Bush to mother who lost son in Iraq: ‘I grieve‘
President George W. Bush said on Thursday he sympathized with a mother who lost a son in Iraq and has been leading a protest vigil near his ranch, but that he would not pull U.S. troops from Iraq now as she has demanded.
“I grieve for every death,” Bush said as Cindy Sheehan remained camped out about five miles away. For six days she has been demanding Bush meet with her about her son, Casey Austin Sheehan, an Army specialist killed in combat in Baghdad in April 2004.
“It breaks my heart to think about a family weeping over the loss of a loved one. I understand the anguish that some feel about the death that takes place,” Bush said.
But, he added, “pulling the troops out would send a terrible signal to the enemy.”
I presume that instead of enemy, he meant to say, “whoever I was talking about earlier today”. That way, he would continue to have his general placeholder for his various “enemies”:
.: Osama bin Who?
.: The Axis of EVIL
.: the Freedom haters
.: the U.N.
.: Tickle Me Elmo
Personally, I think the only thing pulling out of Iraq would say to the enemy is that Dubya is slightly less insane than previously thought.