For Immediate Release
April 2, 2003
It has been 13 days since the major ground war began. In this
short time, Coalition forces have taken control of most of western
and southern Iraq, seized key bridges, opened a northern front,
achieved complete air superiority, and we are delivering tons of
By quick and decisive action, our troops are preventing Saddam
Hussein from destroying the Iraqi people's oil fields. Our forces
moved into Iraqi missile launch areas that threatened neighboring
countries. Many dangers lie ahead, but day by day, we are moving
closer to Baghdad and closer to victory.
Our victory will mean the end of a tyrant who rules by fear and
torture and will remove a sponsor of terror, armed with weapons of
terror. Our victory will uphold the just demands of the United
Nations and the civilized world. And when victory comes, it will be
shared by the long-suffering people of Iraq, who deserve freedom and
The Iraqi regime has ruled with fear as a tool of domination to
the end. Many Iraqis have been ordered to fight or die by Saddam's
death squads. Others are pressed into service by threats against
their children. Civilians attempting to flee to liberated areas have
been shot from behind by Saddam's thugs.
Our enemies are desperate and dangerous. The dying regime in Iraq
and other parts of the global terror network may try to bring terror
to American shores. The United States and allied troops are
shattering the al Qaeda network, meeting threats and acting to
The people of Iraq have lived in this nightmare world for more
than two decades. Fear and distrust run deep.
We give this pledge to the citizens of Iraq: We're coming with a
mighty force to end the reign of your oppressors. We are coming to
bring you food and medicine and a better life, and we will not
relent until your country is free.