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MN Guardsman puts question to President Bush

Posted at 4:23 PM on January 29, 2007 by Bill Wareham

One of the Minnesota National Guard members serving in Iraq was able to take his question about the country's war strategy directly to the commander In chief. National Public Radio has a reporter embedded with the Minnesota Guard in Iraq. During an interview with President Bush, NPR's Juan Williams played a recording of the soldier asking his question of the president...

Q:"My name is Specialist Ryan Schmidt from Forest Lake, Minnesota. My question for you, Mr. President, is what is your plan if your troop surge to Baghdad does not work?"
President Bush: "Well, I would say to Ryan I put it in place on the advice of a lot of smart people, particularly the military who think it will work. And let us go into this aspect of the Iraqi strategy feeling it will work. But I will also assure Ryan that we are constantly adjusting to conditions on the ground."

The president also thanked Specialist Schmidt for his service. He says one of the country's greatest strengths is the readiness of citizens to volunteer for military service.

The entire NPR Bush interview is now available here.