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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:32 PM
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"I truly am not that concerned about bin Laden" - George W. Bush
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 06:47 PM by Bluebear

"As I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban. But once we set out the policy and started executing the plan, he became -- we shoved him out more and more on the margins. He has no place to train his al Qaeda killers anymore." - George W. Bush, March 13, 2002



"bin Ladens threat had been neutralized. Our goal was to stop terrorism to the extent that we could. Enough pressure has been applied to al-Qaeda leaders to make them so busy surviving and moving from place to place that they no longer have time to plot terrorist attacks." - Donald Rumsfeld, April 8, 2002


"There's no question in my mind, and I think to anybody who knows how close this election is. Osama bin Laden would not give out a video report 72 hours before the election unless he wanted to influence it. He would like to see somebody other than George Bush, because George Bush has really taken it to him!" - Tommy Thompson, Health and Human Services Secretary, October 30, 2004

"Osama bin Laden has been a prime focus of our interest, obviously, since before 9/11, really. And we have not let up for a minute. John Kerry suggested somehow we are not aggressively pursuing Osama bin Laden because we've got other interests. That's just not the case. We've been in the hunt here now for a good, long period of time. We haven't seen much of him. You'll notice there haven't been any bin Laden tapes running on the air where he's out broadcasting messages, frankly, because we think he's probably in a deep hole someplace, in hiding. We'll continue on the hunt until we find him. I'm convinced we will eventually get him. And it's just a matter of time and making a major effort, and we're doing exactly that." - Dick Cheney, October 23, 2004

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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:38 PM
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1. You are on a roll, my man.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:42 PM
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7. I get angry when my friends die.
Today Londoners are my friends.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:39 PM
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2. "Bring it on"--yeah they brought it George
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:39 PM
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3. Bin Who
That's right, eat your words.
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splat@14 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:41 PM
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4. Great post. Damn, Cheney is a scary lookin dude! Voted n/t
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jean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:41 PM
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5. ah. the Tommy Thompson quote is an especially fond one
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:46 PM
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8. I guess the good London folks love Bush/Blair now
He/They have kept them so safe. (sarcasm off)
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smirkymonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:42 PM
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6. Of course not.
If Bin Laden was caught, who would he blame everything on?

Oh, never mind. Clinton is still around.
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tenshi816 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:43 AM
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23. Yes, the powerful Clinton penis,
what the Republicans consider to be the root of all evil. :evilgrin:
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sambird90 Donating Member (89 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:54 PM
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9. I have not
posted in quite some time. I usually sit back and just read for the enjoyment of reading the thoughts of like minded people. This particular message was fantastic. Thank you!!!!!!!! :yourock:
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:00 PM
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10. Thank you sambird!
And do not be a stranger here!
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:06 PM
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11. If destroying AQ was so goddam important...
why didn't the Bush Regime do so? They could have focused their attention on it instead of bombing the shit out of Afghanistan and fighting the Taliban and setting up the Mayor of Kabul. They could have dealt with the Taliban after destroying AQ and aprehending Usuam. Oh...but the didn't. Wonder why they didn't?
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sambird90 Donating Member (89 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:07 PM
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12. I would find it an honor
to be able to copy this with your permission to take to my job in south (
St.Louis, MO. go cards I had to get that in)and to show a couple of my friends?
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:10 PM
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13. Please feel free. Each one, reach one!
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:15 AM
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17. night shift
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cthrumatrix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:18 PM
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14. and those WMD's are where????????????
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:41 PM
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15. "Heh heh heh, they must be here somewhere!"
:mad:
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:56 PM
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26. fun guy...or fungi
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:52 PM
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16. $300,000,000,000.00 later...
:scared:


and then (soon) $500,000,000,000.00 later...

:scared:


and then...

:scared:



Recommend and Kick.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:31 AM
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18. Chimp speak
"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." speaking underneath a "Mission Accomplished" banner aboard the USS Asiram Lincoln, May 1, 2003

Uh-huh
:eyes:
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wellst0nev0ter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:11 AM
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19. Didn't You Get The Memo?
Apparently it's more important that John Kerry "outed" Cheney's already openly gay daughter during the debates.

*sigh* media bastards.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:07 AM
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21. Oh yeah I forgot to listen to Lynne Cheney
"Kerry is NOT a good man."
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:15 AM
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20. 3 Weeks ago Porter Goss said he had an "excellent idea" of where OBL
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 03:16 AM by impeachdubya
is..

But due to "geopolitical reality", we can't do anything about it.

Got that? We can invade a country that has NOTHING to do with Al Qaeda and 9-11, we can invade Afghanistan with promises to "smoke 'em out" and then completely abdicate that goal entirely.. but now we supposedly have an "excellent idea" where he is but, gosh, gee, we can't do anything.
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:15 AM
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22. Osama is CIA, Of course the shrub is not concerned.
Or, Osama enjoyed a close working relationship with the CIA during the first bush / reagan administration. He was our man during the war with the russian army in Afghanistan.

Al Qua-da literally means "the base". The "base" is actually a data base. It contains the names and information on everyone who was loyal to osama bin laden during the war in Afghanistan.

You can safely count hwb and rr among their numbers so it might not be too much of a stretch to say that they are members of "the data base" of loyal supporters.

either way, if Osama is responsible for the attack in Britain, then he once again pulled aces and delt them to the bushtapo. Nice media diversion for the shrubs failings at the g8, the linkage of kkkarl rove and valerie plame, and the downing street minutes.
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:46 AM
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24. or how about this one from June 28, 2005
or how about this one from June 28, 2005 - We either deal with terrorism and this extremism abroad, or we deal with it when it comes to us."

and then there's the July 4, 2005 quote - "We're taking the fight to the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home."

for good measure there's the GOP mantra of "we're safer now".

The daily spews are reporting about a previously unknown group al-qeada affiliates as being responsible for bombing in London - although they are careful to say they are not sure.

In the fall of 2002 and up until May 1, 2003 the reason we invaded Iraq was to stop Saddam from using WMDS, there was also that loosely woven connection of Saddam and 9-11. When it started to become obvious there were NO WMDs - the story changed to Liberating Iraqi people. Now that Americans are not buying that product - the story is we are "fighting terrorists abroad so we don't have to fight them here at home"

Granted Madrid and London are not "home" to the majority of Americans - but terrorist attacks have occurred there and it's fairly close to "home". Many of our major cities went to ORANGE ALERT (back with the colors again) - a good precaution - however every attack abroad and every time the alert level is raised indicates we are NOT winning the war on terror and we are certainly not safer because we invaded Iraq.

I'm wondering how many people are now questioning just how safe we really are and if invading Iraq did any good to put a damper on terrorism? How many are asking themselves - "where's Bin-Laden? why aren't we 'hunting him down'? why are we wasting time, money and the lives of our troops in Iraq - just like WMDs - bin-Laden is not in Iraq."

The war on terror is more than just "gittin' bin-laden" - taking him out won't do much other than being a symbolic victory for us and providing the terrorists with a martyr.

Fighting terrorism is not a conventional war - this is not a war where one army pushes ahead to control more land than the other, nor is it a an all out assault where one army kills more than the other, nor is there any ONE leader that could be killed/captured which would bring about an end to a war.

Terrorism is a tool - it's a weapon. The real war is one of ideas and beliefs. And the problem with attacking ideas and beliefs is the more you shoot at ideas/beliefs with bullets and bombs - the stronger those ideas and beliefs become - the resolve become stronger.

these groups didn't spring up overnight - they grew slowly over many many years. Invading Iraq just added more fertilizer to the mix. Even if we succeed in 'bringing democracy' to Iraq - it won't stop the terror attacks. We can invade the entire middle east and elsewhere - but it won't stop the ideas/beliefs.
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Mich Otter Donating Member (887 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:19 PM
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25. Not concerned about his family's friend?
Gee, if my Daddy was a friend to the bin Ladin family and a friend to the Saudi family, I probably would not be too concerned about any of them who had done me a big favor by insuring I stay in power and my friends get richer.
Do you think the Bushies are saving Osama till just before the '08 elections?
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:00 PM
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27. There's that creepy photo again...
I swear, everytime I see that it reminds me of the movie "The Getaway" (1972). Bush looks like he belongs to the Texas Mafia that Steve McQueen is trying to get away from...
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grace0418 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:55 PM
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28. They are beyond disgusting.
English doesn't have words foul enough to describe the cesspool that is BushCo.
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