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http The BBC's Matt Frei in Washington says Mr Bush (War_president / Commander_in_chief) appears to have lost his customary optimism in the face of so many deaths at one time

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4117245.stm
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BBC NEWS Our correspondent adds that the president will be aware the violence does not bode well for Iraq's elections - and could dent his support at home.

Wednesday, 22 December, 2004, 14:02 GMT
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What Rumsfeld said Rumsfeld warns of more unrest in Iraq after elections

Wed Dec 22, 6:54 PM ET

"I think looking for a peaceful Iraq after the elections would be a mistake. I think our expectations level ought to be realistic about that,"
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U.S. Dangers drive
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* http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6746747/

3:08 p.m. ET Dec. 22 (1222), 2004

WASHINGTON - A U.S.-based construction company has pulled out of its contract to rebuild Iraqís transportation systems, deciding it was too dangerous to stay,
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1223 Powell Advised Bush to Add Iraq Troops

9 minutes ago
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What Powell Said "We don't have enough troops. We don't control the terrain."

Colin_Powell made his remarks on Nov. 12 (112)
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1223 Christmas Eve of Destruction

Published: December 23, 2004
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. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/23/opinion/23dowd.html

John McCain, who lent his considerable credibility to Mr. Bush during the campaign and vouched for the president and his war, now concedes that he has no confidence in Donald Rumsfeld.
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