6,404. 6/28/2005

President George W. Bush: “Iraq is the latest battlefield in this war. Many terrorists who kill innocent men, women, and children on the streets of Baghdad are followers of the same murderous ideology that took the lives of our citizens in New York, in Washington, and Pennsylvania. There is only one course of action against them: to defeat them abroad before they attack us at home. The commander in charge of coalition operations in Iraq — who is also senior commander at this base — General John Vines, put it well the other day. He said: ‘We either deal with terrorism and this extremism abroad, or we deal with it when it comes to us.’ Our mission in Iraq is clear. We’re hunting down the terrorists. We’re helping Iraqis build a free nation that is an ally in the war on terror. We’re advancing freedom in the broader Middle East. We are removing a source of violence and instability, and laying the foundation of peace for our children and our grandchildren.”

 – Transcript, “President Addresses Nation, Discusses Iraq, War on Terror,” George W. Bush – White House Archives online, Accessed on 9/1/2016

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