Academic journal article Military Review

Secretary of the Army's Remarks to Soldiers

Academic journal article Military Review

Secretary of the Army's Remarks to Soldiers

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My fellow field soldiers all over the Army, from Kosovo to Korea, wherever you may be pulling your duty: As you all know by now, our nation, this department, and the United States Army were attacked on 11 September.

I want you to know that we have survived that attack. That attack has made us stronger, and we are now engaged in what our President has called the first war of the 21st century. We will win that war.

Now the war is not going to be won in a single day, or a single raid, or a single event. We are engaged in a campaign against a cowardly enemy. And it will take us a while to root him out. But let there be no question about our resolve, our discipline, our professionalism, our tenacity; and in the end, the result of that war.

It started at a point in time dictated by the enemy. It will end in a point in time-as the President has said-of our choosing.

It won't be easy. But few things that are truly worth doing ever are. This is our challenge: to preserve the freedoms that make America what Abraham Lincoln called the `last best hope on earth.' And I can assure you that the civilized people in countries of the world have united in support of our cause. …

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