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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:10 PM
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WP: Bush Says Iraq Straining Nation's Psyche
Bush Says Iraq Straining Nation's Psyche


President Bush speaks during his first news conference in the new temporary White House pressroom, Monday, August 21, 2006, in Washington. President Bush on Monday called for quick deployment of an international force to help uphold the fragile cease-fire in Lebanon. "The need is urgent," Bush said. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)


By TERENCE HUNT
The Associated Press
Monday, August 21, 2006


WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Monday the Iraq war is "straining the psyche of our country" but leaving now would be a disaster.

Bush served notice at a news conference that he would not change course or flinch from debate about the unpopular war as he campaigns for Republicans in the fall congressional elections. In fact, he suggested that national security and the economy should be the top political issues, and criticized the Democrats' approach on both.

Many Democrats want to leave Iraq "before the job is done," the president said. "I can't tell you exactly when it's going to be done," he said, but "if we ever give up the desire to help people who live in freedom, we will have lost our soul as a nation, as far as I'm concerned."

Now in its fourth year, the war has taken a heavy toll _ more than 2,600 Americans have died and many more Iraqis have been killed. Last month alone, about 3,500 Iraqis died violently, the highest monthly civilian toll so far. Bush's approval rating has slumped to the lowest point of his presidency, and Republicans are concerned that they could lose control of Congress because of voters' unhappiness.

Bush said he was frustrated by the war at times.

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But, but, but, Tony Snowjob said * WAS NOT FRUSTRATED! Actually spent quite a bit of time denying it. What are we paying this guy for?


Snow also took issue with New York Times and Los Angeles Times stories on Wednesday depicting President Bush as growing "frustrated" with lack of appreciation for U.S. efforts on the part of Iraqis.

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Snow made the following statement near the start of the press briefing:

SNOW: One other note: A number of newspapers today had -- or a couple, The New York Times and L.A. Times -- had pieces about the President's meeting the other day with Iraq scholars. Just a couple of nits to pick with the Times piece -- and I have spoken with the notetaker in the meeting, I was in the meeting, I've talked to others in the meeting and I've talked to all four scholars today, and all, to a person, take exception to a verb or variations of that verb that appear a number of times at the top of the piece, which is that the President is "frustrated"-- he's "frustrated" that the new Iraqi government and the Iraqi people have not shown greater support for the American mission.

All the participants said that that did not reflect the meeting they attended.

"A sense of frustration on the lack of progress on the bigger picture of Iraq, generally" -- again, all of those in attendance said that that did not reflect their characterization. And a paragraph that said, "The President expressed frustration that Iraqis have not come to appreciate the sacrifices the United States has made in Iraq and was puzzled as to how a recent anti-American rally in support of Hezbollah in Baghdad could draw such a large crowd." That was unanimously rejected, as well.

Now, as I've said in the past, we tend not to go into detail about what these conversations -- what the people discuss, and I will continue to do that. Obviously, they're free to discuss what they had. But there were two pieces, and one I think did more -- at least reflect in accordance with my notes -- and I tried to be careful about this and tried not to ask leading questions, but I did talk to the four scholars and four others who were involved in the meeting, and all shared the same reflections, and their notes reflected these same points of view.

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Later, in the briefing, Snow was asked about this.

Q If the President is not frustrated by the situation in Iraq, what is he?

MR. SNOW: Determined.
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bronxiteforever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:12 PM
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1. That is one scary picture
Leader of the free world is determined allright, determined to screw up this country.
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:21 PM
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5. the man needs his ears waxed
yick !
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:25 PM
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6. He's starting to look a bit like Pat Robertson
Black eyes, black mouth, black heart.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:19 PM
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2. His eyes have no soul. n/t
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pinkpops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:20 PM
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4. They've killed him with self-confidence
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:27 PM
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7. None!.....They look like the eyes of a shark...
..or some kind of android.
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pinkpops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:19 PM
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3. Looks like it is straining the nation's number one psycho too
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:31 PM
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8. What strain is that, Chimpy?
Are you and your base - the haves and the have mores - straining in some way? All those tax cuts, all those fat government contracts for the likes of Halliburton and Bechtel? Where are you and your ilk straining? The coffins I see coming through Dover AFB have names like Gonzales, Washington and Yakamoto on them, not Frist or Cheney or Bush. Who's straining, George? And since it's not you, how do you know?

You sad sack piece of shit. You wouldn't know "strain" on your psyche if it drove you batshit insane.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:37 PM
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9. destroying the village to save it...
... and lying about it all the while. Bush is a lying shit-stain on history's underwear.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:41 PM
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10. Just for comparison: Who would you rather have a beer with?
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WatchWhatISay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:48 PM
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11. His skin looks like he's visited an undertaker
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 09:51 PM by WatchWhatISay
Thick dead looking makeup doesn't hide unhealthy looking skin beneath it.

The evil is starting to crawl out of his soul - he can't keep it hidden inside anymore.

Good picture for a book jacket on a book written by some unfriendly critics. (Just like they find the worst possible pictures of Hillary, whenever they write a book about her.)
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:52 PM
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12. The eyes of a cadaver.
May God and the world forgive America.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:54 PM
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13. I bet Tony Snow is hoppy frustrated now. te he.
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livingonearth Donating Member (451 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:56 PM
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14. The picture is actually too short. The horns have been cropped!
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MzNov Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:04 PM
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15. Dumbass doesn't know what a psyche is
:dem:
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:26 PM
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16. look at the type beside his head
HO

...that must be the understatement of the century
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