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whometense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-10-07 11:21 AM
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And on the other side of the 2008 aisle...
the utterly slimy and panderous (new word? call Colbert) Mittens Romney has this to say about the troop surge escalation in Iraq.

Romney released the following statement today:

    Governor Mitt Romney, in direct consideration of the proposed increase in troop deployments in Iraq, issued the following statement today putting an emphasis on the need for clear and measurable strategic objectives.

    "I agree with the President: Our strategy in Iraq must change. Our military mission, for the first time, must include securing the civilian population from violence and terror. It is impossible to defeat the insurgency without first providing security for the Iraqi people. Civilian security is the precondition for any political and economic reconstruction.

    "In consultation with Generals, military experts and troops who have served on the ground in Iraq, I believe securing Iraqi civilians requires additional troops. I support adding five brigades in Baghdad and two regiments in Al-Anbar province. Success will require rapid deployment.

    "This effort should be combined with clear objectives and milestones for U.S. and Iraqi leaders.

    "The road ahead will be difficult but success is still possible in Iraq. I believe it is in America's national security interest to achieve it."


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rox63 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-10-07 11:26 AM
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1. He is a despicable reptile n/t
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-10-07 11:27 AM
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2. Where did he find these experts?
Howw many soldiers are in a brigade?
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wisteria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-10-07 11:28 AM
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3. That man CAN NOT come anywhere close to the Presidency.
Just reading his statement it is obvious he doesn't really have a clue, hasn't taken the time to find out, and could really care less. This isn't about him, so he doesn't pay much attention. Ugh, you poor Mass people subjected to him for the last four years.
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whometense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-10-07 11:34 AM
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4. You are so right.
Edited on Wed Jan-10-07 11:34 AM by whometense
The man is the very definition of an empty suit.

He is as shallow, self-serving and full of hollow ambition as they come.
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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-10-07 11:54 AM
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5. Oh gag. What a buffoon!
Edited on Wed Jan-10-07 12:18 PM by TayTay
"I agree with the President: Our strategy in Iraq must change. Our military mission, for the first time, must include securing the civilian population from violence and terror. It is impossible to defeat the insurgency without first providing security for the Iraqi people. Civilian security is the precondition for any political and economic reconstruction.

Who the hell screwed this up in the first place and
a: was clueless about the fact that Iraq was in dire straits and would almost certainly break violently apart from any invasion;
b: failed to anticipate, in a dire economic situation, that Iraqis would loot and burn their own infrastructure;
c: break into armory storage places and secure the weaponry that has now killed untold numbers of Iraqis and a few thousand Americans; and
d: fail to hire people with even a bare knowledge of the country or situation they were going into. The Bushies believed that Iraq would go well because the Dear Leader Bush willed it so. People with no experience other than that of hacks in the Repub machine were sent to Iraq and told to 'git er done' with no support, no native Arabic speakers and no plans whatsoever. Mittens, Bite me you despicable bastid.

Civilian security was not a priority? Mittens, you boob, this was not a little problem that you bring up as an 'oops, my bad, sorry about that.' It was the major problem with the war from which all other problems flow.

"In consultation with Generals, military experts and troops who have served on the ground in Iraq, I believe securing Iraqi civilians requires additional troops. I support adding five brigades in Baghdad and two regiments in Al-Anbar province. Success will require rapid deployment.

"This effort should be combined with clear objectives and milestones for U.S. and Iraqi leaders.

"The road ahead will be difficult but success is still possible in Iraq. I believe it is in America's national security interest to achieve it."


Mittens: Really the Winter Olympics in 2002 were in worse shape than Iraq is now and I came in and saved the day at the Olympics by virtue of my magnificent Mittens-ness. Hey, a few thousand more Americans and a little hard work and maybe some help from my Investment Banker and Merger people and Iraq will be totally ready for a take-over bid in no time. We only need to lay off a bunch of Iraqis, get the inventory under control, control costs and the place will be ship-shape and ready for new ownership. Sunni, Shia, 1,500 years of sectarian problems, and regional differences. What are they? Nothing. I saved an Olympics I tell you. Iraq just needs a little security tweaking and it will be ready to go.

What a complete moron. This man must never, ever get anywhere near the job of Commander in Chief. He is one of the few people who will actually be even more clueless than that idiot that's in there now.
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whometense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-10-07 12:03 PM
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6. um, yeah. What you said.
Edited on Wed Jan-10-07 12:04 PM by whometense
I'm :rofl: over this: Mittens: Really the Winter Olympics in 2002 were in worse shape than Iraq is now and I came in and saved the day at the Olympics by virtue of my magnificent Mittens-ness.

This is seriously OT, but have you been following the whole progressive talk saga?

I don't mean to be too :tinfoilhat:ish, but I did hear that Bain bought out Clearchannel. Coincidence? I think not.

Mitt Romney Buys Clear Channel

by Chris Bowers, Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 01:44:50 PM EST

Rochester Turning finds this disturbing nugget on the 2008 Presidential race:

    Clearchannel just recently went up for auction. Mitt Romney's Bain Capital bought it along with Thomas H Lee Partners, but I'm not sure who owns them. The rumor on the Street was that there might be regulatory problems because the firms own positions in other media companies, but I'm not sure which ones. Article is here and Wikipedia for Bain Capital is here.
    To prepare for their 2008 runs, most potential candidates stock up on staff, a Leadership PAC, and support from party leaders, advocacy organizations, and grassroots groups. Mitt Romney buys a media empire. I can't argue with what will probably be an effective strategy, but I can fear for American Democracy. Maybe Romney did this in order to match Giuliani's defacto news organization, Bloomberg. Maybe he did it to try and counter Rupert Murdoch's hold over the Bush administration via Tony Snow.

For a long time, many progressives have dismissed much established media as corporate and pro-right wing. However, with the difference between rulers of vast media empires and Republican Presidential candidates quickly disappearing, hopefully that will be a problem that the entire country will start to notice as well. While it may not be possible with Bush in the White House, we have to end media consolidtion and reinstate the fairness doctrine ASAP. Rochester Turning describes just how bad the situation is in the Flower City (that's Rochester, for you non-Upstaters):

    One of the most distressing political topics of the day is the state of our media. Did you know that of the four major television channels here, one is owned by Sinclair (FOX 31 WUHF, which comes in as Channel 7 on cable) and another (ABC 13 WHAM) is owned by Clear Channel? Sinclair, you may recall, was set to run an anti-John Kerry documentary a few days before the 2004 election until a sponsor boycott forced them to do otherwise, while Clear Channel reportedly led campaigns against the Dixie Chicks following their comments about George Bush a few years ago. Clear Channel also owns seven local radio stations

I am sure that cities around the country are facing similar problems--posibly even worse. News Corps, Sinclair, Clear Channel, Bloomberg--tough times ahead for the So Called Liberal Media.


You have to ask yourself, who stands to gain the most from the demise of Progressive talk? And, who is in a position to do something about it?
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