Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf States, leaving a city destroyed and countless citizens homeless. It was a tragedy of biblical proportions. So how did the national media respond? Many simply blamed our President. The damn broke, and it’s President Bush’s fault. Lost in the hubbub is the salient fact that God, not our president, flooded New Orleans.
Nonetheless, the President’s approval ratings plummeted following the tragedy. A recent CBS poll pegged his approval rating at thirty-seven percent, an all-time low. Contributing to the low approval rating was the waning support for the war in Iraq.
As a result of the President’s waning approval rating, the elite media and intellectuals would lead us to believe that less people are listening to his message. This is troubling, not only because our president deserves our support, but also because the fight against terrorism remains a very real threat to our national security. In fact, the terrorist movement poses a threat to the whole world! If for no other reason than the fact of this threat, we need to be listening to our president.
We cannot forget that Al Qaeda has replicated disease like throughout the world. Terrorists continue to spend their days thinking up new ways to kill Americans. These attacks continue to be carried out by an enemy that cannot be negotiated with. As our President recently observed, "We're facing a radical ideology with an unalterable objective, to enslave whole nations and intimidate the whole world.”
Unlike his predecessor, President Bush has not shied away from this point. Unneutered by political correctness (i.e., sugary visions of the world we wished existed), our President has forthrightly proclaimed that terrorism is rooted in a radical interpretation of Muslim ideology. No other president has been so open about the evil ideology of the radical jihadists. Most recently, President Bush observed that terrorists hope to create a “radical Islamic empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia.” This honesty is important, because it moves the national dialogue away form vague notions of terrorists’ threats and places it squarely where it belongs: Radical Muslim Jihadists. President Bush has rightly analogized this movement to other totalitarian threats we faced in the twentieth century, like fascism, communism and Nazism.