Skip to comments.Bush: America Will Not Back Down in War on Terror
Posted on 11/14/2005 9:17:13 PM PST by SandRat
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2005 America faces a dangerous enemy in the radical terrorists who are fighting democracy in the Middle East, and the only strategy to win is to remain on the offensive and to accept nothing less than total victory, President Bush said today at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Speaking to a crowd of servicemembers and families from military installations in Alaska, Bush said that the terrorists had the wrong idea that the U.S. would run after being attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.
"The terrorists are mistaken," he said. "America will never run; we will stand, we will fight and we will win the war on terror."
The terrorists are driven by a violent political vision to establish a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedoms, Bush said. For a time in Afghanistan, the terrorists succeeded in establishing a launching pad for their attacks and their violent agenda, he said. After the U.S. routed them out, they set their sights on Iraq.
"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," he said.
The war on terror is a vital mission for the armed forces, one that must be won to secure the freedom and safety of the Middle East and the rest of the world, Bush said.
"We didn't ask for this global struggle, but we're answering history's call with confidence and with a comprehensive strategy to win this war," he said.
America is committed to prevent terrorist attacks, to deny weapons of mass destruction to outlaw regimes, to deny radical groups that support and provide sanctuary to outlaw regimes, to prevent the terrorists from gaining control of any country to use as a staging area for attacks, and to deny the terrorists future recruits, Bush said.
The coalition has stayed on the offensive against terror, killing or capturing terrorist operatives and leaders in countries around the world, Bush said. U.S. and coalition forces will keep pressure on terrorist networks until the networks are broken and the leaders are held accountable for their murders, he said.
The best way to prevent terrorists from gaining new recruits is to replace hatred and resentment with democracy and freedom, Bush said, because the value of free societies has been proven by history.
"If the peoples of that region are permitted to choose their own destiny and advance by their own energy and participation as free men and free women, then the extremists will be marginalized and the flow of radical extremism to the rest of the world will slow and eventually end," he said.
The work ahead in the war on terror involves great risk, Bush said, adding that some of America's best men and women have already been lost. However, the best way to honor their sacrifices is to complete the mission and protect the freedom of Americans now and in the future, he said.
"By advancing the hope of freedom and democracy for others, we make our own freedom more secure," he said.
America Will Not Back Down in War on Terror
"Neither the United States of America nor the world community of nations can tolerate deliberate deception and offensive threats on the part of any nation, large or small. We no longer live in a world where only the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge to a nation's security to constitute maximum peril.
My fellow citizens, let no one doubt that this is a difficult and dangerous effort on which we have set out. No one can foresee precisely what course it will take or what costs or casualties will be incurred. Many months of sacrifice and self-discipline lie ahead -- months in which both our patience and our will will be tested, months in which many threats and denunciations will keep us aware of our dangers. But the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing.
The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are; but it is the one most consistent with our character and courage as a nation and our commitments around the world. The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender or submission.
Our goal is not the victory of might, but the vindication of right; not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere, and, we hope, around the world. God willing, that goal will be achieved."
---- John F. Kennedy, Oct. 22, 1962
My, how Democrats changed since them....
STAY THE COURSE W!!
Bless you and all patriots of freedom.
AND MOST OF ALL , BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE!
Thank you a thousand times!
Get on in there and KICK SOME ASS!
Democrats quoted and nailed by the President... Any guesses?
"_"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons." - Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.
_"The war against terrorism will not be finished as long as (Saddam Hussein) is in power." - Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.
_"Saddam Hussein, in effect, has thumbed his nose at the world community. And I think that the president's approaching this in the right fashion." - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev."
Thank you for that lovely quote. Kennedy was a soldier.I never liked his politics but he was a patriot. That made his political sins more forgivable. Now the Milk sops who call themselves Democrats can do nothing but whine when faced with the truth of real goodness which our efforts in Iraq represent!
Ahhhhhh......I love the sound of leadership in the morning.
Guess he's drinking coffee again. That was a long nap!
If the NY Times article is correct the Republican Senators are already in the process of surrendering to the terrorist and to the Democrats and their media allies.
"America will never run; we will stand, we will fight and we will win the war on terror."
I can't help but wonder what will happen if a DemoRat wins the next Presidency.
The "Arab street" once applauding in celebration, now finds itself whispering and looking for the exits. The "American street", brought in to the venue in droves by the American media, are now the jihad's last hope for a curtain call.
Note the jihadis' switch from touting the Mogadishu model to the Vietnam template, and the attempt to change the subject through the French riots and the Jordan bombings. The jihad sees Iraq as a lost cause, but the American left doesn't, so the war is thus prolonged.
Mr. President, that is so simplistic and based more on wishful thinking than reality. If your words had validity, then our great nation, the epitome of democracy and freedom would be free of hatred and resentment but that is not the case, Mr. President. Neither you or I can walk the streets of any of our major cities without signs of that which you claim should not exist.
The babble of phrases containing democracy..........freedom etc is getting old fast. They are overused and frankly have given cause to make me think they are cover for other less palatable motives.
GWB Is The Man ~ Bump!
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