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The Will to Win the War on Terror

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

By Bill O'Reilly

John Kerry (search) lost the presidential election because he had no coherent strategy to fight the war on terror. Pleading with France to help out didn't cut it with many independent American voters.

As "Talking Points" has pointed out, the anti-Bush forces in America pretty much object to everything Mr. Bush is doing to defeat terrorism. They're against coercive interrogation, the Patriot Act (search), increased surveillance and action on illegal aliens, the war in Iraq, Guantanamo detention, rendition, profling at airports and on and on and on.

But, like John Kerry, the anti-Bush people have no strategy to fight terror. They're simply critics. The hard truth is that many Americans — and I will say most who live overseas — lack the will to defeat Islamic fascists. Every misstep and mistake America makes in this brutal war is highlighted and blown up into front-page news. One mistake by a soldier, and it's an international scandal. No country can win a war this way.

During World War II, America and Britain killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in Germany and Japan. Bombs dropped on civilians all the time. The strategy was to break the enemy's will to fight. Can you imagine that strategy today? There's no difference but scale between Al Qaeda (search) and the Nazi killers. No difference at all. But the outcry over the rights of the terrorists is deafening, and it's putting all of us in grave danger.

Once again, if Al Qaeda is able to obtain a nuclear weapon, it will use it. Keep that in mind the next time you see a front-page New York Times story about the rights of captured terrorists.

Today, President Bush vowed to keep the pressure on Al Qaeda and other murderous outfits. Mr. Bush believes a pro-active aggressive War on Terror must include holding governments like Iraq, Syria and Iran responsible for actions that help terrorists.

Now the anti-Bush forces and some conservatives who are included in that group disagree. They want a more passive approach, a world consensus before action is taken.

You can make up your mind on that, but keep this in mind: President Bush may well succeed in liberalizing the Middle East and creating some democratic process there. The elections in Iraq gave Mr. Bush a big lift, and fairness dictates that we Americans give his strategy a chance to work. Oversight is needed, no question about it. Criminal behavior must be punished as we are a nation of laws. But this constant, unrelenting, undermining of the terror war is wrong and incredibly misguided.

And that's "The Memo."

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claerly the bush administration lacks will as well.

if he wanted to root out terror in the world, he would have invaded Iran and or Syria after Afganistan...NOT iraq.


Can't really muster up much more than that to your absurdity....way to be on top of recent events!

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A lot of Amercans lack the will to eat healthy, a lot of americans lack the will to do a lot of things.

and bill orreily is a douchebag

ahhh....it would seem your anger for Mr. O'Reilly has clouded your thinking and drove you to miss the point and offer a ridiculous comparison......

it's OK..deep breath ;)

Love him, hate him, think he is a douchebag.....this memo of his is completely on point

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its a general statement about people. Some people do not like war and killing some do.

I lost intrest after he compared nazi's and terrorists and concluded they were the same, and we should fight the war the same way. You have to admit it is not even close to being the same type of war. So while some of his points are on point, the whole memo is not.

Terrorists do not equal nazi's

ww2 does not equal war on terror



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