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Text of President Bush's comments on Saddam capture
The Command Post ^ | December 14, 2003

Posted on 12/14/2003 9:33:25 AM PST by John Jorsett

Yesterday, December the 13th, at around 8:30 PM Baghdad time, United States military forces captured Saddam Hussein alive.

He was found near a farm house outside the city if Tikrit, in a swift raid, conducted without casualties, and now the former dictator of Iraq will face the justice he denied to millions.

The capture of this man was crucial to the rise of a free Iraq. It marks the end of the road for him, and for all who bullied and killed in his name.

For the Baathist holdouts largely responsible for the current violence, there will be no return to the corrupt power and privilege they once held. For the vast majority of Iraqi citizens who wish to live as free men and women, this event brings further assurance that the torture chambers and secret police are gone forever.

And this afternoon I have a message for the Iraqi people: You will not have to fear the rule of Saddam Hussein ever again. All Iraqis who take the side of freedom have taken the winning side. The goals of our coalition are the same as your goals: sovereignty for your country, dignity for your great culture, and for every Iraqi citizen, the opportunity for a better life.

In the history of Iraq, a dark and painful era is over. A hopeful day has arrived. All Iraqis can now come together and reject violence and build a new Iraq. The success of yesterday’s mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq. The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies, have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people.

Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our armed forces and I congratulate them. I also have a message for all Americans: The capture of Saddam Hussein does not mean the end of violence in Iraq. We still face terrorists who would rather go on killing the innocent than accept the rise of liberty in the Middle East. Such men are a direct threat to the American people, and they will be defeated.

We’ve come to this moment through patience and resolve and focused action, and that is our strategy moving forward. The war on terror is a different kind of war, waged capture by capture, cell by cell, and victory by victory. Our security is assured by our perseverance, and by our sheer belief in the success of liberty, and the United States of America will not relent until this war is won.

May God bless the people of Iraq, and may God bless America.


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1 posted on 12/14/2003 9:33:26 AM PST by John Jorsett
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"Praise the Lord. ... This is a day of glory for the American military, American intelligence, and it's a day of triumph and joy for anybody in the world who cares about freedom and human rights and peace." — Sen. Joe Lieberman (news - web sites), D-Conn
2 posted on 12/14/2003 9:34:32 AM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: John Jorsett
What a great present for the National Guard's birhtday!

3 posted on 12/14/2003 9:43:19 AM PST by Killborn (I'd rather have Big Bizniz than Big Guvmint.)
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To: John Jorsett
All Iraqis who take the side of freedom have taken the winning side.

Nicely!

4 posted on 12/14/2003 9:43:30 AM PST by Huck
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To: Huck
Tough to stay angry at President Bush, eh Huck? :-}
5 posted on 12/14/2003 9:44:55 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07
Not if someone reminds me.
6 posted on 12/14/2003 9:47:13 AM PST by Huck
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To: Huck
OK, no more reminders from me. Adios.
7 posted on 12/14/2003 9:49:01 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: John Jorsett

8 posted on 12/14/2003 9:50:11 AM PST by ChadGore (No blood for ratings! This means YOU AOL-Time-Warner-Turner-CNN)
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To: John Jorsett
What a wondeful, wonderful day. I'm grinning ear to ear.

Congrats, Mr. Bush. You rock!
9 posted on 12/14/2003 9:52:22 AM PST by Trampled by Lambs (...and pecked by the dove...)
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Mr. Hussein: You have a chance to escape the hangman's noose if answer four questions to our satisfaction.

Where when and how did you collaborate with terrorists against The United states?

Where are your WMD?

Who are you collaborators in terrorism and creation of WMD worldwide?

Whee is ALL the money?
10 posted on 12/14/2003 9:56:48 AM PST by mercy
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To: mercy
Whee Where
11 posted on 12/14/2003 9:58:15 AM PST by mercy
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To: mercy
That sounds like a reasonable deal, except for the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis calling from the mass graves.
12 posted on 12/14/2003 10:25:53 AM PST by TheDon
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To: John Jorsett

Can you not see my pain?!

13 posted on 12/14/2003 10:42:49 AM PST by JustPiper (Teach the Children to fight Liberalism ! They will be voting in 2008 !!!)
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To: mercy
I'd promise him nothing of the sort. I want justice.
14 posted on 12/14/2003 11:16:43 AM PST by republicanwizard
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To: JustPiper
Someone give that man some sand to pound!
15 posted on 12/14/2003 12:04:52 PM PST by Free Vulcan
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To: JustPiper
I will NEVER AGAIN say I take a bad picture! LOL!!!!
16 posted on 12/14/2003 12:14:47 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (I HAVE HELD MASTER LOGAN!! I have BEAT UP THE COWBOY!)
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To: All
The "AVENGER OF THE BONES" has spoken!
17 posted on 12/14/2003 12:16:27 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Hillary 2004 Its in the works for sure, just watch! She is the best they can do.)
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To: John Jorsett

Gimme a break. I worked half the morning on this.


18 posted on 12/14/2003 12:16:51 PM PST by SerpentDove
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To: John Jorsett
May God bless the people of Iraq, and may God bless America

And God Bless George Bush!

19 posted on 12/14/2003 12:24:01 PM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannolis)
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To: JustPiper
Oh man, I am so constipated, mmmmmmm I feel like I am going to mmmmmmm, yes as I was saying mmmmmmmmm. LOL.
20 posted on 12/14/2003 1:12:03 PM PST by matrix2225
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To: John Jorsett; ALOHA RONNIE
All Iraqis who take the side of freedom have taken the winning side.

Freedom is indeed, the Winning Side.

In America, In Iraq, in China, in Vietnam...

Freedom for All is God's Plan.

21 posted on 12/14/2003 1:23:33 PM PST by Joy Angela (Hillary is Really Angry Now: BUSH **IS** The MAN!!!!!!)
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To: mercy
"Whee is all the money" was okay!

WHEE!! We caught Saddam!

Some things are meant to be :)

22 posted on 12/14/2003 1:25:45 PM PST by Joy Angela (Hillary is Really Angry Now: BUSH **IS** The MAN!!!!!!)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Hey girlfriend, didn't you just love your trip? ;)
23 posted on 12/14/2003 2:59:27 PM PST by JustPiper (Teach the Children to fight Liberalism ! They will be voting in 2008 !!!)
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To: SerpentDove
Serpent would you make one that says:

Ace in the Hole? -g- Please?
24 posted on 12/14/2003 3:00:44 PM PST by JustPiper (Teach the Children to fight Liberalism ! They will be voting in 2008 !!!)
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To: JustPiper
No words to capture it....I'm still "basking in the afterglow"!!!!
25 posted on 12/14/2003 3:16:49 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (I HAVE HELD MASTER LOGAN!! I have BEAT UP THE COWBOY!)
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To: JustPiper
OK..OK...Please get in line.

:-)))))

(Remind me...)

"You've got to have an Ace in the Hole,
A little secret that nobody knows..."

Bob Wills and the TEXAS Playboys

SD
26 posted on 12/15/2003 12:44:51 AM PST by SerpentDove
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To: BenLurkin
TOny Blair's announcment was very stirring, I was very glad he is on our side. He spoke of reconsiliation and from a position of deeper understanding than the other leaders.
27 posted on 12/15/2003 12:48:41 AM PST by Unassuaged
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