New Purported Bush Tape Raises Fear of New Attacks
the Disassociated Press
November 28, 2003
tape today surfaced in U.S. media outlets of
someone purporting to be George W. Bush at a
U.S. military base in Baghdad.
analysts around the world are studying the videotapes.
"It certainly looked and sounded like him, but
we get so few glimpses at Bush in real-life
situations that it is hard to tell," said one
operative from a Western intelligence agency.
who know Bush said it appeared to be him. "That's
him, all right," said one longtime associate.
tape shows the man claiming to be Bush praising
U.S. attacks in Iraq. "We will stay until the
job is done," he threatened.
videotape was delivered to the Baghdad bureau
of FOX News by an intermediary courier who has
brought material before from the U.S. military,
according to the U.S. network.
were calls for FOX to be banned from some Arabic
countries for broadcasting American militaristic
the quality of the tape was not poor, the alleged
Bush did appear tired in portions of it, prompting
speculation that he is on the run.
man claiming to be Bush said: "We did not charge
hundreds of miles into the heart of Iraq, pay
a bitter cost in casualties, defeat a brutal
dictator and liberate 25 million people only
to retreat before a band of thugs and assassins."
pointed out that given the ongoing nature of
the Iraqi resistance since "the end of major
combat operations," that comment could have
been recorded anytime in the past six months.
the man identified as Bush tells U.S. troops,
'You are defeating the terrorists here in Iraq
so we don't have to face them in our own country,'
well, it's a little hard to believe that even
the Bush White House would try to spin that,"
said the operative from a Western intelligence
could anyone believe, after all that has been
disclosed about the lies and distortions used
to manipulate the public into accepting this
war, that U.S. troops are defending the American
people in Iraq? No major world leader would
be so obtuse or so low as to try to sell that
to people at this stage."
of the Iraqi Governing Council who met with
the man identified as Bush said they had met
with a man identified as Bush and were delaying
comment until Paul Bremer was available to tell
them what their comments would be.
Ali, an Iraqi in a poor area of Baghdad said:
"I don't understand why he didn't stay. Just
because the U.S. nearly starved us with the
sanctions for 12 years, killed my cousin during
the invasion, busted down my door last week
and is trying to find a way to steal our oil
-- does he think that Iraqis would want to hurt
him, our great liberator?"
Charles Sanders, who has been stationed in Iraq
since the invasion said: "I was supposed to
be back home by now. It was really getting depressing,
but this is great. Sure, I don't get to look
into the eyes of my little girl, or hold my
wife tenderly in my arms, but the president
served me turkey!"
Jones in Pittsburgh, who this morning was driven
to tears while watching "Dances with Wolves"
on cable TV, said: "I was planning on talking
over the Thanksgiving Day table with my family
about how we slaughtered the Indians and enslaved
the blacks, bullied Latin America and bombed
Vietnam, and now were occupying Iraq. I don't
know, is it just me, or do we just have this
brutal aggressive side to us? But now I guess,
well, just talk about Bush's visit instead."
asked whether she was certain the president
had gone to Iraq, Laura Bush said she hadn't
noticed her husband had left the Crawford ranch.
"I assumed he was out clearing brush," the First
Jensen and Sam Husseini contributed to this