Here is an excerpt from President Bush's address
to the Congress and the American people on September
20, 2001. The entire speech can be read and/or listened
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases ... 920-8.html
Please keep this in mind when being told that
we have strayed from our initial mission in fighting
"Americans are asking:
How will we fight and win this war? We will direct
every resource at our command -- every means of
diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument
of law enforcement, every financial influence, and
every necessary weapon of war -- to the disruption
and to the defeat of the global terror network.
This war will not be like the war against
Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of
territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look
like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where
no ground troops were used and not a single American
was lost in combat.
Our response involves
far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes.
Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy
campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It
may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and
covert operations, secret even in success. We will
starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against
another, drive them from place to place, until there
is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations
that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every
nation, in every region, now has a decision to make.
Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
(Applause.) From this day forward, any nation that
continues to harbor or support terrorism will be
regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.
Our nation has been put on notice: We are
not immune from attack. We will take defensive measures
against terrorism to protect Americans. Today, dozens
of federal departments and agencies, as well as
state and local governments, have responsibilities
affecting homeland security. These efforts must
be coordinated at the highest level. So tonight
I announce the creation of a Cabinet-level position
reporting directly to me -- the Office of Homeland
- President Gerogre W. Bush