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State pursuant to paragraph (b)(ii) or (b)(iii) of this section shall 
provide their views and render such assistance as may be requested, 
consistent with their authority, in a timely manner, but not to exceed 
90 days from the date of the request.
    (d) Should any of the Federal Government officials consulted 
pursuant to paragraph (b)(ii) or (b)(iii) of this section request from 
the Department of State additional information that is necessary for 
them to provide their views or to render such assistance as may be 
required, the time elapsed between

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the date of that request for additional information and the date such 
additional information is received shall not be counted in calculating 
the time period prescribed in paragraph (c) of this section.
    (e) The Secretary of State may also consult with such State, tribal, 
and local government officials and foreign governments, as the Secretary 
deems appropriate, with respect to each application. The Secretary shall 
solicit responses in a timely manner, not to exceed 90 days from the 
date of the request.
    (f) Upon receiving the views and assistance requested pursuant to 
paragraphs (b) and (e) of this section, the Secretary of State shall 
consider, in light of any statutory or other requirements or other 
considerations, whether or not additional information is needed in order 
to evaluate the application and, as appropriate, request such 
information from the applicant.
    (g) After consideration of the views and assistance obtained 
pursuant to paragraphs (b) and, as appropriate, (e) and (f) of this 
section and any public comments submitted pursuant to section 3(a) of 
this order, if the Secretary of State finds that issuance of a permit to 
the applicant would serve the national interest, the Secretary shall 
prepare a permit, in such form and with such terms and conditions as the 
national interest may in the Secretary's judgment require, and shall 
notify the officials required to be consulted under paragraph (b)(ii) of 
this section of the proposed determination that a permit be issued.
    (h) After consideration of the views obtained pursuant to paragraphs 
(b) and, as appropriate, (e) and (f) of this section and any public 
comments provided pursuant to section 3(a) of this order, if the 
Secretary of State finds that issuance of a permit to the applicant 
would not serve the national interest, the Secretary shall notify the 
officials required to be consulted under paragraph (b)(ii) of this 
section of the proposed determination that the application be denied.
    (i) The Secretary of State shall issue or deny the permit in 
accordance with the proposed determination unless, within 15 days after 
notification pursuant to paragraphs (g) or (h) of this section, an 
official required to be consulted under paragraph (b)(ii) of this 
section shall notify the Secretary of State that he or she disagrees 
with the Secretary's proposed determination and requests the Secretary 
to refer the application to the President. In the event of such a 
request, the Secretary of State shall consult with any such requesting 
official and, if necessary, shall refer the application, together with 
statements of the views of any official involved, to the President for 
consideration and a final decision.
    Sec. 2. (a) Section 1(a) of Executive Order 11423, as amended, is 
amended to read as follows: ``Except with respect to facilities covered 
by Executive Order Nos. 10485 and 10530, and by section 1(a) of the 
Executive Order of April 30, 2004, entitled ``Issuance of Permits with 
Respect to Certain Energy-Related Facilities and Land Transportation 
Crossings on the International Boundaries of the United States'' (the 
order of April 30, 2004), the Secretary of State is hereby designated 
and empowered to receive all applications for Presidential permits for 
the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance, at the borders 
of the United States, of:
(i)          pipelines, conveyor belts, and similar facilities for the 
            exportation or importation of all products, except those 
            specified in section 1(a) of the order of April 30, 2004, to 
            or from a foreign country;
(ii)         facilities for the exportation or importation of water or 
            sewage to or from a foreign country;
(iii)        facilities for the transportation of persons or things, or 
            both, to or from a foreign country;
(iv)         bridges, to the extent that congressional authorization is 
            not required;
(v)          similar facilities above or below ground; and
(vi)         border crossings for land transportation, including motor 
            and rail vehicles, to or from a foreign country, whether or 
            not in conjunction with the facilities identified in (iii) 
    (b) Section 1(b) of Executive Order 11423, as amended, is amended by 
deleting the text ``(a)(iii), (iv), or (v)'' and by inserting the text 
``(a)(iii), (iv), (v), or (vi)'' in lieu thereof.

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    Sec. 3. (a) The Secretary of State may provide for the publication 
in the Federal Register of notice of receipt of applications, for the 
receipt of public comments on applications, and for notices related to 
the issuance or denial of applications.
    (b) The Secretary of State is authorized to issue such further rules 
and regulations, and to prescribe such further procedures, including, 
but not limited to, those relating to the International Boundary and 
Water Commission, as may from time to time be deemed necessary or 
desirable for the exercise of the authority conferred by this order.
    Sec. 4. All permits heretofore issued with respect to facilities 
described in section 2(a) of this order pursuant to Executive Order 
11423, as amended, and in force at the time of issuance of this order, 
and all permits issued hereunder, shall remain in effect in accordance 
with their terms unless and until modified, amended, suspended, or 
revoked by the appropriate authority.
    Sec. 5. Nothing contained in this order shall be construed to affect 
the authority of any department or agency of the United States 
Government, or to supersede or replace the requirements established 
under any other provision of law, or to relieve a person from any 
requirement to obtain authorization from any other department or agency 
of the United States Government in compliance with applicable laws and 
regulations subject to the jurisdiction of that department or agency.
    Sec. 6. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any 
right, benefit, or trust responsibility, substantive or procedural, 
enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, 
its departments, agencies, instrumentalities, or entities, its officers 
or employees, or any other person.
                                                George W. Bush
 The White House,
 April 30, 2004.

 [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., May 4, 2004]

Note: This Executive order was published in the Federal Register on May 
5. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate 

[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Pages 719	816
Week Ending Friday, May 7, 2004
The President's Radio Address

May 1, 2004

    Good morning. A year ago, I declared an end to major combat 
operations in Iraq, after coalition forces conducted one of the 
swiftest, most successful and humane campaigns in military history. I 
thanked our troops for their courage and for their professionalism. They 
had confronted a gathering danger to our Nation and the world. They had 
vanquished a brutal dictator who had twice invaded neighboring 
countries, who had used weapons of mass destruction against his own 
people, and who had supported and financed terrorism. On that day, I 
also cautioned Americans that, while a tyrant had fallen, the war 
against terror would go on.
    One year later, despite many challenges, life for the Iraqi people 
is a world away from the cruelty and corruption of Saddam's regime. At 
the most basic level of justice, people are no longer disappearing into 
political prisons, torture chambers, and mass graves because the former 
dictator is in prison, himself. And their daily life is improving. 
Electricity is now more widely available than before the war. Iraq has a 
stable currency, and banks are thriving. Schools and clinics have been 
renovated and reopened, and powerplants, hospitals, water and sanitation 
facilities, and bridges are being rehabilitated. Iraq's oil 
infrastructure is being rebuilt, with the Iraqi oil industry already 
producing about 2.5 million barrels per day.
    On the ground in Iraq, we have serious and continuing challenges. 
Illegal militias and remnants of the regime, joined by foreign 
terrorists, are trying to take by force the power they could never gain 
by the ballot. These groups have found little support among the Iraqi 
    Our coalition is implementing a clear strategy in Iraq. First, we 
will ensure an atmosphere of security as Iraqis move toward self-
government. Our coalition supports the efforts of local Iraqis to 
negotiate the disarmament of the radicals in Fallujah. We've also made 
it clear that militias in Najaf and elsewhere must disarm or face grave 
consequences. American and coalition forces are in place, and we are 
prepared to enforce order in Iraq.

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    The second element of our strategy is to return sovereignty to the 
people of Iraq on the schedule that we agreed to with the Iraqi 
Governing Council. Like any proud people, Iraqis want to manage their 
own affairs, and that is a goal we share. On June 30th, a sovereign 
Iraqi interim government will take office. Iraqis will assume all 
administrative duties now performed by the coalition. Since February, 
United Nations Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi has been consulting with 
Iraqis on how best to form that interim government. The United States 
fully supports his mission.
    As the transfer of sovereignty approaches on June 30th, we are 
likely to see more violence from groups opposed to freedom. We will not 
be intimidated or diverted. On July 1st and beyond, our reconstruction 
and military commitment will continue.
    In the cause of a free and stable Iraq, our service men and women 
are working hard and sacrificing greatly. And families of the brave 
troops who have fallen must know that their loss is not in vain. We will 
finish our work in Iraq, because the stakes for our country and the 
world are high. The failure of Iraqi democracy would embolden terrorists 
around the globe, increase dangers to the American people, and 
extinguish the hopes of millions in the Middle East. The success of 
Iraqi democracy would send forth the news from Damascus to Tehran that 
freedom can be the future of every nation. And democracy will succeed in 
Iraq, because our coalition is strong, because our resolve is firm, and 
because the people of Iraq desire and deserve to live in freedom.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 9:57 a.m. on April 30 in the Cabinet 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on May 1. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
April 30 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office 
of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of 
this address.

[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Pages 719	816
Week Ending Friday, May 7, 2004
Remarks at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

May 1, 2004

    Thank you all. Thanks for coming. Thank you for the invite. Thank 
you, Carl. I'm glad you got a taste of Mother. [Laughter] I was going to 
start off tonight telling some self-deprecating jokes. [Laughter] But 
then I couldn't think of any mistakes I had made to be self-deprecating 
about. [Laughter]
    In my recent press conference, John Dickerson of Time Magazine asked 
the question about what I considered my biggest mistake. It's an 
excellent question that totally stumped me. [Laughter] I guess looking 
at it practically, my biggest mistake was calling on John. [Laughter] Or 
take that one about Cheney and me answering questions together. That was 
a toughie. [Laughter] So from now on, Dick and I will be holding joint 
press conferences. [Laughter]
    We could do it that way, or we could do it this way: You could ask 
the question, then I could tell Bob Woodward--[laughter]--and he could 
tell you. [Laughter]
    I thought about giving an economics speech tonight. It really gets 
me when the critics say I haven't done enough for the economy. I mean, 
look what I've done for the book publishing industry. [Laughter] You've 
heard some of the titles: ``Big Lies;'' ``The Lies of George W. Bush;'' 
``The Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.'' [Laughter] I'd like to 
tell you I've read each of these books, but that would be a lie. 
    Laura and I always look forward to this event because of the good 
spirit that brings us together. And I appreciate that, Carl, you 
reflecting that spirit tonight. This year, we are also mindful that our 
country is in a period of testing and sacrifice. As I speak, men and 
women in uniform are taking great risks, and so are many journalists who 
are being faithful to their own sense of duty.
    When we think of the great war journalists, we often think of an 
earlier era: Edward R. Murrow reporting from wartime London; Joe

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Rosenthal with his camera at Iwo Jima; or Ernie Pyle, sending columns 
home from Europe and the Pacific and dying with the men whose stories he 
    In every field in every generation, we tend to view the best as 
belonging to the past. Yet, in our time, that's not right or fair. Many 
of us were privileged to know Michael Kelly and to read his clear words 
and to feel the moral conviction behind them. David Bloom passed through 
our midst with incredible energy, enthusiasm, and tenacity in getting 
the story. Others, like Michael Weisskopf, have shown incredible 
presence of mind and courage that won our admiration. This generation of 
wartime journalists has done fine work and much more, and they will be 
remembered long after the first draft of history is completed.
    The same is true of our military. We are nearing important days of 
remembrance. Soon, we will mark the 60th anniversary of D-day, in the 
company of men who have lived long and can tell you the names of the 
boys who did not. Later this month, we will dedicate the World War II 
Memorial here in Washington and look back on a generation that saved the 
liberty of the world. These events will have an added meaning because 
America is again asking for courage and sacrifice.
    As we honor veterans who are leaving us, we also honor qualities 
that remain. The generation of World War II can be certain of this: When 
they are gone, we will still have their kind wearing the uniform of the 
United States of America.
    The loss of Army Corporal Pat Tillman last week in Afghanistan 
brought home the sorrow that comes with every loss and reminds us of the 
character of the men and women who serve on our behalf. Friends say that 
this young man saw the images of September the 11th, and seeing that 
evil, he felt called to defend America. He set aside a career in 
athletics and many things the world counts important, wealth and 
security and the acclaim of the crowds. He chose, instead, the rigors of 
Ranger training and the fellowship of soldiers and the hard duty in 
Afghanistan and Iraq.
    Corporal Tillman asked for no special attention. He was modest 
because he knew there were many like him, making their own sacrifices. 
They fill the ranks of the Armed Forces. Every day, somewhere, they do 
brave and good things without notice. Their courage is usually seen only 
by their comrades, by those who long to be free, and by the enemy. 
They're willing to give up their lives, and when one is lost, a whole 
world of hopes and possibilities is lost with them.
    This evening, we think of the families who grieve and the families 
that wait on a loved one's safe return. We count ourselves lucky that 
this new generation of Americans is as brave and decent as any before 
it. And we honor with pride and wonder the men and women who carry the 
flag and the cause of the United States.
    May God bless them, and may God continue to bless the United States 

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