Thursday, August 19, 2004

Vision and mission

Insightful take from John McCaslin, on the president's vision on Iraq.

President Bush came face-to-face with the sacrifice and uncertainty surrounding the war in Iraq during an 'ask the president' event this week at Okaloosa-Walton College in Niceville, Fla.

'I have a brother who served in Afghanistan and is going back to Iraq,' a young woman stood up and told the president, wondering whether his administration has a vision and strategy to complete the mission.

'That's a very legitimate question,' Bush replied. 'And the answer is, we do. . . . I just want you to know that your brother is going on a mission that has historic proportions to it.'

He then recalled a story that 'I hope helps you and helps everybody understand.' He said he was sharing dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Tokyo and thought it significant their conversation centered on world peace.
'Now, the interesting part of the story, I think, as far as your brother is concerned, is that during the course of the conversation I thought it was pretty neat to be talking to a prime minister of a country that we had been at war with. . . .

'And that day I was talking to the head of a former enemy, and we're talking about keeping the world more peaceful. There were a lot of people after World War II who did not believe that Japan could be a self-governing, peaceful nation. . . .

'But, fortunately, our predecessors in the presidency and the Senate and the Congress . . . never forgot that fantastic American belief that freedom has the capacity to transform lives, transform enemies to allies in peace."

Bush concluded by telling the woman: 'Someday, an American president is going to be sitting down with an elected leader from Iraq, huddled and talking about how to keep the peace. That's what your brother's mission is.'

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thing our courageous president served so valiantly in Vietnam when he was required to. Bush should start talking more about his service in the National Guard- I think it would help people to understand where he's coming from by example.

10:09 AM  
Blogger David said...

Adams, Wilson, FDR, Clinton. None served in the military. All were capable. Lincoln had limited service, but is probably our greatest wartime leader. As well, past presidential candidates who served honarably have been denied the presidency. Bush served in a different capacity. Mock it if you will, but the conduct of the president over the last 3 1/2 years and his selection of the men and women who advise him is what we should look to when we decide if he is qualified to be commander-in-chief.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D.S.,

Clearly service in our military is not a prerequisite to presidency. Bush, like Clinton and so many other politicians, weaseled out when our country called them to serve to defend. Dodging the draft through priviledge does not inspire 'vision' and 'mission'.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a really good answer by President Bush.

Why don't we ever get to see that President Bush on television?

6:08 PM  

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