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Nancy Pelosi Returns from ‘Chaotic’ Iraq

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Posted on Jan 31, 2007
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Nancy Pelosi, who just returned from Iraq, told NPR that “what is happening in Iraq is chaos,” adding that after all this time, “We just have to end it.” The speaker of the House also visited Afghanistan and said she supports sending more troops there to fight a resurgent Taliban.


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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has just returned from a trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. She sat down with NPR’s Renee Montagne, who asked her for one word to describe the situation in Iraq.

“Chaotic,” Pelosi said. “What is happening in Iraq is chaos.” She went on to say that after nearly four years in Iraq, “We just have to end it.”

While there, she met with various Iraqi and American officials, including the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki. She said that in all of her conversations, she was disappointed that there didn’t seem to be a political strategy in Iraq to go along with the military strategy. She said that Maliki told her that the increased number of U.S. troops in Baghdad had to be successful in the next four to six months in securing the Iraqi capital.

“Everyone that we spoke to said that this escalation that the president is engaged in is the one last chance,” she said, adding, “Many did not believe it would be successful.”

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By DennisD, January 31, 2007 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment
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From the “Green Zone” back to the “Dead Zone” in D.C.  - why make the trip. If she wanted to see waste and incompetence she never had to go beyond the beltway.
Another taxpayer funded trip to nowhere.

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By johnnyfarout, January 31, 2007 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment
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I see Nancy Pelosi going whacko in this photo of her up there. In another year all her hair will be turning gray(!?!). She will age as if the evil witch of doped up apples has given sleeping beauty one, once again, and made her pass out in an age defying déjà vu we are all in! And the war will get bigger and bigger and worse and worse. My shrink says passing out is a defense against being dead. But I say that HumV’s are like genitalia on the highways… & they have at least 3 sexes. I just know it has to be a prime number when it comes to alien coitus. Oh don’t ask why. I think I see in Nancy’s stark affectation… impeachment.

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By moses, January 31, 2007 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment
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I agee with Quy Tran, there is no more time to negotiate. Use your power and end it now. These assholes are using every trick in the book to prolong this and evade justice.

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By yours truly, January 31, 2007 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment
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Since Speaker Pelosi won’t take the lead in cutting off all funding for the Iraq war & STAT, we’re going to have to pressure her and this democratic Congress to do so.  And if we don’t succeed?  We’ll be accomplices to murder, that’s what.  And of our own flesh and blood.

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By bsbuster007@hotmail.com, January 31, 2007 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment
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IN TODAY’S NYT - - -
” - - - Mr. McCain is sponsoring the competing resolution that would establish benchmarks for the Iraqi government. He said the proposal also could be fashioned to give Congress more oversight.” - - THERE GOES ‘McCAIN THE “CUDDLY” TEDDY’ BEAR AGAIN, smooching and finding a way out for the president!  Can someone remind him that the referendum came out on Nov 7th ‘06 on what he should be really doing instead of waisting precious time and money by manupulating and stalling!!
ALSO, IN TODAY’S NYT - - -
“Maybe we ought to redefine the goals here a bit and do something that’s more realistic in terms of getting some progress and then maybe take on the other things later,” Admiral Fallon said, adding, “What we’ve been doing is not working and we have got to be doing, it seems to me, something different.”
I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE SAME BULL—IT BEING REPEATED OVER AND OVER AGAIN!

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By b4 buffalo, January 31, 2007 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment
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As Elvis said (sang)—a little less talk and a lot more action.

What do we DO after we re-deploy?  What is the plan to deal with the aftermath?  Ms. P has no plan.

If we leave the terrorists will (rightly) claim that they defeated the US, and they will make no distinction between the Bush administration and the troops ... and they will make no distinction between killing US military or US civilians anywhere and everywhere they can.

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By Quy Tran, January 31, 2007 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment
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When Bush said “I’m a decider….” that he meant he has mighty force to sit on you guys heads then peeing down.

“I’m a decider…” meant he and Mao Tse Tung, Stalin, Hitler, Ho Chi Minh, Saddam Hussein…are buddies buddies. So can throw anyone of you guys into jail without legal process and he has a iron fists covered with velvet. Don’t play with fire !

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By trantieungoc, January 31, 2007 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment
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No more talk. No more compromise. You guys have to act immediately to save our nation’s face. For how long can we keep this worthless, uncapable president ?

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By Quy Tran, January 31, 2007 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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If “what is happening in Iraq is chaos…” so you guys have to act immediately by:

1.- Impeach Bush then bring him and all of his administration members from Cheney down to justice.

2.- Stop all funds supporting the invasion wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well.

3.- Bring all of our troops from Iraq home immediately. The Iraqi situation must be resolved by Iraqis themselves.

4.- Don’t be hesitant and undecided. The more you guys delay higher number of dead troops will be.

5.- It’s time to act and not to talk or compromise.

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By george S Semsel, January 31, 2007 at 10:20 am Link to this comment
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Talk is cheap.

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By This Old Brit, January 31, 2007 at 7:52 am Link to this comment
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Yet every day it’s looking more & more like there’s still more war to come.  And sooner rather than later.

US Setting Up Eastern Europe As Iran Attack Springboard?

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By Kellina, January 31, 2007 at 6:31 am Link to this comment
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I repeat a plea from the Obama thread - follow enact the idea in Aristophanes’ play, Lysistrata: (Male or female,) don’t put out ‘til we get out!

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By Steve Hammons, January 31, 2007 at 5:58 am Link to this comment
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As Pelosi says, the Bush administration and their neocon cronies and war-profiteer buddies have created a chaotic humanitarian and international tragedy in Iraq.

They have dishonored the US in the eyes of the world, and in our own eyes.

This is not to be confused with the mostly brave and honorable efforts of our military personnel. The Bush administration chicken hawks are NOT the same as our troops.

The Bush administration failed. The troops did not.

The article below looks at these dynamics more fully:

Army and Marine Corps will retain strength and honor after Iraq occupation ends

By Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
December 14, 2006

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=18005

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