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Bush OKs supplying arms to Kosovo
AFP ^ | March 19, 2008

Posted on 03/19/2008 4:08:36 PM PDT by joan

WASHINGTON (AFP) — President George W. Bush authorized Wednesday supplying Kosovo with weapons, signaling the establishment of government-to-government relations after recognizing its independence, the White House said.

In a memo to the State Department made public by the White House, Bush said: "I hereby find that the furnishing of defense articles and defense services to Kosovo will strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace."

A senior official said the authorization followed US recognition of Kosovo's independence and was part of the normal process of establishing relations with a new government.

In a comment apparently meant to allay concerns from Serbia and its ally Russia, the official stressed the military restrictions imposed on Kosovo under a plan by former UN special envoy for Kosovo Martti Ahtisaari.

Under the Ahtisaari plan, which is the basis for Kosovo's supervised independence, Kosovo is allowed a lightly armed 2,500-person security force under NATO oversight and training.

Kosovo, an Albanian-dominated Serbian province under UN administration since 1999, unilaterally declared its independence on February 17. The United States recognized it on March 18, despite strong opposition from Serbia and Russia.

The US official, who asked not to be identified, said the US weapons deliveries were preparing the ground for the future, adding that the United States had struck similar relations with other countries in the region.

Furthermore, the official said, provisions of defense equipment and services would be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The official said that providing military equipment to Kosovo would improve security relations and engagement with Kosovo, promote security and stability throughout the Balkans, improve Kosovo's capacity to take part in peacekeeping activities, to detect, deter and defeat terrorists, and to deal with humanitarian emergencies.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; armsbuildup; bush; bushkosovo; clintonswar; corruptbush; dhimmitude; islamofascists; jihad; kosovo; saudi; saudiarabia; serbia; terrorism; wrongside
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1 posted on 03/19/2008 4:08:37 PM PDT by joan
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To: kronos77; Bokababe; DTA; F-117A

2 posted on 03/19/2008 4:09:11 PM PDT by joan
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To: joan

Yeah, there will be chickens coming home to roost after this one.


3 posted on 03/19/2008 4:10:46 PM PDT by BGHater ($2300 is the limit of your Free Speech.)
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To: joan

Bush is an idiot.


4 posted on 03/19/2008 4:11:20 PM PDT by I got the rope
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To: joan

This is the most bone-headed idea I have heard in a long time.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.......


5 posted on 03/19/2008 4:11:39 PM PDT by tuckrdout (The good man wins his case by careful argument; the evil-minded only wants to fight. Prov. 13:2)
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To: joan

War On Terror, eh?


6 posted on 03/19/2008 4:11:39 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: tuckrdout

well, if they are going to shoot a Putin’s mercenaries.


7 posted on 03/19/2008 4:12:13 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: joan

he really is out of his mind!!!


8 posted on 03/19/2008 4:12:39 PM PDT by Jane_N (Truth, like beauty....is in the eyes of the beholder! Kosovo is Serbia!)
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To: onedoug

Yeah, supplying the terrorists!

I DON’T WANT TO SELL ARMS TO KOSOVO!! HEY, YOU WORK FOR ME!


9 posted on 03/19/2008 4:13:01 PM PDT by tuckrdout (The good man wins his case by careful argument; the evil-minded only wants to fight. Prov. 13:2)
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To: BGHater

LOL! You are right on that one!


10 posted on 03/19/2008 4:13:50 PM PDT by tuckrdout (The good man wins his case by careful argument; the evil-minded only wants to fight. Prov. 13:2)
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To: joan

This has the stench of Condi Rice all over it.

She’s done more to jeopardize America that anybody outside of Jimmy Carter.


11 posted on 03/19/2008 4:14:48 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: joan

I must be stupid. We are going to supply arms for a muslim nation establishing itself in the heart of Europe? Because Clinton began this process of shooting Serbian Christians in the back, President Bush thinks it’s a good idea to keep it going? Isn’t that where the First World War started? Am I gonna have to ask the doctor to up my meds?


12 posted on 03/19/2008 4:15:28 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: joan
...Bush said: "I hereby find that the furnishing of defense articles and defense services to Kosovo will strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace."

BRAVO SIERRA

13 posted on 03/19/2008 4:15:45 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: tuckrdout

>>Yeah, supplying the terrorists!

I DON’T WANT TO SELL ARMS TO KOSOVO!! HEY, YOU WORK FOR ME!<<

I believe you are being too optimistic. I suspect we will be “giving arms” more than “selling arms.”


14 posted on 03/19/2008 4:15:48 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: joan

“In a comment apparently meant to allay concerns from Serbia and its ally Russia, the official stressed the military restrictions imposed on Kosovo under a plan by former UN special envoy for Kosovo Martti Ahtisaari.”

Bravo Siera, pure BS, sometimes, when war breaks out, when the bodies start to pile up, this statement should be hung about the Bushies necks like a stinking dead skunk.


15 posted on 03/19/2008 4:16:01 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ Isaiah 3.3/Cry havoc and let slip the RINOS)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

We are gonna have to make our voices heard on this one.

I am tired of this crap. He is so wrong on this, and his immigration policy...can’t he see that this is why his approval points are so low? His own supporters are tired of him ignoring us!


16 posted on 03/19/2008 4:18:31 PM PDT by tuckrdout (The good man wins his case by careful argument; the evil-minded only wants to fight. Prov. 13:2)
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To: gondramB

I stand corrected.


17 posted on 03/19/2008 4:19:14 PM PDT by tuckrdout (The good man wins his case by careful argument; the evil-minded only wants to fight. Prov. 13:2)
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To: joan

WTF?

Another welfare “nation” and this one made up of muzzies!


18 posted on 03/19/2008 4:20:25 PM PDT by dynachrome (Immigration without assimilation means the death of this nation~Captainpaintball)
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To: joan

Wow, we’re arming al-queda now. What’s next, giving bin laden amnesty for 9-11 and making him an honorary US citizen?


19 posted on 03/19/2008 4:20:32 PM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: Bokababe; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; Incorrigible; DTA; ma bell; joan; ...

A new standard for idiocy has just been set.


20 posted on 03/19/2008 4:20:57 PM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: onedoug

He’s running out of terrorist since we seem to be giving money, aid and weapons to everyone.

Since today he noted we went in it Iraq to save the people - that is done so we can bring our folks home now in victory.


21 posted on 03/19/2008 4:22:30 PM PDT by edcoil (Go Great in 08 ... Slide into 09)
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To: FormerLib

Get your emails fired up....we gotta get this out to everyone who is not paying attention. We are gonna be in a huge mess...we have to stop him this time. NO support. Call write the congress, luckily it is an election year, and the dems will be happy to make this an issue, to get focus of Obama’s racism.


22 posted on 03/19/2008 4:24:05 PM PDT by tuckrdout (The good man wins his case by careful argument; the evil-minded only wants to fight. Prov. 13:2)
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To: tuckrdout

Well, with amnesty for illegal Central American invaders, the “religion of peace” nonsense and arming muslim invaders in the heart of Europe, it’s all incomprehensible - unless the U.S. is involved in “assisted suicide” and no one told us. It’s gonna get ugly.


23 posted on 03/19/2008 4:28:16 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: joan

You have GOT to be kidding. If this from the Onion?


24 posted on 03/19/2008 4:28:59 PM PDT by Hunble
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To: joan
I thought he was going to disarm the terrorist KLA, not give them guns.

I guess, however, this is in line to giving the Palestinian terrorists 150 million.
25 posted on 03/19/2008 4:32:25 PM PDT by microgood
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To: FormerLib

Oh, for the love of God....this man is completely insane and needs to be removed before he kills us all!


26 posted on 03/19/2008 4:32:33 PM PDT by Bokababe ( http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe

Too late.


27 posted on 03/19/2008 4:34:02 PM PDT by mkjessup (This year's presidential choices: "Speak No Evil, See No Evil, and Evil")
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To: dynachrome
"Another welfare “nation” and this one made up of muzzies!"

Correction: "Another welfare nation of muzzies" WITH OUR GUNS!

28 posted on 03/19/2008 4:34:49 PM PDT by Bokababe ( http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: joan

This is nuts.


29 posted on 03/19/2008 4:35:19 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: tuckrdout

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml


30 posted on 03/19/2008 4:35:31 PM PDT by Bokababe ( http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: joan

Bush is completely wrong on this one. How can he arm Muslims who will use those weapong to kill Christians? Isn’t he supposed to be a Christian?


31 posted on 03/19/2008 4:35:53 PM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: Emmett McCarthy
Because Clinton began this process of shooting Serbian Christians in the back, President Bush thinks it’s a good idea to keep it going? Isn’t that where the First World War started? Am I gonna have to ask the doctor to up my meds?

Shut up and sit down, you little pissant! Don't you know Bush was a history major at Yale and so knows exactly what he's doing? {/sarcasm)

32 posted on 03/19/2008 4:37:35 PM PDT by E. Cartman (Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.)
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To: joan

Outrageous!


33 posted on 03/19/2008 4:39:57 PM PDT by shuckmaster
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To: joan

Could this have anything to do with Russian arms sales to Syria, Iran, Sudan, Algeria, Malaysia and Indonesia, not to mention China, Burma, and Venezuela?


34 posted on 03/19/2008 4:40:32 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: gogogodzilla

Condi carries out Bush’s directives.


35 posted on 03/19/2008 4:46:06 PM PDT by Levante
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To: Emmett McCarthy

“Well, with amnesty for illegal Central American invaders, the “religion of peace” nonsense and arming muslim invaders in the heart of Europe, it’s all incomprehensible - unless the U.S. is involved in “assisted suicide” and no one told us. It’s gonna get ugly.”

Seems like Jorge Bush is on the Saudi Arabian/Iranian/Mexican payroll.

Maybe if one of his overated daughters gets blown to hell by terrorists, he’ll pull his head out of his ass.


36 posted on 03/19/2008 4:48:29 PM PDT by Levante
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To: tuckrdout
>>>>I DON’T WANT TO SELL ARMS TO KOSOVO!! HEY, YOU WORK FOR ME!<<<<

If this is not your pic, you are wrong.

You only foot the bill.

37 posted on 03/19/2008 4:50:31 PM PDT by DTA (Memo to Condi: Ensure choppers can use Pristina Embassy roof !)
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To: E. Cartman

You had an almost pissed off pissant until I saw the sarc tag at then end. I got myself a history degree, too, but just from your basic Catholic Jesuit university so maybe Ivy League history is different. F. Scott Fitzgerald observed that “the rich are different” so maybe they study different history. Or maybe this stupid SOB just can’t find a hole he’s not willing to jump into. I say arm the Serbian Christians to the teeth and let them annihilate the so-called “ethnic Albanians” who are nothing more than the advance guard and sacrificial lambs for a muslim beachhead in Europe. I still think I need to up my meds, though.


38 posted on 03/19/2008 4:51:02 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: tuckrdout
I DON’T WANT TO SELL ARMS TO KOSOVO!! HEY, YOU WORK FOR ME!

That's OK, the article says nothing about selling arms to Kosovo, rather supplying arms to Kosovo. My guess you and I will be paying for it.

39 posted on 03/19/2008 4:51:33 PM PDT by SJackson ( G-d da*n America, J Wright; Don't tell me words don't matter!, BH Obama)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

It’s OK for the serb/russian axis to supply radical muslinms.


40 posted on 03/19/2008 4:53:03 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Duncan Hunter- The very Govts unwilling to support us in the WOT got the Fuel Tanker Deal)
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To: joan

Bush, McCain, Clintons, Obama, are not of us. They serve the global community instead of America. They don’t care what we like, or want. They rule, we bend over. They know we are all too spoiled and weak to fight it.

They are probably right. It took awhile, but they rule now.

We are at their mercy.


41 posted on 03/19/2008 4:53:36 PM PDT by dforest
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To: NoLibZone

Right because Russia and Serbia’s islamofscist Iranian ayatollah allies are the good heroic muslims because they fight the “great satan” USA.


42 posted on 03/19/2008 4:56:09 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Levante

I’m glad you mentioned that because my one and only son will be 18 and out of high school in a few months. This moron could have us in a war or wars of epic proportions which would make WWII pale in comparison. All because he lacked both the moral clarity and the corage to kill the bad guns on or freakin’ terms. It will go nuclear after many unecessary deaths. He’s a dangerous fool.


43 posted on 03/19/2008 4:57:38 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: joan

aaaaand....
Russia offers Serbia alternative for EU

Russian deputies reactivated the old idea for admission of Serbia into the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization of the former Soviet Republics.

By this initiative, Moscow offers Belgrade an alternative for membership in the European Union, advocated by the pro-Western President Boris Tadic.

This initiative will be reviewed if Serbia faces increasing isolation by the European countries and the international community in terms of recognition of Kosovo, “Izvestija” daily quotes Viktor Ozerov, the Russian Defense and Security Committee Chairman, as saying.

http://www.makfax.com.mk/look/novina/article.tpl?IdLanguage=1&IdPublication=2&NrArticle=105605&NrIssue=612&NrSection=20


44 posted on 03/19/2008 4:58:59 PM PDT by kronos77 (Kosovo is Serbian Jerusalem. No Serbia without Kosovo.)
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To: joan

I forget whose side are we on in the war on terror?


45 posted on 03/19/2008 5:14:00 PM PDT by Dmitry Vukicevich (Pray for the Serbs because even Bush believes the idiocy.)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

It gives me no pleasure to state that, but, Bush has “jumped the shark.” He doesn’t seem to give a damn about America or Americans.

Trust me, you and your son (all the people of America itself) are constantly in my prayers.


46 posted on 03/19/2008 5:16:07 PM PDT by Levante
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To: Dmitry Vukicevich

“I forget whose side are we on in the war on terror?”

Whichever side our politicians can profit the most from.


47 posted on 03/19/2008 5:17:02 PM PDT by Levante
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To: tuckrdout
He [Bush] is so wrong on this, and his immigration policy...

I'm surprised at you, tuckrdout. For a crusader against bigotry, to imply that our prezhidint's policy of welcoming the millions of freedom-loving undocumented workers to our country is wrong is very disturbing.

48 posted on 03/19/2008 5:19:08 PM PDT by trane250
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To: tuckrdout

Bush has less than a year to go and he is thinking of his retirement. His Saudi financed retirement and Presidential library.


49 posted on 03/19/2008 5:24:01 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: Levante

I thank you deeply for your prayers. Today, like most days, my son and I spent a few minutes passing the guitar back and forth to show each other what each of us are working at and I couldn’t help but wonder what kinds of things he might have the experience to write songs about 10 years from now and realizing it was less than 10 years ago that we bought him his first guitar. Time - fleeting and relentless.


50 posted on 03/19/2008 5:31:20 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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