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Published:September 10th, 2007 13:12 EST
Same Old Song: Turning Point in Iraq

Same Old Song: Turning Point in Iraq

By SOP newswire

September 10, 2007 

Innumerable challenges lie ahead; however, Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces have made progress toward achieving sustainable security. "

      - General David Petraeus, congressional testimony

      http://www.politico.com/pdf/PPM43_general_petraeus_testimony_10_september2007.pdf  

May 22, 2006 

"This Saturday in Baghdad, the new Prime Minister of Iraq announced a national unity government "There have been setbacks and missteps "Yet we have now reached a turning point in the struggle between freedom and terror."

      - George W. Bush, addressing National Restaurant Association

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/05/20060522-1.html  

April 18, 2006 

We can expect further acts of violence and destruction by the enemies of freedom. But progress has been steady. "

      - Dick Cheney, addressing troops at Fort Riley, Kansas

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/08/20060815-2.html  

December 12, 2005 

Thanks to the courage of the Iraqi people, the year 2005 will be recorded as a turning point in the history of Iraq, the history of the Middle East, and the history of freedom. "

      - George W. Bush, addressing the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/12/20051212-4.html  

October 5, 2005 

The bottom line up front that I`d like to leave with you today is that there has been enormous progress with the Iraqi security forces. "

      - General David Petraeus, DoD news briefing

      http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=1497  
 

February 2, 2005 

On January 30th in Iraq, the world witnessed an important moment in the global struggle against tyranny, a moment that historians might one day call a major turning point."

      - Donald Rumsfeld, Message on the Iraqi Elections "

      http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=25995  

September 26, 2004 

Now, however, 18 months after entering Iraq, I see tangible progress. Iraqi security elements are being rebuilt from the ground up. "

      - General David Petraeus, Battling for Iraq, " Washington Post op-ed

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49283-2004Sep25.html  

January 20, 2004 

Men who ran away from our troops in battle are now dispersed and attack from the shadows. These killers, joined by foreign terrorists, are a serious, continuing danger. Yet we are making progress against them. "

      - George W. Bush, State of the Union Address

      http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=29646  

June 18, 2003 

In those regions where pockets of dead-enders are trying to reconstitute, General Franks and his team are rooting them out. In short, the coalition is making good progress. "

- Donald Rumsfeld, DoD press conference http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,89795,00.html  
 

Why Does This Seem So Familiar? 

November 17, 1967 

There are a good many days when we get a C-minus instead of an A-plus. But overall, we are making progress. We are satisfied with that progress."

      - Lyndon Johnson, press conference

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