Tuesday, September 12, 2006

In Prime-Time Address, Bush Says Safety of U.S. Hinges on Iraq


In the NY Times article we discussed in class today we the conversation centered around whether or not it is appropriate to politicize the tragedy of 9/11 if that is in fact what actually happened (Republican response)? What was the context of the president's message? What challenges does our country face in the near future? Why did the president mention Guantanamo Bay in his speech? How might relatives of victims of 9/11 react?

11 comments:

Zohra said...

Today in class we read bits and pieces from the speech President Bush had given on the 5 year anniversary of 9/11. Although his administration and himself said that it was not a political speech, it did not portray a mourning or remembrance speech for those who gave their lives and had their lives taken away from the terrorist attacks that happened that day. He avoided the what everyone calls the pink elephant in the middle of the room, which was the main topic of the day to remember those who lost their lives and bulldozer his speech into the war on Iraq which to me is a war that is pointless that ventured far than from where it started. I don’t think it was a very respectful move that he did by “talking about business” on the day of a tragic anniversary. Just because he had lay down a reef and returned to the sites of where the events took place, isn’t enough of a generous thought to be more sympathetic to the victims and their families. I think he should have discussed business another day than bombard grieving families on the anniversary of the day they lost their loved ones.

Anonymous said...

I don't think we should be in the war, when people fight peole get hurt. This is not good because some people die or get injured. I felt very sad at 9/11 because people's lives have been lost. The 9/11 attacks and the Iraq problem are two separate things. They are not connected. I think we should come out of Iraq. I think we should bring the soldiers home to their families.

Sam said...

I love what zhora said, in reference to the 'pink elephant'. I also happen to think that what the President said was completely inappropriate to the extent that 9/11 was supposed to be a time of remembrance, not war mongering. It was insulting to the American citizens and the families of the victims. That speech could have waited another day, to ‘rally the people’ I suppose, but for a time to mourn, it only stirred anger in me. In fact, I refused to watch his speech for fear I would punch a hole through my T.V. screen.

I also do think that the Democratic response (or attack) on the President was rather inappropriate. Rather than attacking him in a time where unity in this country should be most important, the Democratic party only worked to further separate themselves from the Bush Administration. (which, albeit is understandable, still not the best thing.)

[[ GiO ]] said...

In class we were discussing about the speech that President Bush gave yesterday on the day of September 11th. It was basically suppose to be a speech about what happened on that catastrophic day. Instead of talking about that subject he ended up talking about how we still have to fight in the Middle East until we get the entire terrorist. Here is an example of what he said that disturbed me (located 4th paragraph in the article) Bush said “If we do not defeat these enemies now, we will leave our children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons.” That really disturbed me a lot. President Bush let me not even call him President since he only has two years left as President of this valuable country. In the speech all he was trying to do was to get more troops into Iraq to fight. He was just trying to get the citizens of this country upset and build up their anger, I’m guessing we found Bush’s undercover second job which is being a recruiter because he did a very good job that night getting every one fired up to go to Iraq. I think he should of just stayed focused and gave a speech about the people that were lost on September 11th and how they will always be remembered and never forgotten.

I Need to Know who left this comment said...

I don't think we should be in the war, when people fight peole get hurt. This is not good because some people die or get injured. I felt very sad at 9/11 because people's lives have been lost. The 9/11 attacks and the Iraq problem are two separate things. They are not connected. I think we should come out of Iraq. I think we should bring the soldiers home to their families.

peterjay said...

jason said:
I don't think we should be in the war, when people fight peole get hurt. This is not good because some people die or get injured. I felt very sad at 9/11 because people's lives have been lost. The 9/11 attacks and the Iraq problem are two separate things. They are not connected. I think we should come out of Iraq. I think we should bring the soldiers home to their families.

Edwin Genao said...

In response to the New York Times Article, " In Prime-Time Address, Bush Says Safety of U.S. Hinges on Iraq", I felt bad because Osama bin Laden is still out there. I feel bad because Osama bin Laden is a bad guy because he destroyed the twin towers. He killed the citizens of America. Instead of concentrating on Iraq, Bush and his administration should concentrate on bin Laden so they can catch him.

Jason m. said...

I don't think we should be in the war, when people fight people get hurt. This is not good because some people die or get injured. I felt very sad at 9/11 because people's lives have been lost. The 9/11 attacks and the Iraq problem are two separate things. They are not connected. I think we should come out of Iraq. I think we should bring the soldiers home to their families.

nyshee said...

i agree with what zohra, it was in remembrance to what happen five years ago and not to thw war in iraq and it didnt bring to much respect towards the american people that is affect by this and that he choose a wrong day to talk about the war it was about the victims and their families that are grieving by this

vishnell said...

In class we read some of Bush's speech and also watched some clips of the speech. While reading about his speech and how Bush told us in his words how he felt Mr. Brown explained alot of what Bush was basically trying to say and do. I remember Mr.Brown himself saying this is suppose to be a mourning and Bush is busy talking about fighing in wars and bussiness. Things that should be set aside to be talked about at a more appropriate place. I felt like this was just another example of why people dislike this man. Reading everyone elses comment i can see they agree with how I and mostly anyone would feel about this. 9/11 was a really big and tragic event and deserves a Well Written Speech about that event.

corrie said...

The fifth anniversary of 9/11 was neither the time nor the place to talk about issues on the Iraqi war, and I too agree with Zohra and Sam on their view points on the issue. President Bush could have and should have waited to discuss updates on the war in Iraq. Instead of chit chatting about the Iraqi war which had nothing to do with the terrorism attacks that happened that day, he should have tried to console the sad people who lost loved ones. I think talking about the war was disrespectful towards the american citizens and the "amrerican way." The anniversary of 9/11 should be for looking back and remembering a turning point in our nations history not to discuss a war that has nothing to do with 9/11. Plus I think the Democratic Party chose a horrible time to speak up on the issue. They too could have waited to confront Bush on the issue. “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”