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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:47 PM
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$US87 billion enough to restore Iraq stability: Bremer
The US administrator for Iraq, Paul Bremer, insisted that the $US87 billion President George W Bush has requested from Congress will be enough to return order in the country.

In a television interview, Mr Bremer also told how Iraq has drastically changed since a US-led force overthrew President Saddam Hussein in April.

Congress will soon start debating whether to approve the $US87 billion of public money Mr Bush requested this month to police and rebuild Iraq over the next year.

Mr Bremer said "I am confident the $US87 billion will be sufficient to put Iraq on the path of stability".

Despite the almost daily attacks on US forces and symbols of the new authority, Mr Bremer insisted that the situation in Iraq has "dramatically" changed for the better.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s951381.htm
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mhr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:53 PM
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1. The Spin and Backpeddling Has Begun
Seems that Senator Kennedy's crticism has the BFEE on the run!
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:57 PM
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2. What bullshit
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 01:01 PM by lebkuchen
What about all those billions congress has already doled out to the Bushies but can't account for? Kennedy says they're being used as bribes to get the "coalition of the unwilling" to help us out with more international troops because our own deployed are falling like flies--the Bushie administration refuses UN help because it doesn't want to turn all that oil over to the UN.

Everyday Bremer stalls on returning government control to the Iraqis, he risks the loss of more troop deaths.

Furthermore,

Our National Guard is as pissed as hell about being deployed for 16 months or longer. Their purpose for joining the Guard was so they wouldn't have to deploy. Do you think Bush would have joined the Guard if he had thought he'd had any chance of deploying? Hardly. Under the Bushie regime, the National Guard deployment will be longer than that of the active duty! Bush has guaranteed that our National Guard numbers will depreciate faster than Enron stock. Whose going to fill the gaps?

Events in Iraq are falling to shit. That's one thing we can all be "confident" of.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:33 PM
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10. Danke, Lebkuchen
Du hast einfach alles deutlich gesagt.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 01:03 PM
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3. 78 billion to destabilize, 87 billion to restabilize
not a bad racket if you have no soul.
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kysrsoze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 01:36 PM
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4. You can build a whole damned country from the ground up for $87B!
Come on!
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damnraddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 02:12 PM
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5. I wonder: would $87 billion be enough to return order to the U.S.?
A reasonable economic order. Orderly enforcement of civil rights. An orderly, democratic political process.

Probably not -- because the Bushistas have a definition of 'order' that involves ordering everyone else arround, while picking their pockets. And because the Bushistas have already given away far more than $87 billion to the rich. Still, the $87 billion would be a nice place to start. And Iraq could be rebuilt for far less -- if the U.S. would get out and stay out.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 02:14 PM
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6. Remember "America First"
We needs to modify it to "Fix America First".

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legin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:03 PM
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7. From the Senate hearing on CSAN the other day
The reconstruction costs are estimated to be 50 - 75 bn (probably more). That is just reconstruction, there is also the 4bn per month cost of the army on top of that. So the 21bn that is set aside in the 87bn for reconstruction is just the first installment.

"I am confident the $US87 billion will be sufficient to put Iraq on the path of stability", are carefully chosen words.
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Maeve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:05 PM
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8. Headline doesn't match the report
Note: "$US87 billion enough to restore Iraq stability: Bremer"

As opposed to:"I am confident the $US87 billion will be sufficient to put Iraq on the path of stability".

"on the path" is NOT the same as "reaching the goal"
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jayfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:30 PM
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9. But, But, But I Keep Hearing The Neo-Cons Say...
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 04:31 PM by jayfish
that the 87bil. isnt just for Aye-rack. It's for the continuing war on terra. I guess there will be another supplemental request down the road shortly. A lie of omission is still a lie you festering bastards.

Jay


-On Edit-
500 came a lot sooner than I thought.
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Maeve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:33 PM
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11. Blackmailers always come back for more money
"Pay up or the terrorists win!"

And congrats on 500!
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karlschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:44 PM
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12. "...Iraq has drastically changed..." Yeah, no shit.
:eyes:
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