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9/11 Memorial: Obama vs. Bush: Two Visions of the War on Terror? [Copy link] 中文

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As America observed the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, Sunday, President Barack Obama and his predecesssor, George W. Bush, both addressed crowds as ceremonies were held at various locations.

Both men have led the decade-long "war on terror," with Bush launching the campaign and sending U.S. troops into Iraq and Afghanistan while Obama is the man who almost 10 years after 9/11 authorised the secret assault in Pakistan that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.

The two presidents, however, had very different tones throughout their speeches, which may have reflected their different time in office and different way of handling the aftermath of attacks and the strategy used to answer to it.

Ten years ago, Bush promised to hunt down those responsible, repeating publicly several times that the al-Qaida leader was wanted dead or alive. While his administration was behind the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama has had to deal with the domestic impacts of the war which include the huge financial cost, the loss of life, the return of wounded veterans and the lack of security still prevalent in Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite all this, Obama will be inscribed as the man who gave Americans a sense of justice by killing bin Laden.

Obama's speech seemed to focus on the domestic impacts of the war, positioning him as the leader of the people, who having defeated the country's worst enemy now calls for peace.

"Two million Americans have gone to war since 9/11 ... Too many will never come home. Those that do carry dark memories from distant places, and the legacy of fallen friends," Obama said in a speech to the invited audience at a "Concert for Hope" Sunday evening at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

"Our strength is not measured in our ability to stay in these places; it comes from our commitment to leave those lands to free people and sovereign states, and our desire to move from a decade of war to a future of peace," said Obama, presaging the final withdrawal of American troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq.

On Saturday, however, Bush took center stage at the United Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pa., recalling  his vision of the United States as a worldwide defender of values such as liberty and democracy.

"The temptation of isolation is deadly wrong," Bush said. "A world of dignity and liberty and hope will be safer and better for all. And the surest way to move toward that vision is for the United States of America to lead the cause of freedom."

His words seemed to imply that his "war on terror" and "promotion of democracy" may have played a part in  inspiring the Arab Spring.

Bush also praised the military. "They have kept us safe, they have made us proud," he said.

While the U.S. has killed bin Laden along with numerous al-Qaida leaders, reducing its operational capabilities, the new governments in Iraq and Afghanistan are still stymied by insurgencies and rampant corruption. Also, in both countries, the condition and rights of women have been met with very little progress.

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Post time 2011-9-12 20:13:00 |Display all floors
I spent the whole day yesterday watching memorials.  The history channel had some great stuff.

Just brought everything back.  

I think Obama is on the right track.  He seems to push fighting terrorism with intelligence rather than tanks.

Our own FBI has been doing a great job at catching those who are plotting against us within the US.  

He actually DID get OBL whereas Bush was pre-occupied in iraq and turned his back on 9/11 and the war on terror.

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Post time 2011-9-12 20:40:11 |Display all floors


Does anyone believe any of the garabage in the last two posts ? We all know 9/11 was an inside job.There
were no planes.The towers were almost certainly nuked with W54 warheads.WTC 7 was demolished
conventionally.Dubya and Obomber are evil Zionist war criminals who should be waterboarded,flayed and then
boiled Talmud style in excrement.The bin Patsy "killing" was low Orwellian theatre.

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Post time 2011-9-13 16:30:55 |Display all floors
Originally posted by JFenix at 2011-9-12 20:13
I think Obama is on the right track.  He seems to push fighting terrorism with intelligence rather than tanks.

Of course, O'bama is on the right track! He's taking Sunzi's advice, unlike the other dumb white presidents! :)

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