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Democrats’ Iraq Pledge

Posted on Nov 11, 2006
Harry Reid

Now that they’re in the majority, Democratic leaders have promised to step up oversight of the war in Iraq and demand a timetable for troop withdrawal.

New York Times:

After two days in which both sides pledged bipartisanship in the aftermath of the Democratic victory in the midterm elections, leaders of the new Democratic majority began asserting themselves, seeking to give Congress a greater role in both foreign and domestic policy after years in which, in their view, President Bush was granted too much latitude.

After meeting with Mr. Bush at the White House, Sen. Harry Reid, the incoming Senate majority leader, said “the first order of business” when Democrats formally take over in January will be to reinvigorate Congressional scrutiny of the executive branch, with a focus on Iraq.

“Let’s find out what’s going on with the war in Iraq, the different large federal agencies that we have,” said Mr. Reid, Democrat of Nevada. “There simply has been no oversight in recent years.”

The willingness of Democrats to begin confronting Mr. Bush and his party over Iraq suggested that the early promises of cooperation across the aisle would be tested quickly by deep differences over policy and political imperatives on both sides.


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By Sgt Smith, January 25, 2007 at 9:17 pm Link to this comment
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Every day my fellow marines and I watch the news and are amazed of what we see. All the false and exagerated bull on the news is overwhelming! After our neumerous deployments not one of us are confused about what we are serving for or fighting agenst. We are tired of the media feeding our enemy a victory message just so some politition can politisize this war and ride in to office on top of our dead and wounded caused by the enemys new found motovation. Motovation from the politicaly charged media who has the enemy thinking they are winning. The fact that the enemy considers the Democrats an ally in the war in iraq scares me! Im tired of having a devided nation in this war. Eather back the presedent and the troops or shut the hell up. The plan to critisize the presedents plan isnt a plan at all in securing a stable iraq. I sure as hell wished we had more troops when I was in iraq! The benifit ofcourse being a smaller area of operations, more detailed serches, more overwatch, less IED’s, less enemy movement, more captured enemys, more iraqi troops trained, etc etc… Some say the iraqi people dont want to take up for themselves. Its hard to do when your family gets murdered because you are an iraqi policeman or soldier or goverment official. Its easy to say that we have obtained democracy when we have never faced these challenges in our struggle for independence. The claims of a cival war is almost laughable. Its obvious to us that the forghin insergents are killing the oppisite religions in the name of each other to instigate secratarian violence. The politically charged media lets the insergents know to keep it up because in the eyes of the beaten american people it is a cival war. The polititions who are politisizing, lieing, and exagerating this war motovates the enemy to keep killing our troops because the more they split the people and turn them away from bush, and this war, the closer they come to winning in Iraq! The most dangerous threat to our troops is a nation that doesent support our presedent in this time of war. Make no mistake that the troops want to win this war and believe in it. After all an enlistment is 4 years and this war has lasted longer than 4 years. This means any one who doesent want to deploy to iraq has gotten out. We have a 100% voulinteer fighting force dedicated to accomplishing this mission if the nation would just unite and support us! Drop your political squabaling and support this mission! Doing so would save countless number of american and iraqi lives. I cant emphasize this enough.

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By Bob, November 13, 2006 at 6:35 am Link to this comment
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First of all I don’t worship Bush.  I think he was the better choice between he and John Kerry.  However, I think Bush has a lot of faults, but he is far better than the alternative.

Secondly,  If the press isn’t liberally biased?  Tell me why in 98 when Clinton was in office and he almost had enough backbone to go into Iraq the liberal news media was making several claims that Iraq, Sadam, Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden were all connected.  Then all of a sudden in 2001 when Bush is in office everyone convienantly forgot about it.

How come all we hear about are all the bad things that happen in Iraq.  How come you don’t hear a single good thing that’s going on in Iraq?

Have you been to Iraq Imigo?  I have.  I’ve witnessed the good we are doing.  And I see the LIBERAL news media not mentioning any of it.

Also, the President can’t send a country to war on his own.  Maybe you should study politics a little more.

The House of Representatives and the Congress voted for the war also.  The Democrats voted for the war as well.  They had the same intelligence and information as the president.  So if you call him a liar make sure you call them all liars.

AMIGO it’s obvious you hate the president but don’t take everything you hear on the news as fact.  Talk to a soldier that has been there and find out the TRUTH

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By AMIGO, November 11, 2006 at 8:55 pm Link to this comment
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To my ‘BMW’ (Bush Moron Worshiper) friend Bob [Comment #37681 ] please don’t insult our intelligence! If the media were truly ‘liberal leaning’ and there were reporters like Walter Cronkite, “Dubya” wouldn’t be still sitting in the White House !!
Those poor boys are being slaughtered in the ‘killing fields’ in Iraq, is BECAUSE they were send there on the basis of LIES and PROPAGANDA by their “C-in-C” and his CRONIES, just like fourty years ago in VIETNAM !!!
Bob, the DAY of RECKONING is finally here! Enjoy - - -

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By Bob, November 11, 2006 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment
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Wow, you guys need some help.  Instead of listening to the hate spewing, liberal leaning news media.  Why don’t you talk to a soldier about what’s going on in Iraq.  You might just have your eyes opened to the truth.  We are making a difference in Iraq.  To leave now would be disasterous.  Between Iran and the terrorists it would be a slaughter if we left. 

Sean K if there aren’t any terrorists in Iraq.  Who is killing our soldiers? 

Sleeper Bush sold arms to the terrorists in the 80’s? 

Not suprised oh yeah anyone that doesn’t hate Bush is in the klan.

you people need to research your claims instead of blindly following the news media.

Then again this message like several others of mine probably won’t make it past the monitors.

I hate Bush, maybe it will be posted now.

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By AMIGO, November 11, 2006 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment
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I fully agree with Comment #37641 by Robin; the so called “liberal media bias” is absolute baloney propagated by the neo-con(men) and the ‘right-wing’.The damn media not only skirts around the truth but also publicize all the lies and garbage that comes out of this administration and its lunatic supporters ! And any one who thinks differently is ‘painted’ as controversial,crazy or a crank.
I can only thank God Almighty for what happened this past tuesday, on election day.  Finally, all these crooks,criminals and thugs are going to be exposed; may be that is why our deranged friend and ‘BMW’ (Bush Moron Worshiper),  Pat Droney [Comment #37634 ] is getting all excited ! My advise to you Pat is, get some THERAPY !!

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By Sean K, November 11, 2006 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment
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the dems know we need to redeploy our troops to catch the real “terrorists” not continue to create more in iraq. it’s time for the bush admin. to go down in flames for their so called “war on terror”  for christ’s sake, open your f!ckin’ eyes.

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By NOT SURPRISED, November 11, 2006 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment
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Get back to your Klan meeting, Bubba (Pat). Don’t forget your Kook-aide.

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By Sleeper, November 11, 2006 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment
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I think Murtha could do better then Bush & Company.  They did illegally sell arms to terrorist as far back as the early 80’s.  They are responsible for setting up nearly all the events that have got us right where we are now including disregarding a report that Osama Bin Laden planned to use Aircraft to attack the U.S.

This isn’t all on G.W.‘s shoulders, but it is a well documented sequence of actions by a select group of spooks close to 41 when he was tapped to be VP until present.  G.W. is using the same conspiritors like Rumfield and Gates.  Who sold the rag bombs to Hezbollah back prior to October 23, 1983 or was Hezbollah doing a little side work for the spooks.  It make me wonder.

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By yours truly, November 11, 2006 at 11:34 am Link to this comment
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That’s not what the LA Times is saying with its “Parties inch closer to new policy in Iraq” frontpage headline today, in a meticulously crafted (although undoubtedly tainted by input from the Times’  in-house CIA mole) article.  The Times would have us believe that some sort of compromise (along with the president’s redefining exactly what he means when he talks about victory in Iraq) represents the best possible path towards something or other.  One unidentified U.S. official said that the president might be looking for “some kind of Iraqi identity that holds together.” 

But whatever any bi-partisan policy that may be hammered out, one thing for sure is that it’ll be “Too little, much too late”, which just happens to be the headline in the above rag’s sport section’s coverage of a late Laker rally against the Detroit Pistons yesterday.

Continuing on page A9 under the headline,  “Budding consensus on war policy”, this lead article conludes with “It’s not going to be a magic bullet,” said an official at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the government-funded think tank. 

Well it just so happens that said official is dead wrong, because we do so have a magic bullet and It’s TROOPs OUT NOW.

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By Robin, November 11, 2006 at 11:19 am Link to this comment
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Investigations are needed to reveal the truth of what happened in recent years to the American people. Lies, con games & bafflegab poisoned many minds & hearts, & truth is the only antidote. Perhaps even the mass news media might redefine its role, & thus cease distributing its poisonous mantra that every difference is either just a controversy or just a perception.

For instance, look at the first paragraph in the quotation from The New York Times above. Its final sentence contains the usual dose of poison, dispensed in the small phrase, ‘in their view’ - “[The Democrats are] seeking to give Congress a greater role in both foreign and domestic policy after years in which, in their view, President Bush was granted too much latitude.”

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By Skeptical, November 11, 2006 at 10:59 am Link to this comment
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What? The Democratic party, the other half of our Israeli-occupied political system, is going to get America out of Iraq?

I’ll bet you also believe the Democrats might prevent Bush from starting a new war of aggression against Iran.

I suggest you ask Rahm Emanuel and Chuck Schumer what they have in mind for the Congressional agenda.

I think you’ll find that it doesn’t include ending or preventing wars of aggression for Israel’s benefit, sweety.

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By Pat Droney, November 11, 2006 at 10:59 am Link to this comment
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Oh yeah, here we go….cut and run time! Why don’t we negotiate with the terrorists? Lets send Clinton and Durbin and Murtha to meet one on one with the terrorists…Lets see what these worthless piece of crap Democrats do when they are running the Congress and some dirty bastard Muslim extremists blows his ass up in front of the Capitol…..After the Dems have Congress for two years and the Republicans get off their dead ass and go back to their Conservative roots, hopefully it will not be too late to pick up the pieces of what is left of our country.

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