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Press sceptical about Bush speech
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President Bush's speech outlining his plans for a "complete victory" in Iraq prompts one Baghdad paper to call for action rather than words.

In the wider region, several papers attack Mr Bush's refusal to set a deadline for the complete withdrawal of US troops, arguing that their presence is fuelling the insurgency.

Some also urge Iraqis to speed up their reconciliation process and take their fate into their own hands.

TARIQ AL-JUBURI IN IRAQ'S AL-MADA

The Iraqi citizen has endured a lot. He has long been patient, waiting to see part of his dream for a secure future for himself and his own sons come true. Thus, he has the right to get answers to many pressing questions, and not just statements and rhetoric. He wants actions not words, translated into reality on the ground - into projects, job opportunities and prosperity.

QATAR'S AL-RAYAH

Nobody from the US Administration, including President Bush, has ever explained the meaning of 'victory' that the US is seeking. It seems that the word victory, in the tradition of US policy, means the total refusal to set a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops, since this would incite the terrorists.

ABD-AL-WAHHAB BADR KHAN IN AL-HAYAT

Even if President Bush calls withdrawal a 'national strategy for victory in Iraq' it will not make any difference on the ground, just as it will not make any difference either calling the withdrawal a redeployment of the occupation forces. Neither Cheney, Rumsfeld nor those in the extremist and obsolete gang of the right wing will ever admit their strategic faults in the war against Iraq.

EGYPT'S AL-JUMHURIYAH

The occupation forces should admit the need to withdraw or at least announce the timetable for their pullout, which is a prerequisite for any possible settlement. This is something that President Bush does not seem willing to accept after he said yesterday that there will be no Iraq pullout without victory.

JORDAN'S AL-RAY

That there will be no Iraq pullout without victory is a story that not even children would believe and Washington itself realises that its 'victory' is impossible.

PAN-ARAB AL-QUDS AL-ARABI

President Bush will face serious difficulties in fulfilling his promises to achieve victory in Iraq because his war was immoral, unjustified and based on lies. History has shown that all past occupations ended up as failures and the US occupation will not be an exception.

OMAN'S OMAN

The US announcement to reduce the number of its troops in Iraq indicates that the Iraqis will have to take on more and more responsibility for their country's security. It is crucial for the Iraqis to be prepared and to be able to handle their lives and their country's affairs in the way they want and prevent groups from turning Iraq into a terrorist haven.

SAUDI AL-JAZIRAH

The Iraqi parties should put their desire to seek reconciliation into practice and realise that the organisation of the Iraqi house is an Iraqi task from the very beginning to the very end.

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