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Bush campaign to defend Iraq war
Herald Sun ^ | 31 August 2006

Posted on 08/30/2006 4:54:05 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

FOR the third time in less than a year, and two months before crucial US elections, President George W. Bush is launching a new campaign to counter opposition to the Iraq war with a series of speeches he insists are not political.

Mr Bush will kick off the speeches with an appearance tomorrow at the American Legion annual convention in Salt Lake City and will maintain the theme of the Iraq war and national security throughout September.

Amid a sharp escalation of violence in Iraq over the past few months, Mr Bush will acknowledge "that these are unsettling times", White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

But he will discuss the Iraq war in the broader context of the war on terror, she said.

The speeches coincide with the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

While Democrats have pressed for a timeline for withdrawing US troops from Iraq, Mr Bush and his aides have argued that a sudden pullout would embolden al-Qaeda and other militant groups and leave Americans more vulnerable to another terrorist attack on US soil.

Mr Bush, who was in Little Rock, Arkansas, for a fund-raiser, said his speech series was about policy, not politics.

"My series of speeches, they are not political speeches, they are speeches about the future of this country and they are speeches to make it clear that if we retreat before the job is done, this nation will become in even more jeopardy," Mr Bush said. "These are important times and I would seriously hope people wouldn't politicise these issues that I am going to talk about."

Laying the groundwork for the administration's new push on Iraq, US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today compared war critics to those who argued for appeasing the Nazis during World War II.

Mr Rumsfeld made the controversial comments at the same American Legion venue where Mr Bush is to speak tomorrow.

While Mr Bush's approval ratings have been sliding over the past year and are at less than 40 per cent, surveys show voters have given him his highest marks yet on the issue of the war on terror.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2006agenda; campaign; georgewbush; iraq; issues; midterms; wot
Go get 'em, Mr. President!
1 posted on 08/30/2006 4:54:06 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

Better late than never.


2 posted on 08/30/2006 4:56:20 PM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Mr Bush will acknowledge "that these are unsettling times."

No. This sounds too much like "malaise." He must sound resolute.
3 posted on 08/30/2006 4:59:15 PM PDT by HaveHadEnough
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To: Aussie Dasher

If you have not seen this elsewhere, read it now: Vice Director Admiral Sullivan of the JCS Strategic Planning and Policy's take on the Long War. (PowerPoint Presentation)

http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/files/jcslongwar_vicedirectorforstratplansandpolicy_j5.ppt


4 posted on 08/30/2006 5:03:00 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: Aussie Dasher
Yes, this is good but he needs help.

"Cut and run" did great damage to the antiwar crowd. What we need now is people (pundits) and others to portray the President as beleaguered by a host of "Bush Haters" who would destroy the country to fulfill their anger lust.

Deep in the recesses of crowd psychology is the desire to see your leader prevail and especially against unfair attacks or fortune. We expect that and appreciate it, but it has to be highlighted by the movers and shakers.

Regardless of what people thought or think about President Clinton his poll numbers went up with impeachment. People intuitively, and perhaps even reluctantly, respected his ability to function in spite of the charges against him. Freepers missed this as did I but the poll numbers told the story.

We have a Lancelot and he is taking on all comers. Time to rejoice in that.

5 posted on 08/30/2006 5:03:13 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: Aussie Dasher

probably too late, but only by a couple of YEARS!!!


6 posted on 08/30/2006 5:03:23 PM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: My2Cents

I fear it is too late for the American people to realize the mortal danger they are in. Any vote for any Democrat candidate is a vote for the destruction of the United States and the death of millions of Americans. When Rome fell, it was because her people did not sense the building danger and they lost their will to fight for their continued existance. But, at least the Roman Empire endured for 1500 years. Americans are asleep at the wheel, or are in mass denial. GW Bush and the Republican Party better get with the program, because if the Dems come to power, 911 will look like a Sunday School picnic. I fear for my children and grandchildren. Trying my best, but not making much headway.


7 posted on 08/30/2006 5:07:35 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: HaveHadEnough
No. This sounds too much like "malaise." He must sound resolute.

You are so right

The fact that he has waited so long to do this is unsettling

Either you are a strong leader or you aren't. It can't be created as needed

Let us hope it isn't similar to "It's a Hard Job " drivel from the first Kerry debate
8 posted on 08/30/2006 5:23:41 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: Aussie Dasher

Just pull bin laden out of a hole, and everything will be fine.
Let's not forget, we've had no attacks since 2001.


9 posted on 08/30/2006 5:25:25 PM PDT by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?")
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To: shrinkermd

The question is whether the attacks are true and justified or simply motivated by partisan zeal.

Clearly, the attacks on Bush are the latter, and we have as exhibit A the Plamegate fiasco, which has flamed out as a put-up job. Not only was the real source Armitage, but both the State Dept and Fitzgerald investigators knew that early on, and chose to let Rove et al twist in the wind. The liberals meanwhile accused the White House of a nefarious plot that never happened.

I am sure Howard Dean mouthed off more than once about how Rove should be fired, put in jail, etc etc...

Time to sharpen the pens and counter-attack:
Democrats lied while our soldiers died.


10 posted on 08/30/2006 5:56:50 PM PDT by WOSG (Broken-glass time, Republicans! Save the Congress!)
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To: WOSG

Democrats lied while our soldiers died

Yes, that is quite good.


11 posted on 08/30/2006 6:03:44 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: Aussie Dasher
FOR the third time in less than a year, and two months before crucial US elections, President George W. Bush is launching a new campaign to counter opposition to the Iraq war with a series of speeches he insists are not political.

This is one of the many moments when I miss my Dad.

I wish I could ask him if Americans were inundated with spin that read: "For the third time in less than a year President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt is launching a new campaign to counter opposition to the war in Europe and Japan with a series of speeches he insists are not political."

If so, it's a miracle we won WWII.

If not, I better understand why and how we did.

12 posted on 08/30/2006 6:04:05 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Aussie Dasher

I asked my Brother, who is currently in Iraq (Balad) what his take on the Iraq situation was. His answer below:

"As for Iraq, I guess what bothers me the most about this place is that the enemy (enemies) of this countrys successful rise to being a great place again is that all they have to do is “keep the blood flowing”. Our media will take care of the rest. It’s like the president said, all they have to do is be right once, we have to be right all the time. When you have people blowing themselves up, or militias sneaking out at night, taking people from their homes and killing them en-mass, and an Army that hasn’t even learned to get past the Kurd/Sunni/Shiite issues to a point where they can’t trust each other enough to work together for a common goal, it becomes frustrating. We are working to solve these problems, but it takes time. I guess we will know what our country wants to do after our next election. Sometimes I think about our own Civil War and how, if it didn’t turn out the way it did, how our country might have turned out. I mean, we have our problems, but we don’t have the deep divisions to a point where we cannot functions together as a successful society. This stuff has to turn out right here, or, well, I would hate to think what this place will become for generations to come, and how this will affect the safety of the US and our families. "

Not real upbeat, but that's my brother. He does see the impportance of waht they are trying to accomplish. Judging by his opinion after 4 months in country , I sure hope Bush really steps up the defense of this effort. We cannot afford to let the Dems ruin what progress we've made to this point. Go get'em is right!

P.S. I have no idea what he meant by "great place again". I think he's listening to an Iraqi point of view of what once was, but only for a select few. Nonetheless, I always find it interesting to get a perspective from those who are there, and thought you would too.


13 posted on 08/30/2006 6:10:18 PM PDT by Greenpees (Coulda Shoulda Woulda)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I don't believe its too late. I think Romes' demise was somewhat easiier to understand. Many Roman citizens were the prodcut of expansion and induction, rather than idealism. They fed at the public trough, but most of them didn't contribute to its creation. it was to be used up with no alliegance.

In America, despite the shameful exception regarding the method of arrival of some Africans, people came of thier own free will, along with a dedication to be an American. That's not going to be easily torn apart. Sure, not all newcomers contributed to the creation of America, as in Rome, but the vast majority of them were never conquered or inducted. They came of thier own free will, which is what I think we, and many of our newcomers are truly fighting for. Free will.

I also believe the country is actually becoming more conservative minded, not less, despite the media's full scale assault on conservatism. A liberal may win a primary, but they will never see the White House unless they move to the right (or fake it) to get there. Whereas, a conservative can still win without much compromise at all.

No, we are not lost. Our children will be fine. We just have to remain committed and strong. If, God forbid, a Democrat gets into office in the next election, we'll survive it. At a time like this, I can almost guarantee it would only be for 4 years, unless they are of the JFK mindset and I don't see any of those out there. But, let's not let it get to that point. For our kids, and our grandchildren's future, I will be fighting the liberals tooth and nail all the way to '08.


14 posted on 08/30/2006 6:46:28 PM PDT by Greenpees (Coulda Shoulda Woulda)
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To: HaveHadEnough

You're right. Bush lost his political compass long ago. He should have been declaring Iraq a victory long ago and stated that we were now only there to assist in peackeeping and the rest is up to Iraq etc etc.

If Iraq were later to go south he would have been able to say we won the war but Iraq itself lost the peace. We did our part by getting Saddam out of there and setting up a democratic govt. Our work was a success. End of story. He should have never set the expectation that how the peace turns out is a reflection on us. Bush has played this Iraq thing poorly politically and has allowed the lying stinking democrats a foothold to power. An incredible blunder.


15 posted on 08/30/2006 7:03:47 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: plain talk
He should have been declaring Iraq a victory long ago and stated that we were now only there to assist in peackeeping and the rest is up to Iraq etc etc. If Iraq were later to go south he would have been able to say we won the war but Iraq itself lost the peace. We did our part by getting Saddam out of there and setting up a democratic govt. Our work was a success. End of story. He should have never set the expectation that how the peace turns out is a reflection on us.

If Dems gain control of both House and Senate ... that would be truly disastrous, but I don't believe that's going to happen. The President is good at salvaging enough political capital to get by. In the long run, we will see exactly what you said as another in a set of gambles which basically worked. Iraq cannot go south - that would also be a disaster.

16 posted on 08/30/2006 7:09:08 PM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: Aussie Dasher
"Amid a sharp escalation of violence in Iraq over the past few months,...."

No mention of the very sharp decline of violence in Baghdad in August....why are reporters afflicted with such slow brains?

17 posted on 08/30/2006 7:17:54 PM PDT by cookcounty (Yes my son is in Iraq yet again.)
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To: bnelson44
GREAT link.

I'm proliferating it now.
18 posted on 08/30/2006 7:27:21 PM PDT by TeleStraightShooter (The Right To Take Life is NOT a Constitutional "Liberty" protected by the 14th Amendment)
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To: All; Aussie Dasher

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NEVER FORGET


Praise GOD that...
President BUSH has promised...

Freedom's return to:

Communist Vietnam
Communist North Korea
Communist Cuba


..as well as..


Freedom's arrival to:

All the countries of the Middle East


...as America's own best self-protection against future terrorist attacks here at home.

***promised in a personally signed April 2003 BUSH Letter read aloud to over 1,000 Freedom-loving Vietnamese Americans demonstrating in Little Saigon CA in praise of BUSH's bringing Freedom's arrival to Iraq & Afghanistan.



Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer
-An inperson Witness to this event
-Veteran, 1st Major Battles for Freedom of the Vietnam War 1965-66

http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_collection.htm
(Photos)


NEVER FORGET

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19 posted on 08/30/2006 7:30:15 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.comr)
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To: shrinkermd

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America's cut & run from Vietnam long ago brought us:

Pictures of a vietnamese Re-Education Camp

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1308949/posts


America's 2nd cut & run would now bring what to Iraq, Afghanistan & US, I wonder..?

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20 posted on 08/30/2006 7:35:44 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.comr)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Yes, it's high time.


21 posted on 08/30/2006 7:49:22 PM PDT by FairOpinion (Dem Foreign Policy: SURRENDER to our enemies. Real conservatives don't help Dems get elected.)
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To: All; Greenpees; Richard Poe; doug from upland; RonDog; Alamo-Girl; Republic; ExTexasRedhead; ...

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NEVER FORGET


If we don't fight the GEORGE SOROS National Liberation Front of America-controlled Shadow Democrat Party right now in 2006:


1) BUSH gets himself impeached by a new Anti-Freedom Congress

2) American Troops are immediately pulled home from Iraq and the War on Terror

3) Freedom falls in the Middle East, entirely

4) Our U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights will be attacked, altered or eliminated

5) The War on Terror follows us home


ALL BY DESIGN.



For...
...the Enemy is now Within...
...and always has been.


NEVER FORGET

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22 posted on 08/30/2006 8:06:54 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.comr)
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To: All; Greenpees; Richard Poe; RonDog; Republic; kristinn; Carl/NewsMax; Judicial Watch; ...

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.............BOOKMARK.............


The Shadow Party: FrontPage interviews Co-Author RICHARD POE

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1692140/posts


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23 posted on 08/30/2006 8:30:04 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.comr)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; acad1228; AliVeritas; aomagrat; beachn4fun; BIGLOOK; ...

Pinging a few friends... please read Aloha Ronnie's post.


24 posted on 08/30/2006 8:37:02 PM PDT by StarCMC ("So what was the price to betray us - Judas?" - SGT Mark Russak to Traitor Murtha)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

I for one will never forget.

Thank you for your service to our great country.

God Bless you.


25 posted on 08/30/2006 8:40:21 PM PDT by Mrs.Nooseman (Proud supporter of our Troops and President GW!!!)
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To: Mrs.Nooseman

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Thank you for your kindness, Mrs. Nooseman.


AR

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26 posted on 08/30/2006 9:20:36 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.comr)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Thanks for the ping!


27 posted on 08/30/2006 9:25:53 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: All; JLAGRAYFOX; My2Cents

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Please see my ALOHA RONNIE Post No.'s ..22 & 23..


AR

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28 posted on 08/30/2006 9:44:26 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.comr)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I'm with you there. Like Vietnam, we will not lose on the battlefield, but we will lose at home if we lose our will to win. Bush said on 9/11 and the days after that this would be a long fight. Most Americans, influenced by television, seem to think that crises can be resolved in an hour (45 minutes with commercial breaks). If the Dems win, the terrorists win, because the terrorists will have been right that Americans do not have the will to see this fight to the end.


29 posted on 08/30/2006 10:39:50 PM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: cookcounty
why are reporters afflicted with such slow brains?

We know liberalism is a mental illness. I guess it's caused by brain damage.

30 posted on 08/30/2006 10:40:36 PM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Well-said Ronnie.


31 posted on 08/30/2006 10:42:50 PM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: StarCMC

BTTT


32 posted on 08/31/2006 3:03:49 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

No forgetting here, Ronnie.


33 posted on 08/31/2006 3:41:28 AM PDT by Bahbah (Goldwasser, Regev and Shalit, we are praying for you...)
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To: Greenpees

I also will be fighting the Democrat "traitor" vermin with all my heart and soul for the benefit of my children and grandchildren. I have had a fantastic ride in Uncle Sam's America. I want my kids and their kids to have it even better.


34 posted on 08/31/2006 4:56:51 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: My2Cents
Better late than never.

Quite lame. Even this article said this is his third effort this year.

I don't mind FReepers criticizing President Bush, but it certainly would be helpful were the criticism at least accurate.

35 posted on 08/31/2006 6:10:52 AM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: shrinkermd

There was nothing intuitive about the Impeached Rapist's poll numbers going up. It was an all-out Dem and media assault against the truth, Ken Starr and the GOP.


36 posted on 08/31/2006 6:12:11 AM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: uncbob
The fact that he has waited so long to do this is unsettling

The fact that you believe that is unsettling to me.

37 posted on 08/31/2006 6:12:57 AM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Soros = weapons of mass deception....
38 posted on 08/31/2006 7:06:09 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Coop
The fact that you believe that is unsettling to me.

That fact that you believe my unsettling is unsettling to you makes me more unsettled
39 posted on 08/31/2006 7:24:47 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: StarCMC

Thanks Star


40 posted on 08/31/2006 9:34:05 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Got towel?)
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To: Greenpees; Liz; doug from upland; EternalVigilance
"A liberal may win a primary, but they will never see the White House unless they move to the right (or fake it) to get there. Whereas, a conservative can still win without much compromise at all."


Just because YOU might never have stolen something doesn't mean others are as innocent. I don't think you have taken nearly seriously enough either the fact of election theft as a standard DNC practice--and the risks of losing pluralities due to Conservatives splitting from Moderate Republicans on key issues. Prayer is in order as well as all possible attention to ways to thwart vote fraud.

Latest News on Hillary Scandals
41 posted on 09/02/2006 6:38:11 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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