Sunday, December 18, 2005

President Shakes Off Critics; Looks Ahead

Iraqis of every background are recognizing that democracy is the future of the country they love -- and they want their voices heard. One Iraqi, after dipping his finger in the purple ink as he cast his ballot, stuck his finger in the air and said: "This is a thorn in the eyes of the terrorists."

Another voter was asked, "Are you Sunni or Shia?"
He responded, "I am Iraqi."

That one quote sums up my feeling on the Iraq War. The president should not have to come out defending his decision this late in the game. WE ARE AT WAR. He said it well tonight. Victory or Defeat? I have said it before and will say it again, what will a U.S. retreat from Iraq say to the terrorists? Heck, I'd be feeling pretty good if I just ran the United States out of my CAVE, yes, CAVE, of all places. Nice speech Mr. President.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush asserted Sunday night the United States is winning the war in Iraq and issued a plea to Americans divided by doubt: "Do not give in to despair and do not give up on this fight for freedom." In a prime-time address, Bush acknowledged setbacks and sacrifice and cautioned there would be more violence and death in the months ahead. "Some look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude that the war is lost and not worth another dime or another day," he said.

Struggling to build confidence in his policy, the president held out hopes for withdrawing American forces as Iraqi troops gain strength and experience.
The president spoke from the Oval Office, where in March, 2003, he announced the U.S.-led invasion.


Nearly three years later, more than 2,150 U.S. soldiers have died, Bush's popularity has plummeted and about half of Americans think the war was a mistake. Yet a strong majority oppose an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces.

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