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TRANSCRIPT: President Bush's Speech (12\7\05)

Posted on 12/07/2005 12:20:35 PM PST by HHKrepublican_2

The following is text of President Bush's speech on the War on Terror to the Council on Foreign Affairs.

President Bush: Thank you, all. Richard. Thanks for the invitation. Thanks for letting me come by and address the Council on Foreign Relations. The Council is one of America's oldest and most admired foreign policy organizations, and I appreciate the chance to come and talk about foreign policy.

Richard is a good man, and he's doing a fine job as the President of the Council on Foreign Relations. And I appreciate your service to the country. I want to thank Nancy Roman. I want to thank the board members of the Council. And I want to thank you all for being here today.

Today we mark the anniversary of a fateful day in American history. On December the 7th, 1941, our peaceful nation awoke to an attack plotted in secret and executed without mercy. The strike on Pearl Harbor was the start of a long war for America — a massive struggle against those who attacked us and those who shared their destructive ambitions.

Fortunately for all of us, a great generation of Americans was more than equal to the challenge. Our nation pulled together and despite setbacks and battlefield defeats, we did not waver in freedom's cause.

With courage and determination, we won a war on two fronts: We liberated millions, we aided the rise of democracy in Europe and Asia, we watched enemies become allies, and we laid the foundation of peace for generations.

On September the 11th, 2001, our nation awoke to another sudden attack. In the space of just 102 minutes more Americans were killed than we lost at Pearl Harbor. Like generations before us, we accepted new responsibilities, and we confronted new dangers with firm resolve.

Like generations before us, we're taking the fight to those who attacked us — and those who share their murderous vision for future attacks. Like generations before us, we've faced setbacks on the path to victory — yet we will fight this war without wavering. And like the generations before us, we will prevail.

Like earlier struggles for freedom, this war will take many turns, and the enemy must be defeated on every battlefront — from the streets of Western cities, to the mountains of Afghanistan, to the tribal regions of Pakistan, to the islands of Southeast Asia and the Horn of Africa. Yet the terrorists have made it clear that Iraq is the central front in their war against humanity. So we must recognize Iraq as the central front in the War on Terror.

Last week at the Naval Academy, I gave the first in a series of speeches outlining our strategy for victory in Iraq. I explained that our strategy begins with a clear understanding of the enemy we face. The enemy in Iraq is a combination of rejectionists and Saddamists and terrorists. The rejectionists are ordinary Iraqis, mostly Sunni Arabs, who miss the privileged status they had under the regime of Saddam Hussein; they reject an Iraq in which they are no longer the dominant group.

We believe that, over time, most of this group will be persuaded to support a democratic Iraq led by a federal government that is strong enough to protect minority rights.

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1 posted on 12/07/2005 12:20:36 PM PST by HHKrepublican_2
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To: HHKrepublican_2

I do not think that this is the full speech.

2 posted on 12/07/2005 12:29:16 PM PST by jveritas (The Axis of Defeatism: Left wing liberals, Buchananites, and third party voters.)
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To: jveritas

Im aware...the whole speech is found in the link at the post above you.

3 posted on 12/07/2005 12:32:43 PM PST by HHKrepublican_2 (OP Spread the Truth...figthing Lib Fibs....
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To: HHKrepublican_2

Thank you for posting.

4 posted on 12/07/2005 12:35:40 PM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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