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President Bush Speaks on Iraq

President Bush Speaks on 5th Anniversary of Iraq War

President Bush just spoke at the Department of Defense this morning, marking five years since the beginning of the Iraq war. He thanked the troops and summed up the mission thusfar saying, "because we acted the world is better and the United States is safer."

President Bush spoke around recent official reports that show no link between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein saying that the reduction in violence in Iraq and the alliance of some local groups with American forces is “the first large-scale Arab uprising against Osama bin Laden, his grim ideology, and his terror network.” He remained firm and optimistic in the mission saying, “by spreading the hope of liberty in the Middle East, we will help free societies to take root — and when they do, freedom will yield the peace we all desire.”

The speech happens amid protests, like the one above held yesterday in Washington DC. Reports out today also show that 71 percent of Americans think that the Iraq war is hurting the economy. President Bush responded to this saying today acknowledging the high cost of the war in "lives and treasure." To see his response,


He rebutted saying that without those expenditures Iraq would devolve into chaos, al-Qaeda would move back into its hideouts and have access to oil revenues, which would foment violence and harm the world's economy.

For a historical context of President Bush's speech today, here is audio of President Bush's speech from the beginning of the war, five years ago.

President Bush's theme today was unequivocal: "We will fight the enemy whereever it makes its stand. We will stay on the offense."

Hearing the phrase "Operation Iraqi Freedom" in his speech made the last five years flash through my head. This morning, what do you think? Will you be protesting the war? Did you get teary when President Bush thanked the troops and a chill thinking of the great task our troops are facing? What should happen now?


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I think there are both positives and negatives that have come out of this war, my brother in law is over there right now and he gets thanked everyday by iraqis for getting rid of Sadaam and for the new opportunites they have now, and i cant believe someone on here actually "went there" and said that the pres should be shot......ignorant.
htiduj htiduj 9 years
oh and happy birthday! the war started during my friend's wedding. it was wierd, because everybody was talking about it, but didnt want to tell her or the groom -- because we didnt want to upset them.
htiduj htiduj 9 years
i am not a fan of bicycle riders either! well thats not true. i dont mind it if they are polite, but when you get those riders that just dont follow traffic rules...i also live in nyc, and lets just say its not pretty. and lately ive come across all of these bike riders that want to bike around in circles in the middle of intersections. its really bizarre and just argghhh!! as for protesters, i believe in the right to protest -- but sometimes protesters go way to far. when the rnc was in ny i was really mad, but i also worked right down the block from madison square garden. it was awful. one night i was working late, and when i left my office i got caught in the middle of an insane protest! i couldn't move! i managed to find my way into the subway station, but the police had closed it down...i almost got locked in! i was hit, i was bruised -- and all i wanted to do was go home!!! it got so bad that the police came and started to arrest people, i was lucky though, one cop saw that i was trapped in the crazyness, and escorted me to another station where a train was running. i got home at 11pm because i was stuck in the mayhem for so long!!! its one thing to protest, but do protesters have to make the situation unbearable for regular people?!?! and as for this war and bush's speech, i just stopped listening to him. he just says the most ridiculous things and does not take responsibily for the horror and mayhem that he caused. anyone with half an eye would have been able to see that it was a bad idea to begin with, and that we didn't have a good plan. sometimes i wonder if bush is delusional. he definitely will be in the history books, but not as a hero. as the guy who single handedly had the worst presidency of all time. just think of all the problems that have happened under his government?!?! its a joke!!! though the bigger joke is that the democratic party could not find ONE person that could win an election against him. I mean that guy is a horrible president, and the democrats put KERRY up as the opponent?!?! that was just ridiculous. just think, kerry will always be known as the guy who couldn't beat BUSH. and the democrats reputation will be charred by that as well. this whole thing is a complete fiasco! and now we are stuck.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Wow, mega. That sounds intense.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
Thanks for the birthday wishes, Sugars! MarinerMandy, yes, I was deployed overseas and stationed overseas. I was on an island on 2002 where I directly supported the Afghanistan campaign and then I was deployed the Persian Gulf in 2003 on an aircraft carrier. We were out to sea when the war was declared.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Vieles gluckwusch auf deine geburstag, Megatron!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Cine: A year and a half. Two this coming summer.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Happy Birthday Mega!!!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Happy birthday, Megatron! Were you ever deployed overseas? I always think it's interesting to get the perspectives of people who have served in the military because the opions are just as complex as civilians, but they see it through a different prism.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
^^Sorry, I meant easier than *be* the ones actually on the hot seat.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
I'm sure I've said this before, but if the Dems really wanted to beat GWB last time around, why didn't they run a better candidate? I'm sure they could find someone who could even pull a few moderate-conservative votes. It's political suicide. Maybe they find it easier to complain about the incumbent Republican than the the ones actually on the hot seat?
Megatron Megatron 9 years
This war was started on my 22nd birthday (happy bday to you as well, cine!) when I was on my over to fight it. I had already been in the military for a year and was 4 days out of boot camp on 9/11. At the time, I knew it was wrong but was not in the position to do anything about it. Now that I am out and have the opportunity to speak out against it, I will. This has gone on waaay too long with no positive results. I can understand trying to "stop the spread of terrorism," but that means we will be fighting some form of this war for a verrry long time. Okay, I think my rant is done for now.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Tres, how long have you lived in Berlin?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
tres i agree about germany, even in rural germany i couldnt believe how many bikes lanes there were!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Berlin is a big bike city, with bike lanes and bike lights, and it works really well. So does it in Amsterdam and Copenhagen which also have a lot of bicycles. Here in Germany everyone it anal about rules so you wouldn't get away with bad biking behavior.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
guns don't kill people, bicycles do!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
yea, I think clinton spoke at UNH that year... i'm sure that would have been obama's first choice!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Ha ha, Syako! I think it's time we banned bicycles since they indirectly cause people to die or be injured. Only stationary bikes from now on!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Cabaker: It's like when Karl Rove recently held a speech at some college(don't remember which one) and they all went bananas on him. Wrong crowd, and it probably wasn't worth the 40,000 he got for it. Well, it would be for us, but not for him as I'm sure he 's not poor or anything.
syako syako 9 years
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Here (in DC) what's being referred to as "critical mass" is an anti-war protect. It seems like the same protest method as critical mass in San Fran, but about an entirely different topic.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I always thought that was the general rule, hypnotic. I guess it's a hierarchy. A lot people who drive cars don't respect those on bikes and a lot of people who ride bikes don't respect pedestrians. Although, I've also seen pedestrian blatantly walk in front of on-coming traffic, so I guess it's more of a circle than a hierarchy. (I know pedestrians technically have the right-of-way, but seriously, you can't wait until the light changes?)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
how bike friendly does it have to get to get those protests to stop?
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Oregon just recently passed a law that bicyclists can be held at fault in a collision with a car. Prior to that, the driver was automatically at fault no matter what the cyclist did. No wonder they have such a God complex.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
Sorry, should have mentioned this before. Critical Mass is not a protest in regards to the war. It was originally started in SF to show the city was not very bike friendly. It has evolved into a large, barely organized world wide event, so the "protests" are very rarely geared in any direction, thus making it generally a biker supported mass movement that really doen't do much but cause strife.
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