He's back in the saddle!
We've missed our cowboy lately, and we were downright chapfallen when he confided recently that he'd had some regrets about saying he wanted Osama "dead or alive" and telling Iraqi insurgents to "bring it on." But now it looks like Cowboy Bush is back in the saddle and channeling John Wayne again, just like the good ole days!
Speaking about Iran today at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York (a right-friendly audience for cowboy talk), Cowboy Bush said, "Nuclear weapons in the hands of this regime would be a grave threat to people everywhere." That's our boy! Just as Iraq's non-existent WMDs posed a grave threat to us in 2003, Bush now wants us to believe that Iran's hypothetical WMDs "would be" a grave threat to us (i.e., if they were ever actually developed).
But Cowboy Bush didn't stop there. He really let Iran have it, telling them in no uncertain terms to "get out of town by sunset - or else!"
"[Iran must] fully and verifiably suspend its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities" before we will negotiate with them. (Just as we negotiated with Iraq, after they fully and verifiably informed us that they had no WMDs.)
"Iran's leaders have a clear choice: We hope they will accept our offer and voluntarily suspend these activities so we can work out an agreement that will bring Iran real benefits." (Benefits like having no bombs dropped on them.)
"If Iran's leaders reject our offer, it will result in action before the Security Council, further isolation from the world, and progressively stronger political and economic sanctions." (By "political and economic sanctions," he means "military actions.")
And finally, the piece de resistance - er, we mean the big enchilada (cowboys don't talk French!): "I have a message for the Iranian regime. America and our partners are united. We have presented a reasonable offer. Iran's leaders should see our proposal for what it is: an historic opportunity to set their country on a better course. If Iran's leaders want peace and prosperity and a more hopeful future for their people, they should accept our offer. Abandon any ambitions to obtain nuclear weapons and come into compliance with their international obligations."
Ain't it good to have our cowboy back?