Bush to widow: "No point" in talking about the war

The presidents meets with families of the fallen.

Published August 25, 2006 2:31PM (EDT)

On his way to vacation at his parents' compound in Kennebunkport, George W. Bush stopped at a local elementary school Thursday to meet with family members of U.S. troops who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. After the meetings ended, Hildi Halley, whose husband died in Afghanistan in June, said she told the president that it's "time to stop the bleeding" and "swallow our pride and find a solution."

Bush's response? Halley said the president told her that "there was no point in us having a philosophical discussion about the pros and cons of the war."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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