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Bush has to keep deluding himself about Iraq. Thus the need to self-stimulate during his weekly radio address

Did you know that the “training of Iraqi security forces” in some cases involves as little as requiring they wear a uniform? Read on. This is complete bullsh*t. Bush is going to leave this country in complete chaos.

…Bush applauded the assault on Fallujah, west of Baghdad. About 80 percent of the city was said to be under U.S. control, with insurgents pushed into a narrow corner. But the battle has claimed 22 American lives and wounded about 170 U.S. troops and violence has now spread to other Sunni Muslim areas of Iraq.

“Our forces have made significant progress in the last several days. They are taking back the city, clearing mosques of weapons and explosives stockpiled by insurgents and restoring order for law-abiding citizens,” Bush said.

He said “support continues to grow” internationally for the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, even though the multinational force will see some reductions in the coming months.

While the largest members of Bush’s “coalition of the willing” — Britain with 8,500 troops and Italy with 3,000, are standing firm — Hungary says it won’t keep its 300 troops there beyond March 31, the Czechs plan to pull out by the end of February and the Dutch soon afterward. Bulgaria says it may slightly reduce its contingent of 480 infantry soldiers next year. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania all plan to stay through June. Japan is feeling pressure to withdraw and Spain pulled out its 1,300 troops earlier this year.

Some doubts have been raised about the reliability of Iraqi security forces. For instance, the General Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, said recently that many Iraqis have been insufficiently trained and equipped. In some cases, the only “training” required of new policemen was that they wear a uniform, the report found. And only a fraction of the total number are actual troops.

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