The following are clips from the speech made by President George W. Bush:
” My decision making was deeply affected by the attack of September the 11th, 2001. It was a — it was a moment that defined a dangerous world to me with absolute clarity. I realized then that this country was no longer invulnerable to attack from what may be happening overseas.”
” I realized that there is an enemy of the United States that is active and is lethal. At further study of that enemy, I realized that they share an ideology, that these weren’t — that the — and when you really think about it, the September the 11th attack was not the first attack. There was a 1993 World Trade Center attack, there was attacks on our embassies in East Africa, there was an attack on the USS Cole, there have been other attacks on U.S. citizens, and that these attacks were instigated and carried out by cold-blooded killers who have a belief system. They are threatened by free societies. They can’t stand the thought of freedom being the prevailing attitude in the world because their view is, if you don’t believe in what I believe in, you probably shouldn’t be around.”
“If the definition of success in Iraq or anywhere is no suicide bombers, we’ll never be successful. We will have handed al Qaeda “that’s what it takes” in order to determine whether or not these young democracies, for example, can survive. Think about that: if our definition is no more suiciders, you’ve just basically said to the suiciders, go ahead.”
” But if we were to leave before that were to happen, I will share a scenario that I’m fearful of. One, that the very radicals and extremists who attack us would be emboldened. It would confirm their sense that the United States is incapable of long-term commitments, incapable of — it would confirm their commitment that they think we’re soft, let me put it to you that way. That’s what they think.
I didn’t necessarily mean that the United States has to kind of muscle up for the sake of muscling up. That’s not what I’m trying to say. But I do believe it is risky to have an enemy that has attacked us before to not take the United States seriously for the long run.
Secondly, there would be a violence — level of violence that would spill out beyond just the capital, could spill out beyond Iraq. And then you would have ancient feuds fueled by extremists and radicals competing for power — radical Shia, radical extreme Sunnis, all competing for power. They would happen to share two enemies: one, the United States and Israel, for starters, and every other moderate person in the Middle East.
Imagine a scenario where the oil wealth of certain countries became controlled — came under the control of a radical, extremist group. And then all of a sudden you’d be dealing not only with safe haven for potential violent attack, you’d be dealing with the economic consequences of people who didn’t share the values of the West, for example.
Iran wants to — they’ve stated they’d like to have — let me just say, we believe they would like to have a nuclear weapon. Part of our diplomacy is to prevent them from doing so. If the United States were to leave a chaotic Iraq, not only would the vacuum of our failure there to help this young government enable extremists to move more freely and embolden them, but I also believe it would — it could cause the Middle East to enter into a nuclear arms race.
The scenario I’m beginning to describe to you I believe is a real scenario, a real possibility for a scenario, and I believe if this were to happen, people would look back 30 years from now, or 20 years from now, and say, what happened to them in 2007; how come they couldn’t see the threat?”
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President Bush is an amazing President. I am so relieved that we have such a strong and wise man as the leader of our great country during these trying times. God Bless President Bush and the United States of America. – CR