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Durbin's Remarks to the Center for National Policy: "No More Blank Checks for Iraq"
United States Senator,Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin ^ | September 7, 2007 | United States Senator,Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin

Posted on 09/08/2007 2:29:12 PM PDT by mdittmar

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) delivered the following remarks to the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C., on Friday, September 7, 2007:

“No More Blank Checks for Iraq”

I want to thank CNP President Tim Roemer for that generous introduction. I also want to thank Tim, and CNP executive director Joy Drucker, for inviting me to join you today.

I understand that CNP Chairman Peter Kovler is out of town.  Not only is Peter a great chairman, he is also a friend, a University of Chicago graduate, and a member, with me, of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  

The Center for National Policy is a true national security asset.

CNP provides something vital:  a forum for searching, honest, bipartisan discussions about how to make America, and the world safer.  And I am honored to be here.

Four days from today will mark the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America.  

Those attacks left deep wounds on America.  We are especially aware of the pain and the loss at this time every year.

I want to thank Tim Roemer for the extraordinary work he and all of the members of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission did to help us understand how 9/11 happened, and how to prevent the next attack.

There would never have been a 9/11 Commission were it not for the courage and persistence of the families who lost loved ones on that day.

It took too long – and an election – to do it, but Congress finally passed most of the Commission’s remaining recommendations at the end of July.  

I understand that some members of 9/11 families may be here today.  I believe I speak for all Americans when I say:  Thank you for insisting on answers – and action – from your government.

Two different wars

America today is engaged in two wars that we almost certainly would not be fighting had we not been attacked on September 11.

The war in Afghanistan, which I voted for, was a necessary response to 9/11 and it was supported by nearly every nation on Earth.

The war in Iraq is, tragically, a very different war. A mistaken war, sold with fear and misleading and manipulated intelligence that has taken the lives of 3,760 of our troops and more than 27,000 of America’s sons and daughters maimed and wounded, with broken bodies and shattered spirits, and killed tens of thousands – maybe hundreds of thousands -- of innocent Iraqi men, women and children.

President Bush 19 months ago:  “A clear strategy for victory in Iraq”

Nineteen months ago, in this very same room, President Bush declared, “We are carrying out a clear strategy for victory in Iraq.”

The President assured Americans that– quote, “The Iraqis are forming a unity government, instead of giving into disunity, instead of fighting the civil war the terrorists hoped to foment. … “And the success of democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan is inspiring calls for changes across the region.”

Since President Bush spoke those words, 1,500 US troops have died in Iraq, over 10,000 more of our troops have been injured, and Iraq has descended into ever more chaos and carnage.

Bush-Petraeus report

Now, despite the growing list of independent reports and military experts who say he is dead wrong, President Bush is preparing to tell the nation, once again, that his strategy in Iraq is succeeding.

We know what the Bush-Petraeus report will say:  The surge is working.  Be patient.

The surge is not working

The reality is:  Despite heroic efforts by US troops, the Bush surge is not working.  

The surge has stretched our military to the breaking point, yet violence in Iraq has increased, and political progress in Iraq has come to a standstill.

Tragically, Iraqis are failing to use the “breathing space” created with the lives of our sons and daughters to work for reconciliation and lasting security.

Three weeks ago, I traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait and Jordan.  Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania joined me in Iraq.  It was my third visit to Iraq since the invasion in 2003.

We met with General Petraeus, General Ray Odierno, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker.  We also talked with – and listened to – soldiers and Marines on the front lines of this war.

More than on either of my earlier visits, I feel overwhelmed by the tragedy we have created – for Iraq, for its neighbors, for America’s image around the world, and for our troops.

I used to think this war was our worst foreign policy mistake in a generation.  Now I think it is our worst foreign policy mistake ever.

Saddam Hussein was a tyrant, but his aggression was contained.  The Iraqi people suffered under his rule, but their suffering today is quantitatively greater.

Our invasion has created a backlash against America around the world.  Our nation’s ability to fight the spread of religious extremism and to engage other nations in positive diplomacy have been compromised by this colossal blunder.

By carefully manipulating the statistics, the Bush-Petraeus report will try to persuade us that violence in Iraq is decreasing and thus the surge is working.

Even if the figures were right, the conclusion is wrong.

Remember:  When he announced in January that he intended to send almost 30,000 more troops to Iraq, the President said the surge would give Iraqis the security and “breathing space” to make political progress – to build a sustainable government and provide for their own security.

Since then, over 700 American troops have been killed in Iraq and more than 4,000 have been injured.

Our troops are sacrificing, and fighting, and dying in support of his surge -- but the progress the President promised is not happening.

This has been the deadliest year yet for US forces in Iraq.  From January 1st through the end of August, 739 US troops have died -- significantly more than in that same time period in any year since the war started.

The new National Intelligence Estimate released two weeks ago warns that – quote:  “The level of overall violence remains high; Iraq’s sectarian groups remain unreconciled … and to date Iraqi political leaders remain unable to govern effectively.”

The independent report released this week by the Government Accountability Office concludes that the Bush strategy has failed to achieve 15 of the 18 goals set for it.

The Jones Commission report by retired generals, released yesterday, cautions that Iraq's national police force is fragile, ill-equipped and infiltrated by militia forces and recommends scrapping the entire force and starting over.

Instead of progress toward political reconciliation, as the President promised, Iraq is now besieged by civil wars within a civil war.

Two million Iraqis have been driven from their homes – the victims of violence and ethnic cleansing – and are displaced within Iraq.  Another 2 million have fled, mostly to neighboring countries.  And the US has done little to help these new refugees – even those who worked for the US effort in Iraq.

Day-to-day living for many Iraqis has become unbearably grim.  In addition to the near-constant threat of violence, poverty is rampant.  One-in-three Iraqis is hungry and relies on international relief agencies for basic survival.  And the nation’s health care system has been all but destroyed

Our military is at the breaking point

The surge has stretched our military to its limits.

Colin Powell warns that the Army is, quote, “about broken.”

Most Army brigades have completed two or three tours in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Last year the Pentagon released a study showing that one-third of soldiers and Marines returning from combat in Iraq or Afghanistan reported mental health problems.

Active duty soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate since Vietnam.

The divorce rate among Army personnel doubled between 2001 and 2004.  Among Army officers, the divorce rate tripled.

Officers educated at West Point are leaving at a rate not seen in 30 years.  Last year, more than one-third of the West Point class of 2000 left the Army after their initial five-year commitment.  One result:  the Army now has a shortfall of 3,000 commissioned officers - and the problem is expected to get worse.

And it’s not just the soldiers that are worn out.  The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have destroyed or seriously damaged 40 percent of the Army’s equipment.

If he has his way, this President will leave office with an American military severely compromised by his mishandling of this war.

15-month deployments are too long

An officer in Iraq told me that the 15-month deployments needed to support the Bush surge are just too long.

He said that by the end of 12 months in Iraq, his soldiers are “like zombies going through the motions.”

And the 12 months between deployments is only half of what they really need to reconstitute their units, rest them, train them and give them a chance to keep their families together.

The Army Secretary, General Pete Geren, has said – quote, “Fifteen months is asking more than we want to ask of our soldiers and their families in the long run.”

“Why don’t you tell the truth?  This army is exhausted”

Last month, the London Observer ran a story with the headline:  “Fatigue cripples US army in Iraq.”  It describes American soldiers in Iraq getting by on Red Bull and three hours of sleep a night.

In Mosul, a chaplain's assistant who has come to bless a patrol asks the reporter:  “Why don't you tell the truth? Why don't you journalists write that this army is exhausted?”
 
“Does this mean we’re here another five years?”

I saw that exhaustion in the soldiers I met last month in Iraq.

Flying into Baghdad in a C-130, I sat next to a two soldiers in their early 20s who were returning from R&R,

One of the soldiers opened a copy of Stars and Stripes, pointed to a headline announcing that Congress had just passed a $400 billion defense budget, and asked, “Does this mean we’re going to be here another five years?”

I tried to explain the confusing funding process in Congress and told him the Iraq debate would start again in September.

The other soldier wanted to know if we were going to vote to bring the soldiers home.  

I replied that many of us believe our troops have accomplished their mission and now we need a new strategy in Iraq. But we only have four Republican senators siding with us so far, and we need seven more.

The solider then asked this question.  “Would those senators voting for the war consider living a soldier’s life for one day?”

“If they did,” he said, “they would realize what a mistake this war is.”

Later, that soldier told me his job.  He spots and detonates roadside bombs before they kill his fellow soldiers.

No More Blank Checks For Iraq War

I voted against this war in the beginning – one of only 23 Senators to vote no on the original war authorization – because I believed the Bush Administration had failed to make its case for war with Iraq.

I have never for one minute doubted or regretted that vote.

But I have grown increasingly troubled by the votes I have had to cast since then on whether to continue to fund this war.

My concerns have deepened as this President has repeatedly ignored the advice of military experts, as the costs of the war – in lives and dollars – has grown, and the war itself has deteriorated from a mistake, to a disaster, to a catastrophe.

With each war-funding vote, I have asked myself this question:  What would I want Congress to do if it were my son or daughter riding through the streets of Baghdad, or Samarra, or Fallujuh?

I have worked with others to try to change the President’s strategy in Iraq.  But when we could not gain the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster, I have voted to give our troops the support they need while they are in harm’s way.

But this Congress must not give this President another blank check for his war in Iraq.

Sen. Warner:  each vote is a de facto re-authorization

During the debate in July on the defense authorization bill, I asked Senator John Warner, one of the Senate’s defense experts, whether he believed that the conditions in the original Iraq war resolution still exist.

Senator Warner replied that – no -- Saddam Hussein was gone and other conditions cited in the war authorization had changed or proved to be non-existent.

He then added, however, that he believed every annual defense authorization vote is a de facto re-authorization of the President’s right to conduct this war as he chooses.

It is clear the President believes this, too.

After all of the catastrophic strategic mistakes this Administration – not our troops, but this Administration – has made in Iraq, we cannot allow the President to continue to dictate the course in Iraq, against the will of the American people and the advice of many of our best military leaders.

We Need A Comprehensive Plan

We have a moral obligation – to our troops, to our own citizens, and to the people of Iraq, to face facts.  

The President says we need to give our troops enough time to complete their mission.  The President needs to understand:  Our troops completed their mission when they toppled Saddam Hussein.

Our troops are the best in the world.  But American military power cannot solve an Iraqi political crisis

We need a comprehensive, responsible new plan to improve security in Iraq so that we can begin to bring our troops home and re-focus on al Qaeda and the threat of global terrorism -- the real and urgent threat to our national security.

A new mission for US troops in Iraq

The Constitution gives Congress a means to force the President to change course:  the power of the purse. For the sake of our long-term national security interests, Congress should use that authority now.

I believe Congress should tie future funding for the war in Iraq to a new role for our troops there.

US troops remaining in Iraq beyond that date will be limited to three specific and essential functions:


Diplomacy surge and special envoys

In addition, what is needed now—and what this Administration has neglected – is a surge in diplomacy to bring leaders in Iraq, and neighboring nations, together in search of a political settlement in Iraq.

Regrettably, the Bush Administration has damaged its credibility in the region too severely to fulfill this critical assignment.  Key leaders in Iraq, such as the Grand Ayatollah Sistani, will not speak to this Administration.

For that reason, I urge President Bush to appoint a bipartisan team of U.S. envoys to immediately begin diplomatic efforts at bringing about a political settlement in Iraq.  

These envoys must have the autonomy and authority to meet with any and all leaders in Iraq and the region who are critical to hammering out an agreement.

These envoys should be senior statesmen or women with serious experience in international affairs and a history of tough, successful negotiation.

I can think of few better statesmen for this difficult and essential mission than former National Security Advisors Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scrowcroft.

America’s experience brokering the Dayton Accords, which helped bring to an end a brutal ethnic conflict in Bosnia, is proof that conflict based on bitter and ancient rivalries can be ended when there is a serious, sustained diplomatic initiative.

But drop-in visits or phone calls are not enough to engage Iraqi and regional players in a serious long-term political negotiation.  

It is past time for the US to begin such an intense initiative in Iraq.  The longer we delay making these essential changes, the worse the outcome is likely to be.

Ease the refugee crisis

There is another urgent need that demands our attention, and that is the Iraqi refugee crisis that is now threatening to overwhelm Iraq’s neighbors, and could further de-stabilize the entire region.

Think about these numbers:  Jordan, Iraq’s neighbor, has taken in an estimated 700,000 Iraqi refugees -- 10 percent of Jordan’s entire population – in the last two years..

That would be the equivalent, in this country, of 30 million refugees.  Think about the political debate we’re having in this country over 12 million undocumented workers over a generation.  Imagine 30 million new immigrants in two years!   

In Jordan, the cost of living has doubled for all residents.  Water, which was scarce in Jordan before the refugee crisis, is now in critically short supply.

Syria, another neighbor, has taken in more than 1 million Iraqi refugees.  It is also experiencing wrenching social and economic upheavals as a result.

The refugee crisis is one of the many tragic consequences of a war we started. That gives us a moral obligation to help solve it.  We have a special obligation to help Iraqis who risked their lives to help our efforts and are now targeted for retaliation and death because of it.

Two months ago, Ambassador Ryan Crocker sent an urgent cable to Washington pleading that the US admit Iraqis who have worked in our embassy and are now targeted by extremists with retaliation or execution as a result.

Yet, to date, the US has taken in only a little more than 700 Iraqi refugees.  1 percent of the refugees taken in by tiny, poor Jordan.

How can any American face that fact without profound embarrassment?

We should ensure that adequate funding is available to ease the refugee crisis that is overwhelming Iraq and its neighbors.

Many Iraqi refugees have exhausted their life savings.  Some have turned in desperation to begging, and even prostitution, to survive.

Frankly, it is shameful that the wealthiest nation in the world has done so little, so far, to ease the Iraqi refugee crisis – a crisis that exists in part because of this Administration’s failures.

I am working in the Senate to increase US commitments to migration and refugee assistance as well, and to help Jordan deal with the crushing costs of trying to house, feed and educate so many refugees.

In addition, I support and Congress should pass the Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act, sponsored by Senator Kennedy.

Most importantly, the White House must show leadership in this mounting humanitarian crisis.

Doing our part to solve the Iraq refugee is not only the moral course.  It is in our national interest.  Refugee children are prime candidates for recruitment by extremists.  And abandoning people who trusted us with their lives makes it far less likely that others will take that risk in the future, when we need them.

Re-focus on the global terrorism threat and save Afghanistan

Finally, we must find a responsible path out of the Iraq quagmire so that we can refocus on capturing Osama Bin Laden and defeating the threat of global terrorism.

As part of that effort, the US must work intensively to strengthen our essential bonds with our allies.  We cannot fight a global war without a global partnership.

We should work to reclaim our role as a moral leader in the world by clearly and unequivocally renouncing torture, and closing Guantanamo and “black site” secret prisons.  These steps will do much to ease the current strain between the US and many of our closest allies.
Lastly, we must preserve the victory over the Taliban and extremism in Afghanistan.

That victory, paid for in part with the blood of American troops, is fragile and uncertain today.

The Taliban and Al Qaeda – the murderous thugs who attacked our nation -- are regrouping along the Pakistan/Afghan border.

An NIE report last year warns that al Qaeda is stronger now than any time since September 11.

Afghanistan’s record poppy crop is flooding the world market with cheap opium and heroin, and providing the terrorists and the Afghan warlords with a steady source of income.

Yet, six years after routing the Taliban, we have only a handful of US agricultural experts in a nation in which 80 percent of the economy is agriculture.

In the Khowst area where I visited, on Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan, fewer than 10 civilian experts have been sent by the US to help with basic rebuilding tasks such as agriculture, health care, police training, democratic governance, and rule of law.  The area needs at least 10 times that number of rebuilding advisors.

Military leaders report that they, too, have rarely – if ever – received the support and numbers they need to accomplish their mission.  

Think about that:  In the land that sheltered Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban, our troops are fighting and dying.  But the Administration is failing to provide the resources and focus the people need to build a more secure future.

General James Jones, former commandant of the US Marine Corps, and former NATO supreme commander, is exactly right when he warns that the consequences of failure may be even greater in Afghanistan than in Iraq.

In General Jones’ words, "Symbolically, [Afghanistan] is more the epicenter of terrorism than Iraq.  If we don’t succeed in Afghanistan, you're sending a very clear message to the terrorist organizations that the U.S., the U.N. and the 37 countries with troops on the ground can be defeated."   A message that terrorism can defeat the entire civilized world.

We cannot allow that message to take hold.

As we approach the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our nation – in honor of those who died on 9/11 and those they have left behind, and in tribute to all of the more than 1 million Americans who have served and sacrificed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we must – must – hold this hard-won ground against terrorism.

Conclusion

It is regrettable that the White House has apparently chosen September 11 to release the Bush-Petraeus report.  President Bush acknowledged long ago that Iraq has nothing to do with 9/11.

September 11th should be a day to try to unite Americans, not divide us.

September 11th should also be a day to recall clearly the true nature of those who attacked us, and the threat that still faces us.

Iraq was not the front line in the war on terror.  Iraq has been a diversion in our most urgent national security challenge.

Misled with faulty information, we lost our focus in the fight against global terrorism.  But we have not lost our courage, nor our ability to conquer any challenge when we are united.

We remember the shock and pain of September 11th.  But we also remember how the world came together to support America on September 12th.

By changing our course in Iraq and renewing our commitment to active, positive cooperation with other nations, we can -- and we will -- make America, and the world, safer for all of us.

Thank you, and thanks to CNP for this opportunity to speak to you today.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 110th; defensespending; democrats; dhimmicrats; dick; dickdurbin; durbin; iraq; leftistgirlyman; pelosi; reid; wot

1 posted on 09/08/2007 2:29:16 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

There is nothing funnier than a liberal ‘RAT airhead talking about war and the military. They are so clueless. It’s impossible for a leftist girlyman to successfully pose as a G.I. Joe. Funny stuff Dick!


2 posted on 09/08/2007 2:34:10 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRATS own failure and defeat. Success and victory really depresses them.)
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To: mdittmar

DURBIN FOR PRESIDENT!

3 posted on 09/08/2007 2:35:10 PM PDT by paul in cape
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To: mdittmar
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4 posted on 09/08/2007 2:35:17 PM PDT by digger48
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To: mdittmar

*YAWN*

Okay, if he wants to run it better, then be my guest. As I recall, the USA didn’t ratify a usable Constitution until 1787.

As I recall, the US Civil War’s Reconstruction lasted for 12 years, and even after that, the Army was busy chasing down the KKK around the country. Hell, some still haven’t gotten over it.

In other words, Iraq hasn’t had a long history of self-government, and what little history that it’s had in the past 1500 years has been under the likes of Saddam (or worse).

It’s gonna take a while.


5 posted on 09/08/2007 2:36:43 PM PDT by TWohlford
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To: FlingWingFlyer

What did you expect?

Dick is a Dick


6 posted on 09/08/2007 2:37:11 PM PDT by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: paul in cape
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7 posted on 09/08/2007 2:37:21 PM PDT by digger48
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To: FlingWingFlyer
"No More Blank Checks for Iraq"

How about "No More Blank Brains for the US Senate.?"

8 posted on 09/08/2007 2:40:25 PM PDT by Wil H (Islam translates to "submission", not "peace" - you can figure out the rest.)
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To: mdittmar

I realize that Kennedy and Kerry are quite a pair and that New York must suffer with Hillary and Chucky but does any state have a worse pair of Senators as Illinois does with Durbin and Obama?

They truly are two clueless dumbasses.


9 posted on 09/08/2007 2:40:34 PM PDT by Freedumb
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To: mdittmar

Where’s the barf alert?


10 posted on 09/08/2007 2:41:10 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: digger48
Oh dear....so young for that kind of language. I’d guess that his Momma didn’t teach him manners.:0)
11 posted on 09/08/2007 2:41:50 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Ron Paul is nutcase, plain & simple.)
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To: mdittmar

Try it turban durbin... dims... THE ENEMY WITHIN!

LLS


12 posted on 09/08/2007 2:42:51 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: mdittmar

We’ll be assured of victory when we get a POTUS who doesn’t have a problem with arresting and jailing the likes of this degenerate SOB.


13 posted on 09/08/2007 2:44:48 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: mdittmar
Dick "Turban" Durbin doesn't lie very well. He knows The Surge is working. Political indicators always lag behind the military ones. Yes, we do need to be patient. There is No Fast Order War.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

14 posted on 09/08/2007 2:45:44 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mdittmar
“No More Blank Checks for Iraq”

LOL!

How about "no more blank checks for domestic political pork"?

15 posted on 09/08/2007 2:47:12 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
They are so clueless.

What a revelation to behold. ; )

16 posted on 09/08/2007 2:49:54 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

His first name fits him


17 posted on 09/08/2007 2:50:28 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Division Soldier fighting terrorists in the Triangle of Death)
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To: mdittmar
"And it’s not just the soldiers that are worn out. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have destroyed or seriously damaged 40 percent of the Army’s equipment.

Translation: In war, men and equipment are being used.

"The surge has stretched our military to its limits."

Translation: Our brave men and women are fighting the good fight.

"The reality is: Despite heroic efforts by US troops, the Bush surge is not working."

Translation: Despite heroic efforts by US troops, the Bush surge is working.

18 posted on 09/08/2007 2:56:08 PM PDT by jonrick46
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To: EGPWS
While in Vietnam - I thought our own politicians were are most effective enemy..

Now - there is no doubt in my mind...

We have a number of certifiable surrender monkeys and borderline traitors in Congress..who make every effort to demean and undermine the military and Executive branch, while providing “aid and comfort” to the enemy..

Have we become too civilized to hang traitors?
Have we become too complacent to experience and show RAGE?

19 posted on 09/08/2007 2:57:14 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: mdittmar

As far as I’m concerned, the leadership of the Democratic Party is composed of cowards and traitors. They only care about political power, and they care nothing about this country or the military. They are lower than scum.


20 posted on 09/08/2007 3:05:02 PM PDT by Ferox
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To: mdittmar

You get get much lower than Dickhead Durbin.


21 posted on 09/08/2007 3:11:37 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Freedumb

We have two equal morons Feinstein and Boxer and I’ll throw in Pelosi as well and don’t forget Arnold. Talk about disgusting traitors and disgraces.


22 posted on 09/08/2007 3:22:08 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Freedumb

We have two equal morons Feinstein and Boxer and I’ll throw in Pelosi as well and don’t forget Arnold. Talk about disgusting traitors and disgraces.


23 posted on 09/08/2007 3:22:53 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: mdittmar
This brainiac is my senior senator. The weenie IL-GOP better get its act together and soon. The Illinois “combine” needs to be dismantled, and GOP leadership needs to be resuscitated. This guy has to go, but we can’t repeat the Amb Keyes circus that handed Obama the Senate seat in a cakewalk. Those of us who pay attention and are involved are more than a little frustrated.
24 posted on 09/08/2007 3:23:21 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: Wil H

Our elected thieves have no problem wasting the tax payers money on themselves or useless hearing so that they get face time ( To look as foolish as they seem)and special perks that are applicable to only themselves.


25 posted on 09/08/2007 3:46:06 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: river rat

While in Vietnam - I thought our own politicians were are most effective enemy..
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So Durbin born in 1944, the same year as my hubby who served in Nam, 1st infantry division.

So why didn’t little Dickie do do get drafted.
Oh, here is the answer:
He graduated from Assumption High School in East St. Louis in 1962. During his high school years he worked at a meat packing plant. He earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1966, where he graduated two years ahead of another famous Democratic politician, future President Bill Clinton. He served as an intern in the office of Illinois Senator Paul Douglas during his senior year in college.
Must have had a little help from Paul Douglas.
He has no balls to talk about anything and he should illegals..... really makes me mad.
He better shut the frick up.
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Durbin harboring illegals, he is a coward and a traitor.
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From the Libray of Congress, June 28, 2007, Durbin talking on the Senate floor about amnesty.
Congressional Record article 29 of 71

Among the people now whose lives are going to be left in uncertainty is a mother I know and know very well. Her husband was one of those lucky ones. He was a citizen from Mexico. In 1986, he was given amnesty by President Reagan. He works 14-hour days in a club in Chicago as a maitre’d, greeting people, bringing them to their tables. He and his wife have four children who are all American citizens. They were all born here. But his wife is undocumented. Several years ago, she was deported, 3 days before Mother’s Day, back to Mexico. She was pregnant at the time and wanted to stay in the United States with her doctor until the baby was born but wasn’t allowed. Eventually, I called the State Department. They gave her a humanitarian visa to come back to the United States. Now once each year I make a phone call to ask if she can stay with her family for another year. Luckily, she has been able to stay on what they call a humanitarian waiver. But she and her children never know from year to year whether mom is going to be deported to Mexico. Will it make America better if she leaves? Will it make that family better? I don’t think so. This is clearly a case where this great Nation can certainly absorb a loving mother who wants to make sure her kids have a good life.

There is another girl—she is now a young woman—I know from Chicago. She is Korean. She was an amazing young lady who had great musical talent. She was accepted at Juilliard School of Music, but when she applied she learned from her mother that when she was brought from Korea to the United States at the age of 2, no papers were filed. She had no status. She wasn’t a citizen of anyplace. She called our office and said: ``What should I do?’’ We checked, and we were told she had to go back to Korea. She had not been there since she was 2 years old. Her life is a life of uncertainty now. Where is she going to go? This is the only country she has ever known. She wants to use her musical talents right here in America, a place she calls home.

Then there is an attorney in the Loop in Chicago, a nice, attractive, young woman who graduated from law school. I met her at a gathering. She asked if I could talk to her afterward. She came up to me and said: ``I have to talk to you in private. It is about my mom. My mom is Polish. She came to Chicago to visit some relatives years ago, overstayed her visa. She is not here legally. She got married, had a family. She lives in constant fear that she is going to be deported away from her children and grandchildren. What are we going to do, Senator?’’

There will be no answer to these cases until we have a law that creates a mechanism, a formula, and a process that is reasonable. We tried to do that today without success. We can’t give up. We can’t give up on these cases, and we can’t give up on this issue.


26 posted on 09/08/2007 4:03:11 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Do not lick envelopes from China.........)
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To: Freedumb
I realize that Kennedy and Kerry are quite a pair and that New York must suffer with Hillary and Chucky but does any state have a worse pair of Senators as Illinois does with Durbin and Obama?

My state of Caleftfornia, with Boxer and Feinstein. However I am willing to concede a four way tie.

27 posted on 09/08/2007 4:19:22 PM PDT by Christian4Bush ("Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." Hold a hearing on that.)
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To: mdittmar

Treason!


28 posted on 09/08/2007 4:33:13 PM PDT by pankot
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To: pankot

Sounds like he is parroting bin Laden.


29 posted on 09/08/2007 4:49:57 PM PDT by Kenny500c
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To: mdittmar

Yes! dick is a dick!


30 posted on 09/08/2007 4:51:56 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (I'd rather be hunting with dick than driving with ted)
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To: mdittmar

This just has to be the very first thing ever that Durbin wasn’t tripping over himself to spend other people’s money on.


31 posted on 09/08/2007 4:52:11 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: mdittmar

One of Bin Ladens butt boys, Turban Durbin, takes UBLs criticism to heart, and goes on the attack.


32 posted on 09/08/2007 4:57:59 PM PDT by DGHoodini
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

That’s because most DimoPerverts have less breeding and manners than barn animals.


33 posted on 09/08/2007 4:59:43 PM PDT by DGHoodini
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To: mdittmar

Durbin the Turban is under the delusion that he’s going to have some say over US war policy.

I suspect that it’s become much harder now for nervous GOP senators to vote against the president.


34 posted on 09/08/2007 5:01:53 PM PDT by wolfinator
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To: jonrick46

“War damages Army equipment”.

Wow. Who woulda thunk that? I guess we should have run up the white flag on 12/8/41 because a lot of our equipment got damaged the day before.


35 posted on 09/08/2007 5:19:02 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: sweetiepiezer

I would like to think that it Sen Douglas did not knowingly assist Durban in receiving a deferment. Often the staff has more juice then the name.

http://www.answers.com/topic/paul-douglas?method=26&initiator=CANS

Military service
The day after losing the primary, Douglas resigned from the Chicago City Council and signed up with the United States Marine Corps as a private. Wanting to see front line duty, Douglas accepted a commission as a captain. Although he was then fifty years old, Douglas was in good physical shape and had some pull with Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, the former publisher of the Chicago Daily News, who arranged for Douglas to see duty in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
On the second day of the Battle of Peleliu, Douglas finally saw action when his unit waded into the fray. He earned a Bronze Star Medal for carrying ammunition to the front lines under enemy fire and earned his first Purple Heart when he was grazed by shrapnel.
A few months later, during the Battle of Okinawa, Douglas earned his second Purple Heart. A volunteer rifleman in an infantry platoon, he was advancing on the Naha-Shuri line when a burst of machine gun fire tore through his left arm, severing the main nerve and leaving it effectively useless.
After a thirteen-month stay in the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland, Douglas was given an honorable discharge as a Lieutenant Colonel with full disability pay.


36 posted on 09/08/2007 6:10:27 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (Life is Good!)
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To: mdittmar

How does this traitor believe that he is going to achieve what he is saying? Even when the situation in Iraq was much worse than now the President crushed these traitors and got all what he wanted. Now after the Surge has been working great these treasonous delusional idiots have no chance in hell to stop the President from doing whatever that he wants on Iraq and gets whatever money he requires.


37 posted on 09/08/2007 6:21:35 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Sounds like a heads up guy, one we are proud of. Maybe not him.
Durbin got an except from the draft from someone.


38 posted on 09/08/2007 6:46:34 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Do not lick envelopes from China.........)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Arnold is shameful but he is not even close to Gov. Blagojevich in Illinois. Blogo is easily the 2nd worst governor in the country (no one can take the title from Granholm in Michigan).

Earlier this year Blogo proposed a gross receipts tax on all Illinois business to fund his education and universal healthcare schemes. The Illinois House (which is DemoRAT-controlled) voted down his proposal 107-0.


39 posted on 09/08/2007 6:50:55 PM PDT by Freedumb
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To: Nailbiter

ping for later read


40 posted on 09/09/2007 2:33:20 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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