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SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 04/27/2007 :  21:19:47  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote

By Richard Wolffe and Holly Bailey
Updated: 6:50 p.m. ET April 25, 2007
April 25, 2007 - Republicans are strong; Democrats are weak. Republicans want victory and order; Democrats want defeat and chaos.

Sound familiar? It should; it's the Bush administration's winning script from the 2004 campaign. In recent waeeks, President Bush has been going back to the well to describe the Democratic war-funding bill that's rapidly heading toward a presidential veto. “I strongly believe that the Democrats' proposal would undermine our troops and threaten the safety of the American people here at home,” he said Tuesday on the South Lawn of the White House.

Bush's argument is based on a doomsday scenario for Iraq, where troop withdrawals turn the country into a sanctuary for Al Qaeda and a battleground between regional powers. “Precipitous withdrawal from Iraq is not a plan to bring peace to the region or to make our people safer at home,” Bush said. “It could unleash chaos in Iraq that could spread across the entire region. It would be an invitation to the enemy to attack America and our friends around the world.”

But in private, some of Bush's most senior aides dispute that scenario. One senior administration official with extensive knowledge of the region, who didn't want to be identified discussing sensitive policy matters, tells NEWSWEEK that the chances of a regional war in Iraq are low in the event of a U.S. withdrawal. When asked if a regional war would break out, the official said: “Possibly, not probably. It's more likely that other powers would support their favorite militias, as they're doing already.”

The senior official said the genocidal bloodbath that Sen. John McCain outlined recently was also unlikely, pointing to the militias' ability to secure their own neighborhoods after the attack on the Golden Mosque in Samarra in early 2006. (The official's main concern: the Iraqi government's failure to unify the nation and address the root cause of sectarian conflict. “Both the Sunni and Shia are too afraid of each other,” the official said.)

I guess not every member of this admin is delusional.

But it matters not since the decision makers all are.

Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
-- Thomas Jefferson

"god :: the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument." - G. Carlin

Hope, n.
The handmaiden of desperation; the opiate of despair; the illegible signpost on the road to perdition. ~~ da filth


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Posted - 04/28/2007 :  02:27:10   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Them Demos want to "unleash chaos in Iraq"? Heavens forfend!

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
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SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 04/28/2007 :  02:45:27   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It apparently doesn't occure to Bush and the moronic wing of the Republican Party that the country is safer with the National Guard at home where it belongs.

But then, the war-profiteers would no longer profit enough to give large donations to Bush and the moronic wing of the Republican party. So, it all boils down to Republican economics......

"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres

"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

Brother Boot Knife of Warm Humanitarianism,

and Crypto-Communist!

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