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President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
May 10, 2004

Global Message

From President Bush's Radio Address, 5/8/04

America and the world have learned of shocking conduct in Iraqi prisons by a small number of American servicemen and women.

The shameful images of prisoner abuse and humiliation do not reflect American values. They are a stain on our country's honor and reputation.

Shortly after reports of abuse became known to our military, an investigation was launched. Several formal investigations are now under way.

We will learn the facts, the extent of the abuse, and the identities of those involved. They will answer for their actions.

All prison operations in Iraq will be thoroughly reviewed to ensure similar disgraceful incidents are never repeated.

The actions depicted in those photographs show the wrongdoing of a few, and do not reflect the character of the more than 200,000 military personnel who have served in Iraq since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Our troops perform a thousand acts of kindness, decency, and courage every day in Iraq. More than 700 Americans have given their lives. These acts show the true character of America.

President Bush has complete confidence in the men and women of the U.S. military. Our forces will stay on the offensive, finding and confronting the killers and terrorists who are trying to undermine the progress of democracy in Iraq.

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