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Bush regrets tough talk on terror
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19262534-23109,00.html ^ | 5 26 06 | www.news.com.au

Posted on 05/25/2006 10:42:29 PM PDT by freepatriot32

BESET by low ratings and an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq, US President George W. Bush concluded today that perhaps all his trash talk in the war on terror was not such a good idea.

At a news conference with his British ally Tony Blair, Mr Bush expressed regret for calling for terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden to be brought in "dead or alive" and taunting Iraqi insurgents by saying "bring 'em on". The blunt-speaking Texan said it was "kind of tough talk that sent the wrong signal to people. I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe a little in a more sophisticated manner."

"I think in certain parts of the world it was misinterpreted and so I learned from that," Mr Bush said during an extraordinarily humble 50-minute session with reporters at the White House.

The US president's popularity rating here has sunk to 31 per cent largely because of dissatisfaction with the Iraq war three years after the invasion to oust dictator Saddam Hussein.


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1 posted on 05/25/2006 10:42:34 PM PDT by freepatriot32
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To: freepatriot32

oh yeah this is good


2 posted on 05/25/2006 10:43:05 PM PDT by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: freepatriot32
Actually I feel sick.

What he77 happened to the man I voted for?
3 posted on 05/25/2006 10:45:13 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: freepatriot32

funny, no sound bites?, just this papers opinion


4 posted on 05/25/2006 10:45:29 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: freepatriot32

I watched it. I thought he did a very good job, better than usual with his public speaking. I wouldn't quite call it "regret."

I guess with his popularity rating that low, he really has nothing to lose.


5 posted on 05/25/2006 10:46:20 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: freepatriot32

"The US president's popularity rating here has sunk to 31 per cent largely because of dissatisfaction with the Iraq war three years after the invasion to oust dictator Saddam Hussein."

IT'S THE BORDERS STUPID!


6 posted on 05/25/2006 10:46:26 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: Scribbz

Don't be a thread hijacker.


7 posted on 05/25/2006 10:47:48 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (This Space For Rent.)
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To: Scribbz
What he77 happened to the man I voted for?

He never existed.

Marketing is a wonderful thing.

8 posted on 05/25/2006 10:48:02 PM PDT by Wormwood (Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!)
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To: freepatriot32
kind of tough talk that sent the wrong signal to people. I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe a little in a more sophisticated manner

Great. Next thing you know he'll be "nuanced". My kind of guy.

9 posted on 05/25/2006 10:48:16 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: COEXERJ145
one mans opinion

sorry for the "intrusion"
10 posted on 05/25/2006 10:48:51 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: freepatriot32
WOW, I thought this was a joke at first.

The President's tough talk against terror was a good thing.

11 posted on 05/25/2006 10:49:20 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: freepatriot32

The past 4.5 years has been a lie?


12 posted on 05/25/2006 10:49:27 PM PDT by spyone
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To: freepatriot32

Bush is pretending that the war is the reason his numbers are so low and not the border. What a wimp he is turning out to be. If he actually said this he should be ashamed of himself! Everyone was proud of his tough stance at the beginning. Look at him now.


13 posted on 05/25/2006 10:49:32 PM PDT by calex59 (No country can survive multiculturalism. Dual cultures don't mix, history has taught us that!)
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To: traviskicks

ping


14 posted on 05/25/2006 10:49:54 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: calex59

This isn't an immigration thread.


15 posted on 05/25/2006 10:50:33 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (This Space For Rent.)
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To: everyone

Just saw much of Bush's press conference with Tony Blair on C-SPAN. I'll give W. this -- he had a very good little riff on (against) the U.N. I'm a red-meat guy, and this was W. at his best.


16 posted on 05/25/2006 10:52:47 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws.")
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To: COEXERJ145

if your going to talk about his low numbers it should be.


17 posted on 05/25/2006 10:52:49 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: freepatriot32

I am speechless.


18 posted on 05/25/2006 10:54:47 PM PDT by Flora McDonald (got teufelhunden?)
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To: freepatriot32

If it is even true that President Bush said this I think he has bigger problems than he thinks he does. I don't think the Iraq War is the cause of his low percentages. Especially among Republicans this is not the reason.

I think he needed to talk tough after 9/11 and I supported him going to war in Iraq, and still support the war.

My issue is the wide open borders and the way he kisses up to Mexico, who has never ever been a friend to the US. If you think Mexico is our friend, look up past UN votes and make note of how often Mexico votes against the US.


19 posted on 05/25/2006 10:55:55 PM PDT by Tammy8 (Build a Real Border Fence, and secure the border!!!)
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To: COEXERJ145

Nearly all of this latest crop of FR disruptors seem to have registered in 2005. I'm guessing there is a concerted attempt to divide Republicans for the 2006 elections by turning every thread into an immigration fight.

They earlier tried it with the ports issue, but were foiled once everyone found out Schumer was behind that one! :-)


20 posted on 05/25/2006 10:58:13 PM PDT by JennysCool (Auxiliary Member of the Anaheim Azusa and Cucamonga Sewing Circle Book Review and Timing Association)
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To: JennysCool

There are some real dirt-eaters on some of the GOP-related threads. We need to call these people out, whether they're trolls or not. They are bad for morale.


21 posted on 05/25/2006 11:00:28 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws.")
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To: freepatriot32

This is just too depressing, really.


22 posted on 05/25/2006 11:02:29 PM PDT by claudiustg (¡En español, por favor!)
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To: JennysCool

you guys just don't get it

you are not living in a bubble, the border is a very serious issue.

if the GOP wants to be the big winner they will need to address the border issue.

remember perot?

i come from a heavy military family and the military community is pi$$ed.

those who are do not know their history are doomed to repeat it!

this is not about the party.


23 posted on 05/25/2006 11:07:15 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: Scribbz

getting late need spell check

lol


24 posted on 05/25/2006 11:08:15 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: Scribbz

Sure.

I'm afraid "us guys" are on to "you guys."


25 posted on 05/25/2006 11:08:54 PM PDT by JennysCool (Auxiliary Member of the Anaheim Azusa and Cucamonga Sewing Circle Book Review and Timing Association)
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To: JennysCool

whatever, i want the GOP to win but they won't w/ their heads in the sand


26 posted on 05/25/2006 11:10:19 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: COEXERJ145

---This isn't an immigration thread.---

They're all immigration threads now. That issue is going off like an air raid siren. You can't avoid it. If Bush came out and said Americans first, build a fence, secure the border, and we'll have town hall meetings and a national discussion about what to do with the 12 million illegals already here, his numbers would go up, war be damned.


27 posted on 05/25/2006 11:13:26 PM PDT by claudiustg (¡En español, por favor!)
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To: JennysCool

well i hope "you guys" sleep well w/ "us guys" on that wall

bunch of lemmings

i will try to make a difference in the primaries

after that i will hold my nose and vote rino

enough said


28 posted on 05/25/2006 11:14:30 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: JennysCool
The price of gas (which is really the Democrat's fault) and the issue with amnesty at the border and inviting millions of more Mexicans in have the people pissed off IMO.

That is a legitimate one/two punch as to why his ratings are low.

We know he passed tax reform, the economy is great. Jobs are available a decent wages for all those who want to work, so what is it? The war is the war and the people didn't just catch fire on the war issue to reduce his ratings, that is ridiculous IMO.

It is the price of gas and the border.
The border issue has grown huge the last year and we've had all kinds of activism by the left and the President is with them 90% at least and that upsets the base and even the Democrats who want to enforce the border as well.

This isn't the hijacking of a thread IMO, gas/wall IMO are the reasons his ratings suck gas.
29 posted on 05/25/2006 11:15:40 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: freepatriot32

The short answer is if you are going to fight make sure you have the machine gun and the other guy has the rocks.

We have the B52s. We should have leveled Fallujah.
We should level Syria and Iran. We should do the Dresden thing.

When you march to War, prepare to make the other guy die!


30 posted on 05/25/2006 11:21:06 PM PDT by Prost1 (We can build a wall, we can evict - "Si, se puede!")
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To: Prost1

"We should level Syria and Iran. We should do the Dresden thing."

yes! Patton! Victory!

not this whimp metroman crap


31 posted on 05/25/2006 11:22:40 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: calex59
No country can survive multiculturalism. Dual cultures don't mix, history has taught us that

Oh, non-wimpy and self-appointed expert meriting high accolades, could you edumacate us on the history of this darned place?

32 posted on 05/25/2006 11:23:04 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: calex59

Bush may be a lot of things, but he NEVER pretends to be anything. Perhaps it's a bit of projection on your part? However, since he's such a "wimp" I guess you can do better? YOU fight a war on 2 fronts, the constant lies and badgering by the press, a congress that would rather hold hands with Dems than with their president, Dems who try every tactic in the world to bring him down, an intelligence service that has/had to be cleaned to be effective but in the meantime is leaking dangerous secrets like a seive, and his pathetic, whiny "base" who expect him to be able to solve everything in the blink of an eye just because they think their issue is the most important one in the world. So since YOU seem to have all the answers, go for it.


33 posted on 05/25/2006 11:23:58 PM PDT by gardencatz (Power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat.)
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To: KJC1

France?

you know esss...car...go...


34 posted on 05/25/2006 11:24:26 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: gardencatz

"and his pathetic, whiny "base"

i think i just saw flashes of red!


35 posted on 05/25/2006 11:26:45 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: calex59

your right , poll numbers show that democrats have always have a negative view of the president, and his approval rating with them hasn’t changed, the movement in the ratings have come from a loss of supporters from the Republican Party.

Of all people the president should know that conservatives want to be tough with security law and order, they wanted him to call evil for what it is evil, whether it was abroad or at home.

He seems to be backpedaling now by saying he needs to be more sensitive about terrorism, and coupled with his ideas about touchy feely compassion for Latin Americans whom prop up evil governments yet he wants us to assimilate their people and views here but that just leads to a lack of concern for the security US citizens at home.

It appears that he is now not very serious about national security , which is too bad because that topic is the winner for the American people, lets just hope this faction wont end up steering the party and that these views will just be the lame duck views of the liberal center, and a historic president who said some tough talk and acted on it at one time ...


36 posted on 05/25/2006 11:28:01 PM PDT by seastay
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To: freepatriot32
The US president's popularity rating here has sunk to 31 per cent largely because of the media's successful campaign of lies that has led to people being duped and feeling dissatisfaction with the Iraq war three years after the invasion to oust dictator Saddam Hussein.
37 posted on 05/25/2006 11:30:00 PM PDT by Allegra (Finbar for Texas Governor!)
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To: Allegra

but i am not upset about the war

what about "us guys"?


38 posted on 05/25/2006 11:31:31 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: Scribbz
France? you know esss...car...go...

Oui, c'est comme ca. Tu es tellement foux, connard.

39 posted on 05/25/2006 11:32:20 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: KJC1

sorry bud I SPEAK ENGLISH.

translate please


40 posted on 05/25/2006 11:34:17 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: Scribbz
but i am not upset about the war

what about "us guys"?

Who is "us guys?"

I'm certainly not upset about the war. I get to see how successful it is. The media has no ability to influence me on that. I know just how much they are lying to the masses about it.

41 posted on 05/25/2006 11:35:02 PM PDT by Allegra (Finbar for Texas Governor!)
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To: KJC1

i know what a canard is in english and it sound like a rino


42 posted on 05/25/2006 11:36:17 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: Scribbz

Funny, I come from a military family as well. Every generation, including my sons. We're actually rational enough to figure out Bush has a pretty full plate and with the RINO's in the senate a compromise is about the best he's going to get. Since this issue hasn't been dealt with for several decades, it's going to have to evolve. I don't really know what he can do...congress has to approve because they dole out the funds and write the laws to make border security happen. Perhaps those of you who are so concerned that every thread becomes a "border thread" (please note: not everyone here thinks that's the most pressing issue of the day) and since you also seem to have all the answers, quit complaining behind your computer screen, get off your butts and do something. Run for congress, hold town meetings, whatever, just quit complaining on every thread...you're beginning to sound like mindless drones and FR is becoming a DU clone.


43 posted on 05/25/2006 11:38:44 PM PDT by gardencatz (Power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat.)
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To: gardencatz

i come here because i know the du is evil

you guys push base away and think it's a joke

war - i agree

economy - i agree

border - i do not agree

i'm 2/3 w/ you why is it a problem when i don't agree 100%

that's being blind!


44 posted on 05/25/2006 11:49:43 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: gardencatz

"Run for congress, hold town meetings, whatever, just quit complaining on every thread...you're beginning to sound like mindless drones and FR is becoming a DU clone."

I will vote for a conservative in the primary.





45 posted on 05/25/2006 11:51:13 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: gardencatz

Well goodnight!

Have fun selling the country for back taxes and a vote!


46 posted on 05/25/2006 11:53:31 PM PDT by Scribbz (Can't close the borders, can't deport, what are you a RepubliCAN or a RepubliCAN'T?)
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To: Scribbz
"you guys push the base away"? I am the base too, just not the hyperventilating neurotic wing. One of the things that impressed me about the republicans all these years is that there was room for different points of view on issues. One of the reasons I came to FR because of the caliber of the discussions, the intellectual give and take, the consideration of ideas. Since your 2005 crop came, it's developing more the flavor of DU...hysterics instead rational discussion, rushing to judgment without having enough information to do so (i.e. Bush sealing the Jefferson papers for 45 days)...every thread becoming all about "you" and your pet issue. It has nothing to do with whether you agree or not because no one can tell that you do, it's just the same thing, post after post after post.
47 posted on 05/26/2006 12:03:11 AM PDT by gardencatz (Power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat.)
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To: calex59
Bush is pretending that the war is the reason his numbers are so low and not the border.

Where in this article does Bush say the war is the reason his numbers are low?

Nowhere.

In fact, where in the article does Bush say he cares about his numbers at all?

Nowhere.

You read the opinion of the author of the article and mistook it for that of the President.

48 posted on 05/26/2006 12:08:11 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: Scribbz
The MSM's numbers have been steadily declining from an already abysmal low...

Would you say the reason people have been turning off their TV news and stopping their newspaper subscriptions is "it's the borders, stupid" ...

Or "it's the war, stupid"...

Or just "It's their incessant lying, stupid?"

49 posted on 05/26/2006 12:19:09 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: freepatriot32

Why?!


50 posted on 05/26/2006 12:25:52 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (Everyone should have a subject they are ignorant about. I choose professional corporate sports.)
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