Thursday, September 11, 2003

Hitting the nail on the head

Jesse called it. Here's his fill-in-the-blanks form for the Bushies:

On September 11th, 2001 (standard schlock culled from any number of Bush speeches - think "evil ones", "those who threaten us", etc.), and America came together.

(Insert a personal anecdote about that day with strangely prophetic overtones about the then-upcoming war.)

Therefore, (admonition to support the Iraq war and/or any of a various number of controversial acts) to honor their memory.

(Reminder that we're in a war, anger, strength, the power of U.S. Steel, etc.)

Here's Fearless Leader:

The lives of every person here were changed by the events of September the 11th, 2001. You felt the anger and the sense of loss that day. You stood ready to serve your country in a time of need. And each of you now has a part in protecting America against the threats of a new era.

For two years, this nation has been on the offensive against global terror networks -- overseas, and at home. We've taken unprecedented, effective measures to protect this homeland. Yet, our nation has more to do. We will never be complacent. We will defend our people, and we will win this war...

Almost two years ago, I signed the USA Patriot Act. That essential law, supported by a large bipartisan majority in the Congress, tore down the walls that blocked America's intelligence and law enforcement officials from sharing intelligence. It enabled our team to talk to each other, to better prepare against an enemy which hates us because of what we love -- freedom.

The Patriot Act imposed tough new penalties on terrorists and those who support them. But as the fight against terrorists progressed, we have found areas where more help is required. Under current federal law, there are unreasonable obstacles to investigating and prosecuting terrorism, obstacles that don't exist when law enforcement officials are going after embezzlers or drug traffickers. For the sake of the American people, Congress should change the law, and give law enforcement officials the same tools they have to fight terror that they have to fight other crime...

Two years ago, this nation saw the face of a new enemy. We discovered that there is no safety behind vast oceans. For our own safety, we resolve to take the battle to the enemy. America is making progress on every front -- every front -- in this war. For that progress, we know who to thank. We thank the men and women who wear our nation's uniform. We thank their families. We thank our intelligence officers. We thank every branch of law enforcement. We thank our first responders.

Jesse kicks ass.


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