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Bush: Weak terror response led to 9/11 (Bush hits back at Clinton)
UPI ^ | 9/22/05

Posted on 09/22/2005 12:50:55 PM PDT by Uncle Joe Cannon

Bush: Weak terror response led to 9/11

Sep 22, 2005, 19:00 GMT

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- President Bush said withdrawing from Iraq would be a mistake that would embolden terrorists just as U.S. responses to other attacks led to 9/11 hijackings.

Speaking Thursday at the Pentagon after an update on the war on terror, Bush said a pullback would be seen as weakness and make the United States less safe.

'The terrorists saw our response to the hostage crisis in Iran, the bombings in the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the first World Trade Center attack, the killing of American soldiers in Somalia, the destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole,' Bush said. 'The terrorists concluded that we lacked the courage and character to defend ourselves and so they attacked us.'

It was the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, carried out by al-Qaida operatives, that led Bush to launch the war on terror with an attack on Afghanistan, where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had been given sanctuary. Bush links the fighting in Iraq with the war on terror.

The president said the plan is to follow a strategy of making political gains in the affected counties, while training local personnel to assume security operations.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Extended News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 226; bubbaterrorist; bush43; clintonlegacy; clintoon; cutandrun; fellatiousfirstfelon; gladivotedbush; redherring; x42
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1 posted on 09/22/2005 12:50:56 PM PDT by Uncle Joe Cannon
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Is this from ScrappleFace or The Onion? He can't be growing a backbone now.


2 posted on 09/22/2005 12:52:50 PM PDT by hophead (" Enjoy Every Sandwich" WZ)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

I'm so glad he stood up for himself. Very refreshing!


3 posted on 09/22/2005 12:52:59 PM PDT by PatriotGirl827 (There are no short cuts to any place worth going.)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Bush said. 'The terrorists concluded that we lacked the courage and character to defend ourselves and so they attacked us.'

Tough to argue with that.

But I'm sure the 'toon will, and with gusto.

4 posted on 09/22/2005 12:53:23 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Thanks to President Bush for stating what should be obvious, and evidently isn't.


5 posted on 09/22/2005 12:53:31 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

I was sitting in my kitchen drinking a cup of hot coffee when President Bush made that statment and I CHEERED! I said out loud and LOUD: "Good for YOU George.!!!!" He's right. clintin stood by and diddled all those times we were attacked. Bush was right to call him on it. I LOVED it. Take that clintin...you jerk!


6 posted on 09/22/2005 12:53:43 PM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done good more for our country than anyone will know. He's a man of honor.)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
'The terrorists saw our response to the hostage crisis in Iran, the bombings in the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the first World Trade Center attack, the killing of American soldiers in Somalia, the destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole,' Bush said. 'The terrorists concluded that we lacked the courage and character to defend ourselves and so they attacked us.'

Bold equals what happened on Clinton's watch...

7 posted on 09/22/2005 12:54:29 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Finally, he spoke up and defended himself! I didn't think we'd ever see it!


8 posted on 09/22/2005 12:54:30 PM PDT by Lucky2 (Just imagine if Algore or J F'n was President...thank God for our President Bush.)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
'The terrorists saw our response to the hostage crisis in Iran, the bombings in the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the first World Trade Center attack, the killing of American soldiers in Somalia, the destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole,' Bush said. 'The terrorists concluded that we lacked the courage and character to defend ourselves and so they attacked us.'

YES !!

9 posted on 09/22/2005 12:54:38 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

'bout time!

Could have been a tad stronger -- tell ole BJ to get off the stage and stay in retirement.


10 posted on 09/22/2005 12:55:44 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Irish Eyes

Ok mr. open border, fight a pc war mr. man!!!!


11 posted on 09/22/2005 12:56:03 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
'The terrorists concluded that we lacked the courage and character to defend ourselves and so they attacked us.'

He's starting to sound like the man we voted for again.

12 posted on 09/22/2005 12:56:07 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("...there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda." - Thomas Kean, chairman, 9/11 Commission)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Peace through superior firepower!

Or another way of saying it:

George W. Bush... Saving your ass whether you like it or not!


13 posted on 09/22/2005 12:57:09 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: cubreporter

Now how about, "No money for Katrina", "No money for Rita","I've ordered our troops to secure the Mexican and Canadian borders", I will never again appoint Bill Clinton to anything", "I've asked Julie Myers to withdraw", Either the Saudis play ball, or well take the oil we need", I've today ordered the execution of Saddam Hussein and all prisoners in Gitmo", "Terrorize our country and kiss Mecca goodbye", "Iran is next, then Syria!"


14 posted on 09/22/2005 12:58:24 PM PDT by Doc Savage (...because they stand on a wall, and they say nothing is going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch!)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
'The terrorists saw our response to the hostage crisis in Iran, the bombings in the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the first World Trade Center attack, the killing of American soldiers in Somalia, the destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole,' Bush said. 'The terrorists concluded that we lacked the courage and character to defend ourselves and so they attacked us.'

This encompasses Carter, Reagan and Clinton but if you look at it the majority were under Clinton. I'd say a dash of Truth from intended by him to be introduced to the fiction of media accounts, but clearly detailing the extent to which this happened under Clinton is a shot back.

15 posted on 09/22/2005 12:58:47 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (Barbour/Honore in '08)
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To: cubreporter
I was sitting in my kitchen drinking a cup of hot coffee when President Bush made that statment and I CHEERED! I said out loud and LOUD: "Good for YOU George.!!!!"

I was only able to read the words here, yet I still had chills all over. Agreed - way to go Mr. President.

16 posted on 09/22/2005 12:58:54 PM PDT by Quilla
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Wow. He actually struck back against Clinton. Hell has frozen over.


17 posted on 09/22/2005 12:59:16 PM PDT by SunnyD1182
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
IT IS ABOUT FREAKING TIME!
18 posted on 09/22/2005 12:59:55 PM PDT by doug from upland (Doug from Upland - FR troublemaker since 5/97)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Next, I want to see him stand up for himself and FEMA, and set the record straight!

I love Dubya, but he's turned the other cheek too many times.

Screw the New Tone!


19 posted on 09/22/2005 1:00:20 PM PDT by Solamente
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

bump


20 posted on 09/22/2005 1:00:25 PM PDT by kimosabe31
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

GO W GO


21 posted on 09/22/2005 1:00:27 PM PDT by OldFriend (One Man With Courage Makes a Majority ~ Andrew Jackson)
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To: Lucky2

I love it and I hope to hear more of it - next time with something other then the captive and predictable audience of the Pentagon, God love them. I want to hear it out in public, loud and clear and often.


22 posted on 09/22/2005 1:02:13 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops...)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Way to go, Dubya.

The MSM will be "reeling" from the mean-spiritedness and shameless pettiness of this comment against such a hard-working and beloved former president.

23 posted on 09/22/2005 1:02:13 PM PDT by SquirrelKing (I'm not mean, you're just a sissy.)
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To: Jim Robinson
George W. Bush... Saving your ass whether you like it or not!

May I use that as a tag line?

24 posted on 09/22/2005 1:02:25 PM PDT by colorcountry (George W. Bush... Saving your ass whether you like it or not! ....Jim Robinson)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Direct Hit!


25 posted on 09/22/2005 1:03:03 PM PDT by TravisBickle
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To: ArmyTeach
I want to hear it out in public, loud and clear and often. Front and center, too. I forgot that part.
26 posted on 09/22/2005 1:03:16 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops...)
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To: SunnyD1182

What really really pi**es me off is that his statement will get only a third of attention to whatever Clinton lies about...I'm sure CNN, et al will show him making this statement over and over again just like they do when Clinton LIES!


27 posted on 09/22/2005 1:03:42 PM PDT by ozzysmom
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To: TravisBickle

It's about time!


28 posted on 09/22/2005 1:03:44 PM PDT by just me
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Now he needs to bitch slap some elitist republicans.


29 posted on 09/22/2005 1:04:34 PM PDT by jbwbubba
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To: colorcountry

That line was on a bumper sticker that Hildy gave me last year.


30 posted on 09/22/2005 1:05:27 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: cubreporter

Or to put another way, Clinton diddled while Rome burned.


31 posted on 09/22/2005 1:05:50 PM PDT by .cnI redruM ("They're thin and they were riding bicycles" - Ted Turner on NK malnutrition.)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

By Gawd its amazing and long past time.

Maybe the President has been reading Free Republic.

Now dont lay back when the next attack comes,and it will, Nail their hides to the door.


32 posted on 09/22/2005 1:06:26 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

He didn't really strike back at Clinton... after all the first two events happened under Carter's and Reagan's watch...


33 posted on 09/22/2005 1:06:55 PM PDT by NYC Republican
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To: SunnyD1182
Get out your ear plugs, the Clintonistas will be shrieking like scalded dogs.
34 posted on 09/22/2005 1:07:26 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Doc Savage
"No money for Katrina", "No money for Rita",...

I'd rather see, "No money for Palestine, no $$ for Egypt, etc. THAT would have more effect!

35 posted on 09/22/2005 1:07:54 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

About f*cking time Mr. President!

Thank you, I knew you could do it.


36 posted on 09/22/2005 1:08:24 PM PDT by trubluolyguy (I am conservative. That is NOT the same thing as Republican. Don't place party over principle.)
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To: NYC Republican

Reagan is dead, and Rosalyn Carter isn't running for President in 2008...


37 posted on 09/22/2005 1:08:39 PM PDT by Uncle Joe Cannon
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To: hophead
President Bush said this so many times before but I do not think you were listening, were you? President Bush works and thinks as a great leader not as a cheap shot thrower. "What!!! Clinton said this about me so let me get back at this SOB and destroy him." He does not think and act this way and he should not. Great leaders ignore the popularity polls, ignore the cheap shots by useless people like Clinton, and do what they think is right. President Bush is this great leader.
38 posted on 09/22/2005 1:08:59 PM PDT by jveritas (The Axis of Defeatism: Left wing liberals, Buchananites, and third party voters.)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

From the first time Arafat committed a terrorist act in the 60's, through being honored at the White House by Clinton, continuing to Bush's praise at the White House of his successor, terror has been rewarded.

It continues to this minute.


39 posted on 09/22/2005 1:09:41 PM PDT by Sabramerican (Islam is to Peace as Rape is to Love)
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To: NYC Republican

Read my post # 38.


40 posted on 09/22/2005 1:09:48 PM PDT by jveritas (The Axis of Defeatism: Left wing liberals, Buchananites, and third party voters.)
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To: Jim Robinson

I like it! But I'll modify it (to remove your name.)


41 posted on 09/22/2005 1:10:11 PM PDT by colorcountry (George W. Bush... Saving your ass whether you like it or not!)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Correct argument. Should have been made six months ago.


42 posted on 09/22/2005 1:10:26 PM PDT by BoBToMatoE
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To: cubreporter

Not only diddling, but think of the message sent by pandering to Arafat while he directed the murderous reign of terror against Israel.


43 posted on 09/22/2005 1:10:28 PM PDT by OldFriend (One Man With Courage Makes a Majority ~ Andrew Jackson)
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To: Doc Savage

Now how about, "No money for Katrina", "No money for Rita","I've ordered our troops to secure the Mexican and Canadian borders", I will never again appoint Bill Clinton to anything", "I've asked Julie Myers to withdraw", Either the Saudis play ball, or well take the oil we need", I've today ordered the execution of Saddam Hussein and all prisoners in Gitmo", "Terrorize our country and kiss Mecca goodbye", "Iran is next, then Syria!"





By God you have my vote!!!!


44 posted on 09/22/2005 1:11:13 PM PDT by trubluolyguy (I am conservative. That is NOT the same thing as Republican. Don't place party over principle.)
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To: 2banana
Bold equals what happened on Clinton's watch...

One for Carter and one for Reagan. We were all guilty...Bush finally calls it like it is!

45 posted on 09/22/2005 1:12:04 PM PDT by chesty_puller (USMC 70-73 3MAF VN 70-71)
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To: jveritas

"President Bush said this so many times before but I do not think you were listening, were you?"

It looks like I'm not the only one here who thinks this is somewhat of a first. And I know most of the people here listen pretty good.


46 posted on 09/22/2005 1:12:27 PM PDT by hophead (" Enjoy Every Sandwich" WZ)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

47 posted on 09/22/2005 1:13:18 PM PDT by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: Doc Savage

"Now how about, "No money for Katrina", "No money for Rita, . . ."

I can't find fault with a single one of your ideas. They all make perfect sense to me.


48 posted on 09/22/2005 1:13:33 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: Soul Seeker

I would have even gone back to our shameful pullout from Vietnam.


49 posted on 09/22/2005 1:13:35 PM PDT by dfwgator (Flower Mound, TX)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Clinton obviously (and justifiably) believes he can punch the President with abandon without worrying about getting punched back.

Maybe the President is finally waking up to this fact and has decided to do something about it. Hopefully this is just a start.

50 posted on 09/22/2005 1:13:40 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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