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    Bush: Iraq plan on course, no buckling to insurgents

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Iraq is fulfilling its commitment to increase troops and security in Baghdad, President Bush said Wednesday.

    In his first news conference in two months, Bush said Iraqi insurgents will do all they can to "undermine the Maliki government and its Baghdad security plan."

    "These are people that will kill innocent men, women and children to achieve their objective, which is to discourage the Iraqi people, to foment sectarian violence -- and to, frankly, discourage us from helping" the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki do its job, Bush said.

    Bush said insurgents are also trying hard to turn American public opinion against the war.

    "They're all aimed at, frankly, causing people here in America to say it's not worth it," Bush said of insurgent attacks.

    But he said the violence will be much worse if the U.S. abandons Iraq now.

    "If you think the violence is bad now, imagine what it would look like if we don't help them secure the city, the capital city of Baghdad," he said.

    Shortly before the conference began, the president said he spoke with Gen. David Petraeus, his new commander on the ground in Iraq.

    Bush said Petraeus told him that "the commander who Prime Minister Maliki picked to operate the Baghdad security plan is in place. They're setting up a headquarters. And they're in the process of being in a position to be able to coordinate all forces."

    Bush said his plan to add U.S. combat troops to Iraq was on course.

    "We talked about the fact that our coalition troops that are heading into Baghdad will be arriving on time," Bush said of his conversation with Petraeus. (Watch House members face off over Iraq resolution )

    Bush has proposed the deployment of another 21,000 troops.

    Bush cautioned the Democrat-majority Congress that they don't undermine the troops in Iraq -- whether they agree with his strategy or not.

    "I am going to make it very clear to the members of Congress starting now that, you know, and they need to fund our troops and they need to make sure we have the flexibility necessary to get the job done," he said.

    Bush said there was progress on the civilian side in Iraq as well.

    "The Iraqi government's making progress on reforms that will allow more of its citizens to re-enter political life," he said, adding that he will keep up pressure on al-Maliki "to keep making the hard decisions he's making."
    North Korea's nuclear program

    Bush also touted an agreement with North Korea to begin closing down its nuclear program.

    North Korea has 60 days to shut down its Yongbyon nuclear complex and readmit nuclear inspectors. In return, it will get 50,000 tons of fuel oil or financial aid of an equal amount.

    Bush said he was pleased with the agreements reached Tuesday at the six-party talks in Beijing, and pleased with the efforts of China to get the deal.

    "This is a good first step," Bush said, but Pyongyang must follow through "and do what they say they will do."

    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice drew a distinction between the first 60-day period, when she said nuclear activities will be suspended, and a later "disablement phase."

    "The disabling of these facilities is a sign that the North Koreans may, in fact, be ready to make a strategic choice," she said at a briefing in Washington on Tuesday. "I will not take it as a complete sign until we've seen that disablement, but obviously disablement is an important step forward."

    The United States, China, South Korea, Japan and Russia have been holding talks with North Korean officials since 2002 in an effort to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program.
    The Iran-Iraq tie

    Bush also faced questions about Iran's involvement with Iraq. The Bush administration has alleged that the Iranian government has been supplying weapons to Shiite militant groups in Iraq

    "I can say with certainty that the Quds Force, a part of the Iranian government, has provided these sophisticated IEDs that have harmed our troops," Bush said Wednesday.

    "We know that the explosively formed penetrators are manufactured in Iran," Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace told Voice of America during a trip to Australia about what senior military officials call EFPs.

    "What I would not say is that the Iranian government per se knows about this. It is clear that Iranians are involved and it is clear that materials from Iran are involved, but I would not say, based on what I know, that the Iranian government clearly knows or is complicit," Pace said.

    Bush echoed that sentiment Wednesday.

    "I do not know whether or not the Quds Force was ordered from the top echelons of government," he said. "But my point is: What's worse -- them ordering it and it happening, or them not ordering it and it's happening?"

    If this is "on course" I'd sure as hell hate to see "off course"



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  • #2
    who cares, thats iraq's problem, were not iraq we should just get out


    • #3
      i want a reliable source.
      I think it should be done to you
      Kill furriers, rip off their heads
      Grate their skin, eat their flesh
      Break into a scientists lab
      Vivisect the fucker, stab em to death


      • #4
        Bush is an idiot plain and simple, he will go down as one of the worst presidents our country has ever known. I mean that in many ways, the wars, the failure in Iraq, all the suffering including all the troops families who's lives were lost. The debt he'll leave behind for many generations to deal with. And it doesn't come close to ending there, the image the world has of the US because of Bush and his decisions is another one of them.
        An Extremely important, interesting and facinating read.

        Another one

        This one's a bit crazy.


        • #5
          I can say with certainty that the Quds Force, a part of the Iranian government, has provided these sophisticated IEDs that have harmed our troops," Bush said Wednesday.

          Ok here is how you tell bush is a fucking tard fuck
          IED means Improvised Exsplosive Device
          sophisticated means : deprived of native or original simplicity: as a : highly complicated or developed

          Improvised means: to make or fabricate out of what is conveniently on hand
          Why wouldent he just call them SED's not SIED's
          You can't have a Sophisticated Improvised Anything thay are the opposite of each other. This guy is a fuckin genius
          Im From FLINT, MURDER MITTEN


          • #6
            Was there a "course" to begin with?


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