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Baker wants Israel excluded from regional conference
Insight Magazine ^ | December 5, 2006

Posted on 12/06/2006 12:43:40 PM PST by West Coast Conservative

The White House has been examining a proposal by James Baker to launch a Middle East peace effort without Israel.

The peace effort would begin with a U.S.-organized conference, dubbed Madrid-2, and contain such U.S. adversaries as Iran and Syria. Officials said Madrid-2 would be promoted as a forum to discuss Iraq's future, but actually focus on Arab demands for Israel to withdraw from territories captured in the 1967 war. They said Israel would not be invited to the conference.

“As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity for the United States to strike a deal without Jewish pressure,” an official said. “This has become the most hottest proposal examined by the foreign policy people over the last month.”

Officials said Mr. Baker's proposal, reflected in the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, has been supported by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns and National Intelligence Director John Negroponte. The most controversial element in the proposal, they said, was Mr. Baker's recommendation for the United States to woo Iran and Syria.

“Here is Syria, which is clearly putting pressure on the Lebanese democracy, is a supporter of terror, is both provisioning and supporting Hezbollah and facilitating Iran in its efforts to support Hezbollah, is supporting the activities of Hamas," National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley told a briefing last week. "This is not a Syria that is on an agenda to bring peace and stability to the region."

Officials said the Baker proposal to exclude Israel from a Middle East peace conference garnered support in the wake of Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 25. They said Mr. Cheney spent most of his meetings listening to Saudi warnings that Israel, rather than Iran, is the leading cause of instability in the Middle East.

“He [Cheney] didn't even get the opportunity to seriously discuss the purpose of his visit—that the Saudis help the Iraqi government and persuade the Sunnis to stop their attacks,” another official familiar with Mr. Cheney’s visit said. “Instead, the Saudis kept saying that they wanted a U.S. initiative to stop the Israelis’ attack in Gaza and Cheney just agreed.”

Under the Baker proposal, the Bush administration would arrange a Middle East conference that would discuss the future of Iraq and other Middle East issues. Officials said the conference would seek to win Arab support on Iraq in exchange for a U.S. pledge to renew efforts to press Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and Golan Heights.

“Baker sees his plan as containing something for everybody, except perhaps the Israelis,” the official said. “The Syrians would get back the Golan, the Iranians would get U.S. recognition and the Saudis would regain their influence, particularly with the Palestinians.”

Officials said Mr. Baker's influence within the administration and the Republican Party’s leadership stems from support by the president's father as well as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Throughout the current Bush administration, such senior officials as Mr. Hadley and Ms. Rice were said to have been consulting with Brent Scowcroft, the former president's national security advisor, regarded as close to Mr. Baker.

“Everybody has fallen in line,” the official said. “Bush is not in the daily loop. He is shocked by the elections and he's hoping for a miracle on Iraq.”

For his part, Mr. Bush has expressed unease in negotiating with Iran. At a Nov. 30 news conference in Amman, Jordan, the president cited Iran's interference in the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki.

“We respect their heritage, we respect their history, we respect their traditions,” Mr. Bush said. “I just have a problem with a government that is isolating its people, denying its people benefits that could be had from engagement with the world.”

Mr. Baker's recommendation to woo Iran and Syria has also received support from some in the conservative wing of the GOP. Over the last week, former and current Republican leaders in Congress—convinced of the need for a U.S. withdrawal before the 2008 presidential elections—have called for Iranian and Syrian participation in an effort to stabilize Iraq.

“I would look at an entirely new strategy,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said. “We have clearly failed in the last three years to achieve the kind of outcome we want.”

In contrast, Defense Department officials have warned against granting a role to Iran and Syria at Israel's expense. They said such a strategy would also end up undermining Arab allies of the United States such as Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.

“The regional strategy is a euphemism for throwing Free Iraq to the wolves in its neighborhood: Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia,” said the Center for Security Policy, regarded as being close to the Pentagon. “If the Baker regional strategy is adopted, we will prove to all the world that it is better to be America's enemy than its friend. Jim Baker's hostility towards the Jews is a matter of record and has endeared him to Israel's foes in the region.”

But Defense Secretary-designate Robert Gates, a former colleague of Mr. Baker on the Iraq Study Group, has expressed support for U.S. negotiations with Iran and Syria. In response to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee, which begins confirmation hearings this week, Mr. Gates compared the two U.S. adversaries to the Soviet Union.

“Even in the worst days of the Cold War, the U.S. maintained a dialogue with the Soviet Union and China, and I believe those channels of communication helped us manage many potentially difficult situations,” Mr. Gates said. “Our engagement with Syria need not be unilateral. It could, for instance, take the form of Syrian participation in a regional conference.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 1938; appeasement; baker; iraq; israel; jamesbaker; munich; solddowntheriver
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1 posted on 12/06/2006 12:43:42 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative
“Baker sees his plan as containing something for everybody, except perhaps the Israelis,” the official said. “The Syrians would get back the Golan, the Iranians would get U.S. recognition and the Saudis would regain their influence, particularly with the Palestinians.”

Baker should be indicted for this travesty.

It seems the Saudis bought themselves a Report....

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2 posted on 12/06/2006 12:45:34 PM PST by Lurker (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Well, I had heard the list of countries that Baker mentioned going to the conference..and I didn't hear Israel names...BUT, I didn't know the admission was such a blatant attempt to distance from Israel...

This stinks out loud.


3 posted on 12/06/2006 12:46:52 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bolton/Cheney (that would be Lynne) 08)
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To: West Coast Conservative

This thing really is an outrage. They saw the "problem" as Israel and the Iraqi democracy. The role of Israel in Iraq is almost nothing except if you buy into really kooky thinking.


4 posted on 12/06/2006 12:47:51 PM PST by Williams
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To: West Coast Conservative
And Israel gets sold out and flushed right down the toilet. Man, Gods' wrath is commin'.
5 posted on 12/06/2006 12:49:36 PM PST by NurdlyPeon (Wearing My 'Jammies Proudly)
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To: West Coast Conservative


Hey, anybody here really give a s### about Czechoslovakia Israel, anyways?
6 posted on 12/06/2006 12:51:35 PM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the RINOs in terror before me.)
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To: NurdlyPeon

My thoughts exactly. Duck and cover. These
nitwits are messing with something that they
have no business messing with.


7 posted on 12/06/2006 12:51:43 PM PST by murrie (For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son..........)
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To: NurdlyPeon

Baker can blow me. I use Baker & Botts all the time. Think we paid them over a million last year.

That may have to change, if he gets any $$$.


8 posted on 12/06/2006 12:52:33 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: NurdlyPeon

Ditto!


9 posted on 12/06/2006 12:53:01 PM PST by processing please hold
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To: West Coast Conservative

Abandon our friends and allies and give into our enemies? I'm in complete shock. This is the worst kind of betrayal in the world. It makes me want to leave the Republican Party.


10 posted on 12/06/2006 12:53:06 PM PST by elhombrelibre (Iraq: the next country Liberals want to abandon just before Israel.)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth

Just wondering, did a SINGLE person on this study group even consider confronting Iran and Syria?


11 posted on 12/06/2006 12:53:07 PM PST by Williams
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To: West Coast Conservative

Baker and Pat Buchanan should get together and go bowling.


12 posted on 12/06/2006 12:53:49 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: NurdlyPeon

>>And Israel gets sold out and flushed right down the toilet. Man, Gods' wrath is commin'.<<

I suspect there is more to this than meets the eye. I must admit that I had to check the source to make sure it wasn't scrappleface or the Onion.

Something is afoot. I admit it may be as bad as you say, but that is just one possibility.


13 posted on 12/06/2006 12:54:18 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Naziism was in 1937.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Give the Muslims want the want and screw the Jews. Vintage Baker.


14 posted on 12/06/2006 12:54:41 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: West Coast Conservative

What is it with Washington?

I think that Putin must have discovered a stupid-poison which he is spreading throughout DC.


15 posted on 12/06/2006 12:54:53 PM PST by docbnj
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To: elhombrelibre

I am really sorry to say this, but if I combine the sell out on our border and the Iraq Study Group, even I will abandon a republican party that makes these the cornerstones. I used to think a third party might challenge the democrats. Now I am thinking a new party will challenge both.


16 posted on 12/06/2006 12:55:46 PM PST by Williams
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To: West Coast Conservative

This looks like an attempt to bring back the old status quo in the mideast.


17 posted on 12/06/2006 12:56:08 PM PST by ozoneliar ("The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants" -T.J.)
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To: Lurker

The Bush41 people - Baker and Brent Scowcroft - have always been anti-israel.


18 posted on 12/06/2006 12:56:41 PM PST by oceanview
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To: West Coast Conservative

So let me get this right.

The Arabs attack Israel. The Arabs get the ass handed to them and the Israelis take some land as an outcome.

Now the US wants to make a drug deal with some Arabs (Who's word or agreements they sign to are meaningless) in the hope that it sooths Arab tensions and of course those having to pay the cost of the decisions made, those who were attacked years ago, they are to be excluded from the decision making process because we don't want to hear what they have to say.

Is it just me, or does this sound COMPLETELY asinine?

I think I will have a meeting with my wife tonight and the two of us will decide what we do with your house. Does that make sense to you?


19 posted on 12/06/2006 12:57:24 PM PST by Red6 (Weird thoughts -)
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To: West Coast Conservative

The Bush Family has turned out to be a complete disaster
now we have fossils from Bush I the first disaster, combining with Bush II the disaster re-visited advising on
how we can turn everything to schmidt.
I dont hear any hint of conservatism coming out of the WH
just platitudes to appease angry impeachment hungry Dems.
If it sucks now just wait till Hillary moves back in for
Clinton III we havent even begun to see suck.


20 posted on 12/06/2006 12:57:39 PM PST by claptrap (We've found a Witch can we burn her?)
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To: Williams
Just wondering, did a SINGLE person on this study group even consider confronting Iran and Syria?

Why would we do that?

Just two more places we'd have to withdraw from in disgrace after our decisive defeat on the home front.
21 posted on 12/06/2006 12:57:45 PM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the RINOs in terror before me.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

High volume. Articles on Israel can also be found by clicking on the Topic or Keyword Israel, WOT

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This certainly makes sense. Why should Israel be invited to a conference determining her future.

As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity for the United States to strike a deal without Jewish pressure

Those diabolical Jews. If the quote is true, Baker is to be congratulated for again raising the specter of Republican antisemitism. Evangelicals will have to content themselves to being part of the larger Amen Corner conspiracy, not included here.

22 posted on 12/06/2006 12:58:28 PM PST by SJackson (had to move the national debate from whether to stay the course to how do we start down the path out)
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To: claptrap

At least when Hillary goes to war, she goes to win.


23 posted on 12/06/2006 12:58:54 PM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the RINOs in terror before me.)
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To: claptrap

Bush Sr presided over the collapse of the Soviet Union, liberated Kuwait, defeated Sadaam, and unified Germany in NATO, to name just a few. His disaster was political.


24 posted on 12/06/2006 1:00:14 PM PST by Williams
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To: SJackson

Baker represents "republicans" as a whole now? what about the Dems, they support complete surrender against islam and in iraq, yet I don't see you calling them anti-semites?


25 posted on 12/06/2006 1:00:21 PM PST by oceanview
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To: West Coast Conservative

Warning, Warning, Warning.

Baker is working for the Saudis, on this and everything else.

This conference is a Saudi design from the get go.

The "conference" would be brought togther by the US, as a creation of a US "foreign policy initiative".

As Baker has said, Israel is to be excluded from the "conference".

In spite of US objectives in putting the "conference" together and in spite of an initial agenda based on those objectives - all related to Iraq mostly, the US will:

1. Be unable to control the agenda,

2. Unable to control the "conclusions and recommendations" of the "invited participants"

3. Unable to prevent the Saudis and the Iranians from subverting the entire affair into one in which the sponsor of the "conference", the U.S., is asked to sign on to the "results" of the agenda, which will be:

"Dismantle Israel and we will stop the terrorists"

It is set up and Baker knows it.


26 posted on 12/06/2006 1:00:22 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Williams
Txsleuth: This stinks out loud.

Williams: This thing really is an outrage.

If the Jews are part of a worldwide conspiracy and if Israel is an illegitimate state, it makes perfect sense.

Jimmy Carter wouldn't be bold enough to make a proposal like this, Buchanan or Duke would, but he'd be on board.

A shame it comes from the lips of a prominent Republican.

27 posted on 12/06/2006 1:01:16 PM PST by SJackson (had to move the national debate from whether to stay the course to how do we start down the path out)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Useless article.

It's an article proposing things that are not consistent policy that is completely based on supposed leaks by unnamed officials "familiar" which what is going on.

When you have a report based on unnamed sources that appears a bit outrageous, it almost always is.

The closest they get to substantiating anything in the article is a couple quotes by Gates that could easily be taken out of context.

The article amounts to gossip at best.

28 posted on 12/06/2006 1:02:12 PM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: Lurker
Baker should be indicted for this travesty.

If they're on board do we indict Condoleezza Rice, Nicholas Burns and John Negroponte too.

The Dems are going to LOVE this circus.

29 posted on 12/06/2006 1:03:25 PM PST by SJackson (had to move the national debate from whether to stay the course to how do we start down the path out)
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To: West Coast Conservative

I think I am just about tired of traitors and backstabbers.


30 posted on 12/06/2006 1:03:57 PM PST by dforest
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To: claptrap
How much worse can it get no matter who's in the WH. Americans have been sold down the river for unimpeded illegal alien invasion and Israel has been sold down the river to appease and bow to islam.

When the next terrorist strike hits us, I believe the US will become an all out civil war zone.

31 posted on 12/06/2006 1:04:03 PM PST by processing please hold
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To: West Coast Conservative

Just before the United States entered WWI on the side of the Allies it was given a copy of the Zimmerman Note or Telegraph. This note proposed:

"Zimmermann's message included proposals for German support of a Mexican offensive on the southwestern United States in the event the United States attacked Germany. The telegram made it clear Germany did not want the United States involved in the war, stating the belief that Britain would be forced to surrender soon. The Japanese government would also join this new alliance in a possible conflict in the Americas. Germany, for its part, would provide financial assistance and the restoration of the former Mexican provinces of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado- all American States."

It caused an uproar in the US and coupled with the loss of US citizens at sea due to Imperial German submarine attacks on Allied shipping, lead to US entry in 1917. (BTW, Wilson who ran on the slogan, "He kept us out of war," lied and people died), argued that it was a causus belli before his address to Congress seeking a declaration of war.

Fast forward to present day. The Baker-Hamilton Commission offers the following advice to the President of the United States:

In order to get Syria to cease allowing the flow of men and arms into Iraq (a concession BTW that they are directly involved in current attempts to destabilize the situation there) the administration is to make a:

"... renewed and sustained commitment by the United States to a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace on all fronts: Lebanon, Syria, and President Bush's June 2002 commitment to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. This commitment must include direct talks with, by, and between Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians (those who accept Israel's right to exist), and Syria."

What this means it that an attempt will be made to bribe Syria to stop the flow of men and money into Iraq by giving it Lebanon and the Golan Heights. If the US adopts such a position are we no better than Imperial Germany was at the onset of WWI in offering Mexico (Syria) concessions in the US (Israel) to gain an advantage.

It is stipulated that Israel has atomic weaponry. If we go along with this madness they may end up using them against us.


32 posted on 12/06/2006 1:04:30 PM PST by tomswiftjr (Remember Pearl Harbor)
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To: Red6
Is it just me, or does this sound COMPLETELY asinine?

Believe me, it ain't just you!

It's riduclous, and a sell-out. We are shafting our friends and allies to appease our enemies. If any of this is acted upon, the lesson the world will learn is that it's more dangerous to be a friend of the United States than it is to be an enemy.

33 posted on 12/06/2006 1:05:02 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: Give therapeutic violence a chance!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

You know what makes me angry? Here at UT they're building the James Baker Center for Public Policy. Tore up valuable parking space to do it, too. It makes me want to spit every time I walk by the place.


34 posted on 12/06/2006 1:05:05 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: West Coast Conservative

This is pure nuts. Surely this "plan" is a misunderstanding? What do they think they will get from all the Arab and Persian countries if they discuss Israeli territory? I hope this article turns out to be bogus. If not, then we are well and truly sold down the river by our gub'mint. And I include "conservatives", liberals, R's, D's and botched jokes.


35 posted on 12/06/2006 1:05:28 PM PST by Sender ("Always tell the truth; then you don't have to remember anything." -Mark Twain)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Baker has morphed into the Republican Jimmy Carter.

What a disappointment. The man has lost all respect I had for him. Truly pathetic!
36 posted on 12/06/2006 1:05:30 PM PST by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

The Baker Doctrine: F*** your friends to please your enemies.


37 posted on 12/06/2006 1:05:59 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Sunni or later Shi'ite happens." --spokeshave)
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To: West Coast Conservative
The more I read about these outlandish recommendations, the more I think that the WH is suckering everyone in: the ISG, the Dems, etc. The President can then nobly say that he is "not going to abandon our Israeli friends, as some in both parties would have me" and "will not cave in to foreign oil money". "Instead I will serve the interests of America and stay the course."

Give this two weeks and we may hear this ... I dearly hope.

38 posted on 12/06/2006 1:07:32 PM PST by Kennard
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To: Lurker

I am just speechless.


39 posted on 12/06/2006 1:08:03 PM PST by Howlin (44 days to Destin!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

What is it about the State Department that turns its appointees and staff into fools, cowards, and traitors?


40 posted on 12/06/2006 1:08:57 PM PST by Little Ray
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To: Wuli

The message from the power brokers is real clear: "You want peace? Surrender Israel." The only question left - is Israel so weak now that she will allow herself to walk the plank.


41 posted on 12/06/2006 1:09:01 PM PST by ZeitgeistSurfer (The Democrats solution is poison. When the patient is dying, their solution - more poison.)
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To: oceanview
Baker represents "republicans" as a whole now? what about the Dems, they support complete surrender against islam and in iraq, yet I don't see you calling them anti-semites?

Nope, no more than McKinney or Ellison represent all Democrats.

But he's a long time Bush advisor and prominent Republican. Like it or not, that's how it's going to play politically. If the statement is valid and gets picked up by the press like his *uck the Jews pronouncement.

Whether Baker is an antisemite or not I don't know, he has a aversion to both Jews and Israel. Dems advocating "surrender to Islam" is a different issue, with totally different motivations.

42 posted on 12/06/2006 1:09:06 PM PST by SJackson (had to move the national debate from whether to stay the course to how do we start down the path out)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Yes, and let's have a meeting on Catholic doctrine but not include the Pope.

Stupdiest thing I've heard since the last time Nancy Pelosi opened her maw.


43 posted on 12/06/2006 1:10:26 PM PST by karnage
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To: SJackson
Baker just now: "If we could flip Syria, get them together with their Sunni neighbors and the United States (wtf?), we could solve Israel's Hezbollah problem."

The guy thinks we can just talk Islamic countries into "flipping" in favor of the US with some carrot. He doesn't get it.

44 posted on 12/06/2006 1:10:50 PM PST by Sender ("Always tell the truth; then you don't have to remember anything." -Mark Twain)
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To: West Coast Conservative
"“This has become the most hottest proposal examined by the foreign policy people over the last month.”


Not just the hottest, folks ... the MOST hottest. That's hot.

45 posted on 12/06/2006 1:10:54 PM PST by cdbull23 ("If it's brown, drink it down. If it's black, send it back." - Homer on what's good to drink.)
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To: SJackson

I haven't read the details in the report - was this "no israel at the conference" plank something the entire group agreed to, or is this just Baker talking off the cuff on his own?


46 posted on 12/06/2006 1:10:57 PM PST by oceanview
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To: Lurker
It seems the Saudis bought themselves a Report....

Yep.

47 posted on 12/06/2006 1:11:27 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: processing please hold
How much worse can it get no matter who's in the WH. Americans have been sold down the river for unimpeded illegal alien invasion and Israel has been sold down the river to appease and bow to islam.

Israel won't get sold down the river.

And they won't be illegals much longer, I predict by the end of 2007 the number of illegals in America will be down by 8 or 10 million.

48 posted on 12/06/2006 1:11:58 PM PST by SJackson (had to move the national debate from whether to stay the course to how do we start down the path out)
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To: elhombrelibre

Leave the Republican Party? Makes me want to leave the damn country. Our word means nothing now... We are the weakest of weaklings...Say goodbye to the once great USA. And to think this all occurred in a Republican administration.


49 posted on 12/06/2006 1:12:03 PM PST by Hildy ("Death plucks my ear and says - LIVE - I am coming.....")
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To: Sender
This is pure nuts. Surely this "plan" is a misunderstanding?

There have been articles speculating about this for weeks. Based on what now appear to be well informed leaks.

50 posted on 12/06/2006 1:13:51 PM PST by SJackson (had to move the national debate from whether to stay the course to how do we start down the path out)
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