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Study Group to Call for Iraq Withdrawals; Bush Remains Obstinate

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Posted on Nov 30, 2006
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Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Bush meet in Amman, Jordan.

The Iraq Study Group has apparently reached a consensus and will recommend a gradual pullback of U.S. forces in Iraq, though without a timetable.  But after meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Thursday, President Bush was already dismissive of the suggestion: “We’re going to stay in Iraq to get the job done as long as the government wants us there.”

Bush also scoffed at the idea of partitioning Iraq and in the past has argued against the panel’s other major suggestion: holding direct talks with Iran and Syria. 

Though he may ultimately disagree with the Iraq Study Group’s recommendations, repeating “get the job done” is an alternative military strategy unlikely to carry much weight with the American people.


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“I know there’s a lot of speculation that these reports in Washington mean there’s going to be some kind of graceful exit out of Iraq,” the president said during a joint news conference with Mr. Maliki, referring to the panel’s reports that are expected next week. “We’re going to stay in Iraq to get the job done as long as the government wants us there.”

Mr. Bush also said he and Mr. Maliki would oppose any plan to break up the country, which is riven by sectarian violence. The two appeared together after an hourlong breakfast meeting with aides at the Four Seasons Hotel [in Amman, Jordan] that was followed by a 45-minute one-on-one session.

“The prime minister made clear that splitting his country into parts, as some have suggested, is not what the Iraqi people want, and that any partition in Iraq would only lead to an increase of sectarian violence,” Mr. Bush said, adding, “I agree.”

The two leaders set no timetable for speeding up the training of Iraqi forces, which Mr. Bush described as evolving “from ground zero,” and a senior administration official, who attended the breakfast and was granted anonymity to discuss it, said hurdles remain.

“This is not a simple process of passing the baton,” the official said, adding, “This is not the United States and Iraq struggling for control of the steering wheel. This is the United States wanting Iraq to be firmly with the steering wheel in its hand, and the issue is, how do we get there as quickly as possible.”

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By RS Janes, December 2, 2006 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment
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Dr. Knowitall pretty much sums it up:

“I have a suggestion.  Really make it “We’re,” W.  Pack your bags.  Grab your gun.  Put on your uniform.  Take the next plane out.  Chaney will handle things here.  No. Wait. Actually.  Take him with you.  Hearing a bullet whiz by your left ear or seeing your buddies limbs blown off might convince you to rethink your resolve.”

I would only add that Little George and Bigtime Dick should take all of the right-wing media Screech-o-Sphere, including Ann Coulter, ‘Billo,’ Rich Lowery, Michelle Malkin, Bill Kristol, Rushbo and all the other neocon bloviators who smugly supported this disaster from the comfort of their computer keyboards and broadcasting studios. The sight of the horror of actual combat might make grown-ups of these pathetic children, playing at war in the safety of their yuppie offices, and less likely to start pumping their fists in the air the next time some Champagne Squadron flyboy with an Oedipus complex wants to play hero with someone else’s blood.

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By Vito, December 1, 2006 at 4:55 am Link to this comment
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When they teach us as young students that anyone can be President, Bush is the proof.

You people that voted for this ass hole, seek help, you have a mental problem.

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By yours truly, November 30, 2006 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment
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“Get there as quickly as possible” so that “Iraq has the steering wheel firmly in its hands”, says an anonymous official?.  But this anonymous official has to be kidding because puppet armies always fall apart once the occupiers pack-up and go home.  What’s more the sooner the occupiers go home, the quicker the killings stop.  How?  Iraqis see to it, that’s how.    .

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By Ralph, November 30, 2006 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment
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1.  How can you not support the puppet government that you yourself setup?

2.  Maybe if he had defined what the job was; staying to get “it” done might make not sound like the dribble it does.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, November 30, 2006 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment
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When W says “We’re going to stay in Iraq to get the job done…” who’s the “we’re?”  I have a suggestion.  Really make it “We’re,” W.  Pack your bags.  Grab your gun.  Put on your uniform.  Take the next plane out.  Chaney will handle things here.  No. Wait. Actually.  Take him with you.  Hearing a bullet whiz by your left ear or seeing your buddies limbs blown off might convince you to rethink your resolve.  I’m just an ordinary American citizen without clout, but, I would advise you that it’s not going to get any better in Iraq.  It will get worse.  It might as well get worse while not costing additional American lives and limbs.  If I can live down your blunder, you can, too.

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By felicity, November 30, 2006 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment
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America has had 200 plus years of presidents and has survived pretty well intact.  We’ve been lucky. It’s clear that our luck has run out as we are now faced with a president who listens only to himself and his god (we can assume he’s channeled somebody but not the guy with a capital “G”) as he wages what has become his private war. 

Because he is the president, under our system he has the treasure and the people of America to do with as he pleases.  Is it not obvious that our presidential system of government is flawed? If not now, the next two years, if we survive them, will make it quite obvious.

We naively tout our “checks and balances” which work except when the checkers and the balancers are ball-less. 

The presidential system of government morphs quite painfully into a dictatorship - a cursory study of past, and present Latin American governments makes the point.

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By Margaret Currey, November 30, 2006 at 11:22 am Link to this comment
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Just because Bush says one thing does not mean it will be so, did he not say that Runsfeld was doing a good job, and soon after the man was gone, this president just barely keep his head above water and maybe if this was was illegal, he may be impeached, which will not accomplish much, but if he can not do anything meaningful maybe Bush and Chaney should go, of course it will not happen.

Margaret from vancouver, Washington

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By RS Janes, November 30, 2006 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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Now Bush has sealed al-Maliki’s fate with his ‘heckuva job’ praise for the Iraqi Prime Minister as a “strong leader” and the “right guy” to handle the civil war in Iraq, not to mention the doom-harbinger of a televised press conference with the most despised man in the Middle East, George W. himself.

Bush’s puppet PM is already stoned and cursed in Baghdad when he ventures outside the Green Zone—how long before al-Maliki is assassinated or suddenly disappears into exile?

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By Quy Tran, November 30, 2006 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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Immediate withdrawal will be good remedies. First, we can save lives of our troops and innocent Iraqis. Second, we can save dollars for home emergency programs. Third, the Middle East situation would be better off. Four, farewell grandiose vision for American supremacy in the next century at the other part of the globe.

If Bush is still stubborn, just remove him from his throne by impeaching him without any hesitation. Do this way we can save American face with the whole civilized world.

Chimpanzee only lives in jungle not in the Whore House !

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By winterfire6, November 30, 2006 at 7:18 am Link to this comment
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Which means that Junior intends to do with this mess exactly what he has done with every other mess he has made in his life; leave it to someone else to clean up.

If none of us gave a shit about this country, we would start a draft Jeb movement right now.

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