Day By Day

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Bush on Iraq

President Bush's address on the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war.

The battle in Iraq is noble, it is necessary, and it is just. And with your courage, the battle in Iraq will end in victory.

The surge has done more than turn the situation in Iraq around. It has opened the door to a major strategic victory in the broader war on terror.

For the terrorists, Iraq was supposed to be a place where Al Qaida rallied Arab masses to drive America out. Instead, Iraq has become the place where Arabs join with Americans to drive Al Qaida out.

BUSH: In Iraq, we're witnessing the first large-scale Arab uprising against Osama bin Laden, his grim ideology and his murderous network. And the significance of this development cannot be overstated. The terrorist movement feeds on a sense of inevitability and claims to rise on the tide of history.

The accomplishments of the surge in Iraq are exposing this myth and discrediting the extremists. When Iraqi and American forces finish the job, the effects will reverberate far beyond Iraq's borders.

Osama bin Laden once said, "When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will take the strong horse." By defeating Al Qaida in Iraq, we will show the world that Al Qaida is the weak horse.

We will show that men and women who love liberty can defeat the terrorists.

And we will show that the future of the Middle East does not belong to terror; the future of the Middle East belongs to freedom.

Here's a link to the full transcript.