Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

In 4th State of the Union Since Invasion of Iraq, President Bush Urges Congress to Back Escalating War

StoryJanuary 24, 2007
Watch iconWatch Full Show
Topics

Despite increasing opposition, President Bush vowed last night to escalate the war in Iraq and proceed with his plan to send 21,000 more troops to Iraq. He urged Congress to give his new Iraq strategy "a chance to work." [includes rush transcript]


TRANSCRIPT
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: Despite increasing opposition, President Bush vowed last night to escalate the war in Iraq and proceed with his plan to send more than 21,000 troops to Iraq. He urged Congress to give his new Iraq strategy "a chance to work." Speaking about the so-called war on terror, President Bush said the United States would remain at war until the evil that inspired 9/11 no longer exists. The president mentioned Iran five times and accused it of funding Shiite militants in Iraq as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon.

As for Iraq, the president warned the United States will face a "nightmare scenario" if the military’s mission in Iraq fails.

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Many in this chamber understand that America must not fail in Iraq, because you understand that the consequences of failure would be grievous and far-reaching. If American forces step back before Baghdad is secure, the Iraqi government would be overrun by extremists on all sides. We could expect an epic battle between Shia extremists backed by Iran and Sunni extremists aided by al-Qaeda and supporters of the old regime. A contagion of violence could spill out across the country, and in time the entire region could be drawn into the conflict.

For America, this is a nightmare scenario. For the enemy, this is the objective. Chaos is the greatest ally — their greatest ally — in this struggle. And out of chaos in Iraq would emerge an emboldened enemy with new safe havens, new recruits, new resources, and an even greater determination to harm America. To allow this to happen would be to ignore the lessons of September the 11th and invite tragedy. Ladies and gentlemen, nothing is more important at this moment in our history than for America to succeed in the Middle East, to succeed in Iraq and to spare the American people from this danger.

AMY GOODMAN: After President Bush gave his State of the Union address, newly elected Senator Jim Webb of Virginia gave the Democrats official response.

SEN. JIM WEBB: We need a new direction, not one step back from the war against international terrorism , not a precipitous withdrawal that ignores the possibility of further chaos, but an immediate shift toward strong, regionally based diplomacy, a policy that takes our soldiers off the streets of Iraq cities, and a formula that will in short order allow our combat forces to leave Iraq.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Next story from this daily show

The Occupation: Veteran Correspondent Patrick Cockburn Reports from Iraq

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation