Iraqis have been reacting to President Bush’s keynote speech, in which he refused to give a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops in Iraq. .Many say they wanted to hear something more concrete about when American soldiers would be leaving their country.
“President Bush’s speech had nothing to offfer Iraqis,” said one Iraqi woman. “It will worsen the security situation. The explosions target US troops but in fact hurt Iraqis more.”
“President Bush’s speech – that the Americans won’t withdraw from Iraq – was made under a feeble pretext,” said another resident. “This is a violation of Iraqis dignity. Iraqis are able to run their country, especially after the elections.”
The conflict in Iraq has so far claimed the lives of more than 1700 Americans and at least 12,000 Iraqi civilians.