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Transcript of President Bush Speech to Joint Session
Sep 20, 2001 | George W. Bush

Posted on 09/20/2001 8:31:04 PM PDT by Jeff Head

Transcript of President Bush's address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night, September 20, 2001.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. President Pro Tempore, members of Congress, and fellow Americans, in the normal course of events, presidents come to this chamber to report on the state of the union. Tonight, no such report is needed; it has already been delivered by the American people.

We have seen it in the courage of passengers who rushed terrorists to save others on the ground. Passengers like an exceptional man named Todd Beamer. And would you please help me welcome his wife Lisa Beamer here tonight?

(APPLAUSE)

We have seen the state of our union in the endurance of rescuers working past exhaustion.

We've seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers in English, Hebrew and Arabic.

We have seen the decency of a loving and giving people who have made the grief of strangers their own.

My fellow citizens, for the last nine days, the entire world has seen for itself the state of union, and it is strong.

(APPLAUSE)

Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.

(APPLAUSE)

I thank the Congress for its leadership at such an important time.

All of America was touched on the evening of the tragedy to see Republicans and Democrats joined together on the steps of this Capitol singing "God Bless America."

And you did more than sing. You acted, by delivering $40 billion to rebuild our communities and meet the needs of our military. Speaker Hastert, Minority Leader Gephardt, Majority Leader Daschle and Senator Lott, I thank you for your friendship, for your leadership and for your service to our country.

(APPLAUSE)

And on behalf of the American people, I thank the world for its outpouring of support.

America will never forget the sounds of our national anthem playing at Buckingham Palace, on the streets of Paris and at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

We will not forget South Korean children gathering to pray outside our embassy in Seoul, or the prayers of sympathy offered at a mosque in Cairo.

We will not forget moments of silence and days of mourning in Australia and Africa and Latin America.

Nor will we forget the citizens of 80 other nations who died with our own. Dozens of Pakistanis, more than 130 Israelis, more than 250 citizens of India, men and women from El Salvador, Iran, Mexico and Japan, and hundreds of British citizens.

America has no truer friend than Great Britain. (APPLAUSE) Once again, we are joined together in a great cause.

I'm so honored the British prime minister has crossed an ocean to show his unity with America.

Thank you for coming, friend.

(APPLAUSE)

On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars, but for the past 136 years they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war, but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning.

Aericans have known surprise attacks, but never before on thousands of civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day, and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack.

Americans have many questions tonight. Americans are asking, "Who attacked our country?"

The evidence we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al Qaeda. They are some of the murderers indicted for bombing American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and responsible for bombing the USS Cole.

Al Qaeda is to terror what the Mafia is to crime. But its goal is not making money, its goal is remaking the world and imposing its radical beliefs on people everywhere.

The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics; a fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam.

The terrorists' directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews, to kill all Americans and make no distinctions among military and civilians, including women and children. This group and its leader, a person named Osama bin Laden, are linked to many other organizations in different countries, including the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

There are thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries.

They are recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods and brought to camps in places like Afghanistan where they are trained in the tactics of terror. They are sent back to their homes or sent to hide in countries around the world to plot evil and destruction. The leadership of al Qaeda has great influence in Afghanistan and supports the Taliban regime in controlling most of that country. In Afghanistan we see al Qaeda's vision for the world. Afghanistan's people have been brutalized, many are starving and many have fled.

Women are not allowed to attend school. You can be jailed for owning a television. Religion can be practiced only as their leaders dictate. A man can be jailed in Afghanistan if his beard is not long enough. The United States respects the people of Afghanistan -- after all, we are currently its largest source of humanitarian aid -- but we condemn the Taliban regime.

(APPLAUSE)

It is not only repressing its own people, it is threatening people everywhere by sponsoring and sheltering and supplying terrorists.

By aiding and abetting murder, the Taliban regime is committing murder. And tonight the United States of America makes the following demands on the Taliban:

-- Deliver to United States authorities all of the leaders of Al Qaeda who hide in your land.

-- Release all foreign nationals, including American citizens you have unjustly imprisoned.

-- Protect foreign journalists, diplomats and aid workers in your country.

-- Close immediately and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. And hand over every terrorist and every person and their support structure to appropriate authorities.

-- Give the United States full access to terrorist training camps, so we can make sure they are no longer operating.

These demands are not open to negotiation or discussion.

(APPLAUSE)

The Taliban must act and act immediately.

They will hand over the terrorists or they will share in their fate. I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions of Americans and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah.

(APPLAUSE)

The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself.

The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends. It is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them.

(APPLAUSE)

Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there.

It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.

(APPLAUSE)

Americans are asking "Why do they hate us?"

They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.

They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa.

These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us because we stand in their way.

We're not deceived by their pretenses to piety.

We have seen their kind before. They're the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies. Americans are asking, "How will we fight and win this war?"

We will direct every resource at our command -- every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war -- to the destruction and to the defeat of the global terror network.

Now, this war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat.

Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV and covert operations secret even in success.

We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place until there is no refuge or no rest.

And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.

From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime. Our nation has been put on notice, we're not immune from attack. We will take defensive measures against terrorism to protect Americans. Today, dozens of federal departments and agencies, as well as state and local governments, have responsibilities affecting homeland security.

These efforts must be coordinated at the highest level. So tonight, I announce the creation of a Cabinet-level position reporting directly to me, the Office of Homeland Security. And tonight, I also announce a distinguished American to lead this effort, to strengthen American security: a military veteran, an effective governor, a true patriot, a trusted friend, Pennsylvania's Tom Ridge.

He will lead, oversee and coordinate a comprehensive national strategy to safeguard our country against terrorism and respond to any attacks that may come. These measures are essential. The only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it and destroy it where it grows.

Many will be involved in this effort, from FBI agents, to intelligence operatives, to the reservists we have called to active duty. All deserve our thanks, and all have our prayers. And tonight a few miles from the damaged Pentagon, I have a message for our military: Be ready. I have called the armed forces to alert, and there is a reason.

The hour is coming when America will act, and you will make us proud.

This is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is not just America's freedom. This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom.

We ask every nation to join us.

We will ask and we will need the help of police forces, intelligence service and banking systems around the world. The United States is grateful that many nations and many international organizations have already responded with sympathy and with support -- nations from Latin America to Asia to Africa to Europe to the Islamic world.

Perhaps the NATO charter reflects best the attitude of the world: An attack on one is an attack on all. The civilized world is rallying to America's side.

They understand that if this terror goes unpunished, their own cities, their own citizens may be next. Terror unanswered can not only bring down buildings, it can threaten the stability of legitimate governments.

And you know what? We're not going to allow it.

(APPLAUSE)

Americans are asking, "What is expected of us?"

I ask you to live your lives and hug your children. I know many citizens have fears tonight, and I ask you to be calm and resolute, even in the face of a continuing threat.

I ask you to uphold the values of America and remember why so many have come here.

We're in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith.

I ask you to continue to support the victims of this tragedy with your contributions. Those who want to give can go to a central source of information, Libertyunites.org, to find the names of groups providing direct help in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The thousands of FBI agents who are now at work in this investigation may need your cooperation, and I ask you to give it. I ask for your patience with the delays and inconveniences that may accompany tighter security and for your patience in what will be a long struggle.

I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American economy. Terrorists attacked a symbol of American prosperity; they did not touch its source.

America is successful because of the hard work and creativity and enterprise of our people. These were the true strengths of our economy before September 11, and they are our strengths today.

And finally, please continue praying for the victims of terror and their families, for those in uniform and for our great country. Prayer has comforted us in sorrow and will help strengthen us for the journey ahead. Tonight I thank my fellow Americans for what you have already done and for what you will do.

And ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, I thank you, their representatives, for what you have already done and for what we will do together.

Tonight we face new and sudden national challenges. We will come together to improve air safety, to dramatically expand the number of air marshals on domestic flights and take new measures to prevent hijacking.

We will come together to promote stability and keep our airlines flying with direct assistance during this emergency.

(APPLAUSE)

We will come together to give law enforcement the additional tools it needs to track down terror here at home.

We will come together to strengthen our intelligence capabilities to know the plans of terrorists before they act and to find them before they strike.

(APPLAUSE)

We will come together to take active steps that strengthen America's economy and put our people back to work.

Tonight, we welcome two leaders who embody the extraordinary spirit of all New Yorkers, Governor George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

As a symbol of America's resolve, my administration will work with Congress and these two leaders to show the world that we will rebuild New York City.

After all that has just passed, all the lives taken and all the possibilities and hopes that died with them, it is natural to wonder if America's future is one of fear.

Some speak of an age of terror. I know there are struggles ahead and dangers to face. But this country will define our times, not be defined by them.

As long as the United States of America is determined and strong, this will not be an age of terror. This will be an age of liberty here and across the world.

Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment.

Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom, the great achievement of our time and the great hope of every time, now depends on us.

Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail.

(APPLAUSE)

It is my hope that in the months and years ahead life will return almost to normal. We'll go back to our lives and routines and that is good.

Even grief recedes with time and grace.

But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day and to whom it happened. We will remember the moment the news came, where we were and what we were doing.

Some will remember an image of a fire or story or rescue. Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever.

And I will carry this. It is the police shield of a man named George Howard who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others.

It was given to me by his mom, Arlene, as a proud memorial to her son. It is my reminder of lives that ended and a task that does not end.

I will not forget the wound to our country and those who inflicted it. I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people. The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.

(APPLAUSE)

Fellow citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause and confident of the victories to come.

In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom and may he watch over the United States of America. Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)


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Great speech. Drew a line ... we'll see how China reacts, along with other potential beligerents.

Am worried about the "Homeland Security" position and the "all measures" to be given to law enforcement.

There are certain things that can nad should be done that do not violate civil liberties and rights (ie. Sheriff's departments coordinating wacthes over local water supplies, sub-stations, etc. with comm to State National Guard and on up the line).

1 posted on 09/20/2001 8:31:04 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Jeff_Head@yahoo.com)
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To: JohnHuang2, Clinton's a Liar, harpo11, harpseal, Travis McGee
FYI.
2 posted on 09/20/2001 8:33:11 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: B4Ranch, Phil V., griffin, Lurker, noumenon
FYI.
3 posted on 09/20/2001 8:34:28 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Am worried about the "Homeland Security" position and the "all measures" to be given to law enforcement.

Me too. I liked the foreign policy aspects of his speech, but he was weak on the domestic side.

I would have liked to see him talk more about individual freedom: fewer regulations, lower taxes, fewer laws, etc.... It would have been an excellent opportunity to rekindle the flame of liberty in this country.

4 posted on 09/20/2001 8:36:52 PM PDT by Mulder
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To: Jeff Head
Bump. Thanks for posting this.
5 posted on 09/20/2001 8:36:53 PM PDT by Darnright
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To: Jeff Head
Tom Ridge is not a control freak and will do an excellent job. He's smart enough to realize Homeland security only has to include the borders, airports and harbors. The identification of terrorists within the borders will be dealt with by the FBI.
6 posted on 09/20/2001 8:39:19 PM PDT by 100%FEDUP
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To: Jeff Head

7 posted on 09/20/2001 8:44:01 PM PDT by Dan Day
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To: Jeff Head
Plus, Ridge is quite pro-gun, too. And frankly, I'd be willing to bet that he'll cook up the same sort of deal with the NRA that the War Department did in World War II. A lot of folks were buying guns since September 11, and it might not be a bad idea to get them training.

One other loser besides the bin Laden mafia (spelling probably messed up) is going to be HCI.

8 posted on 09/20/2001 8:44:05 PM PDT by hchutch
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To: 100%FEDUP
Praying you are 100% correct ... but am worried as to how much power the "position" has. One's coming later may not be like Ridge.
9 posted on 09/20/2001 8:44:06 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Mulder
"fewer regulations, lower taxes, fewer laws"

What??? I agree with you on the issues, but, mentioning during the speech tonight?? Crazy...

10 posted on 09/20/2001 8:45:20 PM PDT by cactmh
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To: Jeff Head
It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.
This is the point which gets me a little nervous. One problem, is where do we draw the line between a group of rebels and a group of terrorists? Also, what constitutes the global reach?
Overall, a very good speech. My points are minor.
11 posted on 09/20/2001 8:45:48 PM PDT by In veno, veritas
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To: Mulder
Agreed ... but all in all it was a very good speech. I just want to see how far they go with the position.

If they train a "home guard", ie. local militia's under local (Sheriff) control to combat this, that will be good.

12 posted on 09/20/2001 8:46:26 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
BUMP
13 posted on 09/20/2001 8:47:55 PM PDT by Aurelius
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To: Jeff Head
"Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. "

Ultimatums. I wonder why he isn't as firm regarding a personal relationship with God through Christ when speaking about faith.

14 posted on 09/20/2001 8:48:26 PM PDT by Cvengr
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To: Jeff Head
I like the way President Bush put all nations harboring terrorists on notice. "you are either with us or against us." About time.
15 posted on 09/20/2001 8:49:49 PM PDT by stylin_geek
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To: Mulder
Speech replay on C-Span and their website now. http://www.c-span.org/watch/
16 posted on 09/20/2001 8:52:50 PM PDT by aquawrench
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To: Jeff Head
The best speech ever given by any President.

And this was conceded by non other than Dan Rather.

The 2nd most precious aspect of this speech was the reaction of Sen. Clinton!
She was absolutely choking on the whole situation.

17 posted on 09/20/2001 8:53:12 PM PDT by GlesenerL
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To: Jeff Head
In case you missed it...There is no longer any tolerance of attacking your leaders on FR. I guess that means you cannot critisize what they plan to do. Even Klaymath would be taboo now because in the minds of the majority this will divide the county. This is the way I see current events on FR. I agree with you about this new position in government. I thought we on FR were for eliminating a bunch of these. Why does it take a new cabnet position to do this. What about the FBI and the CIA? Who will pay for this ? What unconstituional powers will they be given ? And the list goes on. But you can't ask that on the new FR police state. This is disrespect for our leaders and JR has forbid it. You are a great patriot. I only hope that you can continue the fight. Revel
18 posted on 09/20/2001 8:55:26 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Jeff Head
Thanks for posting this transcript Jeff.
19 posted on 09/20/2001 8:55:48 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: Jeff Head
As a side note, all the peace fanatics have to be apoplectic over the fact it will be a shooting war, and deads, not words will be needed to prove you are with the U.S. on this.
20 posted on 09/20/2001 8:56:58 PM PDT by stylin_geek
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"From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime."

Any nation? What about the IRA? What about Christian militias in Lebanon?
Do I dare point out that these "terrorists" are probably the same folks who were 'brave freedom fighters' when the objects of their terrorism were the Russians?

21 posted on 09/20/2001 8:58:20 PM PDT by Redbob45
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To: GlesenerL
The best speech ever given by any President.

And this was conceded by non other than Dan Rather.

Are you joking? What did Rather say?

22 posted on 09/20/2001 8:58:37 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Jeff Head
bump
23 posted on 09/20/2001 8:59:25 PM PDT by kimosabe31
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To: JeanS
Rather needs to give his ratings a boost. Don't trust him. Not unless he openly repents.
24 posted on 09/20/2001 9:03:27 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Jeff Head
It's good to have a REAL President for a change..
26 posted on 09/20/2001 9:09:28 PM PDT by FormerLurker
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To: In veno, veritas
There's a legal definition in the US Code. Basically, if you use terror as your primary weapon, you're a terrorist.
27 posted on 09/20/2001 9:09:43 PM PDT by Abn1508
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To: Abn1508
Boo. Did I terrorize you?.

---max

28 posted on 09/20/2001 9:10:49 PM PDT by max61
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To: Jeff Head
Jeff, thank you for the ping, my friend.
29 posted on 09/20/2001 9:13:02 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Jeff Head
"Americans have known the casualties of war, but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning. Americans have known surprise attacks, but never before on thousands of civilians.

All of this was brought upon us in a single day, and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack."

I wonder how many Serbs in Yugoslavia are scratching their heads and wondering why americans are able to understand this when it's happening on their soil, but unable to understand when their government does this to someone else?

30 posted on 09/20/2001 9:14:00 PM PDT by kimosabe31
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To: JeanS
Jean, this was, far and away, the very best speech I've seen Bush deliver, thus far. Absolutely magnificent.
31 posted on 09/20/2001 9:14:24 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JeanS
Even my yellow-dog-Democrat uncle liked it! hehe
32 posted on 09/20/2001 9:15:09 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Jeff Head
WHO WROTE THE SPEECH ??? I assume GW had much editorial input, but who's the speechifier?
33 posted on 09/20/2001 9:15:18 PM PDT by dodger
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To: JeanS
Someone said "as good as FDR" and Rather responded "Yes, it was possibly the best speech ever by an American president." He was positively...ecstatic. He was...(God, what is the world coming to) patriotic.
34 posted on 09/20/2001 9:18:00 PM PDT by Abn1508
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Quite a heart rendering speech. America was built on a foundation of Freedom and Rights. I hope we keep it working to bring that situation back again.

An armed population would stop terrorism and crime flat in it's tracks.

35 posted on 09/20/2001 9:20:47 PM PDT by B4Ranch
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It would have been an excellent opportunity to rekindle the flame of liberty in this country.

"We are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom." -- GWB

Security through Freedom!.

36 posted on 09/20/2001 9:28:47 PM PDT by meta
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To: B4Ranch
An armed population would stop terrorism and crime flat in it's tracks.

Amen bro.

I believe the best thing Homeland Security can do is to make it easy for the Sheriff's and Governors to have armed citizens establish a first line of watch and defense for local water systems, sub-stations and other local, non critical (from a national perspective) resources and potential targets and establish a comm net tieng them to the State Nat. guard and the Federal forces.

Just a thought.

37 posted on 09/20/2001 9:29:02 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
"The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep."

Robert Frost.

38 posted on 09/20/2001 9:38:31 PM PDT by topsail
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"-- Release all foreign nationals, including American citizens you have unjustly imprisoned."

This must be in reference to the Americans and other Christians they have in jail and are threatning to kill for preaching Christianity. I sure hope we don't overlook these poor folks.

39 posted on 09/20/2001 9:55:23 PM PDT by blam
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To: Jeff Head
And to think, CNN at this moment has on an ex- Clinton speech writer. They are asking him questions such as, "Would the President participate in writing such a speech to a joint session of congress?", and, "How much would he participate in such a creative endeavor?", and, "Would he rehearse it?", yada, yada. The clear implication is simple: CNN asks, "Did Bush actually WRITE this great speech?"

CNN asks the WRONG question. They should be introspective, and ask, "Did we REALLY elect a man who favors style over substance last time. Twice?!"

Ah, those tireless liberals. Yes, character DOES count!!
40 posted on 09/20/2001 10:06:08 PM PDT by RightlySo
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To: Jeff Head
President Bush have the best speech he has given to this date.

For as much as I know about Tom Ridge I was so pleased that he chose Tom Ridge. I think he is pro gun so that is good too. I would be very concerned if he had chosen someone like an anti-gun person.

Freedom and our rights have been paid for at such a high price. All our veterans know this better then anyone. And the Freedom and rights we have can be taken away in one signature of a pen. It is so fragile and yet more important then anything.

My feeling is that Bush will never allow our Freedoms to be taken away. We will have to be more diligent and careful about our safety and let the world know that we mean business with these evil terrorists and my belief is we sure will.

41 posted on 09/20/2001 10:09:03 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: blam
I had just finished saying to my husband "I really want him to tell the Taliban to release the aid workers they are holding hostage. He won't but I really want him to." And the very next thing out of his mouth...one of the many reasons I am so proud of our President tonight.

From the gist of his demands, I want to think that special forces will go in and get them, but I could be watching too many Tom Clancy movies. :)

42 posted on 09/20/2001 10:29:00 PM PDT by agrace
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To: GlesenerL
"The best speech ever given by any President."

I seem to recall a little speech in Gettysburg, PA in 1863. But it was a great speech

43 posted on 09/20/2001 10:40:36 PM PDT by NickDixon
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To: Jeff Head
Thanks for teh post!

Michael Savage said earlier tonight (before the Speech) "Liberalism in America is dead after Sept. 11, 2001."

This MASTERFUL & IMPECCABLE speech was the "verbal coda" of its death knell.

Bush has been called by DESTINY to lead the Nation & the World at this HOUR!

44 posted on 09/20/2001 10:43:00 PM PDT by FReethesheeples
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To: agrace
"I want to think that special forces will go in and get them, but I could be watching too many Tom Clancy movies. :)"

If they don't/can't the Northern Alliance will. They will not be forgotten. (Watch the British SAS)

45 posted on 09/20/2001 10:57:24 PM PDT by blam
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To: GlesenerL
Huh?? I know you Stupid Party types are giddy with war fever, but really; the greatest speech ever by a president?
46 posted on 09/20/2001 11:03:34 PM PDT by bigunreal
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To: blam, Snow Bunny, t-shirt, ChaseR, Jeff Head, Raven
"-- Release all foreign nationals, including American citizens you have unjustly imprisoned."

This must be in reference to the Americans and other Christians they have in jail and are threatning to kill for preaching Christianity. I sure hope we don't overlook these poor folks.

If we can allow 3rd term abortions, overlooking anyone is easy. We are not who this war is being fought for. Without a Bill of Rights and a Constitution that is obeyed by our politicians we have nothing worth fighting for. We must get Washington to understand this.

47 posted on 09/20/2001 11:40:54 PM PDT by B4Ranch
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To: Snow Bunny
And the Freedom and rights we have can be taken away in one signature of a pen. It is so fragile and yet more important then anything.

My feeling is that Bush will never allow our Freedoms to be taken away.

Thanks Snow. You are sopt on with the first point ... and I believe and pray you are equally correct on the second point. Either way, and on both points, we must remain ever vigilant.

Regards!

48 posted on 09/20/2001 11:42:49 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: blam
I loved his demands and ultamatums to the Taliban. He put it direct and without any chance of misunderstanding.

I hope we hear tomorrow what "immediately" definitivvely means.

My boys and I were talking about this as he spoke ... thinking like ...

"... and you have twenty-three minutes to accomplish this. That's the time the missiles will take to get there ... several missiles."
LOL! I'm sure we'll find tomorrow or whenever that the "time" is probably measured in days.
49 posted on 09/20/2001 11:47:00 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: FReethesheeples
It was an outstanding speech.

Another part I REALLY liked was the part about the other nations either being with us, or the terrorists.

Will be interesting to see how China tries and spins that!

50 posted on 09/20/2001 11:48:36 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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