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John Kerry Meets With Syrian President: to help prevent militants from moving into Iraq.
Las Vegas Sun / AP ^ | January 08, 2005 at 9:08:58 PST | ALBERT AJI

Posted on 01/08/2005 9:19:18 AM PST by rface

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry met Saturday with Syria's president and said he was hopeful that strained U.S.-Syrian relations could be improved, provided Washington seized "a moment of opportunity" currently available in the Middle East.

The United States has accused Syria of doing too little to stop insurgents from infiltrating into Iraq to attack coalition forces. Washington also has imposed sanctions on Damascus, accusing it of seeking weapons of mass destruction and hosting Palestinian groups Washington deems to be terrorist organizations.

Syria denies the accusations but says it cannot fully control its long, porous border with Iraq.

Sen. Kerry, D-Mass., met for two hours with President Bashar Assad and then with Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa, with both meetings centering on Iraq and how to prevent militants from moving from Syria into neighboring Iraq.

"I think we found a great deal of areas of mutual interest, some common concerns and some possibilities for initiatives that could be taken in the future to strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Syria," Kerry told reporters after meeting with al-Sharaa.

"I leave here with a sense that we can improve our relationship. There are significant possibilities, particularly with the elections in Iraq and the elections in the West Bank ... This is the moment of opportunity for the Middle East, for the U.S. and for the world. I hope that we would seize that opportunity."

Assad stressed "the importance of dialogue between the two sides over all issues under discussion, especially those of common interest," Syria's official news agency reported.

Kerry said he and Assad discussed Iraq, security, Lebanon and weapons of mass destruction.

In September, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling on Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon and dismantle the Syrian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla group. Syria, with some 14,000 troops stationed in Lebanon, is the main power broker in that country.

More recently, President Bush has warned Syria and Iran against "meddling" in the internal affairs of Iraq. Washington and Baghdad both have said that key support for the insurgency in Iraq was coming from a half brother of Saddam Hussein and Baath Party leaders based in Syria.

Kerry, who is on a two-week tour of the Middle East, arrived Friday from Iraq, where he met U.S. troops in the volatile northern city of Mosul, the scene of a suicide bombing last month on a military base that killed 22 people, including 14 U.S. soldiers and three American contractors.

Kerry, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will be in the West Bank for Sunday's Palestinian election and is expected to visit a polling place.

After Kerry left the Foreign Ministry on Saturday, 13-year-old Mustafa al-Nabulsi approached him with a drawing of the senator as a soldier in his Vietnam days.

"You have made me much more important than I was, though. You made me a general," Kerry said.

"I wish you were the president," al-Nabulsi said.

"Thank you very much. So do I," Kerry said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: kerry; kerryiraq; scumbag; sitzpinkler; syria
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a fun yesterday post - -

Fake testicles say more about your boyfriend than dog: Limbaugh: "Neuticles are just plain neat!"

1 posted on 01/08/2005 9:19:19 AM PST by rface
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To: rface
So Kerry can kiss Assads butt after trashing the President in front of our troops.

Thank God he is not coming home to be inaugerated.

2 posted on 01/08/2005 9:24:00 AM PST by carlr
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To: rface

Screw lib-dem garbage, sKerry and Kennedy.

We should invade *Syria*, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity... Ann Coulter.


3 posted on 01/08/2005 9:24:23 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: rface

Is this a joke? It sure reads like one.


4 posted on 01/08/2005 9:24:40 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (...drowning someone ...I certainly wouldn't have had a part of that... --Capt. Teddy)
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To: rface
Guess he found out where Iraq's WMD's were--those he first believed existed, and then claimed didn't exist.

Kerry meeting with any of our enemies, considering his actions of the 70's is scary.

5 posted on 01/08/2005 9:24:42 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: rface
Was this visit something the administration was aware of and approved?

"The United States has accused Syria of doing too little to stop insurgents from infiltrating into Iraq to attack coalition forces. Syria denies the accusations but says it cannot fully control its long, porous border with Iraq

The United States accuses another country of DOING TO LITTLE to stop insurgents? What has our country done to stop illegal insurgents from entering OUR COUNTRY?

6 posted on 01/08/2005 9:25:37 AM PST by stopem
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To: Darkwolf377
I thought it was a joke, at first, too.

sKerry, a day late and a dollar short (a little late to start talking about stopping Syrian terrorists from getting into Iraq).

Kissing a** of our enemies, once again.
7 posted on 01/08/2005 9:26:26 AM PST by ChicagoRighty (Surrounded by libbies and damn tired of it!)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm
What does Ann Coulter say about the mullahs in Damascus putting John the Baptist's head on public display instead of giving it a Christian burial?
8 posted on 01/08/2005 9:28:11 AM PST by bayourod (The states and cities with large immigrant labor pools are the prosperous ones.)
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To: rface

and the obligatory reference to Kerry in Vietnem


9 posted on 01/08/2005 9:29:03 AM PST by digger48
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To: ChicagoRighty

Presiden Bush. Please declare war on Syria now.

Then have Commi-terrorist loving Kerry arrested and prosecuted for making crack deals with the enemy.


10 posted on 01/08/2005 9:29:10 AM PST by BookaT (My Cat's Breath smells like Cat Food!)
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To: rface
"I wish you were the president," al-Nabulsi said.

I think most of our enemies would agree!

11 posted on 01/08/2005 9:30:17 AM PST by Anti-MSM (The war on terror....NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!)
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To: rface
After Kerry left the Foreign Ministry on Saturday, 13-year-old Mustafa al-Nabulsi approached him with a drawing of the senator as a soldier in his Vietnam days.
"You have made me much more important than I was, though. You made me a general," Kerry said.
"I wish you were the president," al-Nabulsi said.
"Thank you very much. So do I," Kerry said.

A 13 year old budding suicide bomber wishes Kerry were president. Isn't that touching?

12 posted on 01/08/2005 9:30:18 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: loveliberty2
Kerry meeting with any of our enemies, considering his actions of the 70's is scary.

You are 100% correct. This guy should be barred from meeting any foreign leaders, especially from countries like Syria. Given his 1970's, 1980's, and even his recent actions, I think he should be barred from coming back unless he faces trial for treasonous activity. Leave the foreign policy to the professionals in charge Mr. Kerry. Go live in your foreign houses and don't come back.

13 posted on 01/08/2005 9:31:05 AM PST by SteamShovel
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To: stopem

I don't approve of unlimited illegal immigration either. But there's a difference between coming into the U.S. to get a job and coming into Iraq to blow people up.

Yes, there's a big danger that terrorists may be among the other immigrants. But they haven't started blowing people up--at least not yet.

The more important consideration is that it was a bipartisan, patriotic consensus that "politics stops at the edge of the water." We were reminded of that not long ago when a few Republicans ventured to criticize clinton for bombing aspirin factories in order to take the spotlight off of Monica. But the Democrats completely ignore that rule, with the complicity of the MSM. Senator or not, kerry has no business interfering in delicate foreign policy and national security matters like this, without clearance from the President and/or the State Department.


14 posted on 01/08/2005 9:31:09 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Darkwolf377

I'm kinda thinking so.....particularly because of the last bit about his picture and "I Wish"....


15 posted on 01/08/2005 9:31:17 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: rface

Why is this man conducting foreign policy? This is not the responsibility of the Senate!


16 posted on 01/08/2005 9:31:40 AM PST by alancarp (When does it cease to be "Freedom of the Press" and become outright SEDITION?)
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To: rface

"John Kerry - STILL Collaborating With America's Enemies!"


17 posted on 01/08/2005 9:31:55 AM PST by Tacis (Democrats! - When You Need America Blamed Or A Pool Peeed In!!)
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To: rface
"Neuticles" somehow seem very fitting for a Kerrry article.


BTW Kerrry sold America out to an enemy once -- there's no reason he wouldn't do so again.


I hope the FBI has the meeting room bugged.
18 posted on 01/08/2005 9:31:58 AM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
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To: rface

I am all for truth in titling...

"John Kerry Pimped Out By Syrian President"


19 posted on 01/08/2005 9:32:09 AM PST by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: ChicagoRighty
Looks like sKerry is up to his old tricks! We need to monitor his movement from now on, ie, sudden trips to Paris for example.

Oh and let is not forget his involvement with the communist Sandinista's, along with commie buddy Harkin.

I hope the CIA is documenting his every move this time, and he is actually tried for treason.

OK I can dream can't I?

20 posted on 01/08/2005 9:32:18 AM PST by Repub4bush (Hey DU.......Saint Rove....Patron Saint of all your votes!)
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To: Anti-MSM

BUMP!


21 posted on 01/08/2005 9:32:34 AM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
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To: All

Oh yea....the kid that gave him the picture is 13.....Knows
all about Vietnam!!!!


22 posted on 01/08/2005 9:32:45 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: rface

Wot, no barf alert?


23 posted on 01/08/2005 9:33:32 AM PST by jocon307 (Ann Coulter was right)
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To: rface
Sure am relieved that Kerry is on the job.

I feel safer already.........

*Rolling eyes*

24 posted on 01/08/2005 9:33:34 AM PST by Lakeshark (Whatever...................................................................:-)
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To: rface; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

The SOB is meeting with the enemy again!!!!


PING!!!


25 posted on 01/08/2005 9:33:59 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Out of Baghdad!!!! But still boycotting boycotts)
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To: rface
After Kerry left the Foreign Ministry on Saturday, 13-year-old Mustafa al-Nabulsi approached him with a drawing of the senator as a soldier in his Vietnam days.

"You have made me much more important than I was, though. You made me a general," Kerry said.

"I wish you were the president," al-Nabulsi said.

"Thank you very much. So do I," Kerry said.

Okay, anyone else here smell bovine excrement?

26 posted on 01/08/2005 9:34:06 AM PST by kstewskis ( you have to have a mind before you lose it....)
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To: SteamShovel


Hi, Mr Kerry.. Can I have that candybar you promised me?

27 posted on 01/08/2005 9:34:26 AM PST by Next_Time_NJ (NJ demorat exterminator)
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To: VaBthang4

John Kerry: Having Delusions of Presidential Grandure.


28 posted on 01/08/2005 9:34:27 AM PST by The Teen Conservative (Taglines really get me worked up to write something in them for nothin', y'know?)
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To: rface

I pity this rotten traitorous SOBs security detail. Talk about drawing $hitty duty....


29 posted on 01/08/2005 9:34:41 AM PST by datura (Destroy The UN, the MSM, and China. The rest will fall into line once we get rid of these.)
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To: BookaT

"Presiden Bush. Please declare war on Syria now."

Good of you to remember that sentiment!


30 posted on 01/08/2005 9:34:47 AM PST by jocon307 (Ann Coulter was right)
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To: Repub4bush

You can bet your booties he's being monitored.


31 posted on 01/08/2005 9:35:11 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Repub4bush

>> OK I can dream can't I?<<

We're all dreamin of that. He has gotten away with murder. Someone needs to punch his ticket, so to speak.


32 posted on 01/08/2005 9:35:55 AM PST by ChicagoRighty (Surrounded by libbies and damn tired of it!)
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To: rface

Thank GOD sKerry is not President!


33 posted on 01/08/2005 9:36:37 AM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: Cicero

EXACTLY! that was my question did he actually get approval?


34 posted on 01/08/2005 9:37:40 AM PST by stopem
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To: SubMareener

Once again, giving aid and comfort to the enemy.......


35 posted on 01/08/2005 9:38:43 AM PST by 383rr (Those who choose security over liberty deserve neither-)
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To: ChicagoRighty

Accidents DO happen. I too can dream.


36 posted on 01/08/2005 9:39:28 AM PST by datura (Destroy The UN, the MSM, and China. The rest will fall into line once we get rid of these.)
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To: rface; lonevoice

Another example of Kerry still acting like he is the president. I wonder what all he really said to the Syrian President? Will we see his picture hanging up in some Middle East war museum similar to the one hanging up in Hanoi?


37 posted on 01/08/2005 9:39:53 AM PST by Pride in the USA
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To: Next_Time_NJ

And there it is. The Middle East in a nutshell: a kid strapped up with bombs... wearing a Nike shirt.


38 posted on 01/08/2005 9:40:52 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Let them eat cake.)
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To: rface

Why can't we patrol the border with all the spy-in-the-sky stuff and anyone crossing the border will be shot. No questions asked. Soon we will find that gap hurt, maybe not totally shut but somewhat stopped.


39 posted on 01/08/2005 9:41:28 AM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: rface
"I leave here with a sense that we can improve our relationship. There are significant possibilities, particularly with the elections in Iraq and the elections in the West Bank ... This is the moment of opportunity for the Middle East, for the U.S. and for the world. I hope that we would seize that opportunity."

Kerry is still giving his 'how to say nothing in 500 words or more' speeches.

After Kerry left the Foreign Ministry on Saturday, 13-year-old Mustafa al-Nabulsi approached him with a drawing of the senator as a soldier in his Vietnam days.

"You have made me much more important than I was, though. You made me a general," Kerry said.

"I wish you were the president," al-Nabulsi said.

"Thank you very much. So do I," Kerry said.


Yeh, right. [If this exchange really took place without being set up either by team Kerry or complicit reporters, I'll eat my monitor (figuratively, I ain't that stupid---it's an older 17-inch-tube-type! :) ]
40 posted on 01/08/2005 9:43:49 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: MikeinIraq

Well, heck, he's gotta make these obligatory side trips to get the American taxpayer to pay for what is probably just another of his many vacations. The man is a pampered elitist who falls back exhausted for a week for every single day of "work."


41 posted on 01/08/2005 9:44:02 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: datura
Yeah, if Hillary thinks sKerry is getting more air time that her, he could be Ron Browned, or Fosterized.

He needs to go back to windsurfing and STFU!

42 posted on 01/08/2005 9:44:08 AM PST by Repub4bush (Hey DU.......Saint Rove....Patron Saint of all your votes!)
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To: Darkwolf377
Is this a joke? It sure reads like one.

It reads like a joke because it's about Democrat joke John Kerry.

If the USA had bombed Damascus and killed only Kerry it would have been the most successful USA air-strikes against worldwide terrorism to-date.

43 posted on 01/08/2005 9:44:34 AM PST by hflynn
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To: rface
E mailed the article to Fox.Maybe Tony Snow will pick up on it,probably wasting my time, worth a try if for nothing else to embarrass the worthless sob.
44 posted on 01/08/2005 9:45:09 AM PST by carlr
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To: anniegetyourgun

yeah, although if I were to pick a region to vacation in on taxpayer money, it wouldnt be Syria but Dubai :)


45 posted on 01/08/2005 9:45:24 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Out of Baghdad!!!! But still boycotting boycotts)
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To: rface

Since when does a Senator conduct unilateral foreign policy?
This A-hole is repeating his actions after VietNam when he went to Paris to "negotiate" with the North VietNamese while the war was going on!

John Kerry needs to be expelled with prejudice from the United States Senate. Just as he was from the military.


46 posted on 01/08/2005 9:47:08 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: stopem
This thread from yesterday is a must read:

China's feelings about the Bush victory:

The regime regarded Kerry as a self-absorbed, vacillating, weak and an unpatriotic man with little or no character. Just the kind of man they would like to see as president of the United States.
47 posted on 01/08/2005 9:47:32 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: rface

I really wish this loser would have just quit the senate.


48 posted on 01/08/2005 9:47:51 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: carlr

Boy I sure miss Tony Snow on Sunday


49 posted on 01/08/2005 9:48:07 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: MikeinIraq
But Mike you are not a commie terrorist sympathizer.

This is sKerry's dream vacation...LOL

50 posted on 01/08/2005 9:48:19 AM PST by Repub4bush (Hey DU.......Saint Rove....Patron Saint of all your votes!)
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