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Bush, Cheney comforted troops privately: Met with thousands of war injured, kin out of spotlight

For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House. It has involved thousands of military personnel, private presidential letters and meetings that were kept off their public calendars or sometimes left the news media in the dark.

Their mission: to comfort the families of soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to lift the spirits of those wounded in the service of their country.

On Monday, the president is set to make a more common public trip - with reporters in tow - to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, home to many of the wounded and a symbol of controversy earlier in his presidency over the quality of care the veterans were receiving.

But the size and scope of Mr. Bush's and Mr. Cheney's private endeavors to meet with wounded soliders and families of the fallen far exceed anything that has been witnessed publicly, according to interviews with more than a dozen officials familiar with the effort.

"People say, 'Why would you do that?'" the president said in an Oval Office interview with The Washington Times on Friday. "And the answer is: This is my duty. The president is commander in chief, but the president is often comforter in chief, as well. It is my duty to be - to try to comfort as best as I humanly can a loved one who is in anguish."

Mr. Bush, for instance, has sent personal letters to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time and escaped public notice. The task, along with meeting family members of troops killed in action, has been so wrenching - balancing the anger, grief and pride of families coping with the loss symbolized by a flag-draped coffin - that the president often leaned on his wife, Laura, for emotional support.

"I lean on the Almighty and Laura," Mr. Bush said in the interview. "She has been very reassuring, very calming."

Mr. Bush also has met privately with more than 500 families of troops killed in action and with more than 950 wounded veterans, according to White House spokesman Carlton Carroll. Many of those meetings were outside the presence of the news media at the White House or at private sessions during official travel stops, officials said.

The first lady said those private visits, many of which she also attended, took a heavy emotional toll, not just on the president, but on her as well.

Washington Times - EXCLUSIVE: Bush, Cheney comforted troops privately
 

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He shouldn't have sent them to die for his fucking wet dream to begin with. How fucking sincere is that? Pig fucking scum bag for a President. Hope he chokes on his ham this Christmas like he did on that pretzel.
 

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Big fuckin' deal!:rolleyes: He needs to send letters to all the people of Iraq whose family members he has murdered. Also he needs to send his daughters to Iraq then Afghanistan to fight.
 

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And some wonder why our service members have such respect for them.:thumbsup:
 

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Ah, I see the attempts to rewrite history and salvage some semblance of a legacy are already underway...by the Moonies
 

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Don't you worry your little loony left leaning liberal head, we're not the ones who think they (USA service members) are Nazi's and murders.

Ah, but there is still hope for those type here!

I wonder if they've ever stopped to think just how they have prolonged the two war fronts by encouraging our enemy..............LOL, never even crosses their mind.
 

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DUCK
 

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Don't you worry your little loony left leaning liberal head, we're not the ones who think they (USA service members) are Nazi's and murders.

Ah, but there is still hope for those type here!

I wonder if they've ever stopped to think just how they have prolonged the two war fronts by encouraging our enemy..............LOL, never even crosses their mind.
Isn't that the truth! The Kookbergers who run their mouths have probably cost this nation and Iraq more deaths than the terrorists who actually fight would have taken if not encouraged by the fools.
 

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Nice Bush, sends form letters, never attends their funerals, and Multipurpose and Jayhawk slurp up their Koolaid slop. If Bush had never invaded Iraq, which he did in the same way Hitler invaded Poland, they would all be alive. May he rot in hell for murdering them.
 

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Pig fucking butchers.

 

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Don't you worry your little loony left leaning liberal head, we're not the ones who think they (USA service members) are Nazi's and murders.

Ah, but there is still hope for those type here!

I wonder if they've ever stopped to think just how they have prolonged the two war fronts by encouraging our enemy..............LOL, never even crosses their mind.
Isn't that the truth! The Kookbergers who run their mouths have probably cost this nation and Iraq more deaths than the terrorists who actually fight would have taken if not encouraged by the fools.
Oh look, bookends for a Legacy. The good news is I hear they also can make huts and fuel out of dried BS.

You guys will be RICH!!!
 

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Fucking bastards murder 800,000 people and then accuse the left of "prolonging" the war. Insane. If we had just kept quite while they were murdering these people, they would not have had to murder so many. The logic of supporters of butchers and mass murderers. Thank God you will all be gone from power in a few weeks, and we can begin the process of putting your little Hitlers into prison, you brainwashed morons.
 

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Fuck you two.......Multinopurpose and Jay. You too have blood of the dead Iraqi and soldiers in your hands and are just as bad as fucking Bush. You murdering fucks.
 

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Well it is interesting that as wildly unpopular as this war is it is always amazing that the young people of this country choose to enlist and that the Enlistment goals for FY 2008 were Exceeded by EVERY service.

FY 2008 Military Recruiting Statistics
 

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Well it is interesting that as wildly unpopular as this war is it is always amazing that the young people of this country choose to enlist and that the Enlistment goals for FY 2008 were Exceeded by EVERY service.

FY 2008 Military Recruiting Statistics
Serving our country is an honor. This war in Iraq was NOT about serving our country, so please don't confuse the two
Note: I will still let my two boys enlist, as matter of fact I would love to see them go to Naval Academy and make a career out of serving this country.
 
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