Thursday, December 01, 2005

We will win this war

Say it with me everyone! President Bush gave a rousing speech yesterday at the US Naval Academy. While I did not have the opportunity to watch it, I did read it and here's the link:

11.30.05 President Bush's speech on the War on Terror

The speech really gave the American people AND Iraqi people a better understand of why we are over there, what exactly we are doing over there and when we can expect our boys home.

"Victory Trumps Withdrawl." We will not cut and run, we will not leave until Iraqi forces are trained and ready to go.

"An Iraqi Army Sergeant named Abbass Abdul Jabar puts it this way: "We have to help the coalition forces as much as we can to give them a chance to go home. These guys have been helping us. [Now] we have to protect our own families."

I also found it fascinating how President Bush outlined the 3 types of people we are fighting:

The enemy in Iraq is a combination of rejectionists, Saddamists and terrorists. The rejectionists are by far the largest group. These are ordinary Iraqis, mostly Sunni Arabs, who miss the privileged status they had under the regime of Saddam Hussein -- and they reject an Iraq in which they are no longer the dominant group.

Not all Sunnis fall into the rejectionist camp. Of those that do, most are not actively fighting us -- but some give aid and comfort to the enemy. Many Sunnis boycotted the January elections -- yet as democracy takes hold in Iraq, they are recognizing that opting out of the democratic process has hurt their interests. And today, those who advocate violent opposition are being increasingly isolated by Sunnis who choose peaceful participation in the democratic process. Sunnis voted in the recent constitutional referendum in large numbers -- and Sunni coalitions have formed to compete in next month's elections -- or, this month's elections. We believe that, over time, most rejectionists will be persuaded to support a democratic Iraq led by a federal government that is a strong enough government to protect minority rights.

The second group that makes up the enemy in Iraq is smaller, but more determined. It contains former regime loyalists who held positions of power under Saddam Hussein -- people who still harbor dreams of returning to power. These hard-core Saddamists are trying to foment anti-democratic sentiment amongst the larger Sunni community. They lack popular support and therefore cannot stop Iraq's democratic progress. And over time, they can be marginalized and defeated by the Iraqi people and the security forces of a free Iraq.

The third group is the smallest, but the most lethal: the terrorists affiliated with or inspired by al Qaeda . Many are foreigners who are coming to fight freedom's progress in Iraq. This group includes terrorists from Saudi Arabia, and Syria, and Iran, and Egypt, and Sudan, and Yemen, and Libya, and other countries. Our commanders believe they're responsible for most of the suicide bombings, and the beheadings, and the other atrocities we see on our television.
They're led by a brutal terrorist named Zarqawi -- al Qaeda's chief of operations in Iraq -- who has pledged his allegiance to Osama bin Laden. Their objective is to drive the United States and coalition forces out of Iraq, and use the vacuum that would be created by an American retreat to gain control of that country. They would then use Iraq as a base from which to launch attacks against America, and overthrow moderate governments in the Middle East, and try to establish a totalitarian Islamic empire that reaches from Indonesia to Spain. That's their stated objective. That's what their leadership has said.

These terrorists have nothing to offer the Iraqi people. All they have is the capacity and the willingness to kill the innocent and create chaos for the cameras. They are trying to shake our will to achieve their stated objectives. They will fail. America's will is strong. And they will fail because the will to power is no match for the universal desire to live in liberty.
The terrorists in Iraq share the same ideology as the terrorists who struck the United States on September the 11th. Those terrorists share the same ideology with those who blew up commuters in London and Madrid, murdered tourists in Bali, workers in Riyadh, and guests at a wedding in Amman, Jordan. Just last week, they massacred Iraqi children and their parents at a toy give-away outside an Iraqi hospital.

This is an enemy without conscience -- and they cannot be appeased. If we were not fighting and destroying this enemy in Iraq, they would not be idle. They would be plotting and killing Americans across the world and within our own borders. By fighting these terrorists in Iraq, Americans in uniform are defeating a direct threat to the American people. Against this adversary, there is only one effective response: We will never back down. We will never give in. And we will never accept anything less than complete victory.

Thank you President Bush for your giving such a great speech. I have always believed in our cause but MAYBE we can sway the public opinion and the left to stand together and we can truly say "United We Stand."

22 Comments:

At 1:59 PM , Blogger fetching jen said...

It was an excellent speech. Good post!

 
At 3:04 PM , Blogger supplymadam said...

It just goes to show what America is truly about.

 
At 3:08 PM , Blogger Tori said...

I just don't know how people can hate the man. If nothing else you have to at least admire that he doesn't back down from what he believes is right, poor poll numbers or not.

 
At 4:41 PM , Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

12 01 05

That was a very good speech, and TT I am not really a Bush fan cuz he ain't fiscally conservative ENOUGH for me. But over the past couple of years, to be fair, his speech content AND delivery has really excelled. I do think he has a speaker charisma that many honest everyday people can relate to, despite any foreign policy disagreements and monetary issues I have with the guy. Besides, he does right by Condi and anyone who does right by Condi has to be ok:) Good post!

 
At 4:45 PM , Blogger Tori said...

I do agree with you, he does need to spend less!!

 
At 5:02 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

Yep. Just what we need... More speeches.

I hate to bring everyone down, but people who are crazy enough to blow themselves and other up aren't going to give up and go home if George Bush manages to convince everyone that he didn't make a massive miscalculation by deciding to invade Iraq.

TWO

 
At 5:14 PM , Blogger Ranting Republican said...

no one expects them to "give up and go home" we want to kill them.

 
At 7:50 PM , Blogger stuffle said...

people who are crazy enough to blow themselves and other up aren't going to give up and go home

Which is exactly why they need to be eradicated, and exactly why the changes that we are succeeding in bring to Iraq are a very good thing.

 
At 8:01 PM , Blogger Gyrobo said...

We can't get out of Iraq until we win... but we can't win until we get out of Iraq...

 
At 9:43 PM , Blogger sandy said...

gyrobo;
That makes no sense at all. You need to check your processor. I think your fan is burnt out and you are overheating and getting silly.

 
At 9:47 PM , Blogger sandy said...

two: You make an excellent argument for why we should stay and kill all the suicide bombers we find.

Iraq is a much better place to fight these guys then the USA. At least there we don't have all the bleeding heart liberals throwing themselves in front of our troops.

 
At 10:20 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"two: You make an excellent argument for why we should stay and kill all the suicide bombers we find."

The math isn't on our side...

Iraq: Nation of over 25 million people. Even if just 1% of that population is violently opposed to the US occupation, the US has a huge problem.

Of course, the US military can probably defeat the massive numbers of insurgents in a head on confrontation, but the insurgents aren't dumb enough to fight the US military head on. And that is the problem. The terrorists don't identify themselves until they explode or attack, so civilians get targeted by both terrorists and US military and that in turn produces more pissed off Iraqis which are likely to help the insurgents or join them.

The Iraq insurgency has been able to operate successfully for over two years now amidst a heavy US footprint. Does anyone here honestly believe that yet another speech about how the terrorists are really bad will change that dynamic? I don't.

TWO

 
At 10:24 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"Iraq is a much better place to fight these guys then the USA. At least there we don't have all the bleeding heart liberals throwing themselves in front of our troops."

First of all, what gives you the right to use another country as your battlefield?

Second, fighting in Iraq does not prevent terrorists from attacking on US soil. A mere 19 men perpetrated the 9/11 attacks. I think Al Qaeda can spare a handful of men from the Iraq front.

Al Qaeda is in Iraq because it wants to be there, not because George Bush has them coralled. Get real.

TWO

 
At 9:38 AM , Blogger Tori said...

So you are saying that Al Qaeda is in Iraq. Al Qaeda is directly responsible for 9/11, hence we need to be in Iraq to kill them all.

What's your arguement?

 
At 11:28 AM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"So you are saying that Al Qaeda is in Iraq. Al Qaeda is directly responsible for 9/11, hence we need to be in Iraq to kill them all."

Well, of course, now that the US has drawn Al Qaeda to Iraq, it has to engage it there the best it can, but the fact remains the US created the terrorism problem in Iraq.

What's your arguement?

My argument is that the political leadership in Washington has tasked the US military with a mission which is probably as futile as trying to herd cats. Except in this case, the cats are heavily armed and suicidal.

TWO

 
At 11:43 AM , Blogger Tori said...

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At 1:02 PM , Blogger crossingguard69 said...

What if we were to work with the terrorists and be like, look, heres a building we were going to demolish anyway, go and have your fun, but dont touch these other ones...or, if they want to attack on airplanes, why dont we just put all the terrorists on one plane, so that way if they want to do their thing, they will only ruin their own trip
-compliments of ali g

 
At 1:39 AM , Blogger sandy said...

two, I'll get real if and when you do. I never claimed to have the right to use another country for my battlefield. I just said it is better there than here. Or would you feel better if the terriots did manage to bring the fight here?

We haven't been attacked on our own soil since 9/11 and that might indicate that the Al Qaeda is hampered in there efforts to wage attacks here.

You sound like all the other bush hating liberals that want us to pull out and lose the war in Iraq.

Guerrilla warfare is very hard to fight but we were winning in Viet Nam(according to North Viet Nam soldiers), but the likes of Jane Fonda and all the other war protesters gave them the belief they should hold out. I think you might fit into that catagory.

The terriots would love Bush to do as the democrats want and set a time to withdraw. How stupid it would be to do that. "Just let me know when you're pulling out so I can move in" Time for you to get real.

 
At 5:09 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"The terriots would love Bush to do as the democrats want and set a time to withdraw. How stupid it would be to do that. "Just let me know when you're pulling out so I can move in" Time for you to get real."

The insurgency will wait for the US to pull out of Iraq regardless of the fact that the US has not announced when it will pull out. Remember... Most of the insurgency is Iraqi.

TWO

 
At 5:12 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"Guerrilla warfare is very hard to fight but we were winning in Viet Nam(according to North Viet Nam soldiers), but the likes of Jane Fonda and all the other war protesters gave them the belief they should hold out. I think you might fit into that catagory."

Can you list the names of the Vietnamese soldiers who now claim that the US was at one point winning the Vietnam war? My guess is that we are talking about a very short list.

TWO

 
At 5:27 PM , Blogger The Watchful One said...

"We haven't been attacked on our own soil since 9/11 and that might indicate that the Al Qaeda is hampered in there efforts to wage attacks here."

Does the fact that we haven't had earthquakes in the US mean that earthquakes are being hampered?

You sound like all the other bush hating liberals that want us to pull out and lose the war in Iraq.

First of all, I've never argued for a US pull out of Iraq. But just because I think a US pullout of Iraq would be a disaster doesn't mean I have to think that the US invasion of Iraq was a good idea, does it?

And, for the record, not a day goes by that I don't hope I'm wrong about the Iraq war being a mistake. I would gladly wear egg on my face and call GWB a genius if doing so means that the Iraq situation ends well.

TWO

 
At 12:01 AM , Blogger sandy said...

two, your comparison of earthquakes and terriots attacks make no sense to me.
Are you saying terriots attacks are an act of nature and therefore should be endured? Would not terriots attacks be more like an act of their god?

 

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