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But I am satisfied that the information that we have that this is the work of Zarqawi, is accurate.

But my Arabic is pretty good. It's good enough to have conversations with people, to understand what they say, to understand what they're feeling.

But the truth of the matter is that there is there is an opportunity for them to participate in the economic and political future of the country and certainly in the security life of the country.

Capturing any member of any terrorist cell or any insurgent cell that we may happen to come across is always very, very valuable, and the thing that interests me is that in most instances after a time people talk and they tell us what they know.

It's also natural in that part of the world to blame what people view as the... as the most important authority in the region, and that currently is the United States of America.

Oh, the transition concerns me because as we move towards an important political event, it's clear to me that the terrorists and insurgents will move as hard as they can to disrupt this process.

And so I think that if the person has the funds, the network, and the equipment to do this, and also the experience, which is the key factor, then they can be quite deadly.

As far as Zarqawi is concerned, there is a network of extremists; it's not just Zarqawi.

I think what actually works best is local-level individual targeting of key leadership nodes.

Well, the hardest thing to do, as we know from our own experience on 9/11 is protect everything all the time.

You don't build a new power plant in the United States overnight. It takes years to build.

Being on the run, having to change the way that you do business, being unable to plan in a safe and secure environment, always looking over your shoulder, knowing that some day somebody's going to knock on your door and it's going to be your last.

I think you will see a lot of strains develop in the political process that will result in violence everywhere in the country - but it's controllable, it's workable and it will lead to a much better future for these people.

We'll try to include Iraqi officers in our staffs. We will do everything we can to empower Iraqi security forces to stand up on their own and operate where they can alone.

We've got to ensure that the quality and the capability of these forces will be good enough to withstand the challenges that the insurgents and the terrorists will present to the new Iraqi government.

Our forces will not be on the sidelines.

Morale is good; troops are confident; leaders are capable.

Everybody needs to understand that I learned Arabic from the United States Army as a second language. I never spoke it at home.

So, these political activities will create friction in and of themselves, and in this environment of friction there'll be additional violence.

The United States is the most powerful nation on Earth and it just can't walk away from the Middle East and central Asia and the Horn of Africa.