Excerpt from Bush’s speech to the Heritage Foundation on November 1, 2007:
We must take the words of the enemy seriously. The terrorists have stated their objectives. They intend to build a totalitarian Islamic empire — encompassing all current and former Muslim lands, stretching from Europe to North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. In pursuit of their imperial aims, these extremists say there can be no compromise or dialog with those they call infidels — a category that includes America, the world’s free nation [sic], Jews, and all Muslims who reject their extreme vision of Islam. They reject the possibility of peaceful coexistence with the free world. Again, hear the words of Osama bin Laden last year: “Death is better than living on this Earth with the unbelievers among us.”
History teaches that underestimating the words of evil, ambitious men is a terrible mistake. In the early 1900s, the world ignored the words of Lenin, as he laid out his plans to launch a Communist revolution in Russia — and the world paid a terrible price. The Soviet Empire he established killed tens of millions, and brought the world to the brink of thermonuclear war.
In the 1920s, the world ignored the words of Hitler, as he explained his intention to build an Aryan super-state in Germany, take revenge on Europe, and eradicate the Jews — and the world paid a terrible price. His Nazi regime killed millions in the gas chambers, and set the world aflame in war, before it was finally defeated at a terrible cost in lives and treasure.
Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. And the question is: Will we listen?
Hillary Clinton Statement on President Bush’s Speech November 1, 2007:
George Bush’s faulty and offensive historical analogies aren’t going to end the war in Iraq, make America safer or bring our troops home. Americans are tired of the President’s efforts to play politics with national security and practice the politics of division.
When I am President I will end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home safely.
Taking Bush’s speech at face value, what is offensive about it? In fact, what is wrong with the comparison? Without edorsing his tactics and policies, it is a historical fact that America ignored the destructive capacity of communism and Nazism.
And how will President Hilary end the war in Iraq? Surely the moment the US pulls out there will be utter mayhem and destruction. So she will end our war, but a war will continue.