"Four years after this war began, the fight is difficult, but it can be won," Bush said toward the end of his five-minute speech. "It will be won if we have the courage and resolve to see it through."
From Secretary Rice:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this morning asked Americans "to be patient" as the war in Iraq entered its fifth year, acknowledging early missteps in the conflict but saying "it is worth the sacrifice" to have toppled former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Patience when the the vast majority of our troops would be home by December.
Patience when the war should be over in six months.
Patience because Iraqi oil will pay for most of the war.
Patience because the insurgency is on its last legs.
Patience because this time this plan will work.
How many more people will we have to patiently watch die before we get out of this conflict.