History: President Bush Declares “War on Terror” – Sept. 20, 2001

Bush certainly rallied the United States on the days after 9/11, even if he was mistaken about Islam and Muslims in America. As we’ve seen since that speech, many American Muslims have betrayed this country in favor of Islam. The 11,000+ attacks by Muslims in the name of Islam are evidence Islam is not a religion of peace. But even so, what happened to this aggressive George Bush? Where did he go? Relentless beatings by Democrats, foreigners, Muslim groups like CAIR, and the leftist lamestream medias across the world surely affected Bush’s agenda.

George W. Bush, “We’re not fooled by their pretenses to piety.”

On Sept. 20, 2001, President Bush delivered an inspirational speech to America that rallied support for the “War on Terror,” which would eventually lead to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On this Day: President Bush Declares “War on Terror” from findingDulcinea

Following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush addressed a joint session of Congress that was broadcast to the American people, delivering one of the defining speeches of his presidency.

According to Time magazine, Bush’s speech “rallied” the nation in five steps. First, President Bush explained what had happened on Sept. 11. He then made an important point for diplomacy, noting that America did not hold all Muslims responsible and acknowledged that terrorists were a small and extreme portion of the population. Bush then discussed the challenges that lay ahead for an America at war with an elusive and unclear enemy. He gave “marching orders” to Americans, advising them to continue their lives as usual and to pray for the victims of 9/11 and the U.S. military. Finally, he took responsibility for leading America through one of its darkest moments, saying, “And in our grief and anger, we have found our mission and our moment.”

Bush outlined his plans for a “War on Terror” that would begin with al-Qaida, but would not end there. He proclaimed that America would “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.”

Bush’s speech also marked the night that he unveiled his plans for a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His inspirational speech continued with the now-famous line, “We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail.”

His speech was immediately hailed as a success, and his ability to rally support following the Sept. 11 attacks led to America’s temporary defeat of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the establishment of a free government in Iraq after five years of war.

Opinion & Analysis: ‘Bush Delivered All the Right Notes’

On Sept. 20, 2001, Time published an article praising President Bush’s speech. According to Time, Bush’s speech was meant to “reassure Arab allies and Muslims around the world that the U.S. was not at war with their religion; rally Congress to support his war effort; buck up the military before its mission commences; and explain to the nation the new world in which it lives.” Though the article admired Bush’s speech for its “simple and plain-spoken language,” it also noted that the future of America would be much more challenging and complex than Bush’s clear rhetoric implied.

Related Topic: The Sept. 11 attacks

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, America fell victim to one of the deadliest attacks in the nation’s history. Al-Qaida, a group of Islamic extremists led by Osama bin Laden, was behind the attacks. Four large commercial airplanes were hijacked by the group; two were flown into New York’s World Trade Center, one flew into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and one crashed in a field in Shanksville, Penn., after passengers fought off the hijackers. By the end of the day, nearly 3,000 Americans had been killed, and America found itself faced with a harrowing new enemy.

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