Bush Reminds U.S. Country Is at War
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush used terrorists’ own words Tuesday to battle complacency among Americans about the threat of future attack, defending his national security record as the fall campaign season kicks into high gear.
Bush said that despite the absence of a successor on U.S. soil to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the terrorist danger remains potent.
``Bin laden and his terrorist’s allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them,″ the president said before the Military Officers Association of America and diplomatic representatives other countries that have suffered terrorist attacks. ``The question is `Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say?‴
Quoting extensively from letters, Web site statements, audio recording and videotapes purportedly from terrorists, as well as documents found in various raids, Bush said that al Qaida, homegrown terrorists and other groups have adapted to changing U.S. defenses.
For example, Bush cited what he called ``a grisly al Qaida manual″ found in 2000 by British police during an anti-terrorist raid in London, which included a chapter called ``Guidelines for Beating and Killing Hostages.″ He also cited what he said was a captured al Qaida document found during a recent raid in Iraq. He said the document described plans to take over Iraq’s western Anbar province and set up a governing structure including an education department, a social services department, a justice department, and an execution unit.
``The terrorists who attacked us on September the 11th, 2001, are men without conscience, but they’re not madmen,″ he said. ``They kill in the name of a clear and focused ideology, a set of beliefs that are evil but not insane.″