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"We're kicking ass" in Iraq

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"We're kicking ass" in Iraq, President George W. Bush responded September 5, 2007, to Australian Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile "on the tarmac" after Vaile "inquired politely of the President's stopover in Iraq en route to Sydney." After a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq, Bush visited Australia[1] to attend the 15th annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.[2][3] However, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino would not confirm Bush's remark.[4]

"So first President Bush, fresh from his visit to al-Anbar province,[5] reportedly tells the deputy PM of Australia that 'we're kicking ass' in Iraq -- the 'we' being U.S. forces. If the report is true, the comment makes one wonder if the President remembers how that 'Bring 'em on!'[6] remark went over more than four years ago," Jay Carney at TIME Magazine's The Swampland blog commented September 7, 2007.[7]


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  1. Kagro X, "Various Ridiculous Things," The Next Hurrah Blog, September 5, 2007: "Bush's entourage goes to Australia. With three 747s, 2 C17 Globemaster III air transports (carrying Marine One, a Blackhawk surveillence chopper, and the president's anti-tank grenade-proof limo), and over 700 staffers, including a doctor, nurse, personal chef and four cooks, 50 White House political aides, 150 national security advisers, 200 specialists from other government departments, 250 Secret Service agents. All of which presumably sat on their thumbs at a cost of God only knows what, while the pretzelnit stopped for a few photos in Iraq."
  2. Steve Benen, "We’re kicking what?" The Carpetbagger Report, September 5, 2007.
  3. Phillip Coorey, "By George: now it's all the way with Howard J," Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), September 6, 2007.
  4. "Bush on Iraq: 'We're kicking ass'," CNN, September 7, 2007.
  5. "Bush’s new Iraqi friend," Think Progress, September 8, 2007.
  6. "Bush: 'Bring on' attackers of U.S. troops," Associated Press (USA TODAY), July 2, 2003.
  7. Jay Carney, "Need He Say More?" TIME Magazine, September 7, 2007.

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