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Why Reid did it
The Corner at The National Review Online ^ | November 1, 2005 | Byron York

Posted on 11/01/2005 4:27:06 PM PST by new yorker 77

Perhaps the best explanation for the Democrats' decision to virtually shut down the Senate today can be found in one passage from CIA leak prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's news conference last Friday:

This indictment is not about the war. This indictment's not about the propriety of the war. And people who believe fervently in the war effort, people who oppose it, people who have mixed feelings about it should not look to this indictment for any resolution of how they feel or any vindication of how they feel....The indictment will not seek to prove that the war was justified or unjustified. This is stripped of that debate, and this is focused on a narrow transaction. And I think anyone who's concerned about the war and has feelings for or against shouldn't look to this criminal process for any answers or resolution of that.

Fitzgerald's statement, and his decision to confine the indictment of Lewis Libby to charges of lying and obstruction, threatened to dash the Democrats' hope of using the CIA leak case as an opportunity to re-debate the reasons for going to war in Iraq. So the party, or at least its leaders in the Senate, has decided to use another route, the shutdown of the Senate, as a way to achieve that goal.

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Desperate loser libs like Reid are pathetic.

How about the loser libs who kep saying 'Hannah had flipped abd will turn on Cheney'.

HE JUST GOT A PROMOTION, YOU LOSERS!!

1 posted on 11/01/2005 4:27:06 PM PST by new yorker 77
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To: new yorker 77

How about Republicans finally grow a spine and support the military effort and remind the left of a few things.

1. Remind the left that every single Democrat of note said in 1998 that Iraq's WMD posed a danger to the United States.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/972389/posts

2. Remind the left that Clinton's Justice Department obtained a federal indictment of Osama bin Laden which stated that AQ had a deal with Iraq. They agreed not to attack Iraq in exchange for weapons development.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/985906/posts

3. 9/11 Commission reaffirms Bush administration view of Iraq/AQ ties.
June 21, 2004. RNC.
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1157478/posts

4. Long List of Clinton Administration Officials who Believed There was an AQ/Iraq connection.
July 12, 2004. NewsMax.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1169397/posts

5. List of CIA and various Reports regarding Iraq's support for terrorists, terrorism and AQ.
September 16, 2004. The Weekly Standard.
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/004/631slkle.asp

6. Osama bin Laden was considered an Iraqi Intelligence asset.
October 14, 2004. National Review.
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1246505/posts

Funny how in the 90's the world was concerned about the growing relationship between OBL and Saddam and now the left is revising history.

Saddam reaching out to OBL
January 1, 1999. Newsweek
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1158277/posts

ABC news reports on the Osama/Saddam connections
January 14, 1999. ABC News
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1229608/posts?page=1

Osama and Saddam Work Together
January 27, 1999. Laurie Mylroie interview. She is a former Clinton terrorism czar.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1158482/posts

A Much Shunned Terrorist Takes Refuge In Iraq (Abu Nidal)
New York Times. January 1999.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1433610/posts

Western Nightmare: Saddam and OBL versus the World. Iraq recruited OBL.
February 6, 1999. The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,12469,798270,00.html

Saddam's Link to OBL
February 6, 1999. The Guardian
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/866105/posts

Saddam offered asylum to bin Laden
February 13, 1999. AP
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1158274/posts

Son of Saddam coordinates with OBL.
Iraqi Special Ops coordinates with Bin Laden's terrorist activities.
August 6, 1999. Yossef Bodansky, National Press Club
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/951911/posts

That and more here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1327993/posts?q=1&&page=151



2 posted on 11/01/2005 4:28:31 PM PST by Peach (The Dems enabled Able Danger. 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: new yorker 77

LOL
I am so upset about the demorats today I forgot that


Thanks!


3 posted on 11/01/2005 4:28:53 PM PST by paradoxical
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To: new yorker 77

Reid did it because, well, he's stupid. It's really no more complicated than that.


4 posted on 11/01/2005 4:30:30 PM PST by GOPRaleigh (Liberals - who needs 'em.)
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To: new yorker 77
Why Reid did it

He's stupid and doesn't want to be reelected?

5 posted on 11/01/2005 4:30:47 PM PST by umgud (Comment removed by poster before moderator could get to it)
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To: new yorker 77

I suppose we can only hope that in the future, and by future I mean 2006 when the left continues to lose more control of the senate, that things like this will become less and less of an issue.


6 posted on 11/01/2005 4:31:15 PM PST by proud_yank (Socialism is economic oppression)
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To: paradoxical
Upset.

I'm laughing non-stop at these losers.

We debated the Iraq War in 2002 - THEY LOST!! WE WON!!

We debated the Iraq War in 2004 - THEY LOST!! WE WON!!

We'll debate the Iraq War in 2006 - THEY LOSE!! WE WIN!!

7 posted on 11/01/2005 4:31:48 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: Peach

Those are some awesome links. Thanks.


8 posted on 11/01/2005 4:32:26 PM PST by CollegeRepublican
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To: CollegeRepublican

You're more than welcome. Share with e-mail friends. Especially leftists :-)


9 posted on 11/01/2005 4:33:09 PM PST by Peach (The Dems enabled Able Danger. 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

self-ping for later


10 posted on 11/01/2005 4:33:14 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: new yorker 77

Reid looked like a complete jack ass when he was waiving his finger in the air on the senate floor in an obviously (poorly) rehearsed show of outrage.


11 posted on 11/01/2005 4:33:31 PM PST by Rosemont
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To: GOPRaleigh

Reid did it because there are only cowards and whimps on the other side.


12 posted on 11/01/2005 4:33:46 PM PST by soltice
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To: proud_yank

Stunts like this only serve to reinforce the public's perception of the Dems as weak on defense and national security.

Keep it up, Harry. We're behind you 102 percent.


13 posted on 11/01/2005 4:34:43 PM PST by Arm_Bears (America is returning to the values the Boy Scouts never left.)
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To: soltice

Maybe but I think the tide is turning. The RINOs may be getting a spine.


14 posted on 11/01/2005 4:34:56 PM PST by GOPRaleigh (Liberals - who needs 'em.)
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To: new yorker 77
Hey, Dingy Harry, didn't the Senate Intelligence Committee determine that Joe Wilson's report confirmed that Saddam had tried to buy yellow-cake from Niger? Isn't that all that the President ever said, that Saddam had tried to buy uranium?
15 posted on 11/01/2005 4:35:07 PM PST by TigersEye (When I think of you, undistracted by creations of sin and virtue, I choose to stay in love.)
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To: Peach

ping


16 posted on 11/01/2005 4:35:30 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker!)
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To: Rosemont

He looked like a lame donkey.


17 posted on 11/01/2005 4:35:32 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: new yorker 77

Thankfully Reid in in there. Rush is right, sit back, relax and enjoy. The left is emploding.


18 posted on 11/01/2005 4:35:36 PM PST by AGreatPer
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To: TigersEye

With all the grease in Wilson's hair, he himself is a WMD.


19 posted on 11/01/2005 4:36:08 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: AGreatPer
I make popcorn to watch this train wreck.
20 posted on 11/01/2005 4:36:44 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: new yorker 77
Fitzgerald's statement, and his decision to confine the indictment of Lewis Libby to charges of lying and obstruction, threatened to dash the Democrats' hope of using the CIA leak case as an opportunity to re-debate the reasons for going to war in Iraq. So the party, or at least its leaders in the Senate, has decided to use another route, the shutdown of the Senate, as a way to achieve that goal.

YEP!

Mathews was on Hardball desperately trying to tie this to Cheney

21 posted on 11/01/2005 4:36:45 PM PST by Mo1
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To: new yorker 77

Dingy Harry is officially delusional. Republicans now control the presidency and both houses of congress. Democrats can no longer win at the ballot box so their last chance to impose liberalism on the country is through the courts with their liberal activist judges. They realize that when Alito is confirmed that their stranglehold on the courts has now been broken also. They now control NOTHING. Fifty years of liberal tyrany is over.


22 posted on 11/01/2005 4:37:19 PM PST by Buffettfan (http://www.swiftvets.com)
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To: Mo1

" Mathews was on Hardball desperately trying to tie this to Cheney"



MSDNC Matthews has been on a Jihad against Cheney for years.


23 posted on 11/01/2005 4:37:49 PM PST by Rosemont
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To: Mo1
His ratings are pathetic.

Someone should expose him to a plate of vegetables.

24 posted on 11/01/2005 4:37:50 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: new yorker 77

Is there a rule that Senators must attend a "closed" session?
Or could the Republicans have let the Democrats hold their "closed" session all by themselves?

For Reid and the rats to spring this on the Republicans was simply rude.


25 posted on 11/01/2005 4:37:59 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Peach

Thank you for those links. It never ceases to amaze me that the Left has such a case of collective amnesia about the threat from Saddam/Osama during the last administration.


26 posted on 11/01/2005 4:38:08 PM PST by SueRae
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To: Arm_Bears

Maybe we can get lucky enough for Michael Moore to cook up another documentary before the midterms!


27 posted on 11/01/2005 4:38:32 PM PST by proud_yank (Socialism is economic oppression)
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To: bnelson44

Thanks for the ping. Let's make Reid regret the day he spounted his lying crap.


28 posted on 11/01/2005 4:38:36 PM PST by Peach (The Dems enabled Able Danger. 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: SueRae

Forgetfulness seems to be a rather 'traditional value' for the Dims


29 posted on 11/01/2005 4:39:05 PM PST by proud_yank (Socialism is economic oppression)
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To: new yorker 77

What possible good is it to re-debate the issue of why we went to war?

Am I missing something here?


30 posted on 11/01/2005 4:39:43 PM PST by synbad600
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To: SueRae

You're more than welcome, SueRae. The left is into revisionist history, but it's a little more difficult with the internet and e-mail.

Now we just have to find a way to get this information into the hands of our Senators and hope they grow a spine and mention it every time the issue comes up.


31 posted on 11/01/2005 4:41:22 PM PST by Peach (The Dems enabled Able Danger. 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: new yorker 77

Reid is a clone of Daschle IMHO!

What did the repubs. do when Reid called the behind the door meeting?


32 posted on 11/01/2005 4:43:01 PM PST by Burlem
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To: new yorker 77

How much you want to bet there are people at the CIA that aren't going to sleep very well over this. They thought they had made it through the maze. The dums may just get what they wish for and with Sandy Burgler et all in the midst it may not be what they will be happy with at all.


33 posted on 11/01/2005 4:43:38 PM PST by marty60
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To: proud_yank
Democrats are getting desperate. They know that the polls are BS, and so then they need to create distractions. I think that 2006 might very well be another good Republican year despite the lying media's antics.
34 posted on 11/01/2005 4:43:39 PM PST by Radix (I lost my Tag Line, but meanwhile I have this wonderful substitute thanks to Tag Line Helper.)
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To: new yorker 77

The gentlefolk who spent an amazing amount of their lives telling us about the Senate being the "saucer that cools" (blah blah blah) during the Clinton impeachment hearings threw a temper tantrum today because the two-year, politically driven investigation into what really happened when their churl, Valerie Plame's boy-toy, lied about his CIA employment didn't result in a witch hunt against Carl Rove or the "neocon conspiracy." When the little brats didn't get their way, they dragged the Senate out of the conservatory, right past the playpen, and into the pigpen. Reid and Schumer are petulant two year olds, and their true colors are finally showing through.

If they pull this stunt again, here's what I want to see: Republican Senators demanding closed door sessions to demand investigations into: Hillary Clinton's fundraising, Chuckie Schemer's DSCC's theft of Mike Steele's financial records, Kerry & Kennedy outing a REAL undercover CIA agent on the floor of a Senate hearing room, Chappaquidick, New Jersey governors and senators, and Barbara Boxer's existence. One a day between now and Christmas ought to do it.


35 posted on 11/01/2005 4:44:07 PM PST by No Longer Free State (No event has just one cause, no person has just one motive, no action has just the intended effect.)
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To: proud_yank

I was watching the Tucker Carlson show on MSNBC, he believes that we will lose seats in one or both houses of congress.


36 posted on 11/01/2005 4:44:12 PM PST by Burlem
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To: new yorker 77
Of course! I knew it immediately. The indictment was a bust. But they decided to go ahead with their plans anyway.

What the Democrats REALLY want is to impeach President Bush. There can be no doubt about that. They want to find some little something that they can twist and blow out of proportion so that they can seem to be almost within the real of reason to at least make some noises about calling for the impeachment of Bush. What a joke! And the other joke, the NYT calling for Cheney to resign. How absurd!

These people have LOST their minds. It is that simple. Bush has driven them over the edge. Well they have three more years of him AND I HOPE THEY SUFFER!!!

37 posted on 11/01/2005 4:45:06 PM PST by Hound of the Baskervilles
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To: new yorker 77
This is Reid's Battle of the Bulge. With the nomination of Alito and the inability to win at the ballot box he knows the end is near. He is attempting to shift the argument to an anti-majority, abuse of power, power corrupts, red herring, anything but the issues fight. This is the opening salvo. He wants to delay the Alito hearings hoping the the GOP will be so weakened by this assault that they will compromise. Let's pray that Frist and the GOP leadership have grown a pair.
38 posted on 11/01/2005 4:45:08 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: Mo1
Mathews was on Hardball desperately trying to tie this to Cheney

Senator Kit Bond R-MO answered some question about Cheney's connection outside the Senate chambers today. He said, to paraphrase; "I don't understand the importance of yor question. Why shouldn't the Vice-President ask about someone who is contradicting the policy of the WH and telling people that the Vice President's office sent him to gather intelligence when in fact they hadn't?"

This was after his statement at the microphones which was somewhat heated, well spoken and kick-butt. I've never heard of Kit Bond before but I liked him today.

39 posted on 11/01/2005 4:45:14 PM PST by TigersEye (When I think of you, undistracted by creations of sin and virtue, I choose to stay in love.)
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To: new yorker 77
Of course! I knew it immediately. The indictment was a bust. But they decided to go ahead with their plans anyway.

What the Democrats REALLY want is to impeach President Bush. There can be no doubt about that. They want to find some little something that they can twist and blow out of proportion so that they can seem to be almost within the real of reason to at least make some noises about calling for the impeachment of Bush. What a joke! And the other joke, the NYT calling for Cheney to resign. How absurd!

These people have LOST their minds. It is that simple. Bush has driven them over the edge. Well they have three more years of him AND I HOPE THEY SUFFER!!!

40 posted on 11/01/2005 4:46:01 PM PST by Hound of the Baskervilles
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To: GOPRaleigh
I hope they are getting a spine, but I am not holding my breath. I would like to believe that if the Bush administration came out swinging that the RINOs in the Senate would back the admin, but I doubt it.

The Democrats are afraid because this past week was the best they could do and they are running out of ammo. So now they are turning to theatrics and pointless investigations. Most of these Dems voted for the Iraq war resolution in fall of 2002. They have no ground to stand on. We can fight in Bosnia when there is no practical US interest except to expel a murder, but when there is a potential US interest in securing Iraq and overthrowing another murdering dictator the Democrats balk. They are traitors to American national security and they have a long pattern of this behavior. Iraq was a threat during impeachment and it was cool to sent over a couple of missiles, but to actually do something substantive about Saddam was out of the question. Eastern Europe, China, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, USSR, Iraq. The democrats always are for retreat and non-action. Their foreign policy is the policy of failure.
41 posted on 11/01/2005 4:46:05 PM PST by CollegeRepublican
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To: Burlem

"I was watching the Tucker Carlson show on MSNBC, he believes that we will lose seats in one or both houses of congress."

MSDNC House 'Conservative' Tucker Carlson also predicted a Kerry victory. I'm hoping for 60 Conservative seats.


42 posted on 11/01/2005 4:46:28 PM PST by Rosemont
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To: Peach

BTTT. Thanks, Peach.


43 posted on 11/01/2005 4:47:10 PM PST by Christian4Bush ("A gov't big enough to give you all you want is a gov't big enough to take all you have." G.Ford)
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To: CollegeRepublican

Ofcourse, in their bizarro world, they celebrate failure.


44 posted on 11/01/2005 4:47:11 PM PST by riri
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To: new yorker 77

It would be nice if the 2006 election results in Nevada were the same as the election results in South Dakota in 2004. (Senate democRAT minority leader kicked out).


45 posted on 11/01/2005 4:47:38 PM PST by Mogollon
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To: Buffettfan

I believe it's worse than simply Democrats being out of power. They have lost everything and have no way to regain any of it. They do not have any ideas or programs that will appeal to the voting public.

The last bastion for Democrat appeal to the public is their hope and dream of somehow recreating the Vietnam experience and Nixon.

The biggest problem Republican have seems to be Democrats lashing out at anything and everything, in the hope something will stick that will translate into votes. Bush has Rope-a-doped them so many times that they are becoming more and more irrational.


46 posted on 11/01/2005 4:48:29 PM PST by Morgan in Denver
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To: Christian4Bush

You're more than welcome.


47 posted on 11/01/2005 4:48:36 PM PST by Peach (The Dems enabled Able Danger. 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: AGreatPer
Thankfully Reid in in there. Rush is right, sit back, relax and enjoy. The left is emploding.

I...can't...WAIT...to hear Limbaugh in the morning.

48 posted on 11/01/2005 4:48:36 PM PST by Christian4Bush ("A gov't big enough to give you all you want is a gov't big enough to take all you have." G.Ford)
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To: Burlem

Reid is like Barney Fife with his nuts cut out.


49 posted on 11/01/2005 4:48:49 PM PST by Texas Songwriter
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To: Burlem

Tucker Carlson is a loser and thankfully most grassroots Republicans are not like him.


50 posted on 11/01/2005 4:49:53 PM PST by CollegeRepublican
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