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Kerry, Murtha: Zarqawi Dead, Let's Pull Troops
NewsMax ^ | 9 June 2006 | Nathan Burchfiel

Posted on 06/08/2006 7:09:47 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

As President Bush and Iraqi leaders on Thursday welcomed the announcement that coalition forces had killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, some in the anti-war community used the development to call for troop withdrawals while others downplayed its significance.

U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who was beaten by President Bush in the 2004 presidential race and had recently renewed his call for speedy troop withdrawals from Iraq, on Thursday praised the service members involved in Zarqawi's killing.

Coalition forces "did an incredible job hunting him down and destroying him, and all of America is proud of their skill and commitment," Kerry said.

He called Zarqawi's killing "another sign that it's time for Iraqis to stand up for Iraq ... and run their own country." He said American troops "have done their job in Iraq, and they've done it valiantly. It's time to work with the new Iraqi government to bring our combat troops home by the end of this year."

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada also issued a statement praising the U.S. military and intelligence community. Calling Zarqawi a "cold-blooded killer who got what he deserved," Reid said his death and the naming of Iraqi national security and defense ministers made Thursday "a day to recognize these important achievements."

U.S. Rep. John Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat who on May 18 said "we have done everything we can do militarily in Iraq," said Thursday in a statement that the death of Zarqawi would "have a significant impact in reducing the amount of violence in Iraq."

But Murtha renewed his call for troop withdrawal, saying that because of the development, "we should be able to substantially reduce our presence in Iraq and redeploy our military outside of Iraq."

But not everyone in the anti-war movement agreed that Zarqawi's death would have a great impact.

"If you look at recent violence, most of the violence now is happening between different religious folks, not necessarily so-called terrorists that are now creating the violence, so I think it's tough to say this is something that's going to turn the tide in Iraq," said Paul Martin, an activist with Peace Action.

The American people, Martin said, are "ready for us to move on and to give this to the Iraqis to deal with and to focus our financial energies on rebuilding the country so they're able to take care of themselves."

Michael McPhearson, a spokesman for Veterans for Peace, said that "if you really think about the makeup of the insurgency, I think you have to realize that there [are] very different people making it up."

"With al-Zarqawi gone, you still have the same dynamics that created the groundswell of anger and agitation by the people there in Iraq," McPhearson said. "Just because al-Zarqawi's gone doesn't change the facts on the ground that people are upset and want us to leave."

McPhearson added that Zarqawi's death might mean "there won't be so many attacks on civilians and Shia by insurgents, but certainly there will be retaliation against American forces with new vigor because their leader's been killed."

Bloggers on the Democratic Underground website criticized Americans who believe the Bush administration's assertion that Zarqawi's death marks a turning point in the Iraq war.

"There will be a bunch of sheeple in America tomorrow morning, who when they wake up from their blissful sleep after watching a bunch of reality shows, they will hear about the Bogeyman Terrorist Zarqawi being dead, and they will suddenly think the world is safer and everything is okay," one blogger wrote.

Others questioned whether Zarqawi even existed in the first place. "Do we even know if this guy ever existed?" one asked, adding: "And even if he is who they say he is, so what?"


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cutnrundemocrats; du; frenchpoodle; iraq; johnfnkerry; moonbats; murtha; partyoftreason; traitors; zarqawi
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These treacherous morons disgust me almost beyond words!
1 posted on 06/08/2006 7:09:49 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

The sorta make me laugh, though. Especially Kerry. Murtha makes me ill. Kerry's funny, though. Imagine him as president??? lol.


2 posted on 06/08/2006 7:11:10 PM PDT by Huck (Hey look, I'm still here.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

OK, but what does the third stooge Al say?


3 posted on 06/08/2006 7:13:14 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Aussie Dasher

"The American people, Martin said, are "ready for us to move on and to give this to the Iraqis to deal with and to focus our financial energies on rebuilding the country so they're able to take care of themselves."

If this were 1944, this guy would have said, "The American people are ready for us to move on and give this to the French to deal with and to focus yada yada yada"...


4 posted on 06/08/2006 7:13:29 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Coalition forces "did an incredible job hunting him down and destroying him, and all of America is proud of their skill and commitment," Kerry said.

Wait a minute? "Coalition forces" ?? B-b-b-but weren't they saying two years ago that the U.S. was "going it alone" ???

Ahhh, but now I see that the phrase "coalition forces" isn't part of Kerry's actual quote .......

5 posted on 06/08/2006 7:15:31 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight (Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain)
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To: Huck
democrats devestated
6 posted on 06/08/2006 7:15:43 PM PDT by notaliberal
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To: Aussie Dasher

Has there ever been a war where Kerry has not wanted to surrender. He probably would like the Pats to give up at halftime, to avoid any more bloodshed. On the other hand, Murtha is a poor, pathetic, senile old git. Most countries give people like Murtha jobs selling pencils in front of the courthouse, we send them to congress. Ahh, I feel better now.


7 posted on 06/08/2006 7:16:17 PM PDT by stop_fascism
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To: Aussie Dasher

How I wish President Bush would respond:

"Many people would like us to get the troops out now. But the job isn't finished, and I know how some of you feel about us saying "Mission Accomplished" too soon."

Opens too many old wounds though, I guess.


8 posted on 06/08/2006 7:16:21 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Truth is the new lie.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Now is not the time to bug out. There is still a vacuum in Iraq, and the vipers that remain after the major snake is destroyed can and will inflict a serious amount of damage.

We leave only after there is sufficient calm across the land, so busloads of school children and families engaged in the business of daily commerce are not being blown up by some maniacal self-immolating bomber or a stray IED.


9 posted on 06/08/2006 7:16:31 PM PDT by alloysteel
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To: Aussie Dasher

NOw that Zarqawi is dead, I am hoping that some dry, sunny weather returns to New England.


10 posted on 06/08/2006 7:16:31 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I think Randy Travis must be paying his bills on home computer by now)
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To: Huck

God must be looking out for this Country. A close call of Gore being President and a couple 100,000 votes in Ohio and we would had Kerry.


11 posted on 06/08/2006 7:16:34 PM PDT by catholicfreeper (Proud supporter of Pres. Bush and the Gop-- with no caveats, qualifiers, or bitc*en)
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To: Aussie Dasher

They're both putting this out there because it's a win-win: If Bush pulls any troops, they'll say "We said so first," and if he doesn't, every single problem will mean these two will be on the tube saying "Well, I said we should be out by the end of 2006..."


12 posted on 06/08/2006 7:17:09 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Aussie Dasher
ONLY ONLY IF...

They accept they responsibility for the mass murder that will occur when we leave.

AND the increase price of oil, paid to the "New" leadership of Iraq who expect $75/barrel, ad are (by the way) Shiites from Iran..

Oh wait, we DID this before...

The Khmer Rouge took over and killed 2 million... (no that's not it)

The North Viet Nam Communists took over....... sorry I am just rambling now....
13 posted on 06/08/2006 7:17:35 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (If you build it, they won't come...)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Dumb and Dumber issuing gastrointestinal noises again?


14 posted on 06/08/2006 7:17:39 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Memo to GOP: Don't ask me for any more money until you secure our Southern border.)
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To: Huck
I like to imagine them getting a prostate exam with a strand of barb wire.
15 posted on 06/08/2006 7:17:50 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey
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To: Aussie Dasher
TROOPS: Kerry and Murtha Dead, bury them now.
16 posted on 06/08/2006 7:17:51 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: notaliberal

Old cut and run JFINGKERRY at it again when will he ever STFU.


17 posted on 06/08/2006 7:18:09 PM PDT by snowman1
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To: Aussie Dasher
The French Poodle in sotto voce :

Al Zarqawi peut être l'histoire mais nous perdons toujours . Son temps à skeddadle de l'Iraq avec un drapeau blanc maintenant!

French all the way, mon Cheri. If you changed, I'd be scared. As it is, I'm completely reassured you learned nothing from your defeat in November 2004.

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

18 posted on 06/08/2006 7:18:15 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Aussie Dasher

19 posted on 06/08/2006 7:19:38 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Huck

If he was President we'd already moved out of Iraq and Zarqawi would still be alive.


20 posted on 06/08/2006 7:20:25 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: george76
We are committing war crimes in Haditha! The insurgency is too big to defeat! We're all gonna die! Let's cut and run! Bring the boys home!

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

21 posted on 06/08/2006 7:21:43 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Victory could be at hand and they want to leave.............


22 posted on 06/08/2006 7:22:19 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: Arizona Carolyn
Don't forget the millions and millions of Iraqis that will be killed, when whatever country takes over Iraq. Kerry could care less about that. He never cared about the 2 million killed buy the commies in Vietnam.
23 posted on 06/08/2006 7:23:25 PM PDT by ChicagoConservative27
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To: Aussie Dasher

How about this: Taylor Hicks won American Idol. Let's pull troops.


24 posted on 06/08/2006 7:27:15 PM PDT by paudio
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To: Aussie Dasher

John F'in Kerry is a discrace to this nation.


25 posted on 06/08/2006 7:28:15 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: goldstategop
No matter what happened in Haditha - Murtha's still a coward

26 posted on 06/08/2006 7:31:50 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: ChicagoConservative27

Kerry only cares about three things: himself, power, money.


27 posted on 06/08/2006 7:32:07 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Aussie Dasher
U.S. Rep. John Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat who on May 18 said "we have done everything we can do militarily in Iraq," said Thursday in a statement that the death of Zarqawi would "have a significant impact in reducing the amount of violence in Iraq."

So why was he demanding our withdrawal before this killing took place? Guess he really wasn't interested in reducing violence in Iraq.

28 posted on 06/08/2006 7:32:10 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: george76

29 posted on 06/08/2006 7:33:37 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Aussie Dasher

On the one hand, the DBM (drive by media) claims that Zaqawi's death is meaningless - nothing will change. On the other hand, Democrats claim the death is momentous enought to warrant an immediate withdrawal.

Which is it?


30 posted on 06/08/2006 7:35:50 PM PDT by randita
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To: Aussie Dasher

Everybody knows we go to war just to see how fast we can pull out. I'd love to play paintball with these guys. Great Exit strategy losers


31 posted on 06/08/2006 7:36:02 PM PDT by crashthe24
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To: Aussie Dasher
He said American troops "have done their job in Iraq, and they've done it valiantly. It's time to work with the new Iraqi government to bring our combat troops home by the end of this year."

On it's own, I would agree with this statement. But considering the source and his history of anti-Americanism.

Dude, the 60s are dead. The hippies lost.

32 posted on 06/08/2006 7:37:08 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Man Law: You Poke It, You Own It)
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To: Aussie Dasher

On H&C tonight they had segments with General Franks and later with Ollie North. Colmes was trying to down play the significance of Zarqawi being killed and was slapped down by both of them.

General Franks told him after some kind of smart remark Colmes made that every American has a right to voice their opinion but what Alan said was silly. Then went on to say when he makes remarks, he knows what he's talking about before saying them. That's not verbatum but it's close.


33 posted on 06/08/2006 7:37:08 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: SamAdams76

LOL, now that Zarqawi is dead, we here in Atlanta can now ship part of our hot, dry weather to New England in trade for a wee bit of cool rain ;)


34 posted on 06/08/2006 7:41:21 PM PDT by Sender ("Why, by God, I actually pity those poor sons-of-b*tches we're going up against. By God, I do".)
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To: Sender

There are a certain number of old and enfeebled democratic elder statesmen for whom no viagra for the mind or for body will succeed in keeping them straight and stalwart.


35 posted on 06/08/2006 7:44:49 PM PDT by mathurine (ua)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Why is what a bunch of moonbats on DU say worth publishing in NewsMax?


36 posted on 06/08/2006 7:47:26 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: jazusamo

Franks/North '08!


37 posted on 06/08/2006 7:52:14 PM PDT by castlebrew (true gun control is hitting where you're aiming!)
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To: catholicfreeper

Proud Ohioan to vote the good vote. It has been said,oh what, a gazillion times, how could this nation have carried on after 9/11 if Gore was in office. The thought of it just boggles ones mind.


38 posted on 06/08/2006 7:55:49 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: Aussie Dasher

Murtha was implicated in ABSCAM. It's no wonder he wants to cut and run as fast as possible from the Mideast. Wonder what he's worried about?


39 posted on 06/08/2006 7:56:28 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (My head hurts.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Kerry is getting desperate to achieve defeat in the face of success...at all costs.


40 posted on 06/08/2006 7:56:40 PM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Aussie Dasher

NEVER trust a Democrat with National Security!! They can't think past today!! They are VERY short-sighted and VERY small Thinkers....very sad....a once great party is the party of losers now.


41 posted on 06/08/2006 8:00:13 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

42 posted on 06/08/2006 8:07:07 PM PDT by Boazo (From the mind of BOAZO)
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To: Aussie Dasher; All


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NEVER FORGET


Upon his return from Vietnam JOHN KERRY called we Americans who were fighting for the Freedom of others there...

...rapists & terrorists,

instead of the actual ones we were fighting.


MEL GIBSON returned from filming our real Vietnam War story titled"

.."WE WERE SOLDIERS"..
http://www.WeWereSoldiers.com

...deeply inspired to
finally film his long planned ultimate story of LOVE and sacrifice titled...

.."The -PASSION- of the Christ"
http://www.ThePassionOfTheChrist.com


http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1085111/posts


Now, if JOHN KERRY wasn't on the side of American Troops way back when,

...what makes you think he's suddenly on their side now..?



Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer
Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965, Landing Zone Falcon

(Real Deal Vietnam Pictures)
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NEVER FORGET


43 posted on 06/08/2006 8:07:12 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: jazusamo
Both Kerry and Murtha are complete assholes. I question their motives and certainly question their military experiences and credentials.
In my estimation, Mr. Kerry is an traitor of this country. I seriously question his heroic total of EIGHT WEEKS in a combat zone and his questionable di-di-mau. He's a fraud until I see ALL of his military records. He was gutless then and is gutless now. Kerry is a made for the left fraud.
Murtha is a bubbling old fool. He also has a highly questionable record of his so called "heroics" and has not authorized his entire military record be released. He went to Viet Nam at a time that he was considered an old man and got his record punched by God knows who and, like Kerry, used it for to gain a polital soft job.
They can fool the populace, but they can't fool me. I and many walked a long walk much further than these two nobodies talk. Only the bullshitters talk. If either had been in there in my organization, they would have been expunged from within.
44 posted on 06/08/2006 8:08:23 PM PDT by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: Aussie Dasher

Prior to 9/11 we did concentrate, briefly, on only the top brass of terrorist organizations and only after each attack. This policy brought us 9/11...and we don't need to return to it.


45 posted on 06/08/2006 8:09:21 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: jwalsh07
>"OK, but what does the third stooge Al say?"

Only you can prevent manbearpig attacks!


46 posted on 06/08/2006 8:10:35 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather be carrying a shotgun with Dick, than riding shotgun with a Kennedyl!)
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To: AlphaOneAlpha

I agree with everything you say. I've read a lot about both but especially Murtha and his stint in Vietnam was in an intel capacity even though he said he was in combat almost daily, that's BS.

The Swifties took care of Kerry in '04 and I hope Murtha's own despicable behavior and Irey will take care of him now.

Neither one will ever sign a 180 because if they do, it will show them for the frauds that they are.


47 posted on 06/08/2006 8:17:52 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

"But Murtha renewed his call for troop withdrawal, saying that because of the development, "we should be able to substantially reduce our presence in Iraq and redeploy our military outside of Iraq.""

In 1942 Murtha called for a troop withdrawal from Hawaii shortly after the Dolittle raid on Japan, "we should be able to substantially reduce our presence in the Pacific and redeploy our military back to the continental United States."


48 posted on 06/08/2006 8:19:54 PM PDT by DugwayDuke (Stupidity can be a self-correcting problem.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

When I was checking the Topic Titles and saw this one, for a moment I thought it said Kerry, Murtha, Zarchawi killed and I thought WOW, now that would be a REAL KILL.......!


49 posted on 06/08/2006 8:22:51 PM PDT by jaycee
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

LOVE IT!!!


50 posted on 06/08/2006 8:24:58 PM PDT by jaycee
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