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BUSH ON IRAQ: “IF WE CAN’T WIN, I’LL PULL US OUT”

A group of conservative journalists met with President Bush in the Oval Office today.  The conversation was dominated by Iraq, and I have a new article on it.  A sample:

At times during the conversation, the president seemed vexed — not beaten, not downcast, but vexed — by conditions in Iraq.  Bush didn’t say so, but from his words it seemed hard to deny that in some significant measure the insurgents and the sectarian killers are in control in the country, and that the fate of the American mission is in their hands.  “The frustration is that the definition of success has now gotten to be, how many innocent people are dying?” the president said.  “And if there’s a lot dying, it means the enemy is winning.”  He paused.  “That doesn’t mean they’re winning.”

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