Bush: Progress Toward Freer, More Peaceful World Made in 2005
By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2005 This has been a year of strong progress toward a freer, more peaceful world and a more prosperous America, President George W. Bush said in his weekly radio address today.
"This year we watched the Iraqi people defy the terrorists and suicide bombers and hold three successful elections, voting to choose the only constitutional, democratic government in the Arab world," Bush said." We also saw the people of Afghanistan elect a democratic parliament in a nation that only a few years ago was ruled by the Taliban.
"These are amazing achievements in the history of liberty," Bush said. "As freedom and democracy take hold in a troubled region, we are making the American people safer here at home and laying the foundation of peace for future generations."
Bush emphasized that the U.S. has a vital interest in the success of a free Iraq. In the year ahead, he said, the United States will continue to pursue a comprehensive strategy for victory that includes security, political and economic elements.
He said the coalition is staying on the offense, finding and clearing the enemy out of Iraqi cities, towns and villages. More control is being transferred to Iraqi units, and the U.S. is building up the Iraqi security forces so they can increasingly lead the fight to secure their country.
"We are helping Iraqis build the political institutions of an inclusive, unified and lasting democracy," the president said. "And, our coalition is overcoming earlier setbacks and moving forward with a reconstruction plan to rebuild Iraq's economy and infrastructure.
"As we help Iraq build a peaceful and stable democracy, the United States will gain an ally in the war on terror, inspire reformers across the Middle East, and make the American people more secure," Bush said.