Saturday, November 12, 2005

The Veterans' Day speech

I just read the full text of the President's speech. You know what? It's a damn good speech against Islamic extremism--except when he sets up fallacious arguments like this:

Some have also argued that extremism has been strengthened by the actions in Iraq -- claiming that our presence in that country has somehow caused or triggered the rage of radicals. I would remind them that we were not in Iraq on September the 11th, 2001.


You see that word STRENGTHENED? It's there for a reason. It means that, yes, it existed before, but it's WORSE NOW because of your war.

Or this:

The government of Russia did not support Operation Iraqi Freedom -- and, yet, the militants killed more than 150 Russian schoolchildren in Beslan.


The logical implication is that terrorism never existed before Bush invaded Iraq, and current terrorism has no other causes besides Iraq. What a total piece of idiocy.

This complete denial of logic, as well as the partisan attack on Democrats I wrote on earlier, ruined a perfectly good speech. A damn shame too--because about 75% is worth hanging on to.

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