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GHOSTDANCER Donating Member (550 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:21 PM
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Why the hell do we still have 150,000 soldiers in Iraq?
I mean come on? Whats the real reason people?
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SouthernDem2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:22 PM
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1. Because the US backed government would fall apart without us...
We are needed for security.
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GHOSTDANCER Donating Member (550 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:30 PM
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5. Don't you find 150,000 a little extensive?
Even after a year and and an election and countless other countries pulling out their own troops? Even after the hand picked US puppet Iraqi president was "elected"?


Have troop levels even decreased since the begin of the war?
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ohio_liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:33 PM
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7. Wasn't the Army supposed to...
slowly scale down?
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:44 PM
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10. 1) NeoCONs plan permanent military presence; and 2) NeoCONs plan
an expanded war/occupation/control over the Middle East.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:24 PM
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2. Because Bush wants to have then as back-up when he orders....
...the bombing of Iran this June
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:25 PM
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3. They would be unemployed and social security would rebound!
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fryguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:28 PM
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4. because the iraqis are still showering them with flowers and candy
and none of them want to come home.....
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:31 PM
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6. Waiting to move on Iran and Syria
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what else - !!

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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:39 PM
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8. oil
Guarding the oil. Getting ready, once Iraqi govt troops are guarding the oil, to invade Syria or Iran, or Saudi Arabia, if the PNAC are having a real hissie fit. They ain't coming home soon. They are the American Imperial Legion, and they will do 16 year stretches.

The only thing that will get them home is to come back stateside and train the draftees.
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:46 PM
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12. The U.S troops will be in Iraq for at least 100 years...
or until the Shi'tes decide that they will leave
or the oil is depleted or the funds for their stay are cut off. The cut off is the least likely scenerio.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:42 PM
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9. To tell visiting politicians that the insurgency has "failed".
Other than that, a little sunbathing, shooting dogs, shooting civilians, insulting the populace, and being interviewed.
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:45 PM
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11. Because most Americans could give a crap.
Why weren't more people out protesting this past weekend?
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GHOSTDANCER Donating Member (550 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 05:06 PM
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20. American Idol was on?
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FloridaPat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:49 PM
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13. We've lost control of a lot of Iraq and we don't have the oil well
sales contracts sold yet. If we leave, you can bet no oil will be coming this way if the real Iraqis have anything to say about it. Plus, we still have money in the treasury that can go to Hallibuton.

Also, if we pull out, we will no longer have a "war president" and someone might notice he's a complete idiot.
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:53 PM
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14. Permanent occupation force. Located at permanent bases
that will remain indefinitely.Soon the rational will shift to the need to keep them there to provide stability to the ME. I honestly don't see how we will be able to pay for this in the long run.
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clem_c_rock Donating Member (989 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:55 PM
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15. Uh - because we aren't finished taking the country over
And subdueing it's citizens through violent pacification.

We need more napalm.
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clem_c_rock Donating Member (989 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:56 PM
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16. Real Reason = "Rebuilding America's Defenses"
A PNAC hit.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:57 PM
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17. So Terri Schiavo can be kept on her feeding tube????
We have to protect OUR oil interests.
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clem_c_rock Donating Member (989 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 05:00 PM
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19. Ha!!! - nice
LOL!
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clem_c_rock Donating Member (989 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 04:58 PM
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18. Only if you believe mainstream news would you be asking this question
Which is not to say it's a great post. Thanks for posting it.
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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 05:10 PM
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21. because Americans do not understand
Edited on Mon Mar-21-05 05:11 PM by welshTerrier2
Americans do not understand that ALL foreign policy is conducted to benefit corporate interests ... because the Democratic Party refuses to push this essential truth, it becomes very easy for the neo-con right to peddle their nonsense about protecting Americans from "the terrorists" and promoting democracy for the Iraqis ...

too many Americans lack the context on which to decide right from wrong ... if the "opposition party" fails to provide that context, too often the cause of war can be justified when it is in fact corrupt and immoral ...

and not only doesn't the Democratic Party provide the necessary context for Americans to understand the true motivations for war, but far too many of them vote to support and fund the war ...

why the hell do we still have 150,000 soldiers in Iraq? ... that's easy ... both parties are supporting the policy that put them there ...
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Trillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 05:12 PM
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22. "Mission Accomplished":
"Mission Not yet Accomplished"

Flip-flop.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 07:39 PM
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23. Because it is a potential powder-keg. They need to rebuild the capacity
of the Iraqi Army. We have no choice. Even the UN has to be there. Canadians who skipped the war because we found the intelligence Bush shared as "not conforming to any previously known pattern of intelligence" - even we will send experts to train the Iraqi army. Has to be done.

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