President Bush: “The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.”
Reporter: “What did Iraq have to do with that?”
President Bush: “What did Iraq have to do with what?”
Reporter: “The attack on the World Trade Center.”
President Bush: “Nothing."
--- Presidential Press Conference, August 21, 2006.
According to a Zogby poll of US troops stationed in Iraq conducted on February 28, 2006, approx. 90 percent of US troops in Iraq believe US troops are in Iraq in "retaliation for Saddam Hussein's role in 9-11."
Eight more US soldiers were killed in Iraq on the weekend of August 26 and 27, 2006.
The U.S. military reported two new U.S. military deaths Tuesday, 8/29/06. One service member died in fighting in Anbar province west of Baghdad Sunday and another died Monday of wounds sustained in a vehicle accident in Balad north of Baghdad, the military said. At least 2,631 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the war in 2003, according to an Associated Press count. -- Associated Press.