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John Edwards Claims He 'Calmed' Pakistan; NBC's Gregory Unfazed
newsbusters ^ | Jan 3, 2008 | Rich Noyes

Posted on 01/03/2008 2:34:42 PM PST by RDTF

On this morning’s Today show, NBC’s David Gregory challenged Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards about his vote for the Iraq war, his relative lack of experience, and his divisive us-vs-them rhetoric. But Gregory had absolutely no reaction when Edwards grandly claimed that his phone call to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in the hours after the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto “was a calming influence” that helped stabilize an “international crisis” and was proof he is “ready for the Presidency.”

“We just had this, this international crisis in Pakistan that is still ongoing. And my response to that was to speak directly to President Musharraf, to urge him to do a series of things that would move the country toward democracy, that would allow international inspectors into the country and to proceed with the elections in an open, fair, verifiable and secure way. And I believe was a calming influence in a very volatile situation.”

Does Edwards really think that in the turmoil following Bhutto’s killing his phone call was of any consequence whatsoever? Or is this just another display of Edwards’ knack for grotesque overstatement, as when in 2004 he claimed that “when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.”

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1 posted on 01/03/2008 2:34:45 PM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

breathtaking ignorance.....lol


2 posted on 01/03/2008 2:37:06 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: RDTF

BWAHAHAHA!!!! And Hillary claimed that she went on secret missions during her time in the WH!!! These people live in fantasyland! Next thing you know one of the Dems will be claiming that they were with John Kerry in Cambodia on Christmas!


3 posted on 01/03/2008 2:37:11 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: RDTF

Edwards was probably fooled by some morning-drive radio deejay who called him up and pretended to be Musharraf.


4 posted on 01/03/2008 2:37:57 PM PST by Azzurri
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To: RDTF

I am sure that pretty boy believes this. But, it proves he’s dillusional and not at all up to being leader of the free world.


5 posted on 01/03/2008 2:38:06 PM PST by Swanks
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To: RDTF

Silky Pony to the rescue!


6 posted on 01/03/2008 2:38:32 PM PST by mojito
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To: RDTF

Do the politicos and the MSM REALLY believe we are that stupid? (Rhetorical quetion). /SARC


7 posted on 01/03/2008 2:38:43 PM PST by dadgum (Jesus, The Christ, will return soon. Are you ready?)
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To: RDTF

Great, now seedy trial lawyers are trying to run our foreign policy. Go stare at yourself in a mirror Silky and let the real politicians do their jobs.


8 posted on 01/03/2008 2:39:33 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: dadgum

Pssst...”queStion”...


9 posted on 01/03/2008 2:39:38 PM PST by dadgum (Jesus, The Christ, will return soon. Are you ready?)
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To: RDTF

one lefty gargling another lefty’s bathwater...


10 posted on 01/03/2008 2:40:43 PM PST by quark
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To: penelopesire

I’m really sorry I missed this - would have a hysterical start to my day


11 posted on 01/03/2008 2:40:44 PM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF
I think most the violence occurred a day after the assassination so I think his phone call made it worse.
12 posted on 01/03/2008 2:41:03 PM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: RDTF

Looks like he’s caught the ClintonPox. Hillary is a known carrier...


13 posted on 01/03/2008 2:42:00 PM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: Azzurri
Edwards was probably fooled by some morning-drive radio deejay who called him up and pretended to be Musharraf.

Upon which the caller ended the call by loudly proclaiming, "HOWARD STERN'S PENIS!! HOWARD STERN'S PENIS!!"
14 posted on 01/03/2008 2:43:01 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: RDTF

Edwards made his hay by bedazzling jurors having double-digit IQs. In this run, he is clearly pandering to those with double-digit IQs and is betting that there are more of those than there are people with triple-digit IQs. The scary part is that he might be right.


15 posted on 01/03/2008 2:43:25 PM PST by KevinB
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To: RDTF

Edwards went on to say, “I told Musharraf to sue the manufacturer of Bhutto’s limousine and to sue the fabricator which reinforced the skin to bulletproof grade steel. There is certainly a great deal of neglect for a company to create a assassin-proof vehicle and then to add a sun roof. It just boggles the mind.” “ We agreed that the gun manufacturere should also be sued and the manufacturer of the backpack the bomber used should face punishment for their neglect in making a product capable of concealing a bomb. In all, Musharraf understands our concern and sees the value in continuing to proceed toward an American style of justice.”


16 posted on 01/03/2008 2:43:47 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: DoughtyOne

has he channeled any dead children lately?


17 posted on 01/03/2008 2:44:09 PM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF
And I believe was a calming influence in a very volatile situation.”

Oh boy, this is one of the funniest things posted recently. Silk Pony actually believing he had an effect in world affairs. My opinion of Musharraf just took a huge nosedive that he even wasted time taking a phone call from this ambulance chasing idiot!

18 posted on 01/03/2008 2:44:59 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: Azzurri

But lawyer Edwards can get through!

Musharraf’s brother living here: ‘It’s a tragedy’ :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/716517,CST-NWS-brother28.article

Dr. Musharraf, 60, said he might try to telephone his brother, “but I doubt I can reach him because of the emergency.”


19 posted on 01/03/2008 2:45:50 PM PST by DUMBGRUNT (Life is Good!)
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To: RDTF

Who dos he think he is, Jesse Jackson? It has that quality.


20 posted on 01/03/2008 2:46:02 PM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: oneamericanvoice

These clowns don’t live in fantasy land. However they do know that the average democrat voter does !


21 posted on 01/03/2008 2:46:05 PM PST by Reily
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To: RDTF

Edwards, go over these and make say this.


22 posted on 01/03/2008 2:46:10 PM PST by bmwcyle (BOMB, BOMB, BOMB,.......BOMB, BOMB IRAN)
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To: RDTF

At least u found it and we can end the day with a good laugh....LOL


23 posted on 01/03/2008 2:46:23 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: RDTF
I don’t know. Jimmy Carter seems to have become agitated. Perhaps he’s been channeling the child trapped in that dunces body.
24 posted on 01/03/2008 2:47:15 PM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: RDTF

Edwards needs to learn the difference between bored and calm. I know bored people tend to behave in a fairly calm manner, but the give away is 5 minutes later when they fall asleep.


25 posted on 01/03/2008 2:47:33 PM PST by discostu (a mountain is something you don't want to %^&* with)
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To: RDTF

The”BRECK” girl is suffering from delusions of grandeur as is his leftist media cohort Gregory!!


26 posted on 01/03/2008 2:48:26 PM PST by PISANO
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To: RDTF

Right and Kerry was a war hero.


27 posted on 01/03/2008 2:49:45 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: RDTF

He probably called to claim Bhutto slipped and fell and that he was filing suit...


28 posted on 01/03/2008 2:49:57 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Abolish the CIA, give the job to the Free Clinic who know how to stop leaks.)
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To: RDTF

Yeah, and he invented the internet too.


29 posted on 01/03/2008 2:51:00 PM PST by keepitreal
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To: RDTF

Kucinich sees aliens.

Obama has vision.

Hillary will give us health care.

Edwards just saved the world.

What’s the problem? Aren’t all these things true?


30 posted on 01/03/2008 2:51:27 PM PST by samtheman (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: penelopesire
Edwards grandly claimed that his phone call to Pakistani President .... “was a calming influence” that helped stabilize an “international crisis” and was proof he is “ready for the Presidency.”

Yea..and AlGore invented the Internet ...an was proof he was ready for the Presidency.What a lunatic!
31 posted on 01/03/2008 2:54:30 PM PST by SeeSalt
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To: RDTF

At least Edwards dressed well for the photo-op: http://www.freaksuncensored.com/Schlizie_the_Pinhead_as_movie_actor.jpg


32 posted on 01/03/2008 2:54:40 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: RDTF

His lack of understanding of the situation in Pakistan is astonishing. We don’t need to ‘calm’ Musharraf’; we need to keep him alive! Does he realize how close AQ may be to getting its hands on Pakistans nuclear arsenal?


33 posted on 01/03/2008 2:54:47 PM PST by Spok
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To: RDTF

Musharraf was probably really ticked he had a parade of bloviating RAT Party jackasses trying to gain politically at the expense of his time and patience.


34 posted on 01/03/2008 2:58:01 PM PST by rod1
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O. M. G.
35 posted on 01/03/2008 3:00:07 PM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: RDTF
"...Edwards grandly claimed that his phone call to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in the hours after the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto “was a calming influence” that helped stabilize an “international crisis”

Swapping beauty tips can calm the nerves.

36 posted on 01/03/2008 3:01:05 PM PST by avacado
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To: RDTF

What was Edwards - a private citizen - doing calling Musharraf in the first place?


37 posted on 01/03/2008 3:04:46 PM PST by Steve_Seattle (|)
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To: Reily

“These clowns don’t live in fantasy land. However they do know that the average democrat voter does !”

The Dem voter has to be led along the moonbeam path by those who have gone before! They are all living in fantasy!


38 posted on 01/03/2008 3:05:30 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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Dr. Musharraf, 60, said he might try to telephone his brother, “but I doubt I can reach him because of the emergency.”

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President Bush was late making a formal statement after the assassination of Bhutto, and being late for a press meeting is rare for him. He also looked very angry when he read his brief statement.

I wonder if
a) Musharref gave Bush an earful about American wannabees bothering him on such a terrible day

or

b) Musharref delayed taking Bush’s call, after being forced to speak to Silky.

39 posted on 01/03/2008 3:08:44 PM PST by maica (Leftists have faith in government; conservatives believe in people as individuals. Romney '08)
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To: RDTF

Thanks for posting- I was sorely in need of comic relief today:)


40 posted on 01/03/2008 3:11:00 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SeeSalt; All

41 posted on 01/03/2008 3:12:14 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: RDTF

Musharref was probably bored to tears and just sounded “calm.”


42 posted on 01/03/2008 3:12:37 PM PST by Hoffer Rand
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To: RDTF

A fitting quote to sum up Edwards......

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)


43 posted on 01/03/2008 3:14:17 PM PST by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: Hoffer Rand

Musharref probably had to stifle a snicker with his hand.


44 posted on 01/03/2008 3:15:53 PM PST by digger48
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To: Hoffer Rand

Musharraf would not waste his time speaking with Edwards.
Musharraf is facing a real crisis, why would he want the advise of an Ambulance Chaser?


45 posted on 01/03/2008 3:16:41 PM PST by Mojohemi
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To: RDTF
He helped de-tangle the situation.


46 posted on 01/03/2008 3:16:56 PM PST by pogo101
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To: RDTF

Edwards is apparently unaware that Obama’s threat to nuke Pakistan did more to calm Mushy than Edwards’ offer to sue the driver of the SUV.


47 posted on 01/03/2008 3:17:04 PM PST by RightWhale (Dean Koonz is good, but my favorite authors are Dun and Bradstreet)
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To: RDTF

Who knows, maybe he did calm the situation. Musharref must have gotten a good laugh out of this phone call, and maybe it put him in a better mood for the rest of the day.


48 posted on 01/03/2008 3:18:43 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: RDTF

bump


49 posted on 01/03/2008 3:18:48 PM PST by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Mojohemi

Oh, I agree. Why would Musharraf want or need the opinion of a private citizen of another country? Don’t you love the smell of desperation on caucus morning? Edwards is truly irrelevance on parade.


50 posted on 01/03/2008 3:20:00 PM PST by Hoffer Rand
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