Thursday, 25 January 2007

George Bush's State of the Union Address

Last night, President of the United States George W Bush made his annual State of the Union address. Of his 50 minute speech, half was devoted to the Iraq war, the war on terror, and the situation in the Middle East, including backing his choice to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq to help fight off the insurgents.

However, a poll conducted by Bloomberg News and the Los Angeles Times newspaper between January 13th and January 16th has found that sending 21,500 more troops to Iraq isn't a popular idea with the American public. 60% disagreed with the idea.

The idea was also unpopular with the Democrats. A Democrat Vietnam War veteran whose son is a marine deployed in Iraq, Senator Jim Webb had his to say about Bush's decision:

"[America] has patiently endured a mismanaged war for nearly four years. Bush took the nation into war recklessly and the country is now held hostage to the predictable, and predicted, disarray that has followed.''

He also said that Bush "must bring U.S. combat forces home from Iraq without leaving behind chaos and act to improve economic prospects for middle-class Americans".

The other half of Bush's speech was focused on more domestic issues, primarily environmental concerns, such as increasing dependence on renewable energy and decreasing dependence on foreign oil. He also spoke on issues such as making health care affordable and balancing out the budget.

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