"I'm going to assure you of this: that 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 told them.
Capt. David Williams of Los Angeles told Bush that voter registration is up 17 percent -- including 400,000 new voters in north central Iraq -- and that his Iraqi counterpart told him Iraqis in Tikrit wanted to vote.
"He was going around talking to the locals, and from what he told me that the locals told him, the Iraqi people are ready and eager to vote in this referendum," Williams said.
Bush responded: "That's a pretty interesting concept for the people of Tikrit, when you really think about the fact that that was Saddam Hussein's hometown. They didn't get to vote too often when he was the leader there."
The troops told Bush the capability of Iraqi forces has been improving and that the U.S. military would take more of a supporting role in maintaining security during the referendum.
"Along with the coalition backing them, we'll have a very successful and effective referendum vote," said Capt. Steven Pratt of Pocatello, Idaho.
An Iraqi soldier, who was not immediately identified, said in English: "Good morning, Mr President, thank you for everything. Thank you very much for everything. I like you."
US and Iraqi soldiers continue to secure the country. During combat operations Oct. 9-11, Iraqi and Coalition Forces captured 75 terror suspects, rescued a middle-aged man abducted by terrorists, and seized three weapons caches.
Just for knowing..........this is how the mainstream media portrayed the video conference. They really are the enemy.
Bush enlists US troops to make Iraq case
AFP via Yahoo! News Thu, 13 Oct 2005 10:03 AM PDT
President George W. Bush, his credibility on Iraq under fire, enlisted 10 US soldiers and one Iraqi Army sergeant to reassure the American public two days before Iraqis vote on a constitution.
Iraqis ready to vote, US troops tell Bush
Reuters via Yahoo! News Thu, 13 Oct 2005 9:09 AM PDT
A handpicked group of U.S. troops told President George W. Bush on Thursday they believed the Iraqi people were eager to vote in a weekend referendum on an Iraqi constitution.
Look at the words they use, "his credibility under fire", "reassure the American public" (we are fine thank you), "handpicked", "they believe"...............that is slant, bias, editorializing, and it's in every article and news story you read in the mainstream media - print and broadcast. Unbelievable ......... particularly after the just released
Love Letter: Zawahiri to Zarqawi.
I saw this press conference before I left for synagogue this morning and it was a great moment. A truly fine moment and yet I was unable to track it down mind you. Took forever..........it was nowhere to be found.
photo 2: BOOM - The results of a controlled detonation by the 447th EOD team on an Italian anti tank mine along a major traffic route in Baghdad.
UPDATE: Media bias, Exhibit A
Look at this - I received this news notification via email;
Al Qaeda in Iraq: Letter to al-Zarqawi a fake
CNN.com Thu, 13 Oct 2005 1:57 PM PDT
Al Qaeda in Iraq said Thursday a letter purportedly from Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a fake, according to a statement on several Islamist Web sites.
LOOK AT IT
No quotes, no "allegedly", no alluding to the nature of the
barbarian they are quoting, no editorializing, no description of the
blood lusty terrorist animals. The only editorializing is in the word
Why purportedly? Because America said it.
UPDATE: The Soldiers speak..........;
Yesterday, I (bottom right corner in the picture) was chosen to be among a small group of soldiers assigned to the 42ID's Task Force Liberty that would speak to President Bush, our Commander-in-Chief. The interview went well, but I would like to respond to what most of the mass-media has dubbed as, "A Staged Event."
First of all, we were told that we would be speaking with the President of the United States, our Commander-in-Chief, President Bush, so I believe that it would have been totally irresponsible for us NOT to prepare some ideas, facts or comments that we wanted to share with the President.
We were given an idea as to what topics he may discuss with us, but it's the President of the United States; He will choose which way his conversation with us may go.
We practiced passing the microphone around to one another, so we wouldn't choke someone on live TV. We had an idea as to who we thought should answer what types of questions, unless President Bush called on one of us specifically.
Hat tip; Charles LGF
UPDATE: OCTOBER 18th
ANOTHER SOLIDER SPEAKS OUT, POSTED AT MIL BLOG "THEY CALL US DOC";
LT Murphy Speaks Out, Too
By Edward Lee Pitts from the Chattanooga Times Free Press:
A Chattanooga soldier now in Iraq with the 278th Regimental Combat Team said soldiers used their own words during comments made last week in a satellite discussion with President Bush.
"We wanted to give President Bush a no-kidding assessment of what we have all been working 14- (to) 18-hour days on for the last 11 months," said Lt. Gregg Murphy, of Chattanooga. "We gave him the God’s honest truth as we know it."
The dialogue was among President Bush and 10 U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq last Thursday on the eve of Iraq’s constitutional referendum. Media outlets have called the event staged because the solders went through a rehearsal before talking live with President Bush.
"Staged infers that we were given scripts and that we followed those scripts," Lt. Murphy wrote in an e-mail to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "This is not true. None of the members on the panel used any words that were not their own."
Lt. Murphy said he was chosen to travel to Tikrit, Iraq, for the interview because he had spent the last three months leading an Iraqi army training program at a 278th base near the Iranian border. He said the soldiers got together before the interview and discussed what they wanted to say.
"We shared our different experiences of working with the Iraqi army," he said. "We started brainstorming about what questions the president was sure to ask." Lt. Murphy said White House officials later told the soldiers President Bush wanted to talk about the referendum and the Iraqi security force’s role in Saturday’s vote on a proposed Iraqi constitution.
"They continuously told us that the president wanted us to explain the situation in our own words in a way that the American public could understand," Lt. Murphy said.
Chattanooga attorney Robin Flores served alongside Lt. Murphy when the two were members of another National Guard unit. "I'm a staunch Democrat, but if Gregg Murphy tells you it was his own words, then it was his own words," Mr. Flores said. "His word is as good as gold."
Lt. Murphy said time was limited for the interview, so the soldiers selected a mediator and organized who would field each question. He said the only guidance the solders received was to avoid using military jargon that would confuse the general public and to write out bullet points to keep their comments concise and clear. Lt. Murphy said writing out key points kept the soldiers from being nervous.
"We feared that if we didn’t have organized thoughts to share with him we would look like bumbling fools on TV," Lt. Murphy said. He said the soldiers practiced passing around the microphone for a Defense Department employee in Washington moments before the interview.
"She did not orchestrate the interview," Lt. Murphy said of the Defense Department employee. "We were nervous, and she put us at ease. Nothing more." He said the military rehearses all the time.
"We do that so that when we actually have to execute, there isn’t any confusion," he said. "Rehearsing is why we are so good at what we do."
LT and I were the two representatives from the 278th Regimental Combat Team, there in Tikrit for the interview with our Commander-in-Chief.