President Bush was interviewed by CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric on September 6, 2006. " 'One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror,' Mr. Bush said. 'I believe it, but the American people have got to understand that a defeat in Iraq, in other words if this government there fails, the terrorists will be emboldened, the radicals will topple moderate governments. I truly believe that this is the ideological struggle of the 21st century. And the consequences for not achieving success are dire.' "
– Melissa McNamara, “Bush: ‘We Don’t Torture,'” CBS News, Feb. 11, 2009,
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