With and against

I listen to Pacifica radio. Why? Because I used to wonder what a conversation with the Mirror, Mirror version of myself would sound like, and this saves me the trouble of travelling to another dimension.

On the 1/30 broadcast, host Verna Avery Brown interviewed members of the band Chumbawamba, joking that they were in trouble for their dissenting beliefs (they think Bush is an idiot, etc) because: “you’re with us or against us.” It was an offhand reference to the president’s speech of 9/20/01. What did he say, exactly?

Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. (Applause.) From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.

I’m curious – what is this “speaking truth to power” business I keep hearing about? Does it involve truth in some fashion?

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