America will not run from car bombers

Discussion in 'Middle East - General' started by ScreamingEagle, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. ScreamingEagle

    ScreamingEagle Gold Member

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    "To all who wear the uniform, I make you this pledge," the president said, "America will not run in the face of car bombers and assassins so long as I am your commander in chief." The president spent a large part of the speech giving specifics on how many Iraqi troops are battle-ready and which measures the U.S. is taking to speed up the transition of military responsibility from U.S. troops to the Iraqi army.

    "As Iraqi forces gain experience and the political process advances, we will be able to decrease our troop level in Iraq without losing our capability to defeat the terrorists," Bush said. "These decisions about troop levels will be driven by the conditions on the ground in Iraq and the good judgment of our commanders, not by artificial timetables set by politicians in Washington."

    The major points in "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq" include neutralizing the insurgency while building Iraqi security forces, helping to restore the Iraqi economy, and working to secure a democratic government in Iraq by isolating those loyal to former dictator Saddam Hussein and other terrorist leaders.

    "Some critics continue to assert that we have no plan in Iraq except to 'stay the course,' " Bush said. "If by 'stay the course' they mean we will not allow the terrorists to break our will, they're right. If by 'stay the course' they mean we will not permit al Qaeda to turn Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban — a safe haven for terrorists and a launching pad for attacks on America — they're right as well. If by 'stay the course' they mean that we're not learning from our experience or adjusting our tactics to meet the challenges on the ground, then they're flat wrong."

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