[eDebate] toast: icy UN chamber unmoved by another worst presidential speech ever...

Jack Stroube stroube
Tue Sep 23 22:53:10 CDT 2003


w is the uncompelling stuttering stupid moron that i have always claimed he was.    the 
republican party is facing one of the great political disasters of recent history.   an 
inexperienced gubna from tejas who specialized in racking up record death penalty 
authorizations has failed his nation in every way across the board the country is worse 
off in every category of political significance...everything is worse,,,nothing is 
better...terrorism, the economy the whole gambit....W you suck and so did your last 
speech, another uncompromising unilateral dud...ushering you to the political graveyard 
is the greatest pleasure possible...ha ha ha...an embarassment and a stain to this 
country,,,big-time traitor to the military adios...RIP...france make mince meat of 
neocons 4 lunch...losas

 key quote:

"Mr. Bush's performance today seemed to reflect the precarious situation.

 Fidgeting  in an almost eerily silent hall ? where the audience observed a tradition of 
not applauding before or during a speech  and offered only perfunctory applause at the 
end ? the president spoke in an even tone, occasionally smiling but rarely becoming 
passionate.

 In the corridors all day, diplomats were intensely discussing the recent decline in Mr. 
Bush's popularity at home and wondering if his troubles would make it easier for 
countries around the world to oppose the United States on Iraq."

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/24/international/middleeast/
24ASSE.html?ex=1065585600&en=1879fde40c70c111&ei=5004&partner=UNTD


NEWS ANALYSIS   

Audience Unmoved During Bush's Address at the U.N.



By STEVEN R. WEISMAN

    

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 23 ? A president who has led his  forces to victory, ostensibly 
on behalf of the United Nations, would in theory deserve a hero's welcome. But that was 
not what President Bush encountered in an icy chamber here today, almost five months 
after he declared an end to major hostilities in Iraq.

Without apology, Mr. Bush declared that the  Security Council had been "right to demand 
that Iraq destroy its illegal weapons and prove that it had done so" and "right to vow 
serious consequences if Iraq refused to comply." The United States, he said, had not 
only unseated Saddam Hussein but also defended "the credibility of the United Nations."

 But that was not how others, from the secretary general of the United Nations to the 
French president, saw it. The invasion of Iraq, to them, remained a dangerous act of 
unilateralism now beset by intractable problems.

 The audience of world leaders seemed to perceive an American president weakened by 
plunging approval ratings at home, facing a tough security situation in Iraq where 
American soldiers are dying every week, and confronted by the beginnings of a  revolt 
against the American timetable for self-rule by several Iraqi leaders installed by the 
United States.

 Nor did they seem eager to help.  If anything, they appeared more skeptical than ever 
of Mr. Bush's  assertions,  including his promise to "reveal the full extent" of  illegal 
weapons programs he says exist in Iraq, and unforthcoming, at least for now,  in their 
response to his appeal for help with the Iraq occupation and reconstruction.

 Despite good marks from many for his performance, Mr. Bush did not seem to have 
advanced his administration toward  broadening support for a Security Council 
resolution to expand the United Nations role in Iraq, a step intended to get more foreign 
troops and more foreign money for rebuilding.

 "He gave a very sincere speech, but I don't think there was anything new," said a 
diplomat here. "The situation in Iraq is getting more difficult every day, and so is the 
atmosphere at the United Nations."

 But today it was more obvious than ever that the key to getting troops and money for 
Iraq was in the hands of nations that, like France, opposed the war or were uneasy about 
it.

 President Jacques Chirac of France, appearing shortly after Mr. Bush at the General 
Assembly, was no less apologetic opposing the war than Mr. Bush had been  in urging it. 
He called the divisions over the war one of the gravest threats to multilateral institutions 
like the United Nations in modern times. 

 There was another grim reality here today. Even if the United States gets the resolution 
it desires, the money and troops may not be forthcoming in a way that the Bush 
administration had hoped.  If the goal  today was to cajole other countries and persuade 
them to be more forthcoming with their assistance, it failed to produce any immediate 
results.

 A month ago, administration officials said they wanted billions of dollars  pledged for 
Iraq   at a meeting of donor nations in Madrid next month. It now appears  they will have 
to settle for a fraction of that, which will complicate efforts to get the rest from 
Congress.

 Increasingly, as well, the nations that have been asked to send forces to Iraq  are not 
coming through. India and Pakistan now seem to be long shots.    South Korea says it 
cannot decide  until the end of October.

 Turkey is being asked  to send 10,000 troops, but "several thousand might be more 
realistic," a Turkish official said.

 Mr. Bush's performance today seemed to reflect the precarious situation.

 Fidgeting  in an almost eerily silent hall ? where the audience observed a tradition of 
not applauding before or during a speech  and offered only perfunctory applause at the 
end ? the president spoke in an even tone, occasionally smiling but rarely becoming 
passionate.

 In the corridors all day, diplomats were intensely discussing the recent decline in Mr. 
Bush's popularity at home and wondering if his troubles would make it easier for 
countries around the world to oppose the United States on Iraq.


 

 





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