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Thursday, September 28, 2006
Frist: America can't abandon Iraq on the operating table
From CNN's Alex Mooney

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, said the recently declassified National Intelligence Estimate proves America must be victorious in Iraq to quell the spread of global terrorism, in an interview this morning on CNN's American Morning.

Frist, a heart/lung transplant surgeon by trade, said America must not abandon the war in Iraq just as a doctor must not abandon a sick patient on an operating table.

"If the operation doesn't work, you go in and you do a transplant," Frist said. "It doesn't mean you walk away from the patient and desert the patient while they're in the intensive care unit."

The Tennessee senator is not seeking reelection but has acknowledged he is considering a run for president in 2008.

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