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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:09 AM
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Rumsfeld warns against early Iraq troop pull-out

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N03235454.htm

Rumsfeld warns against early Iraq troop pull-out

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned on Thursday against pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq prematurely, saying it would be seen as a victory by extremists who want to control a region extending beyond the Middle East.

"If we left Iraq prematurely as the terrorists demand, the enemy would tell us to leave Afghanistan and then withdraw from the Middle East," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing.

"And if we left the Middle East, they'd order us and all those who don't share their militant ideology to leave what they call the occupied Muslim lands from Spain to the Philippines," he said.

"And then we would face not only the evil ideology of these extremists, but an enemy that will have grown accustomed to succeeding in telling free people everywhere what to do."
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:12 AM
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1. Like falling dominoes, says Rummy....
Where have I heard that one before?
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:39 AM
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9. Dominos??? mmmmmm-extra cheese on mine
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:42 AM
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10. You beat me to it
I couldn't stop myself from hearing Uncle Henry's voice as I read that story. Now I'm gonna be all creeped out for the rest of the day.
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:12 AM
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2. Same logic as his famous..."there are knowns and unknowns".
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:13 AM
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3. He is disgusting.
I'm so glad I don't live in their bizarro reality.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:13 AM
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4. NO! It would look like the failure of Rumsfield's Plan!
All this BS taht he is spewing is just defending HIS failed "fight on the cheap" plan!

Also, If you watched even a bit of that hearing, you could see just how much he didn't want to be there!!!!
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:15 AM
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6. BINGO!
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:13 AM
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5. The war will take a couple of months at the most
We will be greeted as liberators. Iraq will pick up the tab.

3 and half years later, "If we left Iraq prematurely."

"Conservative" leadership personified.
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grytpype Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:21 AM
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7. "We have to stay so the extremists don't think they won."
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 10:22 AM by grytpype
That's the mission now.

He's letting what extremists think determine our policy.
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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:34 AM
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8. It's a shame his father didn't pull out early, too
But seriously: early? Even bandwagon warmongers who didn't grok the neocons plans would have thought 3+ years later could not be called early.
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ckramer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:57 AM
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11. Sure Rummy, if you don't care about that two soldiers died per day
I know you don't give a *****.

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E-Z-B Donating Member (438 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:25 AM
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12. Pull out "prematurely"?! It's been 3 years!!!
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:31 AM
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13. "blah blah blah blah"
SOS (same old stuff)
MOS (more of same)
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Miss Chybil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:52 AM
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14. Yes, and you have such a proven track record of sane, ethical
and successful ideas we will continue to listen to you, Rummyboy.
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 01:32 PM
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15. "telling free people everywhere what to do" - did I miss something ????
.
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Y'all feel real "free" down there?

hmmmmm

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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:52 PM
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16. rumsferatu -- all those delicious dead bodies for him to feed on.
nope -- don't want to pull out of iraq too early.
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:25 PM
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17. he should warn about himself.
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