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2005-01-22 Terror Networks & Islam
Arabs wary of Bush's 'freedom' speech
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Posted by Fred 2005-01-22 9:00:47 PM|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [811 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Like a cobra is wary of a mongoose? Or like a deranged mental patient is wary of the shrink with his meds? The days of insanity are numbered, one way or another. You can shitcan the SOP Muslim apologia recitation - Allan missed this call, he never counted on Dubya. Happy Eid, asshats.
Posted by .com 2005-01-22 1:29:16 AM||   2005-01-22 1:29:16 AM|| Front Page Top

#2 Sharansky.
Posted by Dishman  2005-01-22 2:31:51 AM||   2005-01-22 2:31:51 AM|| Front Page Top

#3 From above:
WS) Since we can't reproduce Ronald Reagan himself, what practical lessons from him can we apply today to achieve a similar effect?

NS) Linkage. This is the most important thing Reagan did. He established the pattern and insisted upon compliance. It worked to bring down the greatest, most totalitarian empire in all history. It can surely work today against enemies no less dangerous but far less powerful. But linkage takes both courage and moral clarity. Reagan's great strength was his optimistic faith in freedom and that every human being deserved freedom and that this freedom is a force that can liberate and empower and enrich and ennoble.

I'd wager that Sharansky saw a draft of the speech, and commented on it.
Posted by Dishman  2005-01-22 2:45:30 AM||   2005-01-22 2:45:30 AM|| Front Page Top

#4 "The fact that Iraq is in chaos and under military occupation does not bode well for democracy coming to the country and to the Middle East."

That does he thinks will happen to the Arabs if the rest of the world (including their Euro friends) decides that Arabs cannot be reformed, and remain a danger to everybody else as long as they exist?
Posted by gromgorru  2005-01-22 8:37:12 AM||   2005-01-22 8:37:12 AM|| Front Page Top

#5 from today's WaPo (reg. req'd):

The planning of Bush's second inaugural address began a few days after the Nov. 2 election with the president telling advisers he wanted a speech about "freedom" and "liberty." That led to the broadly ambitious speech that has ignited a vigorous debate. The process included consultation with a number of outside experts, Kristol among them.

One meeting, arranged by Peter Wehner, director of the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives, included military historian Victor Davis Hanson, columnist Charles Krauthammer and Yale professor John Lewis Gaddis, according to one Republican close to the White House. White House senior adviser Karl Rove attended, according to one source, but mostly listened to what became a lively exchange over U.S. policy and the fight for liberty.

Gaddis caught the attention of White House officials with an article in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs magazine that seems to belie the popular perception that this White House does not consult its critics.

Gaddis's article is, at times, strongly critical of Bush's first-term foreign policy calculations, especially what he calls the twin failures to anticipate international resistance to Bush's ideas and Iraqi resistance to peace after the fall of Baghdad. But the article also raises the possibility that Bush's grand vision of spreading democracy could prove successful, and perhaps historic, if the right choices are made in the years ahead.

The former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky also helped shape the speech with his book about the hopes of democratic dissidents jailed by despots around the world. Bush recommended the book, "The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror," to several aides and invited Sharansky, now an Israeli politician, to the White House in mid-November to discuss it, according to one official.

Posted by cpm  2005-01-22 11:26:48 AM||   2005-01-22 11:26:48 AM|| Front Page Top

#6 That's beautiful...
Thanks, cpm.
Posted by Dishman  2005-01-22 2:11:41 PM||   2005-01-22 2:11:41 PM|| Front Page Top

#7 The Muslim idea of freedom: A curly toed slipper stomping on a human face forever.
Posted by 11A5S 2005-01-22 2:48:12 PM||   2005-01-22 2:48:12 PM|| Front Page Top

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