He led the nation through one of the darkest times in our history. George W. Bush made the tough decisions to send young men and women to war to protect the homeland. He cried with those who lost loved ones on 9/11 ... he cried with families who lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan ... he steadied an uncertain nation and never wavered.
When the news came almost two weeks ago that Osama bin Laden had finally been tracked down and killed, it was not on Bush's watch but that of a Democratic president. He was not overjoyed, he said Wednesday, "explaining that the campaign to track down the 9/11 mastermind was done not 'out of hatred but to exact judgment.' "
"The guy is dead. That is good," Bush said of bin Laden. "Osama's death is a great victory in the war on terror. He was held up as a leader."The former president went on to say:
"The long-term solution is to promote a better ideology, which is freedom. Freedom is universal," Bush said. "People who do not look like us want freedom just as much. The relatives of [former Secretary of State]Condoleezza Rice over 100 years ago wanted freedom. It is only when you do not have hope in a society that you join a suicide bomber team."Those are the words of a leader.