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Quotes - This Day in Dubya History (December 14)
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There are 6 quotes on this date.
And it was here in Afghanistan that the terrorists planned the attacks of September the 11th, 2001. After that date, America gave the Taliban a choice: You can turn over the leaders of al Qaeda, or you can share in their fate. And when they refused, our just demands were enforced by the United States military. And thanks to you, the Taliban has gone from power, the al Qaeda training camps are closed, and 25 million Iraqis are free.
25 million Iraqis are free in Afghanistan? Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Dec. 14, 2008
Let me talk about the guy throwing his shoe. It's one way to gain attention. It's like going to a political rally and having people yell at you. It's like driving down the street and having people not gesturing with all five fingers. I don't know what the guy's cause is.
Really? Dubya oversees a lengthy, bloody war in Iraq, and he's wondering what cause an Iraqi journalist might be representing in his shoe-throwing protest? Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2008
DUBYA: Clearly one of the most important parts of my job, because of 9/11, was to defend the security of the American people. There have been no attacks since I've been the president, since 9/11. One of the ma — major theaters against al Qaeda turns out to have been Iraq. This is where al Qaeda said they were gonna take their stand. This is where al Qaeda was hopin' to take —
RADDATZ: But not until after the U.S. invaded.
DUBYA: Yeah, that's — that, that's right. So what? The point is that al Qaeda said they're gonna take a stand. Well, first of all, in the post-11 environment Saddam Hussein posed a threat. And then, upon removal, al Qaeda decides to take a stand, and they, they're, they're, they're getting, they're becoming defeated, and I think, I think history will say that one, the world was better off without Saddam. Two, along with the Iraqi troops, we have denied al Qaeda a safe haven, because a young democracy's beginning to grow, which will be an important sign for people in the Middle East.
So what? I'm going to hazard a guess that the people of Iraq would have been happy not to have a war against al Qaeda waged in their backyard... Not to mention the soldiers who had to do the fighting. Interview with ABC News' Martha Raddatz, Dec. 14, 2008
There have been a lot of troops from around the world who have come to help this young democracy survive and thrive. And so I want to thank the citizens of those country and the troops who have served here before us.
A singular/plural disagreement so common with Dubya, I hesitate to add it. Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2008
George is rightly — rightly proud of the people of the Agency, and I have been proud to work with George. George has carried great authority without putting on airs, because he remembers his roots. There's still a lotta Queens in George Tenet.
REPORTER: Is Osama bin Laden cornered? And when you weigh the pros and cons of either option, would you rather take him alive so you can question him, or dead so you don't have to deal with him?
DUBYA: I don't care. Dead or alive, either way. I mean, I — it doesn't matter to me.
It's always reassuring to know he doesn't care, White House, Dec. 14, 2001
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