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    Bush Calls for Patience on Iraq Mission

    By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 44 minutes ago

    CRAWFORD, Texas -
    President Bush on Saturday asked Americans to be patient with the U.S. military mission in
    Iraq, a request issued as less than half of those polled supported his war policy and thousands of pro-Bush and anti-war demonstrators competed for attention in his tiny hometown.

    "Iraqis are working together to build a free nation that contributes to peace and stability in the region, and we will help them succeed," Bush said in his weekly radio address.

    He gave no sign of dismay at serious snags in Iraq's democratic process.

    In Baghdad, majority Shiites and minority Sunni Arabs remained at odds over the draft constitution. The Shiite-dominated constitution committee planned to submit an amended draft to Iraq's parliament this weekend. Sunnis, unimpressed with a compromise offer, submitted counterproposals and planned to meet with the U.S. ambassador.

    One Sunni negotiator, Saleh al-Mutlaq, called on Iraqis to reject the draft constitution in an Oct. 15 referendum.

    In his radio address, Bush showed only confidence that the problems would be overcome, saying a new democratic constitution "will be a landmark event" in the Mideast.

    "Like our own nation's founders over two centuries ago, the Iraqis are grappling with difficult issues, such as the role of the federal government," he said. "What is important is that Iraqis are now addressing these issues through debate and discussion — not at the barrel of a gun."

    The president also hailed
    Israel's "courageous and painful" removal of Jewish settlements from the
    Gaza Strip and part of the
    West Bank, linking that move with Iraq's efforts toward democracy as causes for renewed hope for the broader Middle East.

    "People are making the tough choices necessary for a future of security and hope that will make the region and the world more peaceful," Bush said.

    The president spoke in unusually strong terms about the Palestinians' obligation to crack down on terrorist attacks in the wake of the Gaza pullout.

    "The Palestinians must show the world that they will fight terrorism and govern in a peaceful way," he said. "We remain fully committed to defending the security and well-being of our friend and ally Israel. We demand an end to terrorism and violence in every form because we know that progress depends on ending terror."

    The radio address devoted to optimism about developments in the region was one of a series of remarks by Bush aimed at countering declining poll standings and questions about how long U.S. troops will be kept in Iraq.

    Earlier this week, Bush delivered speeches in Idaho and Utah. He plans a third in San Diego on Tuesday focusing on the war on terror and Iraq — part of a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

    The president has repeatedly said that the United States cannot withdraw from Iraq now, because doing so would dishonor the sacrifice of the fighting men and women who have perished there and would endanger America's security.

    "Our efforts in Iraq and the broader Middle East will require more time, more sacrifice and continued resolve," he said. "Yet people across the Middle East are choosing a future of freedom and prosperity and hope. And as they take these brave steps, Americans will continue to stand with them because we know that free and democratic nations are peaceful nations."

    Bush's recent travels have been shadowed by anti-war activists newly emboldened by the vigil near his Texas ranch that was started by Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a slain soldier.

    On Saturday, Sheehan supporters gathered for a ceremony to honor soldiers serving in Iraq at a large tent in the country near Bush's ranch. Back in the center of Crawford, Bush backers held a counter-rally to show support for the president's Iraq policy.

    In between, a few dozen from each camp faced off on either side of a bend in the road, hurling schoolyard taunts and brandishing signs such as "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is — Send the Twins" and "Cindy and Osama, Sitting in a Tree ..." while law enforcement officials looked on. A nonstop flow of traffic with sympathizers from both sides yelling their own opinions added to the disorganized, circus-like atmosphere that descended on this 700-person Central Texas town for the weekend.

    On Monday, the president speaks on Medicare twice, in El Mirage, Ariz., and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Back in Texas, he holds an event on combating identity theft.

    He plans to return to Washington on Sept. 2, after spending more than four weeks operating from his ranch. Three days later, he travels to Piney Point, Md., for Labor Day events.

  • #2
    "Like our own nation's founders over two centuries ago, the Iraqis are grappling with difficult issues, such as the role of the federal government,"
    It seems we in the US are still grappling with those issues


    • #3
      Originally posted by Hepatitis Dispenser@Aug 27 2005, 04:58 PM
      "Like our own nation's founders over two centuries ago, the Iraqis are grappling with difficult issues, such as the role of the federal government,"
      It seems we in the US are still grappling with those issues
      That would be correct.
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      • #4
        Okay. I'll be patient. As long as we take down Canada next and install a real democracy there.

        I hear they harbor terrorists and foster globalism.
        No president wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it's just simply not true
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