In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush said that America is "a nation at war," facing threats from Sunni terrorist groups like al-Qaida:
But Sunni terrorists "are just one camp in the Islamist radical movement," said Mr. Bush:Shia and Sunni extremists, said Mr. Bush, "are different faces of the same totalitarian threat":In the last two years, said Mr. Bush, citizens in Lebanon and Iraq demonstrated their desire for liberty by flocking to the polls to vote despite threats of violence. Radical Islamic terrorists, President Bush said, responded with more attacks:In Iraq, said Mr. Bush, Sunni extremists provoked retaliation from Iraqi Shia by bombing the Golden Mosque of Samarra:The United States is now planning to send more U.S. troops to Iraq. The Iraqi government says it will increase its military presence in Baghdad and confront extremists of any faction or party. These new plans, said President Bush, have the power "to shape the outcome of this battle."