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Thank you, very much. It's a pleasure to be here tonight. I thank our hosts, the Association of the United States Army and the Air Force Association chapters here in the Puget Sound area for making this forum possible.
I appreciate all the work that's gone into putting thistogether.
You've done a marvelous job of reaching out to a spectrum of interests who share vital and-in some cases-life-long interests in our nation's security.
I'm delighted that each of you has come to listen and share.
Indeed, each of us has come here this evening with different perspectives...some similar, some different, and each distinct.
Realizing this, I'd like to ask each of you to do something a little different: I'd like for you to forget our distinctions and imagine-just for a few moments-that you're no longer sitting in this place.
Imagine, instead, that you're in Iraq.
It's November 15th; you're a Marine Lance Corporal on patrol somewhere north of Balad.