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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 09:54 AM
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Bush: We can't jeopardize gains in Iraq
Edited on Wed Mar-19-08 10:04 AM by maddezmom
Source: AP

WASHINGTON - Five years after launching the invasion of Iraq, President Bush strongly signaled Wednesday that he won't order troop withdrawals beyond those already planned because he refuses to "jeopardize the hard-fought gains" of the past year.

As anti-war activists demonstrated around downtown Washington, the president spoke at the Pentagon to mark the war anniversary. He gave a strong defense of his decision to go to war and continue it and linked the fighting there to the global battle against al-Qaida.

"The battle in Iraq is noble, it is necessary, and it is just. And with your courage the battle in Iraq will end in victory," he told an audience of Pentagon brass, soldiers and diplomats.

Bush made some of his most expansive claims of success in the fighting there. He said the increase of 30,000 troops that he ordered to Iraq last year has turned "the situation in Iraq around." He also said that "Iraq has become the place where Arabs joined with Americans to drive al Qaida out."



Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080319/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush... ;_ylt=AvmDWX08.fnVG05XPa7K0gYD5gcF



delusional as ever :eyes:

Five-Year Iraq Conflict Has Caused Massive Refugee Crisis; IRC Commission Calls U.S. / World Response 'Grossly Inadequate'
18 Mar 2008 15:42:00 GMT
Source: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
International Rescue Committee
Website: http://www.theIRC.org/iraqi-refugees

The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq five years ago and its violent aftermath have produced one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time, yet the "Coalition of the Willing" has been mostly unwilling to own up to it and provide adequate aid for the innocent bystanders.

More than four million Iraqi civilians are estimated to be uprooted by horrific violence and in dire need of help in a crisis that is largely hidden from the public and ignored by the international community, according to a report issued today by the International Rescue Committee's Commission on Iraqi Refugees. The report, "Five Years Later, a Hidden Crisis," is available at www.theIRC.org/iraqi-refugees.

more:http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/fromthefield/220270/120...

The Children of Iraq: 5 Years on
As this week marks the fifth anniversary of the Coalition invasion of Iraq, some steps have been taken to improve the lives of those displaced; Jordan has opened up it's classrooms to 50,000 Iraqi refugees this academic year, and an amnesty was issued for those refugees living in Lebanon hundreds of whom were had been imprisoned for many months simply for being refugees. But more action is urgently needed if we are to offer meaningful hope to the trapped generation of Iraqi youth.

The war, which promised to be decisive and short-lived, has turned into one of the world's greatest humanitarian crises, the effects of which have spilled across the entire region.


'The scale of the crisis facing the people of Iraq, inside and outside its borders, is so great that it's neighbours simply do not have the necessary resources to cope,' said World Vision's Advocacy Director for the Middle East, Sharon Payt.
more:http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/fromthefield/wvmeero/ac...


Securing Oil Supplies: VP Cheney Visits Oman

March 19, 2008
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Visiting U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney is expected to hold talks Wednesday evening with Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said in Omani capital Muscat over regional issues, news reaching said.

Cheney arrived in Muscat on Tuesday after winding up a two-day surprise visit to Iraq, where he described the increasingly unpopular U.S.-led invasion of Iraq a "successful endeavor".

But the official Oman News Agency and local media made no mention of his arrival.

The Iranian nuclear issue is expected to be the focus of the upcoming meeting between Cheney and Sultan Qaboos.

Oman, which shares with Iran the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic marine passage for some 30 percent of the world's oil supply, maintains good relations with Iran.


more:
http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/news/newsbyid.asp?NS=1&...
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 09:59 AM
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1. No you can't...
...as there are no "gains in Iraq".
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democrat_patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 10:00 AM
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2. Gen. Petraeus thinks differently gw...


'General David Petraeus, set to testify on the Iraq war to the US Congress next month, told the Washington Post "no one" in the US and Iraqi governments "feels that there has been sufficient progress by any means in the area of national reconciliation," or in the provision of basic public services.'

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/3...
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ryanmuegge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 12:32 PM
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12. He'll change his shit up when he actually testifies, I'm sure of it.
Edited on Wed Mar-19-08 12:33 PM by ryanmuegge
He's nothing more than a political operative, no matter what kind of Halloween costume he comes in with.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-20-08 04:45 AM
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13. Yes "Betrayus" will cozy up to the big chimp
And proclaim how bright(the thing Below) is when dealing with Islamics

Betrayus is just another enabling War criminal

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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 10:00 AM
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3. Hmmmmmmm
Edited on Wed Mar-19-08 10:01 AM by 0007
Can you find the idiot in this photo Hint* the codpiece


Hint* the codpiece
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Harry Monroe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 10:16 AM
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4. $12 Billion per month
While we try to hold on to our "gains" in Iraq, we are "losing" at home. Nice going Bonzo, you're doing the terrorists job for them by bankrupting us in our country. Bin Laden doesn't have to make any kinds of spectacular terrorist acts, he is watching us from a cave somewhere on the Pakistani/Afghan border laughing his ass off while we bleed ourselves to death. We've played right into his hands; we don't have to go looking for him because we know where the true terrorist lives. FBI, look no further than this address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C. Want to win this war on terrorism?? Arrest the resident living there.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 10:19 AM
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5. "And it's all cause of my brilliant republicon Decidership. Smirk." - Commander AWOL
Edited on Wed Mar-19-08 10:22 AM by SpiralHawk
Bush's War "Gains' FIVE YEARS LATER

3,990 US Troops Killed
29,395 Wounded
2,100 Have Tried To Commit Suicide
88% Of Military Officers Say War Has Stretched US Thin
82,000-89,000 Iraqi Casualties
4, 500,000 000 Iraqi Refugees
Oil prices sky high


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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 10:46 AM
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6. Check out the language.
He's trying to do something to lock us into the war in Iraq long after he's gone.
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Serial Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 10:59 AM
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7. And another lie here! I heard it and was infuriated!
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/03/2008031...

When the Iraqi regime was removed, it did not lay down its arms and surrender. Instead, former regime elements took off their uniforms and faded into the countryside to fight the emergence of a free Iraq. And then they were joined by foreign terrorists who were seeking to stop the advance of liberty in the Middle East and seeking to establish safe havens from which to plot new attacks across the world.

Bremer and Dubya fired those "former regime elements" - the soldiers and police, instead of paying them their salary to provide for their families! Of course they were going to fight for what was theirs!

I.D.I.O.T.S. - ALL OF THEM AT THIS MISADMINISTRATION
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apnu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 11:49 AM
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8. What fucking gains is he talking about?
The lack of clean water? The lack of a stable power grid? Unexploded cluster bombs littering urban areas? Terror free elections? Hell, proper elections? Stable economy? Stable exports? Stable, violence free, neighborhoods?

Where are these fucking gains George... where?!
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apnu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 11:52 AM
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9. Furthermore the WaPo says...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

President Bush declared today that the United States is on the cusp of victory in the five-year-old war in Iraq, arguing that the recent troop buildup has reduced violence there and "opened the door to a major strategic victory in the war on terror."


We've been on the cusp of victory since his sock stuffing, mission accomplished "moment" :wtf:

Frankly, the suspense of victory is killing me.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 11:58 AM
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10. I have been watching the testimony of the Winter Soldiers on Link TV
and I want to know what gains? It is not only the testimony - it is watching the faces of the men and women on the panel. We have made a grave error in this war. The horror of it will be with us for decades.
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apnu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 12:23 PM
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11. yup, Iraq is the new Viet Nam
and it scares me to say that.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-20-08 04:50 AM
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14. Actually David Hackworth said that
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