DEALING WITH IRAQ “PERSON BY PERSON”

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 10, 2003

President Discusses AIDS Initiative, Iraq in Botswana
Remarks by President Bush and President Mogae of Botswana in a Photo Opportunity
Gaberone International Convention Centre
Gaberone, Botswana

11:43 A.M. (Local)

PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, let me start with Iraq. Having talked to Jerry Bremer, the man in charge of the civilian operations there, he believes that the vast majority of Iraqi citizens are thrilled that Saddam Hussein is no longer in power. Secondly, there’s no question we’ve got a security issue in Iraq, and we’re just going to have to deal with person by person. We’re going to have to remain tough. [Note 1]

But when this was reported in the press, it was cleaned up. The International Herald Tribune, for example, has it as “we’ve just got to deal with it person to person.” [11 July 2003, citing ‘news reports’] The White House audio tape ends with the speeches, omitting questions and answers in the transcript.


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