- Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/08/20060831-1.html
But in this very same speech, he declares: "The war we fight today is more than a military conflict; it is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century. (Applause.) On one side are those who believe in the values of freedom and moderation -- the right of all people to speak, and worship, and live in liberty. And on the other side are those driven by the values of tyranny and extremism -- the right of a self-appointed few to impose their fanatical views on all the rest."
So then we have two things going on at the same time, according to Bush: a military conflict whose focus is now in Iraq, and the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century.
That's a very sad situation for us, under the bumbling delusional leadership of Bush and the Neo-Conservatives, because: 1) U. S. forces can never win the military conflict in Iraq; and 2) Bush doesn't have a clue about how to win the ideological conflict. In fact, he doesn't even understand the ideological conflict. It is far more complicated than his simple-minded cartoon picture of a struggle between "freedom" and "tyranny." Even worse, Bush seems to think that if we kill all the terrorists in the military conflict, we will have won the ideological conflict. This ignores the obvious reality that our attempts to kill all the terrorists are in fact also killing and wounding thousands of innocent non-terrorists, and pushing untold millions of peaceful Muslims around the world into a desperate, wild-eyed hatred of the United States.
But why not? Why can't we defeat the terrorists in Iraq? Don't we have the most wonderful military in the world? With the most expensive, sexiest, high-tech equipment? And the finest medical care, which can prolong the life of destroyed bodies for years and years? And the bravest, strongest, best men and women fighters? And the most beautiful flag, displayed backwards on the right sleeve of our redesigned, functional-yet-beautiful uniforms? Why can't we defeat the terrorists in Iraq?
Because they have an infinite supply of replacements, and we do not: that is the basic reason. And the longer we remain in Iraq as an occupying army, the more recruits they will gain, from the millions of newly-enraged Muslims around the world.
Therefore, we cannot possibly win the military conflict in Iraq. We never will be able to "defeat the terrorists in Iraq," because they have an infinite supply of replacements, and we do not. (This is essentially the same problem we had in Viet Nam.) So President Bush's belief that we can defeat them is delusional nonsense. And his policy of "staying the course" in Iraq is a recipe for total United States failure.
Blessings to you. May God help us all.
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