Will the Democrats cheer President Bush’s resolve? Fat chance. But they may not be able to keep their stranglehold on the Iraq War coverage.
I was busy at work so didn’t get to hear President Bush’s speech at the Naval Academy today. (Go Army. Beat Navy) But from my reading of the transcript of the speech the old cheerleader in the President is coming out and even though he has said this before he needs to keep saying it. We won’t leave Iraq until we have won. Completely. Victoriously. Bigtime!
Here are some of the points the president made which spoke loud and clear to me……..(and I am sure it did also to the midshipmen at Annapolis and all of the military)………..
Whatever their chosen mission, every graduate of the class of 2005 is bringing honor to the uniform and helping us bring victory in the war on terror.
In the years ahead, you’ll join them in the fight. Your service is needed because our nation is engaged in a war that is being fought on many fronts: from the streets of Western cities to the mountains of Afghanistan, the islands of Southeast Asia and the Horn of Africa.
This war is going to take many turns. And the enemy must be defeated on every battlefield.
Not just Iraq, John Kerry.
Senator Lieberman is right: Setting an artificial deadline to withdraw would send a message across the world that America is weak and an unreliable ally.
Setting an artificial deadline to withdraw would send a signal to our enemies that if they wait long enough, America will cut and run and abandon its friends.
And setting an artificial deadline to withdraw would vindicate the terrorist tactics of beheadings and suicide bombings and mass murder and invite new attacks on America.
To all who wear the uniform, I make you this pledge: America will not run in the face of car bombers and assassins so long as I am your commander in chief.
As we train Iraqis to take more responsibility in the battle with the terrorists, we’re also helping them build a democracy that is worthy of their sacrifice.
Some critics continue to assert that we have no plan in Iraq except to, quote, “Stay the course.”
If by “Stay the course,” they mean, “We will not allow the terrorists to break our will,” they’re right.
If by “Stay the course,” they mean, “We will not permit Al Qaida to turn Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban, a safe haven for terrorism and a launching pad for attacks on America,” they’re right, as well.
If by “Stay the course,” they mean that we’re not learning from our experiences or adjusting our tactics to meet the challenges on the ground, then they’re flat wrong.
This is how leaders lead. They stay the course but adjust the strategy and tactics when that course gets rough. It’s easy for the wobbly Kerrys of the world to criticize and waver when the course seems as hard as it does. (in many respects because the news media has negatively portrayed the war in that light.)
It’s much harder to actually stand and deliver but that is exactly what our troops in Iraq, the Iraqis themselves and President Bush is doing.
Go George Go! Beat the terrorists! And the Democrats!
(Now I’m just afraid that Navy may have an advantage over Army)