Quote of the speech

Are you sure you want to use those examples, Mr. President?

By Alex Koppelman

Published January 29, 2008 2:35AM (EST)

"Our foreign policy is based on a clear premise: We trust that people, when given the chance, will choose a future of freedom and peace. In the last 7 years, we have witnessed stirring moments in the history of liberty. We have seen citizens in Georgia and Ukraine stand up for their right to free and fair elections. We have seen people in Lebanon take to the streets to demand their independence. We have seen Afghans emerge from the tyranny of the Taliban to choose a new president and a new parliament. We have seen jubilant Iraqis holding up ink-stained fingers and celebrating their freedom. And these images of liberty have inspired us." -- President Bush, in his State of the Union speech tonight.

Far be it from us to suggest changes at this late date to the president's speechwriters, but since the Taliban are back from their initial defeat and Lebanon is going through what Reuters calls the country's "worst political crisis since the 1975-90 civil war," (don't get us started on Iraq) you'd think they would have looked for some more inspiring examples.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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