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Bush to NATO: War Takes Time

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Posted on Apr 2, 2008
Bush Protest Kiev
Agence France-Presse

Anti-Bush and anti-NATO protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, pass a signboard showing President Bush. The president visited Ukraine on Monday before his final NATO summit.

As the train that is the Bush administration begins to slow, the president has attended his last ever NATO summit. Speaking to alliance leaders Wednesday, Bush asked for patience and resolve to “finish the fight” in Afghanistan, a war now in its seventh year.


The New York Times:

President Bush opened a meeting of NATO leaders here [in Bucharest, Romania] on Wednesday by urging the alliance to “maintain its resolve and finish the fight” in Afghanistan and to strengthen its military forces to combat Al Qaeda and other threats around the world.

With the war in Afghanistan in its seventh year, Mr. Bush used a speech and a news conference to urge NATO nations to deploy still more troops than the 47,000 there now, even as he acknowledged it was politically and militarily difficult for some of the alliance’s 26 nations to do so.

“We expect our NATO allies to shoulder the burden necessary to succeed,” he said, appearing with Romania’s president, Traian Basescu, at a retreat beside the Black Sea.

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By JimBob, April 3, 2008 at 10:50 am Link to this comment

Stop calling Iraq and Afghanistan “wars.”  They’re occupations, military actions, police actions, any number of things but they are not wars.  Giving them that name legitimizes them both legally (Congress has NOT declared war) and semantically (“war” sounds more noble, more epic, than the accurate alternatives). 
Come on, TD, use the language properly!

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By C Quil, April 3, 2008 at 8:53 am Link to this comment

Paddy Ashdown (or Paddy Pantsdown, as the Brits called him after the revelation of an affair he had with one of his staff) said on BBC that the war in Afghanistan is “almost lost”. When guys like this say stuff like that, it’s already a lost cause. Think of Bernanke and the “almost recession”.

Continuing a war when there is no hope of winning, and which was waged on false pretences anyway, is immoral and unethical. There is no excuse for any more people of any nationality to die there. NATO is just trying to protect its turf and expand its influence. It no longer has a reason to exist, so it’s decided to provoke one. These guys make me sick.

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By DennisD, April 3, 2008 at 7:32 am Link to this comment
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Bush to NATO: War Takes Time -

And never ending wars take the most time and make the most profits - Bu$h Inc.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 3, 2008 at 3:00 am Link to this comment

As the train that is the Bush administration begins to slow….... Afghanistan, a war now in its seventh year…”

Yet another story for THE LOVERS OF WARS.

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By weather, April 3, 2008 at 1:44 am Link to this comment
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move to Israel behind the Wall hubris built and enjoy the view. We’ll keep in touch.

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By cyrena, April 3, 2008 at 12:29 am Link to this comment

I ditto Jim Yell.

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By Marshall, April 2, 2008 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment

...that the Taliban’s prior reign in Afghanistan, and all the havok they created, would be enough to shake NATO countries out of their complacency and commit the necessary resources to Afghanistan.  Virtually everyone wants to see a stable Afghanistan, but as usual, UN countries are loathe to put their resources where their mouths are.

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By samosamo, April 2, 2008 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment

Hard too accept that this individual is still calling all the shots for the world in the US’s moral and self-righteous name. And the people are complicit in allowing this to continue, and continue it will until his term is over because everyone is just sitting on the edge of their seat waiting and waiting for November to show up and then we can all breath freely again, supposedly.
Someone as deranged and criminal as w is being allowed to continue at the helm of our government while laughing and singing and dancing up a storm. This is his and the neocon’s victory celebration for getting by with all the illegal actions and subversions they have brought to fruition. We all are well deserving for the misery that is about to fall down upon us in the upcoming depression and whatever else follows.
Or, can anyone even suggest a doable and workable remedy to all w and dick & co have wrought?

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By Jim Yell, April 2, 2008 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment
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This immature and un-formed man has spent over 7 years demonstrating that he is lazy, a coward and a bully. Why at the close of his crimes does anyone act as if anything he says has any meaning?

He has through a life time been consistently incompetent, unwilling to live by truth or honesty, pampered by an over priveleged upbringing, without any success except being a shill for the extravagently wealthy and self appointed elitists.

He should go straight from the White House to the Jail House, in my opinion.

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