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Friday, August 18, 2006

Iraq: TROOPS EXPRESS WORRIES ABOUT IRAQ

President Bush is not frustrated over the slow progress in Iraq, the White House insists. But a lot of other Americans are---apparently including U.S. troops.

Associated Press
Pauline Jelinek
August 17, 2006

The Pentagon's top general says troops suggested to him during a rcent trip to Iraq that they are among those who are worried.

President Bush is breaking the backs of these troops. They don't know whether they are coming or going and the outcome of that "is not" good!

White House spokesman Tony Snow took pains to deny a report Wednesday that Bush had privately expressed frustration with the Iraqis for not appreciating American sacrifices made there and with the Iraqi people and their leaders for not supporting the U.S. mission.

"We don't expect...an overnight success," Snow said when asked Bush's opinion on the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

***That answer got old over a year ago! Before you know it, March will be just around the corner and we'll still be in Iraq with the same old "stay the course" and "no plans" about how to get out if the Republicans remain the majority in Congress.

Just when success might come---and whether it is even possible---are key questions for war-weary Americans. And the latest setbacks in Iraq come as congressional elections approach.

***No one in the Bush administration seems to be able to give specific answers on this, and Halliburton is currently building 14 "permanent" bases in Iraq.

Troops are also disgruntled over Iraqi efforts, according to questions put to Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when he visited the country over the weekend.

One asked how much more time the Iraqi government should be given to achieve the political unity needed to stabilize the country.

Another wanted to know whether U.S. forces will stay if Iraqis descend into all-out civil war.

And a third ended a question about continued U.S. troop deployments to Iraq by asking: "Is the war coming to an end?"

Pace said his talks with troops reassured him that they are proud of what they're doing and satisfied with what they've accomlished.

But he also said he detected among them "some frustration at the Iraqis for not yet grasping the opportunity that's in front of them."

Rival Shiite and Sunni sects failed to reconcile their differences and establish an effective government capable of taking over security responsibilities for the country.

Pace siad the troops feel, "We're doing our part. When is the (Iraqi) governance part going to kick in? And that's a fair question?"

***It's just as much this government as the Iraqi government that wants the U.S. to stay in Iraq. Maliki and Bush are in this together! This is all a part of Cheney's "perpetual war," in the Middle East!

Pushing Iraqis along for three years through formation of an interim government, the writing of their constitution and election of the current government---only to have the fighting worsen---has grown old for many in civilian and military quarters.

***Next month, it will be "three and a half years!"

Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, sounded one of his recurring themes at a recent committee hearing: Iraqi politicians must get the message that U.S. troops can't stay indefinitely, and should make political compromises to stop insurgents and avoid all-ou-civil-war.

***Senator Frist (R-TN) says that we will stay in Iraq "indefinitely."

"There's a certain irony if military and political leaders seem to be losing patience with Iraqis," said Charles Pena, a fellow at the Coalition for a Realisitic Foreign Policy and George Washington University's homeland security institute. "We're the ones who created the situation."

***NO! You're wrong! It was the Bush administration and the Bush administration alone, that gave us all of that phoney info, that took us to Iraq, although we didn't need to go there in the first place!

"It's perfectly logical for Americans and the president to be frustrated" by lack of political progress in Iraq, said CATO Institute's Christopher Preble. He blamed Bush's "grave error" in assuming that Iraqi's would unite fater Saddam's fall.

***Bush as divided 2 countries with his B.S. This one and Iraq!

Eric Davis, a Rutgers University political science professor and former head of the university's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, said he's disturbed that the Iraq debate is "incresingly being turned into a referendum on George Bush."

Suggestions that Iraqis own some of the blame infuriates him as well.

"This whole 'blaming Iraqis' thing is a simple way of trying to weasel out....to say, 'They're really not trying to make political change, so we should leave," said Davis, one of several outside experts invited to a Monday meeting of Bush's war cabinet.

***Well that figures! He works "with" the Republicans or he would never have been invited to that meeting!

Snow worked hard to knock down a New York Times report Wednesday that Bush seemed frustrated with Iraqis during Monday's meeting.

"I've spoken with the note-taker in the meeting. I was in the meeting. I've talked to others in the meeting," he told White House reporters. All attending took exception to the use of the word "frustrated" to describe the president's thinking, Snow said.

***Nobody believes Snow! He's part of the Bush aministration. Besides, Snow has a tell! If Bush's look wasn't that of frustration, he was probably "pouting!"

Sectarian tensions have been rising following the Feb. 22 bombing at a Shiite shrine, which triggered a wave of reprisals against Sunni mosques and clerics and sent tens of thousands of Iraqis fleeing from their homes.

U.S. generals say Iraq could slide into a full-blown civil war if the killing isn't tamped down. Though they'd hoped U.S. troop levels could be reduced this year, officials have extended sone tours of duty, sending 5,000 additional Americans to Baghdad to help with security. The total there now is 133,000.

***We need to start supporting our troops a lot more than we do! It's something that we all want to do. They are the ones putting their lives on the line for us. However, "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" means just that---that we support our troops! This is totally different from us supporting the Bush administration's "policies." Especially in regards to how the Bush administration and the Republicans has treated our troops and how they are handling the Iraq war.

The people who believe they can support our troops while also supporting President Bush are badly informed on just how terrible Bush and the Republicans have been to them. When the Republicans say that you are supporting our troops, which means you are supporting Bush's policies, is a disgusting way to use the well-intentioned support we all feel for our troops for partisan political gain. I would agree that if you support President Bush, you support policies that actually do great harm to our troops. He has taken just about everything they were entitled to, away from them.

Our troops are paying the price. Do you support out troops, or do you support President Bush and the Republicans? YOU CAN'T SUPPORT BOTH!
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