"I think war is a dangerous place.
"I don't bring God into my life to—to, you know, kind of be a political person.
"You're free. And freedom is beautiful. And, you know, it'll take time to restore chaos and order—order out of chaos. But we will.
"Perhaps one way will be, if we use military force, in the post-Saddam Iraq the U.N. will definitely need to have a role. And that way it can begin to get its legs, legs of responsibility back.
"I know there's a lot of young ladies who are growing up wondering whether or not they can be champs. And they see the championship teams from USC and University of Portland here, girls who worked hard to get to where they are, and they're wondering about the example they're setting. What is life choices about?
"Now, we talked to Joan Hanover. She and her husband, George, were visiting with us. They are near retirement—retiring—in the process of retiring, meaning they're very smart, active, capable people who are retirement age and are retiring.
"Columbia carried in its payroll classroom experiments from some of our students in America.
"And, most importantly, Alma Powell, secretary of Colin Powell, is with us.
"The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself.
"When Iraq is liberated, you will be treated, tried, and persecuted as a war criminal.
"Many of the punditry—of course, not you (laughter)—but other punditry were quick to say, no one is going to follow the United States of America.
"One year ago today, the time for excuse-making has come to an end.
"I think the American people—I hope the American–I don't think, let me—I hope the American people trust me.
"The goals for this country are peace in the world. And the goals for this country are a compassionate American for every single citizen. That compassion is found in the hearts and souls of the American citizens.
"There's only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others hug but having committed the troops, I've got an additional responsibility to hug and that's me and I know what it's like.
"In other words, I don't think people ought to be compelled to make the decision which they think is best for their family.
"Sometimes, Washington is one of these towns where the person—people who think they've got the sharp elbow is the most effective person." —New Orleans, Dec. 3, 2002 (Thanks to Michael Shively.)
"The law I sign today directs new funds and new focus to the task of collecting vital intelligence on terrorist threats and on weapons of mass production.
"These people don't have tanks. They don't have ships. They hide in caves. They send suiciders out.
"I know something about being a government. And you've got a good one.
"I need to be able to move the right people to the right place at the right time to protect you, and I'm not going to accept a lousy bill out of the United Nations Senate.