. May 28, 2006 SouthAmerica: I hope he does not get carried way with his personal comparisons to former President Truman, otherwise âThe Deciderâ might decide that the United States should drop another atomic bomb in Hiroshima, and Nagasaki â just for the hell of it. ********* âAt West Point, Bush Draws Parallels With Trumanâ By ELISABETH BUMILLER Published: May 28, 2006 The New York Times WEST POINT, N.Y., May 27 â President Bush implicitly compared himself to Harry S. Truman in a commencement address at the United States Military Academy on Saturday, saying Truman acted boldly against the "fanatic faith" of cold war communism in the same way Mr. Bush's administration has responded to the threat of terrorism since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "By the actions he took, the institutions he built, the alliances he forged and the doctrines he set down, President Truman laid the foundations for America's victory in the cold war," Mr. Bush told the class of 2006. Mr. Bush has compared the struggle against communism to the current war against Islamic radicalism in previous speeches, but his address on Saturday was his most developed on the theme. He left it unsaid that Truman was deeply unpopular at the end of his two terms in office and that it took a generation to appreciate his achievements. "Like the cold war, we are fighting the followers of a murderous ideology that despises freedom, questions all dissent, has territorial ambitions and pursues totalitarian aims," Mr. Bush said. He added that "like Americans in Truman's day, we are laying the foundations for victory." The president made a passing but pointed reference to the present standoff with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. "The message has spread from Damascus to Tehran that the future belongs to freedom, and we will not rest until the promise of liberty reaches every people in every nation," Mr. Bush said. (SA: With the exception of "Taiwan" for obvious reasons) â¦The president commended the academy for adapting to what he called the new form of warfare in the 21st century. West Point, he said, has added courses in counterinsurgency operations, intelligence and homeland security; expanded Arabic language training; and hired faculty members with expertise in Islamic law and culture. In addition, Mr. Bush praised the institution for its new Combating Terrorism Center and for establishing a minor in terrorism studies. (SA: And he reminded his audience on how well the new strategies are working in Iraq and in the United States.) He reiterated that there was only one response to terrorism. "We will never back down, we will never give in, and we will never accept anything other than complete victory," he said. (SA: This new war on terrorism will go on forever or at least as long we can afford paying for it.) The 861-member class, which includes 131 women, frequently responded with applause. (SA: That mean that they are ready to be shipped to Iraq.) Mr. Bush was accompanied by Donald L. Evans, his former commerce secretary, who is a leading candidate to replace John W. Snow as Treasury secretary. Mr. Evans is spending the Memorial Day weekend with Mr. Bush at Camp David. (The current US government policies regarding economic matters will really be changed if Donald Evans â another oilman â becomes the new US Treasury secretary. Sure!!!!!) .