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10/08/2004

 

Bremer, back in his own context


Kerry and his fellows in the press have quoted former CPA administrator Paul Bremer in a context available only in a fantasy world of their own invention. They had him delivering a scathing criticism/condemnation of the Bush Administration for ignoring his advice to send troops to keep the peace in Iraq after the fall of the dictator.

Bremer has reclaimed his context in a New York Times Op/Ed.
I believe it would have been helpful to have had more troops early on to stop the looting that did so much damage to Iraq's already decrepit infrastructure. The military commanders believed we had enough American troops in Iraq and that having a larger American military presence would have been counterproductive because it would have alienated Iraqis. …

Elections will be held in January and, though there will be challenges and hardships, progress is being made. For the task before us now, I believe we have enough troops in Iraq. . . .

The press has been curiously reluctant to report my constant public support for the president's strategy in Iraq and his policies to fight terrorism. I have been involved in the war on terrorism for two decades, and in my view no world leader [including Chirac] has better understood the stakes in this global war than President Bush. …

He understands that our enemies are not confined to Al Qaeda, and certainly not just to Osama bin Laden, who is probably trapped in his hide-out in Afghanistan. …

So last year, President Bush asked the American people to make available $87 billion for military and reconstruction operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military commanders and I strongly agreed on the importance of these funds. … These were vital resources that Senator John Kerry voted to deny our troops.

Mr. Kerry is free to quote my comments about Iraq. But for the sake of honesty he should also point out that I have repeatedly said, including in all my speeches in recent weeks, that President Bush made a correct and courageous decision to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein's brutality, and that the president is correct to see the war in Iraq as a central front in the war on terrorism. …
Kerry might have to redo much of his debate prep.

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