Carol Platt Liebau: Great President. Great Speech.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Great President. Great Speech.

Here is the text of the President's splendid address tonight.

He did what he needed to do -- and more. He reassured the American people that he understands their concerns about the course and progress of our work in Iraq. He explained the importance of that work, and its relationship to American security. He connected the necessity of resolve to past struggles, where we have stayed the course. And he inspired by his own confidence in both the rightness of our cause, and the ability of all of us -- military and civilian -- to rise to the occasion.

For those who have been asking the questions, here are the answers to the two most important questions:

Q: Why does Iraq matter, and how is it connected to the larger War on Terror?

A: [W]hen the Middle East grows in democracy and prosperity and hope, the terrorists will lose their sponsors, lose their recruits and lose their hopes for turning that region into a base for attacks on America and our allies around the world.

Some wonder whether Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. Among the terrorists, there is no debate.

Here are 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.

What is the "end-game" in Iraq?

A:America's mission in Iraq is to defeat an enemy and give strength to a friend -- a free, representative government that is an ally in the war on terror and a beacon of hope in a part of the world that is desperate for reform.

And my favorite paragraph:

Americans have always held firm, because we have always believed in certain truths. We know that if evil is not confronted, it gains in strength and audacity and returns to strike us again. We know that when the work is hard, the proper response is not retreat, it is courage. And we know that this great ideal of human freedom entrusted to us in a special way and that the ideal of liberty is worth defending.

Great job by the President. Now use the form link in the post below to send a letter of support to the newspapers.


Blogger solburger said...

Nice summary of the speech. We should repeat those points a lot. The prez should too.
I did what you recommended, went to the MoveOn site and sent letters to support the president to many of the major papers. Funny.

9:54 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

About once per month we can use a speech like that. Maybe even every other week.

5:19 AM  

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