Bush's Iraq-Afghan Farewell Tour Marred By Dissent

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

President George W. Bush is headed back to the U.S. after a whirlwind trip to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The president visited the Iraqi capital just 37 days before he hands the war off to his successor, Barack Obama, who has pledged to end it. The president wanted to highlight a drop in violence and to celebrate a recent U.S.-Iraq security agreement.

But what got all the attention was the angry Iraqi TV reporter who hurled his shoes at Bush in a near-miss. Reaction in Iraq was swift but mixed, with some condemning the act and others applauding it.

The president then traveled to Afghanistan, where he was cheered by U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base. Bush also took a helicopter ride to Kabul to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (HAH'-mihd KAHR'-zeye).

After their meeting, Bush said he told Karzai: "You can count on the United States."

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  • by Martinez Location: Southside on Dec 17, 2008 at 01:09 PM
    to Ed, bob, John and Brian: Doug is right about one thing, you do seem to love me. you seem to follow all my posts and try to interject them, you attack me in other articles. You really know nothing about me and assume things. Please, I implore you, pick up a book and turn off Druggie Limbaugh Groper O'Reilly and Hater Hannity. I dont hate you, I honestly feel pity for you. Anon, that case was thrown out of court last week for lack of evidence, Obama is more American than all of you, so get over it. the Constitution says "All men are created equal" If you dont like that philosophy, please leave my land at once. Honestly, what have you done for America?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2008 at 08:46 AM
    A private investigator has released to WND an affidavit that casts doubt on whether Barack Obama's family lived at the address listed in the published notice of his birth in 1961. Jorge Baro was hired by WND to investigate issues related to Obama's birth amid allegations the Democrat does not meet the Constitution's requirement that a president be a "natural born citizen." Baro's affidavit documents an interview his staff conducted with Beatrice Arakaki, who has lived at 6075 Kalanianaole Highway in Honolulu since before Obama was born. The affadivit is at the center of a federal lawsuit filed prior to the November election in Hattiesburg, Miss., before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett. The suit is one of several yet to be adjudicated that calls for proof of Obama being a "natural born citizen" as required by the Constitution. And Martinez, the incredible babbling dolt, call Bush a liar.Obama isn't even the White House (he was denied early acccess,by the way) LIES EVERYWHER!
  • by John on Dec 17, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    Ya Martinez, you have the same Messiah complex Obama complex has. Maybe you can get your figurine next to his in a Nativity Scene or better yet you can get on the Socialist/Marxist groupie list. Won't be hollering Democracy anymore. Bush stood up to terrorists and acted bravely in 9/11. What's Obama going to do, invite them for coffee and a brisk walk with his intended Citizen Police ? Heck, he is probably related to half of them.
  • by Brian Location: Pueblo on Dec 17, 2008 at 07:45 AM
    Bob, it's good to know that we still have people out there who are educated about what is really going on. Hating Bush is like rasism; everyone jumps on the bandwagon without picking up some history books and learning the real story. When Obama fails at all his promises (I am AMERICAN, so I really hope this doesn't happen) it will be all these losers STILL pinning it on Bush.
  • by Brian Location: Pueblo on Dec 17, 2008 at 07:40 AM
    Hey Doug, why not move to Iraq and hate America from afar...we would all be better off as a nation.
  • by ED Location: C\S on Dec 17, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    Just because some of us do not agree with the disgraceful way you taik about the President of America is disgusting. I for one don't like Obama, but if I call him names I'd be a racist. Right?????????????? Besides Martinez is to young to really know what's going on, his parents didn't teach him to respect others. That's part of the problem in this country, lack of repect for anyone or anything. Martinez and Doug I'm sure the shoe thrower would gladly cut you head off just for being an American.
  • by Bob Location: CS on Dec 17, 2008 at 12:01 AM
    So, Doug - you couldn't think of anything intelligent to say, but you typed your message anyway. In my previous message, I stated that people like you blame Bush for all the world's problems... If I'm indeed clueless - are you saying you don't blame Bush for our problems? You can't have it both ways. Do you also consider me clueless when I say that there are people in this world who hate us and all of the freedoms that we enjoy? Who's being clueless now, Doug?
  • by Doug Location: CS on Dec 16, 2008 at 04:27 PM
    What reality world are you living in Bob?? Keep up the great posts Martinez...it appears you have a fan base and must be touching them close to home for them to bash you all the time...Ed and Bob are clueless!!
  • by ED Location: C\S on Dec 16, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    Great moves Mr.Priesident, I like your style. There are alot of ungratful sobs out there. Martinez you're one of those sobs.
  • by GOOOOOOOBAMA Location: Springs on Dec 16, 2008 at 12:18 PM
    That was the funniest thing I have ever seen...What a way to watch him step out of office! (if anyone has seen a size 6 1/2 shoe, it's mine) hahaha
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