Wednesday, February 01, 2006

State Of The Union Roundup

Here is a HUGE roundup of the blogosphere's reactions to the State of the Union address, from Pajamas Media. (HT: Instapundit)

I thought the president's speech was very on target, both in the breadth of the issues it covered and in the emphasis he put on certain issues.

Notably, President Bush offered another stern defense of the NSA surveillance program, much to the dismay of the Democrats present. As republicans stood to applaud, the Dems sat in silence, displaying the ignorance that plagues them.

Here is the paragraph in question, which, I might add, was one of the most crucial in the entire speech:

It is said that prior to the attacks of September 11th, our government failed to connect the dots of the conspiracy. We now know that two of the hijackers in the United States placed telephone calls to al-Qaida operatives overseas. But we did not know about their plans until it was too late. So to prevent another attack – based on authority given to me by the Constitution and by statute – I have authorized a terrorist surveillance program to aggressively pursue the international communications of suspected al-Qaida operatives and affiliates to and from America. Previous presidents have used the same constitutional authority I have – and Federal courts have approved the use of that authority. Appropriate Members of Congress have been kept informed. This terrorist surveillance program has helped prevent terrorist attacks. It remains essential to the security of America. If there are people inside our country who are talking with al-Qaida, we want to know about it – because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again.

The president also made direct statements to Hamas and Iran, which was a prudent move. Taking a strong stance, and an early one, is crucial in dealing with these two situations.

The main point that should become apparent from the speech (and the reactions of those present in the audience) is that the President, his administration, and his party, are committed to the national security of this country, and the ongoing safety of its people, and are serious about solving the domestic problems we currently face. His opponents, however, led by windbags like Sen. Kennedy and Sen. Kerry, are not.