WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - President Bush said Wednesday he feels Iraqi political figures need to urgently get a representative government together that can unify a nation now embroiled in civil strife.
'It's time,' Bush said. 'It's time to get a government in place.'
Speaking for the third time in as many days about Iraq and the war against terrorism, he also said it's important for Iraqi security forces to begin taking the lead in the fight for their future.
'It's the Iraqis' fight,' the president told an audience here. 'These troops that we're training are going to have to stand up and defend their democracy.'"
Apparently it's only urgent when Bush's poll numbers are dropping. When they were high he was telling us to be patient and let them take their time.
Bush also said that he was upset that an Afghan man is being tried for converting to Christianity. Abdul Rahman, 41, faces a possible death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity 16 years ago. He has been charged with rejecting Islam, a crime under this country's Islamic laws.Bush has a VERY skewed sense of the "universal principle of freedom". Wouldnt that mean that gay people should be free to marry, like straight people? Wouldnt that also mean anyone would be free to be a terrorist? Bush wants America 2.0 over there, America crafted by him and his neo-con buddies, all while crafting a hideous version of it here too. He would have had absolutely zero to say about this if the person converted to Bhudism or some other non-christian religion.
"We expect them to honor the universal principle of freedom," Bush said at Capitol Music Hall, an ornate theater downtown. "I'm troubled when I hear, deeply troubled when I hear, the fact that a person who converted away from Islam may be held to account. ... I look forward to working with the government of that country to make sure that people are protected in their capacity to worship."
Bush claimed success in Afghanistan.