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What's your plan for Iraq, Mr. President?

September 23, 2004 1:40 PM

Andrew Sullivan: "The underlying message is clear. Most of Washington now believes that the war in Iraq is all but lost and that Bush has to tell us soon how he intends to turn things around. People are coming out of denial. And that's dangerous for the president if it becomes widespread before November 2."

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Read the 8 comments.

Right Wing Robby:

"I have seen some of the images that are being shown here on television. They are disturbing. They focus on the tragedies, such as the brutal and barbaric murder of two American hostages this week.

My thoughts and prayers go out to their families and to all those who lost loved ones.

Yet, as we mourn these losses, we must not forget either the progress we are making or what is at stake in Iraq.

We are fighting for freedom and democracy, ours and yours. Every day, we strengthen the institutions that will protect our new democracy, and every day, we grow in strength and determination to defeat the terrorists and their barbarism.

The second message is quite simple and one that I would like to deliver directly from my people to yours: Thank you, America.

We Iraqis know that Americans have made and continue to make enormous sacrifices to liberate Iraq, to assure Iraq's freedom. I have come here to thank you and to promise you that your sacrifices are not in vain.

The overwhelming majority of Iraqis are grateful. They are grateful to be rid of Saddam Hussein and the torture and brutality he forced upon us, grateful for the chance to build a better future for our families, our country and our region.

We Iraqis are grateful to you, America, for your leadership and your sacrifice for our liberation and our opportunity to start anew.

Third, I stand here today as the prime minister of a country emerging finally from dark ages of violence, aggression, corruption and greed. Like almost every Iraqi, I have many friends who were murdered, tortured or raped by the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Well over a million Iraqis were murdered or are missing. We estimate at least 300,000 in mass graves, which stands as monuments to the inhumanity of Saddam's regime. Thousands of my Kurdish brothers and sisters were gassed to death by Saddam's chemical weapons.

Millions more like me were driven into exile. Even in exile, as I myself can vouch, we were not safe from Saddam.

And as we lived under tyranny at home, so our neighbors lived in fear of Iraq's aggression and brutality. Reckless wars, use of weapons of mass destruction, the needless loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and the financing and exporting of terrorism, these were Saddam's legacy to the world.

My friends, today we are better off, you are better off and the world is better off without Saddam Hussein.

Your decision to go to war in Iraq was not an easy one but it was the right one."


Your welcome Iraqi people. Enjoy your freedom.

Thu Sep 23 2004 2:00 PM

Jim Gilliam:

"And thanks for appointing me Prime Minister of Iraq." -Allawi

Thu Sep 23 2004 2:09 PM

Right Wing Robby:

"Let me be absolutely clear. Elections will occur in Iraq, on time, in January, because Iraqis want elections on time,"


Thu Sep 23 2004 2:25 PM


Rumsfeld said he believed elections could still be held in January but he sketched out a scenario in which they might not be held in parts of the country where the violence is too great.

"Let's say you tried to have an election and you could have it in three-quarters or four-fifths of the country, but some places you couldn't, because the violence was too great," he said.

How can you have an election and call it free and fair if not everyone gets to vote.

Thu Sep 23 2004 5:43 PM

Right Wing Robby:


Why dont you ask Abraham Lincoln that question. His election was based on very similiar circumstances. Unless of course you dont consider his election legit.

Fri Sep 24 2004 8:23 AM


wrong wing,

The similarity is only superficial. The American Civil War occurred when elected representatives of some states attempted to secede. They expressly disclaimed any participation in the union. It's a different story in Iraq, where people who want to vote and have a united Iraq will not be able to do so.

Fri Sep 24 2004 11:51 AM

The fifteen-year-old Politician:

What do you think his plan!!! Bush is the biggest idot I know!!! He doesn't even know what he is talking about. Saturday Night Live has done numberous awesome impressions on Bush. Bush cannot even talk right, I am not saying that everything has to be verbatim to what he would say if he got to think about the question, but he always stutters and stammers when he talks...

I am so SiCk of HeArInG about the 9/11!!!
That is his answer about everything!! I cannot understand that he doesn't know how stupid he is!!! I mean he should really listen to himself talk...he would probably still be confused. Thats ok though...Not!

He does not deserve to be President, in my eyes, he has wasted four years in the office already.

As you can tell, I am pro-Kerry...I am also pro-Nader...

NaDeR aLl ThE wAy!!! I hope he wins...

te he he!!!


The fifteen-year-old Politician.

Tue Oct 12 2004 7:03 PM


WOW!! Been a while since I've seen a person call the president an idiot, and then didn't know how to spell the word.

As for Paul, you seem to forget that large portions of "undesirables" where not allowed to vote in elections AFTER the civil war. Only after "reconstruction" was "complete" where free and open elections held in the US.

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:22 AM

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