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Bush Expresses Frustration Over Iraq

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Posted on Oct 25, 2006

The president famous for his inability to admit errors said today that he was “not satisfied” with the situation in Iraq, and that a shift by the U.S. would include political measures to help stem the violence.


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President Bush said today that he was “not satisfied” with the situation in Iraq and that the United States was shifting its tactics and working on a timetable with the Iraqi government that includes political measures to stem some of the violence.

“As the enemy shifts tactics we are shifting our tactics as well,” said Mr. Bush, speaking at a news conference at the White House a day after the American ambassador in Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, laid out a timetable for political measures he said the Iraqi government had agreed to take.

On Tuesday, the top American military commander in Iraq, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., said that with effective government action on the political measures, Iraqi troops should be able to take over the main burden of the war in 12 to 18 months, allowing American troops to move to a support role.

With the mid-term elections just weeks ago, the Iraq war has figured prominently as the administration defends its strategy in the country. Mr. Bush has often sent a message to the American public that the United States must “stay the course” in Iraq, and in his remarks today he emphasized that the goal was the same, but the tactics would be flexible.

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By Chuck, October 26, 2006 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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If Bush is “not satisfied” with the war in Iraq, he & Cheney must do something drastic about it & consider alternates that would please the American people & the World: Start withdrawing troops to show good faith, or put more focus on Afganistan & getting bin Laden. Bush never talks about bin Laden, but we haven’t forgotten. Do something different & daring—Bush has had 5 years to do something, and he has not, so it is getting much worse now.

Rhetoric like “not satisfied” doesn’t work.Bush is not satisfied with his own administration! Don’t think of Americans as being stupid and gulable. We think you are the real problem. Impeach this man now!  Why: Entering Iraq illegally & all the atrocities there daily.

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By bretherenbay, October 26, 2006 at 5:54 am Link to this comment
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The people who support this war as it falls into the inevitable chaos do not have far to look to find the original arsonist, Mr Bush.  I have been a horrified eyewitness of the whole ugly scene, and am available to testify as to who lit the match that started the conflagration.  We must all point out that when, not if, we pull out in “defeat” it is not because we left before the job was done, but because the house was on fire, and any idiot would know to flee.  I do expect that diehards on the right will say we were led to defeat by the cut and run group, in order to save face.  But I know, as do they, that we all saw them pour the gasoline on the fire over and over, then single out those eyewitnesses who failed to stop them from their own self destruction. The problem is that we do not have an insurance policy to cover this horrific act of arson, and all of us now have to pay for this destruction.  Saaaaaaaaaad.

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By sid deris, October 25, 2006 at 9:09 pm Link to this comment
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The Nov election will prove if America will
come home like G.Mcgovern said in the 1960’s,
or will stay with policy of deception,corruption,
and lies.

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By evelyn, October 25, 2006 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment
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YES he does think we are stupid , he lies and lies and looks us straight in face and LIES again     . Yes he does   think we are stupid and we are all scared to death he is going to win again   on Nov 7th.  How can   37% of this country of bigots and rednecks and crazy   right wing religious(not all
religious )  run our country     HOW CAN THIS BE     ???? 
PLEASE VOTE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD,  OR YOUR SELF,  VOTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By John U., October 25, 2006 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment
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Looks like Bush is becoming increasingly disoriented. At this point we’ve lost three wars under his policies and leadership; Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terror

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By Mike, October 25, 2006 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment
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What a bunch of cry Babys.

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By Margaret Currey, October 25, 2006 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment
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I think Bushie boy did a whole lot of talking but he did not say anything new.  The press conference was to try to stem the tide of his being highly unpopular, I think that he may still face impeachment if the House and Senate become more Democractic and I beleive the whole lot of them are running scared.

Margaret from Vancouver, Washington

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By nate, October 25, 2006 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment
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If Rush Limbaugh should be harping on anyone for “acting”...it should be George W. Bush.  “Expressing” his frustration about Iraq doesn’t mean he IS frustrated.  A simple phrase anyone, even he, can understand:  action speaks louder than words.  We’ve had 4+ years of lip service on Iraq, terrorism, and pretty much everything else under the sun.  How about some action?  I’d rather the action come from voters expressing their own frustrations with how poorly they feel things are going and taking the first step to forcing things to change.  If you need something to think about before you walk in the booth, print out Kevin Tillman’s blog and read it again before you make your choice.

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By Linga, October 25, 2006 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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Doesn’t effective government action require an effective government?

When did Iraq have an effective government last?

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By Frank, October 25, 2006 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment
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This is just another change in tactics from this administrations inner circle to make it appear as if they will be willing to change course. There is no way that the original objectives - to have a free, pro-US democratic Iraq planted in the midst of the middle east will ever occur, unless the US adopts a more pragmatic and even approach to the problems that plague that part of the world. Reliance on any kind of military solution is not going to work, and the neocons led by Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith, Abrams, and Chenney just don’t get it.

If only he knew how frustrated most everyone else is, with their lies and deceptions that led to the invasion in the first place, and then the bumbling mistakes made by the CPA and the military, after we were there. And to add insult to it all, the 3 most prominent people that were involved in this whole mess were awarded the metal of freedom, no doubt to influence them NOT to turn and write a book that would put the administration in a bad light. What a crock!

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By Richard, October 25, 2006 at 11:57 am Link to this comment
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Someone help me out here.  I’m still REALLY confused about this whole “We’ve never been ‘Stay the Course’” thing.  Has there been any three words that he has uttered more ofter since this war started?  And now he has the absolute gall to say this?  Is he THAT stupid?  Or does he think that the American people are THAT stupid?  It’s one or the other.

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By Manny, October 25, 2006 at 11:50 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Bush inability to see the reality of his postion is bound to make pointless counter moves.
We are fighting in a Civil War ! We are in the thick of it and this inexperienced President fails to see it and has failed to plan accordingly. While this administartion gets its act together, our service men and women are being used as target practice for the insurgents.

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By MOE THOMPSON, October 25, 2006 at 11:45 am Link to this comment
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I GUESS THE PRESIDENTS FIRST NAME IS CHANGED TO MULBERRY..THATS WHERE WE ARE BEING TAKEN, ROUND AND ROUND… HOW STUPID HAVE WE BECOME LATELY ANYWAY ???

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By WILLIAM BUSH, October 25, 2006 at 11:44 am Link to this comment
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Hitler lied to the German people to justify invading Poland. Bush lied to the American people to justify invading Iraq. What’s the difference? And he’s not satisfied.

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By Quy Tran, October 25, 2006 at 10:48 am Link to this comment
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Iraqi P.M. Nouri Maliki was inclined to bet his life on King George lastest assurance that there will be no timetable for withdrawal U.S. troops from Iraq. Use his life to bet with a dishonor gambler the P.M. is so naive and wagers his own life with lowest price ! One wise advise to Mr. Maliki that :“don’t listen to what the King says, but keep looking and looking at what the King was done”, then you will have second thought to decide for your kingdom future and to know more about the meaning of “ALLIES”. There’re absolutely no “ALLIES” but obviously ther’re only “LORD” and “SERVANTS” or “MERCENARIES”. One further advise to King George that a withdrawal plan ought to be prepared on time and never wait untill the Iraqi yelling “YANKEES GO HOME”. Do you remember Cambodia and Vietnam over 30 years ago when we left these countries in hurry and without any glory ?

One more information that I have to tell everybody is the King and his delegate of 950 members had been registered with APEC meeting in Vietnam next month. Is a huge delegate ? Who cares ? But we only expect that the King don’t bring any bad luck and scourge to this tiny nation as he’s doing now in our beautiful America !

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By Peter Mark, October 25, 2006 at 10:45 am Link to this comment
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I take small pleasure to point out that a purpose of governments is to provide a stage and props for the “fighting man”. Here among us are those for whom money is god and business its religion.

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By Dan Stevens, October 25, 2006 at 10:44 am Link to this comment
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This brazen, politically motivated and timed “re-assesment” of our Iraq non-policy should be obviously apparent to all.  We should ALL vote against candidates expousing the Bush line - playing politics with the lives of our fine young women and men!  I can’t imagine anything worse for our country.

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