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Security Needed for Prosperity to Reign, Bush Says

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2003 – The United States cannot enjoy prosperity without security, President Bush said in a New York City suburb today.

The president visited Orange, N.J., and then spoke to a group in nearby Elizabeth about the connection between security and the ability of corporations and small businesses to "grow" jobs.

"People want to have a secure environment in which to risk capital, and therefore our biggest challenge or one of the biggest challenges is to make sure that we continue to fight and win the war on terror," the president said.

Bush specifically talked about the need to do everything possible to protect the American homeland. "And that not only means making sure that we cooperate better at the federal, state and local level, and do a better job with our borders and our ports and to communicate better, but it also means that we've got to stay on the offensive," he said.

Bush reiterated U.S. policy toward terrorists and terrorist states. "If you harbor a killer, if you feed a killer, if you hide a killer, you're just as guilty as the killer," he said.

"We acted, and the Taliban no longer is in power in Afghanistan, which is not only good for the security of the Free World; it is incredibly good for the people who suffered in Afghanistan under barbaric rule."

The United States acted to combat the threat of Saddam Hussein. "Now there are some who would like to rewrite history," he said. "Saddam Hussein was a threat to America and the Free World in '91, in '98, in 2003. He continually ignored the demands of the Free World, so the United States and friends and allies acted. And this is for certain: Saddam Hussein is no longer a threat to the United States and our friends and allies.

Many local residents perished in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. Bush said the attacks in New York and Washington shocked Americans with images of the country's vulnerabilities.

In the aftermath of the attacks, America acted, Bush said. "(The United States) acted because this nation will not be intimidated. This nation will not be blackmailed by terror. This nation will do what it takes to defend something we hold dear to our hearts, and that is our freedom."

Bush said the best way to defend America is to hunt down terrorists and bring them to justice. "We've got a lot of brave troops still on the move, still looking for terrorists," he said.

"We're cooperating with our friends and allies. We're sharing intelligence. We're running down their money trails. But one thing is certain for the American people to know: that this government will use whatever technologies and skill is necessary to secure America by hunting down those who would harm us, one person at a time. It is a charge we have been given, and it is a charge we will keep."

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