President Discusses Global War on Terror

    Selected excerpts; my comments are in an enumerated list below, marked by superscripts in the text.  Click the link above to read the entire transcript.
In the five years since our nation was attacked, we've also learned a great deal about the enemy we face in this war.1 We've learned about them through videos and audio recordings, and letters and statements they've posted on websites. We've learned about them from captured enemy documents that the terrorists have never meant for us to see. Together, these documents and statements have given us clear insight into the mind of our enemies -- their ideology,2 their ambitions, and their strategy to defeat us.
We know what the terrorists intend to do because they've told us -- and we need to take their words seriously. So today I'm going to describe -- in the terrorists' own words, what they bbbelieve…2 what they hope to accomplish, and how they intend to accomplish it. I'll discuss how the enemy has adapted in the wake of our sustained offensive against them, and the threat posed by different strains of violent Islamic radicalism.3 I'll explain the strategy we're pursuing to protect America, by defeating the terrorists on the battlefield, and defeating their hateful ideology2 in the battle of ideas.

The terrorists who attacked us on September the 11th, 2001, are men without conscience -- but they're not madmen. They kill in the name of a clear and focused ideology, a set of beliefs that are evil,4 but not insane. These al Qaeda terrorists and those who share their ideology are violent Sunni extremists. They're driven by a radical and perverted3 vision of Islam that rejects tolerance4, crushes all dissent, and justifies the murder of innocent men, women and children in the pursuit of political power.5 They hope to establish a violent political utopia across the Middle East, which they call a "Caliphate" -- where all would be ruled according to their hateful ideology. Osama bin Laden has called the 9/11 attacks -- in his words -- "a great step towards the unity of Muslims and establishing the Righteous… [Caliphate]."

This caliphate would be a totalitarian6 Islamic empire encompassing all current and former Muslim lands, stretching from Europe to North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. We know this because al Qaeda has told us. About two months ago, the terrorist Zawahiri -- he's al Qaeda's second in command -- declared that al Qaeda intends to impose its rule in "every land that was a home for Islam, from [Spain] to Iraq. He went on to say, "The whole world is an open field for us." ... The goal of these Sunni extremists is to remake the entire Muslim world in their radical3 image. In pursuit of their imperial aims, these extremists say there can be no compromise or dialogue with those they call "infidels" -- a category that includes America, the world's free nations, Jews, and all Muslims who reject their extreme3 vision of Islam. They reject the possibility of peaceful coexistence with the free world. Again, hear the words of Osama bin Laden earlier this year: "Death is better than living on this Earth with the unbelievers among us." ...
and advance their vision of a unified, totalitarian Islamic state that can confront and eventually destroy the free world....

Bin Laden and his allies are absolutely convinced they can succeed in forcing America to retreat and causing our economic collapse. They believe our nation is weak and decadent, and lacking in patience and resolve. And they're wrong.7 (Applause.) Osama bin Laden has written that the "defeat of... American forces in Beirut" in 1983 is proof America does not have the stomach to stay in the fight. He's declared that "in Somalia… the United States [pulled] out, trailing disappointment, defeat, and failure behind it." And last year, the terrorist Zawahiri declared that Americans "know better than others that there is no hope in victory.8 The Vietnam specter is closing every outlet."...

Hear the words of bin Laden: "I now address… the whole… Islamic nation: Listen and understand… The most… serious issue today for the whole world is this Third World War… [that] is raging in [Iraq]." He calls it "a war of destiny between infidelity and Islam." He says, "The whole world is watching this war," and that it will end in "victory and glory or misery and humiliation." For al Qaeda, Iraq is not a distraction from their war on America -- it is the central battlefield where the outcome of this struggle will be decided....

History teaches that underestimating the words of evil and ambitious men is a terrible mistake. In the early 1900s, an exiled lawyer in Europe published a pamphlet called "What Is To Be Done?" -- in which he laid out his plan to launch a communist revolution in Russia. The world did not heed Lenin's words, and paid a terrible price. The Soviet Empire he established killed tens of millions, and brought the world to the brink of thermonuclear war. In the 1920s, a failed Austrian painter published a book in which he explained his intention to build an Aryan super-state in Germany and take revenge on Europe and eradicate the Jews. The world ignored Hitler's words, and paid a terrible price. His Nazi regime killed millions in the gas chambers, and set the world aflame in war, before it was finally defeated at a terrible cost in lives.

Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them.9 The question is: Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say? America and our coalition partners have made our choice. We're taking the words of the enemy seriously. We're on the offensive, and we will not rest, we will not retreat, and we will not withdraw from the fight, until this threat to civilization has been removed.10 (Applause.) ...

Iran's leaders, who back Hezbollah, have also declared their absolute hostility to America. Last October, Iran's President declared in a speech that some people ask -- in his words -- "whether a world without the United States and Zionism can be achieved… I say that this… goal is achievable." Less than three months ago, Iran's President declared to America and other Western powers: "open your eyes and see the fate of pharaoh… if you do not abandon the path of falsehood… your doomed destiny will be annihilation."11 Less than two months ago, he warned: "The anger of Muslims may reach an explosion point soon. If such a day comes… [America and the West] should know that the waves of the blast will not remain within the boundaries of our region." He also delivered this message to the American people: "If you would like to have good relations with the Iranian nation in the future… bow down before the greatness of the Iranian nation and surrender. If you don't accept [to do this], the Iranian nation will… force you to surrender and bow down."12...

The Shia and Sunni extremists represent different faces of the same threat. They draw inspiration from different sources, but both seek to impose a dark vision of violent Islamic radicalism3 across the Middle East. They oppose the advance of freedom, and they want to gain control of weapons of mass destruction. If they succeed in undermining fragile democracies, like Iraq, and drive the forces of freedom out of the region, they will have an open field to pursue their dangerous goals. Each strain of violent Islamic radicalism3 would be emboldened in their efforts to topple moderate governments and establish terrorist safe havens....

Imagine a world in which they were able to control governments, a world awash with oil and they would use oil resources to punish industrialized nations. And they would use those resources to fuel their radical agenda, and pursue and purchase weapons of mass murder. And armed with nuclear weapons, they would blackmail the free world, and spread their ideologies of hate, and raise a mortal threat to the American people. If we allow them to do this, if we retreat from Iraq, if we don't uphold our duty to support those who are desirous to live in liberty, 50 years from now history will look back on our time with unforgiving clarity, and demand to know why we did not act13....

Together, we pledge we'll continue to work together to stop the world's most dangerous men from getting their hands on the world's most dangerous weapons. (Applause.)...

Third, we're determined to deny terrorists the support of outlaw regimes. After September the 11th, I laid out a clear doctrine: America makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror, and those that harbor and support them, because they're equally guilty of murder. Thanks to our efforts, there are now three fewer state sponsors of terror in the world than there were on September the 11th, 2001. Afghanistan and Iraq have been transformed from terrorist states into allies in the war on terror. And the nation of Libya has renounced terrorism, and given up its weapons of mass destruction programs, and its nuclear materials and equipment. Over the past five years, we've acted to disrupt the flow of weapons and support from terrorist states to terrorist networks. And we have made clear that any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization.14 (Applause.)...

Fourth, we're determined to deny terrorist networks control of any nation, or territory within a nation. So, along with our coalition and the Iraqi government, we'll stop the terrorists from taking control of Iraq, and establishing a new safe haven from which to attack America and the free world. And we're working with friends and allies to deny the terrorists the enclaves they seek to establish in ungoverned areas across the world. By helping governments reclaim full sovereign control over their territory, we make ourselves more secure15....

Fifth, we're working to deny terrorists new recruits, by defeating their hateful ideology2 and spreading the hope of freedom16 -- by spreading the hope of freedom across the Middle East. For decades, American policy sought to achieve peace in the Middle East by pursuing stability at the expense of liberty. The lack of freedom in that region helped create conditions where anger and resentment grew, and radicalism thrived, and terrorists found willing recruits.17 And we saw the consequences on September the 11th, when the terrorists brought death and destruction to our country. The policy wasn't working18....

The experience of September the 11th made clear, in the long run, the only way to secure our nation is to change the course of the Middle East.19 So America has committed its influence in the world to advancing freedom and liberty and democracy as the great alternatives to repression and radicalism.20 (Applause.) We're taking the side of democratic leaders21 and moderates22 and reformers23 across the Middle East. We strongly support the voices of tolerance and moderation in the Muslim world24. We're standing with Afghanistan's elected government against al Qaeda and the Taliban remnants that are trying to restore tyranny in that country. We're standing with Lebanon's young democracy against the foreign forces that are seeking to undermine the country's sovereignty and independence. And we're standing with the leaders of Iraq's unity government as they work to defeat the enemies of freedom, and chart a more hopeful course for their people. This is why victory is so important in Iraq. By helping freedom succeed in Iraq,25 we will help America, and the Middle East, and the world become more secure....

And now, freedom is once again contending with the forces of darkness and tyranny. This time, the battle is unfolding in a new region -- the broader Middle East.26 This time, we're not waiting for our enemies to gather in strength.27 This time, we're confronting them before they gain the capacity to inflict unspeakable damage on the world,28 and we're confronting their hateful ideology29 before it fully takes root30....

We see a day when people across the Middle East have governments that honor their dignity, and unleash their creativity, and count their votes. We see a day when across this region citizens are allowed to express themselves freely, women have full rights31, and children are educated and given the tools necessary to succeed in life. And we see a day when all the nations of the Middle East are allies in the cause of peace32.

We fight for this day, because the security of our own citizens depends on it. This is the great ideological struggle of the 21st century -- and it is the calling of our generation. All civilized nations are bound together in this struggle between moderation and extremism.33 By coming together, we will roll back this grave threat to our way of life. We will help the people of the Middle East claim their freedom,34 and we will leave a safer and more hopeful world for our children and grandchildren....

  1. Haven't you learned the enemy's name(Islam)? If you have, why don't you reveal it? 
  2. What does the enemy believe, Mr. President?  Why don't you reveal the content of the ideology Islam seeks to impose upon us? It includes, but is not limited to: supremacism, intolerance, exterminating or enslaving all who do not accept Islam, and the sanctification of Jihad, genocide & terrorism.  Perhaps you should read the Qur'an and find discover Islam's doctrine set for yourself; then share it with us. 
  3. "Radicalism" implies the existence of a set of doctrines & practices more intense and evil than some "moderate" standard. The implication is false! Muhammad's recitation set the standard of Islamic doctrine.  His conduct on the battlefield set the standard of Islamic practice.  Jihad: perpetual conquest against pagans and Jews & Christians is a standard Islamic sacrament. Genocide is a standard Islamic sacrament, which Muhammad practiced.  Terrorism is a standard Islamic sacrament, of which Muhammad bragged. Nothing new, radical or extreme about those evil doctrines & practices! They are Islam
  4. "Only Allah has the right to be worshiped."  No other religion will be tolerated.  Islam must be made superior.  Jews & Christians must be fought until they are subjugated and pay extortion. Allah has purchased the lives of Muslims, so that they kill and are killed in exchange for admission to Paradise. Muhammad commanded the Muslims to fight Persian Christians until they submit; those killed would enter Paradise, the survivors would be the Persian's masters
  5. Actually, Muhammad issued a command forbidding killing children, because they were property for Muslims, sold into slavery.  There is an exception for raids conducted at night
  6. Islam is totalitarian! It dictates everything including sex and perianal heigyne
  7. It is not just patience &  perseverence we lack, it is resolve & determination, the sort of resolve President Truman  demonstrated at Hiroshima! Failure to nuke Afghanistan, Iraq &  Pakistan immediately after the Abomination  indicated our lack of resolve. Failure to flatten Najaf & Fallujia in the first round confirmed it.
  8. The chorus of calls for retreat coming from Socialists, Democrats & RINOS proves it.  P.M. Blair's desperate position verifies it, as does France's weak reaction to their riots. 
  9. Muhammad was nearly 1400 years ahead!  Read point 3 above and follow the hyperlinks therein contained!  
  10. Then why are terrorist training camps untouched in Pakistan, Iran, Syria & Lebanon?  Why are two Iranian  munitions factories  making shaped charges which have killed hundreds of our servicemen in iraq still on the face of the earth?  Do you comprehend the fact that the threat won't end until Islam is eradicated? It can not be appeased. It can not be contained. It must be eradicated. Islam is a demonic mandate to conquer and subjugate the entire world. It is promised a 10 to 1 advantage in battle.  It promises Paradise to those killed in battle against us.  You won't name the enemy, much less eradicate it! 
  11. Muhammad dictated and dispatched extortion letters saying "Embrace Islam and you will be safe." He followed up with his army. 
  12. Muhammad is his model of arrogance:
    Sahih Bukhari Ch 61 # 2756: ...It is mentioned from Ibn 'Umar from the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, "My provision has been placed under the shadow of my spear, and abasement and humility have been placed on the one who disobeys my command.
  13. Why in Hell didn't you Nuke them immediately after the Abomination?  Why don't you name the enemy: Islam, without distracting qualifiers which degrade your dignity and deny us the truth? Why did you press Israel to make suicidal concessions?  Why did you accept a bogus cease fire resolution for Lebanon?  
  14. Which Muslim nation does not support HAMAS & Hizbollah and other terror groups??  
  15. Such as North Waziristan, where Pakistan recently packed in and left it to the terrorists?! 
  16. No Muslim has hope of freedom without first breaking Allah's yoke of slavery! It is not possible to combine Islam and freedom!  You need to read the Qur'an & Hadith to discover what we are up against!!
  17. Islam is doctrine driven, not grievance driven! Bin Laden & Zawahiri are wealthy. Many of the splodydopes come from middle and upper class families.  To end terrorism, you must end Islam! 
  18. Only one policy can work: make the globe an Islam free zone!  Islam is not peaceful and it can not be reformed!!! 
  19. Eradicating Islam from the earth is the only way to restore relative security! 
  20. Islam is slavery to Allah and his Messenger, succeeded by his Caliphs. No Muslim can be free!  Democracy requires free citizens, not slaves. Democracy involves law making by consensus. Islam holds man made law to be blasphemy; denying Allah's right to rule. Women in Islam are chattle property, whose testimony is worth only half that of a Muslim male.  Jews, Christians and other minorities are Dhimmis or  slaves, not even second class citizens! 
  21. If they are Muslim, they are not democrats!!! The two are totally incompatible!!! 
  22. There is no moderate Islam; only standard Islam, which muhammad preached and practiced. Anything else is heresy or apostasy!!! Muhammad set the standard. 
  23. Islam can not be reformed!  Both the Qur'an and Hadith curse anyone who attempts it! Allah's word can not change!  Read this for the details: Can Islam Be Reformed?
  24. Islam is neither tolerant nor moderate! Islam can not tolerate Judiasm or Christianity! Islam declares that only allah has the right to be worshiped.  Your tolerant moderates are Mushrikun or apostates, not Muslims.
  25. Freedom could only succeed in Iraq if Islam was first eliminated from the country!  Freedom and Islam can not coexist; they are completely incompatible!!! 
  26. The battleground is wherever Islam's writ don't run!  We are dar ul harb: the domain of war. We will not have peace until Islam no longer exists! 
  27. What are you doing about Pakistan's existing nuclear warheads and the submarines they are buying and building to carry mirved missiles?  What are you doing about Iran's quest for nukes?  Fooling with the U.N. won't cut the mustard. The IAEA won't cut the mustard.  Negotiations won't cut the mustard. When good negotiates with evil, evil wins every time!  
  28. Then nuke them and be done with it!!! Do it now, before they have a nuclear umbrella!!! 
  29. Malarkey!  You refuse to call the enemy by name: Islam!  You refuse to name the doctrines which compose the ideology! 
  30. It took root 1394 years ago!!! You are a day late and a dollar short.
  31.  Do you see a day without Islam? If not, your vision is false!!
  32. Do you see a Middle East with no muslim nations?  If not, your vision is a mirage!!!
  33. There is no such element in Islam!  Muhammad set the standard: Jihad, genocide and terrorism!!! Moderate Islam is malicious maundery, no such entity exists, never existed and never will exist!!! 
  34. Then start now to fight Islamic ideology!  Begin using mass media, both dramatic and news, to expose Allahs slaves to the truth about their slavemaster and his damnable doctrines and practices. That is the only way to plant the seeds of doubt and introspection which can sprout and grow into mass apostasy.  Get someone to create a full length feature documetary showing the revelation of the Qur'an and its spread through warfare.  Get it on the big and little silver screens on a global scale. Supplement it with a continuing series.

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