It's desperation time
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And ya'll can take a tour with my daughter
at the Cooper Hewitt museum
Addressing Soldiers, Bush Denounces Early Pullout in Iraq
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
Published: July 5, 2006
FORT BRAGG, N.C., July 4 — In a rousing Independence Day speech to hundreds of soldiers and their families, President Bush warned on Tuesday that setting an artificial timetable for withdrawal of Iraq would be "a terrible mistake" and took the rare step of mentioning the precise number of war dead.
"I'm going to make you this promise," Mr. Bush told a cheering throng under a blistering late-morning sun. "I'm not going to allow the sacrifice of 2,527 troops who have died in Iraq to be in vain by pulling out before the job is done."
Speaking against the backdrop of a 15-foot-high bronze statue of a paratrooper nicknamed Iron Mike, the president brought approving yells from the crowd when he reminded it that special-operations forces from Fort Bragg were the first to arrive on the scene after the bombing that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Qaeda leader in Iraq.
No, I'm going to wait until it's three thousand and then leave.
posted by Steve @ 2:45:00 AM