Thanks for this warm welcome. I’m pleased to provide my excuses for having missed class. This is the first time all the graduates of this Academy are students registered after September 11, 2001. You all volunteered in a time of war and the United States is grateful for your devotion.
Six months ago, I came to congratulate the graduating class of 2005 and to highlight the importance of their actions in the wars of the XXI century. Today, this group honours the uniform it wears and helps us to win the war on terror. This war is being fought on many fronts: the streets of Western cities, the mountains of Afghanistan, the isles in Southeast Asia and the Horn of Africa...etc. But the central front of this war today is Iraq. It’s important to understand whom are we fighting there. There’s a first group formed by Sunnis, which is against the political process but we are convincing them. There’s a second group of people who wants Sadaam Hussein back in power but we’re going to marginalize and defeat them. Finally, we have the Muslims guided by Zarkaui who only want to prevent Iraqis from being free by killing civilians. They are going to fail and by defeating them in Iraq we will consolidate our security too.
To defeat them, we are building a free society in Iraq. We are developing security and we are reforming the economy. To combat them, we must train Iraqi troops to be efficient in the war on terror. In addition, we’re developing the Iraqi police. Our troops confirm the progress achieved. When local troops are ready, only then, we’ll think about withdrawing from Iraq. To set a deadline is not possible. Senator Joseph I. Liebermann explained it perfectly well a few days ago. Our acts will depend on events to come.
Once Iraq becomes a free country, we’ll continue fighting the ideology of hate in the Middle East.
May God bless you all and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

United States (Department of State)

President Outlines Strategy for Victory in Iraq”, by George W. Bush Department of State of the United States, November 30, 2005. This text was adapted from the speech addressed to graduates at the Military Academy in Annapolis.