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Bush orders gradual troop cuts in Iraq
Yahoo News ^ | sept 13,2007 | TERENCE HUNT

Posted on 09/13/2007 6:29:12 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776

President Bush, defending an unpopular war, ordered gradual reductions in U.S. forces in Iraq on Thursday night and said, "The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home." Still, Bush firmly rejected calls to end the war, saying the insurgents who threaten Iraq's future are a danger to U.S. national security. American troops must stay in the battle, Bush said, and more than 130,000 will remain after the newly ordered withdrawals are completed in July.

"The principle guiding my decisions on troop levels in Iraq is: return on success," the president said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; iraq; patraeus; progress; timetable; trooplevels; victory
We will win this war.
1 posted on 09/13/2007 6:29:13 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776

Looks like we will, because this man is probably the most resolute President we will see in our lifetimes.


2 posted on 09/13/2007 6:31:36 PM PDT by Owen
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To: AmericanMade1776

And we’re winning it on our terms, not the terms of surrender and bush-bashing the dims have been praying for since the iraq war started.


3 posted on 09/13/2007 6:31:42 PM PDT by Tears of a Clown
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To: AmericanMade1776
defending an unpopular war

Love the way EVERY single supposedly "objective" news source worked this propaganda line into their supposed "News Coverage".

4 posted on 09/13/2007 6:32:50 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.vetsforfreedom.org/)
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To: Owen

He’s not giving up, no matter what. The Democrats have no shame.


5 posted on 09/13/2007 6:33:18 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

It was a great speech. I’d have perfered a demand that Democrats in Congress be censured for their attacks on General Petraeus but knew the President wouldn’t do that.


6 posted on 09/13/2007 6:33:21 PM PDT by Hamilcar_Barca
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To: AmericanMade1776

Only if the Dems get the hell out of the way.


7 posted on 09/13/2007 6:35:07 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: Owen

There has never been a moment during the last seven years, when I have been ashamed of one thing President George W. Bush has done. He leads, he has strength, and we just ride on his coattails. Thank you President Bush.


8 posted on 09/13/2007 6:35:14 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ( my opinions do not represent the opinions of the management at Free Republic, they are mine alone.)
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To: AmericanMade1776
I watched the speech....and this may shock some people after my falling out with Bush....BUT...I came away with a renewed respect for the man. I have had a problem with some of his stands on issues....but he KICKED ASS tonight.

You want to know how well he did....check out the reaction of Chris Matthews...he is about to blow a gourd.

9 posted on 09/13/2007 6:35:24 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Owen

Amen.


10 posted on 09/13/2007 6:35:58 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: Owen
I just watched the speech, President Bush was magnificent!
Even Mr. X(aka cranky white male) was impressed.

This MoveOn thing has brought a man like Mr. X back to his senses. He’s animated again; watch out Democrat cowards!

11 posted on 09/13/2007 6:36:07 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Dog

Thanks, I just might like to watch Chris Matthews blow a gourd.


12 posted on 09/13/2007 6:38:35 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ( my opinions do not represent the opinions of the management at Free Republic, they are mine alone.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Did you guys see Jack the Democrap’s rebuttal? What a disgrace. He was jumping around like a used car salesman on meth. He essentially promised that Democrats would do their best to undermine everything the President plans to do.


13 posted on 09/13/2007 6:40:01 PM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: MNJohnnie

It’s obviously a DNC talking point. The treason of the Democrats never ends. It doesn’t matter if it was 1863 with their attacks on President Lincoln in the midst of the Civil War or now with their discredited smear of the commanding General in Iraq.


14 posted on 09/13/2007 6:40:13 PM PDT by Hamilcar_Barca
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To: MNJohnnie
I read that nonsense also and laughed. What war was Popular? I wish I could just punch a reporter.
15 posted on 09/13/2007 6:42:08 PM PDT by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: Jaysun
Game ...set ...match.

Bush.

All the bitching about withdrawing troops they did....he just gave in....but it will be on his terms....I would say he has outfoxed them once again.

16 posted on 09/13/2007 6:42:48 PM PDT by Dog
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To: AmericanMade1776

Prayer for President Bush and our Troops.

17 posted on 09/13/2007 6:43:09 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ( my opinions do not represent the opinions of the management at Free Republic, they are mine alone.)
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To: Dog
I watched the speech....and this may shock some people after my falling out with Bush....BUT...I came away with a renewed respect for the man. I have had a problem with some of his stands on issues....but he KICKED ASS tonight.

I agree completely!

WELL said!

18 posted on 09/13/2007 6:43:37 PM PDT by Bigun (IRS sucks @getridof it.com)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Victory - a word that is not in the Democrats' vocabulary.

"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

19 posted on 09/13/2007 6:44:41 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: angcat
Wiley Coyote has just been had by the Roadrunner once again.

Beep!

Beep!

20 posted on 09/13/2007 6:44:44 PM PDT by Dog
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To: AmericanMade1776

Does anyone remember how the President described the 1,500/month that have been killed since January? Does that number represent AQ or AQ and other groups?


21 posted on 09/13/2007 6:44:52 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: AmericanMade1776

Anybody have a link to audio/vid for the live-news challenged?


22 posted on 09/13/2007 6:45:16 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Jaysun
You know how transparent the Democrat cowards are? Reed is a West Point graduate and a former Army officer. They had to go to a back bencher to get someone with those credentials. All the front row are Kerry, Murtha, Teddy, Dingy Harry and Durbin.

They had to use RI’s Jack Reed to get even a shred of credibility.

23 posted on 09/13/2007 6:45:24 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: AmericanMade1776

no sidebar on Presidents address... wow... did Freerepublic get a NY Times Moderator onboard or something?


24 posted on 09/13/2007 6:46:41 PM PDT by tomnbeverly (“Show me just what Obama brought that was new, and there you will find only evil and Hillary.")
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To: tomnbeverly

We should ask for a family discount..


25 posted on 09/13/2007 6:47:34 PM PDT by Dog
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To: ishabibble

And what happened? Reed showed he has no credibility; he touted himself as an ex-Army officer (from the VN days, I presume) and he showed the world that he doesn’t understand his constitutional role as a senator. He can fund or defund, but that is all he can do. He cannot change foreign policy. He really made a clymer of himself.


26 posted on 09/13/2007 6:47:58 PM PDT by Laverne
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To: tomnbeverly
tomnbeverly wrote: no sidebar on Presidents address... wow... did Freerepublic get a NY Times Moderator onboard or something?

ha..

27 posted on 09/13/2007 6:48:12 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ( my opinions do not represent the opinions of the management at Free Republic, they are mine alone.)
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To: ishabibble

Well Reed came away looking like a skittish loser, the President looking like a champ.


28 posted on 09/13/2007 6:49:00 PM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

29 posted on 09/13/2007 6:49:43 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ( my opinions do not represent the opinions of the management at Free Republic, they are mine alone.)
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To: tomnbeverly

and a 2008 presidential candidate.

Maybe the Sidebar Moderator will take note ..of what the Great Fred said.

“I believe that the troop withdrawal plan that General (David) Petraeus has proposed is the right course. This recommendation is a result of the success being seen on the ground in Iraq. ... Every day, our troops in Iraq demonstrate a heroic resolve to win. I wish Democrats in Washington would dedicate as much time and energy to winning as they do on how to surrender the fight.” — Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., and a 2008 presidential candidate.


30 posted on 09/13/2007 6:54:14 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ( my opinions do not represent the opinions of the management at Free Republic, they are mine alone.)
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To: AmericanMade1776
So I just heard John Edwards on LKL, say Bush says that "9/11 is directly related to Iraq...9/11 is not related to Iraq and the American people now know that, but they continue to say it. The President said it again tonight".

"They continue to talk about fear, they continue to focus on the connection between the war in Iraq and what happened on Sept 11th. THERE IS NO CONNECTION".

"There is a SERIOUS threat of Islamic terrorism. There's no doubt about that."

Edwards says he will go after them where ever they are..

Humm?..Him and what Army?!..

sw

31 posted on 09/13/2007 6:57:00 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Dog

I agree 100%. This was an excellent speech. No grating sing-song cadence. No overblown rhetoric. Just George W at his Harry Truman best. I, too, have been very disappointed with him — largely because of his obdurate, destructive insistence on turning our country over to illegal aliens. But tonight, he re-emerged as a great wartime leader. Thank God.


32 posted on 09/13/2007 6:57:19 PM PDT by lapster
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To: AmericanMade1776

How are the komrades over at Democratic Bumbleground reacting to this? They must have their ponytails in a twist!


33 posted on 09/13/2007 7:03:40 PM PDT by TimeLord (A whale fetus is a whale; a human fetus is a blob.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Yahoo news is the worst most slanted. It’s my home page. Sigh. You can’t escape it.

At any rate I took thing away from this outstanding speech - the look that the President gave before the two or three sentences about the shia and iran. Whoa. He narrowed his eyes like an animal. Replay it. I recorded that speech and the after comments on MSNBC for my sons to watch when they are older. They need to see what fools look like when their lips are moving.


34 posted on 09/13/2007 7:22:33 PM PDT by kinghorse
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To: ishabibble
This MoveOn thing has brought a man like Mr. X back to his senses.

Mr. X?


35 posted on 09/13/2007 7:42:07 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("A person's a person no matter how small." -Dr. Seuss)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Yes. That is my sweet baboo!
36 posted on 09/13/2007 7:58:52 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: spectre

“There is a SERIOUS threat of Islamic terrorism. There’s no doubt about that.”

Edwards says he will go after them where ever they are..

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Last month terrorism was a bumper sticker to John Edwards. It is serious mental illness to have that kind of dissociation with oneself.


37 posted on 09/13/2007 8:26:54 PM PDT by sgtyork ("The Press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood." Thomas Jefferson 1807)
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To: lapster
Just George W at his Harry Truman best

Forget the Harry Truman bit

Harry and his bungling State Dept caused the Korean war then didn't know how to end it

His popularity was so low because of it he decided not to run in 52

He also refused to clean out all the commies in government
38 posted on 09/13/2007 8:36:51 PM PDT by uncbob (m first)
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