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.
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.