President Bush on Tuesday dismissed a human rights report as 'absurd' for its harsh criticism of U.S. treatment of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying the allegations were made by prisoners 'who hate America.'
'It's an absurd allegation. The United States is a country that promotes freedom around the world,' Bush said of the Amnesty International report that compared Guantanamo to a Soviet-era gulag.
With the death toll climbing daily in Iraq, he said that nation's fledging government is 'plenty capable' of defeating insurgents whose attacks on Iraqi civilians and U.S. soldiers have intensified. Standing in the sun, sweat beading on his forehead, Bush said the job of the U.S. forces in Iraq is to help train the nation's own forces to defeat insurgents.