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Can anyone take this clown seriously?

U.S. President George W. Bush reacts to a reporter’s question during a joint news conference with Iraq’s Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (L) in the East Room of the White House. Bush told al-Jaafari on Friday that he will set no timetables for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and acknowledged that the road ahead will not be easy. [That’s a f*cking understatement.] Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters

Oh yes, and by the way Chimpy, while you and Rummy spin…
Iraq rocked by bomb attacks

Iraq bombings kill 25 as Rumsfeld confirms insurgent contacts

Bush hones Iraq message as war support wanes. Sorry to say, the Chimperor is going to soil my state by bringing his roadshow of lies and fantasies to Fort Bragg.

As part of a newly honed White House focus on Iraq, Bush will travel to an army base at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Tuesday to deliver what his aides are billing as a major speech on the conflict. The speech comes on the anniversary of the handover of sovereignty and the president finds himself on the defensive about Iraq amid lawmaker complaints and polls showing American discontent.

…”The bad news from Iraq still trumps his message,” said Carroll Doherty, editor at the Pew Research Center. “It’s going to take stability rather than his statements or speeches to turn this around.” Bush is likely to cite progress on the political front such as Iraq’s January election and the formation of a committee to write a new constitution by a mid-August deadline.

…The U.S. death toll in Iraq has climbed above 1,700 and mounted further last week, when the deaths of six Americans in a bomb attack in Falluja cast a shadow over Jaafari’s visit to the White House.

Nearly six in 10 Americans oppose the war, according to a USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll taken June 16-19. Just three months ago, the public was split and a survey taken in 2003, a month after the war began, showed seven in 10 favoured the war.

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