Thoughts on President’s 9/11 speech
September 12, 2006
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.”
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.