Bush Urges Americans To Support Troops

Hardbeatnews, FORT BRAGG, NC, Weds. June 29, 2005: With independence day celebrations just bout five days away, the commander-in-chief of the U.S. armed forces and CEO of America, President George Bush, last night issued a call to all Americans, Caribbeans included, to support the troops.

Bush, in a speech to a group of Fort Bragg officers that last less than 30 minutes, said, “This Fourth of July, I ask you to find a way to thank the men and women defending our freedom – by flying the flag, sending a letter to our troops in the field, or helping the military family down the street.”

He added, “The Department of Defense has set up a website — AmericaSupportsYou.mil. You can go there to learn about private efforts in your own community. At this time when we celebrate our freedom, let us stand with the men and women who defend us all.”

Bush, reiterating the need to fight terrorism given the events of 9/11, stressed, “This nation will not wait to be attacked again. We will defend our freedom. We will take the fight to the enemy.”

He called Iraq “the latest battlefield in this war, noting that “many terrorists who kill innocent men, women, and children on the streets of Baghdad are followers of the same murderous ideology that took the lives of our citizens in New York, in Washington, and Pennsylvania.”

Said Bush, “There is only one course of action against them: to defeat them abroad before they attack us at home. Our mission in Iraq is clear. We’re hunting down the terrorists. We’re helping Iraqis build a free nation that is an ally in the war on terror. We’re advancing freedom in the broader Middle East. We are removing a source of violence and instability, and laying the foundation of peace for our children and our grandchildren.”
Addressing the question of whether it is worth the sacrifice, the President said it is, especially for “the future security of our country.” And he also said he recognized that Americans “want our troops to come home as quickly as possible.”

“So do I, he said, but added that setting an artificial timetable would send the wrong message to the Iraqis, who need to know that America will not leave before the job is done … to our troops, who need to know that we are serious about completing the mission they are risking their lives to achieve and … to the enemy, who would know that all they have to do is to wait us out.”
The President also reiterated, “We will stay in Iraq as long as we are needed, and not a day longer.” – Hardbeatnews.com