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Monday, November 22, 2004


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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations
         Dedication of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and 
            Park in Little Rock--2834
         Presidential luncheon in Little Rock--2836
    Radio address--2827
    Thanksgiving turkey presentation ceremony--2832

 Appointments and Nominations

    Education Department, Secretary, remarks--2833
    State Department, Secretary, remarks--2830
    White House Office, National Security Adviser, remarks--2830

 Communications to Congress

    Japan-U.S. Social Security Agreement, message transmitting--2834
    Squirrel River in Alaska, message transmitting report--2834

 Executive Orders

    Assignment of Functions Under the United States Leadership Against 
        HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003--2831


    America Recycles Day--2829

Resignations and Retirements

    Agriculture Department, Secretary, statement--2829
    Education Department, Secretary, statement--2828
    Energy Department, Secretary, statement--2828
    State Department, Secretary, statement--2828

Statements by the President

    See also Resignations and Retirements
    Republican National Committee, resignation of chairman--2829

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--2840
     Checklist of White House press releases--2840
     Digest of other White House announcements--2836
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--2838


  Editor's Note: The President was in Santiago, Chile, on November 19, 
the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.

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Week Ending Friday, November 19, 2004
The President's Radio Address

November 13, 2004

    Good morning. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Allawi of Iraq 
authorized military operations to rid the city of Fallujah of Saddam 
holdouts and foreign terrorists. American marines and soldiers, 
alongside Iraqi security forces, are on the offensive against the 
killers who have been using Fallujah as a base of operations for 
terrorist attacks and who have held the local population in the grip of 
    Fighting together, our forces have made significant progress in the 
last several days. They are taking back the city, clearing mosques of 
weapons and explosives stockpiled by insurgents, and restoring order for 
law-abiding citizens.
    In the course of this operation, Iraqi troops have discovered new 
evidence of the enemy's brutality. An Iraqi general has described 
hostage slaughter houses, where terrorists have killed innocent victims 
and proudly recorded their barbaric crimes. The terrorists have shown 
once again the stakes of this struggle. They seek to spread fear and 
violence throughout Iraq, throughout the broader Middle East, and 
throughout the world, and they will fail. The terrorists will be 
defeated. Iraq will be free, and the world will be more secure. Our 
commitment to the success of democracy in Iraq is unshakable, and we 
will prevail.
    Ultimately, Iraq must be able to defend itself, and Iraqi security 
forces are taking increasing responsibility for their country's 
security. As we see in Fallujah and as we saw in Najaf and elsewhere, 
Iraqi security forces are standing and fighting and risking their lives 
for the future of their nation. As terrorists have targeted these 
forces, still more brave Iraqis have come forward as volunteers. Today, 
nearly 115,000 trained and equipped Iraqi soldiers, police officers, and 
other security personnel are serving their country. The Iraqi Government 
is on track to meet its goal of fielding more than 200,000 security 
personnel by the end of next year.
    In January, the Iraqi people will elect a transitional National 
Assembly, which will draft a new constitution to prepare the way for the 
election of a permanent Iraqi Government. The Iraqi people, like the 
people of Afghanistan before them, are embracing a democratic future 
even in the face of threats and intimidation. Throughout the country, 
Iraqi men and women are registering to vote; political parties are 
forming; candidates for office are stepping forward.
    International support for the Iraqi election is essential, and that 
support continues to grow. Military forces from some 30 nations are 
working alongside Iraqi forces, helping to establish stability and 
security. A U.N. team is providing critical technical support to Iraq's 
independent electoral commission. Other diplomatic personnel are helping 
the Iraqi people prepare for those elections to be held on schedule in 
    As those elections draw near, the desperation of the killers will 
grow, and the violence could escalate. The success of democracy in Iraq 
would be a crushing blow to the forces of terror, and the terrorists 
know it. The defeat of terror in Iraq will set that nation on a course 
to lasting freedom and will give hope to millions, and the Iraqi people 
know it. And a free, democratic Iraq will inspire reformers throughout 
the Middle East and make America more secure.
    The United States and our allies have shown our determination to 
help Iraqis achieve their liberty. We will continue to stand by our 
friends, and we will finish the job.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 12:50 p.m. on November 12 in the 
Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on November 
13. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on November

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12 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. In his remarks, 
the President referred to Prime Minister Ayad Allawi of the Iraqi 
Interim Government; and former President Saddam Hussein of Iraq. The 
Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language 
transcript of this address.

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Week Ending Friday, November 19, 2004
Statement on the Resignation of Colin L. Powell as Secretary of State

November 15, 2004

    Colin Powell is one of the great public servants of our time. He is 
a soldier, a diplomat, a civic leader, a statesman, and a great patriot. 
I value his friendship. He will be missed. On behalf of all Americans, I 
thank him for his many years of service, and I wish him and Alma all the 
    In his 4 years as Secretary of State, Colin forged new alliances 
that are helping America win the war on terror and reinvigorated old and 
honored friendships. He has helped to build two great coalitions that 
have liberated more than 50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq from 
brutal dictators and which are now helping those nations emerge as 
successful democracies. He was a key architect of the Broader Middle 
East Initiative, which is helping to spread freedom and democracy in 
that region.
    His diplomatic skills also helped to end regional conflicts and 
lower tensions on the Indian subcontinent. Through his advocacy, he 
focused the world's attention on the plight of the suffering in Sudan, 
Liberia, and Haiti. His role in resolving the EP-3 incident early in my 
administration showed the calm judgment and steady resolve he has 
brought to our foreign policy. Thousands of dedicated foreign policy 
professionals are grateful for his leadership in modernizing and 
strengthening the Department of State.

 Note: The Office of the Press Secretary also made available Secretary 
Powell's letter of resignation.

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Week Ending Friday, November 19, 2004
Statement on the Resignation of Roderick R. Paige as Secretary of 

November 15, 2004

    Rod Paige has been at the forefront of fundamentally reforming and 
improving our Nation's public education system so that no child is left 
behind in America. His passion for taking on the status quo and fighting 
for reform underscores his strong commitment to our country's young 
people and his desire to give them a brighter future. Throughout his 
life, Rod has overcome great obstacles and achieved great success. He 
represents the best of America.
    We have only begun the long-term transformation of education so that 
future generations can enjoy all of the promise and opportunity America 
has to offer. Thanks to the hard work of Rod Paige, we have a very 
strong start and are well on our way to fulfilling that promise.
    I am thankful for Rod's leadership during this important time and am 
grateful for his friendship. I wish him all the best.

 Note: The Office of the Press Secretary also made available Secretary 
Paige's letter of resignation.

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