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GEORGE BUSH IS A HERO
Newsmax.com ^ | December 27, 2006 | Ed Koch

Posted on 12/27/2006 6:26:37 PM PST by RetiredArmy

George Bush Is a Hero

By: Edward I. Koch

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006

President George W. Bush, vilified by many, supported by some, is a hero to me.

Why do I say that? It's not because I agree with the president's domestic agenda. It's not because I think he's done a perfect job in the White House.

George Bush is a hero to me because he has courage.

The president does what he believes to be in the best interest of the United States. He sticks with his beliefs, no matter how intense the criticism and invective that are directed against him every day.

The enormous defeat President Bush suffered with the loss of both Houses of Congress has not caused him to retreat from his position that the U.S. alone now stands between a radical Islamic takeover of many of the world's governments in the next 30 or more years. If that takeover occurs, we will suffer an enslavement that will threaten our personal freedoms and take much of the world back into the Dark Ages.

Our major ally in this war against the forces of darkness, Great Britain, is still being led by an outstanding prime minister, Tony Blair. However, Blair will soon be set out to pasture, which means Great Britain will leave our side and join France, Germany, Spain, and other countries that foolishly believe they can tame the wolf at the door and convert it into a domestic pet that will live in peace with them.

These dreamers naively believe that if we feed the wolves what they demand, they will go away. But that won't happen.

Appeasement never works. The wolves always come back for more and more, and when we have nothing left to give, they come for us.

Radical Islamists are very much aware that we have shown fear. For example, we have allowed the people of Darfur — dark skinned Africans — to be terrorized, killed, raped, and taken as slaves by the supporters of the Sudanese government, radical Islamists.

The countries surrounding Iraq — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan — made up of Sunni Arabs, know that for them, the wolves who are the radical Shia are already at their door. The New York Times reported on Dec. 13, 2006, "Saudi Arabia has told the Bush administration that it might provide financial backing to Iraqi Sunnis in any war against Iraq's Shiites if the United States pulls its troops out of Iraq, according to American and Arab diplomats . . .

"The Saudis have argued strenuously against an American pullout from Iraq, citing fears that Iraq's minority Sunni Arab population would be massacred . . . The Bush administration is also working on a way to form a coalition of Sunni Arab nations and a moderate Shiite government in Iraq, along with the United States and Europe, to stand against ‘Iran, Syria and the terrorists."

This Saudi response will take place notwithstanding that until now, according to the Times, "The Saudis have been wary of supporting Sunnis in Iraq because their insurgency there has been led by extremists of al-Qaida, who are opposed to the kingdom's monarchy. But if Iraq's sectarian war worsened, the Saudis would line up with Sunni tribal leaders."

The Times article went on to state the opinion of an Arab expert, Nawaf Obaid, who was recently fired by the Saudi foreign minister after Obaid wrote an op ed in The Washington Post asserting that the Saudis were prepared in the event of an American pullout to engage in a "massive intervention to stop Iranian-backed Shiite militias from butchering Iraqi Sunnis."

Obaid went on "suggest[ing] that Saudi Arabia could cut world oil prices in half…a move that would be devastating to Iran."

The Times reported, "Arab diplomats . . . said that Mr. Obaid's column reflected the view of the Saudi government." When writing about affairs of state in distant places, unless you are on the scene talking to knowledgeable participants, the most reliable sources to support conjecture with "facts" are the superb reporters of the great international newspapers like The New York Times.

Surely this turn of events in Saudi Arabia undoubtedly replicated in other Sunni-dominated countries — Sunnis are 80 percent of the world's Muslim population. This will give support to my proposal, advanced nearly a year ago, that we tell our allies, regional and NATO, that we are getting out of Iraq unless they come in.

That may well work, and they will come in, in large part and share the casualties of combat and the financial costs of war.

Doing what I suggest is far better than simply pulling out, which is the direction in which we are headed, notwithstanding the president's opposition. I think at the moment simply getting out and not making an attempt to bring our allies in is supported by a majority of Americans and would be supported by a majority of Democrats in the Congress.

For me, staying is clearly preferable, provided we are not alone and are joined by our regional and NATO allies, aggressively taking on the difficult but necessary task of destroying radical Islam and its terrorist agenda if we don't want to see radical Islam destroy the Western world and moderate Arab states over the next generation, or as long as it takes for them to succeed.

Two other requirements are needed to bring the war in Iraq to a successful conclusion: First, require the Iraqi government to allow greater autonomy for the three regions — Kurd, Sunni, and Shia. The second requirement is that the national Iraqi government enact legislation that will divide all oil and natural gas revenues in a way similar to that of our own state of Alaska.

The Alaskan state government takes from those revenues all it will need to finance government and provide services and the balance is divided among the population of Alaska, in a profit sharing program. That would settle the major Sunni problem which has been being cut out of oil revenues because the country's oil is located only in Kurdish and Shiite areas.

If the Iraqi government refuses our demands, our reply should be "Goodbye. You're on your own." This proposal was suggested to me by Mike Sheppard in Chapel Hill, N.C.

It won't be easy to implement this proposal. But President Bush has courage.

Now is the time to use it.


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1 posted on 12/27/2006 6:26:41 PM PST by RetiredArmy
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To: RetiredArmy
Ed Koch understands the mission.

Sadly too many of our own thought to 'punish' this courageous president so they could say 'I told you so'.

The faux patriots encouraged the defections and now we are paying the terrible price.

2 posted on 12/27/2006 6:29:46 PM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: RetiredArmy; melancholy; ExTexasRedhead; Marysecretary; tenn2005; desherwood7; justiceseeker93; ...
"George Bush is a hero to me because he has courage."

AMEN!!!

3 posted on 12/27/2006 6:30:27 PM PST by Nancee ((Nancee Lynn Cheney))
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To: RetiredArmy
Radical Islamists are very much aware that we have shown fear. For example, we have allowed the people of Darfur — dark skinned Africans — to be terrorized, killed, raped, and taken as slaves by the supporters of the Sudanese government, radical Islamists.

I don't believe this is "fear" at all, but is simply not caring anymore, and of the world becoming jaded by decades of atrocities in Africa.

4 posted on 12/27/2006 6:30:32 PM PST by Jorge
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To: RetiredArmy

President George W. Bush , will go down in history as the most decent , hardworking , caring President ever to be in the White House. The day will come, when even Democrats will miss having President G.W. Bush in the oval office.


5 posted on 12/27/2006 6:31:02 PM PST by AmericanMade1776 (Democrats don't have a plan)
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To: AmericanMade1776
"President George W. Bush , will go down in history as the most decent , hardworking , caring President ever to be in the White House. The day will come, when even Democrats will miss having President G.W. Bush in the oval office.

I couldn't agree with you more with the one exception of Former President Ronald Reagan!!!

Nancee

6 posted on 12/27/2006 6:32:43 PM PST by Nancee ((Nancee Lynn Cheney))
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To: RetiredArmy



BUMP!

Ecellent post!


7 posted on 12/27/2006 6:33:08 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: RetiredArmy

Presidency of George W. Bush -- the first 48 months

 


President Bush signing a federal ban on Partial Birth Abortion

Banned Partial Birth Abortion

Reversed Clinton's move to strike Reagan's anti-abortion Mexico Policy

Stopped foreign aid that would be used to fund abortions.

Supported and upheld the ban on abortions at military hospitals

Signed E.O. reversing Clinton's policy of not requiring parental consent for abortions under the Medical Privacy Act

Killed the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty

Killed U.S. involvement in the International Criminal Court

Killed Clinton's CO2 rules that were choking off all of the electricity surplus to California

Killed Clinton's "ergonomic" rules that OSHA was about to implement; rules that would have shut down some home businesses in America


First Missile is Installed For NMD on July 23, 2004

Killed the U.S. - CCCP ABM Treaty that was preventing the U.S. from deploying our ABM defenses


Built ten ABM silos in Alaska and California so that America has a defense against North Korean nukes

Killed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty so that the U.S. can once again test our nuclear weapons

The Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act (less romantically known as H.R. 5382) ultimately allows average Americans to hitch a ride on a civilian space craft at their own risk. The federal ban on such citizen travel was repealed by HR 5382 in 2004. The President signed that bill into law two days before Christmas.

President Bush pledged to Israel on 4/14/2004 that it could keep parts of the West Bank, giving international legitimacy to Jewish settlements there

Denied Palestinian refugees any right of return to what is now Israel, saying they should be resettled in a future Palestinian state instead

Part of coalition (Russia, Israel, EU, Palestine, USA) for Israeli/Palestinian "Roadmap to Peace"

Pushed through THREE raises for our military

Increased Defense Dept funding which had deteriorated during the previous 8 years

President Bush's Grand Strategy (click here)

President Bush's Environmental Record - 2004 (click here)

Signed TWO bills into law that arm our pilots with handguns in the cockpit

Currently pushing for full immunity from lawsuits for our national gun manufacturers

Ordered Attorney-General Ashcroft to formally notify the Supreme Court that the OFFICIAL U.S. government position on the 2nd Amendment is that it supports INDIVIDUAL rights to own firearms, NOT a leftist-imagined *collective* right


Told the United Nations we weren't interested in their plans for gun control (i.e. the International Ban on Small Arms Trafficking Treaty)

Signed the 2004 Omnibus Budget 1/26/2004 that now MANDATES that gun buyers' background check information be fully and permanently destroyed within 24 hours of the completion of the check, no matter what.

Repealed Gun Controls Against Active, Retired, and Off-Duty Law Enforcement Personnel Carrying Weapons Into Local and State Prohibited Zones (7/28/2004)

Enacted powerful tort reform legislation that moves many class action lawsuits from state to federal courts. Requires federal courts to hear cases where the amount of the dispute is more than $5 million, and when the defendant and any of the plaintiffs live in different states.


Disarmed Libya of its Chemical, Nuclear, and biological WMD's without bribes or bloodshed

Won an agreement that U.S. Navy sailors may now freely board thousands of commercial ships in international waters to search for weapons of mass destruction under a landmark pact between the United States and Liberia, the world's No. 2 shipping registry (signed Feb 11, 2004), and Panama 5/10/2004 http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/11/international/americas/11ship.html).

Approves The First U.S. Counter-Intel Plan

Successfully executed 2 wars and rebuilt 2 nations: Afghanistan and Iraq. 50+ million people who had lived under tyrannical regimes now live in freedom...epitomized by their own free and democratic elections.

Provided Billions in aid, machines, and manpower to tsunami victims.

 

Executed a WAR ON TERROR by getting world-wide cooperation to track funds/terrorists (has cut off much of the terrorist's funding and captured or killed many key leaders of the al Qaeda network)

Bush Administration diplomacy led to the 5/25/2004 peace accord that ended a massive 20-year civil war between Sudan's Islamic north and Christian south after two million deaths Click Here

  Delivered vital emergency aid to millions of survivors on multiple continents (e.g. Africa, SE Asia) of a devastating Tsunami caused by a 9.1 earthquake near Sumatra.

Brought back our EP-3 intel plane and crew from China without any bribes or bloodshed

Started withdrawing our troops from Bosnia and has announced withdrawal of our troops from Germany and the Korean DMZ.

Bush and Putin sign historic anti-nuclear treaty

· Largest ever missile cuts agreed
· Russia stands by Iran relations
· Putin jibe over US help to North Korea


Staff and agencies
Friday May 24, 2002


Russian president Vladimir Putin (right), and US president George Bush
Russian president Vladimir Putin (left), and US president George Bush shake hands before signing the treaty. Photo: Yuri Kochetkov, AP.
 


Presidents George Bush and Vladimir Putin today signed a landmark treaty to make the largest reductions ever in US and Russian nuclear arsenals but public differences were voiced over Iran.


Initiated comprehensive review of our military, which was completed just prior to 9/11/01, accurately reported that ASYMMETRICAL WARFARE was critical.
Created NATO's Rapid Response Force

Changed the tone in the White House, restoring HONOR and DIGNITY to the Presidency

Reorganized bureaucracy...after 9/11, condensed 20+ overlapping agencies and their intelligence sectors into one agency: the Department of Homeland Security.

Initiated discussion on privatizing Social Security and individual investment accounts.

Improving govt. efficiency with .8 million jobs put up for bid...weakening unions and cutting undeserved pay raises. Wants merit based promotions/raises only.

Orchestrated Republican control of the White House, the House AND the Senate.

Killed the liberal ABA's role in vetting federal judges for Congress.

GWB signed an executive order enforcing the Supreme Court's Beck decision (re: union dues being used for political campaigns against individual's wishes)

Turned around an inherited economy that was in recession.

Passed tough new laws to hold corporate criminals to account as a result of corporate scandals.

Signed 2 income tax cuts ---- 1 of which was the largest Dollar-value tax cut in world history

Reduced taxes on dividends and capital gains

In process of eliminating IRS marriage penalty.

Increased small business incentives to expand and to hire new people

Eliminated the Estate Tax (AKA "Death Tax") that was taking small farms and businesses from families


Signed into law the No Child Left Behind legislation delivering the most dramatic education reforms in a generation (challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations)

Reorganized the INS in an attempt to safeguard the borders and ports of America and to eliminate bureaucratic redundancies and lack of accountability.

Signed trade promotion authority

Committed US funds to purchase medicine for millions of men and women and children now suffering with AIDS in Africa

Passed Medicare Reform (authorized $39.5 Billion per year for preventive medicine such as drugs and doctor visits as well as included a ten year Privatization option)

Urging federal liability reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits

Supports class action reform bill which limits lawyer fees so that more settlement money goes to victims


Submitted comprehensive Energy Plan--awaits Congressional action (works to develop cleaner technology, produce more natural gas here at home, make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy, improve national grid, etc.)

Endorses and promotes The Responsibility Era ("In a compassionate society, people respect one another and take responsibility for the decisions they make in life. My hope is to change the culture from one that has said, if it feels good, do it; if you've got a problem, blame somebody else -- to one in which every single American understands that he or she are responsible for the decisions that you make; you're responsible for loving your children with all your heart and all your soul; you're responsible for being involved with the quality of the education of your children; you're responsible for making sure the community in which you live is safe; you're responsible for loving your neighbor, just like you would like to be loved yourself. " -----this quote was too good to leave out)

Started the USA Freedom Corps

Initiated review of all federal agencies with a goal to eliminate federal jobs (completed September 2003) in an effort to reduce the size of federal gov while increasing private sector jobs.

Challenged the United Nations to live up to their responsibilities and not become The League of Nations ( in other words, completely irrelevant)

Nominated strong, conservative judges to the judiciary.


President Bush opened up an additional part of Alaska for domestic oil drilling. In 2004, the National Petroleum Reserve, an area west of the existing Prudhoe Bay field, was approved for new energy exploration and production.

Increased U.S. Oil Drilling Permits 70% Above Clinton-era

Changed parts of the Forestry Management Act to allow necessary clean-up of the national forests in order to reduce fire danger.

As part of the national forests clean-up, the President restricted judicial challenges (based on the Endangered Species Act and other challenges) and removed the need for an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) before removing fuels/logging to reduce fire danger.
New Forest Rules Gives States Power Over Federal Forests Inside Their Borders
Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.

President Bush signed the workplace verification bill to prevent hiring of illegal Aliens
S. 1685, the Basic Pilot Extension Act of 2003, was signed by President Bush on December 3, 2003.
It extends for five years the workplace employment eligibility authorization pilot programs created in 1996. It expands the pilot programs from the original five states to all 50 states.


U.S. Forces In Baghdad


2nd Term Supplimental (incomplete)


Broke the Chinese Yuan to Dollar currency peg

CAFTA - President Bush signing CAFTA

Bolton to the UN

Has CONSTRUCTION in process on the second group of eight ABM silos in Alaska and California so that America has a land-based defense (in addition to our sea-based SM-3 and AEGIS systems) of 18 ABM's against North Korean nukes (note: China itself currently only has 24 -out of several hundred- nuclear ICBM's capable of reaching the U.S.)

Energy Bill (new tax cuts...after 5 years of opposition)

Immunity For Gun Manufacturers From Crime-Related Lawsuits

5% unemployment
3.4% annual (after inflation, 5.5% actual) reported GDP Growth

Syrian Troops forced to withdraw from Lebanon

Russians Troops Peacefully Withdraw From Georgia

Brought North Korea to the Negotiating Table and won their agreement to dismantle their Nuclear Weapons Program

Chief Justice John Roberts
Justice Sam Alito

Dramatically improved U.S.-India relations via a breakthrough nuclear agreement

Signed Bankruptcy Reform Into Law

Waived Make-Work Enviro Studies For New Oil Drilling

Full Immunity From Frivolous Lawsuits For Our Domestic Gun Industry
Click Here

Fed Chairman Bernanke

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1518385/posts
Iraqi's Thank America (Wow, this is moving!)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1518877/posts
Iraqi Kurds thank the United States for liberation in New T.V ads (From MoveAmericaForward)

US forges trail-blazing UN condemnation of Hizbullah

US rules out extra pledges on global warming

Bush-appointed Judges: Most Conservative On Record, New UH Study Finds

Using Closed Bases For New Refineries, Cutting Refinery Red Tape

The Essential President Bush (click here)

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/06/20060623-10.html

Executive Order: Protecting the Property Rights of the American People

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to strengthen the rights of the American people against the taking of their private property, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.

Sec. 2. Implementation. (a) The Attorney General shall:

(i) issue instructions to the heads of departments and agencies to implement the policy set forth in section 1 of this order; and

(ii) monitor takings by departments and agencies for compliance with the policy set forth in section 1 of this order. ...

White Sands missile test 'phenomenal'

The rising sun lights a contrail pattern made by a missile test launch at the White Sands Missile Range in the sky over Phoenix, Ariz., early Wednesday (7/12/06). The launch was a test of the Missile Defense Agency's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system. (AP photo)

AP
July 27, 2006: John Walsh, right, gives a thumbs up as President Bush, left, looks on during a signing ceremony for the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act in the Rose Garden at the White House.

U.S. govt gets giant cross in San Diego [with President Bush's signature...........]

Algeria has held its first competitive presidential election, and the military remained neutral.

The United Arab Emirates recently announced that half of its seats in the Federal National Council will be chosen by elections.

Kuwait held elections in which women were allowed to vote and run for office for the first time.

Citizens have voted in municipal elections in Saudi Arabia and parliamentary elections in Jordan and Bahrain and in multiparty presidential elections in Yemen and Egypt.

700 Miles of Border Fencing Approved And Funded

New Civil and Military Space Policy (includes using nuclear power for long-range space exploration)

Implemented "clean diesel" EPA mandates that reduce diesel air pollution by up to 97% as well as enable U.S. refiners to profitably use U.S. coal or natural gas to produce diesel in a move that aids our environment as well as enables the U.S. to gradually wean itself from Middle-East oil

8 posted on 12/27/2006 6:33:24 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: RetiredArmy

Koch gets it .... unlike most of his Dem collegues, that this is a war that is crucial to be won by the modern Western world, and not allowed to be subjugated by appeasement to Muslim fanatics seeking to destroy civilization


9 posted on 12/27/2006 6:33:36 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight
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To: RetiredArmy
Ya he's great alright (If you're one of the elites of Mexico)
10 posted on 12/27/2006 6:33:39 PM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: RetiredArmy
Ya he's great alright (If you're one of the elites of Mexico)
11 posted on 12/27/2006 6:33:39 PM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: Southack; ohioWfan; ilovew; mystery-ak
Excellent!

BTTT

12 posted on 12/27/2006 6:35:05 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: Southack
Your post on the "Presidency of George W. Bush -- the first 48 months" is WONDERFUL!!!

Nancee

13 posted on 12/27/2006 6:35:35 PM PST by Nancee ((Nancee Lynn Cheney))
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To: RetiredArmy

BTTT


14 posted on 12/27/2006 6:36:28 PM PST by nopardons
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To: RetiredArmy

WOW...a pro-Bush article.

Thank you!


15 posted on 12/27/2006 6:36:59 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bolton/Cheney (that would be Lynne) 08)
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To: OldFriend

Ed has some political courage. I can't agree with a lot of his domestic agenda, but he is correct about the importance of the WOT. We need to do more, not less.

I am glad W. rejected the Baker Appeasement and Surrender Report.


16 posted on 12/27/2006 6:37:19 PM PST by sine_nomine (Don't let another Bush lose another Iraq war.)
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To: RetiredArmy
BUMP!! & Thank you so much for this thread!!!

:-)

17 posted on 12/27/2006 6:37:19 PM PST by Nancee ((Nancee Lynn Cheney))
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To: RetiredArmy

Great piece, Ed Koch gets it. Thanks for posting.


18 posted on 12/27/2006 6:37:20 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: Southack

BTTT


19 posted on 12/27/2006 6:37:51 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Nancee

Amen and Amen and Amen.


20 posted on 12/27/2006 6:38:04 PM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: RetiredArmy

Ed Koch is right. Taken in totality, Goerge Bush has the courage to fight. And that is an increasingly rare thing in this soft, squishy world. I have little faith that our next President will have the same sort of courage.


21 posted on 12/27/2006 6:39:07 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: jveritas
"Amen and Amen and Amen."

DITTO!!!

22 posted on 12/27/2006 6:40:34 PM PST by Nancee ((Nancee Lynn Cheney))
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To: Southack
You have really 'fancied' it up. Thanks for re-posting. Many (including some on this forum) need to be reminded what he has done.

He isn't perfect, and he isn't king, but for the most part, he has 'done good'.

23 posted on 12/27/2006 6:40:48 PM PST by mathluv (Never Forget!)
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To: Zack Nguyen

The new Congress and whether a dim or RINO, the next prez will toss in the towel on fighting these murderers. We will have to be hit with the loss of thousands and thousands before we do anything again, and by then it may be too late.


24 posted on 12/27/2006 6:41:12 PM PST by RetiredArmy (I don't march to other people's opinion of me or my beliefs. I march to my beliefs and heart.)
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To: Southack; gardencatz

Great post at #8, also good OP. (ping!)


25 posted on 12/27/2006 6:41:59 PM PST by KJC1 (Right when you think you're really good is when you need to pay the most attention)
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To: mathluv
"He isn't perfect, and he isn't king, but for the most part, he has 'done good'."

AMEN!!!

26 posted on 12/27/2006 6:42:08 PM PST by Nancee ((Nancee Lynn Cheney))
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To: Zack Nguyen

Ed Koch is more pro-Bush than many here at Free Republic.


27 posted on 12/27/2006 6:43:46 PM PST by nwrep
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To: Southack

WOW...thank you


28 posted on 12/27/2006 6:44:10 PM PST by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: Jorge

Oh, there are a lot of people who have decided to care about Darfur.

Caring doesn't mean actually doing anything. You know, like a military invasion. That's a little more than "caring" requires.


29 posted on 12/27/2006 6:44:28 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: OldFriend

George Bush has b*lls of steel. I only agree with him about 2/3 to 3/4 of the time, but that far more than I agree with most politicians.

God Bless the President and the Armed Forces whom he commands.


30 posted on 12/27/2006 6:45:34 PM PST by pissant
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To: nwrep

PING!!!!


31 posted on 12/27/2006 6:45:59 PM PST by Nancee ((Nancee Lynn Cheney))
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To: jazusamo; onyx
Ed Koch got it, and so did Rev. Joe Lieberman and Alan Dershowitz, Esq....weird threesome - go figger!
32 posted on 12/27/2006 6:46:14 PM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: RetiredArmy

Here is a Dem who gets it. He would get my vote on the one issue of our times. A Politician with Courage is one of the seven wonders of the world.

Pray for W and Our Troops


33 posted on 12/27/2006 6:46:52 PM PST by bray (Redeploy to Iran)
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To: AmericanMade1776
The day will come, when even Democrats will miss having President G.W. Bush in the oval office.

Especially while they are being raped and beheaded.

34 posted on 12/27/2006 6:47:18 PM PST by Recovering Hermit (There's another old saying Senator..."Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.")
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To: RetiredArmy

"Recognizing and confronting our history is important. Transcending our history is essential. We are not limited by what we have done, or what we have left undone. We are limited only by what we are willing to do."

GWB


35 posted on 12/27/2006 6:47:27 PM PST by Number57 ("Don't quote Dickens in my apartment!"~ Joe Young)
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To: onyx
OK - I'll play down the font size next time!
36 posted on 12/27/2006 6:47:56 PM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: Southack

IOW, he can win the battles, but lose the war? As was said on another thread, the incompetence at getting the message out is just astonishing and gives credence to the idea that his true agenda are directed at globalization, not American strength.


37 posted on 12/27/2006 6:50:38 PM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: ErnBatavia

Your tagline is hilarious, but I think I'll refrain from trying that myself LOL.


38 posted on 12/27/2006 6:50:50 PM PST by KJC1 (Right when you think you're really good is when you need to pay the most attention)
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To: RetiredArmy

Hear, hear! And I'm going to especially miss Tony Blair when he retires in May. UK won't be the same without him.


39 posted on 12/27/2006 6:50:56 PM PST by MinorityRepublican (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL)
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To: RetiredArmy
We will have to be hit with the loss of thousands and thousands before we do anything again, and by then it may be too late.

Because we are growing more secular, it is difficult to imagine an enemy that believes its god to be the sovereign of the universe, and (this is critical) is prepared to wage physical war to see that vision enacted. What I am saying is that the terrorists are convinced that they, or their spiritual representatives, should rule the earth for Allah, and that they would kill us all if they could. This is the single most important fact that liberals and soft Western politicians fail to understand. The terrorists cannot be bought off, they cannot be dissuaded, they cannot be engaged, because their cause is theological and for the Islamist, theology never changes. They have an eschatological vision of the triumph of Islam, and they must be fought if we are to preserve who and what we are.

40 posted on 12/27/2006 6:51:47 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: RetiredArmy
Koch is a sensible man, and not a baloney artist whatsoever, but he is off on this one.

The President is not a man of courage. The absolute first test of courage is to tell the truth, and that is something this President refuses to do.

Unlike RR, who did not hesitate to tell the truth, despite great ridicule and hatred directed at him for doing so, this President has decided that being a poker player is the right approach to the presidency.

We will not win this war if even the President refuses to name our enemy. To do so would take a tremendous act of courage, literally death-defying courage. But until someone such as a President does it, we are bound to lose.

Even such brilliant men such as Edward Koch and Daniel Pipes and and Victor Hansen do not have the courage to name the enemy; they resort to absurd circumlocutions, made-up names, tokens of their fear.

I have no doubt the President is a well meaning man. He is just not a leader, or a man of principle.

41 posted on 12/27/2006 6:51:53 PM PST by Urbane_Guerilla
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To: RetiredArmy
Bush does have some really good qualities, like Koch says. He is a hero to many in the Middle East who owe their freedom to him.
I am a Bush fan but not on everything, particularly spending. He needs to not accept the fact that he is a poor communicator and work on that aspect. Watching Ronald Reagan film and learning how to improve his body language alone would be a good start.
42 posted on 12/27/2006 6:51:59 PM PST by MovementConservative (Known by love.)
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To: RetiredArmy

"Courage?"
And he demonstrates this how?
By his steadfast support for his judicial nominees and Presidential appointees? (John Bolton being but the latest example)

By his staunch opposition to unConstitutional bills like McCain-Feingold?

By his fearless wielding of his veto power?

That would be, "No, no, and an emphatic 'No!'"

So when did just showing up become "courageous?"


43 posted on 12/27/2006 6:52:57 PM PST by Redbob
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To: RetiredArmy; onyx

For the very same reason (i.e., "courage") proffered by Koch, President Bush is my hero too! . . . I would add that President Bush is also a man of remarkable VISION and INTEGRITY!


onyx: Thank you for the link!!


44 posted on 12/27/2006 6:53:21 PM PST by DrDeb
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To: nwrep

That's because unlike them, Ed knows the facts and is unhampered by sickening biases, that preclude some here from accepting reality.


45 posted on 12/27/2006 6:53:52 PM PST by nopardons
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To: jazusamo

"Great piece, Ed Koch gets it. Thanks for posting."

I'm thinking he gets it, too.


46 posted on 12/27/2006 6:54:17 PM PST by soupcon
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To: RetiredArmy

It's high time for some GOOD NEWS like this. And it takes courage to say the current President has courage!!


47 posted on 12/27/2006 6:54:19 PM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: Nancee
"George Bush is a hero to me because he has courage."

But when it comes too Israel, he caves.

48 posted on 12/27/2006 6:54:43 PM PST by mosquewatch.com (The trouble starts with an "I" and ends with a "slam".)
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To: Southack
Thank you Southack. I knew it was your post before I got to the end.

Great work and I appreciate it.

49 posted on 12/27/2006 6:55:02 PM PST by BARLF
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To: La Enchiladita

It takes courage to say anything good about President Bush on FR.

Pray for W and Our Troops


50 posted on 12/27/2006 6:55:18 PM PST by bray (Redeploy to Iran)
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