Verbatim: Jul. 3, 2006

"I'm just gonna go on this little vacation, and I'll be back before you know it."

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS THOMAS TUCKER, U.S. soldier, on his deployment to Iraq, in a recent telephone message to his parents. The bodies of Tucker and Private First Class Kristian Menchaca, who had been ambushed and kidnapped by insurgents, were found last week

"I don't like it."

GENERAL GEORGE CASEY, commander of the multinational forces in Iraq, on setting a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, saying it would "send a terrible signal to a government of national unity in Iraq that's...

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