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Friday, August 27, 2004

Bush Acknowledges Iraq 'Miscalculation'

In all wars there are "miscalculations". War never goes according to plan. That ios why they always prepare for contingencies. This might be a little more than thought of at the beginning of the war, but that deos not mean that the military can not do their job and finish the war.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush said for the first time on Thursday he made a "miscalculation of what the conditions would be" after U.S. troops went to Iraq, The New York Times reported. The insurgency, he maintained, was the unintended result of a "swift victory" that led to Iraqi troops disappearing into the cities and mounting a rebellion.

Bush also told the newspaper he did not believe his Democratic opponent had lied about his time in Vietnam. The group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth has aired advertisements challenging John Kerry's account of his service, and claiming Kerry lied about circumstances surrounding his war medals. Kerry has accused Bush of using the group as a front to run a smear campaign.

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Update!!!!!!!!!!!!

Powell echoes Bush on Iraq errors

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell Friday echoed President's Bush's comments that "miscalculations" had been made in Iraq.

"You make plans, but what you have to be able to do is adjust those plans when faced with reality," he told Tony Snow's talk radio show. "There is an old army expression, "No plan survives first contact with an enemy."

In a New York Times interview Friday, Bush said he made a "miscalculation of what the conditions would be" after U.S. troops went to Iraq."

Powell told Snow, however, the United States would continue to press ahead, supporting the interim Iraqi government, in its attempts to stabilize Iraq.

Powell also discussed radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose Mahdi Army, agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in Najaf. He said it was still unclear if the general amnesty the interim government announced applied to Sadr, adding, however, "Right now, we're not pursuing that."

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