Bush understands the enemy........but is reticent to call it by it's right name, IMAO. His speech to the West Point graduates who were the first to enter the elite Army school after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacksf is seminal.
Bush Tells West Point Graduates Terror War Is in Early Stages
President George W. Bush, marking the fourth anniversary of his doctrine of preemptive military force, said the war against terrorism is in its early stages and will rival the Cold War in its length and difficulty.
``The war began on my watch, but it's going to end on your watch,'' Bush said in a commencement address today to 861 graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. ``One day the world will celebrate your achievements,'' he said, acknowledging ``setbacks and challenges'' in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Bush alluded to Iran and Syria as governments that aren't adopting democratic principles. ``The message has spread from Damascus to Tehran that the future belongs to freedom, and we will not rest until the promise of liberty reaches every people and every nation,'' he said.
Bush compared the spread of communism during the Cold War to the more recent rise of Islamic radicalism, recalling the pressure Democratic President Harry Truman was under sending troops around the world in a ``struggle between tyranny and freedom.''
``Like America in Truman's day, we are laying the foundation for victory,'' Bush said. Terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction post a threat ``as great as the Soviet Union.''
Today's West Point graduates were the first to enter the elite Army school after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Speaking at the academy in June 2002, Bush said the Cold War policy of deterrence ``means nothing against shadowy terrorist networks'' and America must ``be ready for preemptive action when necessary to defend our liberty and to defend our lives.'' Ten months later the U.S. invaded Iraq and toppled its then-leader Saddam Hussein. More here