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Fuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 10:21 PM
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Promise Kept.
"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." G.W. Bush, 9/13/01

I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'"- G.W. Bush, 9/17/01

President Bush pledged anew Friday that Osama bin Laden will be taken "dead or alive."AP, 12/14/01

I don't know where Bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." G.W. Bush, 3/13/02

"I am truly not that concerned about him." G.W. Bush, responding to a question about bin Laden's whereabouts, 3/13/02

Sarah Palin said Obama was 'palling around with terrorists'.

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I believe that part of the reason we have a difficult situation is because we made a bad judgment going into Iraq in the first place when we hadn't finished the job of hunting down bin Laden and crushing al-Qaida.

And we have a difficult situation in Pakistan. So what happened was we got distracted, we diverted resources, and ultimately bin Laden escaped, set up base camps in the mountains of Pakistan in the northwest provinces there.

They are now raiding our troops in Afghanistan, destabilizing the situation. They're stronger now than at any time since 2001. And that's why I think it's so important for us to reverse course because that's the central front on terrorism. They are plotting to kill Americans right now. As Secretary Gates, the Defense secretary, said, the war against terrorism began in that region, and that's where it will end.

So part of the reason I think it's so important for us to end the war in Iraq is to be able to get more troops into Afghanistan, put more pressure on the Afghan government to do what it needs to do, eliminate some of the drug trafficking that's funding terrorism.

But I do believe that we have to change our policies with Pakistan. We can't coddle, as we did, a dictator, give him billions of dollars, and then he's making peace treaties with the Taliban and militants. What I have said is we're going encourage democracy in Pakistan, expand our non-military aid to Pakistan so that they have more of a stake in working with us, but insisting that they go after these militants.

And if we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take them out, then I think that we have to act, and we will take them out.

We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaida. That has to be our biggest national security priority.

Obama October 2008 in a debate with McCain

Promise Kept.
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Fuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 10:47 PM
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1. Six rec's, bumping myself.
;)
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 10:56 PM
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2. I thought it was going to be a post telling me Gitmo is closed. nt
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 10:57 PM
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3. ...
:spank:

behave yourself

:D
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:05 AM
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4. NOTE: Wikiquote says this quote is probably fake.
See http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:George_W._Bush

Progressives are (again) losing the race to "correct" official history.
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 01:46 PM
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8. Oops; I was looking at the "Talk" page.
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:23 AM
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5. I'm having trouble finding a working source for any of those quotes, and
Wikiquotes says they're probably fake. Any help would be appreciated.
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:26 AM
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6. Here is part of the video ...
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:27 AM
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7. Here's another ... from a different debate.
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