Dienstag, 29. August 2017

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Sommer-Pressekonferenz mit Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel am 29.08.17

Sommer-Pressekonferenz mit Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel am 29.08.17

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First look at the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, USA

Obama Foundation Announces Proposal for Combined Park & Parking Facility for Obama Presidential Center - Obama Foundation

AUGUST 23, 2017

1:00 PM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Obama Foundation announced its proposal for a combined park and parking facility on an underutilized section of the Midway Plaisance across from the future site of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). The OPC will be located in historic Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago, a community the Obamas call home. President and Mrs. Obama chose to bring the OPC to the South Side, in part, to give back to the community that has given them so much. 

The Center will strengthen the economic climate in the community by bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the South Side every year, creating new jobs on the South Side and revitalizing Jackson Park. The proposed park and parking facility will support those goals by stimulating the streets around the OPC with increased pedestrian activity.

The OPC and the parking facility are designed to unlock the full potential of Jackson Park as a recreational destination for the community and visitors alike. The facility will be covered and surrounded by a new 3-4 acre park that will be open to the public and provide views of Jackson Park and its lagoons, and numerous new recreational opportunities, such as a picnic area, a children’s play area and more. The existing Cheney-Goode Memorial will be retained as part of the proposed redevelopment of this parkland. The proposal includes off-street bus drop-off and pick-up, bicycle parking, and a close connection to Metra.

“The Foundation evaluates each proposal for the design of the OPC through the lens of supporting our surrounding community. Building a parking facility on the Midway continues the Obama Foundation’s goal of revitalizing Jackson Park and spurring economic activity across the South Side,” explained David Simas, Chief Executive Officer at the Obama Foundation. “With this proposal, we are increasing foot traffic within the community, not just in Jackson Park, and creating new park space for families to gather and play.”

The parking facility is expected to hold 400-450 vehicles. The parking facility will be paid for by the Obama Foundation. The Midway Plaisance is owned by the City of Chicago. Pending input from the community and approval by the City Council, the City would convey rights for parking to the Obama Foundation .

In May,President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama announced their initial design concept for the OPC. 

In June, July and August, the Obama Foundation has participated in dozens of one-on-one meetings, small group meetings with the community, and public meetings with the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Department of Transportation, and Alderman Leslie Hairston. The Foundation also issued an online survey to receive feedback on its design concepts. Today’s combined park and parking facility proposal includes input from those feedback sessions.

The proposed site plan of the combined park and parking facility can be viewed HERE.


Community Involvement in Ending Conflict and Securing Peace

Community Involvement in Ending Conflict and Securing Peace

By Bernadette Meehan, International Programs, Obama Foundation

Earlier this year, ahead of President Obama’s trip to Berlin for the Obama Foundation’s first international event, I wrote an email to let people know that the Foundation will be actively involved in supporting young leaders around the world as they seek to improve their communities and create change at a local, national, and global level. Giovanni Anzola-Pardo, Director of International Affairs at La Salle University in Bogotá, Colombia read my email and wrote to me about it.
As one of the organizers of a summit on peacebuilding, Giovanni was working with seven universities, the Government of Colombia, and a number of organizations to gather thousands of students together to discuss how students and universities can contribute to the Colombian peace process and help consolidate a lasting peace in a country emerging from one of the longest armed conflicts in the world. He invited me to travel to Colombia to share more about the Foundation’s work and our efforts to help young people make an impact in their communities. Helping young people take on big issues is what the Obama Foundation is all about, so I happily accepted his invitation. I was thrilled to return to Colombia; I lived there for two years when I worked as a Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá more than a decade ago.

Yesterday, I spoke to hundreds of students about the lessons I’ve learned during my 13 years as a Foreign Service Officer for the Department of State. My point of view comes from being a diplomat negotiating agreements between adversaries and then working to ensure their successful implementation. Through these experiences, I have come to learn that while civil conflict and peace are local at their core, there are general lessons we can learn from the experiences of others.
Here are a few of the lessons I shared with the young people in Colombia about the importance of civic engagement in peacebuilding and conflict resolution:
Lasting peace is not just the work of governments.

Yes, governments handle the negotiations and sign the agreements (and often
get the credit), but the true key to success is in the hands of the citizens.
This is an incredible power to have, and should not be wasted. President Obama said earlier this year that “ordinary people, when working together, can do extraordinary things.” You don’t have to be an expert to make a lasting
difference — you just need to commit to taking action.
Treating others with dignity and respect — even when we disagree — matters.

Treating someone with dignity and respect does not mean you agree with
them, their actions, or their positions. But if you don’t treat the other side
as human, they will remain a faceless adversary, and it is much easier to dig
in to hardline positions or revert to violence. Talking respectfully with a
former enemy is incredibly difficult, but it is necessary to pursue and sustain
There are many
different paths to peace, and many ways for people to become agents of
change — no matter your experience or commitment level.

You may think there is no role for a university student in peacebuilding.
It may seem like peacebuilding is better left to more experienced people. But
just remember, if these “more experienced people” were experts in peace, there
would not have been conflict in the first place. There is a role for everyone
in this process — no matter their level of experience or skillset. Be bold,
think big, take risks, and seek to change to the world — in whatever way is
meaningful to you.
Commit to community service.

Find organizations that are actively involved in supporting peace, and
volunteer your time and share your skills. Organize events that bring
stakeholders from around the country together to make connections, share
resources, and learn from each other.
Apathy is destructive.

This is your future. Don’t let previous generations decide what
your future will be simply because you don’t care enough to be involved.
Women are key to peace.

Do everything in your power to create a safe environment for them to
participate. You cannot succeed if half of your population is marginalized.
Focus on sustainability and do not be discouraged.

Fighting is often easier than making peace. Sustaining peace is often
harder than signing a peace accord. Expect setbacks. Remain committed. As
President Obama says, “hard things are hard”. In an age of instant
gratification, do not give up when problems aren’t solved immediately.
Young people today are the holders of hope. That was evident in Colombia when I spoke with students who were eager to make a contribution to the peace process. It is up to each of us to make choices to become active citizens in our communities, and to make positive and lasting contributions to these efforts. The Obama Foundation seeks to create pathways and knock down barriers for people working on issues that have been important to the Obamas, including promoting inter-communal dialogue and conflict resolution like what is occurring in Colombia.

Donnerstag, 24. August 2017

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VRdS Rede-Analysen Bundestagswahlkampf 2017

VRdS Rede-Analysen Bundestagswahlkampf 2017

Rede-Analysen Bundestagswahlkampf 2017

Bei der letzten Bundestagswahl hieß der Sieger Gregor Gysi, bei der Europawahl Martin Schulz. 

Wie sieht es 2017 aus?

Kann Martin Schulz als Herausforderer der Amtsinhaberin Angela Merkel rhetorisch den Rang ablaufen? Oder macht ein Redetalent der kleineren Parteien das Rennen?

Auch im Bundeswahlkampf 2017 besuchen berufserfahrene Praktiker*innen des VRdS wieder den Straßenwahlkampf, um die beste Wahlkampfrednerin bzw. den besten Wahlkampfredner zu küren. Berücksichtigt werden die Spitzenkandidaten und -kandidatinnen aller Parteien, die ab August in den Umfragen über fünf Prozent liegen. 

Bei Parteien, die mit Spitzenduos antreten, werden beide Protagonisten analysiert.

Die Beurteilung erfolgt nach einem Punktesystem in acht Kategorien: Aufbau, Sprache, Stil, Argumentation, Vortrag, Selbstdarstellung, Inszenierung, Wirkung, Gesamteindruck. Um die Neutralität zu gewährleisten, soll jede Rede von jeweils zwei VRdS-Profis begutachtet werden.

Abschließend werden die Analysen miteinander verglichen und der Sieger/die Siegerin gekürt.

Das Ergebnis wird voraussichtlich am 15. September 2017 in Berlin im Rahmen einer Pressekonferenz veröffentlicht. 

Dies alles geschieht ehrenamtlich unter der Leitung eines Koordinatorenteams, das in diesem Jahr VRdS-Vizepräsidentin Antje Hermenau führt. 

Die freie Redenschreiberin, Unternehmerin und Publizistin Antje Hermenau war zwischen 1994 und 2004 selbst Mitglied des Deutschen Bundestages (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) und gewann in den 90ern das „Silberne Mikro“ als eine der besten Nachwuchsrednerinnen des Deutschen Bundestages. Seit 2015 gehört sie keiner Partei mehr an.

„Wir leben in Zeiten, in denen Persönlichkeiten überzeugen müssen, denn Fakten sind interpretierbar. Persönlichkeiten aber überzeugen am meisten mit ihren Reden“, so Hermenau.

„Wahlprogramme allein reichen nicht aus. Denn niemand kann vorhersagen, wie
sich die Welt entwickeln wird. Die Zukunft ist unkalkulierbar. Deshalb braucht
es Menschen, die ihre Handlungsfähigkeit in Reden überzeugend darlegen können. Im Prinzip geht es um Vertrauen.“

Unterstützt wird Antje Hermenau von Hans-Georg Roth, Rhetorikcoach, Lehrbeauftragter und seit über 40 Jahren politischer Redenschreiber. Er war zwischen 1979 - 1992 Redenschreiber der Bayerischen Staatsregierung, 1992 - 1999 Redenschreiber des Thüringer Ministerpräsidenten Prof. Dr. Bernhard Vogel und 2001 - 2015 Redenschreiber in der Thüringer Landesregierung. Er schrieb somit Reden sowohl für Franz-Josef Strauß, als auch für Bodo Ramelow. 

An die Redaktionen:

Die Analystinnen und Analysten des VRdS, die die Wahlkampfreden bewerten, kommen aus verschiedenen Teilen des Bundesgebiets. Für Interviewanfragen wenden Sie sich bitte an Anja Martin, Sprecherin des VRdS, unter presse@vrds.deTelefon 0163 63 88 900. 

Dienstag, 22. August 2017

Trumps Afghanistan-Plan: Erleichterung in Berlin | tagesschau.de

Trumps Afghanistan-Plan: Erleichterung in Berlin | tagesschau.de

Der Kitt der Gesellschaft

Bertelsmann Stiftung: Der Kitt der Gesellschaft - Perspektiven auf den sozialen Zusammenhalt in Deutschland

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Was hält die Gesellschaft zusammen? Was ist der sprichwörtliche Kitt, der die Menschen miteinander verbindet? Dieser Sammelband beleuchtet die unterschiedlichen Facetten von gesellschaftlichem Zusammenhalt in Deutschland. Die Autorinnen und Autoren verstehen diese soziale Kohäsion als ein mehrdimensionales Phänomen – vom zwischenmenschlichen Vertrauen und der Entwicklung sozialer Netzwerke über die Identifikation mit dem Gemeinwesen und das Vertrauen in Institutionen bis hin zu Solidarität, Hilfsbereitschaft und sozialer Teilhabe.
In ihren Beiträgen reflektieren sie die aktuellen Herausforderungen für den gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt: Zuwanderung, wachsende soziale Ungleichheit, Globalisierung und demographischen Wandel. Der Band bereichert die Debatte über die gesellschaftliche Entwicklung und analysiert drängende gesellschaftspolitische Fragen mit Blick darauf, wie wir als Gesellschaft künftig in Vielfalt zusammenleben.
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Hardt: Trump schafft mit Entscheidung zur Afghanistan-Politik bündnispolitische Sicherheit | Pressemitteilung CDU/CSU - Bundestagsfraktion

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Remarks by President Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia | whitehouse.gov

Remarks by President Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia | whitehouse.gov

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Remarks by President Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia

Fort Myer
Arlington, Virginia
9:02 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please be seated.
Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson, members of the Cabinet, General Dunford, Deputy Secretary Shanahan, and Colonel Duggan.  Most especially, thank you to the men and women of Fort Myer and every member of the United States military at home and abroad.
We send our thoughts and prayers to the families of our brave sailors who were injured and lost after a tragic collision at sea, as well as to those conducting the search and recovery efforts.
I am here tonight to lay out our path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia.  But before I provide the details of our new strategy, I want to say a few words to the servicemembers here with us tonight, to those watching from their posts, and to all Americans listening at home.
Since the founding of our republic, our country has produced a special class of heroes whose selflessness, courage, and resolve is unmatched in human history.
American patriots from every generation have given their last breath on the battlefield for our nation and for our freedom.  Through their lives -- and though their lives were cut short, in their deeds they achieved total immortality.
By following the heroic example of those who fought to preserve our republic, we can find the inspiration our country needs to unify, to heal, and to remain one nation under God.  The men and women of our military operate as one team, with one shared mission, and one shared sense of purpose.  
They transcend every line of race, ethnicity, creed, and color to serve together -- and sacrifice together -- in absolutely perfect cohesion.  That is because all servicemembers are brothers and sisters.  They're all part of the same family; it's called the American family.  They take the same oath, fight for the same flag, and live according to the same law.  They are bound together by common purpose, mutual trust, and selfless devotion to our nation and to each other. 
The soldier understands what we, as a nation, too often forget that a wound inflicted upon a single member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all.  When one part of America hurts, we all hurt.  And when one citizen suffers an injustice, we all suffer together.
Loyalty to our nation demands loyalty to one another.  Love for America requires love for all of its people.  When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate. 
The young men and women we send to fight our wars abroad deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home.  We cannot remain a force for peace in the world if we are not at peace with each other.
As we send our bravest to defeat our enemies overseas -- and we will always win -- let us find the courage to heal our divisions within.  Let us make a simple promise to the men and women we ask to fight in our name that, when they return home from battle, they will find a country that has renewed the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that unite us together as one.
Thanks to the vigilance and skill of the American military and of our many allies throughout the world, horrors on the scale of September 11th -- and nobody can ever forget that -- have not been repeated on our shores.     
But we must also acknowledge the reality I am here to talk about tonight:  that nearly 16 years after September 11th attacks, after the extraordinary sacrifice of blood and treasure, the American people are weary of war without victory.  Nowhere is this more evident than with the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history -- 17 years.
I share the American people’s frustration.  I also share their frustration over a foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money, and most importantly lives, trying to rebuild countries in our own image, instead of pursuing our security interests above all other considerations.
That is why, shortly after my inauguration, I directed Secretary of Defense Mattis and my national security team to undertake a comprehensive review of all strategic options in Afghanistan and South Asia.
My original instinct was to pull out -- and, historically, I like following my instincts.  But all my life I've heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office; in other words, when you're President of the United States.  So I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle.  After many meetings, over many months, we held our final meeting last Friday at Camp David, with my Cabinet and generals, to complete our strategy.  I arrived at three fundamental conclusions about America’s core interests in Afghanistan.
First, our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives.  The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory.  They deserve the tools they need, and the trust they have earned, to fight and to win.
Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable.  9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists.  A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th.
And, as we know, in 2011, America hastily and mistakenly withdrew from Iraq.  As a result, our hard-won gains slipped back into the hands of terrorist enemies.  Our soldiers watched as cities they had fought for, and bled to liberate, and won, were occupied by a terrorist group called ISIS.  The vacuum we created by leaving too soon gave safe haven for ISIS to spread, to grow, recruit, and launch attacks.  We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq.
Third and finally, I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense.  Today, 20 U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world.  
For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror.  The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict.  And that could happen. 
No one denies that we have inherited a challenging and troubling situation in Afghanistan and South Asia, but we do not have the luxury of going back in time and making different or better decisions.  When I became President, I was given a bad and very complex hand, but I fully knew what I was getting into:  big and intricate problems.  But, one way or another, these problems will be solved -- I'm a problem solver -- and, in the end, we will win.
We must address the reality of the world as it exists right now -- the threats we face, and the confronting of all of the problems of today, and extremely predictable consequences of a hasty withdrawal.
We need look no further than last week’s vile, vicious attack in Barcelona to understand that terror groups will stop at nothing to commit the mass murder of innocent men, women and children.  You saw it for yourself.  Horrible.  
As I outlined in my speech in Saudi Arabia three months ago, America and our partners are committed to stripping terrorists of their territory, cutting off their funding, and exposing the false allure of their evil ideology.
Terrorists who slaughter innocent people will find no glory in this life or the next.  They are nothing but thugs, and criminals, and predators, and -- that's right -- losers.  Working alongside our allies, we will break their will, dry up their recruitment, keep them from crossing our borders, and yes, we will defeat them, and we will defeat them handily.
In Afghanistan and Pakistan, America’s interests are clear: We must stop the resurgence of safe havens that enable terrorists to threaten America, and we must prevent nuclear weapons and materials from coming into the hands of terrorists and being used against us, or anywhere in the world for that matter.
But to prosecute this war, we will learn from history.  As a result of our comprehensive review, American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically in the following ways:
A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions.  I’ve said it many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin, or end, military options.  We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.
Conditions on the ground -- not arbitrary timetables -- will guide our strategy from now on.  America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out.  I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will.
Another fundamental pillar of our new strategy is the integration of all instruments of American power -- diplomatic, economic, and military -- toward a successful outcome. 
Someday, after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan, but nobody knows if or when that will ever happen.  America will continue its support for the Afghan government and the Afghan military as they confront the Taliban in the field.  
Ultimately, it is up to the people of Afghanistan to take ownership of their future, to govern their society, and to achieve an everlasting peace.  We are a partner and a friend, but we will not dictate to the Afghan people how to live, or how to govern their own complex society.  We are not nation-building again.  We are killing terrorists.
The next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach and how to deal with Pakistan.  We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond.  Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan.  It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists.
In the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner.  Our militaries have worked together against common enemies.  The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism.  We recognize those contributions and those sacrifices.  
But Pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people.  We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting.  But that will have to change, and that will change immediately.  No partnership can survive a country’s harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. servicemembers and officials.  It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace. 
Another critical part of the South Asia strategy for America is to further develop its strategic partnership with India -- the world’s largest democracy and a key security and economic partner of the United States.  We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development.  We are committed to pursuing our shared objectives for peace and security in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region.
Finally, my administration will ensure that you, the brave defenders of the American people, will have the necessary tools and rules of engagement to make this strategy work, and work effectively and work quickly.
I have already lifted restrictions the previous administration placed on our warfighters that prevented the Secretary of Defense and our commanders in the field from fully and swiftly waging battle against the enemy.  Micromanagement from Washington, D.C. does not win battles.  They are won in the field drawing upon the judgment and expertise of wartime commanders and frontline soldiers acting in real time, with real authority, and with a clear mission to defeat the enemy. 
That’s why we will also expand authority for American armed forces to target the terrorist and criminal networks that sow violence and chaos throughout Afghanistan.  These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide; that no place is beyond the reach of American might and Americans arms.  Retribution will be fast and powerful.
As we lift restrictions and expand authorities in the field, we are already seeing dramatic results in the campaign to defeat ISIS, including the liberation of Mosul in Iraq.  
Since my inauguration, we have achieved record-breaking success in that regard.  We will also maximize sanctions and other financial and law enforcement actions against these networks to eliminate their ability to export terror.  When America commits its warriors to battle, we must ensure they have every weapon to apply swift, decisive, and overwhelming force.   
Our troops will fight to win.  We will fight to win.  From now on, victory will have a clear definition:  attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge. 
We will ask our NATO allies and global partners to support our new strategy with additional troop and funding increases in line with our own.  We are confident they will.  Since taking office, I have made clear that our allies and partners must contribute much more money to our collective defense, and they have done so.
In this struggle, the heaviest burden will continue to be borne by the good people of Afghanistan and their courageous armed forces.  As the prime minister of Afghanistan has promised, we are going to participate in economic development to help defray the cost of this war to us.  
Afghanistan is fighting to defend and secure their country against the same enemies who threaten us.  The stronger the Afghan security forces become, the less we will have to do.  Afghans will secure and build their own nation and define their own future.  We want them to succeed. 
But we will no longer use American military might to construct democracies in faraway lands, or try to rebuild other countries in our own image.  Those days are now over.  Instead, we will work with allies and partners to protect our shared interests.  We are not asking others to change their way of life, but to pursue common goals that allow our children to live better and safer lives.  This principled realism will guide our decisions moving forward.  
Military power alone will not bring peace to Afghanistan or stop the terrorist threat arising in that country.  But strategically applied force aims to create the conditions for a political process to achieve a lasting peace.
America will work with the Afghan government as long as we see determination and progress.  However, our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check.  The government of Afghanistan must carry their share of the military, political, and economic burden.  The American people expect to see real reforms, real progress, and real results.  Our patience is not unlimited.  We will keep our eyes wide open. 
In abiding by the oath I took on January 20th, I will remain steadfast in protecting American lives and American interests.  In this effort, we will make common cause with any nation that chooses to stand and fight alongside us against this global threat.  Terrorists take heed:  America will never let up until you are dealt a lasting defeat.
Under my administration, many billions of dollars more is being spent on our military.  And this includes vast amounts being spent on our nuclear arsenal and missile defense.
In every generation, we have faced down evil, and we have always prevailed.  We prevailed because we know who we are and what we are fighting for.  
Not far from where we are gathered tonight, hundreds of thousands of America’s greatest patriots lay in eternal rest at Arlington National Cemetery.  There is more courage, sacrifice, and love in those hallowed grounds than in any other spot on the face of the Earth.
Many of those who have fought and died in Afghanistan enlisted in the months after September 11th, 2001.  They volunteered for a simple reason:  They loved America, and they were determined to protect her. 
Now we must secure the cause for which they gave their lives.  We must unite to defend America from its enemies abroad.  We must restore the bonds of loyalty among our citizens at home, and we must achieve an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the enormous price that so many have paid.  
Our actions, and in the months to come, all of them will honor the sacrifice of every fallen hero, every family who lost a loved one, and every wounded warrior who shed their blood in defense of our great nation.  With our resolve, we will ensure that your service and that your families will bring about the defeat of our enemies and the arrival of peace.
We will push onward to victory with power in our hearts, courage in our souls, and everlasting pride in each and every one of you.
Thank you.  May God bless our military.  And may God bless the United States of America.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)
9:27 P.M. EDT