President Bush said today the US is "learning as we go" in trying to bring democracy to Iraq and urged Americans not to lose faith. Delivering the commencement address at the Air Force Academy, Bush likened today's campaign against Islamic extremism to the fight against fascism of last century, the Washington Post reports. He also noted that while Germany and Japan could rebuild under peaceful conditions, the same is not true of Iraq.
"Today, we're helping emerging democracies rebuild under fire from terrorist networks and state sponsors of terror," Bush said. "This is a difficult and unprecedented task, and we're learning as we go."