Forward strategy of freedom
Speaking at the Royal Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace in London on November 18, 2003, President George W. Bush "vowed ... to help the Iraqi people establish a peaceful, democratic country and to apply the same 'forward strategy of freedom' to the Arab-Israeli conflict."
- "In his speech, the president pledged to 'encourage the strength and effectiveness of international institutions,' to 'use force when necessary in the defense of freedom,' and to 'raise up an ideal of democracy in every part of the world.' On these three pillars, he said, 'we will build the peace and security of all free nations in a time of danger.'"
- "Bush acknowledged that democratic development does not come about quickly. 'We must be patient with others. And the Middle East countries have some distance to travel,' he said.
- "'Now we're pursuing a different course, a forward strategy of freedom in the Middle East. We will consistently challenge the enemies of reform and confront the allies of terror. We will expect a higher standard from our friends in the region, and we will meet our responsibilities in Afghanistan and in Iraq by finishing the work of democracy we have begun.'"