Today, President Bush will deliver a live speech on the war on terror at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania during our broadcast, and we will bring it to you live.
It's an important moment for him. Today is Veteran's Day, a day when people are thinking about the men and women who serve our country. The latest poll numbers indicate that a majority of Americans are unhappy with the progress in Iraq and largely blame the administration for not having a clear plan. We'll listen carefully to what he has to say.
And, the speech comes just days after a deadly attack in Jordan. Three hotels were targeted in Amman, killing at least 57 people and injuring hundreds more.
The most interesting part of this story to emerge is the backlash in the Arab world. Moderate Arabs are often criticized for not being vocal enough, not speaking out against extremist terror. That is not the case today.
The BBC is reporting that Arab leaders have been so vocal that Al Qaeda has been forced to issue an unprecedented second statement, directed mainly at the Arab world, in an attempt to justify the attacks.
The Al Qaeda brass are saying that the hotels were targeted because they are "centers for launching wars on Islam."
The problem is that many of those killed were Muslims.
Al Jazeera offers a nice roundup of barbs from the leaders of Morocco, Egypt and other nations. These leaders are not mincing words--calling this act "terrorism" and not just a criminal act. That old "one man's freedom fighter" adage is wearing thin.
The American Muslim community was quick to condemn the acts. The Council on American-Islamic Relations calls the targeting of civilians haram--a forbidden act.
But the most moving analysis comes from the people of Jordan. That nation actually has quite a thriving blogger community with some really deep insight into what is happening in their nation.
One blogger named Amino Zawawi writes that "we should all stand up united, young and old, and say 'terrorism is not my option.'"
Others, like Palforce, express anger that Islam has been hijacked by extremists, sending a message to the world that Islam is a violent religion. These fringe fanatics are ruining the perception of the faith for all the others.
But Khalaf offers a sober analysis, saying that these attacks should prompt Jordanians to look at themselves, to see what it is about that nation, and other Arab nations, that is fostering this extremist ideology. "Religious discourse is what is driving these young men to blow themselves up in crowds of innocent people."