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Bush Lands in Israel

Posted on Jan 9, 2008
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President Bush has arrived in Israel, where he plans to do some legacy shopping and see if he can’t just solve this Mideast conflict everyone is always talking about. Everyday Israelis and Palestinians, however, remain skeptical that their leaders will find a solution before the end of 2008, as promised.


Mr Bush received a red carpet welcome at Tel Aviv airport, where he was greeted by the entire Israeli cabinet.

He said he saw a “new opportunity for peace here in the holy land” as he began his first visit as president.

Ahead of his arrival Palestinian and Israeli leaders agreed to begin tackling core issues dividing them.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed at a US summit last year to try to achieve a two-state solution by the end of 2008.

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By cyrena, January 9, 2008 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment

I’m more inclined to believe that it was a group effort, with Dick and Donny at the helm. But yeah, it was planned as far back as 1995 or so, if memory serves me. Remember when they tried to get Slick Willie to blast Saddam in 1997, but he wouldn’t do it?

Well, I don’t think Hillary has the same concerns with Tehran.

Patrick Henry, I do understand your concerns about the Shrub’s well being, since that’s the reason that nobody wanted to impeach him first, long ago. But in all honesty, I don’t think it makes a bit of difference. Cheney runs it ALL anyway. His lawyers create all of those executive orders, and Bush just does what they tell him, with the exception of the occassional trantrum. They’ve allowed him to believe that he’s actually in charge of something, but George couldn’t find his own ass with a GPS unit built right into it. He just signs whatever they tell him to sign, and then rotates between lying about it, and demanding money from Congress, and making threats. That Congress pays any attention to him is only because they’re scared of Cheney.

What a mess…Still, I doubt anything could possibly happen to him. It just never works out that way. Only the good guys get blown away like that. So, he’s safe.

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By P. T., January 9, 2008 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld take orders from Richard Perle and Benjamin Netanyahu?


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By PatrickHenry, January 9, 2008 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

I hope Bush doesn’t become the false flag and get his ass shot off or Blown up.  With Cheney in place with all the executive orders, it could make for a miserable 08’.

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By dsmith, January 9, 2008 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment
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Please…you only show yourselves to be fools when you try to erase Israel’s fingerprints from the policy that created the invasion of Iraq.

You don’t seriously think an idiot like Bush had democracy in mind when he began telling his cabinet, shortly after 9-11…which Saddam had nothing to do with…that Saddam was going to be toppled.

No, this was much more crafty than anything Bush could devise.This was inspired by Israeli fanatics Richard Perle and Ben Netanyahu. Their gameplan, which called for( see A Clean Break, A New Strategy for Securing the Rhelm) an agressive strategy by the Israelis to depose Saddam. 9-11 was the green light they needed to fabricate a need to invade Iraq…enter Weapons of Mass Destruction, Yellow Cake and Curveball.

Now it’s on to Tehran! You might want to looking at investing in oil futures, I know Richard Perle is.

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 9, 2008 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment

Quote BBC: Bush said he saw a “new opportunity for peace here in the holy land”

Oh, no, the suits, the suits, ugh!!!

Jesus saw “a new opportunity for peace in the holy land”. Oh, that’s why it became “holy”, right…???

Obviously Bushie hasn’t a clue that “holy land” refers to the Moslem, Christian and Jewish religions, not just the “Jewish state”......

President Shimon Peres meanwhile called on Mr Bush to “stop the madness”... Oops, no, got that wrong too, huh?

Actually he asked Bush to “stop the madness” of Iran (not even their neighbours, uhh) and the real owners of the land Israelis usurped from Palestine,  Hezbollah and Hamas…!!!

Bush said Israel and the US had “built two great democracies under difficult circumstances” (“settler society” invading, ethnic cleansing and forced occupation).

Bush said the alliance between the US and Israel “helps guarantee Israel’s security as a Jewish state”.  What happens when the Palestinian (Moslem and Christian) population exceeds the Jewish population? Do they get the right to vote? Or more ethnic cleansing?

No wonder they need to “start intensive meetings to immediately discuss all core issues of a final status agreement.” Its about time it was all given back to the Palestinain Authority!

Now, about IRAN and PALESTINE being democratic countries with democratically-elected governments…..

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By Howard, January 9, 2008 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment

Palestinian Rocket Smashes into Israeli Home

A Kassam rocket crashed into a private residence in Sderot on Wednesday leaving several people in shock. “I arrive at my brother’s house and see a rocket that disintegrated his young boy’s bed,” Sderot resident Danny Dahan told Army Radio. “[His wife] was at home with their three-week-old son. She ran into the bomb shelter and was saved by a miracle,” he said. (Jerusalem Post)

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By cyrena, January 9, 2008 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment

Thanks for the link P.T. Wish I could be there for his tour.

On this…

“...On the invasion of Iraq by US-led forces, Finkelstein said that the architects of the war were not members of the US-based Israeli lobby, as some outspoken academics have asserted, but US Vice President Richard Cheney and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

“It was an American war waged for the sake of American interests,” Finkelstein said….”

Ya know, I’ve always known this. I never believed that Israel was responsibile for the Iraq invasion and occupation. It was planned too long ago, as was Iran.

That’s not to say they aren’t responsibile for for all of the many other atrocities, but I knew this was a Cheney-Rumsfeld operation from the start. Both of their names are on the PNAC, but then so it Jeb Bush’s signature, along with Wolfowitz and that Saudi guy, and some other recognizable names. I should have them memorized by now.

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By cyrena, January 9, 2008 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment

Timmy Russert had him (Tom Delay) on his show about a year ago, (give or take).

I’ve made sure not to even accidently watch him since.

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By rage, January 9, 2008 at 11:38 am Link to this comment
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Where are these idiots plotting to hang that ratty old ‘Mission Acomplished’ banner this time?

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By GW=MCHammered, January 9, 2008 at 10:09 am Link to this comment
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All the shit spewin’ grins! If only there were a god ... besides oil.

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By dick, January 9, 2008 at 9:38 am Link to this comment
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So much Bush fantasy, flimflam,posturing, hypocrisy,and foolishness.

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By James Yell, January 9, 2008 at 7:55 am Link to this comment
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Of all the sorry waste of tax payer money, Bushies constant use of travel as a way to stay in the news without actually doing anything is probably or nearly the worst of his many infractions of law and common sense.

He is an idiot.

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By ocjim, January 9, 2008 at 7:44 am Link to this comment

He isn’t wearing his flight suit or is he now masquerading as a leader.

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By Mitch, January 9, 2008 at 7:25 am Link to this comment
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Isn’t it funny?

It just so happens that Bush and his wars (both present and planned) are very popular in Israel, as they are nowhere else on earth, including in America.

But of COURSE Israel’s lobbyists — and Israel’s nominally “American” loyalists in our government, in our Washington policy “think tanks”, and in the corporate media —  have nothing to do with that!

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By ocjim, January 9, 2008 at 7:07 am Link to this comment

It’s bad enough that we still have corrupt leaders still in office making news but MSNBC had the nerve to interview Tom DeLay regarding the NH primary, the disgraced and corrupt DeLay who did leave office.

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By cyrena, January 9, 2008 at 6:59 am Link to this comment

•  US President George W Bush has arrived in Israel on a landmark visit to the region to try to advance peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Georgie the peacemaker. What a novel idea.

•  He said he saw a “new opportunity for peace here in the holy land” as he began his first visit as president.
Yeah well, we know this guy ‘sees’ a lot of things, and talks to god in-between those visions, or sometimes even simultaneously. And hey, it’s all worked out so well for Iraq, right? I mean, prior to the invasion and occupation of THAT sovereign state, everybody was pretty much getting along, unless they happened to have beefs with Saddam. (or he with them). And now, Georgie has managed to kill off at least a million of them, and get the rest of them to kill each other. What a guy in the peacemaking department.

•  Mr Olmert spoke of the “unshakeable” bond between Israel and the United States, and of his deep personal friendship with Mr Bush.

Well Mr. Olmert, you can skip the part about the unshakeable bond between Israel and the US, ‘cause that’s about to change. You and georgie can stay best buds for as long as you both shall live, but keep him over there. (besides, what took him so long to visit, if ya’ll are so tight?)

Anyway, now that he’s there, just keep him there. Set him up in the guest house for at least a year.

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By weather, January 9, 2008 at 6:34 am Link to this comment
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A political state by day, a religious state for tax purposes, an extradition-free refuge for its citizens who commit crimes elswhere, but always, the exhausting, manipulating and misunderstood victim that demands to be treated as the exception and always at the expense of others. Nice legacy.

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