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Bush: 'There's no rules'

President Bush at the Pentagon on Monday
President Bush at the Pentagon on Monday  


(CNN) -- President Bush spoke to reporters at the Pentagon on Monday. Here is a partial transcript of his remarks:

We are in the process of calling up as many as 35,000 [reserve] troops. They will serve in a number of essential roles.

They will help maintain our air defenses so they can stay on high alert. They will check shipping in ports. They will help our military with air lift and logistics. They will provide military police. They will participate in engineering projects. They will help gather intelligence. And they will perform work as chaplains.

I know this means a lot of sacrifice for those who will be called up and their families. But you understand, the troops who will be called up understand better than most that freedom has a cost and that we're willing to bear that cost.

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An act of war has been committed on this country, and the dedication of our guardsmen and reservists will serve not only as a strong symbol to all that we're prepared to take the necessary actions, but will be a part of helping to find the spirit and courage of America. And I'm grateful.

I want to thank the employers who understand that there is more to corporate life than just profit and loss, that the employee who is getting ready to serve the country is an essential part of defeating terrorism, evil-doers so emboldened that they feel that they could attack the great bastion of freedom.

I want to make it clear to the American people that this administration will not talk about any plans we may or may not have. We will not jeopardize in any way, shape or form anybody who wears the uniform of the United States.

All I can tell you is that Osama bin Laden is a prime suspect and the people who house him, encourage him, provide food, comfort or money are on notice.

Last week, I spoke clearly about our nation's policy and that is, we're going to find those evil-doers, those barbaric people who attacked our country and we're going to hold them accountable and we're going to hold the people who house them accountable. The people who think they can provide them safe havens will be held accountable. The people who feed them will be held accountable. And the Taliban must take my statement seriously.

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I believe -- I know that an act of war was declared against America, but this will be a different type of war than we're used to. In the past, there have been beaches to storm, islands to conquer. We've been able to watch on our television screens sophisticated weaponry to find a building and we've seen dramatic reports from the front.

There may be some of that, who knows. But I know that this is a different type of enemy than we're used to. It's an enemy that likes to hide and burrow in and their network is extensive.

There's no rules. It's barbaric behavior. They slit throats of women on airplanes in order to achieve an objective that is beyond comprehension. And they like to hit and then they like to hideout. But we're going to smoke them out. And we're adjusting our thinking to the new type of enemy. These are terrorists that have no borders.

And by the way, it's important for the world to understand that we know, in America, that more than just Americans suffered loss of life in the World Trade Center. People from all kinds of nationalities lost life. That's why the world is rallying to our call to defeat terrorism.

Many world leaders understand that the attack could have easily happened on their land. And they also understand that this enemy knows no border.

But they know what I know, that when we start putting the heat on those who house them, they will get them running. And once we get them running, we have a good chance to getting them, and that's exactly what our intent is.

The focus right now is on Osama bin Laden, no question about it. He's the prime suspect and his organization.

But there are other terrorists in the world. There are people who hate freedom. This is a fight for freedom. This is a fight to say to the freedom-loving people of the world: "We will not allow ourselves to be terrorized by somebody who think they can hit and hide in some cage somewhere."

It's going to require a new thought process. And I'm proud to report our military, led by the secretary of defense, understands that, understands it's a new type of war. It's going to take a long time to win this war. The American people are going to have to be more patient than ever with the efforts of not just ourselves, but the efforts of our allies, to get them running and to find them and to hunt them down.

But as the vice president said, you know, "Osama bin Laden is just one person." He is representative of networks of people who absolutely have made their cause to defeat the freedoms that we take -- that we understand, and we will not allow them to do so.

I want justice. And there's an old poster out west, that I recall, that said, "Wanted, Dead or Alive." I think that this is a long-term battle -- war. There will be battles, but this is long term. After all, our mission is not just Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda organization. Our mission is to battle terrorism and to join with freedom-loving people.







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