As the war in Iraq enters its fourth year, George W. Bush has again insisted that progress in the country is being made. In his latest speech, the US President sought to rally support for his policies in the face of historically low public approval ratings.
“I believe that as Iraqis continue to see the benefits of liberty, they will gain confidence in their future. And they will work to ensure that common purpose trumps narrow sectarianism. And by standing with them in their hour of need, we’re going to help the Iraqis build a strong democracy that will be an inspiration throughout the Middle East, a democracy that will be a partner in the global war against the terrorists”, Bush told an audience of businessmen in Ohio.
Demonstrators outside the Pentagon in Washington tried to deliver a coffin representing the casualties caused by the war to officials inside. A recent poll showed 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with Bush’s handling of the conflict. The majority fear the country is heading towards civil war. Bush’s speech coincided with a particularly bloody day in Iraq yesterday.30 people died in separate attacks while at least 35 were injured.