Bush cut and run says his son
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Bush Says U.S. Won't `Cut and Run' From Its Commitment in Iraq
April 21 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush said the last few weeks in Iraq have been ``really rough,'' but the U.S. won't ``cut and run'' from its commitment to foster democracy in Iraq.
``A free Iraq will be a major change agent for world peace,'' Bush told a convention in Washington of about 1,000 of U.S. newspaper editors and publishers. ``I believe the people of Iraq will self-govern and I believe the people of Iraq will be better off for it.''
The U.S. has set a June 30 deadline to turn sovereignty over to an Iraq interim government. At least 103 U.S. soldiers and Marines have been killed in Iraq this month, the deadliest since the war began March 19, 2003, Defense Department figures show.
``The Iraqi people are looking at America and saying 'are we going to cut and run again?''' Bush, 57, said. ``We're not going to cut and run.''
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says Bush's ``stubborn, unilateral policy in Iraq'' is to blame for the rising deaths and for prolonging a war that he says has cost the U.S. ``credibility and made America less safe.''
Kerry, 60, a four-term U.S. senator from Massachusetts, is scheduled Friday to address the convention, which includes executives of more than 1,500 U.S. daily newspapers that account for 87 percent of all circulation.