The president delivered a speech today at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis laying out the strategy for the war in Iraq. The full text of the speech is here.
Here's a snippet from the conclusion of today's speech:
"In World War II, free nations came together to fight the ideology of fascism and freedom prevailed. And today, Germany and Japan are democracies and they are allies in securing the peace.
"In the Cold War, freedom defeated the ideology of communism and led to a democratic movement that freed the nations of Eastern and Central Europe from Soviet domination. And today these nations are allies in the war on terror.
"Today in the Middle East, freedom is once again contending with an ideology that seeks to sow anger and hatred and despair.
"And like fascism and communism before, the hateful ideologies that use terror will be defeated by the unstoppable power of freedom. And as democracy spreads in the Middle East, these countries will become allies in the cause of peace.
"Advancing the cause of freedom and democracy in the Middle East begins with ensuring the success of a free Iraq. Freedom's victory in that country will inspire democratic reformers from Damascus to Tehran and spread hope across a troubled region, and lift a terrible threat from the lives of our citizens.
"By strengthening Iraqi democracy, we will gain a partner in the cause of peace and moderation in the Muslim world and an ally in the worldwide struggle against the terrorists."
It's worth reading or at least skimming the whole speech (just click on "here" above), especially if you feel the current strategy in Iraq hasn't been adequately explained.