August 13, 2008
President, Republic of Poland
Dear President Kaczynski,
On behalf of the Polish American Congress, I commend your courage and
resolve, along with that of the President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia,
President Valdis Zalters of Latvia, President Valdas Adamkus of Lithuania,
and President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine, for traveling to Tbilisi and in
calling for the immediate cessation of hostilities in Georgia, especially as
it relates to the clearly inordinate use of force by Russia.
The repugnant scenes of death and devastation perpetrated by a nation of
nearly one hundred fifty million sending its air, land, and sea armed forces
against a nation of five million conjures up all the past historical images
of a brutish, autocratic Czarist empire and then equally brutish Soviet
empire having its way with ethnic, religious, and political minorities
within its empire and in neighboring states contiguous to it. Today the
death and devastation are perpetrated in the name of an allegedly democratic
Federation whose thinly-veiled antecedents persist into the 21st century.
The ongoing events in Georgia provide me and all those who witness these
tragic developments with a sobering reminder that the struggles for
democracy are not easily won, and that there is no end to this fight until
powers such as Russia cease to arbitrarily impose their will on much smaller
and militarily weaker nations by the unprincipled and reckless exercise of
their military superiority.
As an American of Polish descent whose ancestors lived under Russian
oppression, I expect that my country – the United States of America – will
do everything in its power to reasonably succor the people and the
democratically-elected government of Georgia because, as we are the world’s
best exemplar of democracy that upholds rather than tramples on human
rights, it is the morally right thing to do.
Frank J. Spula
Octobr 17, 2008 - President Bush Discusses the Visa Waiver Program
Office of the Press Secretary/
White House News
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. (Applause.) Please be seated, thank you. Welcome to the White House. I'm pleased to stand with the representatives of seven countries -- the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Korea -- that have met the requirements to be admitted to the United States Visa Waiver Program. Soon the citizens of these nations will be able to travel to the United States for business or tourism without a visa. I congratulate these close friends and allies on this achievement, and I thank you for joining us here.
I also thank Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of the Homeland -- Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff for working hard to make sure this day has finally arrived. Appreciate other members of the administration here and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
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