Friday, October 07, 2005

President Bush's Speech on Terror to the National Endowment for Democracy

I mentioned President Bush's Speech on the War on Terror to the National Endowment for Democracy below. It has gained some praise from around the web. Jonathan Dresner has also started a much needed dialogue for we historians over at Cliopatria. It's about time we stop and take stock. With elections a year behind us and in front of us, maybe we can all take a step back from the ideological lines we tend to toe and give the war on terror a fresh look. As Jonathan says, "There are good arguments against terror, against Islamism, for putting real effort (including patience) into Iraqi success. There are good arguments for multilateralism, for multiculturalism, for imperial restraint. Honestly, there's a middle ground here, somewhere." Yes, and part of the analysis should be to take a look back and not only see which arguments have been proven wrong, but which have been proven right.

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