Bush Promises Military Tools Needed to Fight Terror
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2005 America won't rest until the war against terror is won, and his budget for fiscal 2006 "will give our military all the tools they need for victory," President Bush said during his weekly radio address today.
The president promised that the United States "will also honor the sacrifices of the fallen by increasing substantially the payments made to the families of our servicemen and women who have given their lives in the war on terror."
Bush cited continued progress around the world in overcoming oppression: in Afghanistan, in the Palestinian territories, in Ukraine, and in Iraq, which held democratic elections Jan. 30.
"On that day, millions of brave Iraqis defied the threats of terrorists and cast votes to determine their nation's future," he said. "The whole world can now see that the assassins and car bombers are doomed to fail, because they are fighting the desire of the Iraqi people to live in freedom."
When Iraq is democratic, at peace with its neighbors and able to defend itself, "our nation will be safer, and our troops will return home with the honor they have earned," the president said.
But in the meantime, Bush said, the nation must hold its course in fighting terror and helping spread freedom to the oppressed. "America's commitment to human dignity and freedom at home also leads us to spread freedom and peace around the world," he said. "We remain at war against the forces of terror, and we will not rest until the fight is won. We will continue to hunt down terrorists abroad, so we do not have to face them here at home."
The work ahead "is not easy," he acknowledged. "But we go forward with confidence, knowing that America's best days are yet to come."