The President’s Speech – Despite Interventionist Policies Americans Are Still Not Safe

The President’s Speech – Despite Interventionist Policies Americans Are Still Not Safe

As we approach the fifth anniversary of September 11th, 2001, the Bush Administration has been turning up the heat on war protestors comparing them to Republicans and others who opposed the entry of United States into World War II before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The President today spoke about his progress and his ability to fight a war against terrorists that want to do the United States harm.

President Bush told an audience at the Military Officers Association of America convention in Washington DC that in “five years since our nation was attacked, al Qaeda and terrorists it has inspired have continued to attack across the world.” You should be asking yourself, what did he expect? Did he expect that an invasion of Iraq would prevent further attacks?

He went on to say that even after our invasion of Iraq, “the terrorist danger remains.” With this admission, the President said he plans on fighting the war “across the world”. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, last week compared this war on terror with Hitler’s War last century. Comment on this Article at our Forum

In a strategy reminiscent of the “War on Drugs” the President said “Together with our coalition partners, we've removed terrorist sanctuaries, disrupted their finances, killed and captured key operatives, broken up terrorist cells in America and other nations, and stopped new attacks before they're carried out.” But the President fails to mention, that like the “War on Drugs”, the “War on Terrorism” will never be won with the current policies.

At one point in the speech, President Bush says that the terrorists intend to kill us because they have told us so, and we need to take those words seriously. What he didn’t tell you was why they want to attack the US and not Brazil. If we should take their words seriously, then maybe we should re-evaluate our interventionist policies.

According to Osama Bin Laden, the terrorists did not attack the US because of our freedom. This is what Bin Laden said in his own words in an open letter to the American people: “Contrary to what [President George W.] Bush says and claims -- that we hate freedom --let him tell us then; Why did we not attack Sweden?" Bin Laden went on to spell it out. “We fought with you because we are free, and we don't put up with transgressions. We want to reclaim our nation. As you spoil our security, we will do so to you.”

Is it possible that like the cigarette smoker who blames the tobacco companies, we blame others for what happens to us? I believe a shift away from interventionist meddling will save innocent American lives in the long run. It is obvious, and the President admits it in today’s speech, that his occupations have not solved anything. Comment on this Article at our Forum

By Tom Madison
Commentary Writer

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