George W. Bush in The War in Quotes, by G.B. Trudeau

On Homeland Security: Our enemy hates freedom; our enemy hates innocent life

"We're under attack because we love freedom, is why we're under attack. And our enemy hates freedom. They hate and we love. We differ from our enemy because we love. We not only love our freedoms and love our values, we love life itself. Our enemy hates innocent life."
--George W. Bush, addressing schoolchildren, September 23, 2002
"This is a man who cannot stand what we stand for. He hates the fact, like al-Qaeda does, that we love freedom. See, they can't stand that."
--George W. Bush, on Saddam, October 31, 2002
"They hate things; we love things. They act out of hatred; we don't seek revenge, we seek justice out of love."
--George W. Bush, August 29, 2002
Source: The War in Quotes, by G.B. Trudeau, p. 20 Oct 1, 2008

On Homeland Security: Geneva Convention does not apply to Al Qaeda detainees

"The war against terrorism is a new kind of war. In my judgment, this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions."
--Alberto Gonzales, memo to Pres. Bush, Jan. 2002

"To be considered torture, techniques must produce lasting psychological damage or suffering 'equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death.' "
-- Justice Dept. memo, 1/9/02

"Geneva does not apply to our conflict with al-Qaeda; al-Qaeda detainees also do not qualify as prisoners of war."
--George W. Bush, memo, 2/7/02

"I stand 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to 4 hours?"
--Donal Rumsfeld, on an interrogation technique memo, 2002

"Congress doesn't have the power to tie the president's hands in regard to torture as an interrogation technique. They can't prevent the president from ordering torture."
--Justice Dept. memo, 2005

Source: The War in Quotes, by G.B. Trudeau, p. 84-86 Oct 1, 2008

On War & Peace: 2001: Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists

"I'm going to be judicious as to how I use the military. It needs to be in our vital interest; the mission needs to be clear; and the exit strategy obvious. I think one way for us to end up being viewed as the ugly America is for us to go around the world saying, 'We do it this way. So should you.' "
--George W. Bush, Oct. 11, 2000

"If we're an arrogant nation, they'll resent us. If we're a humble nation but strong, they'll welcome us."
--George W. Bush, Oct. 12, 2000

"Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."
--George W. Bush, Sept. 20, 2001

Source: The War in Quotes, by G.B. Trudeau, p. 4-5 Oct 1, 2008

On War & Peace: 2008: Iraq occupation could last 10 years

"I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today would last five days, or five weeks, or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that."
--Donald Rumsfeld, November 14, 2002
"It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months"
-- Donald Rumsfeld, February 7, 2003
"I think it will go relatively quickly. Weeks rather than months."
-- Dick Cheney, March 16, 2003
"No one is talking about occupying Iraq for five to ten years."
-- Richard Perle, March 9, 2003
"It could be that, absolutely."
-- George W. Bush, when asked of the United States would have troops in Iraq for the next ten years, January 11, 2008
Source: The War in Quotes, by G.B. Trudeau, p. 40-41 Oct 1, 2008

On War & Peace: May 2003: Combat operations are ended; mission accomplished

"Iraqis are freer today and we are safer. Relax and enjoy it."
--Richard Perle, May 1, 2003

"Major combat operations are ended."--George W. Bush, aboard USS Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003

--Banner on USS Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003

"You want to do Iran for the next one?"--George W. Bush, on meeting with just-fired Jay Garner, June 2, 2003

Source: The War in Quotes, by G.B. Trudeau, p. 51 Oct 1, 2008

On War & Peace: 2003: We will find WMDs; Saddam destroyed some & hid some

"As this operation continues, those WMDs will be identified and found, along with the people who produced them and who guard them."
--Gen. Tommy Franks, March 22, 2003

"We know where they are. They are in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad."
-- Donald Rumsfeld, March 30, 2003

"We know that the regime has them; we know that as the regime collapses we will be led to them."
--Tony Blair, April 8, 2003

"We have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. This is what this war was about and is about."
--Ari Fleischer, April 10, 2003

"We are learning more as we interrogate Iraqi scientists and people within the Iraqi structure, that perhaps he destroyed some, perhaps he dispersed some. And so we will find them."
-- George W. Bush, April 24, 2003

"We will find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so."
--George W. Bush, May 3, 2003.

"I expected them to be found. I still expect them to be found."
--Gen Michael Hagee, Marine Corps commander, May 21, 2003

Source: The War in Quotes, by G.B. Trudeau, p. 58-60 Oct 1, 2008

On War & Peace: 2003: If they want to attack us in Iraq, bring 'em on

"Pockets of dead-enders are trying to reconstitute. Gen. Franks and his team are rooting them out."
--Donald Rumsfeld, 6/18/03

"Any remaining violence is due to thugs, gangs, and terrorists."
--Rumsfeld, 3/14/04

"There are some who feel that the conditions are such that hey can attack us there. My answer is, bring 'em on. We've got the force necessary to deal with the security situation."
--George W. Bush, 7/2/03

"You know, the country is basically peaceful."
--Paul Bremer, 9/24/03

Source: The War in Quotes, by G.B. Trudeau, p. 62-65 Oct 1, 2008

On War & Peace: Mission evolved from WMDs to stability to nation-building

"Should we have to go in, our mission is very clear in Iraq: disarmament."
-- Pres. Bush, March 6, 2003
"Our mission is clear: to train Iraqis so they can do the fighting and make sure they can stand up to defend their freedoms."
--Pres. Bush, June 2, 2005
"Our mission in Iraq is clear: We're hunting down the terrorists. We're helping Iraqis build a free nation that is an ally in the war on terror. We're advancing freedom in the broader Middle East. We are removing a source of violence and instability, and laying the foundation of peace for our children."
--Pres. Bush, June 29, 2005
"We have a new strategy with a new mission: helping secure the population, especially in Baghdad. Our plan puts Iraqis in the lead."
--Pres. Bush, Jan.13, 2007
"It's a new mission. Its goal is to help the Iraqis to build a free nation that respects the rights of its people, upholds the rule of law, and is an ally against the extremists in this war."
--Pres. Bush, June 28, 2007
Source: The War in Quotes, by G.B. Trudeau, p. 88-89 Oct 1, 2008

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