"We will never back down, never give in and never accept anything less than complete victory," he said in a speech on Washington's war on terrorism...
He better mean it - sometimes I wonder if W. is always cognizant of the responsibilities of fighting a war. Responsibility one is Fight To Win. Hopefully, we'll continue to stay on the offensive in Iraq and act, rather than react.
And, FINALLY, Bush speaks clearly on the aims of our enemy:
Citing recent attacks in London, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt and Bali, Indonesia, Bush said while the bombings appeared random, they served a clear ideology: "a set of beliefs that are evil but not insane."
He gave a name to the ideology: Islamo-fascism.
Bush used new and more-specific language in characterizing Islamic militants as part of a radical movement much like Soviet-style communism. Rather than dismissing them as terrorist "evildoers" as he once did, he said they have a "clear and coherent ideology" and territorial ambitions.
Bush outlined what he considers a militants' goal as he tried a new approach to convincing Americans of the necessity of the war on terrorism.
"The militants believe that controlling one country will rally the Muslim masses, enabling them to overthrow all moderate governments in the region and establish a radical Islamic empire that expands from Spain to Indonesia," he said.
He is right, down to every last word. Had he spoken thusly from the beginning, maybe there would be more support, both locally and globally, for a war in which the very culture of the West is at stake.
He need to continue speaking clearly, truthfully, and loudly to be heard over the rabble of the media, which so dearly wants America to lose this war, so that they may have their own Vietnam to crow about, so they may be able to look down on us and say, "I told you so..."
(al-)Reuters via Yahoo! here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051006/pl_nm/iraq_bush_dc