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Bush: Leaving Iraq Would Be a Bad Signal

Associated Press
Last updated: Thursday, Aug 11, 2005 - 11:05:21 am PDT
CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush said Thursday he understands and respects the views of anti-war advocates like a California mother camped outside his Texas ranch to mourn her soldier son fallen in Iraq, but said it would be a mistake to bring U.S. troops home now.

"I understand the anguish that some feel about the death that takes place," Bush said.

"I also have heard the voices of those saying: Pull out now," he said. "And I've thought about their cry and their sincere desire to reduce the loss of life by pulling our troops out. I just strongly disagree."

Immediate withdrawal "would send a terrible signal to the enemy."

Cindy Sheehan has been camped along a road near Bush's ranch since Saturday, asking to talk to Bush about her son Casey and vowing to remain until his Texas vacation ends later this month. Casey was killed five days after he arrived in Iraq last year. He was 24.

"I sympathize with Mrs. Sheehan," Bush said. "She feels strongly about her position, and she has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America. She has a right to her position, and I thought long and hard about her position. I've heard her position from others, which is: Get out of Iraq now. And it would be a mistake for the security of this country and the ability to lay the foundations for peace in the long run if we were to do so."

By Thursday, about 50 people had joined Sheehan's cause, pitching tents in muddy, shallow ditches and hanging anti-war banners; two dozen others have sent flowers. Her name was among the most popular search topics Wednesday on Internet blogs.

Bush spoke to reporters on a day when he played host to his administration's top national security, foreign policy and defense advisers at a time of increasing violence in Iraq and new nuclear worries involving Iran and North Korea.

Bush also indicated that the new Iranian president will receive a U.S. visa to attend an annual United Nations gathering next month and welcomed the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency's warning to Tehran about consequences of its nuclear ambitions.

Bush said U.S. investigators still have not yet determined what role Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have played in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Even so, Bush said, the United States has separate obligations to other countries as the host nation for the United Nations, which is headquartered in New York.

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What a patronizing jerk Bush is. "I've heard her position from others, which is: Get out of Iraq now."

Oh, yeah? What others? Who, when? When did you ever sit down and LISTEN to anybody who disagrees with you, George? Mr. Know-it-all has all the answers based on his hallucination that "God told him" to attack Iraq.

Geo W will continue to further divide our country by "Staying his course". At the very LEAST, he could spend an hour of his "precious time" by attempting to answer Cindy's questions.

He said. "I understand the anguish that some feel about the death that takes place," Bush said.

Think about that statement. He uses the word "some." Who are those who don't feel anguish? Maybe....him? Or that only weak or protester types feel anguish - those that are not for this war? He often uses the word some when putting down those who disagree...."there are "some" in this country that...blah blah blah." It is a very telling use of that word.

"that some feel"? W., how can you imagine anyone NOT feeling anguish over death? Especially the horrible, untimely deaths of over 1800 American soldiers. I keep reading that over and over, shaking my head in disbelief.

You know, all I can say about this ignorant fool in the White House is that someday he will wish that all he did was sleep with an intern. He might become one of the most despised individuals this country has ever known, let alone the worst president ever.

Not only in his own country, dear friends. I can foresee the time not far off when his disgrace will rank worldwide (if it doesn't already) right along with other famous practioners of the ultimate crime against humanity.

this is unrelated to the article, but the petition just hit 10,000...go cindy go...this war has gone on too long without a worth while effort to cover those who stand against the president. You are the first voice to break the gag order the media has portrayed and more power to you. Crawford first, and if that doesn't work, we will go to Washington if we must until George hears your voice, not "her position from others." Good luck and we are with you for the long haul.

Little George "Shit for Brains" Bush says that leaving Iraq would send a wrong signal. No Shit Head the wrong signal you sent was invading Iraq in the first place. China gets the signal as they sign agreements with Iran for oil. Iran gets the signal so they step up there quest for nuclear bombs. North Korea got the signal as they increased production of nuclear bombs, which finally forced George "Shit for Brains" to come to negotiating table. Osama Bin Laden got the signal as he has now made Iraq his center of operations against the United States and Britain.... Leaving Iraq would send the right signal and the sooner the better!

George Bush fully well realizes that continued American presence in Iraq will only continue to fuel the suicide bombings in that country as well as in the United States and Britain.

He talks about pulling out sending a "terrible signal". The horrible truth is, we went to war so that George Bush could win re-election and cement the GOP control of all 3 branches of government. The only "terrible signal" that withdrawing our troops would send would be to the Republicans who are up for re-election in 2006 and for the GOP presidential ticket in 2008. The signal would translate as, "The shit has hit the fan. The fat, dumb and happy citizens of this country are waking up to the fact that they have been screwed royally, and it looks like they aren't going to take it anymore."

Well, we HAVE been screwed, by the Republicans and by our Democratic representives who have let it happen. I have news for George Bush and his administration of Neocons: I for one am not happy about it, and am doing everything I can to expose you liars for what you are. And it is not enough just to expose them. THEY MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS!!! I will settle for nothing less than impeachment.


Seems to me that George missed the point. The question that Cindy wanted answered was "What was the 'noble cause' for which young people are dying in Iraq?' Considering all the obvious untruths he told in the last 3 or so years, I can't think of a way the president COULD answer that one!

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