Bush responded to 2004 contractor deaths: ‘Kick ass! Stay strong! Stay the course! Kill them!’

The Washington Post today notes an excerpt from the autobiography of retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, which gives an “arresting portrait of Bush after four contractors were killed in Fallujah in 2004.” In response, President Bush held a videoconference with his national security team and generals, and launched into a “confused” pep talk:

“Kick ass!” he quotes the president as saying. “If somebody tries to stop the march to democracy, we will seek them out and kill them! We must be tougher than hell! This Vietnam stuff, this is not even close. It is a mind-set. We can’t send that message. It’s an excuse to prepare us for withdrawal.”

“There is a series of moments and this is one of them. Our will is being tested, but we are resolute. We have a better way. Stay strong! Stay the course! Kill them! Be confident! Prevail! We are going to wipe them out! We are not blinking!

The Post reports that a “White House spokesman had no comment.” Tom Engelhardt has more.