"Tonight in Iraq, the Armed Forces of the United States are engaged in a struggle that will determine the direction of the global war on terror"
- This is truly global and and is a threat to Western Democratic values.
"Our troops in Iraq have fought bravely. They have done everything we have asked them to do. Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me."
- Refreshing for a leader to accept responsibility.
"there is no magic formula for success in Iraq."
- just a long and hard grind.
"The consequences of failure are clear: Radical Islamic extremists would grow in strength and gain new recruits. They would be in a better position to topple moderate governments, create chaos in the region, and use oil revenues to fund their ambitions. Iran would be emboldened in its pursuit of nuclear weapons."
- Have to stop the nutters in Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
"Our past efforts to secure Baghdad failed for two principal reasons: There were not enough Iraqi and American troops to secure neighborhoods that had been cleared of terrorists and insurgents. And there were too many restrictions on the troops we did have."
- Change the rules of engagement and get rid of the media and videos, cameras, etc, so that the troops are free to fight without their hands tied behind their backs.
"This time, we'll have the force levels we need to hold the areas that have been cleared. In earlier operations, political and sectarian interference prevented Iraqi and American forces from going into neighborhoods that are home to those fueling the sectarian violence. This time, Iraqi and American forces will have a green light to enter those neighborhoods"
- and get rid of Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army.
"This new strategy will not yield an immediate end to suicide bombings, assassinations, or IED attacks. Our enemies in Iraq will make every effort to ensure that our television screens are filled with images of death and suffering."
- not only the enemies in Iraq but also the Western liberal press!
"Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity and stabilizing the region in the face of extremist challenges. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We'll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq. "
- They have been warned.
"We will use America's full diplomatic resources to rally support for Iraq from nations throughout the Middle East. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf States need to understand that an American defeat in Iraq would create a new sanctuary for extremists and a strategic threat to their survival. These nations have a stake in a successful Iraq that is at peace with its neighbors, and they must step up their support for Iraq's unity government."
- It is time they stood up and were counted; Europe as well!
"It is the decisive ideological struggle of our time. On one side are those who believe in freedom and moderation. On the other side are extremists who kill the innocent, and have declared their intention to destroy our way of life."
- you are so right Georgie.
"to provide a hopeful alternative to the hateful ideology of the enemy, by advancing liberty across a troubled region."
"The terrorists and insurgents in Iraq are without conscience, and they will make the year ahead bloody and violent. Even if our new strategy works exactly as planned, deadly acts of violence will continue -- and we must expect more Iraqi and American casualties."
- This will make the lily-livered Democrats and MSM whinge more.
"Victory will not look like the ones our fathers and grandfathers achieved. There will be no surrender ceremony on the deck of a battleship. But victory in Iraq will bring something new in the Arab world -- a functioning democracy that polices its territory, upholds the rule of law, respects fundamental human liberties, and answers to its people."
"to step back now would force a collapse of the Iraqi government, tear the country apart, and result in mass killings on an unimaginable scale."
Contrary to the image the Western media, the Democrats and all the dim-witted, outspoken "celebrities" would like us to believe, I think George has a clear understanding of what is going on and what needs to be done. He needs to be bold now and see it through.
Victory is imperative, loss to scary to contemplate.