“Today, we are not
“The debate that has preceded this military action represents democracy in action. Dictators and despots like Saddam Hussein can never understand that and instead mistake our democratic debate for disunity. In fact, it is our strength.
“Now that Hussein has failed to seize his final opportunity for peace, we pray for a quick end to this conflict. We also assure the Iraqi people that our quarrel is not with them, but with the international criminal who has brutalized them and others, and threatened the security of the region and the world. We are committed to a liberated and free
“Our thoughts and prayers are with our brave armed forces and their loved ones who are making this tremendous sacrifice for our country, our people and our security. We pray for a successful mission and their safe return.”