6,450. 8/22/2005

President George W. Bush, during an event to honor Veterans of Foreign Wars: “Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. It is a vital part of our mission. Terrorists like bin Laden and his ally, Zarqawi, are trying to turn Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban, a place where women are beaten, religious and ethnic minorities are executed, and terrorists have sanctuary to plot attacks against free people. Terrorists are trying to block the rise of democracy in Iraq, because they know a free Iraq will deal a decisive blow to their strategy to achieve absolute power. The Iraqi people lived for three decades under an absolute dictatorship, and they will not allow a new set of would-be tyrants to take control of their future.”

 – Transcript, “President Honors Veterans of Foreign Wars at National Convention,” George W. Bush – White House Archives online, Accessed on 9/2/2016

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