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Bush: Iraq Withdrawal Will Weaken U.S.

August 23, 2005

DONNELLY, Idaho (AP) _ President Bush charged Tuesday that anti-war protesters such as Cindy Sheehan, who want the troops brought home immediately, are ``advocating a policy that would weaken the United States.″

In remarks to reporters outside an exclusive resort where he is vacationing, Bush gave no indication that he would change his mind and meet with Sheehan, who lost a son in Iraq and has emerged as a harsh critic of the war there, when he returns to his Texas ranch Wednesday evening.

Sheehan has been maintaining a vigil outside Bush’s ranch, a demonstration that has attracted other anti-war protesters.

Bush said that two high-ranking member of his staff have already met with her.

On Iraq, Bush said that a democratic constitution ``is going to be an important change in the broader Middle East.″

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