Saddam spent 35 years stealing and wasting money, and all of these systems are very fragile and brittle, and you try to fix one thing and something else gets in trouble.
While it's very hard to know exactly how to measure public opinion there, because there's no really good polling, the fact of the matter is, in all of the polls I've seen, the vast majority of the Iraqis prefer to be free and are pleased that the coalition freed them.
We've thrown out Saddam and Saddam, dead or alive, is finished in Iraq.
The loss of innocent life is a tragedy for anyone involved in it, but the numbers are really very low.
There are 40,000 Iraqi police on duty around the country. If they detect an attack about to happen, the police are the ones who are supposed to stop it.
We try very quickly to show that we are not at war with the Iraqi people. We're trying to deal with the people who are indeed themselves at war with the Iraqi people.
If you look back today over the last 25 years, it is a fact that we have had a progressive degeneration of our intelligence community in general; in particular in the field of human intelligence.
I think what we've learned is that the terrorist threat is serious, but it shifts. You cannot make a single person the sole focus of your counterterrorism.
When the new wave of terrorism came on the modern world, which is the late 1960s, early 1970s, I think we spent about a decade, the United States and our allies, trying to figure out how to deal with it.
Iraq is a better place, absolutely worth it.
I think we Americans, of all people, understand the importance of a good, legal, constitutional framework as the basis of political life.
I hope they're going to learn, and as a result of our response, that it isn't going to work. They're not going to change our life, they're not going to have us throw out our Constitution, and they're not going to chase us out of the Middle East.
The new administration seems to be paying no attention to the problem of terrorism. What they will do is stagger along until there's a major incident and then suddenly say, `Oh, my God, shouldn't we be organized to deal with this?'
We're going to be on the ground in Iraq as soldiers and citizens for years. We're going to be running a colony almost.
As long as we're here, we are the occupying power. It's a very ugly word, but it's true.
We dominate the scene and we will continue to impose our will on this country.
These people hate the United States, not for what we do, but for who we are and what we are.
You know, the country is basically peaceful.
I think the Iraqi people have shown extraordinary patience and courage in the last few months. They have really put a political system on the way to success, to a real democracy here.
[Insurgents] pose no strategic threat to the United States or to the Coalition Forces.
I think there really is no shortcut to sovereignty.
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