I think it is imperative that Americans understand the causal relationship between their security and the war in Iraq. This is what President Bush was attempting to articulate, and this is how I see it.
1. It is impossible to keep America safe by just playing defense.
2. The Middle East is the epicenter of the terror network.
3. Despotic governments bring out the worst in religion.
4. Change the political environment in the Middle East and we change the associated religious pathology.