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Kerry fires back: Bush the problem, not 'America's psyche'

RAW STORY
Published: Monday August 21, 2006

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In a statement released almost immediately after President Bush's statement that the war in Iraq "strained America's psyche," Senator John Kerry (D-MA) blasted the remark, RAW STORY has learned.

"President Bush is profoundly wrong about Iraq," Kerry said in a statement this morning, "and profoundly wrong about the American people." The senator went on to characterize the President's policies in Iraq as an "unmitigated disaster."

"The American psyche isnít the problem," Kerry contended. "The problem is this Administrationís disastrous Iraq policy.

Kerry continued:

"Our military has been strained by the Rumsfeld policy of going to war with too few troops, sending troops into battle with inadequate body armor, and overextending the National Guard. Faith in this Administration has been strained by exaggerations and miscalculations from the promise of 'mission accomplished' to Vice President Cheneyís declaration of an insurgency 'in its last throes.' Patience is strained because almost five years later, Osama Bin Laden is still on the loose, and gone is the promise of 'wanted dead or alive.' The Administrationís credibility is strained because the Presidentís mantra that 'U.S. troops will stand down as Iraqis stand up' is another misleading myth, and 'stay the course' is a recipe for disaster when the course is broken. Budgets are strained by record deficits, while critical needs, from homeland security to Katrina rebuilding go unaddressed while each week we spend two billion dollars in Iraq.