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Bombings at Algerian train station...perhaps France might want to do some reflection?

Original post made by Gary, Downtown North, on Jun 8, 2008

The French are very arrogant about their so-called understanding of world affairs. There is absolutely no rational reason for them to have this self delusion, yet they do. Go figure....

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Posted by And'ImTheQueenOfEngland
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jun 8, 2008 at 5:00 pm

"GWB is destroying al qaeda in Iraq, as well as many other places around the world, and he is defining a new, immensly positive, world order."

Oh my God, after reading that, I swear I spit out a whole gallon of milk through my nose in laughter!

Good one Gary!

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Posted by ol' lady
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm

I guess, And, that you didn't know that the elected Iraq government is taking full control of the reins in Iraq within a month, did you?

And you didn't read the memo by Al-Qaeda about acknowledging defeat?

Do you think that Al Qaeda or any of the terrorist ilk are going to be welcome by a country many have fought and died, alongside our people and the British, for the freedom of their country?

I guess...Mission Accomplished.

Gary..what do ya think? I think that we are going to stand by a bit in case they stumble, but that very shortly we will be rapidly diminishing our numbers in Iraq.

France was and is too afraid of hurting their pocketbooks by going against any tyrants they do business with, and they are afraid of their immigrant population killing and burning cars and causing havoc in the streets. This is why they haven't stood up yet.

This won't last much longer. They are waking up. Sarkozy is a symptom of this. He was elected partially on the wings of "no more tolerance for terrorism and the thugs who perpetrate it".

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 8, 2008 at 5:36 pm

ol' lady,

I, basically, agree with you. Al qaeda is being defeated, in a big way. GWB will be seen, by history, as the Great Liberator, similar to FDR and Reagan, even though they all made mistakes (20/20 hindsight, btw).

France is in a very tough spot now. It will need to swallow its pride, and actually put its troops on the front lines. Maybe Brigitte can be elected as Minister of Defense. Wouldn't that be a kitten has bigger balls than the girly men that constitute the French gender that is, normally, expected to have balls? Where is Beau Geste?

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 10, 2008 at 2:46 pm

I was alongside Beau Gest in Chipyongni and can attest the Frogs fought well when their government had the will. General Monclar, volunteerily a Colonel for this war, pounded the pavement with his cane as he hyped his troops up for a glorious performance. France also built nukes in the face of the ninnies, and, miribleu dicta [sic] they are voting to increase the 35 hour week.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 10, 2008 at 4:04 pm

"very shortly we will be rapidly diminishing our numbers in Iraq."

You mean Mission Accomplished, 5 years after Bush & Rove threw that big Mission Accomplished party? Sure. Right. Looks a lot more like Cut and Run. CYA while you can - get out before the Sunnis we bought off get unbought.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm


Lefites, like yourself, get stuck on stupdid sometimes.

"Mission Accomplished" was a well-deserved acknowlegement of those who accomplished their mission, the overthrow of Saddam. They did a GREAT job! We all owe them a great and heart-felt acknowledgement for spreading freedom to an oppressed nation, a nation with immense national security interest to the USA.

You lefties and hatriots like to make hay out of the fact that the overthrow of Saddam was not the end of the story. Of course, you ignore the fact tha al qaeda took seeming advantge, and entered the fray (after having been bombed out of Afghanistan by Bush). Now, al qaeda is being crushed in Iraq.

Obama says he will bomb Pakistan. Will you support his bombing, Paul? If not, why not? Obama also says that he will defend Israel...including bombing of Iran? If he does, will you support him, Paul? If not, why not?

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm

I have supported and will support what any competent President of the United States does. Bush fails miserably.

You say Al Qaeda entered the fray? That's what the lefties have been saying forever. But in 2002/2003 Bush & Cheney told us they were there guests of Saddam. Why don't you stop this flip-flopping and either support your man or just cut and run like he's doing.

BTW, Bush is NOT in the same league as Reagan, not by a long, long shot. Your comparison insults the Gipper. It's worse than anything the real lefties out there ever did.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 10, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Perhaps al Qaeda entered the fray because they were confident their friends in the West would help them. They recognized that Bushatred was stronger than self interest for many of those on the left who were willng to lose a war if it made bush look bad.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 11, 2008 at 10:11 am

No, Walter. The key phrase is "entered the fray." Al Qaeda established itself in Iraq only during the Bush occupation. ies to the contrary from Cheney/Bush/Condi notwithstanding, Saddam kept Al Qaeda out of Iraq. Bush's bumbling opened the gates.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 11, 2008 at 11:09 am


Al qaeda WAS (mostly) kept out of Iraq by are right. However, that is a bit like saying that Hitler kept the communists out of Germany. An inverse analogy is that we caused al qaeda/taliban to infiltrate Pakistan, becasue we bombed them out of Afghanistan.

Al qaeda, and other similar Islamist groups, will find any opportunity, anywhere, to infiltrate and destroy...until we are all forced to become Muslims. However, they are taking a huge beating in Iraq.

Bush attacked Saddam, becasue he was violating many sanctions against him, corrupting the U.N. with payoffs, shooting at our planes, savaging his own people, threatening his neighbors, had used WMD and he was evil enough to justify a take-out. A fundamental question that had to be confronted was whether or not Saddam would hand off some WMD weapons to al quaeda, so that they could deliver a huge blow against the U.S. (enemy of my enemy is my friend), without his fingerprints. Bush took the responsible approach.

Bush has liberated Iraq. If we stay the course, Iraq will become a model of freedom, at least by Mid-East standards. It will also become very prosperous, and this prosperity will serve to solidify democratic gains. Al qaeda is already hating this stuff!

While the hatriots in this country are still hoping for a defeat in Iraq, in order to diss on Bush, the Iraqis are moving forward into a very positive future.

Thank you, GWB.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 11, 2008 at 11:34 am

"Iraq will become a model of freedom, at least by Mid-East standards." Repeat: "at least by Mid-East standards."

In other words, Saddam II.

And this just in from the grateful clientele over there: Web Link. In short, US out Iran in. Nice going Mr. Bush.

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