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Addressing Reconstruction

The President's address on the War on Terror and rebuilding Iraq delivered this morning in Washington, D.C.

"Like earlier struggles for freedom, this war will take many turns, and the enemy must be defeated on every battlefront -- from the streets of Western cities, to the mountains of Afghanistan, to the tribal regions of Pakistan, to the islands of Southeast Asia and the Horn of Africa. Yet the terrorists have made it clear that Iraq is the central front in their war against humanity. So we must recognize Iraq as the central front in the war on terror."

Press reports, such as the Financial Times review of efforts to rebuild Iraq aren't likely to be frontpage news - yet, the evidence is there of progress - steady, slow at times - and reasoned hope for a new economically viable and opportunity driven Iraq.

The White House also released a "fact sheet" on the reconstruction efforts. [HT: Austin Bay Blog]