Five years after American troops poured into Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein from power, U.S. President George Bush says the invasion was the right thing to do and he doesn't regret entering the war that many doubt can ever end with success.
"Because we acted the world is better and the United States of America is safer," Bush said in his speech at the Pentagon on Wednesday.
He said he remains committed to staying the course in Iraq, and put no timeline on the presence of U.S. troops in the troubled nation. However, Bush admitted the fight has been harder and more costly than anticipated.
He said it is understandable that there is debate about the value of the war and said Americans are asking whether it is worth fighting, whether the fight is worth winning, and whether the fight can be won.
"The answers are clear to me," Bush said.
"Removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right decision, and this is a fight America can and must win. The men and women who crossed into Iraq five years ago removed a tyrant, liberated a country and rescued millions from unspeakable horrors."