Bush Still Peddling Progress in Iraq. Sigh.

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I’m not sure why it never gets old to bring attention to Bush’s constant reiteration that we are freedom fighters and that Iraq is making progress. Maybe because the further along we get in this quagmire, the more absurd these comments become. This from a press conference with French president Nicholas Sarkozy held this afternoon:

If you lived in Iraq and had lived under a tyranny, you’d be saying: God, I love freedom, because that’s what’s happened…we’re making progress.

Well, according to our figures, more than 4 million of these thankful Iraqis have fled this newfound freedom.

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