I’ll be live-blogging the Presidential debate tomorrow night; Deacon and the Trunk may be as well. Some time during the evening, President Bush will be asked about his plan, or maybe his exit strategy, in regard to Iraq. Bush doesn’t talk like Winston Churchill, of course, but in my view, he needs to echo Churchill’s words in the first speech he gave to the House of Commons after assuming office as Prime Minister in 1940:
You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.
You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs – Victory in spite of all terrors – Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.
A clear majority of Americans understands that we are in a war for our survival, and will follow a leader whose commitment to victory in that war is unwavering and tireless. Bush’s task tomorrow is to make clear that he is that leader, and John Kerry is not.