"THE CHALLENGE PLAYING OUT ACROSS THE BROADER MIDDLE EAST IS MORE THAN A MILITARY CONFLICT. IT IS THE DECISIVE IDEOLOGICAL STRUGGLE OF OUR TIME. ON ONE SIDE ARE THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM AND MODERATION. ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE EXTREMISTS WHO KILL THE INNOCENT, AND HAVE DECLARED THEIR INTENTION TO DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE."
George W. Bush
I have subscribed to the US Centcom coalition Bulletin here and found the above quote. President Bush should step up into his bully pulpit each week and state the above repeatedly so that there is a possibility, ever so slight, that it will sink into the thick skulls of the American people who insist on keeping their pointy heads in the sand and their dirty fingers in their ears.
Obviously, he thinks he has done so. But the results of the past November election and what we see and hear in the MSM tell us that once again the President and other leading Republicans have done an abysmal job of communicating the very real threat the Islamic fundamentalists present to the US specifically and western civilization as a whole. Communication to the populace is one of the most important jobs the President and his people have. I cannot understand why, with all the available talent, this administration lacks the basic skills to get this crucial message to the people. It boggles my mind.
President Bush should spell out just what exactly "destroy our way of life" would mean. Some obvious, to me, examples come to mind. If going to church or synagogue once a week is an inconvenience, how about umpteen calls to prayer each day? No entertainment industry, to speak of, no sports bars, no Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, no free time (calls to prayer, remember, also, the little woman won't be allowed to driveand running all errands will be on the agenda), no six packs at the convenience store, and no swimsuit issue from Sports Illustrated. You would think that the feminists in this country would be screaming bloody murder about the threat of Islamic world conquest. After all, they are not happy with their lives here in the good old USA now. They see sex discrimination and harrassment all over the place as it is and have to invent it where it isn't. They ain't seen nothin' yet, baby. Burn their bras? Heck, there will probably be no bras to burn. You don't need one in a burkah.
Remember how upset Bill Clinton was after 9/11 that he didn't get the chance to lead the country in a "just" war? I am cynical enough to assume the Democrats, at least the intelligent ones, are aware of the threat but choose to keep silent about it. I can only conclude that their Bush Derangement Syndrome prevents them acknowledging the threat at present, and that they are hoping that a President from their own party after the 2008 election will be the one "lucky" enough to rally the people against this enemy and spur the fight to victory against the Islamic fascists. Then they can revive our stagnant economy, you know the one Bush ruined after Clinton's phenomenal success.
Pardon me while I check the Dow Jones. I may want to cash in some of my investments.