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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 02:50 PM
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Cheney on Iraq: 'It's Important to Win' (On 4,000 Dead in Iraq, He Says They Volunteered)
Source: ABC News


Vice President Discusses Grim Milestone of 4,000 U.S. Dead in Five-Year Iraq War

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Vice President Dick Cheney was asked what effect the grim milestone of at least 4,000 U.S. deaths in the five-year Iraq war might have on the nation.

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"I want to start with the milestone today of 4,000 dead in Iraq. Americans. And just what effect do you think it has on the country?" asked ABC News' White House correspondent, Martha Raddatz, who traveled with the vice president on a nine-day overseas trip to Iraq and other countries in the Middle East.

"It obviously brings home I think for a lot of people the cost that's involved in the global war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan," Cheney said in the interview, conducted in Turkey. "It places a special burden obviously on the families, and we recognize, I think it's a reminder of the extent to which we are blessed with families who've sacrificed as they have."

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"The president carries the biggest burden, obviously," Cheney said. "He's the one who has to make the decision to commit young Americans, but we are fortunate to have a group of men and women, the all-volunteer force, who voluntarily put on the uniform and go in harm's way for the rest of us."

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"When you talk about an all-volunteer force, some of these soldiers, airmen, Marines have been on two, three, four, some of them more than that, deployments," Raddatz said. "Do you think when they volunteered they had any idea that there would be so many deployments or stop-loss? Some of those who want to get out can't because of stop-loss?"

"A lot of men and women sign up because sometimes they will see developments," Cheney said. "For example, 9/11 stimulated a lot of folks to volunteer for the military because they wanted to be involved in defending the country."


Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/WN/Politics/story?id=4513250&page...
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 02:55 PM
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1. Better idea: Let's not and say we did.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 04:59 PM
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17. Unlike him, the Cowardly (5 deferments) Draft Dodger
He is a POS
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 02:58 PM
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2. "The president carries the biggest burden, obviously,"
Yeah, it's really weighing him down.

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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 02:59 PM
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3. from today...
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 03:07 PM
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4. Oh, god.
Think that's how they keep him in line? "George, if you do this press event, you might get a chance to meet the Easter Bunny." and "George, if you don't do this, we are going to KILL the Easter Bunny."

It's unreal how happy he looks when does all this stupid stuff. I have to puke now.



:puke:
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trusty elf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 03:13 PM
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8. Thanks for posting this photo!
I'm going to doctor it.

:evilgrin:
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billybob537 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 04:45 PM
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16. It's a bunny
I am gonna hug him and love him and I will name him george!
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lutefisk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 09:37 PM
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28. Just who exactly is in that bunny suit???
Gannon? Harriet? Babs?

Hmmm???

He looks insane.
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Kaleko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 03:08 PM
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5. The Audacity of Conceit
There is so much that is wrong and reprehensible in his statements, it's a challenge to decide where to begin...
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 03:12 PM
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6. Win. This obsession with winning someone else's civil war is something that needs to be cured.
The man needs to be institutionalized.
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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 03:13 PM
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7. Ok, Really, What do We WIN?
"A lot of men and women sign up because sometimes they will see developments," Cheney said. "For example, 9/11 stimulated a lot of folks to volunteer for the military because they wanted to be involved in defending the country."


And quit F-IN talking about 9/11, I am so tired of this admin using 9/11 as a fear tactic, we all know that it was them with the (CIA) that attacked America.....its only obvious.....

:grr: :grr: :grr:

:hi:
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Kaleko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 03:24 PM
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11. Everyone who has done their homework and can stand the awful truth knows
who is responsible for 9/11. But the perps are still counting on the power of denial, which indeed is awesome.


:hi:
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 03:18 PM
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9. They volunteered to defend the country
Not to go and die for revenge, oil or folly.
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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 03:23 PM
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10. They did not volunteer for a lie.
They also did not know the government would not give them proper armor, amunition, or after care.

Bring them home, now.
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pattmarty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 03:59 PM
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12. Why doesn't he just stay in Iraq to help with the "success"?
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superconnected Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 04:07 PM
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13. Sure makes volunteering look bad if you get killed and that's the ruling response.
Edited on Mon Mar-24-08 04:10 PM by superconnected
I hope poeple quit volunteering.

But then I don't believe that is what they really signed up for, so the "they voluntered", rhetoric is a lie that minimalizes the death and dick here(and he is) is minimalizing their death because it means nothing to him.

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superconnected Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 04:09 PM
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14. And that statement should scare the F- out of the whole armed forces since that's the
Edited on Mon Mar-24-08 04:12 PM by superconnected
way the bush gov looks on them. Volunteers to be killed, nothing more.

You know the worst part - they were lied to, into volunteering. Sadam supposedly had nukes and this would get bin laden, and if they didn't fight in iraq then they'd have to fight the terrorists here. All lies.
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Gonnuts Donating Member (525 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 04:39 PM
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15. I can tell you this ...
The National Guard and the Coast Guard didn't "volunteer" to go overseas. They're clled the "National" Guard and the "Coast" Guard for a reason.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 05:05 PM
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18. "Win"? What the Hell does "Win" Mean? And What Exactly are You trying to "Win"?
Edited on Mon Mar-24-08 05:05 PM by fascisthunter
Tell America what you really want or shut up already you weasel!
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Riddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 06:09 PM
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19. What an absolutely heartless completely worthless piece of shit he is.
It's a crime that this heartless lump of festering flesh is able to breathe the same air the rest of humanity breathes. I've lived a good life and have no regrets. My only wish now is that I live long enough to piss on this piece of garbage's grave.
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Baby Snooks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 08:30 PM
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26. Is Pelosi any better?
It's still all off the table. Is Nancy Pelosi any better?

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ryanmuegge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 06:18 PM
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20. We'll "win" when we're not dependent on their oil.
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 07:22 PM
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22. In which case, we're losing every day...
I remember, just before the 2000 elections began, when gas was 99 cents a gallon around here. Now, the cheapest price you can find for it is $3.42/gallon.

This is "winning"...how?
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 06:48 PM
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21. War with Iraq=Defending our country..
heartless bastard. I hope he lives long enough to be tried for Treason and War Crimes.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 07:28 PM
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23. In other words: "Hey, it's their fault for trusting us." nt
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 08:15 PM
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24. They Volunteered this shows you He doesn't care
and those poor kids
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Betty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 08:17 PM
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25. of course, this piece of shit never volunteered when it was his time
because he had "other priorities".
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 09:24 PM
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27. Yes well, too bad for them that they didn't have "other priorities" ain't it Dick?
What a douchebagging wanker he is.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 09:56 PM
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29. Chevron reportedly in talks to tap Iraq's oil
Chevron reportedly in talks to tap Iraq's oil
David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, March 24, 2008

Chevron Corp. and other international oil companies are negotiating with the Iraq Ministry of Oil to begin tapping into some of the country's largest oil fields, according to published reports ... For years, the companies have had their eyes on long-term contracts to find and develop new oil fields in Iraq, which is believed to hold the world's third-largest oil reserves ...

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/0...
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missTheBigDog Donating Member (142 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-25-08 06:51 AM
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30. F Cheney
Raddatz observed of the 5-year-old Iraq war, "Two-thirds of Americans say it's not worth fighting, and they're looking at the value gain versus the cost in American lives, certainly, and Iraqi lives."

And Cheney's response: "So?"
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