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Thursday, July 03, 2003


"Bring them on" Fallout

posted by Editor at Thursday, July 03, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Reuters is running this story on the fallout from President Bush's poor choice of words in terms of Iraqi militants who are attacking our troops overseas. The article opens the section on the Democratic response with a statement from Gov. Howard Dean.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush has used colorful language before to great effect, but he is taking some heat for his "Bring them on" challenge to Iraqi militants attacking U.S. forces, who he said were tough enough to take it.

Even some aides winced at Bush's words, which Democrats pounced on as an invitation to Iraqi militants to fire on U.S. troops already the subject of hit-and-run attacks by Saddam Hussein loyalists and others.

"These men and women are risking their lives every day, and the president who sent them on this mission showed tremendous insensitivity to the dangers they face," said Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean.


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