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Fri Sep 12, 2014, 11:58 AM

 

Every President in the Past 25 Years has Announced 'We Are Bombing Iraq' in Prime Time.


“Just two hours ago, allied air forces began an attack on military targets in Iraq and Kuwait.”

—President George H. W. Bush
January 16, 1991

“Good evening. Earlier today, I ordered America’s armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq.”

—President Bill Clinton
December 16, 1998

“My fellow citizens. At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.”

—President George W. Bush
March 19, 2003

“My fellow Americans. Tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.”

—President Barack Obama
September 10, 2014

Every American President in the past quarter century has now gone on television during prime time to tell the nation and the world that he has decided to bomb Iraq. Last night was Barack Obama’s turn, and it was a vexing performance. This is a President who has been stubbornly dedicated to extricating the United States as much as possible from its post-9/11 wars and resisting—in the absence of any good options for decisive action—being drawn into Syria’s catastrophic civil war. “The greatest responsibility I have as President is to keep the American people safe,” he said, two years ago. “That’s why I ended the war in Iraq.” And he repeated that boast last night, even as he told a very different story, effectively declaring a new war of staggering scope and complexity against forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, and other enemies, in Iraq and Syria—a war that he described as having no end in sight.

MORE: http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/obama-didnt-say

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Reply Every President in the Past 25 Years has Announced 'We Are Bombing Iraq' in Prime Time. (Original post)
grahamhgreen Sep 2014 OP
William769 Sep 2014 #1
Tierra_y_Libertad Sep 2014 #2
KittyWampus Sep 2014 #3
SidDithers Sep 2014 #5
grahamhgreen Sep 2014 #7
leftstreet Sep 2014 #8
grahamhgreen Sep 2014 #9
leftstreet Sep 2014 #10
grahamhgreen Sep 2014 #12
grahamhgreen Sep 2014 #11
grahamhgreen Sep 2014 #6
leftstreet Sep 2014 #4
MisterP Sep 2014 #13
grahamhgreen Sep 2014 #14
joeybee12 Sep 2014 #15
Dems to Win Sep 2014 #16
Octafish Sep 2014 #17
Rex Sep 2014 #18
Octafish Sep 2014 #21
Rex Sep 2014 #22
grahamhgreen Sep 2014 #19
Octafish Sep 2014 #20

Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:02 PM

1. When you are a haven for terrorists & dictators what do you expect. nt

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:02 PM

2. It has become the American determination to lose wars it cannot win. Rinse, repeat...

 

To show that we have a "strong leader".

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:04 PM

3. Pathetic to see DU'er pushing the same "false equivalency" bullshit that media resorts to

 

time and again.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:05 PM

5. The poster has found their niche...nt

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:06 PM

7. Who will pay for the new war?

 

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:09 PM

8. The Elderly. Students. Disabled. Veterans. Single parents.

It's called 'shared sacrifice'

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:10 PM

9. "Tough choices"! God forbid I can't squirrel away and extra 20 million this quarter.

 

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:11 PM

10. You should have been born to a rich family

Loser

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:12 PM

12. HAHA!

 

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:12 PM

11. It's funny cuz I can imagine the think tank crowd huddled in a conference room trying to come up

 

with an answer to that question.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:05 PM

6. Or giving historical perspective! Pathetic AND Outrageous!!! PS - Who will pay for the new war?

 

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:05 PM

4. DURec

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:20 PM

13. you don't roll out a new product in August

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Response to MisterP (Reply #13)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:23 PM

14. And when you do, make sure it has more bells and whistles!

 

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 12:24 PM

15. With so much practice, you'd think we'd get it right...

 

Are we missing targets, I guess?

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 04:35 PM

16. Build a bridge, bomb it to smithereens, repeat. For 24 solid years

 

Great profits for Halliburton and Blackwater, immense human misery for the ordinary people of Iraq and USA.

Plus it's an obscene, criminal waste of earth's resources. War is the most anti-environmental activity we humans have devised.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 04:45 PM

17. Because they can.

Thank you, Wall Street!

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Response to Octafish (Reply #17)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 04:45 PM

18. Cha-ching!

 

Money money money!

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Response to Rex (Reply #18)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 05:28 PM

21. ''Money trumps peace.'' -- appointed pretzeldent George Walker Bush, Feb. 14, 2007

And then he laughs.

The very words of George W Bush on Feb. 14, 2007, uttered at a press conference in which not a single of the callow, cowed press corpse saw fit to ask a follow-up.



I remember Cindy Sheehan tried to bring it to our nation's attention.

As for his Poppy: Bush Sr told the FBI he was in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

Sorry to be so repetitive about the warmongering traitors, Rex. The level of discourse these days doesn't exactly demand it.

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Response to Octafish (Reply #21)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 05:31 PM

22. No but bringing it up, drives a certain contingency crazy every time they have to read about it.

 

So keep it up! Those that pretend the BFEE and PNAC don't exist are fools or actually agree with the BFEE and PNAC, not much wiggle room.

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Response to Octafish (Reply #17)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 05:12 PM

19. Ya think the Iraqi's hate us yet?

 

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #19)

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 05:26 PM

20. What Harold Pinter said!

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