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Monday, January 09, 2006

Bush Said He Would Do It and Did It Without Apologies

Thanks to Paul Greenberg for providing this public statement (in "Shocking discovery: President determined to defend US") made by George Bush on 10/17/01 regarding the intended use of covert intelligence:

Ours will be a broad campaign, fought on many fronts. It's a campaign that will be waged by day and by night, in the light and in the shadow, in battles that you will see and battles you won't see. It's a campaign waged by soldiers and sailors, marines and airmen; and also by FBI agents and law-enforcement officials and diplomats and intelligence officers. . . . Our campaign will be difficult, and it will take time. But I can promise you this: It will be waged with determination, and it will be waged until we win. We will do whatever it takes to protect our country." - George W. Bush, Oct. 17, 2001.

Didn't some of us find solace in knowing that the CIC would use all available resources to flush out the enemy in the asymmetrical war? Many of those who scurried from the tumbling buildings of downtown Manhattan on 9-11 are now decrying those measures to ensure there is no repeat of that terrorist success.

Now safe in their apartments in outer boroughs or their Florida retirement villages, they have had time to collect themselves and revert to their pre-9-11 thinking. They are still scared as heck and many will not venture to Manhattan like they used to. But they can write letters about lost civil liberties and claims that this is like Watergate.

Or as Mark Steyn wrote:

It's very hard to fight a terrorist war without intelligence. By definition, you can only win battles against terrorists pre-emptively -- that's to say, you find out what they're planning to do next Thursday and you stop it cold on Wednesday. Capturing them on Friday while you're still pulling your dead from the rubble is poor consolation. For example, in 1988, a British SAS unit shot dead three IRA members on the streets of Gibraltar. The United Kingdom's Joint Intelligence Committee were acting on information that the cell was planning to blow up the changing-of-the-guard ceremony on the Rock. The two men and a woman were subsequently found to be ''unarmed,'' and as a result various civil liberties groups protested and critical TV documentaries were made. But there was no dispute that they were IRA members and that they had bomb-making materials in their car. If the state cannot take action until its sworn enemy uses those materials, it had better be prepared to lose the war.

No I do not want to police terrorism. I want to prevent it. But for you "outside" of the zone of danger, protect that hysteria. And leave the fighting to the brave.

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