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Text of the President's Address [on Iraq]
The White House ^ | September 13, 2007 | President Bush

Posted on 09/13/2007 7:33:03 PM PDT by indcons

Edited on 09/13/2007 8:03:17 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Good evening. In the life of all free nations, there come moments that decide the direction of a country and reveal the character of its people. We are now at such a moment.

In Iraq, an ally of the United States is fighting for its survival. Terrorists and extremists who are at war with us around the world are seeking to topple Iraq’s government, dominate the region, and attack us here at home. If Iraq’s young democracy can turn back these enemies, it will mean a more hopeful Middle East and a more secure America. This ally has placed its trust in the United States. And tonight, our moral and strategic imperatives are one: We must help Iraq defeat those who threaten its future and also threaten ours.

Eight months ago, we adopted a new strategy to meet that objective, including a surge in U.S. forces that reached full strength in June. This week, General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker testified before Congress about how that strategy is progressing. In their testimony, these men made clear that our challenge in Iraq is formidable. Yet they concluded that conditions in Iraq are improving, that we are seizing the initiative from the enemy, and that the troop surge is working.

The premise of our strategy is that securing the Iraqi population is the foundation for all other progress. For Iraqis to bridge sectarian divides, they need to feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods. For lasting reconciliation to take root, Iraqis must feel confident that they do not need sectarian gangs for security. The goal of the surge is to provide that security and to help prepare Iraqi forces to maintain it. As I will explain tonight, our success in meeting these objectives now allows us to begin bringing some of our troops home.

Since the surge was announced in January, it has moved through several phases. First was the flow of additional troops into Iraq, especially Baghdad and Anbar province. Once these forces were in place, our commanders launched a series of offensive operations to drive terrorists and militias out of their strongholds. And finally, in areas that have been cleared, we are surging diplomatic and civilian resources to ensure that military progress is quickly followed up with real improvements in daily life.

Anbar province is a good example of how our strategy is working. Last year, an intelligence report concluded that Anbar had been lost to al Qaeda. Some cited this report as evidence that we had failed in Iraq and should cut our losses and pull out. Instead, we kept the pressure on the terrorists. The local people were suffering under the Taliban-like rule of al Qaeda, and they were sick of it. So they asked us for help.

To take advantage of this opportunity, I sent an additional 4,000 Marines to Anbar as part of the surge. Together, local sheiks, Iraqi forces, and coalition troops drove the terrorists from the capital of Ramadi and other population centers. Today, a city where al Qaeda once planted its flag is beginning to return to normal. Anbar citizens who once feared beheading for talking to an American or Iraqi soldier now come forward to tell us where the terrorists are hiding. Young Sunnis who once joined the insurgency are now joining the army and police. And with the help of our provincial reconstruction teams, new jobs are being created and local governments are meeting again.

These developments do not often make the headlines, but they do make a difference. During my visit to Anbar on Labor Day, local Sunni leaders thanked me for America’s support. They pledged they would never allow al Qaeda to return. And they told me they now see a place for their people in a democratic Iraq. The Sunni governor of Anbar province put it this way: “Our tomorrow starts today.”

The changes in Anbar show all Iraqis what becomes possible when extremists are driven out. They show al Qaeda that it cannot count on popular support, even in a province its leaders once declared their home base. And they show the world that ordinary people in the Middle East want the same things for their children that we want for ours -- a decent life and a peaceful future.

In Anbar, the enemy remains active and deadly. Earlier today, one of the brave tribal sheikhs who helped lead the revolt against al Qaeda was murdered. In response, a fellow Sunni leader declared: “We are determined to strike back and continue our work.” And as they do, they can count on the continued support of the United States.

Throughout Iraq, too many citizens are being killed by terrorists and death squads. And for most Iraqis, the quality of life is far from where it should be. Yet General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker report that the success in Anbar is beginning to be replicated in other parts of the country.

One year ago, much of Baghdad was under siege. Schools were closed, markets were shuttered, and sectarian violence was spiraling out of control. Today, most of Baghdad’s neighborhoods are being patrolled by coalition and Iraqi forces who live among the people they protect. Many schools and markets are reopening. Citizens are coming forward with vital intelligence. Sectarian killings are down. And ordinary life is beginning to return.

One year ago, much of Diyala province was a sanctuary for al Qaeda and other extremist groups, and its capital of Baqubah was emerging as an al Qaeda stronghold. Today, Baqubah is cleared. Diyala province is the site of a growing popular uprising against the extremists. And some local tribes are working alongside coalition and Iraqi forces to clear out the enemy and reclaim their communities.

One year ago, Shia extremists and Iranian-backed militants were gaining strength and targeting Sunnis for assassination. Today, these groups are being broken up, and many of their leaders are being captured or killed.

These gains are a tribute to our military, they are a tribute to the courage of the Iraqi security forces, and they are the tribute to an Iraqi government that has decided to take on the extremists.

Now the Iraqi government must bring the same determination to achieving reconciliation. This is an enormous undertaking after more than three decades of tyranny and division. The government has not met its own legislative benchmarks -- and in my meetings with Iraqi leaders, I have made it clear that they must.

Yet Iraq’s national leaders are getting some things done. For example, they have passed a budget. They’re sharing oil revenues with the provinces. They’re allowing former Baathists to rejoin Iraq’s military or receive government pensions. Local reconciliation is taking place. The key now is to link this progress in the provinces to progress in Baghdad. As local politics change, so will national politics.

Our troops in Iraq are performing brilliantly. Along with Iraqi forces, they have captured or killed an average of more than 1,500 enemy fighters per month since January. Yet ultimately, the way forward depends on the ability of Iraqis to maintain security gains. According to General Petraeus and a panel chaired by retired General Jim Jones, the Iraqi army is becoming more capable -- although there is still a great deal of work to be done to improve the national police. Iraqi forces are receiving increased cooperation from local populations. And this is improving their ability to hold areas that have been cleared.

Because of this success, General Petraeus believes we have now reached the point where we can maintain our security gains with fewer American forces. He has recommended that we not replace about 2,200 Marines scheduled to leave Anbar province later this month. In addition, he says it will soon be possible to bring home an Army combat brigade, for a total force reduction of 5,700 troops by Christmas. And he expects that by July, we will be able to reduce our troop levels in Iraq from 20 combat brigades to 15.

General Petraeus also recommends that in December we begin transitioning to the next phase of our strategy in Iraq. As terrorists are defeated, civil society takes root, and the Iraqis assume more control over their own security, our mission in Iraq will evolve. Over time, our troops will shift from leading operations, to partnering with Iraqi forces, and eventually to overwatching those forces. As this transition in our mission takes place, our troops will focus on a more limited set of tasks, including counterterrorism operations and training, equipping, and supporting Iraqi forces.

I have consulted with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, other members of my national security team, Iraqi officials, and leaders of both parties in Congress. I have benefited from their advice, and I have accepted General Petraeus’s recommendations. I have directed General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker to update their joint campaign plan for Iraq, so we can adjust our military and civilian resources accordingly. I have also directed them to deliver another report to Congress in March. At that time, they will provide a fresh assessment of the situation in Iraq and of the troop levels and resources we need to meet our national security objectives.

The principle guiding my decisions on troop levels in Iraq is “return on success.” The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home. And in all we do, I will ensure that our commanders on the ground have the troops and flexibility they need to defeat the enemy.

Americans want our country to be safe and our troops to begin coming home from Iraq. Yet those of us who believe success in Iraq is essential to our security, and those who believe we should begin bringing our troops home, have been at odds. Now, because of the measure of success we are seeing in Iraq, we can begin seeing troops come home. The way forward I have described tonight makes it possible, for the first time in years, for people who have been on opposite sides of this difficult debate to come together.

This vision for a reduced American presence also has the support of Iraqi leaders from all communities. At the same time, they understand that their success will require U.S. political, economic, and security engagement that extends beyond my presidency. These Iraqi leaders have asked for an enduring relationship with America. And we are ready to begin building that relationship -- in a way that protects our interests in the region and requires many fewer American troops.

The success of a free Iraq is critical to the security of the United States. A free Iraq will deny al Qaeda a safe haven. A free Iraq will counter the destructive ambitions of Iran. A free Iraq will marginalize extremists, unleash the talent of its people, and be an anchor of stability in the region. A free Iraq will set an example for people across the Middle East. A free Iraq will be our partner in the fight against terror -- and that will make us safer here at home.

Realizing this vision will be difficult, but it is achievable. Our military commanders believe we can succeed. Our diplomats believe we can succeed. And for the safety of future generations of Americans, we must succeed.

If we were to be driven out of Iraq, extremists of all strains would be emboldened. Al Qaeda could gain new recruits and new sanctuaries. Iran would benefit from the chaos and would be encouraged in its efforts to gain nuclear weapons and dominate the region. Extremists could control a key part of the global energy supply. Iraq could face a humanitarian nightmare. Democracy movements would be violently reversed. We would leave our children to face a far more dangerous world. And as we saw on September the 11th, 2001, those dangers can reach our cities and kill our people.

Whatever political party you belong to, whatever your position on Iraq, we should be able to agree that America has a vital interest in preventing chaos and providing hope in the Middle East. We should be able to agree that we must defeat al Qaeda, counter Iran, help the Afghan government, work for peace in the Holy Land, and strengthen our military so we can prevail in the struggle against terrorists and extremists.

So tonight I want to speak to members of the United States Congress: Let us come together on a policy of strength in the Middle East. I thank you for providing crucial funds and resources for our military. And I ask you to join me in supporting the recommendations General Petraeus has made and the troop levels he has asked for.

To the Iraqi people: You have voted for freedom, and now you are liberating your country from terrorists and death squads. You must demand that your leaders make the tough choices needed to achieve reconciliation. As you do, have confidence that America does not abandon our friends, and we will not abandon you.

To Iraq’s neighbors who seek peace: The violent extremists who target Iraq are also targeting you. The best way to secure your interests and protect your own people is to stand with the people of Iraq. That means using your economic and diplomatic leverage to strengthen the government in Baghdad. And it means the efforts by Iran and Syria to undermine that government must end.

To the international community: The success of a free Iraq matters to every civilized nation. We thank the 36 nations who have troops on the ground in Iraq and the many others who are helping that young democracy. We encourage all nations to help, by implementing the International Compact to revitalize Iraq’s economy, by participating in the Neighbors Conferences to boost cooperation and overcome differences in the region, and by supporting the new and expanded mission of the United Nations in Iraq.

To our military personnel, intelligence officers, diplomats, and civilians on the front lines in Iraq: You have done everything America has asked of you. And the progress I have reported tonight is in large part because of your courage and hard effort. You are serving far from home. Our nation is grateful for your sacrifices, and the sacrifices of your families.

Earlier this year, I received an email from the family of Army Specialist Brandon Stout of Michigan. Brandon volunteered for the National Guard and was killed while serving in Baghdad. His family has suffered greatly. Yet in their sorrow, they see larger purpose. His wife, Audrey, says that Brandon felt called to serve and knew what he was fighting for. And his parents, Tracy and Jeff, wrote me this: “We believe this is a war of good and evil and we must win even if it cost the life of our own son. Freedom is not free.”

This country is blessed to have Americans like Brandon Stout, who make extraordinary sacrifices to keep us safe from harm. They are doing so in a fight that is just, and right, and necessary. And now it falls to us to finish the work they have begun.

Some say the gains we are making in Iraq come too late. They are mistaken. It is never too late to deal a blow to al Qaeda. It is never too late to advance freedom. And it is never too late to support our troops in a fight they can win.

Good night, and God bless America.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; iraq; patraeus; transcript; wot
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1 posted on 09/13/2007 7:33:03 PM PDT by indcons
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To: steveegg

Thanks for posting. This full version is much more useful than the NY Slimes excerpt.


3 posted on 09/13/2007 7:39:25 PM PDT by indcons
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To: steveegg

Excellent speech, we are winning this war. I am surprised that there was no live thread of the President speech tonight on FR!


4 posted on 09/13/2007 7:40:46 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: steveegg

GRAND SPEECH, MR. PRESIDENT. THANK YOU!!!


5 posted on 09/13/2007 7:41:41 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: snugs; mojo114; MNJohnnie; roses of sharon; Jet Jaguar; mylife; advertising guy; shield

Mini ping to the text-of-the-speech thread.


6 posted on 09/13/2007 7:42:09 PM PDT by steveegg (I am John Doe, and a monthly donor)
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To: indcons

Should we ask the Mods to throw the full version up top?


7 posted on 09/13/2007 7:42:44 PM PDT by steveegg (I am John Doe, and a monthly donor)
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To: jveritas

I was surprised as well, but Howlin is no longer at FR to post the live threads


8 posted on 09/13/2007 7:44:14 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: steveegg

in a world that refuses to listen to him

It was nonetheless a good speech

I really believe that frustrated conservatives need to take a hard look at their tepid support as seen in polls

Supporting the president does not limit 08 choices but does frustrate and limit dems arrogance

Bush has defended this nation he should not be left so solitary


9 posted on 09/13/2007 7:48:25 PM PDT by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: jveritas

There was a semi-live thread in the DOSE. Unfortunately, I’m not the fastest typer in the world.


10 posted on 09/13/2007 7:48:30 PM PDT by steveegg (I am John Doe, and a monthly donor)
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To: steveegg
I'm watching the speech again. Here's the link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/09/20070913-2.wm.v.html
11 posted on 09/13/2007 7:56:57 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: indcons
[Text of the President’s Address [on Iraq]] Why do I get the ’ in place of the ' in this title. Am I using a bad character set? How can I change/correct it?
12 posted on 09/13/2007 8:00:13 PM PDT by dbacks (I forgot to pay the rent on my tagline.)
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To: dbacks

Good grief. I can’t even reproduce the strange characters. They are ($ # 8217;)

Gee.


13 posted on 09/13/2007 8:02:14 PM PDT by dbacks (I forgot to pay the rent on my tagline.)
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To: dbacks

LOL...that’s an apostrophe in the original title. For some reason, FR renders them in the form you see here. Guess it has to do with FR’s engine recognizing it as a special character.


14 posted on 09/13/2007 8:04:23 PM PDT by indcons
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To: dbacks
[Text of the President’s Address [on Iraq]] Why do I get the ’ in place of the ' in this title. Am I using a bad character set? How can I change/correct it?

It must have been a function of how the title was copied into FR's system. Best you can do is let the Mods know, though they've already been through this thing once.

15 posted on 09/13/2007 8:05:13 PM PDT by steveegg (I am John Doe, and a monthly donor)
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To: steveegg

Thanks for supplying the text and link, which I copied above.


16 posted on 09/13/2007 8:06:01 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks.


17 posted on 09/13/2007 8:06:54 PM PDT by steveegg (I am John Doe, and a monthly donor)
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To: indcons
I wish President Bush had ended his speech with this quote:

“Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say 'what should be the reward of such sacrifices?' Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”

Samuel Adams.

18 posted on 09/13/2007 8:09:08 PM PDT by Candor7 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baghdad_(1258))
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To: mylife
I was surprised as well, but Howlin is no longer at FR to post the live threads

I was out of the country for a few weeks early in August...did I miss something? Where is Howlin? Why is she no longer here?

19 posted on 09/13/2007 8:09:16 PM PDT by Christian4Bush ("Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." Hold a hearing on that.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Link's still a wee bit screwed up; it goes to the NYT after 2 redirects instead of the WH.

White House link - http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/09/20070913-2.html

20 posted on 09/13/2007 8:09:33 PM PDT by steveegg (I am John Doe, and a monthly donor)
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To: steveegg

I believe that one is back to normal and not covering live events tonite. ;^) (Thanks)


21 posted on 09/13/2007 8:10:39 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Admin Moderator

thx for the heads up


22 posted on 09/13/2007 8:11:32 PM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: steveegg

I messed up. Fixed now, thanks again.


23 posted on 09/13/2007 8:11:40 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: steveegg
This was another excellent speech. The fact is that the surge is working. Everyone who is informed and is not a Democrat admits the surge is working. Irresponsible Democratic criticism of President Bush began with his first election and is not about to quit.

Democrats have no concerns for the facts, the well being of an ally, or our country. Democrats could bring on the defeat of Iraq and Israel, genocide, massive terrorism in the US, and still blame President Bush.

Consider southeast asia. We achieved victory, and peace with honor. Democrats cut funding for South Vietnam and reneged on military commitments. This gave the green light to the communists to resume the war. To this day, John Kerry and others ignore the subsequent murders of millions across Vietnam and Cambodia.

24 posted on 09/13/2007 8:12:01 PM PDT by ChessExpert (Reagan dismantled the Russian empire of 21 conquered nations)
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To: Admin Moderator

It happens. Thanks again; didn’t want us getting in trouble with the NYT’s lawyers thinking we “lifted” the text from them.


25 posted on 09/13/2007 8:13:13 PM PDT by steveegg (I am John Doe, and a monthly donor)
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To: indcons
This full version is much more useful than the NY Slimes excerpt.

I'll make believe I work for the Slimes, as I "excerpt" the last paragraph.

Here's the original:
Some say the gains we are making in Iraq come too late. They are mistaken. It is never too late to deal a blow to al Qaeda. It is never too late to advance freedom. And it is never too late to support our troops in a fight they can win.

And now, the excerpt:
Some say ...the gains we are making in Iraq come too late....They are mistaken. It is...never too late to deal a blow to al Qaeda. It is...nevertoo late to advance freedom. And it is...nevertoo late to support our troops in a fight they can win.

(I'll probably get a job offer from Pinch Sulzberger.)

26 posted on 09/13/2007 8:13:50 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: lonestar67
I really believe that frustrated conservatives need to take a hard look at their tepid support as seen in polls

Supporting the president does not limit 08 choices but does frustrate and limit dems arrogance

Bush has defended this nation he should not be left so solitary.

I learned a lot from Bush. Nothing, not even doing your duty is free in DC.

It would seemingly be blindingly obvious for the President to understand that securing our borders in a time of war is an absolute must.

Doing his constitutional duty to protect the states from invasion and carrying out his oath to protect and defend the United States should be equally obvious.

But Bush refused to do his obvious duties to the country unless we gave him amnesty for his illegals.

Likewise, it would be easy to support Bush, but, having now learned the game from him, I won't support him in any way until he gets cuts me a $10 million tax free check.

Yeah, I'm not holding my breath, and Bush shouldn't hold his breath waiting for conservatives to come back and support him either.

Mostly I'm just anxious for Bush to leave.

27 posted on 09/13/2007 8:34:22 PM PDT by RJL
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To: mylife

What happened to Howlin? I enjoyed his/her posts.


28 posted on 09/13/2007 8:48:04 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: jrooney

I think Howlin was caught up in the Rudy purge.

Dont quote me on that. All I know is Howlin was banned


29 posted on 09/13/2007 8:50:06 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I checked and and she is not currently.


30 posted on 09/13/2007 8:51:25 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: jrooney

Oh good. perhaps I am mistaken.

Its hard to keep up with all the FReepers.


31 posted on 09/13/2007 8:53:11 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I hope so. Howlin was a great freeper. I can think of some Paul supporters that should be banished long before a freeper like Howlin. I hope she comes back.


32 posted on 09/13/2007 8:54:38 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: jrooney

I agree whole heartedly.


33 posted on 09/13/2007 8:55:49 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I missed GW’s speech live, so I am off now to go view it now. Have a good night.


34 posted on 09/13/2007 8:56:41 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: jrooney

G’night


35 posted on 09/13/2007 8:57:54 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: RJL

anxious for bush to leave and Hillary to be in


36 posted on 09/13/2007 9:02:42 PM PDT by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: jrooney

Didn’t the mods of this site recently post something that said in part something to the effect of “FR doesn’t need a bozo filter. Bozo filters are for wimps.”

Does it then make any sense for the admins to boot members? The mods won’t allow members to protect themselves with a “bozo filter”, but are more than happy to take the control away from us and wield the power themselves.

Sounds like the left’s response to the second amendment to me.


37 posted on 09/13/2007 9:15:28 PM PDT by NorthWoody (A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. - Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: lonestar67
“Supporting the president does not limit 08 choices but does frustrate and limit dems arrogance”

Perhaps if he supported conservatives for once, we’d reciprocate.

38 posted on 09/13/2007 9:28:02 PM PDT by Infidel1571
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To: mylife; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; null and void; Larry Lucido; Eric Blair 2084
I wish just once, W would forgo being a gentleman of the old school and say outright, “The Democrat Party has shown they have decided to give active comfort, aid and support to our Islamic terrorist enemies. These Democratic traitors and cowards shall be arrested, tried, hopefully be convicted and executed.

"Once this domestic cabal has been swept away, my Fellow Americans, we can get back to making a nation that will allow and celebrate truth, justice and the American way!"

39 posted on 09/13/2007 9:32:00 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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” “The Democrat Party has shown they have decided to give active comfort, aid and support to our Islamic terrorist enemies. These Democratic traitors and cowards shall be arrested, tried, hopefully be convicted and executed.”

His own Administration gives money to al Fatah.

Be careful what you wish for.

40 posted on 09/13/2007 9:44:46 PM PDT by Infidel1571
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To: Infidel1571

He has certainly supported conservatives more than once.

The willingness to suggest otherwise is typical of the petulance I often complain about.

The division not just among democrats but conservatives as heroes fight overseas is astounding.

I hope you get what you want.

I deeply admire President Bush.


41 posted on 09/14/2007 4:03:38 AM PDT by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: indcons

God bless you Dubya, and may he always bless America, even though way too many Americans seem unworthy of such blessing, and even of fine gentlemen like you beginning with DNC and ending with “real” conservatives who are the best allies Hitlery can think of.

They’ll wake up only when a concentration camp will be the venue for their isolationist/ultra-libertarian rants and delusions.

Pray for victory, pray for America


42 posted on 09/14/2007 6:57:09 AM PDT by fabrizio (God bless President Bush.)
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To: fabrizio

I just wish the President would fight as hard against the second front that is trying to destroy this country as he is against Al Quedat

The left-wing socialist Democrat party and their allies in the print and TV media have had almost 8 years of unanswered attacks against this country and the President.

We have lost the 2nd front because the President refused to fight back.

I still have hopes for a Godfather I ending where the President takes care of all his enemies-—not literally kill them but destroy them politically.

I have been griping about this for years and the only respone I get from the Repubs is to be asked over and over for donations.

I will send you money only when you fight back at least twice as viciously as the attacks upon you Mr President.

We are at war for the heart and soul of this country and your have refused to fight back——sad....

I can promise you a President Thompson wont play that S&&T. Neither would a President or Vice President Huckaby....

We cant win the war in Iraq if we lose the war here-—and we are losing it because our Republican leaders refuse to fight...


43 posted on 09/14/2007 7:36:14 AM PDT by wwind3
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To: lonestar67
“He has certainly supported conservatives more than once.”

When did he do this? When he massively expanded government or when he sides with Mexico against his own country? How about when he gives our money away overseas to lovely people like Fatah?

“The willingness to suggest otherwise is typical of the petulance I often complain about.”

You don’t think “see you at the bill signing” and his immediate withdraw of the Guard when he didn’t get his way is “petulant”?

“The division not just among democrats but conservatives as heroes fight overseas is astounding.”

We owe it to those fighting to hold the home front. The President wants to give it away.

44 posted on 09/14/2007 7:37:38 AM PDT by Infidel1571
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To: wwind3
I hear you. But this man has done more than being just another Republican president. This man had to restore decency in the White House. There are some retaliations that simply aren't up to the President to take care of. He has to lead, and mostly by example.

We will understand Dubya's perfectly constitutional style only decades from now. We will miss him dearly one day, believe me. 20 years from now you'll see, maybe sooner than that.

Remember, America is a free Republic, not a monarchy. It was up to the CONGRESS, the Republican Congress to repeal and crush Dhimmicrat arrogance. But the Republican Congress has been an embarassment to conservatives. They have failed to build a missile-proof fortress around the President and the Armed Forces. I understand and accept that some may not agree with GWB on everything, but on this point (and on many others, but let's not digress) they have utterly failed and out of pure fear of the media, conformism and career hopes. They have never trusted Dubya, they have bought into MSM's BS since the beginning and they were ready to lose in 2004 if it wasn't for GWB, the only man to spit on "polls" and "focus groups" and traitorous headlines and to trust the American people and the Armed Forces.

But...who elected them? Congress is the key now, folks. Even George Washington would seem disappointing today, surrounded by those bureaucrats instead of the Founding Fathers. Time for the people to get more involved in the selection process.

Trust America, pray hard for the President and the troops.

45 posted on 09/14/2007 8:04:53 AM PDT by fabrizio
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To: Infidel1571

welcome to Free Republic.


46 posted on 09/14/2007 8:20:07 AM PDT by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: indcons

Bump


47 posted on 09/14/2007 9:17:55 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: NorthWoody

You’d better watch what you say, citizen.


48 posted on 09/14/2007 9:20:39 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep
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To: fabrizio

You speak the truth but if I’m in a street fight I dont wanta look around and see that Trent Lott has my back :)

President needs to destroy those that are trying to destroy him and the country. It wont matter in 20 years if he was a statesman and above the fray if we are France Jr...or Little Mexico, of a suburb of Red China. Either he goes to war and protects this country against enemies—foreign AND domestic or there will be another President Clinton in the White House and a Congress even more Democrat.

Conservatives have HAD IT with the failure to fight back-—they stayed home in 06 and will do so again in 08. If the eggheads in power dont get this they deserve to lose.

They really need to bring in real people to offer them advice—even if they dont follow it-—I’m tired of them talking to each other. And every time we offer suggestions we get form emails back asking for money.

If there are any suits reading this from the RNC or the White House-—you better take off the gloves and get in the fight. Or we will sit the next election out——we have had it.

I renew my offer to help you anyway I can-—you guys need to talk to us not over us and quit thinking you have all the answers-—it is obvious you do not.

To show you what I mean-—please observe this
1) 90% of the people in the USA dont know who Harry Reid is—they damn sure dont know he is a DEMOCRAT—so when you refer to him from now on he is DEMOCRAT Senator Harry Reid—the Senate Majority leader—the most poereful man in the Senate.
2) Nancy Pelosi is NOT “my good friend on the other side of the aisle” or “my colleague on the left”. She is the DEMOCRAT Speaker of the House from San Francisco—and 3rd in line for the Presidency. 90% of the USA dont know who she is either.
3) Hell-—half the USA doesnt know who the Vice President is-—quit thinking the people you are trying to reach have any political knowledge-—they dont. They sure as hell dont know what “my good friend on the other side of the aisle means”—you may as well be speaking Martian to 90% of the people in the country. C’mon guys-—use your heads...

And for God’s sake——bring in some real people for consultation. What you are doing now is NOT working-—talk about insanity! I thing you guys are trying to lose. You are damn sure taking a pocketknife to a gunfight. Get in the game.


49 posted on 09/14/2007 9:50:58 AM PDT by wwind3
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Just an observation: I remember times past when a speech by President Bush would be followed by swarms of supportive posts on FR. That this speech got so little attention on FR speaks louder than most liberal leaning sites.

Now, an opinion: The speech set the tone for the next General Elections. The elections for president and congress will revolve around a single issue. Do voters want to commit troops and budgetary outlays to hostile activities in Iraq for what could be decades? This is not comparable to Korea where a truce exists.

Two presidents in the recent past won with a promise to bring our troops home, Eisenhower in 1952 and Nixon in 1968. I expect we will see a third elected in 2008. Both carried with them increased numbers of their party to Congress.

As to the speech itself, I very much dislike having Al Qaeda thrown in our faces knowing full well the terrorist organization is enjoying relative safety behind the deceptive alliance President Bush made Pakistan. Yes, there is now a slew of Al Qaeda in Iraq, and the ill advised alliance with Pakistan, where the Al Qaeda terrorists are trained is the root problem. Iraq is where the problem manifests itself, but it could be anywhere so long as the core organization is allowed to flourish. Treat the cold, not the symptoms.

50 posted on 09/14/2007 1:49:03 PM PDT by backtothestreets (My bologna has a first name, it's J-O-R-G-E)
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