Politics Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Commander-in-Chief
Ignoring statement by his own generals, Bush dismisses concerns about civil war:
You know, I hear people say, Well, civil war this, civil war that. The Iraqi people decided against civil war when they went to the ballot box. And a unity government is working to respond to the will of the people. And, frankly, it’s quite a remarkable achievement on the political front.
In other news, Peter Galbraith reports that one year before his “Axis of Evil” speech, Bush met with several Iraqi-Americans who described what they believed the political situation in Iraq would be after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
During their conversation with the President, Galbraith claims, it became apparent to them that Bush was unfamiliar with the distinction between Sunnis and Shiites.
Galbraith reports that the three of them spent some time explaining to Bush that there are two different sects in Islam—to which the President allegedly responded, “I thought the Iraqis were Muslims!ā€¯
Meanwhile, a Bloomberg poll revealed that Bush’s approval rating among young voters is lower than in any other group: 20 percent, with 53 percent disapproving, compared to 40 percent in the US population as a whole.