Friday, October 07, 2005
President Discusses War on Terror at National Endowment for Democracy
President Bush discussed the War On Terror yesterday from the National endowment for Democracy. Here is a full text and video of the speech. If you missed this speech you need to watch it. It truly was one of his better moments.
President Bush reminded us why we were at war. He also linked Islamic Radicalism to the ideology of communism. He is right, this is the new communism. They are similar. Both want world dominance and a totalitarian state.
There were 2 moments in this speech that I really liked. Here they are.
Some have also argued that extremism has been strengthened by the actions of our coalition in Iraq, claiming that our presence in that country has somehow caused or triggered the rage of radicals. I would remind them that we were not in Iraq on September the 11th, 2001 -- and al Qaeda attacked us anyway. The hatred of the radicals existed before Iraq was an issue, and it will exist after Iraq is no longer an excuse. The government of Russia did not support Operation Iraqi Freedom, and yet the militants killed more than 180 Russian schoolchildren in Beslan.
Over the years these extremists have used a litany of excuses for violence -- the Israeli presence on the West Bank, or the U.S. military presence in Saudi Arabia, or the defeat of the Taliban, or the Crusades of a thousand years ago. In fact, we're not facing a set of grievances that can be soothed and addressed. We're facing a radical ideology with inalterable objectives: to enslave whole nations and intimidate the world. No act of ours invited the rage of the killers -- and no concession, bribe, or act of appeasement would change or limit their plans for murder.
On the contrary: They target nations whose behavior they believe they can change through violence. Against such an enemy, there is only one effective response: We will never back down, never give in, and never accept anything less than complete victory. (Applause.)
Bush nailed it. Iraq or no Iraq they are still plotting against us. They have been plotting against us long before Iraq, and long before 9-11.
And then this was the best part of the speech. Especially if you watched the post speech reporting on CNN as I did.
Overall, the United States and our partners have disrupted at least ten serious al Qaeda terrorist plots since September the 11th, including three al Qaeda plots to attack inside the United States. We've stopped at least five more al Qaeda efforts to case targets in the United States, or infiltrate operatives into our country. Because of this steady progress, the enemy is wounded -- but the enemy is still capable of global operations. Our commitment is clear: We will not relent until the organized international terror networks are exposed and broken, and their leaders held to account for their acts of murder.
This was just classic because CNN was having a complete mediagasm over this. "We will have to fact check this...see if this is accurate." They wanted to catch Bush lieing on this so bad... So they send there reporters out and we find out that it is true. There has been 10 terrorist attack plots stopped. They can't believe it. If they did their jobs properly they would already have known that it was true. Of course a more unbelievable story would have been if Bill Clinton had said it and it was true.