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Sen. Ensign: Kennedy, Pelosi Aiding the Enemy
NewsMax ^ | 22 May 2006

Posted on 05/21/2006 10:13:18 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

Nevada Sen. John Ensign says Democratic leaders who criticize the Iraq war are aiding the terrorists and hampering the war effort.

"Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Ted Kennedy - let me tell you, I say this without reservation - they have hurt our military, they have emboldened the enemy," Ensign told Republicans gathered for the state party convention on Saturday.

"They're fighting for the freedom of speech, they're fighting for the right to protest, they're fighting for all those things. But when we are at war, especially the leaders in this country need to be very, very careful of what they say and what they do," Ensign said.

The first-term senator is up for re-election in November. His previous stump speeches have not attacked Democratic critics of the war so directly. When asked which comments from House Minority Leader Pelosi, D-Calif., or Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., he felt were inappropriate, Ensign said Pelosi had called evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq "lies."

"You don't think that doesn't embolden the enemy?" he said.

Ensign said he would not extend his criticism to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who once called President George Bush a "loser," because "Harry and I have an agreement not to criticize each other."

Ensign suggested war critics should lie about their opposition. In comments to reporters, the Las Vegas Republican quoted what he said was a line from comedian and talk show host Dennis Miller: "I happened to believe in what we're doing over there. But if I didn't, I'd lie."

Nevada Democratic Party spokeswoman Kirsten Searer said Ensign's remarks are an attempt to compensate for "a war that has had one failure after another."

"They would have fewer questions about the war if they were doing a better job of running it," she said.

At last reporting, Ensign had a war chest six times as large as his Democratic opponent, Las Vegas investment consultant Jack Carter, and he has a healthy lead in the polls.

Ensign said he recognized that some Americans were losing support for the war, which he attributed to "instant gratification culture."

He also used his speech to 135 Republican activists, about half of whom came from rural Nevada, to outline his position on immigration.

Ensign said he supported a sending National Guard troops to the border and a three-year guest worker program for immigrants willing to assimilate, learn English and pay taxes.

He said he didn't blame immigrants for wanting to cross the border to seek a better life in the U.S.

"I'd probably do the same thing," he told reporters.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cultureoftreason; demorats; johnensign; kennedy; lardass; nancypelosi; nevada; sleepingwithenemy; speakerpelosi; teddykennedy; traitors
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This should send the treacherous two right off!!!!!
1 posted on 05/21/2006 10:13:20 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

Kennedy and Pelosi don't care. This is not the first person in Washington to accuse them of this.


2 posted on 05/21/2006 10:15:49 PM PDT by no dems (I guess I'm a "Johnny one-note" type voter, but I'll keep singing out against abortion.)
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To: no dems

Kennedys get away with murder.


3 posted on 05/21/2006 10:27:53 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: no dems
"Harry and I have an agreement not to criticize each other."

And you trust him Senator?

4 posted on 05/21/2006 10:28:39 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I'm happy Ensign's my Senator!


5 posted on 05/21/2006 10:30:07 PM PDT by JennysCool (Auxiliary Member of the Anaheim Azusa and Cucamonga Sewing Circle Book Review and Timing Association)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Just wait until jan 2007 if the dems get their hands on the house. Murtha has pretty much said that they intend to investigate and ramp up charges as fast as they can (war intel, etc). Remember Murtha will be in charge of the house armed services committee.

have fun all of you guys who are going to sit home during the election. Your apathy will lead to americans dying and a surrender to al qeada. That is not a joke.


6 posted on 05/21/2006 10:30:30 PM PDT by BoBToMatoE
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To: BoBToMatoE

Ain't nobody going to be sitting around here unless they be FReepin.


7 posted on 05/21/2006 10:34:58 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Aussie Dasher
Ensign said he would not extend his criticism to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who once called President George Bush a "loser,"

LOL!...Even if he didn't extend it, I'm glad he said it.

8 posted on 05/21/2006 10:34:59 PM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Good to see the Jr. senator from Nevada standing on his own from Dingie Harry.

That should serve as barometer for some R to run against Harry or not.

9 posted on 05/21/2006 10:37:46 PM PDT by llevrok (Stop the Latin Insurgents !!!)
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To: BoBToMatoE

Any chance Murtha gets voted out of office? I have no clue what the PA-12th is like.


10 posted on 05/21/2006 10:39:14 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: Aussie Dasher

So this is the guy who is running against Jimmy Carter's son. I like him already.


11 posted on 05/21/2006 10:40:37 PM PDT by daybreakcoming (If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. A. Lincoln)
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To: no dems
Murdering Teddy Boy Kennedy and Nancy Poopaloser are arrogant elitist thinking no clue WOMBBRAINS.
12 posted on 05/21/2006 10:42:21 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: CheyennePress

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1634986/posts


13 posted on 05/21/2006 10:42:44 PM PDT by daybreakcoming (If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. A. Lincoln)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Ensign suggested war critics should lie about their opposition.

Since we know what upstanding and completely honest people these lefties are (Insert appropriate eye rolling emoticon here), and their refusal to ever lie (insert next eye rolling emoticon here), instead they could just shut their big fat lying mouths in public.

14 posted on 05/21/2006 10:44:08 PM PDT by DakotaRed
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To: CheyennePress

Diana Irey is running against him in November. She supports our military and the WOT. She has a genuine chance to beat him but is way behind in fund raising. Anyone wishing to help her can contact her headquarters.

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15 posted on 05/21/2006 10:45:09 PM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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To: no dems; Aussie Dasher
"Kennedy and Pelosi don't care."

Perhaps Kennedy and Pelosi don't care, but it's critical that colleagues in the Congress stand up and clearly define a bright line between dissent and treason. Senator Ensign performs a vital service to the USA by very publicly condemning these offenders who have crossed the line.

In the absence of boundaries and vocal objections, Americans are lulled into believing that atrocious behavior which gives aid and comfort to the enemy is merely free speech or political dissent. Such a lowering of standards, when faced with a ruthless enemy, is extremely dangerous and will prove fatal for our troops in the field and citizens at home.

16 posted on 05/21/2006 10:46:28 PM PDT by Unmarked Package
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To: BoBToMatoE
Sure would like to see more true conservatives tell it like it is.I sometimes feel like I'm out of touch at 40 yrs old. Single dad of 12 and 16 yr. old boys, raising them with morality, rules, and love. Neither has been in trouble. Don't lie,don't cheat, don't steal.Same as I was raised.
17 posted on 05/21/2006 11:00:15 PM PDT by conservativeinmt
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To: Aussie Dasher

You know, I always considered Ensign an empty suit, being from Vegas (and he has ticked me off on occasion). But all and all he's done a reasonable job.


18 posted on 05/21/2006 11:00:40 PM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: conservativeinmt

Too much to expect of our polititians to be honest........................... ha ha my bad


19 posted on 05/21/2006 11:03:01 PM PDT by conservativeinmt
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To: JennysCool

Promote that Ensign to at least a Lieutenant.


20 posted on 05/21/2006 11:03:47 PM PDT by RedQuill
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To: Aussie Dasher

Every Republican politician should have been saying the same thing all along. The Democrat lies would not have taken hold.


21 posted on 05/21/2006 11:05:53 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Build the fence. Sí, Se Puede!)
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To: Aussie Dasher


Freepers have been saying this for years, but now that a US Senator is saying it, it's news?


22 posted on 05/21/2006 11:11:15 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: Aussie Dasher

When these pigs are exposed,they get off with, "Im just a stupid, well meaning RAtT." I didn't intend any harm." S.O.B.s!


23 posted on 05/21/2006 11:15:30 PM PDT by Waco
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To: BoBToMatoE

"have fun all of you guys who are going to sit home during the election."

Gotta get your little jab in with your devisive post uh? FR would operate far better if we as a forum start telling others who is conservative in their own areas. That could communicate to others who is a good candidate. Lose the attitude and contribute to the cause of conservatism.


24 posted on 05/21/2006 11:43:45 PM PDT by jwh_Denver ("Sometimes the country seems to be living too much in LA LA land." Alan Shore)
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To: BoBToMatoE

What about Vietnam? They said that America would disappear if Vietnam was not dealt with but we are still here. In fact, America is going to be doing big business with Vietnam very soon if not already. Ships go there and nothing happened after the troops were pulled out. They had a quick squirmish with Cambodia that lasted a time and now there is peace within that region. I am not for pulling out troops, but lets not use crazy scenarios of what could happen. If we pull out, there might be some problems for Iraq for a bit and then the country will be come exactly like Vietnam and is that a bad thing really?


25 posted on 05/21/2006 11:49:45 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Aussie Dasher

bump


26 posted on 05/21/2006 11:53:47 PM PDT by AnimalLover ( ((Are there special rules and regulations for the big guys?)))
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To: battlegearboat

27 posted on 05/21/2006 11:58:51 PM PDT by devolve (fx AMERICANS_KILLED_IN_2003_BY_ILLEGALS FBI-DOJ_4380+4745=9125 MEXICO'S_TAX_COMPLIANCE_RATE=11%)
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To: devolve
"I'm starting to nod Mary Jo, hand me that neck brace.

Don't spill that Chivas, bitch!

Now, see what you've done!"

29 posted on 05/22/2006 12:27:58 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Aussie Dasher
"...Nancy Pelosi and Ted Kennedy - let me tell you, I say this without reservation - they have hurt our military, they have emboldened the enemy," Ensign told Republicans gathered for the state party convention on Saturday.


I love the smell of truth in the morning.

30 posted on 05/22/2006 1:58:37 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: BoBToMatoE

Look Bob, I reserve the right to bitch and complan about the repubs at this point.
I don't like this govt. spending my money like stupid liberal dems.
I don't like all these illegals coming here changing the landscape of MY country.
I don't like my borders open for any GOD knows what to come here.

But after bitching and complaining come Nov. I'll vote for the party that is more conservative. The lesser of two evils.
And yes I think both parties suck, just that the repub RINOs and all are better then the dems.


31 posted on 05/22/2006 3:23:03 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: napscoordinator
then the country will be come exactly like Vietnam and is that a bad thing really?

If you weren't one of the twenty million Vietnamese boat people, post-war Vietnam was just dandy.

32 posted on 05/22/2006 4:28:32 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: agere_contra

If you weren't one of the twenty million Vietnamese boat people, post-war Vietnam was just dandy.



I wasn't one of the boat people, but I did vacation there last year and it is beautiful. The people are very friendly and of course love the American Dollar. My command had an MWR trip there. It was quite an eye opener that is for sure. The Vietnam War ended when I was like four so I might now have the same perspective as soom especially since I visited the country.


33 posted on 05/22/2006 5:08:39 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Aussie Dasher

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"Ensign said Pelosi had called evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq 'lies.'"
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"As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware that the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons is an issue of grave importance to all nations. Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (Democrat, California)
Statement on US Led Military Strike Against Iraq
December 16, 1998
http://www.house.gov/pelosi/priraq1.htm

----

The only liar is Pelosi.



34 posted on 05/22/2006 5:28:17 AM PDT by avacado
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--- In fact, America is going to be doing big business with Vietnam very soon if not already. Ships go there and nothing happened after the troops were pulled out. ---

If by nothing you over look the genocide of over 1 million people, millions of boat people losing their lives at sea to flee the country, and living under communism for the next 30 plus years.... yeah, I guess nothing happened.

35 posted on 05/22/2006 5:32:56 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Aussie Dasher

Shout it from the roof tops!!!


36 posted on 05/22/2006 5:35:14 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: BoBToMatoE
Murtha has pretty much said that they intend to investigate and ramp up charges as fast as they can (war intel, etc). Remember Murtha will be in charge of the house armed services committee.

Democrats--terrorists best friends.

37 posted on 05/22/2006 5:36:47 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Has anyone seen Jay "the snake" Rockefellor?


38 posted on 05/22/2006 5:36:51 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (http://www.busateripens.com)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Every Republican politician should have been saying the same thing all along. The Democrat lies would not have taken hold.

Exactly. Democrats have no problem about lying so why should Republicans worry about telling the truth?

39 posted on 05/22/2006 5:41:29 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: JennysCool

Must be nice we don't have a senator in mexifornia.


40 posted on 05/22/2006 6:17:16 AM PDT by Vaduz (and just think how clean the cities would become again.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
On a larger scale, such talk kills more than the troops in Iraq.

Whenever our elected leaders fail to speak with one voice on matters of national security, we appear weaker and our enemies are more likely to strike.

Therefore, leaders who fail to support our overseas efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan are making future wars more likely. Opposition leaders, like Joe Lieberman, who support our efforts make future wars less likely.

Labeling such talk treason, while accurate, is a difficult charge to prove. It looks like overreaching and actually helps scum like Pelosi, Dean, Kennedy, Kerry, & Murtha. Perhaps we should describe it as a "bad idea" for the reasons outlined above.

No, we're not saying they don't have the "right" to say it. We just believe, for the reasons listed above, that showing a divided front to potential enemies makes war more likely and will result in thousands or millions of unnecessary deaths. This show bad judgement on their part and makes the current crop of Democrat leaders poor potential stewards of our nation's safety.

41 posted on 05/22/2006 6:57:13 AM PDT by Dilbert56
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To: Aussie Dasher
the leaders in this country need to be very, very careful of what they say and what they do," Ensign said.

Sorry, buddy - if that's your take then you are dead wrong.
If you think they're saying things out of carelessness, then you haven't been paying attention.

Kennedy, Reid, Pelosi, Kerry, et al, are VERY CAREFUL about what they say.

42 posted on 05/22/2006 6:57:52 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: battlegearboat

Kennedys get away with murder.




Exactly, so to them what is a little treason, nothing!


43 posted on 05/22/2006 7:00:12 AM PDT by mystery-ak (Army Wife and Army Mother.....toughest job in the military)
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To: Dilbert56

Yes, well stated.

The principle has been lost - on one side - that the opposition party supports the foreign policy of the president. Demanding cooperation from the president and then denouncing him and telling every possible lie to benefit the jihad is beyond treason. It is treason dressed up in the costume of free speech.

I agree with your technical definition. I wonder how long our country can survive with these suicidal tendencies and the spineless, get-along-go-along tactics of the GOP.


44 posted on 05/22/2006 7:51:55 AM PDT by sine_nomine (No more RINO presidents. We need another Reagan.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Good for Senator Ensign! He's joining Senator Sessions as one of the very few bright lights in the senate. Which isn't difficult in that cesspool, but I'll take it where I can find it.


45 posted on 05/22/2006 7:58:07 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (DemocRATs- the CULTURE OF TREASON!)
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To: sine_nomine
I wonder how long our country can survive with these suicidal tendencies and the spineless, get-along-go-along tactics of the GOP.

That's the real problem - the Congressional Republicans blowing in the wind like reeds. Many have abandoned the concept of leadership. They believe their primary job is to get reelected and the best way to do that is pandering. If the polls say the war is becoming unpopular then they start wimping out or stabbing the President in the back (cough, Hagel, cough). McCain, to his credit, has not done this.

This is reminiscent of Clinton's "steering by the wake". The polls determined the policy, not the responsibilities of the office. Gee, I should kill Osama but someone may accuse me of "wagging the dog" so I better not.

46 posted on 05/22/2006 7:59:41 AM PDT by Dilbert56
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To: JennysCool

Too bad you have Reid. But, at least you have one. Here in homo-WA state, we have two liberal slime balls in Can'twell and Osama Mama Patty Murray.


47 posted on 05/22/2006 8:03:00 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (You better get armed, the war is going to come here soon.)
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To: RetiredArmy
Ensign said he would not extend his criticism to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who once called President George Bush a "loser," because "Harry and I have an agreement not to criticize each other."

Well, maybe the "half a loaf" thingie applies here, but Ensign should bend that 'agreement' a bit.

48 posted on 05/22/2006 8:06:28 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: daybreakcoming

This is exactly what needs to be said by our President and every patriotic citizen of our country.

None dare call it treason only as long as none dare call it treason.


49 posted on 05/22/2006 9:15:35 AM PDT by 2ndClassCitizen
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To: Aussie Dasher

"Ensign said he would not extend his criticism to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who once called President George Bush a "loser," because "Harry and I have an agreement not to criticize each other."

I always said Ensign was Harry Reid's But Boy. Sorry John but daddy will have to buy another business for you after the election.


50 posted on 05/22/2006 9:31:23 AM PDT by Bookie1066 (What part of illegal don't you understand?)
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