Monday, July 31, 2006

Dubya planned on being Commander In Chief long before 911

Dubya was planning on being "Commander In Chief" long before 911, as reflected on The White House web site.
President Bush's weekly radio address

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 10, 2001

There's an old military saying: Soldiers enlist, but families reenlist. We need to treat families well and encourage military careers. All our men and women in uniform, after all, are volunteers. We must make sure our military is a place where Americans are proud to serve, and proud to stay.

On Tuesday, I will be in Norfolk, Virginia for a tour of the Joint Forces Command and a glimpse of the next generation of military weapons. America has some big choices to make as we prepare for the challenges and dangers of modern warfare. Battles will no longer be won by size alone; stealth and speed will matter more. And we must make sure our country, itself, is protected from attack from ballistic missiles and high-tech terrorists.

At week's end, I will meet in Washington with Secretary of State Colin Powell and our diplomats at the State Department. I selected General Powell for that post, in part, because he brings a soldier's wisdom to the work of diplomacy. His charge is to help me pursue a clear, consistent and decisive foreign policy.

Whenever America acts in the world, our principles must be certain, our intentions beyond doubt, our strength be unchallenged. This is how conflicts are avoided. This is how problems are dealt with before they become crises.

Next week's trips signal the priority I place on our military. The highest honor and greatest duty of this office is to serve as Commander-in-Chief. I want every man and woman in the Armed Forces to know that I respect your service and appreciate your sacrifice.

And....another radio address:

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
june 30, 2001

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. It's the 4th of July this coming week, a proud day for all Americans. Two hundred and twenty-five years ago, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. That document's bold words defined our nation and inspired the world.

And what we owe, we will pay. This past week, I announced an amended budget request for the Department of Defense in 2002 -- $32.6 billion more than in 2001 -- to improve the training, readiness and quality of life of our troops. This is the biggest defense increase since the Reagan buildup of the mid-1980s. For too many years, our strength has dwindled. Now, we are rebuilding once again, and our first priority is the well-being of men and women in uniform.

It's time for fresh thinking and rapid change in our national defense, to prepare for challenges that are changing just as quickly. One thing will never change, the quality and dedication of the men and women who wear America's uniform. They give their best, they are the best, and they deserve the best. There is no greater honor for a President than to serve as Commander-in-Chief. And my budget priorities reflect the pride I feel in the outstanding people who serve and protect us all.

I urge the Congress to promptly approve my defense requests, which will assure better pay, better housing and better health care for our armed forces. And I wish you and your family a happy and safe 4th of July.


According to Mickey Herkowitz, who was ghost writing for George W Bush's book, "A Charge To Keep", Dubya was planning on going to war with Iraq. long before he ever took office.

Exclusive: Bush Wanted To Invade Iraq If Elected in 2000

By Russ Baker Wed, 27 Oct 2004

Two years before 9/11, candidate Bush was already talking privately about attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer
Houston: Two years before the September 11 attacks, presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-Texas Governor Bush in preparation for a planned autobiography.

“He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999,” said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz. “It was on his mind. He said to me: ‘One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.’ And he said, ‘My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.’ He said, ‘If I have a chance to invade….if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it. I’m going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I’m going to have a successful presidency.”


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