The Bush campaign overstepped its boundaries yet again. This time, it used the Iraqi Olympic team in one of its new ads -- a move decried by several of the athletes themselves.

The Sports Illustrated story also mentions that Bush touted Iraqi soccer players at the Olympics during speech in Beaverton, Ore., on Friday.

"The image of the Iraqi soccer team playing in this Olympics, it's fantastic, isn't it?" he said. "It wouldn't have been free if the United States had not acted."

Iraqi midfielder Salih Sadir, a former pro player in embattled Najaf, might have surprised Bush.

"I want the violence and the war to go away from the city," says Sadir, 21. "We don't wish for the presence of Americans in our country. We want them to go away."

[Ahmed] Manajid, 22, who nearly scored his own goal with a driven header on Wednesday, hails from the city of Fallujah. He says coalition forces killed Manajid's cousin, Omar Jabbar al-Aziz, who was fighting as an insurgent, and several of his friends. In fact, Manajid says, if he were not playing soccer he would "for sure" be fighting as part of the resistance.

"I want to defend my home. If a stranger invades America and the people resist, does that mean they are terrorists?" Manajid says.


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