For Immediate Release
May 6, 2003
Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. Our coalition is now engaged in securing and reconstructing that country. The United States and our allies have prevailed, and because of this our nation and the Middle East are more secure, a tyrant has fallen and Iraq is now free.
Difficult work lies ahead in Iraq:
Saddam Hussein is no more. The terrorists can no longer find a source of funding or weapons of mass destruction from the Saddam Hussein regime, because that regime is gone forever.
America has a tradition of spreading liberty throughout the world. Our country is committed to freedom in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and in a peaceful Palestine. We make this commitment because it is the right thing to do and because the advance of freedom is the surest strategy to undermine the appeal of terror in the world.