You know, the country is basically peaceful.
Iraq is a better place, absolutely worth it.
I think there really is no shortcut to sovereignty.
We've thrown out Saddam and Saddam, dead or alive, is finished in Iraq.
These people hate the United States, not for what we do, but for who we are and what we are.
I leave Iraq gladdened by what has been accomplished and confident your future is full of hope.
I think we Americans, of all people, understand the importance of a good, legal, constitutional framework as the basis of political life.
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.
It is certainly not unrealistic to think we could have elections by mid-year 2004 and when a sovereign government is installed - my job here will be done.
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.