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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

President's speech from ft. bragg

I tuned in on television to see and hear this speech. I'd say it was quite good. W laid it out with the long view and the medium view and the short view and why Iraq is important for America to win.

Some wonder whether Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. Among the terrorists, there is no debate. Hear the words of Osama Bin Laden: "This Third World War is raging" in Iraq. "The whole world is watching this war." He says it will end in "victory and glory, or misery and humiliation."

The terrorists know that the outcome will leave them emboldened, or defeated. So they are waging a campaign of murder and destruction. And there is no limit to the innocent lives they are willing to take.

W was quite deliberate in his delivery. The military audience at Ft. Bragg was apparently asked to refrain from cheering or applauding lines. This helped, I think, to keep the focus on the president's words rather than allow the speech to appear to be little more than a promotional ploy.

The only spot where there was applause followed this paragraph;
America and our friends are in a conflict that demands much of us. It demands the courage of our fighting men and women, it demands the steadfastness of our allies, and it demands the perseverance of our citizens. We accept these burdens, because we know what is at stake. We fight today because Iraq now carries the hope of freedom in a vital region of the world, and the rise of democracy will be the ultimate triumph over radicalism and terror. And we fight today because terrorists want to attack our country and kill our citizens, and Iraq is where they are making their stand. So we'll fight them there, we'll fight them across the world, and we will stay in the fight until the fight is won. (Applause.)

That is the money quote, as they say. I can't think of a better place for applause. It strikes me as being very Churchillian. Churchill, for any lefties out there, (for it seems the left has forgotten their history) was a great man who stood up to thugs, rallied his country to fight and persevered in the face of adversity.

At the very end of this fine speech, the president choked up a bit as his heart swelled with pride for his fighting men and women of the United States military.

After September the 11th, 2001, I told the American people that the road ahead would be difficult, and that we would prevail. Well, it has been difficult -- and we are prevailing. Our enemies are brutal, but they are no match for the United States of America, and they are no match for the men and women of the United States military.

May God bless you all. (Applause.)

And indeed we have great reason to be proud of these fine Americans. Within the body of this speech, W urged Americans to support our military;

In this time of testing, our troops can know: The American people are behind you. Next week, our nation has an opportunity to make sure that support is felt by every soldier, sailor, airman, Coast Guardsman, and Marine at every outpost across the world. This Fourth of July, I ask you to find a way to thank the men and women defending our freedom -- by flying the flag, sending a letter to our troops in the field, or helping the military family down the street. The Department of Defense has set up a website -- You can go there to learn about private efforts in your own community. At this time when we celebrate our freedom, let us stand with the men and women who defend us all.

This message from the president was very crucial. In the wake of vicious and false attacks on our military coming from Amnesty International and the Democratic Party and, it is important that the American people be reminded that these fine men and women of the U.S. military must be supported and honored.

This is going to be a great Independence Day weekend.


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