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Unhappy With One Quagmire, Bush Looks for Another
Proud Liberal ^ | 8. March 2005 | Paul Craig Roberts

Posted on 03/23/2005 5:30:12 PM PST by 1rudeboy

How much longer can American prestige survive the embarrassments inflicted by President Bush?

Bush’s demand that Syria immediately withdraw its troops from Lebanon is a ricochet demand. If Lebanon cannot have free elections while under foreign military occupation, how, asks the rest of the world, does Iraq have free elections when it is under U.S. military occupation?

Bush’s latest guffaw-evoking bluster is the work of desperation. Every explanation and justification Bush has given for his ill-fated invasion of Iraq has proven false. There were no weapons of mass destruction. No terrorist links to Osama bin Laden. No WMD programs. The penultimate justification – to bring democracy to Iraq – fast faded when the Islamic Shi’ite winners announced that Islam would be the basis for the new Iraqi state.

The assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri permitted the Bush administration to shift attention from its Iraq failure to Syria’s presence in Lebanon, just as the U.S. invasion of Iraq shifted attention from Bush’s failure to capture bin Laden in Afghanistan.

Bush hasn’t sufficient troops to occupy Iraq and none to spare with which to invade Syria. But the lack of means does not stop Bush from issuing ultimatums. Bush’s tough talk plays well to his supernationalist supporters at home.

(Excerpt) Read more at proudliberal.thinkingpeace.com ...


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KEYWORDS: antiwarright; clueless; paulcraigroberts; quagmire; roberts

1 posted on 03/23/2005 5:30:12 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

No barf alert?


2 posted on 03/23/2005 5:30:44 PM PST by Petronski (If 'Judge' Greer can kill Terri, who will be next?)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Check out this recent "gem" by Mr. Roberts.


3 posted on 03/23/2005 5:30:56 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Petronski

No, I didn't want to offend those on this forum that hold PCR in such great esteem.


4 posted on 03/23/2005 5:31:38 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Have we stooped to posting propaganda now?


5 posted on 03/23/2005 5:31:55 PM PST by traderrob6 (http://www.exposingtheleft.blogspot.com)
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To: 1rudeboy

Roberts, NEW SHERIFF and get used to it!


6 posted on 03/23/2005 5:32:03 PM PST by agincourt1415 (4 More Years of NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Isn't proud liberal an oxymoron?


7 posted on 03/23/2005 5:32:32 PM PST by marvlus
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To: 1rudeboy

So many traitors, so little time waste on them.


8 posted on 03/23/2005 5:33:03 PM PST by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON)
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To: 1rudeboy

Who is this prize goose?


9 posted on 03/23/2005 5:33:21 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (Stop Hillary - PEGGY NOONAN '08)
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To: 1rudeboy

Let's see here...the United States Army is an Army of freedom and only there temporarily...

the Syrian Army has ALWAYS been an Army of occupation, especially in Lebanon.....

anyone see the difference....


10 posted on 03/23/2005 5:33:31 PM PST by MikefromOhio (Silly Hippies, Bush Won!!!!)
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To: traderrob6
Well, we have a PCR thread here that has 350+ replies.
11 posted on 03/23/2005 5:33:36 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

This idiot actually draws a dirct parallel to the moral authority of the US and Syria?

I stopped reading after that...


12 posted on 03/23/2005 5:34:32 PM PST by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: 1rudeboy

I fear you are going to get smoked by everyone who comes by, as it might appear you agree with this idiot.


13 posted on 03/23/2005 5:34:36 PM PST by Petronski (If 'Judge' Greer can kill Terri, who will be next?)
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To: Petronski

No worries. I'll deal with it . . . and maybe those folks will someday see me going toe-to-toe with the PCR fanatics here, as I regularly do.


14 posted on 03/23/2005 5:36:09 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

By the way, I don't know where you got that screenname, but it doesn't seem to be true.

Be well.


15 posted on 03/23/2005 5:39:03 PM PST by Petronski (If 'Judge' Greer can kill Terri, who will be next?)
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To: 1rudeboy

I love a well thought out, cogent argument from the other side, but thinly reasoned silly tripe is not worth the effort.


16 posted on 03/23/2005 5:40:49 PM PST by traderrob6 (http://www.exposingtheleft.blogspot.com)
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To: 1rudeboy
Unlike the U.S. in Iraq, the Syrians have managed to perform the role of peacekeeper in Lebanon without leveling entire cities, destroying Lebanon’s infrastructure, and killing tens of thousands of civilians.

Ah, yes. Syria is better than America. And I bet they don't have a trade deficit with China.

How many Iraqi cities did we level again? Was it 10 or 12? And I heard we killed a million civilians.

17 posted on 03/23/2005 6:32:21 PM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Maybe it's not the Alinsky Method. Maybe you appear ridiculous because you are ridiculous!!!)
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To: 1rudeboy
I love this guy. Here's another good one.

The last thing wanted by the rulers of those countries, as well as the leaders of Egypt and Pakistan, is more instability that will play into the hands of such Islamist revolutionaries as Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Yeah, bin Laden and Zarqawi are in a much stronger position than they were in September 2001. Then they only had free rein in Afghanistan and money and training from Saddam. Now they've got....I forget, what exactly do they have?

Oh, yeah, instability. Yeah, that's much better than before. Glad Craig could find the imaginary crap filling in the midst of all the progress we've made.

18 posted on 03/23/2005 7:09:28 PM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Maybe it's not the Alinsky Method. Maybe you appear ridiculous because you are ridiculous!!!)
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To: 1rudeboy
If Lebanon cannot have free elections while under foreign military occupation, how, asks the rest of the world, does Iraq have free elections when it is under U.S. military occupation?

Drawing moral equivalence between Syria and the US is a disqualifier. Thanks for leading with it - saves me time.

19 posted on 03/23/2005 8:34:52 PM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: MikeinIraq

More chicken little over here!!


20 posted on 03/23/2005 11:41:19 PM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Maybe it's not the Alinsky Method. Maybe you appear ridiculous because you are ridiculous!!!)
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To: 1rudeboy
This author of this piece is a certifiable idiot.

L

21 posted on 03/23/2005 11:52:19 PM PST by Lurker (Remember the Beirut Bombing; 243 dead Marines. The House of Assad and Hezbollah did it..)
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