Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Bush Says Iraq Straining Nation's Psyche

Terence Hunt
(AP) 08.21.2006

President Bush said Monday the Iraq war is "straining the psyche of our country" but leaving now would be a disaster.

Many Democrats want to leave Iraq "before the job is done," the president said. "I can't tell you exactly when it's going to be done," he said, but "if we ever give up the desire to help people who live in freedom, we will have lost our soul as a nation, as far as I'm concerned."

Bush said he was frustrated by the war at times.

"War is not a time of joy," he said. "These are challenging times, and they're difficult times, and they're straining the psyche of our country. I understand that. You know, nobody likes to see innocent people die. Nobody wants to turn on their TV on a daily basis and see havoc wrought by terrorists."

Bush said he would not question the patriotism of someone who disagreed with him - although Vice President Dick Cheney said recently the Democratic primary election victory of anti-war candidate Ned Lamont over incumbent Sen. Joe Lieberman, a defender of the war, might encourage "the al-Qaida types."

Bush also urged patience about the rebuilding of New Orleans and other gulf communities ravaged by Hurricane Katrina a year ago. The federal government has committed $110 billion to help. "I also want the people down there to understand that it's going to take awhile to recover," the president said. "This was a huge storm." He suggested the federal government had done its part and state and local officials should move faster.


One hell of a speech. Ripe with fallacies, inaccuracies and out-and-out, boldfaced lying. "Who was that man?" Why, that's our president! *beaming, proud smile here*