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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:39 AM
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Latest Pentagon Report Prooves - Petraeus Spun Fairy Tales (WAPO)
Security Took 'Turn for Worse' In Southern Iraq, Report Says

By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 18, 2007; Page A14

Security is deteriorating in southern Iraq as rival Shiite militias vying for power have stepped up their attacks after moving out of Baghdad to avoid U.S.-led military operations, according to the latest quarterly Pentagon report on Iraq released yesterday.

"The security environment in southern Iraq took a notable turn for the worse in August" with the assassination of two governors, said the report, which covers June through August. "There may be retaliation and an increase in intra-Shi'a violence throughout the South," it said, whereas previously the

Iran has intensified its training and funding of the Shiite militia, and Iranian-influenced militias are believed to be responsible for killing the two governors, as well as for a nearly 40 percent increase in attacks using lethal weapons known as explosively formed projectiles, compared with the mid-February to mid-May period, the report said.

The growing violence in the south is one factor making it unlikely that Iraq's leaders -- hampered by a "zero sum" mentality -- will make headway in the fall on key political resolutions, the report concluded. "In the short term, Iraqi political leaders will likely be less concerned about reconciliation than with consolidating power and posturing for a future power struggle," it said.

more at:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:42 AM
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1. So, he's lied to Congress twice.
Why is he considered an expert again?
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:45 AM
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3. no matter---he was NOT sworn in.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:46 AM
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6. lying to Congress is against the law, no matter if he's sworn in or not
is it not?
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:55 AM
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13. If it is, how many times are they going to let that crime be committed by this administration...?
...before they do something about it?
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:46 AM
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7. Oh, right, you can lie to Congress if you're not sworn in, and you're still an expert.
I get confused sometimes.
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:45 AM
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4. Because he lies so well.
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:47 AM
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8. Maybe this administration should create a Department of Bullshit...
...and make him its head.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:48 AM
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10. it allready has on----aka the WH
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:56 AM
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15. Good thing they ignore the will of the people, that house is supposed to belong to all of us. - n/t
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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:53 AM
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11. I think we all ready have that dept.... and it is called faux news...
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:57 AM
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16. You may be absolutely correct there. - n/t
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atreides1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:46 AM
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5. Technically speaking
He didn't lie, he misspoke, just like Gonzo did. Besides, since he wasn't under oath it doesn't really count!

Didn't you get the memo? ;)
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:54 AM
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12. I forgot how easy it is to accidently say the opposite of what you mean repeatedly...
...even when questioned about it.

Before using my decoder, is the memo the one trying to enhance my penis or the one selling pharmaceuticals spelled entirely with non-letter characters?
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:43 AM
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2. kick
:kick: &r
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:47 AM
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9. see also
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:55 AM
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14. You mean...HE BETRAYED US!
Someone should write an ad! Oh, no...that might be rude. We wouldn't want to be rude. After all, he only lied to help extend an illegal occupation of a sovereign nation. Be polite to him!

.
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cyberpj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 11:42 AM
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17. Something I didn't know about BASRA before this - and why it so important to US:
From the original post's WaPo article:

In Basra, the city through which 90 percent of Iraq's oil is exported, the report said that the expected continued reduction of British forces had led to insurgent groups "posturing themselves to control the city, where violence has increased due to the presence of multiple Shi'a militias -- most notably JAM and its splinter groups, the Badr Organization and the Fadilah Organization -- and criminal groups."
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superkia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 03:20 PM
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18. More reason for congress not to provide funds. End it!
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 03:25 PM
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19. If someone believes the BS that they are spouting, although the
info is false, are they actually lying?
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