President Bush's rationale for his statements were actually an insult to the intelligence of anyone who is even slightly familiar with the recent history of the Middle East. President Bush "reasoned" that American actions could not have caused the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center because we were not in Iraq before those times. For President Bush's logic to work here, America's actions in the Middle East started with the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Senator Kerry also stated that American actions were not the cause of the said terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center though he states clearly that America's current occupation of Iraq is contributing to the growing strength of Al-Qaeda.
Then there is our relationship with Israel. This subject deserves its own section because of the complexities involved. There is a difference between supporting Israel and its right to exist per se and supporting its policies against the Palestinians. America, for the most part, has failed to make that distinction as Israel continues to confiscate more land while oppressing the Palestinians. Israel could not have continued with this oppression without American aid and support. Supporting Israel's existence as a friend and a matter of morality is good. But one does not have to include supporting their policies against the Palestinians as part of doing what is right.
The above is just a sampling of American actions that preceded both the invasion of Iraq and the terrorist attacks on the US. And the same person, Osama Bin Ladin, who called Zarqawi the "Prince" of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, listed the murderous sanctions against Iraq and our unbalanced support of Israel as 2 of the 3 reasons why we have been attacked. If President Bush was eager to believe Bin Ladin regarding Zarqawi's position in Al-Qaeda, why does he ignore what Bin Ladin has called the reasons for his war of terrorism. We should note that not only were our actions mentioned above unnecessary, they went against core basic American principles. Yet, from sitting in a tree, both President Bush and Senator Kerry loudly proclaim that American actions were not a cause for past terrorist attacks.
How should we then interpret President Bush's sincerity? One possible interpretation is to realize that those wanting more power, will be reluctant to admit previous misuses of power. Otherwise those granting such power, the American people, will view such a request as throwing more power after bad power. Certainly Bush was not President when our actions provided the reasons for the terrorist attacks against us, but he is, in essence, continuing to take the same old approach as has been used in the past only to a further degree. Bush's speech, though spirited and impassioned, fails the fact test. And because it fails the fact test, it also fails the logic test. And because of how Bush's speech fails the fact and logic tests, his sincerity must be doubted. The same can be said of Senator Kerry's sincerity though to a lesser degree.