Tuesday, June 28, 2005

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Bush: Bloodshed in Iraq is "Worth It"

In an evening address at an Army base that has 9,300 troops in Iraq, Bush was acknowledging the toll of the 27-month-old war. At the same time, he aimed to persuade skeptical Americans that his strategy for victory needed only time — not any changes — to be successful.

"Like most Americans, I see the images of violence and bloodshed. Every picture is horrifying and the suffering is real," Bush said, according to excerpts released ahead of time by the White House. "It is worth it."


He was rejecting calls to set a timetable for withdrawing 135,000 American troops. Instead, he argued for maintaining the present two-pronged strategy: equipping Iraqi security forces to take over the anti-insurgency fight and helping Iraqi political leaders in the transition to a permanent democratic government.


Bush's repeated acknowledgment of death and difficulty came less than a month after Vice President Dick Cheney proclaimed the Iraq insurgency "in the last throes." Still, the president's overriding message was one of optimism.

"The American people do not falter under threat, and we will not allow our future to be determined by car bombers and assassins," he said.

Democrats and other critics said the country needed more specifics than Bush has been giving.

"We just don't have a clue what the criteria for success is," said Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., a Vietnam combat veteran. "People are still willing to give the president time if he would just level with them."

Outside the base, opponents of the war planned protests.

The liberal group also unveiled television advertisements that call the Iraq war "a quagmire." "We got in the wrong way. Let's get out the right way," say the ads running in several contested congressional districts.

Bush reserved a few hours before the speech for a private session to console the loved ones of fallen soldiers. Though he often holds these meetings when visiting military bases, the White House's decision to schedule time with 33 grieving families on the same day as the major address underscored the president's plan to offer a more somber assessment than usual of a war that has killed over 1,740 U.S. military personnel and 12,000 Iraqi civilians.

After a certain point, the outrage meter just starts spinning.

How very fucking nice of you to meet with a few of the families of the kids you've pointlessly sent to their deaths. How lovely that "it is worth it".


It's not your blood being shed, you unspeakable bastard. It's our kids'. It's our victims'.

You're going to lie to the country again tonight, you monkey. You're going to equate Iraq and 9/11 -- it's in the speech. You're gonna say Stay the course, and The terrorists hate freedom, and all the same old shit. And people die every goddamn day for no reason except you wanted to go down in history. Which you will, but not for the reasons you think.

Y'know what would be worth it, George? To have our soldiers, our budget, and our national honor back. But I don't think that's gonna happen until we impeach your sorry ass and hand you over to the Hague.

Until then, though, don't you fucking dare say that your illegal war for oil and treasure and vengeance is worth the lives of anyone, let alone these people.

Any one of them was a better human being than you.

My outrage meter broke in '04. No sense in fixing it 'til at least '08.
You know, I can't even call it the War on Terror anymore... it's the War on Terra, and he's winning.
My outrage meter has been spinning in circles since well before November. It's getting closer to takeoff speed every day.
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My outrage meter has broken. That war was not worth the lives of any of the people caused to be killed or maimed!
While I disagree with the premise of the war, I don't have a problem with Bush's exit strategy. BTW, it wouldn't be worth it if his daughters died over there.
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