Thursday, March 19, 2009
Six years later
& war is what we got.
Our nation enters this conflict reluctantly, yet our purpose is sure. The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder.
We will meet that threat now with our Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines, so that we do not have to meet it later with armies of firefighters and police and doctors on the streets of our cities.
Now that conflict has come, the only way to limit its duration is to apply decisive force. And I assure you, this will not be a campaign of half measures and we will accept no outcome but victory.My fellow citizens, the dangers to our country and the world will be overcome. We will pass through this time of peril and carry on the work of peace.George W. Bush, March 19, 2003
The Battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September the 11th, 2001, and still goes on.
In these 19 months that changed the world, our actions have been focused, and deliberate, and proportionate to the offense. We have not forgotten the victims of September the 11th — the last phone calls, the cold murder of children, the searches in the rubble. With those attacks, the terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States. And war is what they got.
George W. Bush, May 1. 2003