Back at home in November, President Bush signed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003 at a ceremony in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Passing the House of Representatives 281-142 and the Senate 64-34, the bill showed some bipartisan support. The law made it illegal for doctors to abort a fetus in its second or third trimester by bringing the baby’s body out the birth canal to puncture the skull and remove out the brain. No exemptions were made for women whose
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It became the first time in history the President of the United States had ever visited Iraq. Discovering his arrival, soldiers “jumped to their feet, pumped their fists in the air, roaring with delight, and grabbed their camera to snap photographs” (Arraf et al.). President Bush mingled with soldiers and served food, but the highlight of the night came when Bush received a standing ovation as he rallied the troops by saying,
We did not charge hundreds of miles into the heart of Iraq, pay a bitter cost of casualties, defeat a ruthless dictator, and liberate 25 million people only to retreat before a band of thugs and assassins… We will prevail. We will stay until the job is done.” (Arraf et al.)
A few weeks later, Christmas would come early for the American troops with Operation Red Dawn. On December 14, 2003, Saddam Hussein emerged from his spider hole next to a farmhouse 15 miles outside his hometown of Tikrit to be captured by U.S. military forces. After nine months of hiding, the former dictator surrendered without a fight. In the streets of Iraq, citizens could be seen celebrating (Sastry and Wiersema).
As 2004 was a slow year on the western side of the Atlantic due to the presidential campaign, tensions mounted in Iraq. The city of Fallujah became the center of the growing insurgence. In March of 2004, four U.S. contractors were killed