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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:03 PM
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U.S. Terrorism Policy Spawns Steady Staff Exodus (Iraq detour undermines)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=578&nci...

U.S. Terrorism Policy Spawns Steady Staff Exodus

By Caroline Drees, Security Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration has faced a steady exodus of counterterrorism officials, many disappointed by a preoccupation with Iraq they said undermined the U.S. fight against terrorism.

Former counterterrorism officials said at least half a dozen have left the White House Office for Combating Terrorism or related agencies in frustration in the 2 1/2 years since the attacks.

Some also left because they felt President Bush had sidelined his counterterrorism experts and paid almost exclusive heed to the vice president, the defense secretary and other Cabinet members in planning the "war on terror," former counterterrorism officials said.<snip>

Similar charges were made by Bush's former counterterrorism czar, Richard Clarke, who told the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that the administration ignored the al Qaeda threat beforehand and was fixated on Iraq afterward. National security adviser Condoleezza Rice testifies before the 9/11 panel on Thursday.<snip>




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THUNDER HANDS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:04 PM
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1. what is this, the 5,000th story
that says how Bush is failing America?

When will people finally get the hint?
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Blasphemer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:35 PM
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13. Indeed...
They are coming fast and furious now. I suppose Richard Clarke has made it en vogue. They certainly didn't care for the past 3 years. We'll see how long it lasts.
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freethought Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:36 PM
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16. If only we could get
the NYTimes or the Washington Post or any other reputable paper to cover the Sibel Edmonds story. That would do it. I keep hoping that there is someone working on her story. Her name is all over the web, but it dosen't count until it is on TV. Sucks! That story would show how incompetent this admin is!
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:06 PM
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2. Vote the story up eom
eom
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MrMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:57 PM
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7. Vote it UP!
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 04:58 PM by Rumpole
Cuz someone out there is voting it Down.

It went from 3.60 to 3.56 (10 votes added) just in the time it took me to vote!
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:08 PM
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3. It's as if they are trying to destroy our country --
burdening us with debt for generations, leaving us vulnerable, and unsafe.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:11 PM
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4. Read Krugman's book
that is exactly the plan
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JohnOneillsMemory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:19 PM
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6. 'Starve the beast' meaning the hungry American middle class. Yup. n/t
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Mandate My Ass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:12 PM
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5. It's the conscientious ones who're leaving
Soon the entire gov't will be full of neocon yes-men and ennablers and we'll be even more screwed than we are now. I can only imagine how frustrated and demoralized they are, but if they go matters just get worse.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:04 PM
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8. I don't think so,...
,...no offense,...but, we the people are 600 million strong and perhaps there are those who are finally recognizing that "change" is not necessarily fruitful WITHIN a body of corruption.

How many visionaries have proven how "change" really works? How many exercised the wisdom to avoid the jaws of whatever beast they sought to conquer?

Think about it.
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RaulGroom Donating Member (331 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:38 PM
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9. Think about what?
I'm thinking about what population, exactly, is 600 million?

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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:26 PM
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10. Kicking back up
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 07:26 PM by Ilsa
:kick:

This needs to be on the morning news programs and discussed at length, especially tomorrow morning before Condi's big day.

Please go to the link and rate it up!
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drumwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:14 PM
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11. If I was a Freeper / neocon, I'd ask.....
"Why do counterterrorism officials hate America?"

:eyes:
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gristy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:16 PM
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12. The headline for this story on the top of my compuserve homepage
was this:

Bush Staff Quits Over Terror Policy

killer...
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:55 PM
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14. Abandon ship!
Bush* staff members:


Bush*:



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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:00 PM
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15. **KICK**
Help keep this story at the top of the lineup!
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GeorgeGist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 04:39 AM
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17. KICK KICK KICK
eom
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Buns_of_Fire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 05:20 AM
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18. "Preoccupation with Iraq" is too benign a term
The goofy sonofabitch is obsessed with Iraq.
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