Over the past two weeks, we've been reminded again of the challenge we face in protecting our country against a foe that is bent on our destruction. And while passions and politics can often obscure the hard work before us, let's be clear about what this moment demands. We are at war. We are at war against al Qaeda, a far-reaching network of violence and hatred that attacked us on 9/11, that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people, and that is plotting to strike us again. And we will do whatever it takes to defeat them.French paper Le Monde, January 8, 2010 (automatic translation):
War, but not quite like George Bush's war. . . Carefully, Barack Obama has seconded [Bush's] words. "We are at war." . . . Immediately after, he qualified: "We are at war against al-Qaida, an extensive network of violence and hatred", a way to stand out from his predecessor George Bush and his catch-all concept of the "war on terror."Isn't terror a "network" of "violence" and "hatred"? See also Mark Steyn.
(via The Corner)