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Bush’s Speech to the Council on Foreign Relations

By on 12.7.05 | 1:27PM

Catch his full remarks here. Some highlights:

On September the 11th, 2001, our nation awoke to another sudden attack. In the space of just 102 minutes, more Americans were killed than we lost at Pearl Harbor.

Like generations before us, we accepted new responsibilities and we confronted new dangers with firm resolve.

Like generations before us, we're taking the fight to those who attacked us and those who share their murderous vision for future attacks.

Like generations before us, we face setbacks on the path to victory, yet we will face this war without wavering. And like the generations before us, we will prevail.
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Senator Lieberman is right. There's an important debate going on in our nation's capital about Iraq. And the fact that we can debate these issues openly in the midst of a dangerous war brings credit to our democracy.

In this debate, some are calling for us to withdraw from Iraq on a fixed timetable, without regard to conditions on the ground. Recently, one Democratic leader came out in support of an artificial deadline for withdrawal and said an immediate withdrawal of our troops would, quote, "make the American people safer, our military stronger, and bring some stability to the region," end quote.

That's the wrong policy for our government. Withdrawing on an artificial deadline would endanger the American people, would harm our military and make the Middle East less stable.

It would give the terrorists exactly what they want.

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