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Kerry Vows to Rebuild 'Shredded' U.S. Alliances
Yahoo! News ^ | 5/29/04 | Patricia Wilson - Reuters

Posted on 05/29/2004 1:11:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

Democratic White House candidate John Kerry (news - web sites) vowed on Saturday to rebuild U.S. alliances "shredded" by President Bush (news - web sites) and to restore America's international respect.

The Republican incumbent and his likely challenger in the Nov. 2 presidential election both attended the dedication of the World War II Memorial but Kerry told reporters: "There are no politics today. It's just a really nice day, a really special day for America."

Hours before the ceremony on Washington's Mall, Kerry declared in the Democrats' weekly radio address that it was "time to answer the call to greatness and lead the world."

"It's time to put away pride and stubbornness," he said. "We must rebuild alliances that have been shredded because an America respected in the world will be an America stronger in the world and safer here at home."

The Massachusetts senator, who voted for the congressional resolution authorizing Bush to use force in Iraq (news - web sites), has since charged the president rushed to war without adequate international help or a plan to win the peace.

"America has always drawn its power not only from the might of its weapons, but from the trust and respect of nations around the globe," Kerry said. "From the World Wars to the Cold War and beyond, American-led alliances have been a driving force in the survival of freedom."

During the 2000 election campaign, Bush promised a humble foreign policy built on stronger international alliances, but since taking office he has angered some of Washington's traditional friends with moves like abandoning a global warming treaty and invading Iraq.

FOREIGN POLICY FOCUS

Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, has begun an 11-day focus on national security built around Saturday's dedication ceremony, Memorial Day on Monday when the United States honors its war dead and the 60th anniversary of D-Day on June 6.

In the same period, Bush plans to give a major speech on Iraq, travel to Normandy, France, for the D-day celebrations and host the G8 summit of the leaders of Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and Russia on Sea Island, about 90 miles south of Savannah, Georgia.

Kerry painted the broad strokes of his foreign policy priorities in Seattle on Thursday, promising to forge a coordinated global alliance against terror, free the United States from its "dangerous dependence" on Middle East oil and end what he described as Bush's divisive bullying tactics.

On Iraq, Bush and Kerry both believe the United States should stay the course to bring stability to the country. Neither is ready to set a date for withdrawing U.S. troops.

But Kerry, a 20-year veteran of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he would give greater prominence to international organizations like the United Nations (news - web sites) and NATO (news - web sites).

"Some of the best armor we could ever give our troops will be allies to fight by their side," he said. "And it's because of those who fought before and those who fight today that it's time to do what it takes to build an America that's once again respected in the world."

Kerry attended the World War II memorial dedication with Joseph Lesniewski, of Erie, Pennsylvania, one of 18 living paratroopers from the Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division who on D-Day parachuted into enemy territory behind the Normandy beachhead.


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Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry(R) speaks to retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmd. Roy Gibson before the dedication ceremony for the National WW II Memorial in Washington, May 29, 2004. Kerry vowed on Saturday to rebuild U.S. alliances 'shredded' by President Bush and to restore America's international respect. Hours before Bush was to speak at the memorial dedication, his likely challenger in the presidential election declared it was 'time to answer the call to greatness and lead the world.'  (John Pryke/Reuters)

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (news - web sites)(R) speaks to retired U.S. Navy (news - web sites) Lt. Cmd. Roy Gibson before the dedication ceremony for the National WW II Memorial in Washington, May 29, 2004. Kerry vowed on Saturday to rebuild U.S. alliances 'shredded' by President Bush (news - web sites) and to restore America's international respect. Hours before Bush was to speak at the memorial dedication, his likely challenger in the presidential election declared it was 'time to answer the call to greatness and lead the world.' (John Pryke/Reuters)


1 posted on 05/29/2004 1:11:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Another title: Kerry kisses Chirac's A---


2 posted on 05/29/2004 1:14:17 PM PDT by Ramonan (You never get something for nothing)
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To: NormsRevenge

Specifics, Kerry

Details, Kerry

All the generalities are getting old--empty, meaningless, rambling rhetoric, Kerry.

Give us specifics on what you would do and how you would do it better, or STFU.


3 posted on 05/29/2004 1:14:25 PM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Aren't our "shredded" alliances pretty much limited to those nations whose citizens were involved in taking "Food for Oil" money or who did business with Saddam on the sly?


4 posted on 05/29/2004 1:16:55 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.)
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To: NormsRevenge
But Kerry, a 20-year veteran of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he would give greater prominence to international organizations like the United Nations

Hear in lies the choice America.

In other words, France, Russia, and China three who hold vetoes over any UN resolution about anything.

How could Kerry ever win the White House with that for a platform?

Are we that stupid?

My opinion, NO WAY!!!!

5 posted on 05/29/2004 1:18:45 PM PDT by Mister Baredog ((The French can"t even build an airport))
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To: Ramonan
Another title: Kerry kisses Chirac's A---

lol

OOOOOOO... That tickles , Johnnn Kerrryyyy...


6 posted on 05/29/2004 1:20:31 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ... Become a FR Monthly Donor ... Kerry thread archive @ /~normsrevenge)
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To: All

Is this where he crawls on his hands and knees, crying, and begging the "world" to take us back?


7 posted on 05/29/2004 1:21:55 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (Benedict Arnold was a hero for both sides in the same war, too!)
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To: Mister Baredog

"abandoning a global warming treaty "

IIRC that died in the senate 95-0. Did he abstain or did he vote against before he supported it?

DK


8 posted on 05/29/2004 1:22:08 PM PDT by Dark Knight
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To: Clara Lou

Yes, those "shredded" alliances Kerry speaks of are the theives involved in the "Food for Oil" program. Maybe Kerry wants to start a "Ketchup for Oil" program. He can put Teresa in charge.


9 posted on 05/29/2004 1:23:20 PM PDT by AngieGOP (I never met a woman who became a stripper because she played with Barbie dolls as a kid)
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To: Ramonan

The true title:

"Kerry Pledges To Give Aid And Comfort To The Enemy...Again."


10 posted on 05/29/2004 1:24:41 PM PDT by Salamander
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To: NormsRevenge
Wouldn't it be smarter to build alliances with the American people, since we are the ones who are voting. Isn't it amazing that the libs shit-can half of the American population and complain about relations of foreign powers who shit-can the US. That's what you call not seeing the forest for the trees, or in another respect, viewing the world through a straw.
11 posted on 05/29/2004 1:25:32 PM PDT by Godfollow
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To: NormsRevenge
So Kerry wants to rebuild alliances with France and Germany, two of the major culprits who facilitated Iraq and Sadam in the first place, and were complicit in the Oil for Cash scam sponsored by the UN...

I sure hope they get the dirt on the UN and France and Germany out in the open, then Bush in the debates can ask Kerry: You want to do what?
12 posted on 05/29/2004 1:27:59 PM PDT by antaresequity (This is not the "War on Terror"...we don't fight tactics.)
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To: AngieGOP

So, what Kerry is saying is that he will lead the kiss-up to thieves and back-stabbers such as our "allies," the French. Kerry is a disgusting specimen.


13 posted on 05/29/2004 1:28:14 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey Norm, I hope that retired Navy Veteran in the picture, is giving Kerry a piece of his mind. It looks like he is ready to shove his finger in Kerry's eye.


14 posted on 05/29/2004 1:29:45 PM PDT by Mark17
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To: Clara Lou
"time to answer the call to greatness and lead the world."

To hell? I think not.

And the answer to your question YES.........YES.....

15 posted on 05/29/2004 1:30:41 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Dark Knight
abandoning a global warming treaty "

IIRC that died in the senate 95-0. Did he abstain or did he vote against before he supported it?

LOL! I would love to know who those 5 non-votes were.

They forgot the International Criminal Court Bush also rejected.

Plus he's a "cowboy" they really hate that.

And he's religeous, that's the last straw!

16 posted on 05/29/2004 1:38:41 PM PDT by Mister Baredog ((The French can"t even build an airport))
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To: Mister Baredog

I was looking at it, and Kyoto would cost the US $400 billion per year. Kerry knew it was a no go, but urged us to follow it anyway. In ten years that is $4 trillion, it dwarfs medicare, Iraq, and probably most social programs he wants. He's be a moron to support it openly, and he does. Our glorious media just doesn't report the price tag of his support.

DK


17 posted on 05/29/2004 1:43:45 PM PDT by Dark Knight
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To: TomGuy
I am getting a little disturbed with both candidates and their international intentions. Alliances for what? Why do we need military over the world in 170 countries? Oh, for the war on terror. Tell me what GI in Weisbaden, Germany is doing to protect us from terrorists. Kosovo. Oh yeah, we must protect the Muslim Brotherhood so the Serbs don't annihilate them. Our foreign policy is so full of holes it looks like Swiss cheese.

Now we get to the 800 pound gorilla on the block, North Korea, and move our forces out to Iraq to relieve some of our forces there. There is no strategy, there is confusion as to what we are doing. I suspect that foreign adventurism is so attractive because it can be hidden and covered up in comparison with the criticism leveled on the screw-ups on the domestic scene. Why don't the candidates just once ask themselves why we are leaving our borders defenseless and worrying about our alliances overseas?

The United States was a great power prior to and in WW II. Since then, after allying with and acting as the butt boy for the UN, it has deteriorated into one of the bunch. The world's super-power is also the worlds super-debtor and super-sucker for sticking its nose into all the messes the third world creates.

18 posted on 05/29/2004 1:47:00 PM PDT by meenie
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To: NormsRevenge

I don't care how much Kerry loves and respects France, I never will.


19 posted on 05/29/2004 1:48:16 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Must get moose and squirrel ... B. Badanov)
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To: Salamander

At the very least his charge means that we need to renew our efforts to find out what "foreign leaders" he referred to in his original statement.


20 posted on 05/29/2004 1:50:30 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Must get moose and squirrel ... B. Badanov)
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To: NormsRevenge

Those alliances aren't worth rebuilding. They only worked when they needed us. We needed them with us this time and we got the one finger salute instead.

Let's dance with them who came to the dance with us, and the others can go to hell.


21 posted on 05/29/2004 1:50:54 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Every functional brain in America is a threat to Kerry's Presidential aspirations.)
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To: Dark Knight
I was looking at it, and Kyoto would cost the US $400 billion per year

China and India, amoungst others, are EXEMPTED in the protocol.

The funny thing was Al Gore going to Kyoto and signing on to this POS after the Senate voted!

22 posted on 05/29/2004 1:50:58 PM PDT by Mister Baredog ((The French can"t even build an airport))
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
>>>Is this where he crawls on his hands and knees, crying, and begging the "world" to take us back?<<<

And what will our so called allies, France, Germany and Spain, ask Kerry to do when he crawls on his hands and knees asking forgiveness?

"Put Your Butt A Bit Higher In The Air John"

America can't afford to let this man win!

25 posted on 05/29/2004 1:55:45 PM PDT by HardStarboard ( Wesley...gone. Hillary......not gone enough!)
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To: BunnySlippers

Gee...that's real hard to guess....;))


26 posted on 05/29/2004 1:56:58 PM PDT by Salamander
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To: QuokkaPerth
hate to tell you but most americans want a greater international role.

Yea, and I wanna win the lottery.

How about the details Mr. Kerry.

He thinks he can take his "bib and knee pads" to Europe and they'll come running, why, because they like him.

Sounds like Al Franken to me.

27 posted on 05/29/2004 1:58:56 PM PDT by Mister Baredog ((The French can"t even build an airport))
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To: NormsRevenge

Notice how they really play up the democrat"ic" candidate as if the GWBush is UNdemocrat"ic". kerry is the democat party candidate periods.


Most important. With friends like Kerry who needs enemies.


28 posted on 05/29/2004 2:03:16 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: NormsRevenge

(SARC) RRRRiiiigggghhhtttt! Just like Clintoon. And the next repeat of 911 will be a nuke on American soil. Yeah, Ketchupman, you're rebuilding spells doom for the rest of the civilized world.


29 posted on 05/29/2004 2:04:22 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: NormsRevenge
Aren't these the same people who said Pakistan would never allow us to use their airspace to attack Trashcanistan?? The same losers who said that Turkey and the Kurds would begin a World War. And the same people who are ignoring the Oil payoffs to France, Germany and Russia. Yeah, he will turn America back to the World joke we were under BJ.

Pray for W and Our Troops

30 posted on 05/29/2004 2:04:41 PM PDT by bray (Hey Yaaaawn, will you cut and run like you did in Nam???)
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To: NormsRevenge

Democratic White House candidate John Kerry (news - web sites) vowed on Saturday to rebuild U.S. alliances "shredded" by President Bush (news - web sites) and to restore America's international respect.

Is Kerry refering to the "shredders" that Saddam used on his victims?


31 posted on 05/29/2004 2:10:47 PM PDT by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: NormsRevenge

My question is this Kerry rebuilds our alliances with Cowards, then we have another terror incident, Kerry wnats to make a move, (I know thats pretty hard to believe, )
He wants to make a move ,and his alliance friends say NO
What does he do then?

Does he do what GWB did when the UN and the French and German cowards said no ? Or does he sit on his hands and say there was nothing I could do , our pals said NO. Guess we just have to wait for another day.


32 posted on 05/29/2004 2:12:51 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: NormsRevenge

On Second thought Bush didnt shred any alliances the Frogs did, the germans did and the UN did. The UN refused to act on their own resolution and the Frogs and Germans were busy supplying arms and getting oil in violation of Sanctions, THe US has nothing to apologise for Our supposed Allies do.


33 posted on 05/29/2004 2:15:06 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: NormsRevenge


What a P***Y. You can see the French in him now.


34 posted on 05/29/2004 2:17:31 PM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: Mister Baredog; All

http://www.crushkerry.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=41

The french and kerry's presidential campaign

its from http://www.crushkerry.com


It defines kerry


35 posted on 05/29/2004 2:23:06 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Kerry Vows to Rebuild 'Shredded' U.S. Alliances

Translated: "Kerry vows to give up American nation sovereignty to achieve a global unity for his own personal political gain".

36 posted on 05/29/2004 2:24:04 PM PDT by EGPWS (Fly your flag proudly Monday in memory of the true patriots who have given their all)
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To: Ramonan
Kerry's policy = peace through surrender.
37 posted on 05/29/2004 2:25:44 PM PDT by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: antaresequity

You made some serious claims. Could you please provide evidence that Germany has been involved in the oil for food scandal, or that the German government actively supported Saddam Husseins regime? After all, it paid 1/3 of the costs of the war in 1991.


38 posted on 05/29/2004 2:30:57 PM PDT by Michael81Dus
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To: Michael81Dus

I don't want to get into an argument about this. But Schroeder loyally supported Chirac all through the run-up to the Iraqi war. And there's not much question that France and Russia had corrupt dealings with Saddam and his oil. Otherwise, I'll let the party you address answer your question.


39 posted on 05/29/2004 3:15:56 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

:-) Ahhh! Here we go: Russia and France! No doubt. But it´s important to me that there are no false allegations against my country (there are enough justified, I fear).
Having freedom of speech (and freedom of opinion), I cannot see that the pure verbal opposition to the war helped Saddam: After all, he gave Turkey, Israel and Kuwait all the support the US wanted him to give (for their security; and the US striked when its forces were ready (-> deployments didn´t arrive until end Feb/beg March. This correction is really important to me, it makes my country looking no THAAAAAAT bad. ;)


40 posted on 05/29/2004 3:26:57 PM PDT by Michael81Dus
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To: Michael81Dus

He = Schröder


41 posted on 05/29/2004 3:27:32 PM PDT by Michael81Dus
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To: TomGuy

Details? Kerry plans on helping German, France, Russia, and other "allies" bury the "Oil for Bribes" program. Then he plans on buying them off, prostrating himself before them, and kissing their asses.

Kerry is the whore in high school who let all the boys have their way with her so they would like her.


42 posted on 05/29/2004 3:32:52 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Michael81Dus
Here's a starting point - go through these and if Germany comes up clean please let me know. I will not be holding my breath. ;-)
Google Search: "Oil For Food" Germany corrupt UN
43 posted on 05/29/2004 3:52:50 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Have a nice day or else!)
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To: Michael81Dus
You made some serious claims. Could you please provide evidence that Germany has been involved in the oil for food scandal,

Follow the money Einstein...Germany and France ARE NOT ALLIES...complicit POS's

44 posted on 05/29/2004 4:43:09 PM PDT by antaresequity (This is not the "War on Terror"...we don't fight tactics.)
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To: Cicero

If France and Germany want to back into the freedom coalition...they can bend over and KMA...for starters...I don't need either one of them to know we are virtuous...we are freedom...we are liberty

No one can hold a candle to the United States...get a clue


45 posted on 05/29/2004 4:45:45 PM PDT by antaresequity (This is not the "War on Terror"...we don't fight tactics.)
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The alliance Kerry misses most is FDR's alliance with Stalin.


46 posted on 05/29/2004 8:23:42 PM PDT by Fedora (Smeagol-Gollum 2004: "We can be our own VP, my Precious")
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To: QuokkaPerth
...the average person who is becoming very very war weary.

What?

Are you NUTS?


Weary about What? Underware pictures and pryamids??

47 posted on 05/29/2004 9:18:36 PM PDT by Elsie (Peace be upon you.....)
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To: Mister Baredog

Are you refering to the Byrd-Hagel resolution?
here is the vote..
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=105&session=1&vote=00205


48 posted on 05/29/2004 9:55:06 PM PDT by greasepaint
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To: NormsRevenge

Kerry: "It's time to put away pride..."

What a loser. Telling Americans and their president not to be proud, to grovel to the likes of Chirac.


49 posted on 05/29/2004 9:58:45 PM PDT by Starrgaizr
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To: Tunehead54
http://www.economist.com/agenda/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2618260

The list of alleged beneficiaries includes a senior UN official and top French, Indonesian and Russian politicians.

http://www.nationalreview.com/jos/jos200405051300.asp

To summarize it briefly here, however, a program that was meant to underpin sanctions against Saddam Hussein's Iraq by moderating its effects on innocent Iraqis with humanitarian aid became a joint venture by Saddam, senior U.N. officials, and public figures in Security Council member states such as France and Russia to divert many billions in oil revenues into their various pockets; to bribe governments, companies, and individuals in Saddam's behalf; to establish a network of corrupt cronies beholden to Saddam around the world; to build up Saddam's machinery of war and oppression in Iraq; and to do little or nothing for the ordinary Iraqis who were the poster children for the entire enterprise.

My country comes clean up, we had nothing to do with the oil for food thing.
But I realized long ago that facts does not matter. Many here cannot and will not understand that Germanys opposition to the war in Iraq had nothing to do with economy, hiding things or something like that. It was Schröders pure emergency exit from the polls which already have seen him as the loser of last elections. Well, Iraq and floodings in large parts of the country lead to his narrow re-election. That´s all. It was just a political thing, and you will never find any government-authorized arms deals with Iraq, etc.

I know, it´s easier to make a country looking bad if you can put some criminal or corrupt behaviour on its government...

50 posted on 05/30/2004 1:24:38 AM PDT by Michael81Dus
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