Here is the transcript of Obama's speech concerning the 12/25/2009 attempted attack. Below are the "take aways" from the speech, from my point of view:
We are at war. We are at war against Al Qaida, a far-reaching network of violence and hatred that attacked us on 9/11, that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people, and that is plotting to strike us again. And we will do whatever it takes to defeat them.
This should, temporarily, shut up the conservative critics about his not considering this a war. Again, I state that if it is a war, Congress should officially declare it so.
Here at home, we will strengthen our defenses, but we will not succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open society and liberties and values that we cherish as Americans, because great and proud nations don't hunker down and hide behind walls of suspicion and mistrust. That is exactly what our adversaries want. And so long as I am president, we will never hand them that victory.
Given that Osama bin Laden STATED the U.S. had "too much freedom" and STATED one of the goals of the attacks is to cause loss of freedom in the U.S., I LOVE that statement Obama made! However, given some of the things going on, I'd say we are under a siege mentality.
That's what it means to be strong in the face of violent extremism. That's how we will prevail in this fight. And that's how we will protect our country and pass it, safer and stronger, to the next generation.
HOOOOO HAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE it!!!!