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And The Beat Goes On…

Posted by Daniel on Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Bush has decided that since his war in Iraq has gone so badly, maybe it’s better to let it keep going on so that it becomes the albatross fo the next President. He and his staff arer obviously giving up any hope of bringing troops home during his term…remember when they were saying there would be a substantial troop withdrawl during 2006?

President Bush said Tuesday that he believes the United States will succeed in Iraq, and that if he didn’t believe so, he would withdraw U.S. forces.

“I’m confident, I believe, I’m optimistic we’ll succeed — if not, I’d pull our troops out,” Bush said during a White House news conference.

“If I didn’t believe we could succeed, I wouldn’t be there. I wouldn’t put those kids there. I meet with too many families who’ve lost a loved one to not be able to look them in the eye and say, ‘We’re doing the right thing,’ and we are doing a right thing.”

As of Monday, 2,316 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. In December, Bush estimated that at least 30,000 Iraqis have died.

“We are doing the right thing. A democracy in Iraq is going to affect the neighborhood. A democracy in Iraq is going to [inspire] reformers in a part of the world that is desperate for reformation,” the president said.

Bush also hinted that U.S. forces could remain in Iraq after his presidency ends in January 2009 — in answering a reporter’s question about when all American troops would leave.

“That, of course, is an objective,” Bush said, “And that will be decided by future presidents and future governments of Iraq.”

In response to Bush’s comments, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said that deploying troops until 2009 is “a military commitment to Iraq that was never contemplated or approved by the American people.”

“Three years into the war in Iraq, with that country now experiencing a low-grade civil war, it has become increasingly clear that President Bush is content with an open-ended commitment with no end in sight for our U.S. troops and taxpayers,” Reid said in a written statement.

“President Bush must accept that he has to change course, reject the notion of an open-ended commitment in Iraq and finally develop the plan that allows our troops to begin to come home.”

On Iraq’s neighbor Iran, Bush expressed concern about Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons program, saying it eventually “could blackmail the world.”

The president also touched on topics such as the U.S. economy, immigration and gay marriage. (Transcript of news conference)

Bush has launched a campaign aimed at reversing opinion polls that suggest U.S. support for the war is waning.

He dismissed the notion that Iraq was on the brink of civil war nearly a month after an attack on a Shiite mosque in Samarra sparked widespread sectarian fighting.

“No question that sectarian violence must be confronted by the Iraqi government and a better-trained police force, yet we’re making progress,” Bush said.

He said Iraq’s leaders have avoided civil war and that “the Iraqis had a chance to fall apart and they didn’t. And that’s a positive development.”

Bush appeared to acknowledge some mistakes in Iraq but repeated his opinion that the costs of failure would be too great to withdraw troops.

“No question about it, we missed some time as we adjusted our tactics,” Bush said. “We had to change our reconstruction strategy. You know, we thought it would make sense initially when we went in there to build big, grand projects, which turned out to be targets for the insurgents to blow up.”


One Response to “And The Beat Goes On…”

  1. Spencer said

    omg, is it possible that the first chimp actually READS worse than he SOUNDS? I thought surely he was more excruciating to listen to than to read… but the quotes in this post are making my eyes bleed… eek. Must-shut-bush-out…cannot-think-bush…. cannot-see-bush…. cannot-hear-bush…

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