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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:43 PM
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NYT editorial: Democrats Find Their Voice on Iraq
Democrats Find Their Voice
Published: November 17, 2007

It has been two long months since Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq, cowed Congressional Democrats into silence, championing President Bushs misguided course on the war. Were pleased to see that the effects of his briefing are finally wearing off. The bad news, as ever, is that Mr. Bush and his Republican allies continue to resist reason.

House Democrats distinguished themselves this week when they stood up to the White Houses latest military funding steamroller: approving only $50 billion of the additional $196 billion the president requested for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They also set conditions on the funding, including demands that troops start coming home from Iraq within 30 days and that the withdrawal be completed by mid-December 2008. Senate Democrats quickly brought the House plan to the floor. But, ever the spoilers, Republicans blocked it, as they have other attempts to rein in Mr. Bushs war-without-end in Iraq.

Predictably, the White House which always prefers fear-mongering to serious debate accused Democrats of undermining the troops. Even Defense Secretary Robert Gates got into the act, threatening to direct the Army and Marine Corps to begin developing plans to lay off employees and terminate contracts next year unless Congress approves new funding within days.

Lawmakers, regardless of party, and the American people will always stand behind the brave men and women in the armed forces. Congress has already approved some $800 billion in funding since Sept. 11, 2001, for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But that hardly measures the full cost in blood and treasure. More than 800 troops have been killed in Iraq in 2007 alone, making it the deadliest year yet for the American military there....

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Democrats say they will continue to push the president and his Republican allies to concede their failed war policy and change course. They must keep at it. Its far past time to begin a swift and orderly withdrawal of forces from Iraqs civil war and to refocus on Afghanistan, where Americas win over the Taliban and Al Qaeda is in danger of being reversed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/17/opinion/17sat1.html?h...
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Bitwit1234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:42 PM
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1. Could we get some face time on the MSM
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Joe Bacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 02:31 AM
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2. Meanwhile the rest of the SCREW YORK TIMES still worships Bush!
The SCREW YORK TIMES is just amazing. The editorial section mildly rebukes Bush and the rest of the paper (EXCEPT PAUL KRUGMAN) engages in endless Bush ass kissing.

In fact it's hard to tell which "newspaper" kisses Bush's ass the most, The SCREW YORK TIMES, The LIES ANGELES TIMES, The ATLANTA KKKONSTITUTION, The CHICAGO FIBUNE or The WHORE STREET JOURNAL!
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Cobalt-60 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:52 AM
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3. There should be an award for this
A nice plaque with an image of lips on ass.
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