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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:20 PM
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US ready to use force to free hostages in Iraq: Armitage
PRAGUE (AFP) - The United States is ready to use force to free foreign hostages in Iraq if their governments agree, US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was quoted saying.

"Where we have information where the people are, we are willing to conduct a military operation to try to free them but we must realize that those military operations are sometimes dangerous for the hostages," Armitage told Czech News Agency CTK from Washington.

"It is the kind of thing we want to talk (about) to the government involved to see if they really want us to move forward," he added.

Three Czech journalists were listed as missing on Sunday in Iraq, where about 40 foreign hostages are believed to have been seized since last week.

The kidnapping campaign turned deadly on Thursday when an Italian hostage was executed by militia, shortly before three Japanese hostages were freed.

(more)

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/2004...
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:22 PM
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1. force = freedom
where have i heard that before?
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:24 PM
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2. Richard Armitage
Member of Crime Family and War criminal

Nice threat
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PaDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:26 PM
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4. Isn't he the goof
that kept his mouth flapping at the 911 hearings to run the clock..Real idiot.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:43 PM
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10. The one and the Same
RICHARD ARMITAGE QUIETLY CONFIRMED
AS DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE

http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/politics/armitage...


FTW - On March 23, after being recommended in a unanimous 18-0 vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, former Vietnam-era covert operative and Contra-era figure Richard Armitage was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State in a voice vote on the Senate Floor. The unchallenged confirmation of a figure who had previously been investigated by President Reagan's Commission on Organized Crime (1984) for alleged links to gambling and prostitution was totally ignored by the major American media
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montanacowboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:30 PM
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5. And don't forget
snaggle tooth extraordinaire! he and Condisleezia go to the same dentist.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:49 PM
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12. Iran-Contra all over again
Frauds-R-Us

The Bush Family Saga

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3342.ht...


Richard Armitage another Iran-Contra figure come back to haunt us

Also see from our very own DU archive:

Scandals and Lies
March 29, 2002
By Bridget Gibson


http://www.democraticunderground.com/articles/02/03/29_...


There was no "scandal" when key figures, John Negroponte (complicit in the Honduran Death Squads), Richard Armitage (linked to illegal arms transfers and CIA drug-running operations), Otto Reich (propaganda operative), John Poindexter (convicted of conspiracy {obstruction of inquiries and proceedings, false statements, falsification, destruction and removal of documents}; two counts of obstruction of Congress and two counts of false statements) of the Iran-Contra Affair have re-appeared in official governmental positions by appointment by George Walker Bush, the sitting Republican President, the son of the former Republican President, George Herbert Walker Bush, for whom these men worked.
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PfcHammer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:43 PM
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9. who's fatter, armitage or eagleburger ?
the US is NEVER not prepared to use force
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:25 PM
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3. now that's going to work really well (NOT!)
Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defence:

"What is victory? I say victory is persuading the American people and the rest of the world that this is not a quick matter that will be over in a month or a year or even 5 years. It is something we need to do so that we can continue to live in a world with powerful weapons and with people who are willing to use those powerful weapons. And we can do that. That would be a victory in my opinion." Dec. 2001
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idontwantaname Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:31 PM
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6. he ought to keep opinions to himself.
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:37 PM
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7. Uh-oh. Chimpy can't do anything right. This will be a disaster.
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:54 PM
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14. Yes, a similar operation worked so well for Carter n/t
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:41 PM
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8. Sounds like a few more people will be liberated today
At least they won't have to pay taxes anymore.
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keithyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:46 PM
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11. In other words, please give us permission to kill your citizens in order
to free them.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 05:56 PM
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19. Armitage gets arousal over the killing
He's been doing it since Viet-Nam.

Check out his biography some time
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 02:52 PM
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13. I know I am way too cynical
But sometimes things aren't what they seem - think Jessica Lynch.
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BostonTeaParty04 Donating Member (512 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 03:24 PM
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15. All this hostage taking makes the US military look like buffoons!
Seriously, I think that is the point of the hostage taking. You have a foreign military force crawling the country, and these 'evildoers' are snatching people up right and left.....

I bet Armitage is ready to use a bit of force to shut this down.... and IF a hostage gets axed in the process, no problem. They can turn that around on the 'evil evildoers.'
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TNOE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 03:26 PM
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16. sick
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 03:35 PM
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17. Spot On n/t
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 03:39 PM
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18. They'd have to be as good as the Israelis who freed the hostages...
... at Entebbe. Are they?
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damnyankee Donating Member (30 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 08:56 PM
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20. How about first freeing the hostages in ...
Gitmo?
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jmcgowanjm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-04 09:10 PM
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21. Start by freeing the marines in Fallujah
Edited on Thu Apr-15-04 09:11 PM by jmcgowanjm
http://www.hrw.org/press/2000/02/chech0215b.htm

We got our ass kicked in Fallujah.

And all of Iraq knows it.

The battle moves to Baghdad.

Backgrounder on Russian Fuel Air Explosives ("Vacuum Bombs")
http://www.hrw.org/press/2000/02/chech0215b.htm

Fuelair/chemical/nukes-our only
advantage now.

Because FAEs cover a wide area, they are prone
to indiscriminate use, especially in or near populated
areas. Since this weapon is very effective against
personnel in fortifications, bunkers, and other
buildings, Russian forces may be tempted to use them in
towns and cities where Chechen fighters are dug in. In
urban settings it will be impossible for the Russians
military to limit the destructive effect of this weapon
to combatants and very difficult for civilians to take shelter
from the FAE's effect
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