by Joe Scarry
crossposted from Scarry Thoughts
[EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is the result of notice we received that we would be able to obtain a leaked copy of a speech on national security that President Obama plans to give on Thursday, May 23, at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. At press time, however, we had only received a portion of the transmission — which appears to be a set of speakers notes and prompts that accompany the speech itself. As an aid to our readers, we are going ahead and publishing these now (see below) and will add the text of the speech as it becomes available.]
Thank you for welcoming me here today to speak with you about the challenges we face in providing security for the America people.
|Now before you decide you don’t believe a word I say, take a close look
at this flag, and this image of the White House behind me. That’s right ….
You’re getting sleepy … very sleepy ….
ON INJUSTICE AT GUANTANAMO AND COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN DRONE STRIKES
In recent days we have been reminded of the difficult issues we face in addressing threats against the United States, including the continued detention of over one hundred and fifty men at Guantanamo without charge, and our drone program.
Any time we have to use force, and any time innocent people come in harm’s way, it is a matter of grave concern.
|The funny thing? I don’t have to act like I care. ? Oh … I mean …|
|The sad thing? I don’t have to act like I care. I just have to say the
words and people have to act like it’s magically true. That’s the rule.
|And you know what’s even sadder? Congress won’t work with me! So if we
learn one thing from the Guantanamo hunger strikers, it’s that Congress
should do a better job of working with me!
ON MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY: THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
There was a time when Americans could live their lives secure from the fear of attack. Those days are gone.
These are days that call for decisive leadership.
|Clearly, the American people are yearning for a strong leader – someone with
guts. That’s how I know that, no matter how many fringe types object to drone
killing, my presidency just gets stronger every time I incinerate a few more Pakistanis.
ON AMERICAN IDEALS
Make no mistake: America is a country founded on the ideal of the rule of law. We must balance our ideals with our obligation to keep the American people safe.
|Frankly, I’m really tired of people harping on the “Constitutional lawyer”
thing. Hasn’t anyone seen “Bullworth”? All that “supremacy of the law” crap
goes out the window when you get elected! Didn’t you know that?
THE WAY FORWARD
As President, I have charged my Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, CIA Director, and every officer of the Executive Branch, to make the security of the American people their highest priority.
|See? I told you ….|
Working together, we can continue to keep Americans “safe” and “free.”