Today, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times offer accounts of Bush’s recent meeting with a panel of Iraq scholars. The NYT piece claimed that the participants came away with the impression that Bush is “frustrated that the new Iraqi government”¦had not shown greater public support for the American mission.” The Times offers these quotes:
“I sensed a frustration with the lack of progress on the bigger picture of Iraq generally “” that we continue to lose a lot of lives, it continues to sap our budget,” said one person who attended the meeting.
“I do think he was frustrated about why 10,000 Shiites would go into the streets and demonstrate against the United States,” said another person who attended.
More than 110 Iraqis were killed each day last month, and car bombs continue to erupt daily in Iraq’s most populous areas. Sixty percent of Americans oppose the war, yet the top concern for the White House this morning was to combat the impression that Bush is “frustrated” over these events and his own failing policies.
At the press briefing, Tony Snow said he took “exception to [the] verb, or variations of that verb.” He’s not “frustrated,” but rather, “determined,” Snow later said of Bush’s disposition on Iraq. Out of touch is a better description. Watch it:
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