet. Who knows, maybe the historians were killed and couldn't tell about it.

Every government will invade their people's privacy (including the US--don't believe me? Read the Patriot Act.) to achieve it's own goals as defined by the leadership of that country (in the US it's not just President Bush, but congress and our elected representatives that control the country).

What was also missed is that it's the people and culture of a nation, or region, or neighborhood, or household, that drives beliefs, thoughts, and how they react to others with opinions that are not the same as their own.

Sometimes I'm ashamed of the way my fellow countrymen shoot off their mouths without considering ALL angles of the initial point..which I believe was only a simple April Fool's Joke! (and quite good too.)

The man (or country) that's not able to take jokes or being laughed at isn't a very worthy one. If you can't laugh at a simple joke for the entertainment then please...don't drag your country (and also your countrymen) through the muck with you.

As for your Marine brother, Semper Fi! And he'll know what I mean. Something we all could learn more about...be Always Faithful--to your deity, your country, your family, your self.

One learns when they are listening. You open your mouth and you're not hearing any more.

A little wordy I know...but Eolake, and ALW, et al., not all Americans are so full of themselves that they don't see the realities of life. But we can still Dream the Dream and Hold on to the Vision of that "Perfect World".

Love your blog, love your web-site, and thank you for this opportunity to "voice" my side also.

Regards to all,

Mike C.
MSgt-USAF Ret.

 
At 24 Apr 2006 19:56:00, Blogger ALW said...

Thank you Mike, it is nice to see someone else contribute something other than the typical liberal opinion that offers no insight or options into a very complex matter. Anyone can prance around and agree or disagree, but few people seem to have a real desire to contemplate the facts and options. Yes, this started due to a joke, but it broadcast a warped mindset of people who know little more about the United States and the President than what the media feeds them. As I often say, I do not agree with everything the President has done, but I believe it is absurd to make assumptions that what is and has been done is negative and destructive when people do not know the facts.

Take care,

ALW

 
At 25 Apr 2006 12:57:00, Blogger ALW said...

I suppose liberals will find a way to blame all of this on the United States and President Bush too. What is your solution to stop terrorism...


Updated: 07:22 AM EDT
Three Arrested in Egyptian Resort Bombings
Attack Kills at Least 24 Killed and Wounds Dozens More
By MARIAM FAM, AP

DAHAB, Egypt (April 25) - Police arrested three people Tuesday in the triple bomb attack that ripped apart a Sinai beach resort promenade at the height of Egypt's tourist season, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 60, many of them foreigners.

The arrests took place near the scene of Monday's bloody attack in the town of Dahab, but police did not immediately provide any further information, including whether the suspects were locals, or had connections with international terror groups.

The nearly simultaneous blasts were so powerful they blew out storefronts along the crowded promenade of shops, restaurants and bars and sent body parts flying into the nearby Gulf of Aqaba. Hours after the bombings, shards of glass lay in piles along with white tiles stained with bloody footprints.

The explosions came a day after Osama bin Laden issued a call to arms to Muslims to support al-Qaida in fighting what he calls a war against Islam.

It was also the third terror strike on a Sinai resort in less than two years to coincide with a national holiday in Egypt.

Hotels and guesthouses were filled with foreigners and with Egyptians celebrating the long Coptic Christian Easter weekend that coincided this year with Shem al-Nessim, the ancient holiday marking the first day of spring. The attacks also came a day before Sinai Liberation Day, a national holiday marking the return of the peninsula to Egypt from Israel as a result of the 1979 peace treaty.

The bombings hit Dahab at 7:15 p.m. when the streets were jammed with tourists strolling, shopping or looking for a restaurant or bar for evening festivities by the tranquil waters.

One of the bombs exploded outside a seaside restaurant called Al Capone, a popular dinner spot. A second bomb went off outside a supermarket and jewelry store. The third detonated at the entrance to a bridge.

Security forces were searching the wreckage for clues. It was not immediately known if the explosions were caused by suicide bombers or bombs on timers.

Outside the supermarket that was targeted, a tiny shoe covered in blood lay on top of a baby stroller. Moments before the attack, a woman who appeared to be European carried one of her twin infants into the store and left the other outside in the stroller, said Mohammed Emad, 16, who sells spices at the market.

The baby outside survived, but the other twin died and the mother was severely injured, Emad said. "I pushed the stroller away out of the doorway" after the blast, he said.

Another witness said tourists didn't know where to run as the blasts kept coming.

"I heard the first bomb, I started running. When I heard the second one, we were still running," said Johanna Sarjas, a journalist from Finland who was on vacation. "It was chaotic because we didn't know in which direction to run. You didn't know where the next bomb would come from."

Interior Minister Habib el-Adly put the death toll at 23, including 20 Egyptians and three foreigners. But Sinai hospital officials said Tuesday that an Egyptian man had died of his wounds, bringing the toll to 24. More than 60 people were wounded, including many Westerners.

One of the dead was a German child, according to the Egyptian Interior Ministry and the German Foreign Ministry. Police said one Russian and one Swiss were also killed, but el-Adly would not confirm those nationalities.

At least three Israelis were hurt in the attack, which sent a steady stream of cars back to Israel some 65 miles to the north. Israeli authorities said 1,800 of their citizens were in the Sinai at the time, far fewer than during last week's Passover holiday.

Israel's ambassador in Cairo, Shalom Cohen, said the Israeli government had warned repeatedly against visiting the Sinai. "Unfortunately, the warnings came true," he told Israel's Channel 10 TV.

Ghazi Hamad, spokesman for the Hamas-run Palestinian Cabinet, called the bombings a "criminal attack which is against all human values. We denounce the attack, which harmed the Egyptian national security." By contrast, Hamas had refused to condemn last week's bombing that killed nine people in an Israeli fast-food restaurant.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism, called the blasts a "sinful terrorist action."

President Bush also condemned the attacks. "Today we saw again that the terrorists are willing to try to define the world the way they want to see it," he said in Las Vegas. The European Union condemned the bombings as "despicable" and leaders across Europe said they were standing with the Egyptian government against terrorist attacks.

Terrorist attacks have killed nearly 100 people at several tourist resorts in the Sinai Peninsula in the past two years -- all timed to coincide with major holidays in Egypt.

Bombings in the resorts of Taba and Ras Shitan, near the Israeli border, killed 34 people in October 2004, a day before a holiday marking the start of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. Suicide attackers killed 64 people -- mainly tourists -- in an attack on the resort of Sharm el-Sheik last July. It happened on the day Egyptians commemorate the 1952 revolution overthrowing the king.

The Egyptian government has said the militants who carried out the previous bombings were locals without international connections, but other security agencies have said they suspect al-Qaida.

El-Adly said it wasn't immediately clear if Monday's attack could have been carried out by a group as organized as those who detonated the earlier bombs.

"The devices used were not of the types which would have caused big destruction," he said.

In Jerusalem, Brig. Gen. Elkana Har Nof, an official at the Israel prime minister's counterterrorism department, told Israel Radio that the Sinai coast is likely to continue being targeted, in part because it is a key link in Egypt's economy.

"The coast combines all the elements that are a target, especially for global jihad," he said.

He praised Egyptian officials for doing "an enormous job" of arresting many extremists after the last attacks, but said: "I don't think they cleaned out all of them, and new members have been drafted. And therefore Sinai remains a target."

In Washington, a U.S. counterterrorism official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in compliance with office policy, said it was unclear who was behind Monday's attack. Officials there have not ruled out al-Qaida involvement, but have no evidence showing that is the case, the official said. Nor do they have any evidence that bin Laden's tape was linked to the attack.

Dahab, which means "gold" in Arabic, was for years a popular, low-key haven for young Western and Israeli backpackers drawn by prime scuba diving and cheap hotels. In recent years, a number of more upscale hotels have been built, including a five-star Hilton resort.

Those who work in the town fear the attacks will drive tourists away -- for good.

"The scene out there was horrific," said Mohammed Gadallah, a 27-year-old Egyptian from the Nile Delta region who works at a hotel coffee shop near the bridge bomb.

"I don't know who could have done this -- they are people who know no religion and have no conscious. We have left our homes and families and come here to make a living. ... It looks like we'll be going back home."

Associated Press reporter Katherine Shrader in Washington and Steven R. Hurst in Cairo contributed to this report.

4/25/2006 07:17:29

 

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