Verbatim: Sep. 4, 2006

"These are challenging times, and they're difficult times, and they're straining the psyche of our country." --GEORGE W. BUSH, U.S. President, on the Iraq war's domestic impact

"It grieves me so much that we had not told the American people how tough and difficult this task would be." --JOHN McCAIN, Republican Senator from Arizona, criticizing the Bush Administration for "underestimating the size of the task" in Iraq and leading people to think it would be "some kind of day at the beach." The White House replied that President Bush had been open about the difficulty of the mission from the start


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