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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:06 PM
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WP: Bush Apologizes, Calls Abuse 'Stain' on Nation
Friday, May 7, 2004; Page A01

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A wide variety of officials in the administration had advised Bush to apologize on Wednesday when he gave interviews to two Arab television channels and were puzzled when he did not, senior U.S. officials said. An apology had been recommended in the talking points Bush received from the State Department and elsewhere, the officials said. Senior administration aides then made a push overnight for him to say he was sorry during his news conference with Abdullah, the officials said.

Bush's decision to personally ratify an apology that his subordinates had previously offered, and to do so next to an Arab leader and in language designed to resonate in Muslim culture, reflected growing concern among his advisers that the widening scandal could imperil the outcome of the Iraq occupation and his reelection campaign.

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White House officials are bracing for the release of more photos, and were planning long-term damage control. "Everyone is seeing the extent of what happened," a White House official said.

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House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) hastily called a news conference to answer Murtha's comments and charged that "in a calculated and craven political stunt, the national Democrat Party declared its surrender in the war on terror.

"For two years, they have strutted down to the floor of the House and, out of sheer, brazen partisanship, undermined our troops, scoffed at our coalition, and shown the terrorists of this world that there are some Americans who will cower under their threats," DeLay said. "They want to win the White House more than they want to win the war."

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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:07 PM
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1. ...like a stain on a blue dress kind of?

huh?
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liarliartieonfire Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:15 PM
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2. LOl..Only Bush's "stain" is on the blue dress of the World.
Someone photoshop this!
(george bush's face is the biggest stain on America..imo.)
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 12:18 AM
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9. From a stain on a blue dress to a stain on the red states.
When the USSC finally deprives Gitmo detainees of their rights, they can add their own stains.
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DenverDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:16 PM
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3. Takes a stain to know a stain.
No amount of bleach will get the stain of bushler out of the moral fabric of our country.
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gauguin57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:21 PM
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4. the stain is in bush's pants
... because he knows those abuse pictures are bad enough to inspire the re-energized al-Qaeda to blow us all to kingdom come. And this time, he'll be sleeping right on ground zero.

Thanks for nothin', President Incompetent A-hole!
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:26 PM
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5. That "stain" started with his leadership.
Those freakin' power-mongering, war-profiteering, pack,...are completely responsible for the devastating (and shameful) direction imposed upon this country and the world.

THE BUCK SHITS ON YOUR SHOULDERS, BFEE!!! SUCK IT UP!!!

:grr: :grr: :grr: :grr:
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:28 PM
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6. And yet, Bush knew about this since January and then classified the info.
And Repugs are refusing to treat this with the seriousness that it entails by opening a bipartisan Congressional investigation.


Some Pentagon officials contend Bush was informed in January. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday on CBS's "Early Show" that beginning in mid-January, everyone "up the chain of command . . . was kept apprised orally of the ongoing investigation."

Numerous Democrats voted against the resolution because it did not call for bipartisan congressional investigations into the alleged abuses, especially those reportedly committed by civilian contractors.

Also yesterday, the government's chief classifier decided to open an investigation into the appropriateness of classifying the Army's probe of prison abuses. J. William Leonard, director of the Information Security Oversight Office, agreed to a request in a letter from Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists.
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Thor_MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:49 PM
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7. Think we could push Rummy over the edge by calling him "Ol Yellowstain"?
Get him to start ranting about the strawberries while testifying tomorrow?
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Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 12:12 AM
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8. Interesting word choice by Bush, stain
"Out, damned spot!"

A sentence from the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, spoken by Lady Macbeth, the wife of the title character. Her husband has killed the king of Scotland at her urging, but her guilt over the murder gradually drives her insane. When she speaks this line she is sleepwalking, and she imagines that a spot of the kings blood stains her hand. Source

Some things never change.
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 12:51 AM
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10. I don't think George apologized.
He said to king Abdullah that he was sorry. But why was he apologizing to Abdullah and not the Iraqis? Or was he telling Abdullah that he had apologized to the Iraqis?

Either way, this does not qualify as an apology to me. In order for it to be real, he needed to get on TV, face the camera and apologize TO THE IRAQIS. And say he was sorry.
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Heddi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 12:53 AM
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11. Bush is a fuckin' stain n/m
n/m
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 01:00 AM
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12. The Boy King did NOT apologize, - STOP SAYING THAT.
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I watched Junior's "performance" with the King of Jordan more than once.

GW did NOT apologize.

In fact, he didn't even look at the audience, but rather over at Jordan's King, and said "I told" them how sorry I was.

I am not so old I can't remember my mother making SURE I said "sorry" directly to the person. If I had made an "apology" like Junior's, my mother would have said "that's not how you say you're sorry". And she'd be right.

As far as I'm concerned, George did not apologize, and will not.

But, the pResident IS one sorry human being,

I'll give him that.
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