Reid says Bush ‘in denial’ over war
WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted President Bush’s perception of reality concerning the war in Iraq, saying he is in “a state of denial.”
The Republican president said in a speech Friday in Michigan that U.S. troops are making headway against insurgent forces and Monday in Washington vowed he would “strongly reject” legislation containing a timetable for withdrawing American troops.
“The White House transcript says the president made those remarks in the state of Michigan,” Reid said. “I believe he made them in the state of denial.”
The Senate’s top Democrat said there should be a regional summit to find a solution to the conflict, and that Iraq needs “tangible, measurable and achievable benchmarks,” CNN reported.
Bush reiterated his stance that a withdrawal deadline would be a “mistake.”
“An artificial timetable of withdrawal would say to an enemy, ‘just wait them out,'” Bush said at a White House appearance with Gen. David Petraeus, commanding general in Iraq. “It would say to the Iraqis, ‘don’t do hard things necessary to achieve our objectives.'”
The House proposes withdrawing troops by the end of August 2008. The Senate set a target of next March. Republicans say they could sustain a veto.
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