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REPORTER: Some people make a parallel between Iraq and Vietnam. Do you see it?
DUBYA: I know that people are anxious to be free. They were glad to get rid of Saddam Hussein. They were pleased when his sons met their demise. This person tortured, brutalized an entire population. And it's a different situation.
REPORTER: I didn't hear the word Vietnam in your answer.
DUBYA: No, because I gave you the answer, you asked the question. You asked me if there's parallel. I said it's a different situation.
Well, he got two things right: The reporter did ask the question, and he did give an answer, of sorts. London, England, Nov. 21, 2003

One thing that's happening that you need to know that will help us make the necessary calculations for troop levels is that there's a lot of Iraqis beginning to be trained to deal with the issue on the ground. There's Iraqis being trained for an army. There's Iraqis being trained for an intelligence service. There's Iraqis being trained for additional police work. There are Iraqis being trained for asset protection. There are Iraqis being trained for border guards. There's over 130,000 Iraqis now who have been trained, who are working for their own security.
Having mixed results with his use of "there's" and "there are", London, England, Nov. 20, 2003

The second pillar of peace and security in our world is the willingness of free nations, when the last resort arrives, to retain aggression and evil by force.
Dubya becomes a proponent for retaining aggression and evil, London, England, Nov. 19, 2003

The second pillar of peace and security in our world is the willingness of free nations, when the last resort arrives, to retain aggression and evil by force.
I hope that isn't what he meant to say, London, England, Nov. 19, 2003

I love free speech.
Dubya's comment upon being challenged by an Australian Senator during his speech at a joint session of the Australian parliament, and as the Senator was being asked to leave the premises. In case you're wondering, the White House condenses the content of the senator's free speech to two words: "audience interruption". Canberra, Australia, Oct. 23, 2003

[Australian] Prime Minister [John Howard] was a distinguished visitor of ours in Crawford, Texas, at our ranch. You might remember that I called him a man of steel. That's Texan for "fair dinkum."
"Fair dinkum" is typically understood as meaning "genuine" or "fair", but apparently Texans express that sentiment with the phrase "man of steel" (??!?) Canberra, Australia, Oct. 23, 2003

REPORTER: Does the US actually see Australia as its deputy sheriff in Southeast Asia?
DUBYA: No, we don't see it as a deputy sheriff, we see it as a sheriff. There's a difference.
Dubya clears up any confusion about whether the US sees Australia as an equal, but fails to understand what calling Australia a sheriff means for international diplomacy in Southeast Asia, where the preemption policy has few friends. Oops. Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 19, 2003

We're on the offensive against the terrorists, draining their funds, disrupting their plans and bringing them to justice, one person at a time. Here in the Philippines, one face of the enemy is the Abu Sayyaf group. These killers torture and behead their victims while acting, or claiming to act, in the name of God. But murder has no home in any religious faith. And these terrorists must find no home in the Philippines.
Dubya seeming to suggest that some terrorists may indeed be acting in the name of God. Chilling. Manila, Philippines, Oct. 18, 2003

We believe that the relationship between America and Africa will benefit both our people.
Wow, it'll benefit two whole people. That's a lot. Abuja, Nigeria, Jul. 12, 2003

I will continue to speak as clearly as I can that an attack on the Iraqi infrastructure by the Baathist is an attack on the Iraqi people. And it's those Iraqis are causing the continued suffering, where there's suffering in Iraq.
Dubya exhibiting his penchant for mixing up his singulars and plurals, as well as for dropping entire words that make sentences grammatically correct, Abuja, Nigeria, Jul. 12, 2003

REPORTER: Do you still believe they [the Iraqis] were trying to buy nuclear materials in Africa?
DUBYA: Right now?
REPORTER: No, were they? The statement you made
DUBYA: One thing is for certain, he's not trying to buy anything right now.
A typically smarmy response to a serious question (note the subtle shift from "they" to "he"), which he used to avoid acknowledging the fact that Iraq wasn't trying to buy nuclear materials in Africa at any time in recent history (although Dubya cited the alleged nuclear shopping spree as a justification for war in his State of the Union address), Pretoria, South Africa, Jul. 9, 2003

There's no doubt in my mind that when it's all said and done the facts will show the world the truth. There's going to be, you know, a lot of attempts to try to rewrite history, and I can understand that. But I'm absolutely confident in the decision I made.
Dubya trying to deflect criticism about the lack of WMD in Iraq, and the veracity of information he and his administration presented as fact in the build up to war, Pretoria, South Africa, Jul. 9, 2003

A free, peaceful Zimbabwe has got the capacity to deliver a lot of goods and services which are needed on this continent in order to help aleve suffering.
Confusing "alleviate" with "Aleve" brand pain reliever, Pretoria, South Africa, Jul. 9, 2003

I'm not not any intention of second-guessing his tactics. We share the same outcome.
On South African President Thabo Mbeki, with whom Dubya apparently shares an outcome (?), Pretoria, South Africa, Jul. 9, 2003

We've made that commitment. I've said it clearly more than one time. Like yesterday in Senegal, for example. So nothing has changed from about 12 hours ago on that question.
So, apparently Dubya will only field a question once, and after that, he'll be irritated from having to go back and repeat himself, even if he's in a different country answering questions from a different reporter, Pretoria, South Africa, Jul. 9, 2003

I had the opportunity to go out to Goree Island and talk about what slavery meant to America. It's very interesting when you think about it, the slaves who left here to go to America, because of their steadfast and their religion and their belief in freedom, helped change America. America is what it is today because of what went on in the past.
I know he's trying to be profound or something here, but he's considerably more "something" than profound (slavery is "interesting" and people have "steadfast"), Dakar, Senegal, Jul. 8, 2003

We believe that liberty is God's gift to every individual on the face of the earth. We believe people have the right to think and speak and worship in freedom. That's what we believe in America. And that's what you showed the world.
Speaking to troops in Qatar, who apparently showed the world that America believes that liberty is God's gift to humanity, and that the people have the right to speak and worship in freedom (?!?), Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, Jun. 5, 2003

Israel must make sure there's a continuous territory that the Palestinians can call home.
The White House later noted in their transcript that he meant to say 'contiguous', Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Jun. 3, 2003

I believe that, as I told the Crown Prince, the Almighty God has endowed each individual on the face of the earth with that expects each person to be treated with dignity. This is a universal call.
A universal call to fragmented thoughts... how nice, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Jun. 3, 2003

The first part of your question is that is whether or not the weapons of mass destruction question.
St. Petersburg, Russia, Jun. 1, 2003

I invited the President to come to the United States for a visit in September to visit at Camp David.
St. Petersburg, Russia, Jun. 1, 2003

There is such hope here in Northern Ireland that the past can be broken.
There's nothing quite like breaking the past, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Apr. 8, 2003

I was the guy that said they [the U.N.] ought to vote. And one country voted at least showed their cards, I believe. It's an old Texas expression, show your cards, when you're playing poker. France showed their cards.
Dubya again claiming Texan sovereignty over a common expression, Lajes, Azores, Mar. 16, 2003

All of us need to step back and try to figure out how to make the U.N. work better as we head into the 21st century. Perhaps one way will be, if we use military force, in the post-Saddam Iraq the U.N. will definitely need to have a role. And that way it can begin to get its legs, legs of responsibility back.
Two things: (1) We already have headed into the 21st century, (2) What the heck are 'legs of responsibility'? Lajes, Azores, Mar. 16, 2003

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