[Media-watch] Bush on US war casualties;
"we're not going to have any" - CNN - 20/10/2004
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Wed Oct 20 21:28:29 BST 2004
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 Posted: 3:24 PM EDT (1924 GMT)
Robertson: I warned Bush on Iraq casualties
President's response: 'We're not going to have any'
NEW YORK (CNN) -- The founder of the U.S. Christian Coalition said Tuesday
he told President George W. Bush before the invasion of Iraq that he should
prepare Americans for the likelihood of casualties, but the president told
him, "We're not going to have any casualties."
Pat Robertson, an ardent Bush supporter, said he had that conversation with
the president in Nashville, Tennessee, before the March 2003 invasion. He
described Bush in the meeting as "the most self-assured man I've ever met in
"You remember Mark Twain said, 'He looks like a contented Christian with
four aces.' I mean he was just sitting there like, 'I'm on top of the
world,' " Robertson said on the CNN show, "Paula Zahn Now."
"And I warned him about this war. I had deep misgivings about this war, deep
misgivings. And I was trying to say, 'Mr. President, you had better prepare
the American people for casualties.' "
Robertson said the president then told him, "Oh, no, we're not going to have
Robertson, the televangelist who sought the Republican presidential
nomination in 1988, said he wishes Bush would admit to mistakes made.
"I mean, the Lord told me it was going to be A, a disaster, and B, messy,"
Robertson said. "I warned him about casualties."
More than 1,100 U.S. troops have died in Iraq and another 8,000 troops have
been wounded in the ongoing campaign, with the casualty toll significantly
increasing in the last six months as the insurgency there has deepened.
Asked why Bush has refused to admit to mistakes on Iraq, Robertson said, "I
don't know this politics game. You know, you can never say you were wrong
because the opposition grabs onto it: 'See, he admitted he screwed up.' "
Even as Robertson criticized Bush for downplaying the potential dangers of
the Iraq war, he heaped praise on Bush, saying he believes the president
will win the election and that "the blessing of heaven is on Bush."
"Even if he stumbles and messes up -- and he's had his share of stumbles and
gaffes -- I just think God's blessing is on him," Robertson said.
As for Bush's Democratic rival, Sen. John Kerry, Robertson said, "I don't
think he's a leader. He's a ponderous debater, a good senator probably."
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