WASHINGTON In an unusual step, President George
W. Bush cited a pair of Iraqi bloggers on Wednesday to try to
bolster his case that his troop buildup in Iraq is making
Bombings in Iraq continue to take a heavy toll but Bush
insisted U.S. and Iraqi forces circulating in Baghdad were
making a difference, slowly.
"'Displaced families are returning home, marketplaces are
seeing more activity, stores that were long shuttered are now
reopening,'" Bush quoted the bloggers as writing.
In a speech, Bush did not identify them, but the White
House said he was referring to an opinion article published
March 5 in the Wall Street Journal by the two bloggers, Omar
and Mohammed Fadhil.
They are a pair of Iraqi dentists who write an
English-language blog, IraqTheModel.com, and who met Bush in
the Oval Office in December 2004.
The blog is generally sympathetic to the American-led
mission in Iraq, although Mohammed Fadhil wrote on it last
Friday that the Iraqi government needs to speed up
reconciliation efforts and that the Bush administration "needs
to revise the way it's been handling and planning for this