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Bush faltering on his war on terror

Reader comment on item: The FBI Loses Its Way [with Marwan Kreidie]

Submitted by Steve Klein (United States), Jul 6, 2004 at 08:07

Daniel Pipes wrote: "When a leading law enforcement agency like the FBI is so politically exposed that it rewards those who attack it, winning the war on terror appears increasingly remote."

I've supported this president's military action in Afghanistan and in Iraq and this administration's security measures here at home, however it is become increasingly difficult to take his pledges seriously. On Sept. 20, 2001, President Bush spoke the following courageous words before a joint session of Congress:

"We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. (Applause.) From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime."

Unfortunately, just as is the case with the FBI, we are witnessing a good deal of appeasement by this administration.

The president continues to insist that the Saudis are doing their utmost to fight our common terrorist threat. "America and Saudi Arabia face a common terrorist threat, and we appreciate the strong, continuing efforts of the Saudi government in fighting that threat." - George W. Bush; July 1, 2003

Since the Saudi royal family insists that Israel and the Zionists are root of all terrorism in the world, now we are wondering just who this common terrorist threat is. Additionally, the imams in Saudi Arabia's mosques are still urging the faithful to "kill the Christians; kill the Jews."

Instead of destroying the Muslim radicals and their leadership in Iraq, our military -- little doubt at the behest of this administration -- negotiates cease fires. Is this any way to conduct a war?

Instead of urging Israel to destroy the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and Ramallah, the president negotiates with the Palestinian Authority (a terror-supporting entity) reproves Israel for taking out some of the terrorist leadership (the administration was "deeply troubled"), he urges restraint and worse, supports the establishment of a Palestinian Arab terrorist state in Israel's heartland. Along with a willing and compromising Israelis prime minister he supports the ethnic cleansing of Jewish communities in Gaza (only because they are Jews) and supports a military and civilian retreat in the face of daily Islamic terror and atrocities.

No, I do not hold out a great deal of hope for this administration's success in his "war on terrorism."

Steve Klein

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