From Bush's radio address today:
...The free world is united in its resolve: We will never yield to terrorists and murderers. In the face of such adversaries, there is only one course of action: We will continue to take the fight to the enemy, and we will fight until the enemy is defeated.
We are now waging a global war on terror -- from the mountains of Afghanistan to the border regions of Pakistan, to the Horn of Africa, to the islands of the Philippines, to the plains of Iraq. We will stay on the offense, fighting the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them at home.
God damn, that guy is just never off message even when it's most innappropriate. Remember that thing that happened in London two days ago? Am I crazy or was that not "at home"? I mean, it's not my home per se...and technically I guess Bush is addressing Americans...but London is pretty squarely in the "free world," isn't it? Unless we're counting London as "abroad," (and I don't think that's what he's talking about), fighting terrorists "abroad" should stop them from inflicting violence anywhere in the free world. Thus, London getting hit has more to do with fighting terrorists at home.
I just can't believe he used that fucking line two days after Britain faced terrorism "at home." Sheesh.
-Heather, the ever-astonished even though she should know what to expect
UPDATE: Decent little summary of Britain's nasty terrorism problem at home, to drive home the stupidity of placing any focus on war "abroad" in a speech given two days after these attacks.
UPDATE 2: By the way, here's what Bush said about fighting terrorism at home:
Here at home, federal, state, and local officials are doing everything possible to protect us from another terrorist attack in America. While we have no specific credible information suggesting an imminent attack in the United States, in light of the bombings in London, we have raised the threat level from elevated to high for our passenger rail, subway, and bus systems. I urge all Americans to remain alert, and to report any suspicious activity to your local authorities.
Here's what he said in my fantasy where he's not full of shit:
"The London attacks serve as a sharp reminder that terrorism is not a threat that exists only in remote parts of the globe. The most immediate peril lies within our own cities today. Therefore, as we help Britain to recover from this tragedy, we will learn from her mistakes, and pursue a strategy that will allow us to be spared from her fate in the future. It is with renewed vigor that we strive to eliminate terrorism within our borders, not with color codes but with a greater understanding of dangers that lurk within our great nation."
Ok, so he would never say the thing about the color codes. But you get my point.