Bush: "We’re kicking ass" in Iraq
The Sydney Morning Herald repots
that upon arriving in Iraq yesterday, President Bush told the Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile, “we’re kicking ass
” in Iraq.
...Bush arrived in Australia in a chipper mood.
"We're kicking ass," he told Mark Vaile on the tarmac after the Deputy Prime Minister inquired politely of the
President's stopover in Iraq en route to Sydney.
Despite his unpopularity in this country, Bush used yesterday's media conference with Howard to try to bolster the Prime
Minister's electoral prospects in the next poll. Labor was quite happy at the spectre of one unpopular leader backing
another but should not underestimate the defiance and polished performance Bush is able to muster. On Iraq, climate
change, Kyoto and nuclear power, he backed Howard to the hilt. He claimed diplomatically he did not want to interfere in
the Australian election and said he looked forward to today's meeting with Kevin Rudd.
A recently released Government Accountability Office report that finds the escalation has failed to improve the security situation