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Bush: US troops to remain in Iraq until 'terrorists' defeated
Cat : Axe of Evil
Date : 2006-10-21 00:29:42                      Reader : 311

claiming fighting terrorists in Iraq. Were there terrorists in Iraq before invasion ? Bush colonizes Iraq for oil sake, and military bases , and new Middle East under control of Israel . Bush is behind 80% of violence in Iraq as British army leader in Iraq says . Bush is destroying Iraq into cantons. Iraqi civilian deaths are more than 200000, meanwhile US troops are quite safe. Bush insists not to recognize Iraqi people right to defend their country and liberate it from occupying forces.
Where is UN CHARTER ? Where is EU? Where is Security Council ? Where is Asia, Africa and those who support nations freedom ?!!.
Bush is not only terrorist as Bloom, Francis Boyle Chomsky, Lara Drake , Father Michel Loulon, Ramsey Clerk, say including free press writers and authors, Bush is also Nazi as he feels happy of mass killing of Iraqis and or Chester civil war there.


Associated France Press (AFP) 20/10/2006

Bush: US troops to remain in Iraq until 'terrorists' defeated

 

by Laurent Lozano
WASHINGTON (AFP) - President George W. Bush insisted that US troops would not pull out of Iraq before "the terrorists are defeated," a day after acknowledging a possible parallel between violence there and the Tet Offensive during the US war in Vietnam.

The comments, coming less than three weeks before crucial elections, follow his acknowledgement on Wednesday that the current steep spike in violence in Iraq "could be" compared to the Tet Offensive, widely considered to be key to souring US public opinion on the Vietnam War.

"Our goal in Iraq is clear and unchanging. Our goal is victory," said Bush, speaking at a rally Thursday for embattled Republican congressman Don Sherwood in the town of La Plume, Pennsylvania.

"We are a nation at war, and we must do everything in our power to win that war," he said.

"We will not pull out our troops from Iraq before the terrorists are defeated. We will not pull out before Iraq can govern itself, sustain itself, and defend itself," he said.

The ongoing flare-up in violence in Iraq comes in the middle of a bitterly fought political campaign ahead of November 7 elections to decide control of the US Congress between opposition Democrats and Bush's Republicans.

Democrats are pinning their hopes of winning on the unpopular Iraq war and Bush's poor poll numbers.

Even the mention by Bush of the Vietnam War has loud political resonance. The war divided Americans at the time and remains a deeply sensitive subject four decades later.

The 1968 Tet Offensive launched by the Vietcong and the North Vietnamese against South Vietnamese and US forces was considered a military defeat but a psychological victory, in that it crystallized US public opinion against the war.

Bush acknowledged the Vietnam parallel Wednesday for the first time when asked in an ABC News television interview about a comparison by Thomas Friedman, a New York Times columnist, of the strife in Iraq with the Tet Offensive.

"He could be right," Bush said. "There's certainly a stepped-up level of violence, and we're heading into an election."

Bush said insurgents were trying "to inflict enough damage that we'd leave."

The Tet Offensive occurred before US presidential elections, bolstering the anti-war camp and leading the Democratic president, Lyndon Johnson, to announce he would not seek reelection.

Bush "was making a point that he's made before, which is that terrorists try to exploit pictures and try to use the media as conduits for influencing public opinion in the United States," said White House spokesman Tony Snow.

"We do not think that there's been a flipover point," he said. "The president's determined it's not going to happen with Iraq, because you have a president who is determined to win."

"It is possible -- although we don't have a clear pathway into the minds of terrorists, it is possible they are trying to use violence right now as a way of influencing the elections," said Snow.

Bush's remarks appeared to put his Republicans on a slippery slope.

Although Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made a similar analogy in June 2004, the Bush administration has always shied from the comparison.

Nearly 60,000 Americans were killed in Vietnam.

Since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, 2,772 US troops have been killed, according to a Pentagon tally. October already has proved to be one of the most deadly months for US forces with 73 dead.

Opposition Democrats have made Bush's handling of Iraq a major campaign issue, and opinion polls show public sentiment against the war is growing.

"The violence is indeed disheartening," said US military spokesman Major General Caldwell, speaking Thursday in Iraq. "In Baghdad alone we have seen a 22 percent increase in attacks during the first three weeks of (the Muslim holy month of) Ramadan as compared to the three weeks proceeding Ramadan."

The major US-led push to secure Baghdad, Operation Together Forward, "has made a difference in the focus areas, but has not met our overall expectations of sustaining a reduction of levels of violence."

The commander of the US-led forces in Iraq, General George Casey, is to present new recommendations in the next weeks for increasing security in Baghdad, a top US official said on condition of anonymity.


 
 
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