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Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:53 PM

Joe Wilson appreciation thread ... good chance that Val Plame will see this

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142373399

In 1991 Saddam Hussien threaten to kill some American Hostages and Joe Wilson
either told Saddam or let him know that if he wanted to kill Americans then he should
start w/me (Joe wilson). Saddam let all the Americans go w/in 48 hours.

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Reply Joe Wilson appreciation thread ... good chance that Val Plame will see this (Original post)
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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:55 PM

1. He was one of the good guys. May there be a reward in some form or realm.

WAPO is reporting he died in hospice, so I'd guess likely cancer (he and Valerie divorced in 2017) I hope his passing was as painless as possible.

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Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:00 PM

2. He was a hero during a very dark time.

I hope his passing was gentle.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:02 PM

3. RIP

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:08 PM

4. He had serious guts, an unforgettable patriot

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:09 PM

5. Perhaps I should visit my local Panaderia and bag some yellow cake

in his honor.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:14 PM

6. Sad to hear this.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:42 PM

7. He was a man of intelligence and integrity.

A true hero. R.I.P.

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Response to gademocrat7 (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 07:21 PM

46. Yes, this. nt

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:46 PM

8. thank you Joe Wilson

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:49 PM

9. God speed to an American hero and patriot.

My thoughts are with Valerie Plame.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:51 PM

10. Joe Wilson..a true patriot...so sorry to hear he has passed away..

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:52 PM

11. Congressman Jay inslee brought him to Seattle to speak the truth

I was honored then to be in the audience to show my support and appreciation for his courage and patriotism. I hope he passed gently.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:55 PM

12. Fearless patriot


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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:56 PM

13. So sad to see him go.


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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:56 PM

14. To Valerie,

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:00 PM

15. Love

We're such fans of Joe & Valerie. He was courageous as hell as one of the few speaking out against the bullshit run-up to war. Valerie got stabbed in the back by her own government.

We'll always remember Joe fondly (I still try to get my dad to wear his eyeglasses on a chain, telling him how cool Joe looked doing it). We're pulling for Valerie running for office (what a kickass ad that was too!).

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:01 PM

16. True Patriot, ...

not like the people that attacked Joe & Valerie.

Condolences to Valerie & family

RIP Joe

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:01 PM

17. Wish we had more

like him. He told us why we have whistle-blower protections. RIP

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:03 PM

18. Thank you, Ambassador Wilson, for your service.

Rest In Peace, Your work is done. We can never repay our debt to you.

-- A Great American --

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:04 PM

19. This news makes me truly sad, he and Valerie are American heros.

I've previously donated to her campaign (second time this morning before I read the sad news) and will do so again.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:04 PM

20. We salute you, Mr. Wilson.

Thank you for your courageous service.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:06 PM

21. There are still American Hero's Joe Wilson is one.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:08 PM

22. American Patriot

spoke truth to power.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:09 PM

23. Why is it the good ones always go too soon?

And assholes like Cheney and Trump will live seemingly forever? One of Dog's little mysteries, I guess.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:09 PM

24. A Hero

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:12 PM

25. I'm so sorry to see you go

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:13 PM

26. ((Joe)) ((Valerie))

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:13 PM

27. Joe was a hero, a patriot, who stood up to the PUNK Karl Rove.

For that one act he should have a statue.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:14 PM

28. I will never forget the courage they both displayed. RIP Joe Wilson.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:14 PM

29. He was a man of integrity and honor.

Never forgotten.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:15 PM

30. Thank you sir for your service to our country.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:16 PM

31. Nicolle Wallace gave a heartfelt tribute to him at the end of her show tonight.

She said they had developed an unlikely but close friendship over the years, and in his last email to her he said he only had a few weeks left but he'd see her on the other side.

That's what I consider a man.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:18 PM

32. make note: send$$$

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:19 PM

33. He had great courage.

I am grateful that he told the truth. Wish we had more like him.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:21 PM

34. RIP to someone who thought more of Country than party...sad to hear about any of these ...

people who pass on, and who held principals close to their hearts vs. party...

Thanks for the heads up on his passing...

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:21 PM

35. Historic grace and courage.

RIP.

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Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:21 PM

36. A true patriot!

His integrity and honesty will be sadly missed. Condolences to the family.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:24 PM

37. Rest In Peace Joe Wilson



Thank you for being a patriot when it truly mattered.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:31 PM

38. RIP n/t

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:38 PM

39. An honorable patriot

He inspired hope that an intelligent voice of reason could stop or at least slow down the march to war in Iraq.
Unfortunately, there was no stopping Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove. And his family paid the price for his brave efforts.

It seems fitting that we remember Joe's patriotic integrity at this time in our country's history.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:40 PM

40. RIP. So sorry to see one of the greatest gone. I hope his legacy will inspire others

to speak truth to power.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 06:55 PM

41. He seemed a

very decent sort.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 06:58 PM

42. I remember reading the Joe Wilson op-ed in the NY Times

 

and it blew my mind. I knew something was wrong with the narrative coming out of the Bush White House about the successful war in Iraq and the build up to that fabricated decision. Wow, what a patriot Joe Wilson was, and is. I will never forget the pride that I felt about someone willing to step up to tell the truth to power. It was definitely one of the most historical moments in my life.

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Response to Miigwech (Reply #42)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 07:18 PM

45. I still have a copy of that. n/t

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #45)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 07:44 PM

51. For me it was the first thing that I read contradicting the Bush War machine

 

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Response to Miigwech (Reply #51)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 11:14 PM

66. Joe Wilson (and his editorial) changed my life.

I had been one of those veterans who truly believed that a US president would NEVER think to lie the American people into war.

I had come of age during the Eisenhower years. I come from a rock solid military family and served a career myself. It was inconceivable to me that any administration would LIE to us and force us into war (for oil, no less) footing. I couldn't imagine this to be true. Eisenhower hated war, saying "I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity." I just could NOT wrap my head around such perfidy, on such a scale, at such a cost.

The blood lust to create dead Americans, who made the ultimate sacrifice, coming home in flag-draped caskets - always a good way to pump up citizen-patriots to clamor for death and destruction. The "collateral damage" - which is a handy little device used by arm-chair warrior-civilians who push for war, to conflate the death of innocents and the loss of their homes and countries as necessary - inflicted on countries of "other" people, deemed to be inferior due to color or religion. The naked greed of the arms merchants of the world to push out the materiel of murder. THIS is the legacy of the Bush/Cheney administration.

When Ambassador Wilson wrote his editorial, I walked around in a fog for days. How could this be true ? Colin Powell, a military man, A MILITARY GENERAL, had stood in front of the UN, and addressed an anxious nation, desperate for proof, and truth, with his vial of "yellow cake" to show us. Something was horribly wrong. How to reconcile the conflicting accounts ? I felt lost, as if the floor beneath my feet had disappeared.

Then the WH launched their counter-attack on Joe Wilson, and I slowly began to realize the truth I did not want to confront. A sitting US president had done the unthinkable, the unsupportable, the unconscionable. The entire WH was corrupted, contaminated. War crimes. I became physically ill. For days.

When the haze lifted, I obtained a back-copy of the editorial and had it framed. Joe Wilson had changed me. He made me realize that blind trust is just that - blind. And my government, my Commander-in-Chief, had lied to me and, like a lemming, I had followed them and believed every word of it.

Joe Wilson put everything on the line to tell us the truth. He had nothing to gain and everything to lose in doing so. But he knew something we did not -- the truth. And he put everything, including his life, in jeopardy to share that with us. Courage comes in many forms. I have known sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines who displayed enormous courage when called upon.

In a dangerous and chaotic time for this country, Joe Wilson was one brave sonofabitch.

Fair winds and following seas, Mr. Ambassador.


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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #66)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 12:39 AM

69. What an eloquent writer you are.

I really can't think of anything else to say except thank you for posting this.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #66)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 08:57 AM

74. A truly great post

Thank you

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 07:05 PM

43. K and R

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 07:18 PM

44. RIP

Joe Wilson, you were a true patriot.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 07:34 PM

47. RIP

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 07:36 PM

48. A patriot

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 07:36 PM

49. now THAT is a hero

yes INDEED

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 07:44 PM

50. As many here have said, Joe Wilson was a true patriot to this country.

My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 07:56 PM

52. An unsung hero.

I hope she wins.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 07:58 PM

53. Rest In Peace and Godspeed!

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 08:05 PM

54. Joe Wilson did the right thing.

He will be missed.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 08:11 PM

55. A true hero, stuck with the truth, a rare commodity this days

 

RIP Joe Wilson, you served your country well, you are a great patriot, history will honor your name.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 08:17 PM

56. Stood up for us

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Fri Sep 27, 2019, 08:50 PM

57. A courageous hero n/t

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 09:03 PM

58. My condolences for your loss, Valerie



In his memory, I've sent a donation to your campaign.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 09:21 PM

59. TY for your service Ambassador. Nt

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Fri Sep 27, 2019, 09:35 PM

60. ...

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Fri Sep 27, 2019, 10:05 PM

61. A great patriot at a crucial time

in most difficult political conditions. We would be in worse shape today if you hadn't stood tall, and we thank you for your service. May we all be half as good if freedom needs us.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 10:48 PM

62. R.I.P Joe Wilson!

Thank you for your service and thank you for your courage to speak out when so few did. God speed!

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 10:49 PM

63. The good die too young. RIP Mr. Ambasador.

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Fri Sep 27, 2019, 10:54 PM

64. Rest well, Joe. Your country will forever owe you a debt for your patriotism.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 11:00 PM

65. I was so sad to see that Mr. Wilson had passed.

Their lives were so disrupted by the exposure of Valerie and my admiration for the way they handled that grew greatly. My deepest sympathy to Valerie and the family.

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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 12:04 AM

67. Hero and patriot!

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 12:19 AM

68. very saddened to hear of his passing today

i have a lot of respect for both joe and valerie.

thank you both for everything. you each made a huge difference.

heartfelt condolences to valerie and family



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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 12:46 AM

70. I never believed the Bush Administration's assertion that Iraq had WMDs

Joe Wilson was instrumental in providing proof of the lies. He will always be a hero to me! True patriot and a very brave man who stood up for the truth! Lived a life of service to his country.

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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 01:14 AM

71. I was so very surprised and saddened when I read this

today..... He was a true patriot who exhibited an incredible amount of bravery during a very dark time. I also had NO idea that he and Valerie had divorced....R.I.P. Mr. Wilson

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 07:41 AM

72. Rest in Power, Ambassador Wilson.

And thank you for your service to our nation.

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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 08:12 AM

73. Safe passage...

...patriot and damned decent human being.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 09:49 AM

75. Joe Wilson is why the United States is a free country.

Even after he was betrayed by his nationís president, he stood for the Constitution and against tyranny.

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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 09:50 AM

76. Thank you Joe

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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 09:56 AM

77. Thank You Joe Wilson...

For telling the truth in the face of unimaginable pressure, for being a patriot.
My deepest sympathy got out to you, Valerie.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 09:58 AM

78. Both are people who stood by and supported their country

and more importantly, each other. My condolences go out to VP. Her forthcoming work will honor her man.

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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 10:54 AM

80. I bought his book

A man of great intelligence and integrity. He will be missed

Go out and kick Republican ass in his name.

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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 11:02 AM

81. we cant afford to lose patriots these days.

you will be missed, sir, but your example shines on.

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