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Ear to the Ground

Bush Drops In on His Mideast Timeshare

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Posted on Sep 3, 2007
Bush in Iraq
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

President Bush is flanked by Marines at the Al-Asad military base in Iraq’s Anbar province on Monday.

The “What, me worry?” president paid a cheerful visit to U.S. troops in Iraq’s Anbar province, an auspiciously timed trip (his third since the war began in 2003) that falls mere days before Congress is scheduled to hear Army Gen. David Petraeus’ Iraq “progress” report.  For another status report (read: reality check), follow this link.


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Aides said Bush would prod Maliki and other Shiite national leaders to support the local Sunni leaders, whom the White House has praised for fostering political reconciliation that has proved more difficult in mixed-sect regions such as Baghdad and Diyala province, where Sunni insurgents have also begun to work with the Americans.

Later, Bush was to make short remarks to about 750 U.S. troops and other guests. “The president felt this is something he had to do in order to put himself in a position to make some important decisions,” National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley said of the visit.

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By purplewolf, September 4, 2007 at 9:30 pm Link to this comment

well maybe his physical body was but his mind,NEVER!

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By tomack, September 4, 2007 at 11:24 am Link to this comment

Makes you wonder if he was really there…

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By purplewolf, September 4, 2007 at 10:46 am Link to this comment

If bush reduces the troops in Iraq it is only to send them into Iran.

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By purplewolf, September 4, 2007 at 10:43 am Link to this comment

“The president felt this is something he had to do in order to put himself in a position to make some important decisions,” according to one of his lackeys from the NSA.
Known by his proven track record the last thing this person should be allowed to do is MAKE IMPORTANT DECISIONS.In fact what ever he orders should be carried out immediately in a 180 degree opposite direction of the request, as we know he will be wrong.This prez gives a whole new meaning to the quote” SOMETHING STUPID THIS WAY COMES.”

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By don knutsen, September 4, 2007 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

Bush is seting the stage to declare that we could reduce our troop levels every so slightly in the near future due to the increased security in Iraq because of his “surge”. He first has to make sure that a ready supply of additional private contractors are avail to take their place. They are wasting as much of the people’s revenue as possible and they’ve found a ready sink hole they have created in Iraq. At the same time they are doing all they can to incite another war with Iran. How far does this insanity need to go before these traitors are dragged outa the white house ? Those that try to blow the whistle on the fraud being committed daily by the privateers in Iraq are quickly squelched by this white house. Every decision they have made points to the purpopefull dismantling of our nation by bankrupting the treasury, starving the beast ala’ Grover Norquist…and nothing spends money faster then war. Who needs terrorists with traitors like this at the helm ?

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By PACRAT, September 4, 2007 at 7:53 am Link to this comment
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Spin Machine in Operation!

Ah, another photo op of our president with the troops - the live ones that is! And right before his latest fall guy, gen Petreaus, makes his report that, strangely, will agree with the Bush “plan.” What a remarkable coincidence!

Will the public be duped again? I doubt it - the spinning ain’t working anymore!

Will the republican senate be duped? Of course!35

Will the democrats do anything about it? Of course not!

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By hippy pam, September 4, 2007 at 5:26 am Link to this comment

CAMP VICTORY???
YET BUSH*T STILL HAS TO SNEAK IN TO IRAQ.OH….I GET IT…..HE HAS WON BY KILLING OUR FUTURE STATESMEN AND WOMEN.HE HAS WON DUE TO HIS TOTAL SCREWING OF OUR ECONOMY.
HE CERTAINLY HASN’T WON ANYONES RESPECT.I COULD GO ON AND ON…..
ASK YOUR SELF-IF IT IS SAFE-
WHY AREN’T HIS KIDS OVER THERE ?????

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By PaulMagillSmith, September 4, 2007 at 1:51 am Link to this comment

Has anyone noticed all the ‘put’ options being placed now to cover the next three weeks? Sounds like another 911 coming up real soon. Be forewarned.

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By purplewolf, September 3, 2007 at 9:22 pm Link to this comment

If this sorry excuse for a person,and I use the term loosely,were an honest person,which he isn’t,he would have gone to Baghdad rather then Anbar. After all that’s where the action is really HOT right now isn’t it?
They should have given him a uniform with a target painted on it. I am sure you are right, the soldiers didn’t have live rounds.
We all know what the truth that has come out about the lack of success on the benchmarks and we all know that weedboy will twist things like he always does and refuse to see reality. He will demand we stay.Let’s hope the congress creatures grow a backbone and take control away from this spoiled brat before he engages us in another quagmire known as Iran.

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By Louise, September 3, 2007 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment

Must be getting harder and harder for Mr. Bush to pull together a “Command Performance” state-side.

Could it be the troops don’t want to stand and cheer? Or maybe they just wont show up! Or worse case scenario, they’ll all fall asleep!

Cant have snoring drown out those carefully thought out words of wisdom.

But over there ... where they gonna go?
Out to get shot at?

Always good to know Mr. Bush has our best interests at heart. How dare those ungrateful Iraqis not protect OUR oil!

Geez, the nerve!

It’s not OUR fault Mother Nature put it under THEIR soil!

Good to know Mr. Bush follows orders from his higher masters too. It would never do for someone somewhere else to get the impression he’s tired of war.
So many wars to fight, so little time.

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By vet240, September 3, 2007 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment

Why no little soldier suit for georgie? Wouldn’t the Army gve him a costume to play soldier in?

Maybe their afraid if he wears one he might declare the “Mission Accomplished” again.

What do you want to bet none of the soldiers around him have live rounds?

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By DennisD, September 3, 2007 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment
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Our photo-op President just can’t get enough Kodak moments at the expense of the American taxpayer, can he? And we thought Reagan was the B-movie actor.

This draft dodging scumbag is a disgrace to every man and woman who ever put on a military uniform. If any of these soldiers think he actually gives a shit about them I feel sorry for them.

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By RAE, September 3, 2007 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment

It sure bothers me to watch as the Airhead-in-Chief blows another MILLION or TWO of my tax dollars on a junket like this.

It sure must be some power trip for George to just push the intercom button and tell his secretary to “arrange things” because he just “has to go” to Iraq for a few hours tomorrow before “making important decisions.”

Oh God, no. NO. NO. NO! No more “important decisions” George. Just sit there sucking on your thumb for the next 15 months if you have to, but PLEASE… DON’T DECIDE ANYTHING.

We promise to wait until your term expires without storming the White House and nailing your sorry ass to your helicopter’s rotors if you’ll just promise NOT TO DO OR SAY ANYTHING UNTIL THEN!

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By dick, September 3, 2007 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment
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An arrogant, reckless, ignorant fool, manipulated by the power elite, who want, benefit by, and get continual war, at the expense and suffering of the powerless masses.

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By PaulMagillSmith, September 3, 2007 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

I wonder if he found it as safe as “An Indiana open air market”, or if he had a hundred soldiers, surrounding him, armored vehicles all over the place, and helicopters flying overhead? Gee. McCain, I guess I’d feel safe, too. Too bad the average foot soldier doesn’t have such resources at their disposal.

If a soldier had ‘fragged’ this C-in-C America should definitely award that individual a Medal of Freedom. On second thought, since Bush has made sure that once prestigious award has lost all crdibility by giving it to the traitorous & incompetent, the soldier would deserve better. A Medal of Honor sounds more appropriate than that Medal of Shame, right?

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By QuyTran, September 3, 2007 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment

The draft dodger wants to be hero by sneaking in Iraq
through back door. Hope there’s no friendly fires !

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By farmertx, September 3, 2007 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

Strange, considering all the progress that has been made, that he has to sneak in and out of Iraq. Guess he was too bashful for all the cheering crowds that would have lined the motorcade route. Or was that jeering crowds?
The Shootist is the only one that has demanded that the US troops be searched before he speaks to them.
Now, Shrub can tell the American public that he has seen first hand how great everything is, despite what member’s of his own party have said who spent more time on the ground and weren’t hidden from view.

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By 911truthdotorg, September 3, 2007 at 11:52 am Link to this comment

My God, he has ZERO fucking shame.

He truly makes me sick to my stomach.

I’ll bet money that they take EVERY round of ammunition away from any soldier who gets near him.

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