An amazing address from the President:
"So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.
This is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and our friends by force of arms when necessary . . . . America's influence is not unlimited, but fortunately for the oppressed, America's influence is considerable, and we will use it confidently in freedom's cause."
Many pundits thought that the so-called "Bush Doctrine" was being scaled back in the wake of the situation in Iraq. Yesterday, the President erased those doubts (or hopes, depending on the political persuasion of the pundit). In case some folks couldn't quite get the gist of the above words, the President put it in even plainer words:
All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.
Syria, Iran, North Korea, Saudia Arabia and others: Take Notice.
David Gergen, former Clinton advisor:
"'[It's] historically significant because I think he's revealed to us today his strategy to win the war on terrorism is far more ambitious than we ever imagined,' Gergen said. 'It's not simply going after Iraq and getting rid of Saddam [Hussein], nor is it simply going after al Qaeda. It is rather to expand and extend liberty across much of the world.
'No other American president has ever committed himself in an inaugural as fully as this to that kind of aggressive, foreign policy.'"