Friday, August 05, 2005

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Bush: U.S. to Stay in Iraq Despite Deaths

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Bush: U.S. to Stay in Iraq Despite Deaths: "CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - Even as public support for his policy in Iraq continues to erode, President Bush says the U.S. will ``stay the course'' and American troops will remain in the dangerous, war-ravaged country.

An AP-Ipsos poll taken early this week showed public support of Bush's handling of the war had dropped to 38 percent, the lowest since Bush ordered the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

The president, facing a grim and growing death toll, also said new threats of even more violence from al-Qaida's second-in-command would not intimidate the United States into retreat.

At the same time Thursday, the U.S. military announced in Iraq that four more service members had been killed in action but also insisted American troops were making progress against insurgents.

``We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq,'' Bush said in Texas as a videotape by Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaida's No.2, was broadcast around the world.

Al-Zawahri threatened more destruction in London after subway and bus bombings and said in the videotape that the United States would suffer tens of thousands of military dead if it did not withdraw from Iraq."

Nation building. Damn fools.

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