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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:51 PM
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Bremer Warns Senators of Terrorism Risks of Iraq Denied Rebuilding Funds
Bremer Warns Senators of Terrorism Risks of Iraq Denied Rebuilding Funds
By Ken Guggenheim Associated Press Writer
Published: Sep 22, 2003




WASHINGTON (AP) - Iraq could become a haven for terrorists if the United States does not provide money needed to help rebuild the country, the U.S. administrator told senators Monday as he urged them to approve an $87 billion spending request.

"If terrorists cannot find a congenial state sponsor, they thrive in chaotic environments with little or no effective government," L. Paul Bremer told the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Bremer's appearance before the committee began a weeklong push by the Bush administration for approval of its $87 billion request for Iraq. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. said he hopes to begin debate on the Senate floor next week.

Bremer was defending the part of the request receiving the most scrutiny from lawmakers: $20.3 billion for Iraqi reconstruction. This includes $5.1 billion for training Iraqi security personnel, $5.7 billion for rebuilding the electricity system, $3.7 billion for water treatment and other public works and $2.1 billion for oil facilities. (snip/...)

http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAOF6DWWKD.html
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hadrons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:54 PM
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1. Iraq could become a haven for terrorists .... COULD BECOME???
is Bremer still on vacation???
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:21 PM
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8. Bremer must not have noticed that in the last few months, Iraq has become
a haven for terrorists. Who would have thunk it?
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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:54 PM
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2. And we invaded Iraq for what...
It's a Greek tragedy...
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Homer12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:54 PM
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3. Bremer must have has his clear-eyed conservative realist glassess On!
Their already IS an existing terrorist problem.


Rummy already admitted it that this was the PLAN all along; the reason we invaded Iraq in the first place.

Man, the Neo-cons really need to compare notes before they open their mouths.
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:55 PM
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4. Let me get this straight
We invade a country and dismantle its infrastructure. Now, unless we give all our tax money (what's left of it) to a bunch U.S. corporations who also happen to be big Republican donors and cronies to rebuild what we broke, we are increasing the chances of a terrorist attack?
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Demobrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:55 PM
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5. Now there's a subtle threat.
Give us the money, or the terrorists are gonna git ya. Probably a preview of W's speech tomorrow.
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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:05 PM
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6. These guys even think about what their saying?
""If terrorists cannot find a congenial state sponsor, they thrive in chaotic environments with little or no effective government," L. Paul Bremer told the Senate Appropriations Committee."

chaotic environments produced by lack of international laws and standards, systematic attacks on the integrity of international insitutions, global cop imperialism, illegal detention and torture, corporate cronyism--

OH that would explain Afghanistan I guess...
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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:08 PM
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7. More bullshit
piled higher and deeper..Also sort of blackmail. Another con job on the gullible. More pap for the chickenhawks.

Gee...180
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:26 PM
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9. if Halliburton doesn't get more $$, they'll start killing people for it...
is basically what he is saying...

"don't pay attention to this money, look not upon the receipts, for terra-ists will strike if you do not cough up the cash PRONTO!


:eyes:
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:40 PM
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10. You boys have some nice countries there...shame if anything Bad...
happened to them.

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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:20 PM
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11. Bremer was in front of Senate committees today
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 06:26 PM by realFedUp
Sat in front of Senator Byrd and Dominici (I think) asking
for $20 billion "supplemental" money. No other Senators were in
the room at the end and the Byrdman pleaded for another
hearing with Bremer with a full panel of Senators. Dominici
said there rarely was a hearing for "emergency" supplemental
money.
The Byrdman gave a short but impassioned speech about not
wanting to invade Iraq originally...that the costs of this
invasion and rebuild is more than the American people were
ever told about etc.
He was good and made his point in the record.

I think granting $20 billion is a big deal.
Let's all see an itemized list of where the money's going.
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:24 PM
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12. OH! I GET IT NOW!
THAT'S why they were protesting....Ahhhh, now I understand...Gee, who'da thunk it, those crazy hippies were right...
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