Excerpts from President Bush's Tuesday news conference:

"It's not a civil war; it's not a popular uprising. Most of Iraq is relatively stable."

"There's no question it's been a tough, tough series of weeks for the American people. It's been really tough for the families. I understand that. It's been tough on this administration. But we're doing the right thing."

"[Saddam Hussein] really shocked the country in many ways - shocked it into a kind of ... fear of making decisions toward liberty. That's what we've seen recently. Some [Iraqis] are fearful of stepping up."

"Had I had any inkling whatsoever that people were going to fly airplanes into buildings, we would have moved heaven and earth to save the country - just like we're working hard to prevent a further attack."

"The person responsible for the attacks was Osama bin Laden. That's who's responsible for killing Americans."

"I don't think people ought to demean the contributions of our friends into Iraq. People are sacrificing their lives in Iraq - from different countries. We ought to honor that. We ought to welcome that. I'm proud of the coalition that is there."

"It's the intentions of the enemy to shake our will.... They want us to leave. And we're not going to leave.... And a free Iraq is going to be a major blow for terrorism."

"Some of the debate really center around the fact that people don't believe Iraq can be free; that if you're Muslim, or perhaps brown-skinned, you can't be self-governing.... I strongly disagree with that. I reject that, because I believe that freedom is the deepest need of every human soul."

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