Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Bush Offers New Catch-Phrase On Iraq Withdrawal. But Aussie Reporter Knew His Facts

REPORTER JIM MIDDLETON: But the struggle against terrorism dominated. With Australia having committed more troops to Iraq and sending special forces back into Afghanistan, the President made a point of thanking the Prime Minister for standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the United States.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We had a good talk today about the way forward in Iraq. I assured him that our position is one that says, "As the Iraqis stand up, America stands down."

MIDDLETON: But that does not mean withdrawal any time soon, even if the war in Iraq is growing more unpopular in the U.S. as American casualties mount.

BUSH: They'll be there as long as necessary to complete the mission.

MIDDLETON: Two years ago, Mr. Bush declared the combat phase of the Iraq conflict over and Mr. Howard said Australian troops would remain for months, rather than years. Today neither was being held to a timetable.

BUSH: I get asked about timetables all the time here. But the answer is: when the Iraqis are ready to do the fighting themselves.

MIDDLETON: Timetables, said Mr Bush, merely emboldened the enemy. The Prime Minister echoed -- and acknowledged -- a line from (Defense Secretary) Donald Rumsfeld.

JOHN HOWARD, PRIME MINISTER: I'm not going to try and put a time limit on our commitment in Iraq -- I'm not. It will be governed by circumstances, rather than by the calendar.

-- Transcript of the July 20 edition of Lateline, on the Australian Broadcasting Corp.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What will it take to remove Bush?
His responses to the reporter clearly indicate he has never up until this day had any plans for the soldiers and is extremely insensitive to their plight in Iraq.

9:13 AM  

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