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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:08 AM
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Bush making new push to bolster support for Iraq

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N10278089.htm

Bush making new push to bolster support for Iraq


WASHINGTON, March 10 (Reuters) - Amid rising sectarian violence in Iraq, President George W. Bush will make a new push to bolster support for his Iraq policy in a series of speeches that begin on Monday.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said on Friday the objective would be to update Americans on "our strategy for victory in Iraq," to talk about progress on the ground and "the lessons we have learned and how we are acting and adapting to fix what was not working."

Bush has been hampered by low public approval ratings caused in part by American dissatisfaction with his handling of the Iraq war.

The speeches coincide with the approaching three-year anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, a war launched originally to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, which were never found.

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OKNancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:15 AM
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1. Duplicate - LOL - oops sorry
How many times has this been posted? "Bush making new push on Iraq."

Push Bush would be a better idea.
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Sadie5 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:25 AM
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16. Yeah- just give him more money
This is what it's all about any way. Bush and his friends just keep getting richer at the expense of the middle class.
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Systematic Chaos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:15 AM
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2. Why does he even bother anymore?
72% of the American public won't be that easily swayed. :rofl:
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:20 AM
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3. See, if I just explain it to you again . . .
Another round of simplistic speeches where the Crawford Coward repeats over and over again that he "understands" the most elementary points: Terrorists bad, freedom good. A strategy for victory in Iraq? Gee, that's nice George; we've only been entangled there for three fucking years. You finally decided it's time for a strategy?

I understand.
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arewenotdemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 02:07 PM
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36. He's still not desperate enough to play his ace,
the Barney/armadillo, U.S./terrorists analogy.

"The killers dug themselves into a hole in Iraq, and we've got them where we want them now, see."
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:20 AM
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4. update Americans on "our strategy for victory in Iraq,"
We have a strategy?
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:02 AM
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32. his strategy = "BRING EM ON"
He is delusional if he thinks "his words" will help sway opinions
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:21 AM
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5. one word:
"cakewalk."

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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:22 AM
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6. Translation of "lessons learned"
No one could have anticipated (fill in the blank)

And if no one could have anticipated it - it can't be anyone's fault

that's ALL "lessons learned" means

Yeah - we fucked up - but it's not our fault - so we are going to do this (and "this" ALWAYS means the continuation of the very thing that's being fucked up)

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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:32 AM
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10. the 'lessons learned" mantra is forget the past--go forward with the same.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:33 AM
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11. Exactly
thats what I said - 'cept I used more words. :)
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:05 AM
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33. Lessons learned??? What the hell happened to 'Mission Accomplished'
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earthboundmisfit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:22 AM
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7. How much do these asinine "speeches" cost us?
And for what? What a complete ass. :mad:
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riona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:27 AM
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8. forget the happy ending cinderella
the fairy godmother just retired
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:30 AM
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9. so Bush is going to 'update' us. whow--lets see what is new!
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:37 AM
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12. Everytime he opens his mouth, support for his position declines
I enthusiastically support his new push. :evilgrin:
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RedEarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:47 AM
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13. Here we go again ..... trotting out the same line of BS ...
he just did this a few months ago
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:51 AM
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14. this would be amusing
if it didn't involve a huge waste of my tax dollars on AF1 traveling around to captive military bases with thousand dollar backdrops.
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alarcojon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:52 AM
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15. Oh brother
Why does he bother? Each new speech makes him seem more and more out of touch.
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Nickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:33 PM
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20. Sounds like a good plan to me. Heck, let him travel the country non-stop.
Sure would keep him out of trouble and remind everyone what they have currently occupying the WH.
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baby_mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:12 PM
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17. ? What does he think's going to happen?

Does he think that just saying things makes them true?
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alarcojon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:31 PM
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19. That is one aspect of a narcissistic, grandiose personality
May he continue to tank in the polls.
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:30 PM
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18. Good to know that there is a "strategy for victory in Iraq." I was
getting worried for a minute there. Great News! :sarcasm:
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:24 PM
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21. train the Iraqi police
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 09:59 AM
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22. Bush Goes on Offensive To Explain War Strategy (to hit 'pessimism)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

Bush Goes on Offensive To Explain War Strategy
Speeches to Combat Public Pessimism

By Michael A. Fletcher
Washington Post Staff Writer


....The initiative is modeled on a similar effort the White House rolled out in November and December, when Bush gave four speeches, acknowledging setbacks, pointing out how the military had adapted its strategy and highlighting the administration's plans for victory. That effort, coupled with the success of another round of elections in Iraq, helped the president's approval rating to rebound a little, before it fell again amid the latest wave of violence.

Bush's planned speeches on Iraq come as that nation's fledgling democracy is struggling to put together a unity government against a backdrop of intense sectarian violence. The bombing of a revered Shiite shrine in Samarra on Feb. 22 ignited a series of attacks and counterattacks that have killed hundreds and brought the nation to the brink of civil war.

"There are some who are trying to, obviously, sow the seeds of sectarian strife," Bush said, during remarks to a group of community newspaper publishers yesterday. "They fear the advancement of a democracy. They blow up shrines in order to cause this Iraqi democracy that is emerging to go backwards, to not emerge."

Bush praised Iraqis for so far not escalating the ongoing crisis into a full-fledged civil war. "As I said earlier, there was -- no question there was violence and killing, the society took a step back from the abyss," Bush said. "And people took a sober reflection about what a civil war would mean."
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kurth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 09:59 AM
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23. Yeah, the Strategic Thinker speaks
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 09:59 AM
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28. he constantley tells us what a grand decision-maker he is. It is his duty.
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bullimiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 09:59 AM
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24. hes always offensive.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 09:59 AM
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25. Sounds more like Bush's version of Carter's malaise speech from 1979
Keep it up Baby Bush, and you'll be in the 20's in a few months.
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 09:59 AM
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26. "...that country's fledgling democracy..." Who needs the new dictionary.
Me or the author of that article?
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 09:59 AM
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27. 'the society took a step back from the abyss,"
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 09:59 AM
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29. thank you, shrub! keep your sucky performance on the front page!
i like this much better than them coming up with yet another racist/sexist/homophobic/christofascist distraction issue like freedom fries or flag burning....
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NewHampshireDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 09:59 AM
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30. Sure to be as successful as his roadtrip to promote SS 'reform'
Edited on Sat Mar-11-06 09:46 AM by NewHampshireDem
More Americans than ever will be convinced of the futility of inCurious George's Misadventure.

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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:00 AM
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31. Warning , Will Robinson, Naked Emperor on parade.
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:29 PM
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35. Check out this phrase:
"That effort, coupled with the success of another round of elections in Iraq, helped Bush's approval rating to rebound a little, before it fell again amid the latest wave of violence".

You know what that reminds me of? An old rattle-trap car which is on its last gasps. You're constantly fixing it, putting in some air in the old tires which are about to go flat, pouring in some oil so the engine won't explode.

It doesn't matter because the old heap is about to die, anyway.
* * * * *

Also, notice Bush's words, "people took a SOBER reflection" SHAME on Bush for using that word, the drunk.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 03:15 PM
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37. In other words that old rattle-trap car will nickle and dime ya to
death.

The American people are feeling the pinch and won't go for any more of junior's two for a nickle one for dime bullshit.
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antonialee839 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:17 AM
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34. Mr. Bush should just stay home.
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reprobate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 03:35 PM
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38. Didn't Ole Joe Goebells say "repeat a lie often enough it becomes truth"?


That's the paradym Mad George us working under. Unfortunately, when the people start laughing when they hear it, that particular paradym has lost it's kick.

Time to get some new writers, George.
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JohnnyLib Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:20 PM
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39. Repeating a lie
Yes, people are laughing now. But, it took many more years for the tide to really turn re: the Vietnam conflict. We have much more work to do.
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