Monday, January 24, 2005


Redefining The War On Terror ... From The Left

On Saturday's Meet The Press Russert asked WaPo columninst Robin Wright to comment on the following Bush inaugural speech quote:

PRES. BUSH: We have seen our vulnerability, and we have seen its deepest source. For as long as whole regions of the world simmer in resentment and tyranny, prone to ideologies that feed hatred and excuse murder, violence will gather and multiply in destructive power and cross the most defended borders and raise a mortal threat. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment and expose the pretensions of tyrants and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom.

In true anti-Bush/WaPo fashion, Wright used the opportunity to bring forth the new Dem talking point: Bush is trying to redefine the war on terror and Iraq (because they did not find any WMD) and because the war is going poorly. (I disagree but that is their implication).

MR. RUSSERT: Robin Wright, can anyone disagree with that?
MS. ROBIN WRIGHT: Not at all. But it's interesting how the second administration really is redefining the war on terrorism to a war to achieve liberty and to go after the regimes whose unjust rule has led to resistance and the emergence of Islamic extremism. The one flaw in his speech or the one limitation is that he defines it in terms purely of liberty, and he doesn't really talk a lot about human rights law. And there's a big difference. Liberty is achieving, you know, political change. But achieving it is often dealing with the very regimes who are responsible for creating this extremist--Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt. There are a number of countries where the United States faces a challenge. As noble as it sounds to take on the cause of liberty, it's very difficult in practical terms to get regimes we count on for the war on terrorism to actually undergo that transition.

Here is where we cannot let the Left decide to portray a consistent message as a redefinition. This entire problem is that from day one, the MSM and the left have defined the entire war in Iraq and on terror as a hunt and retribution for WMD. Those who have followed the president's entire message have known all along that the broad message was that spreading freedom, liberty and democracy will have the long term consequence of making the middle east safer and therefore, the US safer and that is why this is an important war. Iraq is just a segment of the entire war since Saddam and his WMD threat was a major destabilizing force in the region and converting an unstable country to a democratic one lead by the people will conveyyyy stability to the entire region.

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