Monday, November 14, 2005

The President Strikes Back: Take Two

Earlier today, President Bush gave a speech at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. In today's speech, he restated his points from his speech last week, criticizing the Dems for trying to rewrite history, and laying out his strategy for winning the war against radical Islamic terrorists.

Correspondingly, the speach boiled down to two parts: the first part, addressed to the terrorists, outlining the threat they posed and noting what must be done to stop them, and the second part, addressed to the Democrats, exposing their attempts to rewrite the history of the war in Iraq and urging them to stop playing politics with the war.

Some key graphs from today's speech, first in regards to the terrorists:
In Afghanistan, we put the terrorists on the run, we routed them, and now they've set their sights on another country. They're trying to turn Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban -- a terrorist sanctuary from which they can plan and launch attacks against our people. The terrorists regard Iraq as the central front in their war against humanity. And we must recognize Iraq as the central front in the war on terror.

These militants believe that controlling one country will rally the Muslim masses, enabling them to overthrow moderate governments in the region, and establish a radical Islamic empire that reaches from Indonesia to Spain. If they are not stopped, the terrorists will be able to advance their agenda to develop weapons of mass destruction, to destroy Israel, to intimidate Europe, to break our will and blackmail our government into isolation. I make you this solemn commitment: That's not going to happen so long as I'm the President of the United States. (Applause)
And now his comments directed towards the Democrats:
Reasonable people can disagree about the conduct of the war, but it is irresponsible for Democrats to now claim that we misled them and the American people. Leaders in my administration and members of the United States Congress from both political parties looked at the same intelligence on Iraq, and reached the same conclusion: Saddam Hussein was a threat.

Let me give you some quotes from three senior Democrat leaders: First, and I quote, "There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons." Another senior Democrat leader said, "The war against terrorism will not be finished as long as Saddam Hussein is in power." Here's another quote from a senior Democrat leader: "Saddam Hussein, in effect, has thumbed his nose at the world community. And I think the President is approaching this in the right fashion..."
The pre-war, bipartisan agreement on intelligence regarding Iraq is a great talking point for the president, and one the American people must continue to hear. Yet there is an even more compelling point the president makes:
Some of our elected leaders have opposed this war all along. I disagreed with them, but I respect their willingness to take a consistent stand. Yet some Democrats who voted to authorize the use of force are now rewriting the past. They are playing politics with this issue and they are sending mixed signals to our troops and the enemy. And that's irresponsible.

As our troops fight a ruthless enemy determined to destroy our way of life, they deserve to know that their elected leaders who voted to send them into war continue to stand behind them. (Applause.) Our troops deserve to know that this support will remain firm when the going gets tough. (Applause.) And our troops deserve to know that whatever our differences in Washington, our will is strong, our nation is united, and we will settle for nothing less than victory. (Applause.)
This speech is another great step by the president towards debunking the information spread by the MSM and leading Democrats. Presiden Bush must continue to expose the fickleness of the Dems in their views on the war, and simply keep pounding away at his message about the war on terror. The more he does it, the less the MSM can wrongly influence the American public.