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Bush gives new reason for Iraq war

Says US must prevent oil fields from falling into hands of terrorists
By Jennifer Loven, Associated Press | August 31, 2005

CORONADO, Calif. -- President Bush answered growing antiwar protests yesterday with a fresh reason for US troops to continue fighting in Iraq: protection of the country's vast oil fields, which he said would otherwise fall under the control of terrorist extremists.

The president, standing against a backdrop of the USS Ronald Reagan, the newest aircraft carrier in the Navy's fleet, said terrorists would be denied their goal of making Iraq a base from which to recruit followers, train them, and finance attacks.
''We will defeat the terrorists," Bush said. ''We will build a free Iraq that will fight terrorists instead of giving them aid and sanctuary."

Appearing at Naval Air Station North Island to commemorate the anniversary of the Allies' World War II victory over Japan, Bush compared his resolve to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's in the 1940s and said America's mission in Iraq is to turn it into a democratic ally just as the United States did with Japan after its 1945 surrender. Bush's V-J Day ceremony did not fall on the actual anniversary. Japan announced its surrender on Aug. 15, 1945 -- Aug. 14 in the United States because of the time difference.

Democrats said Bush's leadership falls far short of Roosevelt's.

''Democratic Presidents Roosevelt and Truman led America to victory in World War II because they laid out a clear plan for success to the American people, America's allies, and America's troops," said Howard Dean, Democratic Party chairman. ''President Bush has failed to put together a plan, so despite the bravery and sacrifice of our troops, we are not making the progress that we should be in Iraq. The troops, our allies, and the American people deserve better leadership from our commander in chief."

The speech was Bush's third in just over a week defending his Iraq policies, as the White House scrambles to counter growing public concern about the war. But the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast drew attention away; the White House announced during the president's remarks that he was cutting his August vacation short to return to Washington, D.C., to oversee the federal response effort.

After the speech, Bush hurried back to Texas ahead of schedule to prepare to fly back to the nation's capital today. He was to return to the White House on Friday, after spending more than four weeks operating from his ranch in Crawford.

Bush's August break has been marked by problems in Iraq.

It has been an especially deadly month there for US troops, with the number of those who have died since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 now nearing 1,900.

The growing death toll has become a regular feature of the slightly larger protests that Bush now encounters everywhere he goes -- a movement boosted by a vigil set up in a field down the road from the president's ranch by a mother grieving the loss of her soldier son in Iraq.

Cindy Sheehan arrived in Crawford only days after Bush did, asking for a meeting so he could explain why her son and others are dying in Iraq. The White House refused, and Sheehan's camp turned into a hub of activity for hundreds of activists around the country demanding that troops be brought home.

This week, the administration also had to defend the proposed constitution produced in Iraq at US urging. Critics fear the impact of its rejection by many Sunnis, and say it fails to protect religious freedom and women's rights.

At the naval base, Bush declared, ''We will not rest until victory is America's and our freedom is secure" from Al Qaeda and its forces in Iraq led by Abu Musab alZarqawi.

''If Zarqawi and [Osama] bin Laden gain control of Iraq, they would create a new training ground for future terrorist attacks," Bush said. ''They'd seize oil fields to fund their ambitions. They could recruit more terrorists by claiming a historic victory over the United States and our coalition."

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The world's #1 terrorist has already got 'em.

What Wee Georgie is really worried about is that he's losing his grip -- on more that just the oil fields.

This is Bush's dream, the war in Iraq. I believe it's always been about the oil, look at his past. After Bush's term is up I don't believe we will ever here the word terrorist again. Plus the leader of Iraq is sick of Bush's constant belief pushing. I will support any anti-war protests, I don't belive this should have ever happened. Nothing good ever comes from war, the "winners" walk away with empty hearts not feelings of acomplishment, and the "losers" all have bitterness in their hearts, and during the process hundreds upon thousands are killed for what? More oil... hell I think peace is a more important message than lower gas prices!

I thought the terrorist (george w bush) had the oil fields. After all, isn't that what he invded Iraq for? He is a spinless, corrupt, deserter....he needs to be held accountable for his arrogant actions.

Once again, he frames himself pictured as a pretend military person, rather than the coward draft dodger he is, in front of Military ships, and it was all about the oil, as if we did not know ALL along. George the II helping his oil buddies and hurting his country. He is a liar and traitor. When will law prevail?

With gas prices nearing $3.00/gal domestically and rising, the idea of the current Iraq war being for oil, is an indication of just how dumb Bush and his handlers are. They apparently thought they were just going to waltz into Iraq and commandeer their oil! This is pretty pathetic in terms of leadership. Since this war commenced, Iraq's oil production has dropped, not increased, to negligable levels. What Bush really means by his recent remarks is that since they screwed up the country by invading it, anti-US Iraqis are much more numerous today, than they were under Saddam. Can we blame them? As far as these anti-US Iraqis being terrorists, that is only Bush's assessment which of course can't be taken serously. Once proven a liar, a liar you will remain until proven otherwise.

Depends on what business you're invested in. It hasn't hurt the profits for Exxon-Mobil et al. Chavez and his Citgo operations are a bit of a pain, but Pat Robertson will take care of him the "Christian" way.

The minute you opted to embark upon this senseless and criminal war, defeat was insured. Not that you even care, or that our contemptible mainstream media will ever bother to tell us the truth, but the Iraq war is already lost. Like Vietnam at a certain point, it simply boils down to how many more senseless American and Iraqi deaths we as a nation, are willing to sacrifice to this criminal cause. This debacle is a sobering reminder of how corrupt leadership leads to arrogance and monumental blunders that affect us all. To many of us have sat idly by, as a new faction of special interested connected warmongers siezed power. We are now forced to relive the shameful experience of Vietnam. Though the media and politicians are all careful to avoid this analogy, we can safety overlook these accomplished liars, and rest assured that our misadventure in Iraq will become as bad or worse than Vietnam, if we don't adopt an uncompromising stand to end it!

Bush is getting desperate. He's clearly just flopping about-trying to find any "reason" that will resonate with the country. The good news is, it ain't selling. Have a hunch the prisoner abuse photos will be the last straw in public opinion.

World's leading terrorist states - Israel & America

Who has control over Iraqi Oil - America & Israel

Sorry what was the reason again?

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