Below is an interesting 'analysis' by Editor Matthew Rothschild of The Progressive of Bush's speech of March 6th.
"Bush's Press Conference, More Fearmongering and Warmongering
"When the leaders speak of peace
The common folk know
That war is coming.
When the leaders curse war
The mobilization order is already written out."
In his March 6 press conference, President Bush made no new arguments for war against Iraq.
He presented no evidence that Iraq is a "gathering threat."
He provided no new evidence attempting to link Saddam Hussein with Osama bin Laden.
Instead, he simply used a drumbeat to scare the American people.
At least 16 times, he referred to Iraq as a "threat."
And at least nine times he mentioned September 11 or the loss of 3,000 Americans on that date, even though there is no credible evidence that Iraq had anything to do with those attacks.
Bush said flat out that "Saddam Hussein is not disarming. This is a fact. It cannot be denied."
But Hans Blix himself denies it. The leading U.N. weapons inspector, a mere 13 hours after Bush spoke, said Saddam's destruction of 34 Al Samoud 2 missiles constitutes "a substantial measure of disarmament. . . . We're not watching the breaking of toothpicks here."
Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Commission, added that the inspections have "made important progress" and that there is "no evidence of the revival of a nuclear weapons program."
Bush's claim that Saddam Hussein is a "gathering threat" is increasingly implausible, given this testimony, and given the access the inspectors have, and given the spy plane surveillance that Iraq is now subject to.
Still, Bush insisted it was such a threat, and he dressed up his warmongering in constitutional garb. "I swore to protect and defend the Constitution; that's what I swore to do. I put my hand on the Bible and took that oath, and that's exactly what I am going to do," he said.
But he is not upholding that oath.
He has usurped Congress's sole power to declare war, and he is not seeing that "the laws are faithfully executed." The United States signed the U.N. Charter and the U.S. Senate approved it back in 1945. That treaty has the force of law, and Bush is blatantly violating it. Article 2 of the charter says, "All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means." And it also says, "All Members shall refrain in the international relations from the threat of use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state."
Bush today, by threatening force with 250,000 troops, is clearly violating the charter.
But that doesn't appear to be troubling him.
"When it comes to our security, if we need to act, we will act, and we really don't need United Nations approval to do so," he said. "We really don't need anybody's permission."
But that answer is as false as it is cocksure. The U.N. Charter says the only time a country can act alone is "if an armed attack occurs against" it.
Bush can't come out and say he favors war. That would be impolitic. So he claims he is for peace, but his language is extremely Orwellian.
"I don't like war," he said. But we will go to war, he said, "for the sake of peace" or "in the name of peace."
Bush said, "We care about the suffering of the Iraqi people," but that assertion is difficult to square with the Pentagon's "shock and awe" strategy of hitting Baghdad--a city of five million people--with 3,000 missiles in the first forty-eight hours of war. Baghdad, one military strategist has said, will look a lot like Hiroshima.
Bush told reporters that he takes comfort in his religious faith, and he announced that he has found a new reason to praise America. "One thing that's really great about our country is there are thousands of people who pray for me that I'll never see and be able to thank," he said.
That's not a democratic virtue. That's a subject's homage.
W.H. Auden wrote: "When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter. And when he cried the little children died in the street."
-- Matthew Rothschild"