Bush: “It’s unacceptable to think”

19 09 2006

From Bush’s September 15th press conference in the rose garden:

Q Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism. If a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Secretary of State feels this way, don’t you think that Americans and the rest of the world are beginning to wonder whether you’re following a flawed strategy?

THE PRESIDENT: If there’s any comparison between the compassion and decency of the American people and the terrorist tactics of extremists, it’s flawed logic. I simply can’t accept that. It’s unacceptable to think that there’s any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective, Terry.

My job, and the job of people here in Washington, D.C., is to protect this country. We didn’t ask for this war. You might remember the 2000 campaign. I don’t remember spending much time talking about what it might be like to be a Commander-in-Chief in a different kind of war. But this enemy has struck us and they want to strike us again. And we will give our folks the tools necessary to protect the country; that’s our job.

It’s a dangerous world. I wish it wasn’t that way. I wish I could tell the American people, don’t worry about it, they’re not coming again. But they are coming again. And that’s why I’ve sent this legislation up to Congress, and that’s why we’ll continue to work with allies in building a vast coalition, to protect not only ourselves, but them. The facts are, is that after 9/11, this enemy continued to attack and kill innocent people.

I happen to believe that they’re bound by a common ideology. Matter of fact, I don’t believe that, I know they are. And they want to impose that ideology throughout the broader Middle East. That’s what they have said. It makes sense for the Commander-in-Chief, and all of us involved in protecting this country to listen to the words of the enemy. And I take their words seriously. And that’s what’s going to be necessary to protect this country, is to listen carefully to what they say and stay ahead of them as they try to attack us.

I think the president hit it right on the mark when he said, “I simply can’t accept that.”  He simply can’t accept that he was and is wrong.  He can’t accept that what he calls ‘terrorists’ arn’t just a group of people who hate the US.  They don’t have annual terrorist picnics.  They are people that have nothing to do with eachother and that all have different motives and objectives.  The situation is and has always been far more complicated than he would lead us to believe. 

“We didn’t ask for this war.”  I don’t even know where to start with that one.  As far as the supposed ‘terrorist’ attacks on american troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, well yes, he kind of did ask for it.  Let’s not forget the infamous ‘bring it on’ comment.

As far as September 11th, 2001, the beginning of his war on terror – they attacked us for a reason.  Their attack reflects decades of flawed foreign policy.  It’s unfortunate that it did, but someone should have expected our policies to come back and bite us in the ass.  You don’t see any terrorists flying planes into any buildings in Switzerland. 

What about all of the Iraqi civilians killed (accidentally or not) by Americans since the beginning of the Iraq war?  Was that not an act of terrorism on the Iraqi people?  What about Bush’s friend Israel – they’re considered terrorists for their acts in Lebanon.

Wait.  Slow down.  I’m comparing the actions of the United States to those of terrorists – that must be flawed logic.  It’s unacceptable.  I think my head might actually explode for thinking that.

I repeat my question – when did logic and reason fall out of fashion?

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