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President Bush answers questions from downrange
Says situations will determine troop levels

By Jeff Schogol, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Wednesday, July 5, 2006

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — President Bush has met hundreds of families of fallen soldiers, but he has yet to attend a servicemember’s funeral, he said Tuesday.

“Because which funeral do you go to? In my judgment, I think if I go to one I should go to all. How do you honor one person but not another?” he said.


The appropriate way to express his appreciation to the family members of fallen troops is to meet with them in private, he said.

In an exclusive interview, Bush sat down with Stars and Stripes to answer questions solicited from U.S. troops now downrange, including the one asking whether he had ever attended a slain soldier’s funeral.

One soldier now serving in Iraq asked how many times he would have to return to the war zone in the next five years. Bush said he did not have an answer.

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