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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

GET READY TO BE BUSHWACKED BY THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS AGAIN




***Here we go again! More lies from the Congressional Republicans. They must think that the American people are as dumb as their president! This is what we have in store for us:


DEMOCRATS SLAM REPUBLICANS OVER IRAQ SOLUTION

By: Vicki Allen/Reuters
washingtonpost
June 12, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters)---Republicans in the House of Representatives (*led by J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), on Monday introduced a resolution they said would be the springboard for a thorough debate on the Iraq war, but Democrats decried it for dealing broadly with the war on terrorism instead of focusing on Iraq.

The House later this week is to debate the resolution, which declares the United States will prevail in the war on terror and does not mention Iraq until the eighth paragraph.

With President George W. Bush buoyed by last week's killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda's chief in Iraq, and the filling of two key positions in Iraq's new government, the Senate is also expected to tangle over the war as it considers a defense policy bill this week and next.

Republicans in Congress have sought to limit debate on the Iraq war, which has contributed heavily to Bush's slumping approval ratings and threatened to damage Republicans in this fall's midterm congressional elections.

Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, complained that most of the resolution dealt with the war on terrorism, and referred "only secondarily to the war in Iraq."

In a letter to House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio, Skelton said, "I think you well understand that the war in Iraq is a seperate conflict, an insurgency with terrorist elements and sectarian violance."

***It makes me laugh when I see how the White House and the rest of the House Republicans try to make it look like everything that is coming to the floor lately, is being done by Boehner, when in all actuality, it's the Speaker of the House, as the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives that decides what comes to the floor. They don't want us to know that J. Dennis Hastert is a real suck-up for this President. Bush loves what Hastert (R-IL) has done for him and he wants him back. What? Did you think that Bush made all of these radical changes by himself? Nope...Hastert had his hands in making it difficult for our senior citizens to survive from one day to the next. It was Hastert (R-IL) that is getting everything taken from our veterans. It's Hastert (R-IL), who won't let any Democratic proposals come to the floor unless it is sponsored by a Republican, but would also need a majority of the Republicans to appove their proposals. These are the ones that need to be taken out of office this election season, in order to get something done for "the people" instead of themselves and their corprate sponsors. It's the Republican leadership that needs to be removed so that we can make Bush a "lame duck" president! People like Hastert(R-IL) and Frist (R-TN) and all the Republican leadership below them, need to be voted out so that the American people can survive. They have redistributed the wealth of this country and now there is no middle-America. We need those people back so that America can survive. All that they are worrying about is if they can save the "presidency." Wake up America! They aren't any good for this country!

Skelton said "we promised and owe the American people" a debate focused on policies in Iraq and the future committment of U.S. forces and resources there.

But Boehner in a statement cast the debate as a means to highlight "clear differences between Republicans and Democrats on how best to confront the Global War on Terror." He said the debate "will be about the fundamental question: Are we going to confront the threat of terrorism and defeat it, or will we relent and retreat in the hopes that it just goes away?"

***Don't you just love how they try to make the Democrats look like they are trying to cut and run, when THEY'RE NOT. They just want to know the real facts about Iraq and think that the American people need to know it too, since we are the ones paying for it! BESIDES---SINCE BUSH HAS GONE TO IRAQ, TERRORISM HAS SPREAD ACROSS THE WORLD. SO THAT'S ANOTHER WAR THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE LOSING!!!!!!! Don't let them fool you with this "phoney debate."

Before mentioning Iraq, the House resolution in several paragraphs cited Afghanastan and Libya as evidence of progress in the war on terror. Further down, it is said former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his regime "supported terrorists," and said terrorists proclaimed Iraq the "central front" in their war against those opposed to their ideology.

***First off, Afghanastan is up for grabs again. We may have stopped terrorism there for a while but in the meantime more drugs than ever are coming out of there because the CIA was protecting the drug/warlords. As for Saddam, he was an idiot, but an "isolated" idiot. Bush is no different from him. We have mass graves in Fallujah caused by Bush. And, Bush is supporting "SYRIA," so that we can bring people there to be tortured. Yeah....SYRIA. One of Bush's Axis of Evil! Him and his Republican cronies are doing this but it's the unprotected American who tries to go on vacation that are being confronted. Right now, this is "our legacy" across the world. Supposedly, we re-elected him although we didn't, so it looks like the "American people condone what Bush is doing!" It's the American voter who can change the minds of the rest of the world this election season. Let them know that you as an American aren't going to put up with their "evildoings" anymore. Change their minds so that the American can get back the respect that we used to have 5-1/2 years ago!

The resolution also declared that it is not in the national intrest to "set an arbitrary date to withdraw or redeploy" U.S. forces from Iraq, and said the United States is committed to "completion of the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure and united Iraq."

***It's never going to happen! Make sure that you read my posting from 5/12/06 called "Halliburton's war." We had a chance to get out of Iraq, but Cheney and Rumsfeld put a stop to it. The story will tell you everything you want to know.

While some Democrats are pushing to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq as quickly as possible, most say the withdrawal should be based on conditions on the ground. But they say Bush must have a plan and some kind of time frame for that to happen instead of an open-ended committment.

Massachusetts Democrat Sen. John Kerry is expected to offer an amendment to the defense policy bill calling for pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq by the end of 2006.


***Now, about that debate that the Republicans want to do. I remember posting something on the Veterans for Progress in Illinois website and since that is no longer around, I'll post it again here:


BUSH ADMINISTRATION COVERS UP RISE IN TERRORISM

Bush Administration Eliminating 19-year-old International Terrorism Report
By: Jonathan S. Landay
Knight Ridder Newspapers
April 2005

***I tried getting the original article that was in the washingtonpost, but you can no longer get it. I wonder if the government made it not available anymore? Or maybe ot was just the site, whatever.........here it is:

Washington---The State Department decided to stop publishing an annual report on international terrorism after the government's top terrorism center concluded that there were more terrorist attacks in 2004 than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered.

Several U.S. officials defended the abrupt decision, saying the methodology the National Counterterrorism Center used to generate statistics for the report may have been faulty, such as the inclusion of incidents that may not have been terrorism.

Last year, the number of incidents in 2003 was undercounted, forcing a revision in the report, "Patterns of Global Terrorism."

But other current and former officials charged that Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice's office ordered "Patterns of Global Terrorism" eliminated several weeks ago because the 2004 statistics raised disturbing questions about the Bush administration's frequent claims of progress in the was against terrorism.

***See....They were lying to us then and they are lying to us still!

"Instead of dealing with the facts and dealing with them in an intelligent fashion, they try to hide their facts from the American public," charged Larry C. Johnson, a former CIA analyst and State Department terrorism expert who first disclosed the decision to eleiminate the report in The Counterterrorism Blog, an online journal.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CALIF), who was among the leading critics of last year's mix up, reacted angrily to the decision.

"This is the definitive report on the incidence of terrorism around the world. It should be unthinkable that there would be an effort to withhold it---or any of the key data---from the public. The Bush administration should stop playing politics with this critical report."

A senior State Department offical, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, confirmed that the publican was eliminated, but said the allegation that it was being done for political reasons was "categorically untrue."

***Yeah, right!

According to Johnson and U.S. intelligence officials familiar with the issue, statistics that the National Counterterrorism Center provided to the State Department reported 625 "significant" terrorist attacks in 2004.

That compared with 175 such incidents in 2003, the highest number in two decades.

***But this isn't being done for political reasons, right?

The statistics didn't include attacks on American troops in Iraq, which President Bush as recently as Tuesday called "a central front on the war on terror."

The intelligence officials requested anonymity because the information is classified and because, they said, they feared White House retribution. Johnson declined to say how he obtained the figures.

Another U.S. official, who also requested anonymity, said the analysts from the counterterrorism center were especially careful in amassing and reviewing the data because of the political turmoil created by last year's errors.

Last June, the administration was forced to issue a revised version of the report for 2003 that showed a higher number of significant terrorist attacks and more than twice the number of fatalities than had been presented in the original report two months earlier.

The snafu was embarassing for the White House, which had used the original version to bolster President Bush's election-campaign claim that the war in Iraq had advanced the fight against terrorism.

U.S. officials blamed last year's mix-up on bureaucratic mistakes involving the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, the forerunner of the National Counterterrorism Center.

Created last year on the recommendation of the independent commission that investigted the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the center is the government's primary organization and integrating all U.S. fovernment intelligence on terrorism.

The State Department published "Patterns of Global Terrorism" under a law that requires it to submit to the House of Representatives and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a country-to-country terrorism assessment by April 30 each year.

A declassified version of the report has been made public since 1986 in the form of a glossy booklet, even though there was no legal requirement to produce one.

He said that decision was taken because the State Department believed that the National Counterterrorism Center "is now the authoritive government agency for the analysis of global terrorism. We believe that the NCTC should compile and publish the relevant data on the subject."

He didn't answer questions about whether the data would be made available to the public, saying, "We will be consulting (with Congress)...on who should publish and in what form."

Another U.S. official said Rice's office was leery of the methodology the National Counterterrorism Cneter used to generate the data for 2004, believing that analysts anxious to avoid repetition of last year's undercount included incidents that may not have been terrorist attacks.

But the U.S. intelligence oficials said Rice's office decided to eliminate "Patterns of Global Terrorism" when the counterterrorism center declined to use alternative methodology that would have reported fewer significant attacks.

***Do you believe these people?

THE OFFICIALS SAID THEY INTERPRETED RICE'S ACTION AS AN ATTEMPT TO AVOID RELEASING STATISTICS THAT WOULD CONTRADICT THE ADMINISTRATION'S CLAIMS THAT IT'S WINNING THE WAR AGAINST TERRORISM.