What should be the national-defense strategy of the United States against radical Islam, the most immediate and thoroughgoing security and cultural threat we face today?
First, because violent jihadists launch attacks against the United States when they have safe havens from which to plot and train, we must hunt down those terrorists wherever on earth they operate.Second, the nations of the world must be put to a choice: You are with us or you are with the terrorists. Period — no middle ground. If you are with the terrorists, you will be regarded, as they are regarded, as an enemy of the United States.
The Bush Doctrine, by contrast, is the path to victory — if we get that one addendum right. It is this: Our enemies are not driven by American foreign policy, our friendship with Little Satan, our detention of jihadists at Gitmo, or the supposed “arrogance” our current president likes to apologize for.
Those are all pretexts for aggression.