President Bush on Monday blamed rising violence in Iraq on U.S. progress being made there, saying coalition successes are making insurgents more desperate.
Bush spoke only hours after bombings in postwar Baghdad killed dozens of people and after conferring at the White House with the top U.S. general and civilian official in Iraq.
"The more progress we make on the ground, the more free the Iraqis become, the more electricity that's available, the more jobs are available, the more kids that are going to school, the more desperate these killers become," Bush told reporters.
Bush, sitting next to Bremer in the Oval Office, said those who are continuing to engage in violence "can't stand the thought of a free society. They hate freedom. They love terror. They love to try to create fear and chaos."
But Bush said he remains "even more determined to work with the Iraqi people" to restore peace and civility to the wartorn nation.
Said Bremer: "We'll have rough days ... but the overall thrust is in the right direction and the good days outnumber the bad days."Posted by tstubbs at October 27, 2003 03:38 PM | Trackback