Oct. 30, 2005 Over two years after the end of Gulf War II, President
Bush on Wednesday blamed rising violence in Iraq on the "tremendous"
U.S. progress being made there, saying coalition successes are
making insurgents more desperate.
spoke only hours after the entire 1083rd Armored Company
had been captured by Iraqi malcontents, on a day when bombings
in Baghdad killed hundreds of people.
more progress we make on the ground, the more free the Iraqis
become, the more electricity that's available, the more jobs are
available, the more kids that are going to school, the more things
are gonna blow up," Bush told reporters. "That's just
the way life is sometimes."
officials said loyalists of fallen Iraq leader Saddam Hussein
likely were responsible for taking the 1083rd hostage,
and for the bombings Monday at twenty-three police stations, the
offices of ten aid organizations, and at the headquarters of the
Iraqi government. "It's incredible that the two Saddam loyalists
we haven't yet captured could wreak so much havoc, but there you
have it," commented one official.
officials conceded that there was some possibility that the recent
wave of violence was coordinated. For example, they admitted,
it was hard to imagine that the fact that the pattern of bombings
spelled out "Go home, Yanks" was entirely coincidental.
said those who are continuing to engage in violence "can't
stand the thought of a free society. They hate freedom. They hate
cute little babies. They hate kittens. They love terror. They
love cockroaches and fingernails squeaking on chalkboards."
Bush said he remains "even more determined to work with the
few remaining Iraqi people" to restore peace and general
niceness to the war-torn nation.
Paul Bremer, recently appointed as Grand Vizier of Iraq: "We'll
have rough days, days where these terrorists may capture several
hundred American troops and assassinate the entire Iraqi puppet
regime... but the overall thrust is in the right direction and
the good days outnumber the bad days. For example, on no other
day this week did we lose an entire company of troops!"
they have said following previous attacks over the last two-and-one-half
years, U.S. officials vowed that the newest wave of violence will
not deter them. Major General Ray Ordinario said, "Nothing
will prevent us from blindly following this hopeless… I mean,
from systematically rooting out remnants of the former regime
and training Iraqis to take over responsibility for security."
said that since September 10, his forces have conducted offensive
raids and other missions that netted the capture of 6,231 mid-level
former regime members, 143 explosives makers and 19 "extremely
bad" karaoke singers. Ordinario said they also have seized
$1.5 million and plan on having "one really big party back
in the States" with the money.