Bush Won't Set Deadline For Iraq Withdrawal

(FORT BRAGG, N.C., June 28, 2005) -- President Bush says the U-S will stay in Iraq until the fight is won.

He gave that message in a speech to the nation delivered from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, that lasted about a half-hour.

Bush said he won't send more troops to Iraq or set a timetable for withdrawal because he doesn't want to imply the U-S intends to stay forever. He also said setting a timetable would be "a serious mistake" because it would send the wrong message to the people of Iraq and to an enemy that would simply wait it out.

He said the enemy consists of terrorists, foreign fighters, criminals and former backers of Saddam Hussein, all motivated "because the survival of their hateful ideology is at stake."

The president also noted progress in Iraq's political system and improvements made to basic services.

He also said initiatives are under way to improve Iraqi forces.

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