Tuesday, September 12, 2006

President's Address

The President spoke to the nation last night, on the 5th Anniversary of the September 11 attacks, in what I consider a stirring and defiant speech. Bush boldly included Iraq in his speech because:

The answer is that the regime of Saddam Hussein was a clear threat. My administration, the Congress, and the United Nations saw the threat -- and after 9/11, Saddam's regime posed a risk that the world could not afford to take. The world is safer because Saddam Hussein is no longer in power...Al Qaeda and other extremists from across the world have come to Iraq to stop the rise of a free society in the heart of the Middle East. They have joined the remnants of Saddam's regime and other armed groups to foment sectarian violence and drive us out.

My favorite part was:

One of the strongest weapons in our arsenal is the power of freedom. The terrorists fear freedom as much as they do our firepower. They are thrown into panic at the sight of an old man pulling the election lever, girls enrolling in schools, or families worshiping God in their own traditions. They know that given a choice, people will choose freedom over their extremist ideology. So their answer is to deny people this choice by raging against the forces of freedom and moderation. This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization.

What an awesome and inspiring speech! Despite the efforts of his Many critics on the Left and in the Media who sought to bring Bush down at the nation's expense, he's still the same as 5 years ago.