Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Bush - "We are prevailing" in Iraq

President George W Bush outlined the US position on the war, which Americans' faced, in his keynote speech late Tuesday. He spoke to a military audience in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA. The terrorists' aim, he said, is to "remake the Middle-East in their own grim image of tyranny and oppression" and to "topple governments, by driving us out of the region and exporting terror."
"They murder in the name of a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance and despises all dissent," he said, adding that "there is only one course of action, and that is to defeat them abroad, before they can attack us at home."
Besides the turmoil in Iraq, President Bush claimed to have made "significant progress" in the country. He said this progress was manifested in the American trained Iraqi security forces, which have "fought bravely" and achieved results. But as for when US troops will leave he said he would be guided by "the sober judgment of our military leaders" and only when Iraq could defend itself.
To a rapturous applause he made a defiant statement, "We fight today because terrorists want to attack our country and kill our citizens, and Iraq is where they are making their stand, so we will fight them there, we'll fight them across the world, and we will stay in the fight until the fight is won."
He praised US servicemen who had enlisted and those that had fought in the war on terror since September 11th [2001]. "I told the American people that the road ahead would be difficult, and that we would prevail. Well, it has been difficult, and we are prevailing," adding "our enemies are brutal, but they are no match for the United States of America, and they are no match for the men and women of the United States military, may God bless you all."
[15:48 GMT 29/06/2005]

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