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Got all day? OK, just a few...Illegal Aliens, Ann Coulter (what a potty mouth), Lobbyists, dishonest politicians (that's MOST of them), rude people, corporate America, and the War in Iraq.
There's been a WHOLE lot in the news this week about a movie debutting over in England that depicts the assination of President George W. Bush. First, the American News Media by continuously discussing this (supposed) offending scene in the movie, while putting a clip of it up for all to see is simply guaranteeing the success of said movie. Secondly, WHO CARES? I am sure if George Bush were a GREAT President of our time there might be a LOT MORE public outcry, but lets face it...THE MAN IS A LOSER.
Seriously, all of his policies are failures, he cannot speak the English language without butchering it, and the War in Iraq is a debacle far larger and worse than Vietnam. From Cunningham, DeLay, on to Bob Ney of Ohio, and even Sue Kelly of New York, corruption and cronism rules supreme in his Republican administration, even though he promised to restore honor to the White House, and by proxy Washington, DC.
What I find offensive about the movie...is that someone would assinate George Bush and stick us with an even more dangerous prick in VP Dick Cheney....they could have at least done a two for one special in this movie.
Courtesy of Porgie Tirebiter
Just in from ALIPAC, the Miller Beer BOYCOTT is being a HUGE SUCCESS! This Friday ALIPAC's president will be on the FOX News network (Cavuto) to speak on this boycott, and I encourage all American Patriots to watch the show.
Further, 45 organizations have now joined the National Illegal Immigration Boycott
Coalition. The latest list of partners can be found at www.millerboycott.com
We encourage ALL individuals to sign our petition and join the boycott. If you are an organization that wants to join this boycott, please contact William Gheen AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so that we can reach our stated goal of 100.
Though not surprised, I am saddened that the Republicans killed the Democrats attempts to sanction Donald Rumsfeld, and call for his resignation. It is time as a nation that we demand accountability from the White House, and the Republican Party for their WRONG WAR in Iraq. We cannot be fooled into believing George Bush's rhetoric that the war in Iraq is the WAR ON TERROR...it is not, and we never should have been there.
Please, time the time to read this post that I penned for another of my blogs, then write the White House and your elected officials demanding the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld.
Last week Rumsfeld made news all around the world with his ATTACKS on those who question the war in Iraq...in no uncertain terms, he labeled people such as myself as appeasers of Islamofascists. For those who have read my blog, that statement is so far from the truth it's hysterical. I would challenge Rumsfeld's contention, and state that HE IS THE ONE WHO IS mentally and morally CONFUSED. His and George Bush's WRONG WAR in Iraq is a dismal failure, and Rumsfeld should be fired. For those who have short memories, allow me to make my case for the firing of the DUMB DONALD.
2002-Rumsfeld claims it will be a SHORT WAR with this statement:
"The Idea That It's Going to Be A Long, Long, Battle Is Belied by What Happened in 1990." 11/14/02
2002-Rumsfeld also claims that Iraqi's would sing and fly kites when liberated:
"Think of the faces in Afghanistan when the people were liberated, when they moved out in the streets and they started singing and flying kites and women went to school and people were able to function and other countries were able to start interacting with them. That's what would happen in Iraq." 9/13/02
So far, two predictions, both WAY OFF BASE, unless Rumsfeld wants to count citizens skirting around IED's as some kind of a dance of celebration? Let's continue.
2003-Rumsfeld states that on the outside, the war could last six months, though he was FAR MORE OPTIMISTIC:
..."it is not knowable if force will be used, but if it is to be used, it is not knowable how long that conflict would last. It could last, you know, six days, six weeks. I doubt six months." 2/7/03
As of today, over 2600 fine young American men and women have died in Rumsfeld's SIX MONTH WAR, and the number of troops in theatre in the desert sands is UP, not DOWN. Further, 19,323 additional troops have been SEVERELY maimed and/or injured since the start of the war. [www.icasualties.org, accessed 8/30/06]
Further, let's not forget INVOLUNTARY CAll Ups, and Stop-Loss Orders which keep soldiers on active duty even after they have FULFILLED their contractual duties!
"The Marine Corps said Tuesday that it would begin calling Marines back to active-duty service on an involuntary basis to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan -- the latest sign that the American force is under strain... the Iraq war has forced the Army, and now the Marines, to rely on the ready reserve to fill holes in the combat force." The call-ups were approved by President Bush. [Los Angeles Times, 8/23/06; Reuters, 8/22/06]
"For much of the conflict, the Army also has had to use "stop-loss orders" -- which keep soldiers in their units even after their active-duty commitments are complete -- as well as involuntary call-ups of its reservists. Both actions have been criticized as a "back-door draft" and are unpopular with service members, many of whom say they have already done their part." [Los Angeles Times, 8/23/06]
Morally and mentally BANKRUPT! Rumsfeld is a dismal failure, the information above enough to see him fired and sent packing. However; let's continue exploring his litany of mistakes, mishaps and OUT RIGHT LIES.
George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice and Donald Rumsfeld would just as soon see ALL AMERICANS forget about the Weapons of Mass Destruction we were told existed in Saddam's MIGHTY ARSENAL...in hindsight, how could Rumsfeld be worried about WMD's while at the same time predicting a SHORT WAR? The Dumb Donald not only told us Saddam had WMD's, but stated, "WE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE!"
2002: Rumsfeld Said Only Conclusion Possible Was That Iraq Was Accelerating WMD Programs. Rumsfeld told the House Armed Services Committee in 2002, "Knowing what we know about Iraq's history, no conclusion is possible except that they have and are accelerating their WMD programs." [House Armed Services Committee Hearing, 9/17/02]
2003: Rumsfeld Said "We Know Where" The WMD Are. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, when asked why the military had not found Iraq's weapons of mass destruction yet, Rumsfeld said, "We know where [the WMD] are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat." [ABC, 3/30/03]
We now know that George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld COOKED THE INTELLIGENCE, that they knew there were no WMD's. It's bad enough that Donald Rumsfeld was WRONG, but I will go to my grave believing he KNEW he was wrong, and just did not care.
2001 CIA Report Said Iraq Was Not Reconstituting WMD Programs. According to an unclassified CIA report sent to Congress in February 2001, Iraq was not reconstituting its WMD programs. The report explicitly said, "We do not have any direct evidence that Iraq has used the period since Desert Fox to reconstitute its WMD programs..." [Defense Daily, 2/27/01]
Rumsfeld Says That "It Turns Out" There Were No Weapons Of Mass Destruction. Rumsfeld stated that "It turns out that we have not found weapons of mass destruction." [AP 10/4/04]
The current calls for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation are not the first, yet George Bush seems content to "Stand by his man" in some sick Washington DC remake of Broke Back Mountain, and it is OUR TROOPS who are paying the price of Rumsfeld's stupidity with their blood. Any compassionate, sane person would send Rumsfeld packing, the above trail of failed strategies in the Iraq War enough to see Donald handed a pink slip, but sadly, there is even more.
Though George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld would have us believe we have enough troops on the ground, there were several GENERALS who tried to convince Rumsfeld that more troops would be needed. Unfortunately for our troops, he was CONVINCED he could fight the war on the cheap, and we now know that America never had enough boots on the ground in Iraq to SECURE THE PEACE.
Bremer Said "We Never Had Enough Troops" In Iraq. Bremer: "We paid a big price for not stopping it because it established an atmosphere of lawlessness," he said in a speech at an insurance conference in West Virginia. "We never had enough troops on the ground." [Washington Post, 10/5/04]
Pengaton Official: Rumsfeld Not Interested In Any Requests For More Troops. "The Pentagon official said Abizaid, who is regarded as more independent than his predecessor, Gen. Tommy Franks, has been repeatedly discouraged from asking for more soldiers because President Bush has publicly pledged to bring 25,000 troops home from Iraq before the November elections. 'Rumsfeld has made it clear to the whole building that he wasn't interested in getting any requests for more troops,' the Pentagon official said." Rumsfeld repeatedly said he thought no increase in end-strength was needed. [Seattle Times, 4/13/04; Weekly Standard, 1/17/05]
Rumsfeld And Wolfowitz Scoffed At Chief Of Staff's Troop Level Estimate. Both Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz took exception with an estimate for postwar troop requirements from Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, the Army's chief of staff. Shinseki told the Senate Armed Services Committee that "something on the order of several hundred thousand soldiers" could be necessary. Rumsfeld, speaking to reporters yesterday at the Pentagon, said he believed Shinseki's estimate "will prove to be high," but declined to say by how much. Wolfowitz was far more blunt in testimony Thursday before the House Budget Committee when asked to comment on Shinseki's estimate. "Way off the mark," he said. [Washington Post, 3/1/03]
How many of our fine fighting men and women have needlessly DIED because of inadequate troop strength in Iraq? How many HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of our tax dollars have been wasted on this FAILED WAR PLAN? Now, both Bush and Rumsfeld would have us believe we are making progress in Iraq, and that the country is not swirling down into a civil war...Rumsfeld has been quoted as late as August of this year denying a civil war is taking place in Iraq, though even today leaders of Iraq stated they have three maybe four months to keep the entire nation from imploding.
Rumsfeld Says There Is Violence, But No Civil War. When asked whether Iraq was fighting a civil war, Rumsfeld said, "There's no question there's a high level of sectarian violence...[which is] a shame...But it -- the people who look at it contend that they're not in it, and the government of Iraq says they're not in a civil war..." [Department of Defense News Briefing, 8/22/06]
Rumsfeld Agrees With Cheney That The Insurgency Is In Its Last Throes. When asked if he agreed with Cheney's assessment that the insurgency is in its "last throes" Rumsfeld replied that "last throes could be violent last throes just as well as placid or calm . . . look it up in the dictionary." While backing away from the implication of Cheney's comments that Iraq is getting safer, Rumsfeld continued to toe the party line by agreeing that the insurgency is in some form of "last throes." [Fox News Sunday, 6/26/05]
Despite Bush's ROSY REPORTS about winning the war on terror, despite Rumsfeld contention there is no civil war in Iraq, the EXPERTS disagree, which should be of no surprise.
Administration's Failure To Plan For Post-War Iraq Aided Insurgency. The Bush Administration's failure to plan adequately for the postwar period has been well documented. The Pentagon, for example, ignored extensive State Department studies of how to achieve stability after an invasion, administer a postwar government and rebuild the country. And Administration officials have acknowledged the mistake of dismantling the Iraqi army and canceling pensions to its veteran officers -- which many say hindered security, enhanced anti-U.S. feeling and aided what would later become a violent insurgency. [Washington Post, 6/12/05]
Generals Raised Fears Of Iraq Civil War. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on August 3, 2006, Generals Abizaid and Pace both expressed fears that Iraq was headed towards a civil war. Responding to questions about escalations in violence in recent weeks, General John Abizaid admitted that "Iraq could move toward civil war." He described the sectarian violence as "probably as bad as I have seen it " Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff concurred with Abizaid's assessment that Iraq was in danger of civil war on its current path. Pace said at the hearing, "We do have the possibility of that devolving into civil war." While Pace indicated that he did not see this path developing one year ago, Abizaid admitted that the trend has been consistent, saying that it was obvious one year ago that sectarian violence was on the rise. [AP, 8/3/06]
Former Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Said Iraq Was In Civil War. Iyad Allawi former Interim Iraqi Prime Minister and leader of the Iraqi National List a secular nationalist party made up of Sunnis and Shiites said that Iraq was already in a civil war. Allawi said, "It is unfortunate that we are in civil war. We are losing each day as an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more. If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is." [BBC, 3/19/06]
Experts Say Iraq Has Been In A Civil War Since 2004. "'By the standard that political scientists use, there's been a civil war going on in Iraq since sovereignty was handed over to the interim government in 2004, said Stanford University's James Fearon...American military analyst Stephen Biddle says U.S. policy-makers make a mistake if they 'miss the nature of the conflict, which in Iraq is already a civil war between rival ethnic and sectarian groups.'" [AP, 3/15/06; Los Angeles Times, 2/25/06; Washington Times, 3/15/06]
Bush is appearing on an almost daily basis with a new speech on the WAR ON TERROR. He would have you believe that WE ARE WINNING, but that we cannot give up the fight. He wants to label Democrats as the CUT AND RUN party in the hopes that he and his Republican cronies can steal ONE LAST ELECTION. Don't buy into the lies, realize that the WRONG WAR IN IRAQ is NOT THE WAR ON TERROR. Neither Bush nor Rumsfeld expected the kind of resistence they have come up against in Iraq. In fact, Rumsfeld was SO COCKY, he scarcely planned for the war.
Joint Chiefs Report: Planning Process Flawed And Rushed. In August 2003, the Joint Chiefs of Staff prepared a report assessing the post-war planning for Iraq. The report blamed "setbacks in Iraq on a flawed and rushed war-planning process." It also said "planners were not given enough time" to plan for reconstruction. [Washington Times, 9/3/03]
Generals Admit Bush Administration Never Had Concrete Plan for Post-War Iraq. Bush administration officials and military personnel admitted that there was never a real plan for post-war Iraq operations. Posed with the question of whether the Army had an outlined plan for peacekeeping in Iraq, V Corps Commander Lt. Gen. William Wallace said "Well, we're making this up here as we go along." A former-senior administration official said, "There was no real planning for postwar Iraq." Knight Ridder reported, "The disenchanted U.S. officials today think the failure of the Pentagon civilians to develop such detailed plans contributed to the chaos in post-Saddam Iraq. 'We could have done so much better,' lamented a former senior Pentagon official, who is still a Defense Department adviser." [Newsweek, 7/21/03; Knight Ridder, 7/12/03]
Administration's Failure To Plan Well Documented. The Bush administration's failure to plan adequately for the postwar period has been well documented. The Pentagon, for example, ignored extensive State Department studies of how to achieve stability after an invasion, administer a postwar government and rebuild the country. And administration officials have acknowledged the mistake of dismantling the Iraqi army and canceling pensions to its veteran officers -- which many say hindered security, enhanced anti-U.S. feeling and aided what would later become a violent insurgency. [Washington Post, 6/12/05]
In short, America's FINEST were sent into the desert sands on what can only be described as a whim! Sending troops into war should ALWAYS BE THE LAST RESORT, and when you send them into war, you had best have a carefully drawn out plan for the war, and it's AFTERMATH! Some of my friends paint me out as a radical liberal for calling for President Bush's impeachment...I on the other hand believe it's the only RIGHT THING TO DO if we truly honor the sacrifices of our fighting men and women.
Lastly, the proverbial final nail in Rumsfeld's coffin should be this...he sent our young men and women into war with inadequate equipment!
Soldiers Not Given Body Armor Needed. Over year after the beginning of the Iraq war soldiers being deployed to Iraq were still buying their own body armor. Responding to pressure from Senators, the Administration then sent soldiers to war with body armor they knew had failed ballistics tests, leading to a recall of more than 5000 armored vests in May 2005. [Periscope Daily Defense News, 5/11/05;AP, 3/26/04; FNS, Hearing of the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, 5/12/04; Marine Corps Times, 5/9/05]
Army Study Suggests One-Fourth of Deaths in Iraq Could Have Been Prevented If Troops Were Properly-Equipped at Beginning of War. Newsweek reported that many U.S. deaths and wounds in Iraq simply did not need to occur. According to an unofficial study by a defense consultant, as of April 15, 2004, perhaps one in four of those killed in combat in Iraq might be alive if they had had stronger armor around them. Almost all those soldiers were killed while in unprotected vehicles. Thousands more who were unprotected have suffered grievous wounds, such as the loss of limbs. [Newsweek, 5/3/04]
Rumsfeld Dismissed Shortage Of Armored Humvees, Told Troops To Go To War With What You Have. One soldier asked Rumsfeld why their combat vehicles were not properly armed. "We're digging pieces of rusted scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass that's already been shot up, drop, busted, picking the best out of this scrap to put in our vehicles to take into combat," he said. "You go to the war with the Army you have," Rumsfeld responded. "Not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later date." The response struck many military families as callous. [UPI, 12/9/04; CNN, 12/9/04]
If you are reading this, if you are a true American Patriot, you need to write George Bush, and your elected officials in Washington, DC demanding the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld.
Personally, i was hoping for another girl, as I think Japan's Royal Family needs to lighten up a bit, and a woman inheriting the throne would have been good for them. However, having spent some time in Japan, could not help but give this story a plug in my blog.
Japan princess gives birth to boy
Japan's Princess Kiko has given birth to a boy, who becomes the third-in-line to the imperial throne.
The 39-year-old princess gave birth by a Caesarean section after complications in the pregnancy.
Princess Kiko, wife of the current emperor's second son, already has two daughters but neither of them are allowed to ascend to the throne.
Her son becomes the first male heir to be born into Japan's royal family in more than four decades.
You have to love off color humor...especially when it targets a politician that every LOVES to HATE. This just in from the Sue Kelly Poop Sheet.
OK, as this blog's title suggests, I am one voter in the 19th Congressional District that is so very tired of Sue Kelly's Shit...in short, she needs to go (pun intended). Now, when we the voters throw her out of office in November, she's going to need a NEW OCCUPATION (not like she hasn't tried a few and failed already in life). Why not Pitch Woman for Madison Avenue?
As some of you remember, I posted a cartoon here and said we NEED a BOYCOTT of the Miller Brewing Company for financially SUPPORTING Racist Groups (La Raza) and the pro-illegal alien marches held this weekend...specifically, the march in Chicago. Well, the BOYCOT is on thanks to ALIPAC. Make your views known by NOT BUYING MILLER BEER, and by SELLING ALL MILLER BREWING COMPANY parent stocks on Tuesday!
It must be ELECTION SEASON again...I woke today to the news that a MAJOR terrorist had once again been captured in Baghdad, and is SINGING LIKE A CANARY, the administration promising that this COULD BE the turning point they have BEEN LOOKING FOR. I would ask the Bush/Cheney administration how DUMB they think we are, but if the past two elections are an indicator, I'll reserve that question until after November's BIG DAY.
Think about it folks...every time the pressure is on, when the president's poll numbers are threatening to dip to NEW LOWS, they pull a rabit out of the proverbial hat. Yes, they caught a MAJOR PLAYER today, but in the past three years, they have caught over NINETY supposed KEY PLAYERS....remember the deck of cards? Has it made a difference, have our troops STOPPED DYING?
Read the latest Pentagon report...THE WAR IS A FAILURE, and it is TIME FOR CHANGE in Washington, DC.
BAGHDAD, Sept. 3 -- U.S. and Iraqi forces have captured a top al-Qaeda in Iraq leader who ordered the bombing of a Shiite Muslim shrine in Samarra that triggered a wave of ferocious sectarian killings, Iraqi officials said Sunday.
The arrest of Hamed Jumaa Faris Juri al-Saeidi, described by Iraqi officials as the No. 2 leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, was the latest in a series of blows to the Sunni Arab insurgent group, believed responsible for numerous suicide attacks on civilians and other deadly violence. The group's former leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed by U.S. forces in June and replaced by Abu Ayyub al-Masri.
"The al-Qaeda organization in Iraq has been seriously weakened and is now suffering from a leadership vacuum," Iraq's national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, said at a news conference. Twenty senior al-Qaeda in Iraq fighters have been captured or killed based on information from Saeidi since his arrest within the past few weeks, Iraqi officials said.
We remember the commericals, "It's Miller Time!" Not any more, or at least not until the Miller Brewing Company reverses it's position of supporting ILLEGAL ALIENS. For those of you who are not aware, the Miller Brewing Company was the OFFICIAL SPONSOR of the Labor Day Weekend marches that support illegal aliens, and called for a WRONG AMNESTY for some 12-15 MILLION Illegal Aliens. It is time for a NATIONAL BOYCOTT of the Miller Brewing Company, and it is my hope that one of the fine organizations who TRUMPET LEGAL IMMIGRATION will step forward and organize a boycott that TRUE Americans can stand behind and support.
Let's show the Miller Brewing Company that a $30,000 donation to racist Latino Organizations (La Raza) that support criminal law breakers (Illegal Aliens) will cost them MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in beer sales across these United States of America.
Repeating a falsehood over and over again does NOT MAKE IT SO, though if Condi Rice, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Congress Woman Sue Kelly and President Bush have their say, they will tell us over and over and OVER again that the Iraq War is the war on terror, hoping that we will believe them, praying that we send the Republicans back into power for yet a THIRD time.
This past week Bush played good cop to Rumsfeld's bad cop as we were warned, those of us opposing the "stay the course" stategy in Iraq, those of us who faltered in our undying support of George Bush were APPEASERS to Islamofascists. My cheek is still stinging from that SLAP, but as an average American I am not given the chance to SLAP back, though slapping Donald Rumsfeld would give me great glee...think they would let me use a glove stuffed with dimes for the slap?
Reality, Iraq WAS NOT the war on TERROR, and Saddam Hussein DID NOT have anything to do with taking down the Twin Towers here in New York. There were no ATOM BOMBS, there was no smoking gun, and contrary to Bush's ascertions on the aircraft carrier over three years ago, the Mission IS NOT Accomplished where Iraq is concerned. How many failed to hear Condi Rice's words in a sub committee testimony where she refused to speculate on OUR TROOPS still being in Iraq TEN YEARS FROM NOW?
Meanwhile, the war we should be fighting sits on the back burner. North Korea has gotten far more dangerous, and Iran's lunatic of a president is perhaps a wink away from having THE BOMB while George Bush twiddles his thumbs and hopes for a Security Counsel Resolution for sanctions that will not work...do you REALLY feel safer?
What about Osama....his number two man, and his American Retard side kick have called on us to CONVERT to Islam...HELLO, that is the first step in declaring an attack in America is IMMINENT! Bush, Cheney, Rice ,Rumsfeld and Sue Kelly love to tell us they have kept us SAFE for FIVE WHOLE YEARS! WAKE UP AMEIRCA...did you hear President Clinton and the Democrats bragging after the first World Trade Center bombings that they had KEPT US SAFE for seven years, eight? Of course NOT...it's a SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY, a political three card monty you can use against your opponents UNTIL THE NEXT ATTACK COMES....stop falling for it America.
We need to get our eye back on the ball, we need more efforts put into taking apart Al-Qaeda, more efforts and dollars put into securing our OWN BORDERS and PORTS.
Al-Qaeda calls on US to convert
Al-Qaeda has urged non-Muslims - especially in the US - to convert to Islam, according to a new videotape.
The call is made by a man identified on the film as "Azzam the American", a convert also known as Adam Gadahn who is wanted for questioning by the FBI.
He says ignorance of Islam leads Westerners to accept wars waged by their governments and Israel against Muslim countries.
The video opens with an introduction by al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Separately, Palestinian militants who held two Fox News journalists hostage for almost two weeks last month vowed to target all non-Muslims who entered the Palestinian territories.
"Any infidel blood will have no sanctity," the Holy Jihad Brigades group said in a statement posted on the internet.
Al Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri issued a new videotape along with a man identified as an American member of the terror network, inviting Americans to convert to Islam. The American is identified as Adam Yehiye Gadahn, 28, from California.
Please take the time to at least browse these clippings, and ask yourselves...Stay the Course? I'll let Republican words, George Bush's words do the convicting of their flawed and wrong policies...I only hope America will learn from our history since Bush took office, and do the RIGHT THING come this November...do not believe Bush and Rumsfeld when they try to paint us out as appeasers.
Stay the Course?
The Bush administration has been noticeably silent on where it intends to go with North Korean policy, and this has caused unwelcome anxiety for key U.S. allies in the region. Although the Bush administration has urged patience, time is growing short. While Bush deserves adequate time to structure his own agenda for North Korea, he should ultimately emphasize to U.S. allies that he will stay the course on North Korea. A major disruption in current policy could cause severe damage to the region and to U.S. national interests.
March 12, 2003 - The President should “make clear to the Congress, to the American people, and to the people of Iraq that the United States will stay the course” after a war in Iraq, concludes the Council-sponsored Independent Task Force, Iraq: the Day After. Post-war stabilization and reconstruction could cost up to $20 billion a year for several years, and American public support is critical to sustaining that commitment.
At the start of the Iraq War two and a half years ago, President Bush declared that American troops would stay in Iraq "as long as necessary, and not a day more." How long that would be wasn't clear then, and it isn't any clearer today. During recent congressional testimony, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was asked, "Do you think five years from now some American forces will have come out?" She replied, "I don't want to speculate." Then a softer version of the same question: "What about 10 years from now?" After some brief wrangling, Rice replied, "I don't know how to speculate about what will happen 10 years from now."
|Bush vows to "stay the course" on anti-terror war|
"So long as I am president we will stay, we will fight and we will win the war on terrorism," Bush said in a speech in Nampa, Idaho, to members of the Idaho National Guard and their families. _____________________________________________________
December 27, 2004
by Patrick J. Buchanan
by Patrick J. Buchana
In the aftermath of the suicide bombing of the Mosul mess hall, we are being admonished anew we must stay the course in Iraq. But "Stay the course!" is no longer enough.
President Bush needs to go on national television and tell us the unvarnished truth. Why are we still there? For some of Bush's countrymen, there is a sense of having been had, of having been made victim to one of the great bait-and-switches in the history of warfare.
The president, his War Cabinet and the neocon punditocracy sold us on this war by implying Saddam was implicated in 9-11, that he had a vast arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, that he was working on an atom bomb, that he would transfer his terror weapons to Al Qaeda. We had to invade, destroy and disarm his axis-of-evil regime. Only thus could we be secure.
None of this was true. But the president won that debate and was given a free hand to invade Iraq. He did so, and overthrew Saddam's regime in three weeks. "Mission Accomplished!"
That was 20 months ago. What is our mission now? When did it change? With 1,300 dead and nearly 10,000 wounded, why are we still at war with these people?
Bush warns of 'work unfinished'
By Sean Loughlin
CNN Washington Bureau
Wednesday, January 21, 2004 Posted: 10:36 AM EST (1536 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Ten months before facing voters, President Bush used an upbeat State of the Union address Tuesday night to promote his stewardship of the nation at home and abroad and to call on Americans to stay the course.
Bush: US to 'Stay the Course' in Iraq
04 August 2005
President Bush said the videotaped threats are meant to force the United States to pull its troops out of Iraq and abandon broader efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.
"He is saying, 'leave'. As I have told the American people, people like Zawahiri have an ideology that is dark, dim, backwards," said the president. "They don't appreciate women, if you don't agree with their narrow view of a religion, you will be whipped in the public square. That's their view. And they have tactics to help spread that view."
President Bush said he will stay the course in Iraq and complete the job there, only withdrawing U.S. troops once Iraqi forces are better able to handle more of their own security.
MAY 24, 2004
How Long To "Stay The Course" In Iraq?
Approval for the Bush Administration's open-ended commitment is eroding
How long will America's commitment to its Iraq mission last? In the year since the U.S. invasion, that question has received little scrutiny. For Republicans and most Democrats, the mantra has been simple: "Stay the course." With Saddam Hussein in jail and Iraq's potential as a haven for weapons of mass destruction neutralized, both parties willingly backed an open-ended troop commitment to install a stable, democratic government in Baghdad and, in Bush Administration dreams, throughout the Islamic world.
CAMP DAVID (ILNS) — President Bush once again mocked calls for U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq as “election-year politics from cut and run liberals who can’t seem to remember 9/11 so they would endanger our security and disrespect our brave men and women just to make personal attacks against me. It's bad policy. I know it may sound like good policy politically to some who would cut and run, but it will endanger our country to pull out of Iraq before we accomplish the mission, which is to stay the course. As long as we stay the course, we’ll leave that decision [of when to withdraw] to our military commanders on the ground."
As we suggested late last week, in the aftermath of the “success” in killing al-Zarqawi, Bush is back to Cowboy George mode with regards to Iraq, telling his troops in Congress to buck it up, start talking Victory in Iraq, and to bash Democrats who don’t share such “last throes” optimism as being quitters, unpatriotic, and worse. The New York Times runs a story today about how the White House and GOP are now grasping at making Iraq a campaign positive this fall, when just a few weeks ago the midterm election plan was to ramp down any talk of Iraq and to talk up the economy.
Staying the course? So did the Titanic!
Less than a year ago, George Bush spoke to reporters at the White House about his strategy for dealing with insurgency in Iraq. In a moment of embarrassing bravado he snarled to the world: Bring ‘em on! And guess what... they came.
They came from every quarter: the Shia who hated Saddam and the Sunis who supported him. They came from newly recruited terror groups, and from across unguarded borders. Roadside explosions and suicide bombs took their daily toll, and Iraq gradually spiraled into a region of greater and greater chaos and death. Today, as new battles erupt each day, and no one knows for certain the face of the insurgency, the quagmire deepens. Today, close to 900 coalition troops and thousands of Iraqis have died, and so very, very many have been maimed for life.
Stay the course, Bush says
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- President Bush said yesterday his reelection will ensure safety for Americans as well as for those in the rest of the world in the war against terrorism.
''After four years more in this office I want people to look back and say, 'The world is a more peaceful place,' " Bush told supporters at a community college in Iowa. ''Four more years and America will be safer and the world will be more peaceful."
In justifying having gone to war in Iraq, the president said: ''You can't just hope for the best. You have to lead."
The Independent October 28, 2003
By Andrew Buncombe
President Bush said the US would "stay the course" in Iraq yesterday as the latest wave of violence raised questions about America's timetable for withdrawal of its forces.
Mr Bush and officials sought to blame "desperate" insurgents for the bombings, claiming that America's success in rebuilding Iraq was motivating such attacks.
"The more progress we make on the ground, the more free the Iraqis become, the more electricity that's available, the more jobs are available, the more kids that are going to school, the more desperate these killers become," he said after a meeting at the White House with his senior administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer. "[They] can't stand the thought of a free society. They hate freedom. They love terror. They love to try to create fear and chaos." He added: "It's in the national interest of the United States that a peaceful Iraq emerges, and we will stay the course in order to achieve this."
This weekend is one of those SPECIAL holidays here in America. We fly our American flags proudly, cook steaks on the grill, drink a few icy cold beers, and reflect on patriotism, our loved ones who are in harms way, or who have given their lives in the name of OUR FREEDOMS. This year, those thoughts leave a bitter taste in my mouth when it comes to our president...I do not honor nor respect the man, do not endorse his wrong sighted policy of Stay THE COURSE.
In less than two months we go to the polls, and there is much riding on our decisions. Bush and Rumsfeld have trotted out the dead dog and wounded pony, want every one to believe that anyone who opposes them or their Iraq War are wrong, are appeasers of Islamofascism terrorists...are we?
Ask yourselves, has Bush's wrong war really been worth the 2600 plus young American lives snuffed out, almost before they began. Perhaps for people like George Bush, Dick Cheney and even Republican Congress Woman Sue Kelly, all who know their children, as humans of priviledge will not serve, the answer is yes, but what about for those in the lower and middle class who are asked to pay this heavy price in the name of the rich and elite, and their wrong war in the desert sands...has it been worth the price, is continuing to Stay The Course worth the loss of more of our young heroes?
Before you answer, I give you this little statement and image:
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