The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Thursday, September 07, 2006
...Lieutenant Harris understood the stakes in Iraq. He knew that to protect his loved ones at home, America must defeat our enemies overseas. If America pulls out of Iraq before the Iraqis can defend themselves, the terrorists will follow us here, home. The best way to honor the memory of brave Americans like Lieutenant Harris is to complete the mission they began -- so we will stay, we will fight, and we will win in Iraq. (Applause.)
The war on terror is more than a military conflict - it is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century. And we're only in its opening stages. To win this struggle, we have to defeat the ideology of the terrorists with a more hopeful vision. So a central element in our strategy is the freedom agenda. We know from history that free nations are peaceful nations. We know that democracies do not attack each other, and that young people growing up in a free and hopeful society are less likely to fall under the sway of radicalism. And so we're taking the side of democratic leaders and reformers across the Middle East. We're supporting the voices of tolerance and moderation in the Muslim world. We're standing with the mothers and fathers in every culture who want to see their children grow up in a caring and peaceful world. And by leading the cause of freedom in the vital region, we will change the conditions that give rise to radicalism and hatred and terror. We will replace violent dictatorships with peaceful democracies. We'll make America, the Middle East, and the world more secure.
In the early days after 9/11, I told the American people that this would be a long war -- a war that would look different from others we have fought, with difficulties and setbacks along the way. The past five years have proven that to be true. The past five years have also shown what we can achieve when our nation acts with confidence and resolve and clear purpose. We've learned the lessons of 9/11, and we have addressed the gaps in our defenses exposed by that attack. We've gone on the offense against our enemies, and transformed former adversaries into allies. We have put in place the institutions needed to win this war. Five years after September the 11th, 2001, America is safer -- and America is winning the war on terror. With vigilance, determination, courage, we will defeat the enemies of freedom, and we will leave behind a more peaceful world for our children and our grandchildren."
[President Bush Global War on Terror]
Good luck to Pam (Atlas Shrugs) on her new call in radio show tonight with her special guest Brigitte Gabriel
"We can agree that the war was based on trumped-up evidence, that it was poorly planned and that it is going badly. But Islamic terrorists are attacking people on nearly every continent -- many who have little or nothing to do with U.S. foreign policy. Multicultural, huggy-bear, we're-not-in-Iraq Canada has uncovered a plot by 17 Muslims to invade its Parliament and chop off the prime minister's head.
Perhaps terrorists see countries that make sensitive analyses of their complaints as easy marks. If so, then the eagerness to prettify mass murder with "root causes" could itself be a root cause."
[terror root causes]
"He said he read about the Toronto terror plot in the newspaper, but added he has his own views about who is and is not a terrorist. "As far as I understand, I don't think any organizations are terrorist organizations, are really terrorist, even in Afghanistan or in Iraq........"
[Stewart Bell terrorism Pakistan]
Sephen Taylor did a nice job on exposing some of their planks-since they wanted the troops out of Afghanistan
does that mean that Jack approves of a society where women are covered head to foot with no education?
Meanwhile the rose colored glasses crew missed the increase of graffiti on just about every corner in the city-and it's not art, it's tagging
"With polls showing Democrats ahead in many key races, the party can almost taste a return to power in November. As such, the two-pronged attack, coming the week of the fifth anniversary of 9-11, reeks of politics.
It may just backfire. Americans know reflexively that Democrats are weak on national security. Heck, a generation of Democratic activists built the party largely around the ideas that making America weaker and appeasing enemies were good things.....
To claim we're now "less safe" beggars belief. Worse, Democrats are calling for the scalp of the man who is arguably most responsible for our success: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Anyone who doubts Rumsfeld's qualifications ought to take a peek at his resume: Ivy League graduate, investment banker, fighter pilot, former congressman, top White House aide, diplomat, corporate executive and defense secretary (twice).
In short, Rumsfeld is one of the most accomplished people to serve in government. Ever. And he's faced the Herculean — and thankless — job of fighting a war unlike any we've ever fought."