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Thompson sees 'bigger picture' in Bhutto slaying-'This is a war, a clash of civilizations
Worldnetdaily ^ | December 27, 2007 | Jerome R. Corsi

Posted on 12/27/2007 11:35:07 AM PST by SJackson

Reacting to the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson told WND, "This is a war, a clash of civilizations." Thompson, commenting at the FAIR talk radio row in Des Moines, Iowa, said he suspected al-Qaida was responsible for the attack.

"The chance that a secular woman had a possibility of ascending to power in Pakistan drove the more radical Islamic elements in the country to violence," Thompson said.

The former Tennessee senator said the Bhutto assassination was "part of a much larger picture."

"This is an international war we are engaged in," he emphasized. "Bhutto's assassination is not a law enforcement matter. This is a global conflict, and al-Qaida wants to bring Western civilization to its knees."

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KEYWORDS: bhutto; clashofcivilizations; fredthompson; pakistan
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1 posted on 12/27/2007 11:35:10 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Too bad Fred waited until this week to start running for President.


2 posted on 12/27/2007 11:38:25 AM PST by counterpunch (ABH - Anybody But Huckabee)
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To: SJackson

Fred sees the BIG PICTURE!!

Go Fred!!!!!!


3 posted on 12/27/2007 11:38:26 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: SJackson

BUMP BUMP BUMP


4 posted on 12/27/2007 11:38:48 AM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: counterpunch

Better late than never.


5 posted on 12/27/2007 11:39:06 AM PST by amordei
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To: Grampa Dave
This is an international war we are engaged in
Fred D Thompson

WW-IV

6 posted on 12/27/2007 11:39:09 AM PST by ASA Vet
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To: ASA Vet

Exactly. This is a consistent conservative who gets the fight we’re in.


7 posted on 12/27/2007 11:40:17 AM PST by amordei
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To: SJackson

-—”The chance that a secular woman had a possibility of ascending to power in Pakistan drove the more radical Islamic elements in the country to violence,” Thompson said.-—

You can’t get anything past Fred!


8 posted on 12/27/2007 11:40:30 AM PST by claudiustg (You know it. I know it. I'm optimittstic!)
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To: counterpunch

Yeah, you’re right, he should get his Elmer Fuddabee costume on and get serious. /s


9 posted on 12/27/2007 11:41:39 AM PST by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: SJackson

FRed is peaking at the right time. He’s going to surprise a lot of doubters. The same ‘he entered late’ was leveled at Reagan and Clinton, and both won.


10 posted on 12/27/2007 11:41:51 AM PST by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Fourth Century)
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To: SJackson
a clash of civilizations

The World Net Daily got this wrong. Thompson said this is a war betwenn Al Qaeda and Western Civilization. Al Qaeda is no civilization. It's a clash betwenn barbaric nihilism and civilization.

11 posted on 12/27/2007 11:41:52 AM PST by SolidWood (Al Gore: "I have never heard of this, but I think it is a very good idea,")
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To: SJackson

“The chance that a secular woman had a possibility of ascending to power in Pakistan drove the more radical Islamic elements in the country to violence”

There was no violence at all before Bhutto went back, obviously!


12 posted on 12/27/2007 11:42:47 AM PST by UKTory
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To: SJackson
"This is an international war we are engaged in," he emphasized. "Bhutto's assassination is not a law enforcement matter. This is a global conflict, and al-Qaida wants to bring Western civilization to its knees."

Thank God somebody gets it.

13 posted on 12/27/2007 11:43:12 AM PST by wmfights (LUKE 9:49-50 , MARK 9:38-41)
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To: counterpunch

Nothing wrong with waiting. A 3 year presidential campaign is a load of crap.
It don’t take 2 years to speak common sense. It may take the other candidates 2 years to convince people their BS is the gospel truth and explain why they had a diferent position a couple years ago.

Fred gets the big picture. Says what needs to be said because it is what he believes.

Go Fred Go!!! Momentum is going your way fast!


14 posted on 12/27/2007 11:43:46 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: SJackson

Best statement I’ve heard from any of the wannabes yet.


15 posted on 12/27/2007 11:44:21 AM PST by Antoninus (Republicans who support Rudy owe Bill Clinton an apology.)
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To: SJackson
Please let it be Fred, please let it be Fred, please let it be Fred.

I like Hunter also, but he's not going to make it. The rest of the candidates, GOP and the Democrats alike, are not cut out for this clash of civilizations.

Flame away, but I think Rudy is the next best major candidate to be able to throw down. I saw his work first hand in NYC and the turnaround was remarkable. That being said, please let it be Fred, please let it be Fred,

16 posted on 12/27/2007 11:44:52 AM PST by MattinNJ (I'm pulling for Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter-...but I'd vote for Rudy against Hillary)
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To: SJackson
Bhutto's assassination is not a law enforcement matter.

In spite of the fact that you get it, Fred, you can be sure that State Dept. will get the FBI right on this, they can assemble a list of Islamofacist radicals that had nothing to do with this so the DemoRats can insist that we leave them alone.

17 posted on 12/27/2007 11:46:33 AM PST by Navy Patriot (The hyphen American with the loudest whine gets the grease.)
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To: MattinNJ

Pretty please.


18 posted on 12/27/2007 11:49:27 AM PST by amordei
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To: SJackson

Fred had the best comments of all the Presidential hopefuls.

We need Fred.

[entire text of Fox News interview]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/1944826/posts


19 posted on 12/27/2007 11:50:41 AM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Fred D. Thompson / Consistent Conservative...The One with Gravitas)
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To: jellybean; Politicalmom

Fred said ping!


20 posted on 12/27/2007 11:52:33 AM PST by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: counterpunch

I guess yesterday’s big announcement was his request for $248,000 to run his TV ad by tomorrow, well he is up to just under half of that right now so maybe this event today will jump-start that lil’ red P/U again.


21 posted on 12/27/2007 11:54:28 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Route66

Here’s the video:

http://fredthompsonnews.blogspot.com/2007/12/fred-thompson-talks-to-fox-news-about.html


22 posted on 12/27/2007 11:55:18 AM PST by amordei
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To: SJackson

And to think World Net Daily puts this out long before anyone else and very long before the MSM will follow suit...


23 posted on 12/27/2007 11:55:54 AM PST by Rudder
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To: Antoninus
Best statement I’ve heard from any of the wannabes yet.

And 100 times better than that idiot Richardson who says we (WE!) should "force" Musharref out of power. He's channeling that old fool Jimmah.

24 posted on 12/27/2007 11:56:08 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: wmfights

What was the deal with Huckabee coming out and apologizing for the attack?

Does he knee jerk blame America first?!

More and more like Jimmah Carter.


25 posted on 12/27/2007 11:57:35 AM PST by TheThirdRuffian
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To: SJackson

[Bhutto’s assassination is not a law enforcement matter]

I’m glad to hear him make that statement, as much as I admire President Bush, I getting weary of his rhetoric...”They will be brought to justice”.

I can’t remember any world conflict where the goal was to bring the enemy to justice, the goal was to DEFEAT or ANNILIATE them.


26 posted on 12/27/2007 11:57:57 AM PST by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: counterpunch
Too bad Fred waited until this week to start running for President.

It's called "keeping your powder dry." The real games have yet to begin, let the others peak too soon.

27 posted on 12/27/2007 11:58:49 AM PST by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: MattinNJ

“Flame away, but I think Rudy is the next best major candidate to be able to throw down.”

Consider yourself flamed big time.

Kisses and hugs never the less.


28 posted on 12/27/2007 12:00:18 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: SJackson
Fred is a consistent, committed conservative. As such he has a correct world vision. Something very lacking in some of the other candidates.




U.S. Army Retired


29 posted on 12/27/2007 12:00:47 PM PST by big'ol_freeper (Mitt to supporters: "DON'T TRY TO DEFEND MY LIBERAL RECORD. BELITTLE THEM WITH PERSONAL ATTACKS")
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To: SJackson

Politicians don’t like to see political assassinations and they get their boilerplate out when required to comment.


30 posted on 12/27/2007 12:01:10 PM PST by RightWhale (Dean Koonz is good, but my favorite authors are Dun and Bradstreet)
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To: claudiustg
You can’t get anything past Fred!

That's part of the problem. Fred it absolutely right but Fred tends to be slow to "observe the obvious". Most of us, if we'd given any thought to Bhutto's return to Pakistan would have admitted that a secular woman as Prime Minister of a Muslim Nation would drive the radicals insane with jealousy and indignation. Unfortunately, it is also one of the benefits of 20/20 hindsight.

The biggest attraction that Fred has is that he's one of the few candidates for national office that can see that we're in a global clash of cultures. Several of the Republican candidates and ALL of the Democrat candidates still can't see where they were wrong on the issue of Open Borders and Amnesty for Illegal Aliens.

I'm afraid it will take another event like 911 but "squared" to get and hold the attention of our nation. Somewhere around half of this country now thinks the Global War on Terrorism was contrived by GWB. Such stupidity is truly frightening.

31 posted on 12/27/2007 12:03:37 PM PST by Friend_from_the_Frozen_North (If you are, as Rush would say, "A Glittering Jewel of Colossal Ignorance" don't waste my time...)
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To: SJackson

Bravo Fred!


32 posted on 12/27/2007 12:04:34 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: dfwgator
It's called "keeping your powder dry." The real games have yet to begin, let the others peak too soon.
Fred has one week to turn the polls upside down. I think he waited so long keeping his powder dry, he may not have enough time left to load.
33 posted on 12/27/2007 12:05:40 PM PST by counterpunch (ABH - Anybody But Huckabee)
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To: Route66

How...realy how, after reading/listening to Thompson’s reaction to Bhutto’s assasination can ANY of you think that he is the best man for the job. His ambiguous, uninspiring comments leads one to believe that he has a less than complete understanding of what is going on in this area and the implications that it holds for the international commnity at large. Just because he played roles of leaders on TV does not equate to real world executive experience.


34 posted on 12/27/2007 12:06:48 PM PST by zimfam007 (America is not at war, our Armed Forces are...America is at the mall!)
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To: SJackson

Fred who?


35 posted on 12/27/2007 12:08:58 PM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: SJackson

FRED THOMPSON is the best person to lead this country. He is a true conservative and has been his entire life. All one has to do is check his record to see this.

During my time in the Army as an Intelligence Analyst, I served under both Presidents Carter and Reagan (as my commanders in chief). Without argument, President Reagan was the best commander-in-chief a military person could ever have served under. Fred Thompson possesses the same qualities and vision as President Reagan in that he is strong on national defense and sees a dire need to secure our borders and control immigration.

I can think of no better person to lead this country and fix the problems we have. He is the only candidate from either party who has specific and detailed plans on border security and immigration reform; revitalization of America’s armed forces; saving and protecting Social Security; and tax relief and economic growth. These are detailed on his Web site at www.fred08.com . I challenge you to find any other candidate who has laid out specific plans to fix anything.

Fred Thompson has published his first principles, some of which are mentioned above. In addition to those, he strongly believes in individual liberty, personal responsibility, limited government, federalism, traditional American values, the rule of law and is a strong proponent of the Second Amendment — all concepts established during the birth of our country and documented in our Constitution.

Again, try to find any candidate who has laid out their plans to “fix” this country. You will find they all speak in vague and abstract terms on their plans.

For those who have heard Fred Thompson speak, you will usually hear him say that the Fred Thompson you see today is the same Fred Thompson you saw yesterday and is the same Fred Thompson you will see tomorrow. He stands by his principles and values and doesn’t shift his positions based on polls or public opinion; in other words, he doesn’t say what the voters want to hear just to get elected, but remains steadfast on his views and convictions.

During his time in the Senate he focused on three areas: to lower taxes, strengthen national security and expose waste in the federal government. Fred Thompson has foreign policy experience, having served as member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Intelligence committees.

As chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, he opened the investigation in 1997 on the Chinese government’s attempt to influence American policies and elections, and this investigation identified connections with the Clinton administration (documented in the committee’s report).

As a member of the Finance Committee, he worked tirelessly to enact three major tax-cut bills. Fred Thompson remains steadfast and even though a person may not agree with all his views and he understands some may disagree with him, you can count on him to be consistent and unwavering.

Don’t be fooled by his laid back approach and what critics call his “laziness.” As a former assistant U.S. attorney, he earned a reputation as a tough prosecutor and he possesses the toughness this country needs in order to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s issues.

I ask that you take a hard look at what this country needs, then take a hard look at all the other candidates’ views, policies, their records and their track record on consistency. Fred Thompson possesses integrity, loyalty, commitment, energy and decisiveness, all traits of an effective leader, and will emerge as the best person to take this country boldly forward.

Please help Fred win in Iowa:
https://www.fred08.com/contribute.aspx?RefererID=c637caaa-315c-4b4c-9967-08d864cd0791


36 posted on 12/27/2007 12:09:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: SJackson

If Thompson is right about the ‘who’ this is a great response.

If, however, he’s wrong...


37 posted on 12/27/2007 12:10:18 PM PST by Badeye (The two “no” votes were cast by Ron Paul and leftwing nut Dennis Kucinich.)
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To: counterpunch

Same thought here.


38 posted on 12/27/2007 12:10:40 PM PST by Badeye (The two “no” votes were cast by Ron Paul and leftwing nut Dennis Kucinich.)
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To: zimfam007
How...realy how, after reading/listening to Thompson’s reaction to Bhutto’s assasination can ANY of you think that he is the best man for the job. His ambiguous, uninspiring comments leads one to believe that he has a less than complete understanding of what is going on in this area and the implications that it holds for the international commnity at large. Just because he played roles of leaders on TV does not equate to real world executive experience.

Huh?

39 posted on 12/27/2007 12:10:44 PM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Fred D. Thompson / Consistent Conservative...The One with Gravitas)
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To: SJackson

No, it was ISI that killed her. They are the drug runners within Pak...and wanted her out of the way. That’s been confirmed from others within ISI...


40 posted on 12/27/2007 12:11:05 PM PST 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: SJackson

No, it was ISI that killed her. They are the drug runners within Pak...and wanted her out of the way. That’s been confirmed from others within ISI...


41 posted on 12/27/2007 12:11:10 PM PST 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: SJackson
Dear Heavenly Father

I offer up this prayer that in all of your infinite wisdom and it be your will that you give Fred Thompson's presidential campaign a gentle nudge in this time of war, rumors of wars,violence and Christianity under attack

open up the weakened and hardened hearts of voters who have turned away from your teachings with enough common sense to see the peril that surrounds us and the need for a strong American leader

Amen.

42 posted on 12/27/2007 12:13:15 PM PST by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: zimfam007
How...realy how, after reading/listening to Thompson’s reaction to Bhutto’s assasination can ANY of you think that he is the best man for the job.

Let's see...first off, he didn't apologize for the assassination, like the Huckster. Second, he understands that we are in a war - unlike all the Dems and several of the Pubbies (who give it lip service) and Ron Paul (who is a nut). He understands that part of the war is the battle to control our borders (scratch Rudy, McCain and Huckabee), and he's got a great grasp of (and experience in) foreign affairs (scratch Mitt - who can also be scratched because he is constantly changing his positions, and Hillary will call him on it). So who's left standing, Duncan Hunter? Don't get me wrong, I'd choose Hunter in a second, but he has no money and an approval rating under 5% - so he has no chance.

43 posted on 12/27/2007 12:14:23 PM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: counterpunch
Too bad Fred waited until this week to start running for President.

It's a lie.

44 posted on 12/27/2007 12:14:45 PM PST by Petronski (Willard Myth Romney: 47% negatives)
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To: ASA Vet

Nope. WWIII


45 posted on 12/27/2007 12:15:36 PM PST by Petronski (Willard Myth Romney: 47% negatives)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
What was the deal with Huckabee coming out and apologizing for the attack?

Does he knee jerk blame America first?!

More and more like Jimmah Carter.

I hope that this stupid, Carteresque (/redundancy) statement is the beginning of the end of Huckabee. I really want to see Fred jam this one up Gomer's rump.

46 posted on 12/27/2007 12:16:21 PM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: zimfam007
Just because he played roles of leaders on TV does not equate to real world executive experience.

Fred's title, "U.S. Senator from the State of Tennessee" was not a courtesy title from a television show or a movie script - it is was courtesy of 12 years in the United States Senate (and the experience that went with it).

Fred does have his problems but then, so do most of the rest of the Republican Pack of Presidential Candidates. Fred's shortcomings are, I think, more of perception on the part of the voting public - us - we who have and will vote, than a factor of his lack of experience.

Just my opinion, mind and certainly one that Fred (or more specifically, his campaign staff) would do well to pay attention to (because I don't think I'm alone in my uncertainty regarding Fred's Drive and Determination).

47 posted on 12/27/2007 12:19:32 PM PST by Friend_from_the_Frozen_North (If you are, as Rush would say, "A Glittering Jewel of Colossal Ignorance" don't waste my time...)
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To: claudiustg
“There’s no question that the violence that we see throughout the world is violence that is not limited to … Iraq and Afghanistan, but is more global in nature.” --Slick Willard

So, violence throughout the world is global?

Wow.

That's deep.

48 posted on 12/27/2007 12:22:36 PM PST by Petronski (Willard Myth Romney: 47% negatives)
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To: SJackson

I can only see logically that if the Islamic rest of the world saw the most powerful nation on earth with a female President then would that point out that AQ would deeply intensify attacks upon the US? To go all out? to go through years of careful planning just to deliver a doomsday attack be it as little or much grander than a single or multiple nuclear bombing? Or combination of weapons like bioterror, suicide, hijackings all at the same time?

So lets allow Clinton to be President, at least the enemy will get closer and we will be saving fuel.

My off the wall rant for the day.


49 posted on 12/27/2007 12:23:13 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: counterpunch

Well, why don’t you help Fred? I sent him a check last week.


50 posted on 12/27/2007 12:23:36 PM PST by sruleoflaw
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