View Full Version : Bush Insists Iraq Coalition Not Crumbling....

03-17-2005, 05:09 AM
By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush insisted on Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq was not crumbling and he shrugged off Italy's decision to begin pulling troops from Iraq by September.

"Quite to the contrary," Bush said when asked if the coalition was falling apart. "I think the coalition has been buoyed by the courage of the Iraqi people."

Nearly two years after the Iraq war began, Bush hailed the first meeting of Iraq's national assembly as a "bright moment" and said Iraq's elections, a potential Syrian pullout from Lebanon, and Israel and the Palestinians talking peace could produce change elsewhere in the Middle East.

"I believe those examples will serve as examples for others over time," he told a White House news conference. "And that will lead to more peace, and that's what we want."

The decision by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a close Bush ally, to start withdrawing Italy's 3,000 troops from Iraq was a blow to the U.S.-led coalition. It came after U.S. troops killed an Italian secret service agent and wounded an Italian journalist in what Washington has called a tragic accident that remains under investigation.

Bush said he spoke to Berlusconi and the prime minister told him "any withdrawals would be done in consultation with allies and would be done depending upon the ability of Iraqis to defend themselves."

Bush acknowledged countries with troops in Iraq were anxious to bring them home once Iraqi forces are trained and able to defend themselves against an insurgency that has launched suicide bombings and attacks against coalition forces and the fledgling Iraqi government.

He offered no timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, saying "Our troops will come home when Iraq is capable of defending herself."

Bush appeared in the White House briefing room almost two years after launching a war with the aim of toppling Saddam Hussein for not giving up weapons of mass destruction.

The weapons were never found and more than 1,500 Americans have been killed in a conflict against an insurgency that critics say has grown because of the U.S. presence.
----------------------------------------------------------------------Is it really Crumbling? I feel the nations involved grow tired and want none of the problems that still plague Iraq. Of course many of the nations that have pulled out or are in the process have little to no stomach for this kind of work....

03-17-2005, 09:16 AM
I love how the writer injects his own take on the situation through the wording of his little article's title.

What a pack of jaggoffs.

Radar Chief
03-17-2005, 09:19 AM
I love how the writer injects his own take on the situation through the wording of his little article's title.

What a pack of jaggoffs.

What? Didíja expect something different?

03-17-2005, 09:22 AM
I bet the question posed went something like this: "Mr President, with Italy announcing troop pullouts beginning as early as this September, do you feel <i>your</i> coalition in Iraq is crumbling?".

Bush: "No."

Article: "Bush Insists Iraq Coalition Not Crumbling!!" (subtext, but we all know it is; because we're pompous pseudo-intellectual douche-nozzles)

Baby Lee
03-17-2005, 09:28 AM

Kraut insists his penis is NOT embarassingly tiny.


Headlines can be fun.