During last night’s State of the Union address, President Bush again “forcefully defended his unpopular decision to send more U.S. troops to Iraq.” At one point, President Bush claimed that redeploying from Iraq would produce a “nightmare scenario” in the Middle East, and that to “allow that to happen would be to ignore the lessons of September the 11th and invite tragedy.”
While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and much of the rest of the audience stayed seated, Vice President Dick Cheney gave the rhetoric a standing ovation.
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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.