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Bush: I'd Like to Fight In Iraq, But I'm "Too Old" and Terrorists "Would Notice Me"

Faiz Shakir: Bush has never put himself in harm's way but he has no problem trivializing the lives of those who do.
This post, written by Faiz Shakir, originally appeared on Think Progress

The Washington Post's Dan Froomkin highlights comments made recently by President Bush to a group of military bloggers. Blogger "N.Z. Bear" reported that Bush told the group he wishes he could be serving in Iraq -- except that he's too old:
Responding to one of the bloggers in Iraq he expressed envy that they could be there, and said he'd like to be there but "One, I'm too old to be out there, and two, they would notice me."
Froomkin undercuts Bush's claim by noting just how few hours Bush has spent on the ground in his "surprise visits" to Iraq:
Maybe Bush was just making idle chit-chat. But this would not be the first time the president has appeared unaware of the hardships his war has caused hundreds of thousands of American troops -- while expressing a misguided sense of bravado.
Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.
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