Mr. President Pro Temporariness
Speaker, Mr. President Pro Temporariness, members of Congress, and
fellow Americans: In the normal course of events, presidents come
to this chamber to report on the state of the union. Tonight, they
have sent me instead.
seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the unfolding
of flags, the giving of blood, the waving of flags, the saying of
prayers, and the savage beatings administered to people who dress
differently and do not wave flags.
we are a country awakened to danger. Who would have thought that
callous disregard for the lives lost to American bombs abroad might
one day lead to calamity? Our grief has turned to anger and anger
to resolution and resolution to jingoism and jingoism soon will
be transmuted into a new batch of experimental and traditional weapons
raining down on the human beings who inhabit the world’s hovels.
Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our
enemies, just as I say, let me adjust this mike.
thank the Congress for showing its leadership at such an important
time by granting me the untrammeled right to imprison and destroy
our designated demons du jour.
who love America and who are uncommonly tolerant of shallow manipulation
were touched on the evening of the tragedy to see Republicans and
Democrats joined together on the steps of this Capitol singing "God
you did more than sing. You acted, you signed over $40 billion to
the military-industrial complex. Money that was nowhere to be seen
earlier when desperate requests came in for better schools or teacher’s
salaries or affordable housing. Speaker Hastert, Minority Leader
Gephardt, Majority Leader Daschle and Senator Lott, I thank you
for your abject subservience, and for prostrating yourself before
the needs of the corporate complex.
is not alone in this. We will not forget South Korean children gathering
to pray outside our embassy in Seoul, the way we forgot about them
when they vainly huddled under a bridge to avoid being strafed in
1951, or the ones gunned down in Kwangju. Let me thank all the countries
standing by us, except for Canada. America has no truer friend than
Great Britain. I’m so honored the British prime minister had crossed
an ocean to show his unity with America in plotting yet another
cataclysm of violence against the poorest nations on earth.
you for coming, friend.
September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act
of war against our country. Americans have known wars, but for the
past 136 years they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one
Sunday in 1941, which would have been on foreign soil, had we not
annexed Hawaii and turned it into a fortress guarding our overbearing
presence in Asia.
have known the casualties of war, but not at the center of a great
city on a peaceful morning. That knowledge, until now, has belonged
almost exclusively to our adversaries. Americans have known surprise
attacks, but rarely from the receiving side.
of this was brought upon us in a single day, and night fell on a
different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack, and
I am not referring to the repressive laws we are about to enact.
have many questions tonight. They are asking, "Who wrote my
speech?" They also want to know why it is that when a reporter
asks me a question, I often look like a spaniel who has just heard
an unfamiliar command.
evidence we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely
affiliated terrorist organizations known as al Qaeda. You may have
heard of them before. I hadn’t. They are the fundamentalists we
bankrolled to kill Russians, and whom we now accuse of bombing American
embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and say are responsible for bombing
the USS Cole. Al Qaeda is to terror as the mafia is to crime or
I as am to the inane phrase and malapropism. But its goal is not
making money, something we might respect. Its goal is remaking the
world and imposing its radical beliefs on people everywhere. What
dad likes to call New World Order, only I don’t remember him giving
permission to Al Qaeda or anyone else to try it.
terrorists’ directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews,
to kill all Americans and make no distinctions among military and
civilians, including women and children. Why they don’t pick on
Denmark or Australia beats the heck out of me.
are recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods and brought
to camps in places like Afghanistan where they are trained in the
tactics of terror. They are sent back to their homes or sent to
hide in countries around the world to plot evil and destruction.
knows this, if they are familiar with the historical works of Stallone,
or read Marvel publications.
leadership of Al Qaeda has great influence in Afghanistan and supports
the Taliban regime in controlling most of that country. In Afghanistan
we see al Qaeda’s vision for the world. Afghanistan’s people have
been brutalized, many are starving and many have fled.
are not allowed to attend school. You can be jailed for owning a
television. Religion can be practiced only as their leaders dictate.
A man can be jailed in Afghanistan if his beard is not long enough.
Knowing this, you ask, why did we give the Taliban $43 million a
couple of months ago. Simple. We thought at the time they could
guarantee Unocal’s pipeline, so we didn’t sweat the small stuff.
The United States respects the people of Afghanistan as we do
all of our bombees and others we threaten with annihilation. After
all, we are currently its largest source of er, humanitarian aid but
we condemn the Taliban regime who are now in our way.
the United States of America makes the following demands on the
to United States authorities whomever we tell you to. And don’t
keep nagging us for evidence. We don’t have to show you any stinking
all foreign nationals, including American citizens you have unjustly
imprisoned. Protect foreign journalists, diplomats and aid workers
in your country and stop holding up their mail from Langley.
immediately and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.
And hand over every terrorist and every person and their support
structure to appropriate authorities. Give the United States full
access to terrorist training camps. We need them. The Liblabs here
have shut down ours at The School for the Americas.
as you have no defense against our bombs, these demands are not
open to negotiation or discussion.
you accede to our demands, we will resume financing your fundamentalism,
as we do Saudi Arabia’s. I also want to speak tonight directly to
Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. But this is
a free country, and that is why we allow our legislators and TV
celebrities to refer to you as diaper-heads. Your faith is practiced
freely by many millions of Americans and by millions more in countries
that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful,
and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name
of Allah. But Operation Infinite Mendacity is going to change all
enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends. It is not our many
Arab friends. It is not our friends. It is our enemy. When we ask
you to disembark a plane so that regular Americans can travel safely,
do not take it personally. Get that chip off your shoulders. Our
war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It
will not end until all evil has been found, all evildoers stopped
and defeated, including the ones they call the Joker and the Penguin.
Americans are asking "Why do they hate us?" They hate
what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected
leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom
of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote (LAUGHTER)
and assemble and disagree with each other.
want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries
including the Saudi Arabian democracy.
not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen their kind
before. They are the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the
20th century. Indeed, who but Muslims started the two
world wars that took 70 million lives? Who is responsible for Korea
are asking, "How can America and its allies possibly defeat
a man who is hiding in a cave in the poorest country on earth?"
We will direct every resource at our command-every means of diplomacy,
every tool of intelligence (by the way, does anyone here know Farsi?),
every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence,
and every necessary weapon of war.
this war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, when
Americans laughed along with Stormin’ Norman at the sight of terrified
Iraqis scurrying to escape our surgical bombs. We may not go back
to the good old days of the Highway of Death, but I guarantee there
will again be stragglers to strafe. And soon Americans will once
more wake up to find themselves bombarding a country they cannot
locate on a map. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo
two years ago, where not a single American was lost in combat. Think
of that. We bombed a country for months, wreaked havoc on its infrastructure,
killed and maimed thousands of its citizens, and we didn’t lose
a single hero. And still some people hate us.
response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated
air strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy
campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic
strikes visible on TV and covert operations, the details of which
shall not be revealed until all of us are long dead.
will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another,
drive them from place to place until there is no refuge or no rest.
Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with
our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale
forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the
guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us
to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us
to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing
grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to
wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and
hunger and thirst . . . And we will pursue nations that provide
aid or safe haven to terrorism or, this time, draft dodgers. Every
nation in every region now has a decision to make:
serve our machine or be considered terrorists. Today, dozens of
federal departments and agencies, as well as state and local governments,
have responsibilities affecting homeland security. These efforts
must be coordinated at the highest level. So tonight, I announce
the creation of a Cabinet-level position reporting directly to me,
I call it the General Emergency Section Tracking Anti-American Populist
measures are essential.
will be involved in this effort, from FBI agents, now free to employ
sleazier sleazebags as intelligence operatives, to the teams that
are once again authorized to assassinate the leaders of other nations.
All deserve our thanks, and all have our prayers. I ask your continued
participation and confidence in the American economy as it plunges
toward the abyss.
is successful because of the hard work and creativity and enterprise
of people who frequently cannot afford a roof over their heads.
These were the true strengths of our economy before September 11,
and they are our strengths today.
I thank my fellow Americans for what you have already done and for
what you are about to do without even being aware that you are doing
ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, I thank you, their representatives,
for what you have already done to help untangle us from the restrictions
of the Bill of Rights and granting me absolute power. We will come
together to promote stability and keep our airlines flying with
direct assistance during this emergency.
people will have to fend for themselves.
will come together to take active steps that strengthen America’s
economy and put our people back to work, although first we will
have to finish turning them out into the cold, and that may take
time. In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom and may
he watch uniquely over the United States of America, because we
are the only country that truly honors the separation of church
and state. Thank you.
© 2001 LewRockwell.com