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True_Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:15 PM
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Myers: Syria Needs to Secure Iraq Border
WASHINGTON - Syria needs to do more to stop foreign fighters from crossing into Iraq (news - web sites), the top U.S. military officer said Sunday after a border ambush left five Marines dead.

Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the stability not only of Syria and Iraq, but also of the entire region is at stake.

"We know that the pathway into Iraq for many foreign fighters is through Syria. It's a fact. We know it. The Syrians know it," Myers told CNN's "Late Edition."

The U.S. effort to organize an international troop presence in Iraq suffered a setback when the new Spanish prime minister, fulfilling a campaign pledge, said he would withdraw the 1,300-member Spanish contingent in Iraq as soon as possible
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040...
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markses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:18 PM
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1. Syrians don't have to lift a finger
The US is responsible for the internal security of Iraq, not the Syrians. If the US forces can't handle they bidness, they should turn the responsibility over to somebody who can. Syria is under no obligation to assist in any manner or form. And frankly, Myers should be fired for this implicit threat to a sovereign nation without the consent of Congress. Who does he think he is?
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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:23 PM
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3. I couldn't agree more...
n/t
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scsifreak Donating Member (451 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:25 PM
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5. Why *WOULD* they is more appropriate to ask...
Why would any Arab nation want to keep violent militants in their own countries? I mean, militants who would normally be working against their own government are suddenly fleeing to Iraq to fight the USA, just as the Arab regimes encouraged militants to run and fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. If you were Assad or Mubarak, would you give up this golden oppurtunity to cement your own powerbase?
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:04 PM
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11. But, but, but,....we are "the power",...
,...and everyone is supposed to bend to our command.

hmph

The definition of no sense of humility is,...arrogance.

Where does "arrogance" get anybody, ultimately,...? Hasn't history proven that arrogance delivers both destruction and failure?

Of course,...what freon neocon would get THAT?

Is it possible to "deliver" these arrogants into the 21st century? Only by the humiliation they will suffer at the horrendous burden of the rest of humanity, I am sad to say.
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:23 PM
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2. Syria responds "how are you guys doing at your border with Mexico n/t
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:24 PM
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4.  S'matter? can't we secure the border?
what about the Iraqi militia? the "coalition"? Fijians? Syria doesn't seem to be having Problems.You can bet Sharon Bush will create some tho.
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Mikimouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:30 PM
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6. There is an interesting note further down...
Lieberman suggested that Spain send its troops to Afghanistan to prove that they were still supportive of the war against terror. What a laugh. Joe, you know, nobody cares what you suggest anymore, you are a hollow little windbag DINO.
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atreides1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:58 PM
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9. Maybe Lieberman...
...needs to stay up to date with the news. Spain has already said that it will maintain its presence in Afghanistan, and will even double the number of Spanish troops already there.

This addition will make it 500, doubling the current number of 250.

But keeping up with the news would require Lieberman to actually think!!!
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Mikimouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:01 PM
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10. Well, that is certainly no problem...
the thinking part, that is...
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markses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:35 PM
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7. By the way, I thought it was part of our "overall strategy" to attract
as many radicals and terrorists into Iraq as possible, because we can kill them there. Wasn't this the freeper talking point for the better part of the fall and winter of 2003-2004???

Given this brilliant strategy (called the "magnet" strategy or some such nonsense :eyes:), shouldn't Myers want the militants streaming into Iraq at a fairly constant rate? Y'know, cuz that's where we want to confront them? Or has that strategy changed? And if it has changed, why has it changed?

Please remind all freepers of their former assurance on the magnet strategy next time they excoriate Iran or Syria for "allowing" militants to "enter into" Iraq.
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:38 PM
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8. Excellent markses n/t
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:05 PM
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12. So what was in the note from Bush, that Powell hand delivered to Syria?
There was a big battle with 'insurgents' that were supposed to be from Fallujah, on the Syrian border, yesterday. Fallujah is 200 miles east of the Syrian border. Now, Myers is talking about 'foreign fighters' crossing the border from Syria. So, that story is already being rewritten.

By the way, Myers, you are a foreign fighter yourself, by way of Kuwait. Just in case you forgot.
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