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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-22-04 04:03 PM
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European newspapers Wednesday accused US President George W. Bush of refusing to face facts over Iraq after he called for greater international involvement in reconstructing the country in an address to the UN General Assembly.

The president's speech "systematically refused to engage with what actually has happened in Iraq," the Financial Times commented. "The extent of the president's disengagement from the reality of a sinking Iraq is alarming," it said.

Bush "exhibited no sense whatsoever of grievous US policy mistakes, of the serious failures of the occupation authorities, or the extent to which the Iraqi misadventure had handed the initiative to jihadi terrorists," the business daily added.

The FT accused Bush of "solipsistic" assumptions and hailed Democrat presidential contender John Kerry's call Monday for a "great, honest national debate on Iraq" as a "welcome injection of seriousness" into the election campaign.

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