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Bush: If Iraqis Ask, We’ll Leave

Posted on May 24, 2007

President Bush addressed reporters Thursday about Congress’ latest strategy for Iraq and insisted that U.S. forces would leave if the Iraqi government requested they do so.  Bush said that Iraq’s fledgling democracy needs to follow “benchmarks” stipulated in the plan and that “arbitrary timetables” for American troops’ withdrawal from Iraq have been nixed.

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Q Thank you, Mr. President. You say you want nothing short of victory, that leaving Iraq would be catastrophic; you once again mentioned al Qaeda. Does that mean that you are willing to leave American troops there, no matter what the Iraqi government does? I know this is a question we’ve asked before, but you can begin it with a “yes” or “no.”

THE PRESIDENT: We are there at the invitation of the Iraqi government. This is a sovereign nation. Twelve million people went to the polls to approve a constitution. It’s their government’s choice. If they were to say, leave, we would leave.

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By mike, May 29, 2007 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment
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Notice how he says we are there at the invitation of the Goverment not the people ?????  Since we installed these bozos and the only reason they stay in power is us Yes they dont want us to leave.  Also over half the parliment voted for us to leave ???  Who cares there parliment is like our congress just there to rubber stamp the leaders opion.  The executive is the only thing that matters.

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By Louise, May 25, 2007 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment
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“President Bush - insisted that U.S. forces would leave if the Iraqi government requested they do so.”

Will someone in the White House please show the president how to count on his fingers and toes!

DJS (#72628) asks,
“Can someone please explain to me the meaning of the word ‘invitation’, as in ‘We are there at the invitation of the Iraqi government? Or did I miss something?”

According to a highly placed White House source, invitation means:

A) Attack defenseless nation

B) Create their government in our image (sort of)

C) Instruct the government we created to “invite” us to stay forever

You didn’t miss anything. It just takes a while to figure out Bush-speak.

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By, May 25, 2007 at 10:04 am Link to this comment

Over half of the Iraqi parliament already supports a timetable for a withdrawal, but of course that was left out of the news conference.

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By rodney, May 25, 2007 at 7:52 am Link to this comment
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We will leave after we pump all of oil out of the ground. Then the Iraqis can have their sand back.

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By DJS, May 25, 2007 at 6:20 am Link to this comment
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Can someone please explain to me the meaning of the word ‘invitation’, as in ‘We are there at the invitation of the Iraqi government? Or did I miss something?

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By Matt, May 25, 2007 at 5:17 am Link to this comment
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Let’s not forget that the majority of Democrats voted AGAINST this bill. That means that if there had been enough Democrats in Congress, this bill would have failed.

Bottom line: the problem is that there are still not enough Democrats in Congress. We need more.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 25, 2007 at 12:35 am Link to this comment
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I wonder if he knows he is lying.Every poll in Iraq and the Iraqi Parliament has indicated they want us out.What does somebody have to do to influence the chimp in charge to get out.If the only people he is listening to have purple on the fingertips then I suggest he go to Iraq and run for President.As long as he is the President of America he is supposed to represent American desires.Put him in the green zone build him a big White House and give Dick Cheney an office down the hall and Moron In Charge would not know the difference.

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By cann4ing, May 24, 2007 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment

Until now, I hand thought the prize for the best Orwellian canard should go to Condoleeza Rice for her Baghdad boast that “this war came to us and not the other way around.”  But now I found Bush going one better with his suggestion that we remain within a nation that we invaded without provocation because that “sovereign” nation wants us there.

Let’s back up before the ceremony when Paul Bremer purported to hand over “soveignty” to Iyad Allawi, the former Baathist with ties to Saudi intelligence and the CIA.  Bremer appointed two dozen Iraqis to government jobs with five year terms, formed a commission with the power to disqualify political parties and candidates, installed inspector generals to five year terms for every ministry.  Bremer issued a series of 100 edicts, including order #17 which granted full immunity from all Iraqi laws not only for the coalition military but all foreign contractors (Halliburton, Blackwater); order #37 replaced Iraq’s progressive tax structure with a flat tax and reduced corporate taxes from 40% to 15%; orders 40 & 62 placed Iraq’s banks under foreign control; order #65 created the Iraqi Communications & Media Commission, the members selected by Bremer, which had the sole power to regulate and license the Iraqi broadcasting and telecommunications industry, with authority to shut down news agencies and seize their equipment; order #39 privatized all of Iraq’s government-owned industries, except oil and permitted 100% ownership by multinational corporations that have no obligation to hire Iraqi workers and which have the authority to withdraw capital from Iraq at any time; order #12 stripped Iraqi farmers of tariff protection against an influx of cheap, foreign grown food, providing what Greg Palast describes as “shock-and-awe economic therapy” to a previously self-sufficient agricultural system.

Bremer presented Alawi with an interim constitution, the TAL, which preserved the Bremer edicts.  The TAL designated the dates for the drafting of a new Iraqi constitution and then for a referendum two months later.  Drafting continued until the date of the referendum, with Ambassador Khalizad, along with a handpicked group of Iraqis preparing a final draft which not only made the Bremer edicts permanent but which removed language drafted by the National Assembly which would have prevented Iraq from being “used as a base or corridor for foreign troops.”

On Oct. 15, 2005, 9.8 million Iraqis voted on a constitution that only a select few had seen. As noted by Antonia Juhasz, when asked, most who emerged from the polls, smiling and holding up their dyed purple fingers, said “they were casting their votes in the spirit of hope, for a chance at change—any change.”

Can there be any doubt how Iraqis would have voted if they had been provided the opportunity for a choice between the Bremer edicts and the existing Iraqi constitution which dated back to 1922 and guaranteed freedom of religion, expression & association, proscribed desicrimination “because of sex, blood, language, social origin or religion…guaranteed a free education through the university level and access to maternal, child and medical care for all”?

The so-called sovereign Iraqi government is like a driver in a car with no drive shaft.  They can step on the gas all they want.  They’re not going anywhere.

Iraq is no more “sovereign” than Vichy France.

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By QuyTran, May 24, 2007 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment

Dear King George,

Why should Iraqis ask you to leave when they never
requested you to come ?

You’ve invaded their homeland without any provocation

You’ve invaded their nation illegally.

I think that just in case the Iraqis did ask you to leave but you’ll not because with huge war funding.

Once a cheater always a cheater. You know better than that.

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By DennisD, May 24, 2007 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment
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This is another joke isn’t it. Iraq is a soverign nation - I can’t stop laughing. If we left tomorrow it would become Iranq within 48 hours and I could care less because our Clown-in-Chief opened up Pandora’s sandbox and nothing good is going to come out of it. Bu$h is once again speaking through the second biggest opening in his body - his asshole.

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By Matt, May 24, 2007 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment
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So Bush will obey the Iraqi government if it says “get out of Iraq,” but he won’t obey the US legislature if it says “get out of Iraq”.

Maybe Americans should get to vote in Iraqi elections, since the Iraqis have so much power over us.

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By QuyTran, May 24, 2007 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

Could you trust a chimpanzee when he’s trying to LIE again and again ?

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By John C. Bonser, May 24, 2007 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

Whenever This President suggests that al Quaeda is in Iraq the media should show the film clip of him inviting them into Iraq “Bring them on!” in 2003.

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By Robert Hutwohl, May 24, 2007 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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Pure and simple: Bush is a liar. He has no intentions in leaving Iraq.

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By felicity, May 24, 2007 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment

The usurper, George Bush, has weasled his way through life.  To refresh my memory I looked up ‘weasel’ - sneak, snake, snake in the grass, cheater, crook, snitch, double-crosser, rat, squealer.

Then there’s - as Jim Hightower put it - “George was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.”

We can expect some fancy footwork from the weasel in the months to come.  Everything that others have been telling him about Iraq for years, he will claim as his, presenting them as what he’s been advocating all along. He intends to leave the Rose Garden smelling like a rose.

Through the years every disaster that the weasel has created has been ‘covered’ by his father or his father’s rich friends and the weasel has walked away scot-free.  Unless historians can be bought off, he’s not going to walk away scot-free from his Iraq disaster - not to mention the myriads of other disasters that he and he alone is responsible for.

We need to be patient.

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By cover this story NOW, May 24, 2007 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment
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The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive, signed on May 9, 2007 declares that in the event of a “catastrophic event”, George W. Bush can become what is best described as “a dictator”: 

“The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government.” 

This directive, completely unnoticed by the media, and given no scrutiny by Congress, literally gives the White House unprecedented dictatorial power over the government and the country, bypassing the US Congress and obliterating the separation of powers. The directive also placed the Secretary of Homeland Security in charge of domestic “security”.

The full text is below. A critical analysis on the directive can be found here.

This is another step towards official martial law (see “US government fans homeland security fears”), which suggests that a new “catastrophic event” 9/11-type pretext could be in the pipeline.

here’s more:


It’s time for major dissent and maybe even outright revolution. See RP’s speech on the House floor, 5/22/07:

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By FW, May 24, 2007 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment
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The Iraqi parliment already voted for us to leave!  wtf is Bush talking about?  Why doesn’t the press grab their balls and ask the blatantly obvious follow up question that addresses their recent vote and call the smirking chimp on it???!!!!!

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By Akira_Maritias, May 24, 2007 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment

That’s bull, and we all know it. As soon as they say “leave”, he’ll deny that they said it and dig in his heels until a new president is called in to kick Bushy out.

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