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Romney, Kerry spar over fight on terror - Governor raps senator for criticizing Iraq war
Boston Glob ^ | August 12, 2006 | Rick Klein

Posted on 08/12/2006 6:42:29 AM PDT by bitt

WASHINGTON -- The terrorist attack foiled by British authorities prompted a battle of words yesterday between a pair of presidential contenders from Massachusetts, with Governor Mitt Romney lashing out at Senator John F. Kerry for suggesting that the war in Iraq has harmed the nation's security.

Kerry, the Democrats' 2004 presidential nominee, seized on news of the disrupted plot as a ``stark reminder" that Osama bin Laden remains at large and said it shows that Al Qaeda has ``grown in strength" since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

``Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda have succeeded in isolating the United States," Kerry, a Democrat, said during a conference call organized on behalf of Patrick Murphy, a Democratic candidate in a Pennsylvania House race. ``Afghanistan and Pakistan are where the fight against Al Qaeda is, not in Iraq."

Asked about Kerry's comments during an appearance on the MSNBC cable network, Romney blasted Kerry. The governor said the senator failed to recognize that the United States is locked in a long-term war against terrorists and that Iraq is a central front.

``I think it shows a complete lack of understanding of the kind of enemy that we're facing," said Romney, a Republican. ``This is not a small group of wackos in the hills that all we have to do is go find one person and it suddenly goes away."

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Now is not the time for ``the politics of attacking America or attacking our policies," Romney said. ``Surely there's going to be a debate on what's the right policy to defeat the jihadists. But this isn't the time to be attacking the president. It's not the time to be engaging in partisan sniping."

In turn, Kerry's communications director, David Wade, questioned the governor's knowledge of issues related to Iraq and terrorism.

``Mitt Romney's command of national security is about as real as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," Wade said.

1 posted on 08/12/2006 6:42:30 AM PDT by bitt
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To: potlatch; ntnychik; Smartass; Boazo; Alamo-Girl; PhilDragoo; The Spirit Of Allegiance; JLO; ...

LT ping


2 posted on 08/12/2006 6:43:26 AM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: bitt
Kerry... & his crew still can't spell
t-r-a-c-t-i-o-n....
...on the major issues.
3 posted on 08/12/2006 6:45:52 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (All of the answers remain available; Wisdom is gained by asking the right questions!)
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To: bitt

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/news_theswamp/2006/08/gop_ready_to_be.html

http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20060812/1011225.asp

http://www.sitnews.us/0806news/081206/081206_shns_terror_blogs.html


4 posted on 08/12/2006 6:47:28 AM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: bitt

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In turn, Kerry's communications director, David Wade, questioned the governor's knowledge of issues related to Iraq and terrorism.

``Mitt Romney's command of national security is about as real as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," Wade said.
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"Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein, and those who believe today that we are not safer with his capture, don't have the judgment to be President, or the credibility to be elected President.

No one can doubt or should doubt that we are safer -- and Iraq is better -- because Saddam Hussein is now behind bars."

Senator John Kerry (Democrat, Massachusetts)
Speech at Drake University in Iowa
December 16, 2003
http://www.jsonline.com/news/gen/dec03/193182.asp?format=print


5 posted on 08/12/2006 6:49:30 AM PDT by avacado
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To: bitt

US forces arrest 60 in Baghdad

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2304984

The rats just don't get it. We have a battleground in Iraq where we can fight and kill them. Keep them engaged over there.


6 posted on 08/12/2006 6:50:56 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: bitt
``Mitt Romney's command of national security is about as real as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," Wade said.

What an incredible putz. I couldn't imagine a better comment to demonstrate the complete disconnect the dims and Kerry have from main stream reality and American than this. His attempt to zing Romney achieves the total opposite, show the people who live in reality that they don't even know that WMDs did and do exist.

Freakin morons.
8 posted on 08/12/2006 6:52:26 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: bitt

Iraq is a brilliant victory and an utter defeat for the terrorists as anyone who bothers to actually KNOW what is going in Iraq can tell you.


Iraq was a purely sound strategic military move. There simply was NO other feasible strategic option available after Afghanistan for the USA. "Containment of Iraq" was breaking down. We simply could NOT take the risk of committing significant US forces anywhere as long as Saddam was hanging on our flanks. Add to that Iraq's central position as the "High Ground" of the Middle East and as a geographical wedge wedging Syria and Iran apart and the choice after Afghanistan should be absurdly plain to even the most limited Intellects.

I am not a big Romny fan but he wins major points with me for speaking truth to whiners about Iraq.


9 posted on 08/12/2006 6:52:56 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (A proportionate response would be the indiscriminate slaughter of Western journalists)
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To: bitt
“Mitt Romney's command of national security is about as real as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,” (David)Wade said.

“Like... duh... he's so nowhere!”

Nothing like having a guy who talks like a valley-girl... as your spokesman. What'a queer-a$$ operation.

10 posted on 08/12/2006 6:53:31 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: bitt

The Portrait of Dorian Kerry

11 posted on 08/12/2006 6:54:11 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: bitt
For the Jimmuhcrats, every day is the time for attacking America and her policies. Nothing will change until they get power again. And then, criticizing their policies will be unharmonious and sour grapes.

"In turn, Kerry's communications director man servant, David Wade, questioned the governor's knowledge of issues related to Iraq and terrorism."

"``Mitt Romney's command of national security is about as real as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," Wade said."

In that case, the voter better say a prayer of thanks for having a Governor like Romney. And they should laugh their asses off at horseface on a daily basis if this is the type of knowledge he has about Iraq.

12 posted on 08/12/2006 6:54:55 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: bitt

The democrats are inescapably hostage to their militant base and are ill-equipped to lead against the global islamofascist jihad. Kerry blame America first and has contempt for those who don't; what a leftist kook.


13 posted on 08/12/2006 6:56:07 AM PDT by FreeRep
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To: bitt

I'd pit Romney's brain and knowledge against the insufferable bore any day.


15 posted on 08/12/2006 6:57:36 AM PDT by surrey
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To: bitt

I wonder if Romney is against ilegal amnesty. If so, I could support him for president. Guiliani is out with me...he is for total amnesty.
What a jerk kerry is. It'll be fun now to see the leftists in their rush to out left each other, lol, thinking they'll get support...


16 posted on 08/12/2006 6:58:49 AM PDT by libbylu
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To: Made in USA

lol


17 posted on 08/12/2006 6:59:34 AM PDT by libbylu
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To: bitt
`Mitt Romney's command of national security is about as real as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," Wade said.

Just another lying democrat who knows this is false. It is so effing aggravating to see these quotes. These people are pathetic.

18 posted on 08/12/2006 6:59:37 AM PDT by Jodi (old media is dead.)
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To: bitt

A pox on both their houses.


20 posted on 08/12/2006 7:00:47 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: MNJohnnie
I am not a Big Romney fan either, But you really hit the nail on the head!!!!!!
21 posted on 08/12/2006 7:03:06 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: avacado

ah, good one.


this goes into the flip-flops lock-box...


22 posted on 08/12/2006 7:04:28 AM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: Made in USA

lol bump


23 posted on 08/12/2006 7:05:23 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (The only way to bring a permanent peace is to eliminate the permanent threat. - FReeper Optimist)
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To: bitt

WASHINGTON -- The terrorist attack foiled by British authorities prompted a battle of words yesterday between a pair of presidential contenders from Massachusetts, with Governor Mitt Romney lashing out at Senator John F. "I'm a war HEro" Kerry for suggesting that the war in Iraq has harmed the nation's security and I have "A PLAN" for saving America, it's a great plan, the best plan thought up in the last 75 years and you should listen to me cause I'm a war HEro.

Ok so I took a few liberties with the article.....sue me.


24 posted on 08/12/2006 7:11:18 AM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: bitt

Gee, could here be some bias in the way this is written? I can't imagine Gov. Romney "lashing out" at anybody. He's one of the most calm, friendly, discplined political leaders I've ever seen and he speaks in very reasonable, measured words. What a joke the liberal MSM has become as they desperately try to attack an outstanding Republican governor through their obviously biased choice of words.


25 posted on 08/12/2006 7:12:44 AM PDT by defenderSD ("Rise early, work hard, strike oil." - J. Paul Getty)
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To: bitt
Kerry just can't see the big picture. Saddam was oh so very close to having the sanctions lifted and getting rid of the UN FOREVER....almost as if he knew 9-11 was coming.

Usama could have had safe-haven in Iraq. Don't kid yourself. Where did they find Yosef?

Usama doesn't want to run a nation like Saddam.....He wants his followers as borderless nomads, at his side and under his bidding....just like Mohammed.

26 posted on 08/12/2006 7:12:57 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: bitt
``Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda have succeeded in isolating the United States," Kerry, a Democrat, said during a conference call organized on behalf of Patrick Murphy, a Democratic candidate in a Pennsylvania House race.
27 posted on 08/12/2006 7:13:29 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: Wings-n-Wind
There are many words that they can't spell. Like Honesty, Integrity, Truth, Freedom....
28 posted on 08/12/2006 7:13:34 AM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: mariabush; All

Romney is a great governor. the MSM pushs strange ideas about him, about his Mormom voodoo politics and "he might be too moderate for Republicans"...

the guy is just about right. not perfect, but pretty damn good.


29 posted on 08/12/2006 7:13:47 AM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: Made in USA

that's just too too ugly.
Already looked it up, Romney against amnesty! moves him to the front of my 08 list. Besides, he is easy to look at.


30 posted on 08/12/2006 7:14:47 AM PDT by libbylu
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To: defenderSD

'What a joke the liberal MSM has become as they desperately try to attack an outstanding Republican governor through their obviously biased choice of words.'

exactly -

they (MSM)are tuning up the orchestra for more attacks on Romney - (did we ever hear so much negative news about 'strange Mormons' in ther news - ever???)


31 posted on 08/12/2006 7:15:34 AM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: bitt
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32 posted on 08/12/2006 7:19:14 AM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: bitt

"Strange mormon" stories won't work against Romney, because after people listen to Romney for ten minutes they will conclude that he's exceedling bright, logical, rational, reasonable, likeable, and friendly. So these stories are just going to backfire on the MSM and make them look stupid if they try to connect these stories to Romney.


33 posted on 08/12/2006 7:20:15 AM PDT by defenderSD ("Rise early, work hard, strike oil." - J. Paul Getty)
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To: Gabz; xsmommy; Texan5; NeoCaveman
Funniest exchange I have heard in awhile. Read the whole article. I especially like this line from Romney attacking Kerry.

``I think it shows a complete lack of understanding of the kind of enemy that we're facing," said Romney, a Republican. ``This is not a small group of wackos in the hills that all we have to do is go find one person and it suddenly goes away."

34 posted on 08/12/2006 7:21:35 AM PDT by tioga
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To: defenderSD

Sorry, I'm having typing problems today:
exceedling = exceedingly


35 posted on 08/12/2006 7:22:27 AM PDT by defenderSD ("Rise early, work hard, strike oil." - J. Paul Getty)
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To: bitt
Good on Romney!

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36 posted on 08/12/2006 7:26:23 AM PDT by b4its2late (There are good terrorists - dead ones.)
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To: bitt
What are Kerry's credentials on war and terrorism? I was a Ltjg Pilot in Vietnam and I was not involved in strategy sessions nor did the President call and ask me for advice. This clowns four months ducking and running over there certainly does not give him any more insight into warfighting that anyone else. And if he claims his years in the Senate made him smart on the issue then I would have to check his attendance record and I bet he wasn't involved in the nuts and bolts discussions that would educate a person. This joker and his lightweight staff should admit that they lost and they would lose again. Just enjoy sucking your perks from the taxpayer and STFU.
37 posted on 08/12/2006 7:27:44 AM PDT by mortal19440
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To: tioga
A veilled jab at Janet Reno. I this really the dem strategy? Unfocused, nonsequiturs? What are these men smoking.

Mr. what about our allies, Kerry now says, "``Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda have succeeded in isolating the United States." Oh really! That's why we see the G8 leaders eenjoying themselves at work and socially with back rubs and pig roasts. That's why we have two unanimous resoluitions in the UN security council this month on Iran and Lebanon. The guy who is isolated is Kerry, as he should be, except what he has does not appear to be contagous.

38 posted on 08/12/2006 7:35:01 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: Valin

Concur...


39 posted on 08/12/2006 7:38:54 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (All of the answers remain available; Wisdom is gained by asking the right questions!)
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To: ClaireSolt

sKerry IS isolated, not Amererica, because he lost the dang election. And he lost because America recognized that he was not a strong post 9/11 leader, but a dorky nutcase.

**Can you imagine a romance between skerry and reno.....oh, gads, the mental picture that conjures up.** Gag.


40 posted on 08/12/2006 7:41:09 AM PDT by tioga
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To: mortal19440
Concur with your analysis... Well said...

Perhaps you should stop soft-peddling and tell us how you really feel.... ---->[/weak humor = off]

Have a great day

41 posted on 08/12/2006 7:42:01 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (All of the answers remain available; Wisdom is gained by asking the right questions!)
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To: tioga

Kerry got PWNED by the governor.


42 posted on 08/12/2006 7:50:27 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (The biggest blog of the Ohio governor race http://blackwellvstrickland.blogspot.com)
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To: MNJohnnie
The real truth is we don't know whether Iraq was a good or a bad decision. We do know, however, that it is a public-relations disaster. In the end of the day "public-relations" is what will ultimately win or lose this war. We either gain allies across the world who will root out these crazed islamists because they know them and live with them, or these potential allies will turn their faces from us and we will sustain nuclear disaster at home.

Talking about "geographical wedges" in an asymmetrical war waged by terrorists is akin to talking about the next "big push" on the Western front in World War I.

Rather than worrying about an enervated Saddam on our flanks, we might consider that we have few allies today, that our policy in Iraq is regarded by virtually the whole world abroad at home by at least half the country as a disaster, that we may have taken a Sunni buffer to a Shi'ite hegemony and converted it into a mid East power that runs from the mountains on the border with Pakistan to the shores of the Mediterranean.

Iraq may not have been a, "brilliant victory" if one truly understands the nature of the asymmetrical world war in which we are now enmeshed. In fact, Iraq may have been just exactly the sort of trap which the Shi'ites were hoping to spring. American soldiers die to effect a democracy that can never be but we indeed have positioned the Shi'ites in a place from which they can launch asymmetrical warfare at will. And by "a place" I do not mean a geographical venue, for that is irrelevant in an asymmetrical world war. I was deceived about this before we invaded Iraq and even posted that we will have acquired a geographical base akin to an aircraft carrier from which to exert power and influence in furtherance of the "Bush doctrine." How wrong I was. Geography has nothing to do with it. It is all psychology, momentum, intelligence, and allies. We cannot sweep an area clean of terrorists. The Israelis are learning this hard lesson right now in Lebanon.

In the war against terrorism, nothing could be more intellectually "limited" -to use your word- than fighting World War I.


43 posted on 08/12/2006 7:56:00 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("I like to legislate. I feel I've done a lot of good." Sen. Robert Byrd)
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To: bitt

"``Mitt Romney's command of national security is about as real as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," Wade said."

So Kerry is stil contending there were no WMD? hehe...


44 posted on 08/12/2006 7:56:19 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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To: bitt

Romney is doing more to combat the Democrat's anti-Republican propaganda than the so-called social conservative Republicans in Congress. But I guess since he doesn't bring up abortion being evil every 10 seconds, he is disliked by some Freepers.


45 posted on 08/12/2006 8:01:53 AM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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``Mitt Romney's command of national security is about as real as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," Wade said.


How stupid are they that continue to use that old line!!!

We KNOW how real those weapons are/were.

DOPE!!!


46 posted on 08/12/2006 8:05:16 AM PDT by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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To: bitt

Yes, I am curious why folks on hear don't like Romney. I rather like him!


47 posted on 08/12/2006 8:07:40 AM PDT by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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To: nathanbedford
spring. American soldiers die to effect a democracy that can never be

Well nice you have feelings, too bad for you you are all ready prove wrong. Iraq has all ready been effected a Democracy so give your primary assumption is false, the rest of your proposition is prove equally false.

I guess I am a lot more concerned with wining the real war then the PR war. If you are hoping that some how the Leftist Junk Media will suddenly come to love the Conservatives make peace right NOW with being unhappy the rest of your life. Iraq has neither been a military nor a PR disaster. It is time the Neo isolationists get a grip on reality. This hide out in Fortress Amerkia and wish the baddies away died on 09-11-01 as a viable policy. History has passed you by. As 09-11-01 showed us, try to hide from evil and it merely follows you home. Iraq is about killing the Jihadies THERE so we do not have to kill them here. Your name sake would of understood the military logic of it. Such a pity his descendent's refuse to learn from his example.

Never stand and take a charge...charge them too."

--- General Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA

48 posted on 08/12/2006 8:14:06 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (A proportionate response would be the indiscriminate slaughter of Western journalists)
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To: bitt
I'm starting to think Romney is going to be a much stronger candidate than I thought at first. Maybe strong enough to overcome his "special underwear" problem.

The guy is very sharp and thinks well on his feet.

49 posted on 08/12/2006 8:18:08 AM PDT by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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To: nathanbedford
We do know, however, that it is a public-relations disaster.

It was never destined to be a public relations success. Not with the liberal MSM using every manipulative and deceptive workd and image in its armament to wage all-out war against a Republican administration. Not with the Democrats determined to play Quisling to the scourge of Islamofascism and gain a perch of temporary and hopeless power.

The same vile forces worked night and day to undermine Reagan in his efforts to topple the Soviet Empire, too. Critics like you were ten dozen for a dime, eager to see him fail by declaring the game over or moving the goal posts daily if necessary.

But Reagan won by sticking to it and doing the right thing despite the cacaphony of the magpie critics accusing him of undermining world security and declaring the war won by the communists.

Bush is following Reagan's lead and ignoring crooked and cooked world opinion. God bless him for doing that.

50 posted on 08/12/2006 8:27:55 AM PDT by JCEccles
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