(President Bush, in response to Ohio Representative Jean Schmidt's comments from the floor of the House November 18th, 2005)
No war has ever been won on a timetable.
And I oughta know, because I thought we could win this war in about 30 days.
Then I thought it would take maybe 3 months.
The insurgency, I really thought would be over in about 6 months.
Heck, I already made plans for what Im doing 4 years from now,
so I cant be worrying about the Iraq war, cause its gonna be over by then, right?
So timetables dont work.
And dont get me wrong:
I am a big supporter of timetables.
I love a good timetable.
But not now.
Because whats the difference now?
Well, the difference is that this is a Democratic timetable.
And everyone knows: Democrats cut and run.
But George Bush never cuts, and he never runs.
Even in the face of death.
Especially the death of people who are proud to die for their country.
Im not going to say Democracy is for cowards.
Thats not what Im saying.
Its already been said.
Im not saying by who, cause shes a pretty unpopular lady right now.
But Representative Jean Schmidt is right about one thing:
Democrats are cowards.
And Republicans who agree with the Democrats are cowards.
And Independents, too.
And anyone who has the courage of their convictions.
We are at war.
This is no time for Democratic solutions.
Solutions are for cowards.
So you gotta decide right here and now, America,
between whether you want a George Bush solution.
Or a Democrat solution.
Whats it going to be America?
George Bush? Or Democracy?
Because you cant have it both ways.
Its one or the other.
And I know which one Id choose.
And that ought to be good enough for you.
"War on a Timetable"
George Bush: Self-Defense Tour 2005
Speechwriter: Jeff Goode, copyright © 2005