‘War on Terror’ a Generational Conflict: Bush

CARLISLE ~ The United States’ “war on terror” will continue for many years to come, President George W. Bush said in a speech this week on his national security legacy.

Bush, who leaves office on January 20, compared the fight against terror to the Cold War of the post-World War II years.

“Like the struggle against Communism during the Cold War, the struggle against terror will be a generational conflict,” Bush told military officers at the US Army War College on Wednesday.

That struggle is “one that will continue long beyond my presidency,” Bush said.

Bush said his administration is leaving behind “the institutions and tools our country needs to prevail in the long struggle ahead.

“We’ll leave behind a vastly upgraded network of homeland defenses. Federal, state and local law enforcement officers are working together more closely than ever before. The number of Border Patrol agents has doubled since 2001,” Bush said.

Bush focused on successes achieved since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States.

“Around the world, we’re driving the terrorists from their safe havens. We are choking off their financing. We are severely disrupting their operations,” Bush said.

“Together with our allies, we’ve killed or captured hundreds of Al-Qaeda leaders and operatives, including the architect of the September the 11th attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.”

Bush also justified the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

After the September 11 attacks US officials “reexamined the danger posed by Iraq, a country that combined support for terror, the development and use of weapons of mass destruction, aggression against its neighbors, routine attacks on American forces (and) systemic violations of UN resolutions,” Bush said.

US officials “concluded that the world could not tolerate such a destabilizing and dangerous force in the heart of the Middle East,” he said.

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