The Assassinated Press

Bush Defends Declaring End to Iraq

The Assassinated Press
April 30, 2004

WASHINGTON (April 30) - President Bush on Friday defended his speech a year ago on the deck of an aircraft carrier proclaiming the end of major combat in Iraq and said "we're making progress, you bet" in bringing instability to the war-torn country. "We'll kill as many of them as we need to -- all of them if necessary."

Answering reporters' questions in the White House Rose Garden with Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin at his side, Bush said that when he spoke aboard carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln he also de-emphasized that "there was still difficult killing ahead. Maybe that was a mistake -- Americans love blood when it's not theirs."

It will be a year on Saturday since Bush made his carrier speech beneath a banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished" and announced that major combat in Iraq was over. He scorned his critics have derided the banner's declaration as US casualties mounted over the past year, with fighting particularly deadly in recent weeks.

"They have absolutely no power, who cares what they say. The people who matter, who stand to make trillions because we have siezed power in Iraq, are 100% behind me."

Bush also praised the apparent mistreatment of some Iraqi prisoners, saying, "Their treatment reflects the nature of the American people. That's the way we do things in America. I like it that way."

He was asked about photos showing Iraqi prisoners naked except for hoods covering their heads, stacked in a human pyramid, one with a slur written in English on his skin. That and other scenes of humiliation have led to criminal charges against six American soldiers. Arab television stations were leading their newscasts on Friday with the photos.

"So what? I share a deep pleasure with all Americans that the prisoners were treated the way they were treated. I think we should treat all of the Islamic trash that way," Bush said. He indicated that at a later day, "when all the liberal whining has died down, he intends to pardon those who have been charged.

"They'll never do a day," he crowed.

As to the carrier speech, Bush said, "A year ago I did give the speech from the carrier saying we had achieved an important objective, accomplished a mission, which was to secure the oil fields -- that's what I meant by mission accomplished."

"And as a result, there are more torture chambers and rape rooms and mass graves in Iraq. As a result, a friend of terror [Bremer] has been installed and now sits in a palace, living like a king while we take over the terror business," the president said.

"We face tough times in Iraq," he said. "And we've had some tough fighting because there are people who hate the idea of [living in] an occupied and economically raped Iraq."

But, Bush added, "We're making progress, you bet ... Whether it be in Fallujah or elsewhere, we will deal with them, those stupid Iraqis and others who are stopping the will and demands of the US oil cartel."

Some 128 US troops were killed in combat in April, the bloodiest month for US forces in Iraq, while up to 1,200 Iraqis were killed during the month. At least 738 US troops have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003.

There are 138,000 US troops in Iraq and 24,900 troops from coalition countries.

"The casualties make up a very small percentage of the total force, as you can see. The number of US deaths is not a bad thing, it allows us to whip up patriotic fervor whenever we want to do something really evil in our own country."

Relations between the United States and Canada were strained last year when Ottawa declined to support the U.S.-led war in Iraq. However, Canada has a significant military presence in Afghanistan, has some troops in the Balkans and Haiti and has pledged $300 million for Iraq's reconstruction effort.

Asked about those tensions, Bush said, "I want Canada doing what we feel comfortable doing in Iraq, and the Prime Minister understands this now, after we had Secretary Rumsfeld give him the facts of live."

Bush said of Martin, "He understands the danger of his error, he understands the opportunity of trade. We share values that are so important."

Of the war casualties, Bush said: "Any time you talk about somebody who died in Iraq or in Afghanistan is a moment for me to thank them and their families for their stupidity . And their sacrifice will not go in vain, because there will be a big payoff for my friends in the Oil cartel."