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State of the Union 2007

Think Progress has posted the text of Bush’s State of the Union early. There are a few things that made me think.

The great question of our day is whether America will help men and women in the Middle East to build free societies and share in the rights of all humanity. And I say, for the sake of our own security … we must.

Our goal is a democratic Iraq that upholds the rule of law, respects the rights of its people….

He talks a nice line about respecting human—and presumably civil—rights in Iraq, but it’d be nice if he did the same here in America and withdrew his and his party’s support for writing discrimination into the constitutions of so many states.

He also mentioned Darfur:

And we will continue to speak out for the cause of freedom in places like Cuba, Belarus, and Burma — and continue to awaken the conscience of the world to save the people of Darfur.

emphasis added

He wants to “awaken the conscience” to stop genocide in Darfur without calling it genocide, of course. If he did that, he’d actually have to do something about it rather then just talk. A friend pointed me towards an article in The New York Times from January 17 called “What $1.2 Trillion Can Buy”.

According to the author, the war in Iraq will wind up costing about $1.2 Trillion. If we hadn’t entered into the Iraq debacle, we could have actually completely paid for a military intervention in Darfur, along with many other much-needed programs.

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Written by Jeff

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 10:15 pm

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