Why we fight

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Nearly 80 percent of Americans polled either liked or loved the president's speech Tuesday night. And it was a strong one.

But he very nearly finished the speech before adding that the state of the union is "strong."

Maybe because that has yet to really be determined.

The next year - or even the next few days - should be very telling in that regard.

President Bush only briefly cited the taken-for-granted robust health of the economy, saving that topic for a speech next week. Good. It deserves its own spotlight.

He exhorted Congress to adopt several absolutely crucial federal budget reforms - which we'll take up in another editorial Sunday.

We also applaud his emphasis on energy conservation and diversification. We hope he follows through, and that Congress does, too.

But most importantly, the president crafted a vast, reasoned and compelling argument about the urgency of fighting the war on terror and about the vile, inconsolable nature of our enemy - particulars that no opponent of the war has yet to refute.

He described both the violence emanating from Sunni and Shiite Muslim extremists, and the method in their madness:

"By killing and terrorizing Americans, they want to force our country to retreat from the world and abandon the cause of liberty. They would then be free to impose their will and spread their totalitarian ideology.

"What every terrorist fears most is human freedom - societies where men and women make their own choices, answer to their own conscience and live by their hopes instead of their resentments.

"The great question of our day is whether America will help men and women in the Middle East to build free societies and share in the rights of all humanity. And I say, for the sake of our own security, we must."

Another great question is whether the Democratic Congress will give the commander and chief one last chance to do that. No-confidence resolutions are on the agenda on Capitol Hill - and, in fact, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved one Wednesday, just hours after the president's speech.

We don't know if a troop surge will get us over the hump, but the president eloquently reached out to Congress and made a compelling case Tuesday night not to give up now.

"The evil that inspired and rejoiced in 9-11 is still at work in the world. And so long as that is the case, America is still a nation at war.

"It would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned and our own security at risk.

"Ladies and gentlemen, on this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. So let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory."

Our resolve.

Now, where did we leave that?

And just what is the state of the union?

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bone
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bone 01/25/07 - 06:35 am
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The union is corrupt. The

The union is corrupt. The Confederacy is the only solution at this point. I resolve to give up on our national government and focus on solutions for problems that exist at a state & local level. I might even re-read the constitution and try to figure out where everything got so muddled (post 1865).

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patriciathomas 01/25/07 - 07:30 am
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When Jordon had to deal with

When Jordon had to deal with radical islamists [palestinians] they killed 30,000 of them before convincing them who was in charge. The only thing this enemy understands is brute strength. Everything else is 'frightened capitulation' to them. I hope Mr. Bush was able to make the point that 9/11 was proof that these radicals need to be dealt with now. Any other reaction by us will only encourage them to continue. I hope Americans will see that this is a long term effort and will not be solved in a week or a year and probably not in a decade. Our economy is doing well and continuing to improve, but this trend will not remain uninterrupted if we are attacked at home again or if we recieve another series of tax hikes.[democrat trend] Americans must be involved with specific goals in mind. It's the price of freedom

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/25/07 - 08:03 am
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For Patricia Thomas'

For Patricia Thomas' information, Jordan is the most unstable country
in the Middle East. I did not know that until shortly after the Al Qa'ida
bombings of a wedding party at an Amman Hotel a year or so ago. Jordan
has a renouned security apparatus, but the Jordanian population is
restive.
Why do we fight? That is the name of a highly recommended documentary.
A big part of the reason we fight is because we have developed a war
economy. We have Eisenhower's invective against the military-industrial
complex now realized in spades.
We are fighting an anachronistic neocolonial war in Iraq. George W.
Bush is a member of the decision making class which includes the super
rich, the CEOs of large corporations, and those that sit on the boards
of directors of those transnational corporations. We are fighting for
global corporatism. Keep drinking that corporate Kool-Aid, Ms. Thomas.

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 01/25/07 - 11:15 am
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What poll are you referring

What poll are you referring to? Lack of references - standard editorial from the Staff.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 01/25/07 - 11:43 am
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this is a very good read

this is a very good read written in 1941 as an oppositional piece to fdr's socialist/facist agenda. quite amazing.

http://www.mises.org/books/aswegomarching.pdf

such an eye opener and to see how it actually has played out, it is right on the money.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 01/25/07 - 11:45 am
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gagirl40
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gagirl40 01/25/07 - 12:12 pm
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I also wanted to know what

I also wanted to know what poll this article is referring to. The only one I could find this much in favor of Bush's speech was the FoxNews poll. And we all know FoxNews viewers aren't skewed at all in their opinion, right? The other ones I saw were more like this one: How do you rate President Bush's State of the Union speech? Excellent: 21.00% Good: 14.08% Fair :16.68%
Poor: 48.23% (CBS.com) And with a 28% approval rating I think we can all assume the CBS poll is more accurate. But nice try anyway.

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 01/25/07 - 12:34 pm
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Regarding your question about

Regarding your question about the poll: We actually checked a couple of polls -- CNN and CBS. They were on either side of 80 percent, so we simplified it and put it at 80. For the sake of brevity, we left it at that.

gagirl40
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gagirl40 01/25/07 - 05:11 pm
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What was your overall

What was your overall impression of the president's State of the Union address? Positive: 36% 35876 votes Negative: 64% 63008 votes. Total: 98884 votes (CNN.com)

kyle
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kyle 01/25/07 - 05:42 pm
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"Over the hump"!? It's been a

"Over the hump"!? It's been a downhill slide to disaster ever since the US recklessly created a failed state where there was none before. The makers of _Why We Fight_ are turning in their graves. What will the Chronicle say when senior GOP leaders go to Bush and tell him the game is up?

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