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Mind_your_head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 02:20 AM
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1. uh-oh......Did someone make Mr. Durbin "an offer he couldn't refuse"?
Complete article referred to in OP (it's only 4 paragraphs total):

The no. 2 Democrat in the Senate the assistant majority leader, Richard Durbin of Illinois is conceding that the surge of American troops has led to military progress in Iraq.

His comments make him the second Democratic leader in 10 days to make comments that could open the door for the majority party in Congress to pivot away from its insistence on a deadline for an American retreat.

Speaking to CNN yesterday while visiting Baghdad, Mr. Durbin said, "We found that today as we went to a forward base in an area that, in the fifth year of the war, it's the first time we're putting troops on the ground to intercept Al Qaeda."

Those words are a long way from a statement Mr. Durbin made on the floor of the Senate on May 16. Then, just before voting for an amendment to set a hard deadline for the withdrawal of troops, he said there was no hope for Iraq: "This morning, the White House announced that the president has finally found a general who will accept the responsibility for the execution of this war. Why did four generals before him refuse this assignment? Because those four generals know, the American people know, and this Senate knows that the administration's policy in Iraq has failed."
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Then I stepped closer, reached my right hand into the other pocket, bent down next to his face, and whispered, In here I got a gun and a bullet with your name on it in case you decide to keep your campaign promises. I stepped back, sat down, and recited a little list for him, of presidents who were assassinated or overthrown because they defied their Uncle Sam

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  -Did Durbin concede that the Surge Is working today? seemslikeadream  Aug-09-07 02:01 AM   #0 
  - uh-oh......Did someone make Mr. Durbin "an offer he couldn't refuse"?  Mind_your_head   Aug-09-07 02:20 AM   #1 
  - As I see it, Al Qaeda looks like a very small part of the civil war in Iraq.  liberaldemocrat7   Aug-09-07 04:55 AM   #5 
     - Seriously. Durbin must have made a stop in Afghanistan first ... for a little "joy popping"  Buzz Clik   Aug-09-07 01:01 PM   #19 
  - I'd trust the New York Sun...  regnaD kciN   Aug-09-07 03:57 AM   #2 
  - Some of the Reporters over in Iraq say positive things  OHdem10   Aug-09-07 04:26 AM   #3 
  - Excellent post. Strong points illustrated!  Buzz Clik   Aug-09-07 01:07 PM   #20 
  - We're winning every battle... and losing the war  krispos42   Aug-09-07 04:33 AM   #4 
  - What was the surge supposed to do? Maybe it is working.  billyoc   Aug-09-07 05:45 AM   #6 
  - It's 180 degrees in Iraq right now. Even the insurgents are smart enough  B Calm   Aug-09-07 06:15 AM   #7 
  - the surge is working....the problem is in the details  madrchsod   Aug-09-07 06:39 AM   #8 
  - I wouldn't have attempted it with less than 500,000 troops to start  Progressive_In_NC   Aug-09-07 06:58 AM   #9 
     - i think that was the figure the reporter was talking about!  madrchsod   Aug-09-07 12:19 PM   #10 
  - Any surge is a temporary measure  mmonk   Aug-09-07 12:24 PM   #11 
  - No, I don't think Durbin's conceding anything,  seasonedblue   Aug-09-07 12:28 PM   #12 
  - go to page 2  LSK   Aug-09-07 12:28 PM   #13 
  - No, but it was close enough for the idiots across the country and on websites to think so.  BlooInBloo   Aug-09-07 12:30 PM   #14 
  - Perhaps you should read this  blogslut   Aug-09-07 12:37 PM   #15 
  - Even if violence is reduced to zero, the occupation is unjustified  antiimperialist   Aug-09-07 12:39 PM   #16 
  - No. He didn't.  in_cog_ni_to   Aug-09-07 12:51 PM   #17 
  - Cherry Picked By A Right Wing Rag...  KharmaTrain   Aug-09-07 12:56 PM   #18 
  - If we all agree that the surge is working, can we bring them home?  Buzz Clik   Aug-09-07 01:08 PM   #21 

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