There was something missing from Bush’s speech last night. Let’s see if we can figure it out.
I see a global terrorist movement that exploits Islam in the service of radical political aims — a vision in which books are burned, and women are oppressed, and all dissent is crushed. Terrorist operatives conduct their campaign of murder with a set of declared and specific goals — to de-moralize free nations, to drive us out of the Middle East, to spread an empire of fear across that region, and to wage a perpetual war against America and our friends. These terrorists view the world as a giant battlefield — and they seek to attack us wherever they can. This has attracted al Qaeda to Iraq, where they are attempting to frighten and intimidate America into a policy of retreat.
The terrorists do not merely object to American actions in Iraq and elsewhere, they object to our deepest values and our way of life. And if we were not fighting them in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Southeast Asia, and in other places, the terrorists would not be peaceful citizens, they would be on the offense, and headed our way.
So, have you figured out what’s missing? I got it in one. Substitute “Israel” for the words in bold, and you have That Other Place where terrorists are attacking. That Other Place in the global jihad. That Other Place, where the U.S. has fallen down in her task to stop terrorism from spreading through the Middle East. Because W. needed points at home, Condi strong-armed Israel into agreeing to terrible terms in Rafah, and the terrorists are loading up Gaza with weapons and, gee, more terrorists.
As Lair has pointed out numerous times, this president has abandoned his promises to stop rewarding terrorism by the Palestinian Authority. Only last week, PA policemen were caught aiding and abetting what would have been an enormous terrorist attack on the Karni crossing.
We did not see a word from Condi on that. Nor have we heard anything about the continuous captures of terrorists by the IDF, the continuous rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza, and the continuous incitement in the palestinian media. Every one of these things are the things that the Bush Administration and State Department said that the PA must stop. None of these things have stopped.
And still, Bush sends Condi to Israel to strong-arm an agreement that doesn’t even include preventing the entry of terrorists, according to the palestinians. And still, the State Department insists that Israel should allow convoys between Gaza and the West Bank, knowing full well those convoys will be filled with more terrorists working on more ways to murder more Jews.
Am I happy that Bush will be staying the course in Iraq? Yes. Do I think he’s a lying hypocrite when he excludes Israel as part of the front of the War on Terror, and doesn’t push the palestinians to crack down on terror? Yes. Do I think his attitude is going to change at all in the next two years?