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Text of President Bush's Speech on Iraq

Prevailing in Iraq is not going to be easy. Gen. Petraeus says that the environment in Iraq is the most challenging that he has seen in his more than 32 years of service.

He also says that he's been impressed by the professionalism and the skill and determination of our men and women in uniform. He sees in our troops, quote, a true will to win and a sincere desire to help our Iraqi partners to achieve success.


President Bush speaks from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, march 19, 2007,  as he marks the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Bush speaks from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, march 19, 2007, as he marks the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Pablo Martinez Monsivais - AP)

Four years after this war began, the fight is difficult, but it can be won. It will be won if we have the courage and resolve to see it through.

I'm grateful to our service men and women for all they've done, and for the honor they've brought to their uniform and their country.

I'm grateful to our military families for all the sacrifices they have made for our country.

We also hold in our hearts the good men and women who have given their lives in this struggle. We pray for the loved ones they have left behind.

The United States military is the most capable and courageous fighting force in the world. And whatever our differences in Washington, our troops and their families deserve the appreciation and the support of our entire nation.

Thank you.

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