Bush to international community: Put up or shut up!
Hat tip to Neal Boortz for this:
In his first major foreign policy speech since he was reelected, President Bush took the world to school over the whole issue of pre-emptive action in the war on terror. No longer held back by political considerations, Bush explained American policy in terms even the Axis of Weasels will understand. Or they should.
Said the president: "The success of multilateralism is measured not merely by following a process, but by achieving results. The objective of the U.N. and other institutions must be collective security, not endless debate."
Have you seen that television commercial where this guy is choking and his friends sit around the table talking about the Heimlich Maneuver? Finally someone from another table walks over and actually performs the maneuver instead of just sitting around talking about it. The announcer says "less talk, more action." That's George Bush. The friends sitting around the table with the choker probably aren't all that pleased with the character from the other table. Who the hell does he think he is to show them up like that? Obviously the choker's friends are French.
Bush wasn't through: "Defense alone is not a sufficient strategy. There is only one way to deal with enemies who plot in secret and set out to murder the innocent and the unsuspecting: We must take the fight to them." Translation: we have to kill Islamic terrorists before they kill us. He also talked about the idea of advancing freedom and liberty in the Middle East: "By taking the side of reformers and democrats in the Middle East, we will gain allies in the war on terror and isolate the ideology of murder and help to defeat the despair and hopelessness that feeds terror. The world will become a much safer place as democracy advances."
The message is the same now as it was 3 years ago: you are either with us, or you are with the terrorists. Good show!
Boortz is absolutely right. I seem to recall after 9/11 that Bush told the world that anyone (person or foreign state) who harbors or abets terrorists will be treated as a terrorist as well...no differentiation. This is one thing about Bush that has always pissed off the left: He says what he means, means what he says, and backs it up with action instead of hollow rhetoric.