W Addresses West Point Graduates

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  1. President Truman positioned U.S. forces to deal with new threats. Despite enormous pressure to bring our troops home after World War II, he kept American forces in Germany to deter Soviet aggression, and kept U.S. forces in Japan as a counterweight to communist China. Together with the deployment of U.S. forces to Korea, the military footprint Truman established on two continents has remained virtually unchanged to this day, and has served as the foundation for security in Europe and in the Pacific.

    President Truman launched a sweeping reorganization of the federal government to prepare it for a new struggle.....

    President Truman made clear that the Cold War was an ideological struggle between tyranny and freedom.


    Today, at the start of a new century, we are again engaged in a war unlike any our nation has fought before...


    In this new war, we have set a clear doctrine. After the attacks of September the 11th, I told a joint session of Congress: America makes no distinction between the terrorists and the countries that harbor them. If you harbor a terrorist, you are just as guilty as the terrorists and you're an enemy of the United States of America. (Applause.) In the months that followed, I also made clear the principles that will guide us in this new war: America will not wait to be attacked again. We will confront threats before they fully materialize. We will stay on the offense against the terrorists, fighting them abroad so we do not have to face them here at home.


    The greatest threat we face is the danger of terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction. ....


    For five decades, NATO forces never deployed outside of Europe. Today, NATO is leading security operations in Afghanistan, training Iraqi security forces in Baghdad, delivering humanitarian relief to earthquake victims in Pakistan, and training peacekeepers in Sudan. An alliance some said had lost its purpose after the Cold War is now meeting the challenges of the 21st century.


    We're still in the early stages of this struggle for freedom and, like those first years of the Cold War, we've seen setbacks, and challenges, and days that have tested America's resolve. Yet we've also seen days of victory and hope. We've seen people in Afghanistan voting for the first democratic parliament in a generation. We have seen jubilant Iraqis dancing in the streets, holding up ink-stained fingers, celebrating their freedom. We've seen people in Lebanon waving cedar flags and securing the liberty and independence of their land. We've seen people in Kyrgyzstan drive a corrupt regime from power and vote for democratic change. In the past four years alone, more than 110 million human beings across the world have joined the ranks of the free -- and this is only the beginning. (Applause.) The message has spread from Damascus to Tehran that the future belongs to freedom -- and we will not rest until the promise of liberty reaches every people and every nation. (Applause.)

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/05/20060527-1.html 27 May 2006
  2. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    Did he pronounce Kyrgyzstan correctly?
  3. Thanks W. The final paragraph has plenty of things we've seen - cheers for that. But you've omitted many more things we haven't seen, or that we're still waiting for:

    1. A connection between Iraq and the twin towers/Pentagon attacks

    2. Full revelations on the African nuclear weapons connection

    3. An admission that you lied on the much-trumpeted WMD/Chemical weapons

    4. The full scale of the death/destruction caused by Shock and Awe

    5. A reasonably accurate number for dead Iraqis

    6. Details on the construction of permanent US bases

    7. Coverage of returning US body bags/caskets

    8. The full extent of extraordinary rendition/torture

    9. Charges against those illegally held in Guantanomo Bay

    10. Freedom

    11. Democracy

    12. Mission accomplished (Sorry, that was achieved some time ago)

    13. Er....

    14. That's it