June 28, 2005
"We have more work to do, and there will be tough moments that test America's resolve," said President Bush.
President Bush addressed a group of soldiers hit hardest by the War in Iraq. The President spoke for nearly a half an hour to the base which has 9300 personnel fighting the war.
"The best way to honor the lives given in this struggle is to complete the mission."
The President highlighted what he believes are the many accomplishments over the past year. However, he would not set a timeline for withdrawal.
"Our strategy can be summed up this way. As the Iraqi's stand up, we will stand down."
Along with addressing the military personnel in attendance, the President aimed comments at the doubting public. Parts of the public are growing weary of the 27-month conflict that has caused over 1700 American casualties.
"Is the sacrifice worth it? It is worth it and it is vital to the future security of our country."
But most of all, the President used his primetime address to assure the world, the U.S. is not bailing out of the war on terror.
"So we will fight them there, we will fight them across the world and we will stay in the fight until the fight is won."