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TexasLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 11:05 PM
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Why We Need More Troops in Iraq, By Joseph Lieberman/ WaPo
Why We Need More Troops in Iraq

By Joseph Lieberman
Friday, December 29, 2006; Page A27


I've just spent 10 days traveling in the Middle East and speaking to leaders there, all of which has made one thing clearer to me than ever: While we are naturally focused on Iraq, a larger war is emerging. On one side are extremists and terrorists led and sponsored by Iran, on the other moderates and democrats supported by the United States. Iraq is the most deadly battlefield on which that conflict is being fought. How we end the struggle there will affect not only the region but the worldwide war against the extremists who attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001.

Because of the bravery of many Iraqi and coalition military personnel and the recent coming together of moderate political forces in Baghdad, the war is winnable. We and our Iraqi allies must do what is necessary to win it.

The American people are justifiably frustrated by the lack of progress, and the price paid by our heroic troops and their families has been heavy. But what is needed now, especially in Washington and Baghdad, is not despair but decisive action -- and soon.

The most pressing problem we face in Iraq is not an absence of Iraqi political will or American diplomatic initiative, both of which are increasing and improving; it is a lack of basic security. As long as insurgents and death squads terrorize Baghdad, Iraq's nascent democratic institutions cannot be expected to function, much less win the trust of the people. The fear created by gang murders and mass abductions ensures that power will continue to flow to the very thugs and extremists who have the least interest in peace and reconciliation.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 11:07 PM
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1. If leaders in the Middle East are concerned, than THEY can send in troops.
Bite me Joe.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 11:08 PM
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2. ROTFLMAO!!!
Edited on Thu Dec-28-06 11:09 PM by LynnTheDem
"extremists and terrorists led and sponsored by Iran"

Gee, Lieberman...that would be the SHIA the MFing idiots like YOU and YOUR PAL MFing idiot george w bush put in control of Iraq.

The SAME "extremists and terrorists" that were oppressed by Saddam Hussein.

That's why the US supported Hussein for decades.

You stupid motherfucking moran.

YOU go die for bush, Lieberman.

You stupid motherfucking moran.

God but I despise these deeply stupid MFing bastards.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 11:09 PM
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3. I'm shocked, I tell ya, shocked that he would mention September 11.
:eyes:

And notice the nice little confluence of Iran in there, too.

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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 11:09 PM
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4. How many sons and nephews does Lieberman have?
He should send them and their friends before bothering us with his obvious bias.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 11:10 PM
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5. who cares what you have to say joe?
you have no creditability left. no one can trust you, so joe,just go away....
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 11:11 PM
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6. And where the fuck do you propose we get those extra troops Joe?
Fuck you. Just fuck you. There isn't a single bit of new insight in this editorial. at. all.

Don't even bother to read the rest since it's just stay the course amplified without any details on HOW to secure Baghdad even with more troops.
:nuke:
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 11:12 PM
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7. So he says:
"Rather than engaging in hand-wringing, carping or calls for withdrawal, we must summon the vision, will and courage to take the difficult and decisive steps needed for success and, yes, victory in Iraq."


Maybe his kids should get up their courage and enlist!!!!
And those who voted his ass back in the Senate and their kids, send them.


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catnhatnh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 11:21 PM
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8. Alright-I want all you people to stop calling Joe a Republican Prostitute...
...He is NOT a Republican Prostitute, he only does this part-time....he is a Republican Substitute....
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 11:34 PM
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9. McCain-Lieberman 2008!! All War All The Time - Saving America's War Economy!!
Edited on Thu Dec-28-06 11:40 PM by Steve_DeShazer
Dumb and Dumber.

Last November, a big-assed Clue Train rolled into town, and these guys missed it.

Jesus, Joseph, and John.

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doublethink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 11:47 PM
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10. I almost posted this article a little while ago too ....
but I couldn't get past wanting to re-title it 'BARF ALERT' ..... and that would be breaking DU rules. So I stepped away from the keyboard and calmed down. With Democrats (okay Independents) like Lie-berman .. who needs Republicans? :shrug: Peace.
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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:04 AM
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11. the comment section is telling
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 12:05 AM by cal04
Lieberman what they think of his article and him
check it out
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/comments/displ...
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TexasLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:17 AM
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13. My favorite one
As a former soldier in the U.S. Army, I am nauseated when someone like Mr. Lieberman attempts to wrap himself in the American flag -- more likely several American flags -- and insinuate himself into the ranks of our brave troops. Gerald Fords newly published comments about the war in Iraq show common sense. Liebermans show grandiose wishful thinking, contempt for civilian victims of the war as well as our own casualties, and hint at some perverted neo-conservative agenda for the Middle East.

By robertmann | Dec 29, 2006 1:14:27 AM | Request Removal
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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:29 AM
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14. another person who has a son in Iraq
So, Senator Lieberman, if this war was somehow morally right, then why are only our soldiers and their families making the sole sacrifice? If this war is morally justified, then the entire country should have been mobilized and put on to a war footing. All I see are caskets coming home while the rest of American shops at Wal-Mart. The country is morally bankrupt. How dare you only ask for more sacrifice from our broken army, our soldiers and their families. Bring back the draft and lets see your family members join my son and his fellow soldiers in Iraq.

By zealander
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:06 AM
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12. Hey, you fucking asswipe - the Iraqi's NEVER ATTACKED US ON 911!
Fucking lying scumbag...
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