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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Bush on Iraq: Rhetoric vs. Reality 

The enemies of freedom are using suicide bombings, beheadings, and other horrific acts to try to block progress. We are sickened by their atrocities, but we will never be intimidated, and freedom is winning.

We're making steady progress in implementing our five-step plan toward the goal we all want: completing the mission so that Iraq is stable and self-governing, and American troops can come home with the honor they have earned.
From the President's September 25, 2004 Radio Address

versus Reality:

- Iraq Study Sees Rebels' Attacks as Widespread - 2300 attacks in just the past 30 days, WTF?! (The New York Times)

- Key Bush assertions about Iraq in dispute. (Reuters UK)

- Violence in Iraq Belies Claims of Calm, Data Show. (The Washington Post)

- Growing Pessimism on Iraq. (The Washington Post)

- Insecurity has become an issue even for those living in the heavily fortified bubble of the "Green Zone," home to the US Embassy and Iraqi interim government. (Christian Science Monitor)

Plus The Progress Report's take on Bush's disconnect from the reality in Iraq.

And no wonder Bush has had Donald Rumsfeld in a muzzle for the past few months when he shoots off his mouth like this and this. (The Washington Post | The Telegraph)

While Powell Deputy, Richard Armitage, contradicts Rumsfeld and says Elections Must Be 'Open to All' in Iraq. (The New York Times)

How long is it gonna take for people to get the message that Bush doesn't know what the hell he's doing, has no plan moving forward and is still wilfully misleading the public as to what's going on Iraq?

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