9/11 Anniversary - Five Years Later
Terrorists were at war with America before Sept. 11.
- They were on the offensive in Beirut (1983), Mogadishu (1993), New York City (1993), Saudi Arabia (1996), East Africa (1998), and Yemen (2000).
- Since 9-11, terrorists have attacked in Casablanca, Jakarta, Mombassa, Bali, Riyadh, Istanbul, Madrid, London, Sharm al-Sheikh, Bombay and elsewhere.
On Sept. 11, President Bush made the decision that America will not wait to be attacked again.
- We will take the fight to the enemy to defend our freedom.
The enemy does not equivocate: They have stated publicly their goal is to destroy our way of life.
- Their goal is to rid the Middle East of all foreigners, overthrow all governments not friendly to them, and spread terrorism and oppression until they dominate the globe.
The enemy knows they cannot defeat us on the battlefield, so they are trying to break our will.
- They will fail. Americans have learned in every era that freedom does not come without cost, hardship or heartbreak.
Victory is our only option.
- This must be a victory over time, not a pinpoint victory. We must guard it daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.
Five years ago, Afghanistan was in the grip of a merciless regime. Today:
- The Taliban are toppled, replaced by a constitution and democratically elected government.
- Hundreds of al Qaeda have been captured or killed, and training camps where they trained to kill Americans are closed.
- The Afghan National Army is more than 30,000 strong and is planning and leading operations. There are more than 43,000 Afghan National Police.
Five years ago, Iraq was under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Today:
- Hussein is in jail and on trial, replaced by a constitution and democratically elected government.
- The Iraqi people want to succeed, continuing to stand for office and enlist in their country's security forces.
- Iraqi Security Forces are growing in strength and capability. By the end of 2006 there will be 325,000 trained and equipped Iraqi Security Forces.