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“god, I love freedom”

November 9th, 2007

This statement by Bush has been getting a lot of press lately, for good reason:

Q Thank you, Mr. President. My question is on Iraq. Mr. President, this morning you talked at length about Afghanistan, Iran, but not Iraq. And I wanted to ask both of you, is France reconciled with the United States, the United States is reconciled with France? So what about Iraq? Can France, for instance, help to get out of the Iraqi quagmire? And President Bush, where do you stand on Iraq and your domestic debate on Iraq? Do you have a timetable for withdrawing troops?

PRESIDENT BUSH: I don’t — you know, “quagmire” is an interesting word. If you lived in Iraq and had lived under a tyranny, you’d be saying, god, I love freedom — because that’s what’s happened.

Now, you could defend Bush by pointing out that millions of Iraqis who are not better off today than they were under Hussein are not “living in Iraq.” A few million have fled Iraq because of the threat of being tortured and murdered in sectarian violence. And then there are the hundreds of thousands–if not a million, by this time–who are simply not living at all anymore.

But I suppose that things might be different for a member of the Mahdi Army, who has killed a few hundred of his neighbors after torturing them and cutting off their limbs, and then abandoning their bodies in trash heaps in the street. Such a man might take delight in the fact that he has planted dozens of IEDs in the streets so that when American soldiers, driving in unarmored vehicles and without sufficient body armor, come close to the device, get blown apart and ripped to shreds by the explosion.

I expect that Bush is exactly right about such a person, who might just this moment be uttering, “Allahu Akbar, I love freedom!!”

Heckuva job, Bushie!

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  1. November 9th, 2007 at 16:21 | #1

    Baseline: I wonder if Dubya was not side stepping the question because he doesn’t know the meaning of “quagmire.”

  2. Kenzo
    November 9th, 2007 at 16:51 | #2

    If Mr.Bush truely thinks of the soldiers and treats them as the emancipators from the nation loving freedom, first of all, he has to think of protecting them with complete equippment of armours, before thinking of attacking enemies with thier M16s or M60s.

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