Presenter: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
July 29, 2005
Secretary Rumsfeld remarks to the 1st Battalion, Iraqi Special Forces
Rumsfeld: First of all, thank you so much for that fine demonstration. I remember when this unit was first formed and we've been watching your progress with a great deal of interest and admire the success you're achieving. We are engaged in a tough fight but it's clear that you have a tough force and will prevail.
The terrorists and the opponents of the Iraqi government have tried everything they can to discourage you from joining and to discourage you from staying, but all of you have shown personal courage as well as the courage you receive from the other Iraqi security forces. We're proud to have our forces fighting at your side and there's no doubt in my mind but that you'll look back in five or ten years with great pride on what you've accomplished in this country.
You have my best wishes and my admiration and respect. God bless you all.