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A word from General Franks

Remarks by General Tommy Franks in introducing the president at Victory 2004 Rally, Westlake Recreation Center, Westlake, Ohio:

GENERAL FRANKS: Well, what a treat it is to be in northern Ohio. (Applause.) Indeed, it’s an honor to be standing here today with you. You know, I’m not a politician, but I know what a Commander-in-Chief looks like, and there’s only one on this ballot — that’s George Bush. (Applause.)
You know, I would guess by the enthusiasm that I see represented here today that victory is headed our way in just about five days. (Applause.) If you think about character, if you think about courage, if you think about consistency, if you think about honesty, you think about George W. Bush. (Applause.) If you talk about a leader who knows something about the global war on terrorism, it would be George W. Bush, and he knows it’s global. (Applause.)
You’re talking about a leader who knows that terrorism has been more than a nuisance for more than two decades. (Applause.) You’re talking about a leader who does not want to roll back terrorism to the times of Beirut in 1983, Khobar Towers in the mid-1990s, East Africa in 1998, the USS Cole in the year 2000, and doesn’t want to roll it back to 9/11/01. Terrorism is not a nuisance. (Applause.)
George W. Bush is a leader who knew that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the world and to the United States of America, and removed him from power. (Applause.) George W. Bush is a leader who knows that our troops, as of right now, have cleared 10,000 ammunition and weapons sites in Iraq. He knows that they have destroyed 240,000 tons of munitions in Iraq. He knows that they have under control — (applause) — he knows that they have under control another 162,000 tons of munitions in Iraq. We’re talking about George W. Bush who knows, who understands that we do not yet have all the facts about 380 tons of munitions in Iraq. And he is a President who will look at you and say, we don’t yet have the facts, but we will get the facts. George W. Bush. (Applause.)
In George W. Bush, you’re talking about a leader who does not step out every day of his life and make more wild accusations. You’re talking about a leader who actually cares about our troops, about their families, and about our veterans. You’re talking about a leader who actually respects all those who serve our country with dignity and with honor. You’re talking about George W. Bush. (Applause.)
The past three years have been hard years for America. The past three years have been a tough time for our country. I’ve looked into the eyes of our President, my Commander-in-Chief, and I have seen that character, that courage, that consistency that I just described. It’s the courage that it takes to win a war, not tie one. And we have to win the war against terrorism in this country. (Applause.)
Now, I’ll tell you, I don’t know Senator Kerry’s plan for victory. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what it is, but I do know — but I do know that his criticism of military conduct of our global war on terrorism denigrates, disrespects our troops. (Applause.) And, ladies and gentlemen, I also know that he cannot lead troops to victory in a war when he has made it perfectly clear that he does not support the cause. (Applause.)
Ladies and gentlemen, this is going to be a close election, and every vote counts. Those who wear the uniform of service of the United States of America deserve a Commander-in-Chief, and it’s my honor to introduce one — President George W. Bush. (Applause.)

(Courtesy of The Corner.)

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