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#1 13 years ago

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051013/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_iraq_10;_ylt=AmnSimCzcPZUWx2nm9MoDaZqP0AC;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

WASHINGTON - It was billed as a conversation with U.S. troops, but the questions President Bush asked on a teleconference call Thursday were choreographed to match his goals for the war in Iraq and Saturday's vote on a new Iraqi constitution.

"This is an important time," Allison Barber, deputy assistant defense secretary, said, coaching the soldiers before Bush arrived. "The president is looking forward to having just a conversation with you."

Barber said the president was interested in three topics: the overall security situation in Iraq, security preparations for the weekend vote and efforts to train Iraqi troops.

As she spoke in Washington, a live shot of 10 soldiers from the Army's 42nd Infantry Division and one Iraqi soldier was beamed into the Eisenhower Executive Office Building from Tikrit — the birthplace of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

"I'm going to ask somebody to grab those two water bottles against the wall and move them out of the camera shot for me," Barber said.

A brief rehearsal ensued.

"OK, so let's just walk through this," Barber said. "Captain Kennedy, you answer the first question and you hand the mike to whom?"

"Captain Smith," Kennedy said.

"Captain. Smith? You take the mike and you hand it to whom?" she asked.

"Captain Kennedy," the soldier replied.

And so it went.

"If the question comes up about partnering — how often do we train with the Iraqi military — who does he go to?" Barber asked.

"That's going to go to Captain Pratt," one of the soldiers said.

"And then if we're going to talk a little bit about the folks in Tikrit — the hometown — and how they're handling the political process, who are we going to give that to?" she asked.

Before he took questions, Bush thanked the soldiers for serving and reassured them that the U.S. would not pull out of Iraq until the mission was complete.

"So long as I'm the president, we're never going to back down, we're never going to give in, we'll never accept anything less than total victory," Bush said.

The president told them twice that the American people were behind them.

"You've got tremendous support here at home," Bush said.

Less than 40 percent in an AP-Ipsos poll taken in October said they approved of the way Bush was handling Iraq. Just over half of the public now say the Iraq war was a mistake.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Thursday's event was coordinated with the Defense Department but that the troops were expressing their own thoughts. With satellite feeds, coordination often is needed to overcome technological challenges, such as delays, he said.

"I think all they were doing was talking to the troops and letting them know what to expect," he said, adding that the president wanted to talk with troops on the ground who have firsthand knowledge about the situation.

The soldiers all gave Bush an upbeat view of the situation.

The president also got praise from the Iraqi soldier who was part of the chat.

"Thank you very much for everything," he gushed. "I like you."

On preparations for the vote, 1st Lt. Gregg Murphy of Tennessee said: "Sir, we are prepared to do whatever it takes to make this thing a success. ... Back in January, when we were preparing for that election, we had to lead the way. We set up the coordination, we made the plan. We're really happy to see, during the preparation for this one, sir, they're doing everything."

On the training of Iraqi security forces, Master Sgt. Corine Lombardo from Scotia, N.Y., said to Bush: "I can tell you over the past 10 months, we've seen a tremendous increase in the capabilities and the confidences of our Iraqi security force partners. ... Over the next month, we anticipate seeing at least one-third of those Iraqi forces conducting independent operations."

Lombardo told the president that she was in New York City on Nov. 11, 2001, when Bush attended an event recognizing soldiers for their recovery and rescue efforts at Ground Zero. She said the troops began the fight against terrorism in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and were proud to continue it in Iraq.

"I thought you looked familiar," Bush said, and then joked: "I probably look familiar to you, too."

Paul Rieckhoff, director of the New York-based Operation Truth, an advocacy group for U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, denounced the event as a "carefully scripted publicity stunt." Five of the 10 U.S. troops involved were officers, he said.

"If he wants the real opinions of the troops, he can't do it in a nationally televised teleconference," Rieckhoff said. "He needs to be talking to the boots on the ground and that's not a bunch of captains."

Your thoughts? I totally agree with the last quote.




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#2 13 years ago

you forget that he cant possibly have a live broadcast because people would use that as a chance to spit on him or cuss at him or flip him off whats even more funny is that everyone saw through this act :lol:




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#3 13 years ago

Hmm whell a live teleconferance with privates would be the best solution, and even that could be "cheated" by picking out the die-hard Bush supporting soldiers so they can be absolutly true not a single sign of critism on him would be given.

And yes I also agree with the last quote.




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#4 13 years ago

I watched the "coaching" and really she just told them the questions that where going to be asked by the President and made sure things would go smoothly. She did run a few questions by them in the back and forth sort of conversation they where going to have with the President but she never told them how to answer, that I saw. They’re soldiers, not actors.


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#5 13 years ago

You have any idea how few soldiers would show anger at Bush? Remember, this is a volunteer army, not a draft army. These soldiers know what they signed up for.




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#6 13 years ago
"If he wants the real opinions of the troops, he can't do it in a nationally televised teleconference," Rieckhoff said. "He needs to be talking to the boots on the ground and that's not a bunch of captains."

I too agree.and that al Qaida letter turned out to be a fake.Well not sure bu the Al Qaida denied they wrote such letter.




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#7 13 years ago
Lord Abrarur...the Al Qaida denied they wrote such letter.

Well if Al Qaeda denied it, then we should definately believe them. They are so well known for being men of honor and trustworthy. :uhm:




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#8 13 years ago
USMA2010You have any idea how few soldiers would show anger at Bush? Remember, this is a volunteer army, not a draft army. These soldiers know what they signed up for.

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Oh, and Oblivious. I love your avatar man.




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#9 13 years ago
USMA2010You have any idea how few soldiers would show anger at Bush? Remember, this is a volunteer army, not a draft army. These soldiers know what they signed up for.

Yes, they were fully aware of the situation they were going into...I'm sure they were expecting an American death toll of 1965 and a total wounded count of 14755. I remember them saying that this war would run on for several years and that there would still be no Iraqi constitution even to this day. I remember them saying that there would be massive resistance to the American presense. I even remember them saying that British troops would mount offensives against the 'new' Iraqi police force.




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#10 13 years ago

Yes, I'm sure they're thrilled to be put on their third tour! And what about all the people who joined the army during peacetime? It's not all republicans in the army, and not all republicans are big fans of Bush. I'm sure far more Captains and above ranks would have nicer things to say about Bush than the privates.