First Reaction to Bush’s Speech
Posted on Sep 19, 2006
Speaking to the people of Afghanistan during his speech at the U.N. this afternoon, President Bush lauded his administration for toppling the Taliban and erecting a free government in their place. He then proceeded to paper over the small inconvenient truth that the Taliban are resurgent in Afghanistan and operating with impunity.
Bush said people who have hope for a future “are less likely to blow themselves up in suicide attacks” and asked Muslim nations to support democratic reforms in the Middle East.
He praised the people of Iraq for voting for a democratic government and vowed to stand behind the elected leaders in securing Iraq’s future from “terrorists and extremists.”
Afghanistan voters also drew his praise for establishing a free government that combats terrorists.
President Bush speaking at the U.N. on Sept. 19