Saturday, July 24, 2004

9/11 Commission backs Bush's pre-emptive strike doctrine

That is the conclusion of The Wall Street Journal.

They also say it vindicates the Patriot Act and names radical Islam as the cause of world terror.

I agree whole heartedly with all three points.

While the world derided Bush as a "cowboy" for his doctrine the 9/11 commission says pre-emption could have prevented 9/11.

That, reduced to its essence, is the main conclusion of yesterday's 567-page report from the 9/11 Commission. The September 11 attacks may have been a shock, it says, but they never should have come as a surprise. Our government--and the entire political class--knew enough to act against al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, but it did not because of "failures of imagination, policy, capability, and management." Though the bipartisan report can't quite bring itself to use the words, it would seem that the Bush anti-terror doctrine lives.

And the commission makes the case for taking action against looming danger.

The details, however, should not obscure the Commission's larger message about the dangers of not acting against a looming threat. After a year of recriminations against a President who chose to act against another threat, in Iraq, the report may even do some good.

Are you listening Iran?

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