OLYMPICS WATCH. TNR's Jason Zengerle has more on the president's continuing difficulties with the Iraqi soccer team. This interview's already gotten a lot of play, but apparently the team is still speaking out:
[A]fter Iraq's victory over Australia on Saturday, the team's coach, Adnan Hamad Majeed said that "we will never believe that Bush is with us" and accused the president of "helping to destroy our country." Speaking to reporters a few days later, Majeed elaborated on his anti-Bush comments, explaining: "You cannot speak about a team that represents freedom. We do not have freedom in Iraq, we have an occupying force. This is one of our most miserable times."
This is kind of funny to those of us fed up with the president's politicization of everything and tired of having Iraq's newfound "freedom" thrown in our face, but it really does speak to some very serious problems. Right now, everyone would like to see a decent, stable government created in Iraq (Iraqis included), but given the level of anti-American sentiment it's not clear that we have the capacity to get the job done anymore.
Yeah, I know it's a sorry excuse but hell with ya.