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Bush Declares Sacrifice in Iraq to Be ‘Worth It’

President Bush, facing a growing restiveness around the country and in his own party over the constant stream of casualties in Iraq, declared Tuesday night that the daily sacrifice of American lives in Iraq “is worth it, and it is vital to the future security of our country.” In an address to the nation from this Army base, in front of 750 members of the 82nd Airborne Division and the Army’s Special Operations unit based here, Mr. Bush spoke in somber tones of the need for staying power in what has become a long conflict in Iraq. As he has in the past, the president melded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with the enemies Americans now face in Iraq. Mr. Bush gave no timetables for American withdrawal other than an assurance that “as the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down.” Full Story

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