I’m personally not the least bit concerned with anyone else’s opinion of George W. Bush’s Presidency. Nor do I give a rip about anyone’s position regarding the personal ideology of the man who was forced to confront evil incarnate and respond with a nation at his back; George Bush did what George Bush believed needed doing in order to face the terror brought to our shores – he fought back. Unlike his successor, George Bush didn’t blink and for good or for ill, the world was forever changed. Today George Bush went public with his reaction to OBL’s death for the first time, but it is what he said on 9/11 that needs re-saying before we look at his message NOW:
America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.
Tonight I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.”
This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time.
None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.
Thank you. Good night and God bless America.
Win. Justice. Peace….and all in deference to God. No such words come from our Commander in Chief now, even while the world wrings its hands over the appropriateness of killing the Terrorist in Chief, and I expect none such words will ever be uttered from Obama.
More’s the pity.
Bush’s words today are little different than his words 10 years ago, and I thank God for a little consistency in a dramatically inconsistent world:
When asked by forum moderator Melissa Lee of CNBC how he felt upon learning the news, Bush said he was “not overjoyed,” explaining that the campaign to track down the 9/11 mastermind was done not “out of hatred but to exact judgment.”
The development is ultimately a victory for the American people, he said.
“The guy is dead. That is good,” Bush said of bin Laden. “Osama’s death is a great victory in the war on terror. He was held up as a leader.”
“The intelligence services deserve a lot of credit. They built a mosaic of information, piece by piece,” he said, claiming no credit for himself.
“I met SEAL Team Six in Afghanistan. They are awesome, skilled, talented and brave,” he added. “I said, ‘I hope you have everything you need. One guy said, ‘We need your permission to go into Pakistan and kick ass.'”
Bush said U.S. foreign policy needs to continue to promote the ideas of democracy and freedom as a way to combat global terrorism.
“The long-term solution is to promote a better ideology, which is freedom. Freedom is universal,” Bush said. “People who do not look like us want freedom just as much. The relatives of [former Secretary of State]Condoleezza Rice over 100 years ago wanted freedom. It is only when you do not have hope in a society that you join a suicide bomber team.”
I miss this man. A man of guts. A man of conviction and of loyalty to his country and an abiding love of what she stands for. If only such a man led her now how much better off we would all be – both here at home, and around the world at large.