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Part II: The Days After: Flashback: Bush "Tired of Swatting at Flies"; Kerry Sees Terrorists as "Nui
CBS News ^ | Sept. 10, 2003

Posted on 10/11/2004 10:34:32 AM PDT by counterpunch

In the cabinet room, the president made clear what was next: “The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror, they were acts of war.”

To the war cabinet, al Qaeda was no surprise. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice says the administration had been at work on a plan to strike bin Laden’s organization well before Sept. 11.

“The president said, ‘You know I’m tired of swatting at flies, I need a strategy to eliminate these guys,’” recalls Rice.

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When I heard Kerry calling terrorism a "nuisance", I was reminded of how President Bush lead us out of that dangerous September 10th mentality of "swatting at flies."

This comparison needs to be made.

1 posted on 10/11/2004 10:34:32 AM PDT by counterpunch
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To: counterpunch

Kerry returns our policy of response to a fly-swatter.


2 posted on 10/11/2004 10:35:56 AM PDT by WoodstockCat (DNC and John Kerry: Forgers R' Us)
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To: counterpunch
Fly Swatter
3 posted on 10/11/2004 10:36:27 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: WoodstockCat
Kerry returns our policy of response to a fly-swatter.

Add flyswatters to the list of Kerry props. In addition to the flip-flops.

4 posted on 10/11/2004 10:37:48 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom ("Anyone who calls Moore a Dumb $#$@$ is okay with me." -areafiftyone)
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To: counterpunch

The RATS still act as it 9/11 never happened. I really believe they think it was our fault we were attacked on that day and they have more compassion for terrorists than their own citizens. President Bush's response was right and it has put the terrorists on the run.


5 posted on 10/11/2004 10:40:05 AM PDT by Moconservative
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To: counterpunch

If Kerry had half a brain, he'd have learned to keep his pie-hole shut on this topic, but noooooo....

Memo to Karl Rove: Lock and Load! This is OUR issue, OUR rules of engagement now apply!


6 posted on 10/11/2004 10:40:13 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Moconservative

The RATs are still pretending that terrorism didn't exist prior to 9/11.


7 posted on 10/11/2004 10:41:27 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The economy won't matter if you're dead.)
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To: counterpunch

Kerry continues to reflect the state of denial the Democrats are in regarding 9/11. If Kerry wins, it means America hasn't been hurt badly enough to seriously take up arms against terrorists; a condition that AQ and co. will eventually remedy.


8 posted on 10/11/2004 10:41:35 AM PDT by Spok
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To: areafiftyone
Too Funny
9 posted on 10/11/2004 10:42:16 AM PDT by FesterUSMC ("If you don't have the hammer, you are going to be the anvil, and I would rather have the hammer!")
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To: counterpunch

since the source here is SeeBS, the attempt is being made here

to show how kerry's "nuisance" remark is NO DIFFERENT than

the President referring to terrorists as "flies". See that ?


10 posted on 10/11/2004 10:42:31 AM PDT by kingattax (FreeRepublic leads...others follow)
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To: counterpunch

11 posted on 10/11/2004 10:44:45 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: kingattax

Oh, I saw that clearly.

Problem is, it doesn't work. ;-D

If it DID work, it would be headlines. But it doesn't.


12 posted on 10/11/2004 10:45:25 AM PDT by Judith Anne (First we were digital brownshirts then we were pajamahadeen, now we're the piranha of the internet)
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To: Grampa Dave

Soon, Kerry will be just a nuisance.....


13 posted on 10/11/2004 10:47:13 AM PDT by international american (Support our troops!! Send Kerry back to Bedlam,Massachusetts!!)
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To: Grampa Dave

That is an awesome picture and heading. The Bush campaign should use that.


14 posted on 10/11/2004 10:49:34 AM PDT by Moconservative
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To: kingattax
This article is over a year old.
I made the inference, not CBS.

The idea here is that Bush made the decision to depart the Clinton era policy of "swatting at flies" which lead to a whole lot of nothing, and to engage the terrorists in all out war.

Kerry still sees terrorism through the prism of September 10th. He still sees terrorism as a "nuisance", like those flies that Clinton would occasionally swat.

Kerry just said that we need to return to the Clinton law enforcement approach to terrorism, and the comparison of "nuisance" to "swatting at flies" is the most succinct way of exposing just where Kerry really stands.

Kerry's "tough talk" on the campaign trail has been nothing but empty rhetoric. He still lives in a September 10th world. His facade has finally cracked, and the light of day is starting to shine through.
15 posted on 10/11/2004 10:50:32 AM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
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To: counterpunch

thats true.....more people are beginning to see him as

being totally impotent against terrorists. kerry sounds about

as competent on the subject as TeRayZa. mr and mrs 9-10


16 posted on 10/11/2004 10:55:11 AM PDT by kingattax (FreeRepublic leads...others follow)
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To: Moconservative; bootyist-monk

bootyist-monk did a great job with that picture.

It summarizes the elitist Kerry and his hatred of Americans so well.


17 posted on 10/11/2004 10:57:40 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: kingattax

Yep.
"Swatting at flies" is so 9/10.
That's where Kerry wants to "get back to".

Flies are "nuisance", that's why you just swat at them.
Bush sees terrorism as a global war, that's why he blows them up.


18 posted on 10/11/2004 10:59:54 AM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
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To: international american

One of my oldest friends said that he hopes that Kerry is remembered by conservatives like Mondale and Dukakass after the election in November.

We will remember him as left wing joke and a gift for our side like Mondale and Dukakass.


19 posted on 10/11/2004 11:00:46 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: counterpunch

Kerry & Edwards are constantly talking about the $200 billion spent to rebuild Iraq.

This is $200b for Medicine, Education, Police, Fire, Harbor patrol, securing Nuclear facilities....

Leadership is about choices. They choose to spend $$$ here believing they can protect USA by National "Neighborhood" Watches.

What is worse, is they salivate at spending that money here, knowing full well it requires Burocrats to Administer, Union contracts to award, Union employees to engage, democratic largess to seek future IOUs....


20 posted on 10/11/2004 11:03:51 AM PDT by Prost1 (To trust John Kerry is to hate America!)
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To: Grampa Dave
Thanks Grampa. Much appreciated. Please feel free to distribute as you like.
21 posted on 10/11/2004 11:05:26 AM PDT by bootyist-monk (<--------------------- Republican Attack Machine)
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To: bootyist-monk

Thank you!

This is one of the greatest graphic arts on Kerry that I have seen.

I will post here where appropriate, and it will be sent out to my email lists.


22 posted on 10/11/2004 11:07:16 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: Only1choice____Freedom

I think the question here is 'will John Kerry approve a new appropriations bill that includes new flyswaters for our troops in Iraq or will they have to make due with their spitballs'


23 posted on 10/11/2004 11:07:27 AM PDT by logic ("all that is required for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing")
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To: Grampa Dave
lol! How about this pic...

Terrorism can be such a nuisance....


24 posted on 10/11/2004 11:07:36 AM PDT by Imaverygooddriver ( What`s the difference between Windows XP and John Kerry? Windows XP works once in a while.)
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To: Imaverygooddriver; Grampa Dave

That photo reminded me of this one (made a while back).

25 posted on 10/11/2004 11:25:46 AM PDT by bootyist-monk (<--------------------- Republican Attack Machine)
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To: Grampa Dave

LOL....yep!


26 posted on 10/11/2004 11:29:02 AM PDT by international american (Support our troops!! Send Kerry back to Bedlam,Massachusetts!!)
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To: bootyist-monk

That one makes me even madder!


27 posted on 10/11/2004 11:29:43 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: Grampa Dave

Way to go. That says it all.


28 posted on 10/11/2004 12:41:56 PM PDT by marty60
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To: bootyist-monk

Your work? Great point maker.


29 posted on 10/11/2004 12:43:01 PM PDT by marty60
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To: counterpunch

I'm sure Leon Klinghoffer (sp?) was quite annoyed by terrorism.

For anyone who doesn't remember, he was the 69 year old wheelchair-bound man shot and thrown overboard when terrorists hijacked the Achille Lauro back in the 70s. I still get all teary when I read about him. If only we'd taken a hard stance against terrorism then, instead of letting it mostly fester for nearly thirty years.


30 posted on 10/11/2004 5:50:42 PM PDT by exDemMom (Think like a liberal? Oxymoron!)
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To: Grampa Dave

That's picture is a breathtaking indictment! Perfect!


31 posted on 10/11/2004 9:32:24 PM PDT by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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