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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Iraq: IN LATEST PUSH, BUSH CITES RISK IN QUITTING IRAQ



SALT LAKE CITY, Aug.31---President Bush said Thursday that withdrawing now from Iraq would leave Americans at risk of terrorist attacks "in the streets of their own cities," and he cast the struggle against Islamist extremists as the costly but necessary successor to the battles of the last century against Nazism and Communism.

The New York Times
By: Anne E. Kornblut and Sheryl Gay Stolberg
August 31, 2006

"The war we fight today is more than a military conflict," Mr. Bush said in a speech to veterans at an American Legion convention here. "It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century."

The speech, the first of five addresses on national security Mr. Bush plans to deliver between now and Sept. 19, was part of an orchestrated White House offensive to buttress public support for the Iraq war and portray Democrats as less capable of protecting the country, a theme that has proved effective for Republicans in the past two elections.

Even as Bush spoke, a series of explosions ripped through Baghdad, providing more images of a sort that he acknowledged have been "sometimes unsettling" to the public.

The latest White House offensive---the third major public relations effort in the past year to offset a decline in public support for the Iraq war and place it in the context of a braoder
cause---began unfolding this week, with combtive speeches to veterans groups by Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. Both invoked variations of the word "appease" to characterize critics of the president's policies, with Mr. Rumsfeld saying they had not "learned history's lessons."

***We're only Americans with the "freedom of speech," which the White House is trying to take away from us with their secret military court that is in progress 24/7! WE HAVE LEARNED HISTORY'S LESSONS AND WILL APPLY THEM! Please Refer to my posting on this blog called "WHITE HOUSE PROPOSAL WOULD EXPAND AUTHORITY OF MILITARY COURTS" dates 8/2/2006.

That language drew immedicate backlash from the Democrats on Wednesday, and Mr. Bush did not adopt it. But he did echo the allusions to the failed strategy of trying to appease Nazi Germany. He called terrorists "successors to Fascists, to Nazis, to Communists and other totalitarians of the 20th century," and cautioned Americans against concluding that five years after the Sept. 11 attacks the threat had receded.

***I think Mr. Bush has it all wrong! This government is being turned into something that is not a democracy courtesy of the Bush administration. It is out there as clear as day!

"That feeling," he said, "is natural and comforting---and wrong."

It was an aggressive opening salvo to the midterm election season, timed to coincide with the days preceding the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. In foreceful language, the president painted the war on terror as an epic struggle between good and evil.

While he predicted victory, resurrecting a word he had dropped months ago and using it 12 times in a 44-minute speech, Mr. Bush also cautioned that the road ahead would be fraught with obstacles.

***Everybody is aware of the Republican tactics. With this administration, just because you keep repeating something, doesn't mean that it's going to stay in the heads of the public anymore. This is just something that the Bushniks do and the people realize it. It took them awhile, but they aren't going to get brainwashed anymore! They've used this tactic too many times for it not to be obvious! Everytime they come out repeating themselves, it has become a running joke! That's why people have been counting the times that a certain word is said. It's funny! Everytime I hear it, my reaction is, "Here we go again!" One....two...three...four.five................................

But he put particular emphasis on what he said would be the consequences of a failure to ensure Iraq's stability, saying, "If we give up the fight in the streets of Baghdad, we will face the terrorists in the streets of our own cities."

***So when should we expect them since we can get a handle on security in Iraq?

Telling his audience that the path to a stable and peaceful Middle East would be "uphill and uneven," he invoked Thomas Jefferson, who said Nations cannot move "From despotism to liberty in a featherbed."

Wiping a tear from his eye, Mr. Bush told the story of Cpl. Adam Galvez of Salt Lake City, a marine who was killed by a raodside bomb in Iraq and was buried Wedensday.

Corporal Galvez's parents attended the speech, which coupled familiar phrases about fighting terrorists "overseas so we do not have to fight them here at home" with a fresh effort to lump various strains of Islamic extremism into what the president called "a worldwide network of radicals that use terror to kill those who stand in the way of their totalitarian ideology."

Doesn't Bush realize that Iraq is being used as a teaching tool for terrorist? They go there to get their "hands-on" training, BUT THEN THEY LEAVE and spread that terrorism around the world. Bush has given these people a place to go to to learn how to be terrorist!

Democrats said Mr. Bush's strategy of painting them as weak on national security would not work this year and accused him of trying to divery attention from his record.

***And they are absolutely right! Don't forget that we got hit on "HIS WATCH!"

"After six years," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois. chairman of the Democratic Congressional Committee, "they've got only fear to sell."

Another Democrat, Senator Barbara Boxer of California, called the Bush speech "a long repetition of old messages and rhetoric to scare the American people" and said she would push for a Senate vote calling on the president to replace Mr. Rumsfeld.

"This latest Rumsfeld rampage cannot stand," Ms. Boxer said. With Congressional Republicans fighting to hold on to their majorities in the House and the Senate, the speech came at a delicate time. Many of those lawmakers view the war as a political liability and have spent the past month at home getting an earful from voters.

***The Republicans are like an echo-chamber for the White House. Bush didn't change all of these laws that take away the rights of "the people," all by himself, you know! They also seem to love that damned war in Iraq, too!

"Members of Congress are going to be returning next week, and they will be quite anxious because they will have been briefed by their pollsters, have spent the last three weeks with their constituents and most of them will be worried," said Scott Reid, a Republican strategist. "So the administration is trying to set the terms of the debate to really make this a clear choice between moving forward and the cut-and-run crowd."

***There is no "cut-and-run" crowd! The Democrats only want to use a more common sense way of delivering security to Iraq. Bush and the Republicans have to many "projects" going on in Iraq that they don't want you to know about. Their "personal" business ins't done in Iraq yet!

Indeed Mr. Bush's speech made clear that he would make the issue central to his campaign on his fellow Republicans' behalf. It reflected a belief at the White House that there is no option for the administration but to convince the nation that the struggle in Itar is necessary and worth the cost in the service of a broader goal; eradicating the threat from Islamist extremeists by bringing democracy to the Middle East.

It also reflected a belief inside the White House that Republicans can once again convince voters that they can do a better job of protecting them than can Democrats.

***They can say all that they want, but they aren't giving us any examples of how we are safer. Bush keeps telling us that we are going to get hit again. Is he that unsure of his own administration's capabilities to keep us safe that he continues to tell us so? Is there some hidden message there that he keeps repeating himself?

"Between '04 and now, the Democrats have not only not provided a more united front, they are backsliding into a very irresponsible position of premature withdrawal from the fight in Iraq," said Dan Bartlett, counselor to Mr. Bush. "Most Americans, I think, understand the consequences of that action, and I think that will prove to be difficult for the Democrats."

UNBELIEVABLE! How this administration and their minions lie! The Democrats have been more united than ever. It's the Republicans that are starting to flip-flop! The Dems are starting to scare the Repubs. That's why they are coming out with these nasty lies!

Yet some Republicans, granted anonymity to speak freely about their criticism of the White House strategy, were skeptical, saying the public was not only tired of the war but also of politically divisive speeches on national security.

***If these are words from some Republicans, than it is proof positive that the White House and those that agree with them are a bunch of liars! Or, these Repubs are trying to get their seats back but will then turn around and do the same thing that they have always done. LISTEN TO THE WHITE HOUSE!

"The hard-core conservatives are already behind his Iraq policy," said a senior Republican Senate aide. "For him to move the numbers in a way that benefits Congressional Republicans, he needs to reach out to modrates, and it's difficult to do that when his surrogates are contradicting him and calling opponents of his policy appeasers."

But Mr. Bartlett said the White House did not expect public opinion to change quickly.

"The goal is not to see an immediate spike in poll numbers," he said. "We've clearly understood that public sentiment doesn't develop overnight. It's been over a period of time, and it doesn't change overnight."

In making the case that the war in Iraq is "the central front in our fight against terrorism," the president linked Iraq, the summer battles between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon and the growing nuclear threat in Iran under the general rubric of his freedom agenda."

***All of these incidents are brought to us courtesy of the Bush administration's "failed" foreign policies!

At the same time, he placed various factions of terrorists---Sunnis who swear allegiance to Al-Qaeda, Shiite radicals who join groups like Hezbollah and so-called homegrown terrorists---under one umbrella.

Experts say that might be overstating the facts.

"'Network of radicals' suggests they are actually connected in some practical fashions, and that's obviously not the case," said Steven Simon, a State Dept official in the administrations of President Bill Clinton and Mr. Bush's father.

But the comparison is central to Mr. Bush's message, said Ken Mehlman, chairman of the National Republican Committee, who has played an integral role in developing Republican strategy for the midterm elections.

"I think linking together the different elements of this ideological movement was important to do, and was effective," Mr. Mehlman said.

***So continues the lies from the Bush administration and their Republican minions.......................!



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