BOSTON, September 11, 2016 — Fifteen years after America witnessed “a day of fire,” the major presidential candidates are competing to see who can disgrace President George W. Bush’s legacy the most. From opposing the Bush Doctrine to openly despising the man, the naysayers won the primaries.
Both were against the war in Iraq that was the centerpiece to the Bush Freedom Agenda. The word “neoconservative” has become a pejorative. But 15 years after the September 11 attacks, all the Bush-bashing will not change one simple fact: George W. Bush was right.
Bush was as right as right can be. No man is perfect, but on everything that actually matters, Bush was right. He still is.
Seeking justice for 3,000 murdered people in Afghanistan was the right thing to do.
Treating as an enemy any nation that finances, harbors, shelters or aids terrorists in any way was the right thing to do.
Calling out radical Islam out by name, while also carefully distinguishing that from the many peaceful people who practice Islam, was the right thing to do.
Using coercive interrogation methods on Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other high-level 9/11 masterminds was the right thing to do.
Forcibly removing Saddam Hussein from planet earth was the right thing to do.
The 2006-2007 surge led by General David Petraeus was the right thing to do.
Since President Bush left office, his critics have dominated the policy arena. The critics entire strategy was to do the opposite of what Bush did.
The Bush-bashers won the political argument. They needed to compromise the safety and well-being of the world to do it.
The current Republican presidential candidate brags about having been against the Iraq War. The Democratic candidate changes her position every five minutes for political expediency. Her September 11 experience consisted of failing to protect Americans on that date in 2012 in Benghazi.
Those who say we should not politicize 9/11 simply want cover for failure. If it takes politicizing something to improve policy, then hell yes, 9/11 must be politicized. We cannot do right if we do not know right from wrong. We cannot learn how to protect America if we refuse to listen to the last person who succeeded in doing so.
How many more attacks on American soil do we need before people wake up? How many more innocents must be buried? How many more police officers and firefighters have to die because their government is determined to destroy approaches to terrorism that actually work?
Forget the 9/11 platitudes about coming together. Saving lives matters more.
On this September 11, I honor the one hero who will never get the credit he deserves. He is too good and decent a man to brag. He lets his deeds speak for him. He is too humble to tell his critics that they are not fit to lick his boots.
It is long past time for the know-nothing, anti-war academics to be put to bed. They have been consistently wrong on everything that matters. Phrases such as “workplace violence” have invited aggression without consequences against innocent Americans.
The best way to honor those lost on 9/11 is to make sure that nothing like it ever happens again. That requires taking steps that will make civil libertarians cringe. Let them.
The way to improve this world is for America to engage in forcible regime change to spread democracy throughout the globe. It is called the Freedom Agenda, and freedom is a gift from almighty God that should not be denied to even one of earth’s seven billion inhabitants.
Freedom is deserved, and liberty is life.
On this September 11, honor the only leader of the last 15 years who seems to understand that. God bless those we lost, and God bless George W. Bush for keeping Americans safe by waging a Global War on Terror.