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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:03 PM
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US Senate confirms Negroponte as ambassador to Iraq
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Senate, by a vote of 95 to three, confirmed John Negroponte, the US envoy to the United Nations, as the country's first ambassador to post-war Iraq.

Negroponte, 65, will take charge of the US embassy in Baghdad to be opened after the handover of limited political power by the US-led coalition on June 30.

Lawmakers have praised him as uniquely qualified to tackle the demanding post, as the country moves toward a July 1 deadline to assume limited self-rule.

But they conceded that a hard job has been made even harder by the continuing scandal over the alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US troops.

(more)

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/2004...
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:05 PM
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1. So Joun will you use former Ba-Athist to run
your Death Squads?

At least Latin America breathes a sight of relief, but El Salvador and Honduras have not forgotten you
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:09 PM
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2. Bush's Terrorist: John Negroponte Sent to Iraq
Just one more time. Why?


Iraqi ambassador pick grilled on hand-over

By Steven Weisman
The New York Times

WASHINGTON -- President Bush's nominee for ambassador to Iraq on Tuesday defended the limits that would be placed on Iraqi self-rule, particularly those on control over security forces, asserting that after June 30 Iraqis will have "a lot more sovereignty than they have right now."
Facing skeptical questions about the new constraints emerging in the long-planned transfer of power before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the nominee, John Negroponte, said he saw his major challenge as trying to avert conflicts if the new Iraqi government objected to U.S. military actions. "These are the kinds of questions that I think our diplomacy is going to have to deal with," said Negroponte, who is now ambassador to the United Nations.
The toughest questions came from Democrats, but all the senators said they would support Negroponte's confirmation, which the committee could approve on Thursday. Senate aides said Negroponte could be confirmed by the full Senate as early as next week.
Negroponte said that any decisions on whether to attack rebel strongholds, as the United States is threatening now in Fallujah and Najaf, would require "great political sensitivity" even though American s will nominally be in charge of such decisions.

http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Apr/04282004/nation_w/161439...





Bush's Terrorist: John Negroponte Sent to Iraq


Dems Ignore Negroponte's Death Squad Past, Look to Confirm Iraq Appointmen


As Negroponte, responded to Hagel, he was interrupted by an activist, Andres Conteris of Non-violence International.

Andres Conteris, is program director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the human rights group Non-violence International. He disrupted yesterday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on John Negroponte's appointment as US ambassador to Iraq.

As ambassador to Honduras, Negroponte played a key role in coordinating US covert aid to the Contra death squads in Nicaragua and shoring up a CIA-backed death squad in Honduras. During his term as ambassador there, diplomats alleged that the embassy's annual human rights reports made Honduras sound more like Norway than Argentina. In a 1995 series, the Baltimore Sun detailed the activities of a secret CIA-trained Honduran army unit, Battalion 3-16, that used "shock and suffocation devices in interrogations. Prisoners often were kept naked and, when no longer useful, killed and buried in unmarked graves." In 1994, Honduras's National Commission for the Protection of Human Rights reported that it was officially admitted that 179 civilians were still missing.

A former official who served under Negroponte says he was ordered to remove all mention of torture and executions from the draft of his 1982 report on the human rights situation in Honduras. During Negroponte's tenure, US military aid to Honduras skyrocketed from $3.9 million to over $77 million. Much of this went to ensure the Honduran army's loyalty in the battle against popular movements throughout Central America.

http://www.pacifica.org/programs/dn/040428.html

Bush's Terrorist: John Negroponte Sent to Iraq




Negroponte's "embassy" in Baghdad will, according to press reports, constitute the largest US "embassy staff" in the world with some 3000 employees, including up to 1,000 Americans.


Yet according to a four-part series in the Baltimore Sun in 1995, in 1982 alone the Honduran press ran 318 stories of murders and kidnappings by the Honduran military.

Opponents of Negroponte are demanding that all Senators read the full report before voting on his nomination.http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/ROF111A.html
In a cruel irony, the Bush administration has appointed a bona fide "terrorist" to wage its "war on terrorism" in Iraq.


It should come as no surprise that "on the day he was appointed to Iraq, Honduras decided to bring its troops in Iraq home." (Financial Times, April 21, 2004)

http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?channelid=2...



Face-off: Bush's Foreign Policy Warriors


On August 27, 1997, CIA Inspector General Frederick P. Hitz released a 211-page classified report entitled "Selected Issues Relating to CIA Activities in Honduras in the 1980's." This report was partly declassified on Oct. 22, 1998, in response to demands by the Honduran human rights ombudsman. Opponents of Negroponte are demanding that all Senators read the full report before voting on his nomination.

Reich, unlike Negroponte, is primarily a lobbyist and anti-Castro activist rather than a diplomat. He is director of the Washington-based Center for a Free Cuba and works for some of America's favorite industries: liquor (Bacardi), tobacco (British-American Tobacco), and weapons (Lockheed Martin). He also serves as vice-chairman of the Worldwide Responsible Apparel Program, or WRAP, an apparel industry-backed group characterized by union activists as an artifice for clothing importers to avoid serious scrutiny of their factories in developing countries.

In the 1980s, he headed a propaganda department in the State Department called the Office of Public Diplomacy. This unit, staffed with CIA and Pentagon psychological warfare specialists, reported to Oliver North. The function of the operation was to win support for administration policy in Central America. They wrote op-eds under the name of Nicaraguan rebel leaders and attacked those who differed with Reagan's policies. The Congressional investigation of the Iran-contra scandal identified numerous illegalities which led to the closure of the Office of Public Diplomacy.

Reich followed up these activities by serving as ambassador to Venezuela from 1986-89, at the height of the Iran-contra scandal. The Venezuelan government tried unsuccessfully to block his nomination.

While working for Bacardi, he successfully lobbied to slip Section 211 into the 1998 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, thus stripping Cuba of trademark protection. Ironically, he will be overseeing the Helms-Burton Act, which he helped to draft, which the administration has just decided not to carry into effect.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/ROF111A.html


NEGROPONTE - Sleeping Ambassador or Death Squad Diplomat?

The widespread use of American aerial surveillance to direct the Contra murderers to villages where only women and children were present to be killed, the routine use of torture, the encouragement of drug-smuggling into the U.S. to provide funding for the U.S.-backed forces all were revealed only after Negroponte had left his post as U.S. Ambassador to the Honduras. And who could forget the Honduran Anti-communist Liberation Army's ever popular practice of dropping victims from helicopters while they were in flight?

Make no mistake about it -- both Iraqi rebels and Al Qaeda terrorists see Negroponte's appointment as the first stage in implementing a policy of covert violence against their right to sovereignty and will effectively use it to recruit and incite radicals to commit more acts of violence against us. It's no coincidence that our Office of Homeland Security issued a heightened security alert just as Bush announced his plans for Negroponte.

http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/04/04/con04178.ht...

US Martyrs Pose Questions for Negroponte
October 28, 2003
By TONI SOLO

US nuns murdered in El Salvador 4

In 1981, a couple of decades before Rachel Corrie was murdered, the bodies of four women were found in a shallow grave in a rural district not far from San Salvador, El Salvador's capital. They had been raped and shot dead by members of the Salvadoran army on the orders of senior officers. In the context of the time, the atrocity would hardly have merited reporting. But the women were United States citizens. Two were religious sisters of the New York based Maryknoll order, Ita Ford and Maureen Clarke. One was an Ursuline Sister, Dorothy Kazel, the fourth a lay missioner, Jean Donovan. By virtue of their nationality, the story did make the news, just--the back page of the New York Times, to that paper's eternal shame.

Those four women had helped defend Salvadorans from the terror unleashed against their own people by the Salvadoran government with support from the United States administrations of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. They gave their lives working alongside vulnerable people and communities in El Salvador. The murders followed the assassination in 1980 of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. The women's deaths were manipulated by the US government and its ever-pliant news media. The full facts took years to emerge. US ambassador to the UN, Jean Kirkpatrick, falsely accused the women of having supported the Salvadoran armed opposition, the FMLN. In fact, the four women were passionate advocates of non-violence, accompanying the rural villagers they served while caught up in a violent civil war.

Ambassador Kirkpatrick's statements on the case of the four women were to be expected from an unrepentant supporter of the bloodthirsty Argentinian military dictatorship. Her successor at the UN was Vernon Walters, former deputy director of the CIA, co-organiser of the continent wide terrorist blueprint Plan Condor and promoter of Ronald Reagan's terrorist war against Nicaragua. In 1986 Vernon Walters threw in the face of the UN his government's rejection of the International Court of Justice verdict convicting the US of terrorism against Nicaragua.

Kirkpatrick's and Walters' apologetics for mass murder helped John Negroponte, then US ambassador to Honduras, cover up his support for the systematic forced disappearances used to destroy Honduran civilian opposition to the presence of Contra bases in their country. Thomas Pickering, US ambassador to El Salvador at the time, also gave misleading information on local army and paramilitary murders, probably an essential qualification for his subsequent posting in 1989 as US ambassador to the UN, taking over from Vernon Walters.

Jean Kirkpatrick, Vernon Walters, Thomas Pickering, John Negroponte and other US government representatives sent clear signals that the local military in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala were to be allowed a free hand by the United States government to murder tens of thousands of civilians and anyone who spoke out against the slaughter. Perhaps the defining climax to the sickening murder campaign came in 1989 when the Salvadoran army killed six Jesuit academics and two of their domestic staff at the University of Central America in San Salvador. These crimes were made possible because the United States government consistently tried to conceal its institutional role in funding, training and supporting the military and paramilitary perpetrators. The Iran-Contra scandal was the culmination of that sustained program of regional deceit.


http://www.counterpunch.org/solo10282003.html


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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:19 PM
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3. Hasn't Iraq suffered enough?
I don't have the words to describe how vile this man is; why didn't the Democrats fight this?
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:27 PM
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4. Perhaps the Dems are giving Bush more rope to hang himself
Or so we may hope.
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JohnOneillsMemory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:28 PM
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5. When you're profiting from war, good help is invaluable. n/t
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never cry wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:34 PM
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8. Three of them did
These guys kept their integrity intact, IMHO, they include my Sen. Durbin.

In the end, just three lawmakers -- all Democrats -- voted against Negroponte: Senators Tom Harkin of Iowa, Mark Dayton of Minnesota and Richard Durbin of Illinois.
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KAZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:51 PM
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18. It's not about Iraq. It's the region, and radical Muslims.
It's just another kick at the nest. I'm surprised that y'all are forgetting about the goal here. Get them out in the open and kill em. Better now than later(when they have nukes). The game plan seems pretty simple, and quite transparent. It's just the beginning friends.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 08:43 AM
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36. I thought the goal was finding WMD's?
No?

Well, then, wasn't it bring democracy to Iraq?
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:38 PM
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10. What makes him uniquely qualified? He's better at disappearing people
than other potential ambassadors? He's better at turning a blind eye to brutality?
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mulethree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:55 PM
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13. A big thumbs up to Mafiosa types as representatives of America?
What happened to "TRUTH! JUSTICE! and the America Way!
oh wait that was Superman
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:31 PM
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6. I wonder how he will be
received by the Iraqi people. I'm pretty sure they are educated with the ability to read. He wont ever be leaving the green zone.
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never cry wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:35 PM
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9. Especially since he was a key figure
In selling arms to Iran during the Iran/Iraq war.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:39 PM
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11. Thats what i'm saying
Do the Iraqis even have a clue about him coming there?
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 12:29 AM
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28. All I can say without going to Gitmo...
...is that I hope the Iraqi resistance DOES know Negroponte's history.

Justice must be done.

That's all I'm saying.

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leetrisck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:32 PM
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7. I really don't believe this crap - Democrats just
keep falling right in line.
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Nlighten1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:40 PM
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12. 95 to 3?
:wtf:

"Lawmakers have praised him as uniquely qualified to tackle the demanding post"

Unbelievable...un-fucking believable...there is your status quo folks.

"The top Democrat on the panel, Senator Joe Biden, lauded Negroponte for being willing to take on "the most difficult, and I think at this moment, most dangerous job in American diplomacy."

"And he urged fellow lawmakers not to punish Negroponte with "no" votes to express displeasure the with overall Iraq policy of the George W. Bush administration."


"In the end, just three lawmakers -- all Democrats -- voted against Negroponte: Senators Tom Harkin of Iowa, Mark Dayton of Minnesota and Richard Durbin of Illinois. "



3 Democrats voted against this piece of shit.

3?

They just continue to give Bush everything he wants but some people here think getting Bush out and Kerry in is going to change something.

It won't change a damned thing except who is President.
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4dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:37 PM
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15. Glad see Tom Harkin of Iowa
voting against this pig..

In the end, just three lawmakers -- all Democrats -- voted against Negroponte: Senators Tom Harkin of Iowa, Mark Dayton of Minnesota and Richard Durbin of Illinois.

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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:01 PM
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20. Unfortunately, all too believable.
Edited on Thu May-06-04 10:06 PM by RUMMYisFROSTED
I was hoping we could at least get the IWR 23. This says more about the state of the party than I care to fathom.


Edit to add:

Negroponte served as US ambassador to Mexico, Honduras and the Philippines. He was a career diplomat from 1960-1997 before leaving public service to become a senior executive the McGraw-Hill publishing company.

The Yale graduate has been a diplomat since 1960 and held posts in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

He became the US permanent representative to the United Nations in 2001, just days after the September 11 terror attacks.


His biography has been sanitized.

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Nlighten1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:13 PM
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22. Maybe one day he will have an airport...
named for him...or maybe put his face on Mt. Rushmore.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:59 PM
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25. Carve this in a mountain:
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pfitz59 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 12:49 AM
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31. Another Skull & Boner?
Yale?
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 08:25 AM
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35. He doesn't show up on the lists.
Apparently just a minion.
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davekriss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:54 PM
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24. 95 to 3? Now...
Now you know why Nader chooses to run. I don't think a vote for Nader advances the progressive cause, but the Democratic party has shifted so far to the right over the last 20 years (chasing the Republicans) that a centrist like Kerry appears "Liberal"...
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 12:39 AM
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30. Who were the 2 absent Senators?
God! Has Bu$h threatened to send them before a firing squad?
As Nader was wont to quote Helen Keller .... Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum. :puke: :mad:
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uhhuh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 01:00 AM
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32. not voting
Edited on Fri May-07-04 01:01 AM by uhhuh
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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 12:17 AM
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27. Ted Kennedy voted for him?
That's a shame.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:34 PM
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14. A thoroughly disgusted kick
This should not fall off the front page.

I am sickened by my senators' Yes vote on this treasonous fan of death squads.

I HAVE NO SENATORS ANYMORE!

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dusty64 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:41 PM
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16. I really don't have
much to say beyond "they NEVER learn do they".
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:46 PM
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17. This one is hard to believe
....I guess at this point it doesn't make any difference who takes this job, 'eh?
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Carolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:52 PM
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19. Once again the Democrats
with 3 notable exceptions, fall in line. Couldn't they have voted NO out of protest. Negroponte is so despicable, why not just reinstate Saddam?

Calling out for spines and testicles. Won't someone stand up to this cabal ....
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Kool Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:11 PM
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21. You know, this is the kind of crap that makes
my head explode. Only three Dems voted against this guy? Sometimes I wonder why the hell we even bother getting upset about this stuff. Dems roll over yet again.
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:27 PM
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23. Heard Christopher Dodd
on NPR tonight on the way home saying his past doesn't preclude the fact that he is the man for this job or some insane statement to that effect.

Now y'all know how we in OK feel with all of the faux Dems we have in office in addition to the rotten Inhofe and Nickles.

:puke:
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porkrind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:53 PM
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26. They are so predictable.
Same formula described by Chomsky in the link below. We know what Negroponte is good at, and it ain't democracy. :scared:



Read about the Right-Wing "Master Plan": http://www.zmag.org/chomsky/sam/sam-contents.html

Have you read "War is a Racket"?: http://lexrex.com/enlightened/articles/warisaracket.htm
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 12:33 AM
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29. Most Dems
are chicken shit weasles that feed at the same trough as their Rethug counterparts.

"They just continue to give Bush everything he wants but some people here think getting Bush out and Kerry in is going to change something.

It won't change a damned thing except who is President."

There may be a few minor changes on the domestic front but from what I have read J. Kerry's foreign policy isn't that much different than what is the one now.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 04:08 AM
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33. "some people here think getting Bush out and Kerry in is going to change
something."

Put me in that group....I want reproductive rights, clean air and water, separation of church and state, no more secrecy in government etc. And on just those domestic issues under another bush term....they will be gone.

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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 04:33 AM
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34. Since they already made him the UN Ambassador
why would they change their votes this time around?

Besides, maybe they want the world to see what kind of schmucks this administration likes to put in charge. If I wanted Bu$h to continued being a miserable failure in Iraq, what better person to put in there to continue to screw it all up?

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