Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bush administration knew evil ... and our destiny was to fight it

John Yoo's op-ed piece in today's Wall Street Journal grabs the reader with the first paragraph:
It was instantly clear after Sept. 11, 2001, that our security agencies knew little about al Qaeda's inner workings, could not detect its operatives' entry into the country, nor predict where it might strike next.
The worst attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor struck under President George W. Bush's watch. He went on national TV and assured the American people that we would not tire, we would not falter, and we would not fail. He called terrorism what it was ... a faceless coward ... and said he would not forget the wound to our country nor would he forget those who had inflicted it.

He never wavered.

We remained safe.

Democrats played politics with our national security. Mr. Yoo's excellent commentary points out the reasons we needed to use warrentless wiretaps at a time when many Democrats would have left us vulernable to our enemies. He concludes:
Our Constitution created a presidency whose function is to protect the nation from attack. Gathering intelligence -- including intercepting enemy communications -- has long been a key aspect of war. Our military and intelligence agencies cannot attack or defend the nation unless they know where to aim. As we confront terrorists who remain intent on attacking the U.S., using weapons we cannot anticipate, we should be skeptical of those who insist that we radically change the way this country has always made war.
It takes a backbone to go up against the naysayers and radical leftists to do what is in the best interest of the country. Our military and intelligence agencies, under the leadership of President Bush, did what was necessary to prevent terrorism from again invading our shores. We owe a debt of gratitude to them all.

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