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For Kerry, ‘Thank you’ is not an option
Texas City Sun ^ | 9/25/04 | TJ Aulds

Posted on 09/25/2004 2:38:52 AM PDT by kattracks

Published September 25, 2004

Thank you.

Two of the most powerful words ever spoken. Unless you are John Kerry.

Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi spoke before a joint session of Congress earlier Thursday and thanked this country for its efforts in his country.

First, he offered an optimistic outlook on Iraq’s future and the willingness of his fellow countrymen to rid the country of the terrorists and insurgents who are murdering people in an effort to stop freedom. Then he got around to the most powerful part — in our view — of his speech.

“The second message is quite simple and one that I would like to deliver directly from my people to yours. Thank you, America. We Iraqis know that Americans have made and continue to make enormous sacrifices to liberate Iraq, to assure Iraq’s freedom,” Allawi said. “I have come here to thank you and to promise you that your sacrifices are not in vain. The overwhelming majority of Iraqis are grateful. They are grateful to be rid of Saddam Hussein and the torture and brutality he forced upon us.

“Grateful for the chance to build a better future for our families, our country and our region. “

So, one of the leaders of the new Iraq — recognized by this country as well as the United Nations as a spokesman and leader of post-Saddam Iraq — comes to Congress, says thank you and the presidential hopeful from the Democrats tells him to basically shove it.

“The prime minister and the president are here obviously to put their best face on the policy,” Kerry jawed less than an hour after Allawi received a standing ovation from both sides of the aisle. “But the fact is that the CIA estimates, the reporting, the ground operations and the troops all tell a different story.”

Really? Talk about Mr. Glass Is Half Empty — or rather the glass is empty and we are in a drought.

Kerry went on to say that Allawi’s statement that free elections would be held on schedule by January was bogus. We are sure he and others were skeptical of the turnover of the governance of the country which took place early.

Luckily Allawi showed backbone.

“They warned that there could be no successful hand-over of sovereignty by the end of June. We proved them wrong. A sovereign Iraq, Iraqi government took over control two days early,” he told Congress. “They doubted whether the national conference could be staged this August. We proved them wrong. Despite intimidation and violence, over 1,400 citizens, a quarter of them women, from all regions and from every ethic, religious, and political grouping in Iraq, elected a national council.

“And I pledge to you today, we’ll prove them wrong again over the elections. Our independent electoral commission is working with the United Nations, the multinational force, and our own Iraqi security forces to make these elections a reality, and 15 out of 18 our Iraqi provinces we could hold elections today.”

Are things perfect in Iraq? No.

Could they hold secure elections in all 18 provinces of the country today? No.

But the deadline is January, not Sept. 25.

So, we ask you: Who would know better of the situation in Iraq and the willingness of a people to be free? Would you put credence in the word of say, Saddam Hussein, as to the status of the United States’ freedoms?

No. But John Kerry seems more willing to speak as if he is the communications director for the Iraqi insurgents than show support for a country looking to find its way to democracy and freedom.

While we weren’t there to witness first hand, we are sure the initial years of establishing freedom in this country were not perfect nor actually all that clean. In fact, it is still a daily struggle.

But, give us the daily struggle for freedom over tyranny any day. We are sure Allawi and the majority of his people believe the same.

— T.J. Aulds

Sun managing editor



TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: kerry; kerryiraq; thankyou

1 posted on 09/25/2004 2:38:52 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
But, give us the daily struggle for freedom over tyranny any day. We are sure Allawi and the majority of his people believe the same.

This statement actually brought tears to my eyes. I say amen brother!

2 posted on 09/25/2004 2:42:24 AM PDT by Stonedog (Mr. Blather... tear down this STONEWALL!!)
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To: kattracks

The way things are going, I'm thinking Kerry will resort to throwing the keys to his Senate office over the fence (while keeping a spare set.)


3 posted on 09/25/2004 2:45:48 AM PDT by Solamente
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To: kattracks

"But John Kerry seems more willing to speak as if he is the communications director for the Iraqi insurgents than show support for a country looking to find its way to democracy and freedom."

He is simply reverting to form..He has experience undermining our mission and our military.


4 posted on 09/25/2004 2:47:30 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry has been AWOL on issues of national security for two decades)
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To: kattracks

$#!$%&#*%&!!!
I think we all know how to tell Prime Minister Allawi "You're welcome."
Let's deliver an historic landslide to President Bush.


5 posted on 09/25/2004 2:53:32 AM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
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To: kattracks
The Texas City Sun? How'd ya find that?
Are you in this area? I'm up the road in Seabrook.
6 posted on 09/25/2004 3:01:38 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Stonedog; Congressman Billybob; neverdem; Howlin; Ragtime Cowgirl
But, give us the daily struggle for freedom over tyranny any day. We are sure Allawi and the majority of his people believe the same.

But sadly, strive for the daily struggle for tyranny over freedom any day. We are sure Kerry and the majority of his people are trying for the same.

In the 60's riots, the 70's communist Asian states after the war In Vietnam, the fight in Nicaragua and Europe in the 80's, the weapons to China in the 90's, and in their support for terrorists in the 2000's ....
7 posted on 09/25/2004 3:01:41 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Kerry's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: lodwick; Cuttnhorse; operation clinton cleanup; Servant of the 9; catpuppy; null and void; ...
So, one of the leaders of the new Iraq — recognized by this country as well as the United Nations as a spokesman and leader of post-Saddam Iraq — comes to Congress, says thank you and the presidential hopeful from the Democrats tells him to basically shove it.
8 posted on 09/25/2004 3:02:16 AM PDT by Mo1 (Why is the MSM calling the Vietnam Vets and POW's a suspected group??)
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To: kattracks
Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi spoke before a joint session of Congress earlier Thursday

Did John Abdul al-Query actually show up in Congress for this?

9 posted on 09/25/2004 3:23:57 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: kattracks

10 posted on 09/25/2004 3:31:03 AM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

"Did John Abdul al-Query actually show up in Congress for this?"

No, of course he did not. That might have constituted actual work you see, and he was too busy playing a Presidential candidate on TV.


11 posted on 09/25/2004 3:45:20 AM PDT by jocon307 (Ann Coulter was right)
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To: kattracks

The American Revolution is generally considered to have started on 18 April 1775 when British troops tried to confiscate the arms of the citizens of Concord. It ended on 14 January 1784 with the Treaty of Paris.
It would appear that we had no elected government at the time. The Continental Congress seems to have been appointed by the various States’ revolutionary committees. I have been unable to find any reference to general elections. It also appears that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention were appointed, not elected. I also can not find anything to indicate that our first President was elected by The People but by the appointed electors – in 1789.
We took well over 14 years to form a representative government – and democrats expect Iraq to form one in just a few short years?


12 posted on 09/25/2004 3:54:53 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: Solamente

'...(while keeping a spare set.)..."

He'd better keep a spare set. He'll need them to get into his office after he loses the election. No wonder he didn't resign his senate seat. He's gonna need it after Nov. 2.


13 posted on 09/25/2004 4:00:08 AM PDT by mrtysmm
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To: kattracks
I heard somewhere that Lockhart called Alawi a puppet.

Nothing like taking the North Vietnamese side again eh?

Pukes.

14 posted on 09/25/2004 4:05:29 AM PDT by Tom Bombadil
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To: kattracks

Sunds like Howard Dean won the 'rat nomination after all.


15 posted on 09/25/2004 4:07:43 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: MEG33

I wouldn't be suprised a bit if 'ol J. FLIP-FLOP K. was conducting secret capituation negotiations with both UBL and Al Zarquai.

This would be in keeping with past performance.

IMHO.


16 posted on 09/25/2004 4:16:56 AM PDT by roaddog727 (The marginal propensity to save is 1 minus the marginal propensity to consume.)
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To: kattracks

Kerry says, paraphrasing "the brave insurgents [terrorist] in Iraq will be successful in their struggle against American tyranny!"

Kerry says, paraphrasing "We will not allow American puppets like Allawi to deminish the accomplishments of the brave insurgents in Iraq against the illegal Ameican occupation!" (I think he got it from a North Vietnamese memo)

Once a traitor, always a traitor.


17 posted on 09/25/2004 4:17:15 AM PDT by LuckyHat (Kerry burned down my village...and all I got was this lousy tee-shirt.)
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To: Tom Bombadil
Kerry has insulted the countries that are part of the coalition in Iraq, and now he's insulted the Iraqi leader.

And this is the man who claims he will get other countries to "help" in Iraq?

Since it's apparent he knows nothing about diplomacy one can only wonder how he intends to do this?

Exactly what is Kerry willing to trade for this so called help?

18 posted on 09/25/2004 4:17:37 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks

KUCK ferry!
LLS


19 posted on 09/25/2004 4:34:50 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (m)
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To: jocon307
'Did John Abdul al-Query actually show up in Congress for this?"

No, of course he did not. That might have constituted actual work you see, and he was too busy playing a Presidential candidate on TV.'

Kerry did not show up, because the Pubs would have been blisteringly sarcastic about how long it has been since they have seen him there...remember when he showed up last, just for the Senate picture, and they trounced him?

20 posted on 09/25/2004 4:43:36 AM PDT by bitt ("I'm Mad as Zell, and I'm Not Going to Take It Anymore." (CongressmanBillybob))
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To: R. Scott
...We took well over 14 years to form a representative government – and democrats expect Iraq to form one in just a few short years?...

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They know better. That's part of the shame of it. They say anything for polical expediency. The other part of the shame is that there are people who believe everything they say. I mean TRULY BELIEVE!!!! I know many of them, as I'm sure you do too. Wouldn't know the truth if it slapped 'em silly.
21 posted on 09/25/2004 5:19:07 AM PDT by gooleyman ((Half the Babies aborted would have grown up to be women. What about their "RIGHT TO CHOOSE"??????))
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To: kattracks

Kudos to TJ Aulds - he gets it. I suppose the Boston Globe agrees with Kerry not showing up for the speech. A small town Newspaper editor in a working class town has more gumption than a huge metro daily. Massechusetts should hang it's head in shame that it no longer represents the spirit of Freedom and Liberty for all. Kennedy is an ass but at least he showed up for the speech. The voters of Mass. should excise Kerry from their midst once Bush wins re-election.


22 posted on 09/25/2004 5:35:17 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (W'04)
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To: kattracks
So Mr. Kerry's first opportunity to display that diplomacy that will help him build a world-wide alliance to defeat error, and we got this nasty little speech about a foreign leader.

Does John Kerry get a second chance to make a first impression? Are there do-overs in diplomacy?

23 posted on 09/25/2004 5:39:18 AM PDT by Bernard (Let Freedom Reign)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Thanks for the ping!


24 posted on 09/25/2004 5:39:24 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("The proper response to difficulty is not to retreat -- it is to prevail."- Pres. Bush, CinC, 9/21)
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To: Bernard
So Mr. Kerry's first opportunity to display that diplomacy that will help him build a world-wide alliance to defeat error, and we got this nasty little speech about a foreign leader.

And then he says that because of being who he is, he'll be able to change the dynamics of the whole war in Iraq.....meglomania?
25 posted on 09/25/2004 5:51:21 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum
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To: bitt

Kerry said "But the fact is that the CIA estimates, the reporting, the ground operations and the troops all tell a different story.”

How would the man know anything? Not only was he not there for the speech, he has not been to ANY meeting of the Senate for months...he's a disgrace!


26 posted on 09/25/2004 6:18:43 AM PDT by t2buckeye
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To: gooleyman

Unfortunately many of the electorate believe what “their betters” tell them – with out any independent thought on their part.


27 posted on 09/25/2004 6:31:01 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: kattracks
John Kerry seems more willing to speak as if he is the communications director for the Iraqi insurgents than show support for a country looking to find its way to democracy and freedom.

The author has it exactly right. Kerry's behavior is shameful.

28 posted on 09/25/2004 6:37:13 AM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: R. Scott

Subtle point.


29 posted on 09/25/2004 6:37:42 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Kerry's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: R. Scott
Unfortunately many of the electorate believe what “their betters” tell them – with out any independent thought on their part.

Rather, many of the electorate would rather believe "the lies" their democratic socialist leaders tell them - – with out any independent thought on their part.
30 posted on 09/25/2004 6:39:39 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Kerry's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: kattracks

At this time, 33 non-U.S. military forces are contributing to the ongoing operations throughout Iraq. These countries are Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Thailand, the Philippines, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
That despicable, self aggrandizing, lying, backstabbing traitor – Hanoi John Kerry – claims we have no support from Europeans! We don’t have Germany or Hanoi John’s greatest interest – France, but do we really need them? Hanoi John puts great faith and prestige in France (so what if he’s a Francophile and has an estate in France?). When is the last time France or Germany actually won a war? What have either country contributed to World Peace and Democracy over the last 60 years?


31 posted on 09/25/2004 6:41:31 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: kattracks
Can't say it any better:

So, one of the leaders of the new Iraq — recognized by this country as well as the United Nations as a spokesman and leader of post-Saddam Iraq — comes to Congress, says thank you and the presidential hopeful from the Democrats tells him to basically shove it.


32 posted on 09/25/2004 6:46:22 AM PDT by TheyConvictedOglethorpe
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To: Mo1

Pretty much.
Kerry is a creep, and that's putting it by understatement.
I can't say what he RERALLY is, this being a family forum and all.


33 posted on 09/25/2004 7:44:47 AM PDT by Darksheare (Liberalism is political domestic abuse.)
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To: kattracks
....communications director for the Iraqi insurgents...

very appropriate description

34 posted on 09/25/2004 7:49:30 AM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: Izzy Dunne
Did John Abdul al-Query actually show up in Congress for this?

No! He was supposed to be taking the day off from campaigning due to losing his voice but shortly after Allawi's historical and eloquent speech, so offended was Kerry that he hastily made his appearance to denounce.

35 posted on 09/25/2004 11:29:52 AM PDT by cyncooper (Have I mentioned lately that I despise the media?)
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