Bush compares Iraq to Vietnam War

08/23/07 Robert Lorei
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In a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars yesterday President Bush compared Iraq to Vietnam and suggested the U.S. needs to stay longer in Iraq to complete the job and not expose Iraqis to further bloodshed.

On this program we heard the president's speech followed by an interview with independent journalist Dahr Jamail. An independent journalist who has spent more than eight months reporting from Iraq, Jamail is author the forthcoming book Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq.

He said: "There is no need to wait for a September report to tell us what every Iraqi source I have can already confirm, much of which has been released recently in an Oxfam report: 8-million Iraqis are in need of emergency assistance; over 2-million are displaced inside Iraq; and over 2-million Iraqis have fled to neighboring countries, mainly Syria and Jordan, making this the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world.

According to the Oxfam report: 43 percent of Iraqis suffer from "absolute poverty." Children are hit the hardest by the decline in living standards. Child malnutrition rates have risen from 19 percent before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to 28 percent now.

The number of Iraqis without access to adequate water supplies has risen from 50 to 70 percent since 2003, while 80 percent lack effective sanitation, the report says.

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