REFLECTIONS BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF
THE ANTITHESIS OF ETHICS
On the day when hundreds of intellectuals coming from
every continent are meeting in
If to the three speeches that I mentioned in my words to the delegates at the Meeting of January 29, 2003 we added the one he gave yesterday on the 28th, translated into Spanish by CNN –accompanied by the raising of eyebrows and odd gestures– recorded and immediately transcribed by qualified staff, this one is the worst of them all on account of its demagoguery, lies and total absence of ethics. I am speaking of the words that he probably added, of the tone he used and which I personally observed; that is the material I worked with.
At the beginning of this paragraph he is referring to
the old commitments taken on by the
“Over the past seven years, we’ve increased funding for veterans by more than 95 percent (...) And as increase funding we must also reform our veterans system to meet the needs of a new war (...) so we can improve the system of care for our wounded warriors."
“So I ask you to join me in (…) creating new hiring preferences for military spouses (…)”
“By trusting the people, succeeding generations
transformed our fragile young democracy into the most powerful nation on Earth
(…) our liberty will be secure and the state of our
He states all this calmly, but from the beginning of his speech, where he avoids all the thorny problems, he goes along brick by brick laying the foundations of that false liberty and prosperity, without even the slightest mention of the American soldiers who have died or been wounded in the war.
He had begun the speech by pointing out that “most Americans think their taxes are high enough (…)”. He threatens Congress: “(…) [you] should know (…) if any bill raising taxes reaches my desk, I will veto it.”
“Next week I’ll send you a budget that terminates or
substantially reduces 151 wasteful or bloated programs, totaling more than $18
billion. The budget that I will submit
Either he made a mistake with the figure, or the collecting of $18 billion means nothing to a budget that totals 2.8 trillions.
The most important thing is to distinguish between
the deficit of the State budget which totaled 163 billion, and the deficit of
the current account of the balance of payments that totaled 811 billion in
2006, and the public debt is calculated at 9.1 million millions. His military spending totals more than 60
percent of the total invested in the world for that reason. Today, on the 29th, one ounce of
gold broke a record at 933 dollars. This
mess results from the unrestricted issuing of dollars in a country whose
population spends more than it saves and in a world where the purchasing power
The formula his government usually employs is to express confidence and assurance in the economy, lowering the bank interest rates, throwing more bills into circulation, worsening the problem and postponing the consequences.
What does the price of sugar mean today, as it stands now at 12.27 cents a pound? Scores of poor countries dedicate themselves to its production and export. I mention this example just to illustrate that Bush deliberately entangles and mixes everything up.
The President of the
“Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, modernize the Federal Housing Administration, and allow state housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to help homeowners refinance their mortgages (…)”
“We share a common goal: making health care more (…) accessible for all Americans (…). The best way to achieve that goal is by expanding consumer choice, not government control (…)”
“(…) we must trust students to learn if given the chance, and empower parents to demand results from our schools."
“African-American and Hispanic students posted all-time highs (…) Now we must work together to increase accountability, add flexibility for states and districts and reduce the number of high-school dropouts (…)”
“Thanks to the (…) Scholarships you approved, more
than 2,600 of the poorest children in our Nation’s Capital have found new hope
at a faith-based or other non-public school. Sadly, these schools are
disappearing at an alarming rate in many of
“Today, our economic growth increasingly depends on our ability to sell American goods and crops and services all over the world. So we’re working to break down barriers to trade and investment wherever we can. We’re working for a successful Doha Round of trade talks, and we must complete a good agreement this year.”
“I thank the Congress for approving the (…) agreement
“Many products from these nations now enter
“These agreements also promote
“Our security, our prosperity, and our environment all require reducing our dependence on oil (…) generate coal power (…)
“Let us create a new international clean technology fund, which will help (…) to slow (…) and eventually reverse the growth of greenhouse gases.
“To keep America competitive into the future, we must trust in the skill of our scientists and engineers and empower them to pursue the breakthroughs of tomorrow (…) So I ask Congress for (…) federal support (...) and ensure America remains the most dynamic nation on Earth (...)"
Always appealing to chauvinism, he continues his flight of fancy to other subjects:
“The other pressing challenge is immigration.
He does not wish to remember that Mexico was robbed of more than 50 percent of its territory in a war of conquest, and he would like nobody to recall that on the Berlin Wall, during its almost 30 years of existence, less people died trying to gain access to the "Free World" than Latin Americans are dying today --no less than 500 each year--trying to cross the border in search of employment, with no Adjustment Act to grant them privileges and motivation as it does for Cuban citizens. The numbers of illegal immigrants arrested and traumatically deported every year totals in the hundreds of thousands.
Straightaway, the speech leaps to the
He makes no mention whatsoever that this was exactly what the USSR tried to do when it occupied the country with its powerful armed forces that ended up defeated in the clash with that country’s different customs, religion and culture, independent of the fact that the Soviets had not gone there to conquer raw materials for their great capital and that a socialist organization that never did any harm to the United States attempted to change the course of the nation in a revolutionary manner.
Right away Bush leaps to Iraq which had nothing to do with the attacks on September 11, 2001, and which was invaded because that was what Bush, President of the United States, and his closest collaborators decided to do, with nobody in the world harboring any doubt that the aim was to occupy the oilfields; this action cost that people hundreds of thousands of dead and millions of people uprooted from their homes, or forced into emigration.
“The Iraqi people quickly realized that something
dramatic had happened. Those who had worried that
“A year later (…) we've captured or killed thousands
of extremists in
“Our objective in the coming year is to sustain and build on the gains we made in 2007, while transitioning to the next phase of our strategy. American troops are shifting from leading operations, to partnering with Iraqi forces, and, eventually, to a protective overwatch mission (…)”
“(…) this means more than 20,000 of our troops are coming home.”
“Any further drawdown of
“Progress in the provinces must be matched by
“(…) still have a distance to travel. But after decades of dictatorship and the pain of sectarian violence, reconciliation is taking place –and the Iraqi people are taking control of their future.”
“The mission in
“We’re also standing against the forces of extremism in the Holy Land (…) Palestinians have elected a President who recognizes that confronting terror is essential to achieving a state where his people can live in dignity and at peace with Israel.”
Bush says not one word about the millions of Palestinians stripped of their lands or driven away from them, victims of an apartheid system.
Bush’s formula is well-known: 50 billion dollars in weapons for the Arabs,
from the industrial-military complex, and 60 billion for
But the speech does not end here: “
“Our message to the leaders of
We are not talking about the
There is a historical fact here: in the days of the Shah,
Really, we don’t need other media to inform us about
the speech made by the President of the
I have worked hard.
I hope that I have been impartial.
Fidel Castro Ruz