It has been a year since Iraq signed the letter stating its sovereignty. I have said it here before, and I will say it here again. This war against terrorism is a necessary evil. The cost is high, but the cause is right. Regardless of your politics, the freedoms we hold near and dear to our hearts deserve to be held by others. If that means taking the fight across the world to eliminate as many terrorists as we can, then I am all for it.
We, America, must stand for Democracy and Freedom at all costs, as we have done so in the past. We America, must lead the way to demonstrate Democracy and Freedom. We, America, must sacrifice for what is right.
Oppression is not the way to lead a country or people. Deomcracy and Freedom is the way to lead a country and people. We, America, must lead the way and provide that knowledge to those who are in need. -- Hooah!
Day of Great Hope
"Earlier today, 15 months after the liberation of Iraq, and two days ahead of schedule, the world witnessed the arrival of a free and sovereign Iraqi government ... After decades of brutal rule by a terror regime, the Iraqi people have their country back. This is a day of great hope for Iraqis and a day that terrorist enemies hoped never to see. The terrorists are doing all they can to stop the rise of a free Iraq, but their bombs and attacks have not prevented Iraqi sovereignty, and they will not prevent Iraqi democracy."
---President George W. Bush, June 28, 2004
Freely Elected, Determined
“The Iraqi people and their freely elected government … are determined to face down those who would destroy their hopes. They are determined to carry out a political process that will lead to a free and democratic Iraq. And we believe that the region, and indeed the world, will be more secure when that day is realized."
---Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Int'l Conference on Iraq
Transition to Sovereignty (Photo Essay)
• Return of Sovereignty Means 'Hopeful Day' for Iraq
• Rumsfeld: Transfer Won't Immediately Stop Violence
• Bremer Details Top Accomplishments of Post-War Iraq
• Progress in Iraq Takes Back Seat to Violence in Media
• Rumsfeld Clarifies Status of Iraqi Security Forces
• Myers: Strategy Right, U.S. Must Stay Course in Iraq
• Abizaid: Insurgents Have 'No Chance'
• Despite Perception, War in Iraq Going Well
• World Community Pledges to Support Free, Democratic Iraq
• Political Process Will Stay on Course
Timeline & Fact Sheets
• Backgrounder: Iraqi Interim Government
• Fact Sheet: The Transition to Iraqi Self-Government
• Iraq Timeline 2002 - 2005
• White House: Renewal in Iraq