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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:31 AM
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"Wait until September (to call for an Iraq exit) ," republican Sen. Collins was told by Condi Rice
NEWSWEEK: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) Recalls Phone Call With Condoleezza Rice: 'It was a Strong Plea for Me Not to Join in any Calls for a Change of Mission in Iraq'

Sen. Collins Tells NEWSWEEK: 'My Patience With the Administration's
Strategy is Exhausted'

NEWSWEEK POLL: 54 percent of Americans Said They Were Not Willing to Give the President Until Spring Before Making Troop Cutbacks

NEW YORK, July 15 - The secretary of State was cordial,
but forceful and insistent. Wait until September, Condoleezza Rice told
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine over the phone last week. Wait until the
commanders on the ground can report their progress. "It was a strong plea
for me not to join in any calls for a change of mission in Iraq," Collins
recalled to Newsweek. But Collins, a Republican, was thinking of her recent
trip to Iraq, where she claims that both Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri
al-Maliki and American commanders told her that a surge in troops in the
end would not be the answer.


Collins seems fed up. She says she told Rice "that the fact that Iraqi politicians still appear to be going on vacation in August, while our men and women are out there dying, doesn't make me think we're going to see any more progress by September." Collins sighed, "It's just that my patience with the administration's strategy is exhausted."


The senator introduced a bipartisan amendment to immediately wind down
combat operations and instead have troops focus on counterterrorism, border
security and training Iraqi troops. Collins believes her plan-broadly
similar to others floating around Congress-will result in a "significant
drawdown of our troops." Maybe, but military experts whom Newsweek
interviewed, among them senior officers serving in Iraq, suggest that for
such a combination of missions, to be done effectively, there would be
little allowance for any reduction in troops. Given the political
realities, of course, adding troops is a nonstarter.


more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19762057/site/newsweek /
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bryant69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:34 AM
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1. We all know that you don't unveil a new product in August.
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 08:34 AM by bryant69
Bryant
Check it out --> http://politicalcomment.blogspot.com
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:39 AM
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September has nothing to do with the commanders' reports.
It has everything to do with getting the Super Embassy opened and online, which just coincidently is slated for September. The "pull-out" will be a joke because BushCo will simply be "redeploying" our soldiers to become palace guards to protect the oil industry's...oops, uh...America's new home in the ME.

It should not be called an embassy. It should be called The Department of Occupation and Resource Reallocation.

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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:39 AM
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2. Iraqi officials are on vacation in August, just as ours are on
vacation at the same time, well, I guess that leaves more of troops dying each day and more Iraqi civilians. We are committing Genocide on these people, they are doing it in our name.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:39 AM
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3. What's gonna happen between now and September to make sure these
senators stick with the program? :scared:
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CANDO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:40 AM
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4. Something horrible is going to go down soon. "Shock and Awe"
I think it may involve Iran. Some sort of strike at our ports or maybe something in Iraq that they can point the finger at Iran. I have a "gut feeling" on this!
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:41 AM
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5. Always the same claim "On the Iraq War success is just around the corner"
....the repukes have been using variations of that line of bullshit ever since Herbert Hoover allowed the great stock investment looting of 1929 and the deepest depression in world history which followed. When will the American ever learn that the republican philosophy and all those who sign into it doesn't give a rat's ass for anyone but the wealthiest citizens, big oil and big banks, corporations and military/industrial complex?
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:07 PM
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6. kick
:kick:
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:08 PM
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7. And in September
Wait until Thanksgiving.

Then, wait until the new year

Then, wait until Springtime.

Then, wait until Summer

Then...

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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:23 PM
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8. In Sept. the line will be: "The Surge is working but more time
is needed to accomplish the Mission. The Mission is completing to Oil Transfer to the Western Multi-Natl. Oil Corps.
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