Bush Maintains His Resolve and Pre-emptive Strike Strategy
Reader comment on item: White House Nonchalance [toward the Middle East]
Submitted by William Robert Jack (United States), Mar 22, 2006 at 07:41I think there is a tendency to short sell this President. The fact that he has retained the pre- emptive strike option is a good thing.
The following letter was sent to the New York Sun regarding the new National Security Strategy.
"This is response to your article'National Security Strategy': Reaffirms Pre-Emptive Doctrine
I am glad to see that President Bush has retained his pre- emptive strike doctrine in his updated National strategy document. As the document says Iran may be the greatest challenge. It may also represent the next pre- emptive target for the U.S. and its allies.
The pre emptive strike doctrine is essential for meeting the horrific kinds of potential destructive acts that could occur against the U.S. and truly recognizes the fact that we are at war in the 21st Century against Islamic radicals, and their millions of sympathizers. Some of which like Iran are state sponsors of terror.
In the case of Iran for example, it actively supports Hamas and Hezbollah. It develops nuclear capabilities for weapons purposes. States Israel should be wiped from the map. Harbors al Qaeda terrorists and Iraqi insurgents, and serves as a regional transit point for them into Iraq. Makes and distributes lethal IEDs for use in Iraq where they kill U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and are basically devoted to supporting terrorism throughout the region and the world against the U.S. and Western democracies.
Iran in my opinion has set themselves up as a likely target for a pre-emptive strike."
The President's commitment stated in his March 21, 2006 press conference to stay the course in Iraq at least through the end of his term puts everyone on notice regarding his intentions, and that he will choose doing the right thing over what his sagging polls have to say.
Like Daniel Pipes I would also like to see the Administration identify our enemy more clearly as radical Islam and its millions of sympathizing Muslims everywhere in the world, including the US, where there are an estimated six million Muslims( NY Times). Each one a potential jihad ready to happen( refer to Pipes' Sudden Jihad Syndrome).
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