Blitzer asked the president to respond to the nightmare that Iraq has become, but Bush wouldn't hear of it. He dismissed the ongoing crisis as "just a comma."So how is the "comma" going?
Dozens die in Baghdad blast
At least 34 people have been killed by a bomb in the Sadr City district of Baghdad.We will stand down when they stand up?
A further 36 people were injured in Saturday's explosion which happened near a petrol station in the predominantly Shia area of the Iraqi capital.
A bomb was hidden in a small barrel near a kerosene tanker where scores of people were waiting to buy fuel, police said. When the bomb went off it ignited the kerosene tanker.
The blast came as Iraq's Sunni Muslims observed the first day of Ramadan. US officials say they expect an increase in sectarian violence during the coming month.
Iraqi soldiers hinder U.S. efforts to combat militias, tame Baghdad streets
BAGHDAD, Iraq The plan was simple: Iraqi troops would block escape routes while U.S. soldiers searched for weapons house-by-house. But the Iraqi troops didn't show up on time.
When they finally did appear, the Iraqis ignored U.S. orders and let dozens of cars pass through the checkpoints in eastern Baghdad — including an ambulance full of armed militiamen, according to U.S. soldiers interviewed recently.
Senior U.S. military officers may have hailed the performance of Iraqi forces in the ongoing security crackdown against militias and insurgents in Baghdad.
But some American soldiers working the streets of Baghdad's flashpoint Shiite neighborhoods say the Iraqi troops serving alongside them are among the worst they've ever seen — particularly disappointing in this must-win battle.
That raises doubts whether the Iraqis can maintain order once the security operation is over and the Americans have left. It also raises broader questions about the training, reliability and loyalty of the Iraqi troops — who must be competent, U.S. officials say, before America can begin pulling out of Iraq.
Some deadly "comma". So does that make Iran a semi-colon? I fear we are about to find out.