Bush Said to Be Frustrated by Level of Public Support in Iraq
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 — President Bush made clear in a private meeting this week that he was concerned about the lack of progress in Iraq and frustrated that the new Iraqi government — and the Iraqi people — had not shown greater public support for the American mission, participants in the meeting said Tuesday.Bush and all of his neocon handlers never understood or simply denied the social, religious and political realities on the ground in Iraq. Don't forget Bill Kristol's infamous analysis:
More generally, the participants said, the president expressed frustration that Iraqis had not come to appreciate the sacrifices the United States had made in Iraq, and was puzzled as to how a recent anti-American rally in support of Hezbollah in Baghdad could draw such a large crowd. “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.
There's been a certain amount of pop sociology in America," he told National Public Radio listeners in the war's opening weeks, "that the Shia can't get along with the Sunni and the Shia in Iraq want to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime. There's been almost no evidence of that at all," he continued. "Iraq's always been very secular."They really thought that you could kill the Iraqis' friends and relatives, destroy their towns and villages and they would love you afterwords. They really believed that a country made up of Islamic Arabs would be a friend of Israel. They denied the century old disagreements between the Sunnis and the Shia. This of course can only indicate that they are insane. This is why they are taking us over a cliff. It's not just George W. Bush that's delusional, it's everyone around him and that includes the Republican cultists in the congress and yes that includes Joe Lieberman.