Remarks by the President at Bob Riley for Governor Luncheon

I get so sick of this flawed political rhetoric that i can almost barf ...
source: President Bush's speech (about above) from Whitehouse.gov

And I'd like to share some thoughts about what was in the NIE with you today. It offers a frank assessment of where we are in the war on terror. It confirms that we face a determined and capable enemy. It lists four underlying factors that are fueling the extremist movement: longstanding grievances such as corruption and injustice, or fear of Western domination; the second such factor was the "jihad" in the Iraq; the third was the slow pace of reform in Muslim nations; and the fourth factor that the leaders of this extremist movement were using to recruit was anti-Americanism.

It concludes that the terrorists are exploiting all these factors to enhance their movement. The debate over this document raises really an important question about the war on terror: should we be on the offense or not? Some in Washington -- some decent people, patriotic people, feel like we should not be on the offensive in this war on terror. Here's what a senior Democrat in Congress put it when she was discussing Iraq. She said, "The President says that fighting them there makes it less likely we'll have to fight them here. The opposite is true," she went on to say. "Because we are fighting them there, it may become more likely that we'll have to fight them here."

History tells us that logic is false. We didn't create terrorism by fighting terrorism. Iraq is not the reason why the terrorists are at war against us. Our troops were not in Iraq when the terrorists first attacked the World Trade Center. They were not in Iraq when they blew up our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. They were not in Iraq when they bombed the USS Cole. And we were not in Iraq when the extremists killed nearly 3,000 of our people on September the 11th, 2001. (Applause.)


Yes, Mr President we were not in Iraq prior to 9-11; but it is you logic that is false.

This is the senior Democrat's logic:
NIE says Iraq jihad will create more terrorism (see quote below).
Therefore "it may become more likely that we'll have to fight them here".

Mr President, keep your eye on the ball.  Without the Iraq invasion, we would have no Iraq jihad.  That 9-11 etc preceeded Iraq is irrelivant to the fact that now it is creating more terrorism.

source: (NIE) National Intelligence Estimate
We assess that the Iraq jihad is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives
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