It's the country just this side of Iran

Bush says he can't say whether Iraq is in a civil war because he hasn't been there.

By Tim Grieve
Published February 14, 2007 4:42PM (EST)

George W. Bush, answering a question from ABC's Martha Raddatz about whether there's a civil war in Iraq: "It's hard for me, living in this beautiful White House, to give you a firsthand assessment. I haven't been there. You have. I haven't."

The president has visited Iraq at least twice since the war began, most recently in June 2006.

Tim Grieve

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

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