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I'm optimistic about where we'll end up. We've been through these periods before and we've always had a way to come out of it. I'm more optimistic than some.

I am for an immigration policy that is welcoming and that upholds the law. One of our great strengths is for people to be able to worship the way they want to or not worship at all. I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy, that we need an independent media to hold people like me to account. It's important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power. It's kind of hard to tell others to have an independent, free press and we're not willing to have one ourselves.

I think we all need answers. I am for an immigration policy that is welcoming and upholds the law.

Well, first of all, there's only been one month in office. Secondly, I think you have to take the man for his word that he wants to unify the country, and we'll see whether he's able to do so. It's just a different world.

I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. That we need the media to hold people like me to account. I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it's important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere. It's kind of hard to, you know, tell others to have an independent free press when we're not willing to have one ourselves. I think we all need answers. Whether or not the special prosecutor's the right way to go or not, you're talking to the wrong guy.

I think it's very important, for all of us, to recognize one our great strengths is for people to worship the way they want to or not worship at all. I mean the bedrock of our freedom-a bedrock of our freedom is the right to worship freely. I am for an immigration policy that's welcoming and upholds the law. This was an ideological conflict and people who murder the innocent are not religious people. They want to advance an ideology and we have faced those kind of ideologies in the past.

I think it's very hard to fight the war on terrorism if we're in retreat.

We all need answers. I am for an immigration policy that's welcoming and upholds the law. I think we all need answers ... I'm not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered. We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. Power can be very addictive, and it can be corrosive. And it's important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.

It's kind of hard to tell others to have an independent, free press when we're not willing to have one ourselves.

I think we all need answers ... I'm not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered.

We've made illegal some kind of labor that I would like to be legal.

There were some who thought he was too easy-going with his friends across the aisle, but no one accused him of being soft after the Invasion of Normandy. Bob Michel was a great American for whom the words 'duty' and 'honor' and 'country' weren't just a campaign slogan, but a lifelong creed.

America remains engaged in the world, by history and by choice, shaping a balance of power that favors freedom.

When you play basketball you're surrounded by different kinds of people ? those are the people you meet you want to know and how they became successful. I would not have raised $20 million-plus if I weren't a good networker.

We're proud to call this son of the Congo a citizen of the United States of America.

We have one president, and we'll have one president, and the current president is President Clinton, and our nation must speak with one voice.

Denton's pioneering contributions to medicine are, of course, legend.

We pray for the success of our country and the success of our new president.

I want to get home as soon as possible. I don't want whoever this is holding me outside Washington.

It's going to take a while and we're not going to have a little slap on the wrist crap.

We proclaim loudly our appreciation for the acts of service you perform as your daily routine.

This is the bridge across the nation's deepest divisions. We don't want the unity of grief, nor do we want the unity of fear. We want the unity of hope, affection and high purpose.

At times it feels like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. We do not want the unity of grief nor do we want the unity of fear. We want the unity of hope, affection and high purpose.

Our allies will know that when President Jeb Bush speaks he will follow through on his words.

I think voters should vote for the candidate who has the most opinionated mother.

Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they can not touch the foundation of America.

I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.

The most effective way for Americans to help the people of Haiti is to contribute money. That money will go to organisations on the ground who will be able to effectively spend it. I know a lot of people want to send blankets or water, just send your cash. One of the things the president and I will do is make sure your money is spent wisely.

I, George Walker Bush, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States.

I have often spoken to you about good and evil and this made some of you uncomfortable, but good and evil are present in this world and between the two there can be no compromise.

Like all who have held this office before me I have experienced setbacks. And there are things I would do differently if given the chance. I have always acted with the best interests of our country in mind. I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right. You may not agree with some of the tough decisions I have made, but I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.

These loans will provide help in two ways. First, they will give automakers three months to put in place plans to restructure into viable companies, which we believe they are capable of doing.

The Taliban was brutalising the people of Afghanistan. And they are not in power. And I just cited the progress that is undeniable. Now is there more work to be done? You bet! I never said the Taliban was eliminated. I said they were removed from power.

Thank you for your steadfast support for peace. It's not easy, it's not easy to try to change the paradigm, and I understand that.

Our nations agreed that we must make the markets, the financial markets more transparent and accountable… transparency is very important so that investors and regulators are able to know the truth.

Tomorrow's discussion will be the first in a series of meetings. We will focus on five key objectives; understanding the cause of the global crisis; reviewing the effectiveness of our responses so far; identifying principles for reforming our financial and regulatory systems; launching a specific action plan to implement those principles, and reaffirming our conviction that free market principles offer the surest path to lasting prosperity. All the nations must reject calls for protectionism, collectivism and defeatism in the face of our current challenge.

It is true this crisis includes failures by lenders and borrowers and by financial firms and by governments and independent regulators. But the financial crisis was not a failure of the free market system.

The leaders attending this weekend's meeting agree on a clear purpose – to address the current crisis, and lay the foundation for reforms that will help prevent a similar crisis in the future.

As we have seen in recent months, financial turmoil anywhere in the world can affect economies everywhere in the world.

You know, often times they ask me: 'what are you going to miss about the Presidency?' And the first reaction is, I say: 'no traffic jams in New York.' The truth of the matter is, I will miss being the Commander-in-Chief of such a fabulous group of men and women.

And the world can be certain this commitment will remain steadfast under our next commander in chief. During this time of transition I will keep the president fully informed on important decisions.

It is important for our citizens to have understood, that which affects Wall Street affects Main Street as well. As our nations carry out this plan, we must make sure the actions of one country do not contradict or undermine the actions of another. In an interconnected world, no nation will gain by driving down the fortunes of another. We're in this together, we'll come through it together.

I know many Americans are especially worried about the cost of the legislation. The bill the House considered yesterday commits up to 700 billion taxpayer dollars to purchase troubled assets from banks and other financial institutions. But put that in prospective. The drop in the stock market yesterday represented more than trillion dollars in losses.

I am disappointed with the vote of the US Congress on the economic rescue plan. We put forward a plan which was big because we have a big problem. I am going to be talking to my economic advisors and will be working with members of congress, leaders of Congress on a way forward.

More banks could fail including some in your community, the stock-market would drop even more which would reduce the value of your retirement account. The value of your home could plummet, foreclosures would rise dramatically, and if you own a business or a farm you would find it harder and more expensive to get credit. More businesses would close their doors and millions of Americans could lose their jobs.

With the situation becoming more precarious by the day, I faced a choice, to step in with dramatic government action or to stand back and allow the irresponsible actions of some to undermine the financial security of all.

I'm a strong believer of free enterprise so my natural instinct is to oppose government intervention. I believe companies that make bad decisions should be allowed to go out of business. Under normal circumstances I would have followed this course, but these are not normal circumstances. The market is not functioning properly.

Last week I announced decisive action by the Federal government to address the root cause of much of the instability in our financial markets by purchasing the illiquid assets that are weighing down the balance sheets and restricting the flow of credit. I can assure you that my administration and the Congress are working together to quickly pass legislation approving this strategy.

For all the good work we have done in that country, it is clear we must do even more. As we learnt in Iraq, the best way to restore the confidence of the people is to restore basic security, and that requires more troops.

Iraqi forces are becoming increasingly capable of leading and winning the fight.

I've stood in the ruins of buildings knocked down by killers and promised the survivors I would never let them down. I know the hard choices that fall solely to a president. John McCain's life has prepared him to make those choices. He is ready to lead this nation.

He would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war, that is the kind of courage and vision that we need in our next commander-in-chief.

In the light of these events, I will not be going to Minnesota for the Republican National Convention. I will travel down to Texas tomorrow to visit with the emergency operations centre in Austin, where co-ordination among federal, state and local government officials is occurring.

These resolutions are based on the premise that South Ossetia and Abkhazia remain within the borders of Georgia, and that their underlying conflicts will be resolved through international negotiations. These resolutions reaffirm Georgia's sovereignty and independence and territorial integrity. Russia, itself, has endorsed these resolutions.

The people of Georgia have cast their lot with the free world and we will not cast them aside.

To begin to repair relations with the United States, Europe and other nations and to begin restoring its place in the world, Russia must respect the freedom of its neighbours.

North Korea did provide a declaration of its plutonium-related activities and did blow up the cooling tower of its reactor at Yongbyon. That's been verified and that also is a positive step but there are more steps to be taken.

A new American embassy in the capital of a unified Germany, sitting in the heart of a Europe that is indeed whole and free and at peace, is in fact a great and noble dream realised.

Today is a positive day. It is a positive step forward. There is more work to be done and we have got the process in place to get it done in a verifiable way.

Obviously there is more work to be done, but the progress made to date was unimaginable ten years ago.

I am looking forward to meeting all our friends and allies. We've got strong relations in Europe and this trip will hopefully solidify those relations, and we've got a lot to talk about.

We built strong democracies to protect the freedoms given to us by an Almighty God. And we built an enduring alliance to confront terrorists and tyrants.

Our economy has a solid foundation, but there are areas of real concern. The economy is still creating jobs, though at a reduced pace, consumer spending is still growing, but the housing market is declining.

Iran is today the World's leading state sponsor of terror. It sends hundreds of millions of dollars to extremists around the world, while its own people face repression and economic hardship at home. Iran's actions threaten the security of nations everywhere. So the United States is strengthening long standing security commitments with our friends in the Gulf, and rallying friends around the world to confront this danger before it is too late.

There should be an end to the occupation that began in 1967. The agreement must establish Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian people, just as Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people.

In order for there to be lasting peace, President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert have to come together and make tough choices and I am convinced they will. And I believe it is possible, not only possible, I believe it is going to happen that there will be a signed peace treaty by the time I leave office. That is what I believe.

America cannot dictate the terms of what a state will look like. The only way for peace is for the two parties to come together and make difficult choices but we will help. We want to help.

The first thing is that it's important to lay out a vision, in order for there to be a Palestinian state once road map obligations are met. What has to happen in order for there to be a peaceful settlement of a long-standing dispute, is there to be an outline of a state clearly defined.

These fires are going to go out because of the bravery of the people behind us. But there are still going to be needs and concerns. And the final reason I have come is to let you know we are not going to forget you in Washington DC.

The need for missile defence in Europe is real and I believe it's urgent. Iran is pursuing the technology that could be used to produce nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles have increasing range that could deliver them.

Actually, they have troops already stationed in Iraq. And they've had troops stationed there for quite a while. We don't think it's in their interests to send more troops in.

I am hopeful that we can convince the Iranian regime to give up any ambitions it has in developing a weapons programme, and do so peacefully.

I am going to reassure them that America does not abandon our friends, that America will not abandon the Iraqi people. That's the message all three of us bring.

I have indicated to him that the American people would expect there to be swift action taken if there is actionable intelligence on high-value targets inside his country. He shares the same concerns about radicals and extremists as I do, and as the American people do. So my focus in terms of the domestic scene there is that he have a free and fair election. And that's what we have been talking to him about. I am hopeful they will.

I am confident with actionable intelligence we will be able to bring top al Qaeda to justice, constant communications with the Pakistan government. It is in their interest that foreign fighters be brought to justice.

It is very important for us to defend and stand with these young democracies in Afghanistan and Iraq. I appreciate very much the British commitment in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It's an economy that is large, flexible and resilient. One of the interesting aspects of this economic growth is that we have benefited from increased exports.

I thought that the jury verdict should stand. I felt the punishment was severe. So I made a decision that would commute his sentence but leave in place a serious fine and probation. As to the future, I, you know, rule nothing in and nothing out.

By the end of next year America and the other nations will have set a long term global goal for reducing greenhouse gases. To develop this goal the United States will convene a series of meetings of nations which produce the most greenhouse gas emissions, including nations with rapidly-growing economies like India and China.

We talked about the Middle East and we are concerned about the violence we see in Gaza. We strongly urge the parties to work towards a two-state solution- we're looking forward to continuing to work on this issue.

The American people are proud to welcome Your Majesty back to the United States, a nation you have come to know very well. After all, you have dined with 10 US presidents.

Going to Syria sends mixed signals, both in the region and, of course, mixed signals to President Assad.

The bottom line is this: Congress' failure to fund our troops on the front lines will mean that some of our military families could wait longer for their loved ones to return from the front lines.

On the other hand, we expect our goods and services – wether they're agricultural goods, or manifactured goods, and services – to be given an access to markets.

It could be tempting to look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude our best option is to pack up and go home. That may be satisfying in the short run but I believe the consequences for American security would be devastating. If American forces were to step back from Baghdad, before it's more secure, a contagion of violence could spill out across the entire country.

The United States and Guatemala are important partners in this important work. We are working together to improve access to education and healthcare, to give Guatemalans a safe and legal path to jobs in the United States, and to lift millions of people out of poverty by expanding trade. The ties between our two countries have never been stronger or more important.

So America will change our strategy to help the Iraqis carry out their campaign to put down sectarian violence and bring security to the people of Baghdad. This will require increasing american forces levels. So I have committed more than 20,000 additional American troops to Iraq. The vast majority of them, five brigades, will be deployed in Baghdad.

Our troops in Iraq have fought bravely. They have done everything we have asked them to do. Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me.

John Negroponte's broad experience, sound judgment and expertise on Iraq and on the war on terror make him a superb choice as Deputy Secretary of State and I look forward for working with him in this new post.

It's important for the American people to understand. Success in Iraq is vital for our own security. If were not succeed in Iraq the enemy… the extremists would have safe haven from which to launch further attacks. They would be emboldened. They would be in a position to threaten the USA. We're making good progress towards coming up with a plan that we think will help us achieve our objective.

The first comment was done in this spirit: I believe we are going to win, I believe… by the way if I didn't think that, I wouldn't have our troops there, that is what you've got to know… We are going to succeed. My comments yesterday reflected the fact that we are not succeeding nearly as fast as I wanted, and that conditions are tough in Iraq.

There's a lot of consultations taking place. And, as I announced yesterday, I will be delivering my plans after a long deliberation, after steady deliberation. I'm not going to be rushed into making a difficult decision.

We want the combat troops out as quick as possible. We want the Iraqis taking the fight. It is very important we design programmes to be flexible and realistic.

In the long term, security in Iraq requires reconciliation among Iraq's different ethnic communities – something the overwhelming majority of Iraqis want.

Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters, and drug traffickers and criminal elements and local war lords remain active and committed to destroying democracy in Afghanistan. Defeating them will require the full commitment of our alliance. For NATO to succeed, its commanders on the ground must have the resources and flexibility they need to do their jobs.

I applaud a society where people are free to come and express their opinion. And to Indonesia's credit that's a society where people are able to protest and say what they think. It's not the first time where people have showed up and expressed their opinion about my policies, that's what happens when you make hard decisions.

I haven't made any decisions about troop increases or troop decreases and won't until I hear from a variety of sources including our own United States military.

Friedman "helped advance human dignity and human freedom.

I was pleased to meet with them. I was impressed by the quality of their membership. I was impressed by the questions they asked. They want us to succeed in Iraq, just like I want to succeed. And so we had a really good discussion. And I'm not sure what the report is going to say. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

We have made it very clear, our position regarding Iran hasn't changed.

I believe that it's important for us to succeed in Iraq, not only for our security, but for the security of the Middle East and that I'm looking forward to interesting ideas.

I'm obviously disappointed with the outcome of the election and, as the head of the Republican Party, I share a large part of the responsibility. I told my party's leaders that it is now our duty to put the elections behind us and work together with the Democrats and Independents on the great issues facing this country.

Our country now has more than 149,000 men and women serving bravely in that country. Whatever party we come from, we all have a responsibility to ensure that these troops have the resources and support they need to prevail.

I have asked Bob Gates to serve as a secretary of Defense. Bob is a former director of a CIA and the current president of Texas A&M University.

I know there is a lot of speculation on what the election means for the battle we are waging in Iraq, I recognise that many Americans voted last night to register their displeasure with the lack of progress being made there. I also believe most Americans and leaders here in Washington from both political parties understand we cannot accept defeat.

Ours is a nation of immigrants. We are also a nation of law, but unfortunately the United States has not been in complete control of its borders for decades and therefore illegal immigration has been on the rise. We have a responsibility to address these challenges. We have a responsibility to reinforce our laws. We have a responsibility to secure our borders.

We're pressing Iraq's leaders to take bold measures to save their country. We're making it clear that America's patience is not unlimited. We will not put more pressure on the Iraqi government than it can bear.

The Military Commissions Act 2006 is one of the most important pieces of legislation in the war on terror, and the bill I signed today will ensure we can continue using this vital tool to protect the American people for years to come.

We all agree that there must be a strong Security Council resolution that will require North Korea to abide by its international commitments to dismantle its nuclear programmes. This resolution should also specify a series of measures to prevent North Korea from exporting nuclear or missile technologies.

The claim itself constitutes a threat to international security.

I simply can't accept that… it's unacceptable to think that there's any kind of comparison between the behaviour of the USA and the actions of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective.

I believe that it's vital that our folks on the frontline have the tools necessary to protect the American people. There are two vital pieces of legislation in Congress that I think are necessary to help us win the war on terror.

Winning this war will require the determined efforts of a unified country. So we must put aside our differences, and work together to meet the test that history has given us.

America did not ask for this war, and every American wishes it were over. So do I. But the war is not over and it will not be over until either we or the extremists emerge victorious. If we do not defeat these enemies now, we will leave our children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons. We are in a war that will set the course for this new century, and determine the destiny of millions across the world.

So far the Iranian regime has responded with further defiance and delay: it is time for Iran to make a choice. We made our choice: we will continue to work closely with our allies to find a diplomatic solution but there must be consequences for Iran's defiance and we must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.

Today I am announcing that America sends more aid to support humanitarian and reconstruction work in Lebanon for a total of more than 230 million dollars.

France has said they'd send some troops. We hope they send more. And there's been different signals coming out of France. Yesterday they had a statement. Today they had a statement. We're working with France. France is a friend. France is an ally. France has got a great stake in the future of Lebanon. President Chirac has made it very clear that he believes that democracy in Lebanon is very important.

The message of this administration is clear; America will stay on the offensive against Al Quaeda. Iran must stop its support of terror. The leaders of these armed groups must make a choice: if they want to participate in the political life of countries they must disarm. Elected leaders cannot have one foot in the camp of democracy and one foot in the camp of terror.

This nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation.

The best way to stop the violence is for Hizbollah to lay down its arms and stop attacking. And therefore I call upon Syria to exert influence on Hizbollah.

We are tough negotiators and the reason why is because we want the agreement that we reach to be accepted by our US congress.

In my judgement, the best way to stop the violence is to understand why the violence happened in the first place and that's because Hizbollah has been launching rocket attacks out of Lebanon into Israel and because Hizbollah captured two Israeli soldiers.

I view this as an opportunity to remind the international community that we must work together to continue to work hard to convince the North Korean leader to give up any weapons programmes. They have agreed to do that in the past and we will hold them to account.

The policy of the United States government is to stand by this government and help them succeed, we will do what it takes to help them succeed. The prime minister has taken immediate action to implement a plan to improve security and his top priority is around Baghdad.

I think the successor to Zarqawi is going to be on our list to bring to justice.

There is instability in Somalia. The first concern, of course, is to ensure that Somalia does not become an al-Qaeda safe haven. That it does not become a place where terrorists can plot and plan.

He is the right man to lead the CIA at this critical moment in our nation's history.

He has demonstrated an ability to adapt our intelligence services to the newchallenges of the war on terror.

We obviously talked about Iran and I assured the president of my desire to solve this problem diplomatically and peacefully.

I believe that as Iraqis continue to see the benefits of liberty, they will gain confidence in their future. And they will work to ensure that common purpose trumps narrow sectarianism. And by standing with them in their hour of need, we're going to help the Iraqis build a strong democracy that will be an inspiration throughout the Middle East, a democracy that will be a partner in the global war against the terrorists.

The management of some ports, which heretofore has been managed by a foreign country, will be managed by another company from a foreign land. And so people don't need to worry about security. This deal wouldn't go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America.

We talked about Irak and we had our disagreements about Irak, obviously. It's been a difficult issue in our relationship and I fully understand that. We talked about a lot. And the reason why we talked so much is because we've got a lot in common and there are a lot of issues that require our cooperation.

We pray for his recovery. He's a good man, a strong man, a man who cares deeply about the security of the Israeli people and a man who had a vision for peace. May God bless him.

This is a highly classified programme that is crucial to our national security, and its purpose to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, our friends and allies.

A time of war is a time of sacrifice, and the greatest burden falls on military families. We've lost some of our nation's finest men and women in the war on terror.

At the same time, Israel should not undertake any activity that contravenes its road map obligations, or prejudices the final status negotiations with regard to Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem. This means that Israel must remove unauthorised posts and stop settlement expansion.

We believe and the Iraqis believe the best way forward is the democratic process. Al Qaeda wants to use their violent ways to stop the march of democracy because democracy is the exact opposite of what they believe in.

Two key elections are fast approaching. As these milestones approach, we can expect there to be increasing violence from the terrorists.

We hope and pray that Hurricane Rita will not be a devastating storm but we have got to be ready for the worst.

We are watching Rita´s track very closely. Up and down this coastline people are preparing for what is anticipated to be yet another significant storm.

Today I broaden the challenge by making this pledge: the US is ready to eliminate all tariffs, subsidies and other barriers to the free flow of goods and services if other nations do the same.

It is preposterous to claim that the engagement in Iraq meant there weren't troops here, pure and simple.

My attitude is this. The storm didn't discriminate and neither will the recovery effort.

The de-watering is an indication that the city is moving forward. But I repeat we have a lot of work to do.

In all the steps we take, our goal is not to simply provide benefits, but to make them easy and as simple as possible to collect.

I know you have very important work to do ahead and we look forward to seeing the successful completion of this mission.

The contrast between what we see on the TV screens here and what is taking place here is incredibly vivid to me. On the one hand we have people here who are working to alleviate poverty and to help rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS, and working on ways to have a clean environment, and on the other hand you have people killing innocent people.

The contrast couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the heart of those of us who care deeply about human rights, human liberty, and those who kill, those who have such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks. The war on terror goes on.

Prisoners are well treated in Guantanamo. There's total transparency – the International Red Cross can inspect any time, any day and you are welcome to go. The press are welcome to go down there. Secondly we've been sending many home.

The work in Iraq is difficult and dangerous. Amid all this violence, I know Americans ask, is the sacrifice worth it? It is worth it and it is vital to the future security of our country.

The Palestinians voted against violence and for sovereignty because only the defeat of violence will lead to sovereignty. Mr President, the United States and the international community applaud your rejection of terrorism.

We respect Georgia's desire to join the institutions of Europe and encourage closer cooperation with NATO. Georgia's leaders know the peaceful resolution of conflicts is essential to your integration into the trans-Atlantic community. The territorial (integrity) and sovereignty of Georgia must be respected by all nations.

Stable, prosperous democracies are good neighbours trading in freedom and posing no threat to anyone.

On this peaceful May morning, we commemorate a great victory for liberty and the thousands of white marble crosses and stars of David underscore the terrible price we paid for that victory.

If you're a low income worker, your benefits ought to rise with wage increases and if you are an upper income worker, your benefits ought to rise with inflation. It seems fair to me, seems like a noble calling for the United States of America.

This is a complex case with serious issues but in extraordinary circumstances like this it is wise to always err on the side of life.

So I think what you're going to find is that countries will be willing or anxious to get out when Iraqis have got the ability to defend themselves.

When he brought up the issue of Italian troops in Iraq, he said first of all he wanted me to know that there was no change in his policy, that in fact any withdrawals would be done in consultation with allies and would be done depending on the ability of the Iraqi people to defend themselves. And I said, are you sure I can say this to the press corps, they are going to want to know what took place in our conversation, and he said, absolutely.

To promote this democracy, I will ask congress for $350 million to support Palestinian political, economic and social reforms. The goal of the democratic states of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace is within reach.

We will increasingly focus our efforts on helping prepare more capable Iraqi security forces – forces with skilled officers, and an effective command structure. As those forces become more self-reliant and take on greater responsibilities, America and its coalition partners will increasingly be in a supporting role.

We have a calling from beyond the stars to stand for freedom and America will always be faithful to that cause.

North Korea is a regime armed with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, Iran is aggressively pursuing its weapons and it exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom. States like these and their terrorist allies constitute and axis of evil.

I think that the capacity of these killers to stop an election would send a wrong signal to the world, and send a wrong signal to the Iraqi people themselves. And as the (Iraqi) president says, the people want to vote.

Are we moving towards a more socialist Europe, which is what we socialists want, or are we moving towards a liberal Europe?

Our sympathies are with the Palestinian people as they begin a period of mourning.

Al Qaeda no longer controls territory like it did in Afghanistan. We have shut down its camps, we are systematically destroying the al Qaeda network across the world. More than three quarters of al Qaeda's key members and associates have been brought to justice.

The Kerry plan would move America down the road toward federal control of healthcare which would lead to lower quality and healthcare rationing. Other countries have tried to centralise healthcare and it didn't work. We have great quality healthcare in America because it's a private centred system and I intend to keep it that way.

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