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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Bush To Iraq Widow: “No Point” In Discussing “Pros And Cons Of The War”...

TPM Cafe Greg Sargent August 25, 2006 at 02:06 PM
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I just got off the phone with Hildi Halley, a woman from Maine whose husband is a fallen soldier. Yesterday President Bush met with her privately, and news of their meeting was reported in a local Maine paper, the Kennebec Journal, which said simply that Halley objected to Bush's policies and that she said Bush responded that there was no point them having a "philosophical discussion about the pros and cons of the war."

But Halley has just told me that she went much farther in her criticism of Bush, telling him directly that he was "responsible" for the deaths of American soldiers and that as a "Christian man," he should recognize that he's "made a mistake" and that it was his "responsibility to end this." She recounted to me that she told Bush: "As President, you're here to serve the people. And the people are not being served with this war...I was very direct."



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