|Rallying the troops|
President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush greeted Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 3. “There’s no finer sight than to see 12,000 United States Marines and Corpsmen -- unless you happen to be a member of the Iraqi Republican Guard,” he said. Photo courtesy of the White House
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (BP)--As coalition forces surround Baghdad and the world has learned more about the atrocities of the Iraqi regime, President Bush told Marines and families gathered at Camp Lejeune, N.C., that no scheme of the enemy will divert the United States and its allies from their mission.
"We will not stop until Iraq is free," he said April 3 at the largest Marine Corps base on the East Coast. At least 11 Marines from Camp Lejeune have been killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and others are missing. The base has deployed more than 17,500 Marines to Iraq and may deploy thousands more.
The president acknowledged that this is a time of hardship for many military families and noted that some have been separated from their loved ones by long deployments.
"All of America is grateful for your sacrifice," Bush said. "And Laura and I are here to thank each one of you Read More