Thoughts on President’s 9/11 speech

September 12, 2006

Here is a transcript of the speech

I found the speech to be sweeping and strong – one of President Bush’s best speeches since 9/11, actually.  But the problem is – is anyone listening anymore?

 Some lines I especially liked:

  • “Usama bin Laden and other terrorists are still in hiding. Our message to them is clear: No matter how long it takes, America will find you, and we will bring you to justice.” (I don’t hear a timetable in there)
  • America did not ask for this war, and every American wishes it were over. So do I. But the war is not over — and it will not be over until either we or the extremists emerge victorious. If we do not defeat these enemies now, we will leave our children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons. We are in a war that will set the course for this new century — and determine the destiny of millions across the world.”

 My take:

I don’t necessarily agree with the decision to invade Iraq.  But I think at this point, we must carry it through.  Not to do so would be catastrophic in the extreme.

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