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Obama accuses Bush of 'appalling attack'
Breitbart.com ^ | May.16, 2008 | AP

Posted on 05/16/2008 9:52:25 AM PDT by Reagan Man

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - Barack Obama has called President Bush's comments on appeasement "exactly the kind of appalling attack that's divided our country and alienates us from the rest of the world." Obama criticized Republican rival John McCain and President Bush for "dishonest and divisive" attacks in hinting that the Democratic presidential candidate would appease terrorists.

Obama strongly responded Friday to the comments Bush made in Israel on Thursday and McCain's subsequent words. Obama told a town hall meeting, "That's the kind of hypocrisy that we've been seeing in our foreign policy, the kind of fear-peddling, fear mongering that has prevented us from actually making us safer."

Obama said McCain had a "naive and irresponsible belief that tough talk from Washington will somehow cause Iran to give up it's nuclear program and support for terrorism."

Yesterday, Obama accused President Bush of "a false political attack" after Bush warned in Israel against appeasing terrorists—early salvos in a general election campaign that's already blazing even as the Democratic front-runner tries to sew up his party's nomination.

The White House denied Bush had targeted Obama, who said the Republican commander in chief's intent was obvious.

In short order, the controversy spilled across the presidential campaign.

John McCain, the Republican nominee in waiting, said Obama was showing "naivete and inexperience and lack of judgment" in his willingness to meet with U.S. foes.

Hillary Rodham Clinton then called Bush's original comments "offensive and outrageous, especially in light of his failures in foreign policy."

As the workday began stateside, Bush gave a speech to Israel's Knesset in which he spoke of the president of Iran, who has called for the destruction of the U.S. ally. Then, the president said: "Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along."

"We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: 'Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is—the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history," Bush added.

With the president abroad and those seeking to succeed him campaigning at home, the transcontinental tiff signaled the early direction of the general election. Bush seemed to assume the traditional lame-duck presidential role in trying to help the Republican nominee-in-waiting, and Obama tried to maneuver for advantage—and to show strength—while on the cusp of clinching the Democratic nomination.

McCain played his political role as well in tandem with Obama, notable for two White House hopefuls who are campaigning for a bipartisan governing approach free of the often divisive discourse in Washington.

By tradition, partisan politics comes to a halt when a U.S. president is on foreign soil, and Bush's remarks led Obama to quickly cry foul. The first-term Illinois senator responded to the comments as if they were criticism of his position that as president he would be willing to personally meet with Iran's leaders and those of other regimes the United States has deemed rogue.

"It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack," Obama said in a statement his aides distributed. "George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the president's extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.

In turn, White House press secretary Dana Perino denied that the Knesset remark was aimed at Obama. In fact, the language is fairly typical for Bush speeches, and Gordon Johndroe, a national security spokesman for the president, said Bush was referring to "a wide range of people who have talked to or suggested we talk to Hamas, Hezbollah or their state sponsors" over a long period of time.

One such person most recently was former President Carter, who held talks with Hamas leaders, leading to criticism from Bush officials as well as Obama and McCain.

Even as the White House said Bush meant no dig at the Democrat, Perino couldn't resist the opportunity to get in a small one.

"I understand when you're running for office you sometimes think the world revolves around you. That is not always true. And it is not true in this case," she said.

Meanwhile, in Columbus, Ohio, McCain said he took the White House at its word, but then he weighed into the spat himself, saying: "This does bring up an issue that we will be discussing with the American people, and that is, why does Barack Obama, Senator Obama, want to sit down with a state sponsor of terrorism?"

Asked if Obama was an appeaser, McCain said Obama must explain why he wants to talk with leaders like Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and added that Obama's position was a serious error. "It shows naivete and inexperience and lack of judgment to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country that says Israel is a stinking corpse, that is dedicated to the extinction of the state of Israel. My question is, what does he want to talk about?"

Clinton, campaigning in South Dakota in advance of a June 3 Democratic primary, said Bush's statement had "no place in any presidential address. ...

"I have differences with Senator Obama on certain foreign policy matters, but I think we are united in our opposition to the Bush policies and to the continuation of those policies by Senator McCain." Clinton has criticized Obama in the past for his pledge to meet with prominent adversaries of the United States without precondition.

Although his political interest is keen, Bush has mostly tried to refrain from injecting himself into the presidential race.

He largely remained silent during the Republican primaries but appeared with McCain at the White House after the Arizona senator clinched the nomination and, since then, has talked up McCain frequently. As for the Democratic race, the president typically avoids naming names, but he has publicly disagreed with the positions of the Democratic front-runners, including Obama's expressed willingness to meet leaders of U.S. adversaries.

The debate over whether a president should directly negotiate with such leaders has been one of the most prominent issue differences in the race for the Democratic nomination. Obama has said he would be willing to meet with heads of state in places like Iran, Cuba and North Korea. Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton has argued that those meetings could be used for propaganda and her first response would be outreach through diplomatic channels.

By criticizing Bush, Obama sent a signal that he's ready to take on the sitting president and the incumbent party—and tried to counter the notion that Clinton would be the stronger Democratic general election candidate. Democrats also are working to link the unpopular Bush to McCain at every turn as the public craves change, and even if it wasn't directed at Obama, Bush's remark gave Democrats an opening to claim more of the same.

"It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel," Obama said in his statement. "Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what (Presidents) Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power—including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy—to pressure countries like Iran and Syria."

For their part, McCain and Republicans increasingly see Obama as their November rival and have been taking every opportunity to raise questions about his readiness to be a wartime commander in chief. The GOP also hopes to make national security—historically a Republican strength—a focus of the campaign when the political terrain favors Democrats.

Indicating what's to come, McCain said: "Peace through strength is the way we achieve peace in the world. That's the point. I will debate this issue with Senator Obama throughout this campaign."


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1 posted on 05/16/2008 9:52:25 AM PDT by Reagan Man
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To: Reagan Man

Truth hurts, doesn’t it, Barry?


2 posted on 05/16/2008 9:53:37 AM PDT by RockinRight (Supreme Court Justice Fred Thompson. The next best place for Fred.)
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To: Reagan Man
"exactly the kind of appalling attack that's divided our country and alienates us from the rest of the world."

Yeah, and your party has world class experts in the art of "appalling attacks that divide." Ya moron.

3 posted on 05/16/2008 9:54:56 AM PDT by Enterprise ((Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!))
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To: Reagan Man
P*ssy.

Of course this has nothing to do with the desperate democrat/media desire to take the spotlight off their disasterous primary race.

4 posted on 05/16/2008 9:55:19 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Reagan Man
Barack Hussein Obama needs a cranial enema.
5 posted on 05/16/2008 9:55:50 AM PDT by LIConFem (Thompson. Lifetime ACU Rating: 86 -- Hunter Lifetime ACU Rating: 92 (any combo will do, fellas))
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To: Reagan Man
Barack Obama has called President Bush's comments on appeasement "exactly the kind of appalling attack that's divided our country and alienates us from the rest of the world."

And like Rev. Wright doesn't? Grow up Barry.

6 posted on 05/16/2008 9:56:18 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Reagan Man

“Appalling attack” is exactly the kind of rhetorical over-kill that muzzies use about all their imagined slights.

Very revealing, eh?


7 posted on 05/16/2008 9:56:36 AM PDT by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: Reagan Man

Methinks the lady doth protest too much showing that the sting in any rebuke is the truth!
*had to combine two fave quotes :)


8 posted on 05/16/2008 9:56:55 AM PDT by JerseyDvl (If You Support America - Thank a Soldier; If You Support Al-Qaeda - Thank a Democrat!)
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To: Reagan Man

Obama is a schmuck.


9 posted on 05/16/2008 9:56:59 AM PDT by camerakid400
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To: Reagan Man

Obama - Jimmy Carter now in Technicolor!


10 posted on 05/16/2008 9:57:47 AM PDT by DaveyB (Land of the taxed and home of the slave)
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To: Reagan Man

“Appalling attack” is exactly the kind of rhetorical over-kill that muzzies use about all their imagined slights.

Very revealing, eh?


11 posted on 05/16/2008 9:57:47 AM PDT by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: Reagan Man

Grow up, Obama. If you’re not big enough to take criticism, you’re not qualified for public office.

You’re not a unifier, you’re a divider and you hate being exposed for the charlatan you are.


12 posted on 05/16/2008 9:58:12 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Reagan Man

Barry! Barry!.....It’s gett’in hairy and you can’t handle it! HA! HA!....


13 posted on 05/16/2008 9:58:38 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Enterprise

Barry is upset that Bush is alienating his muslim family. What a mess we are in.


14 posted on 05/16/2008 9:59:03 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: Reagan Man

Barack “Butthurt” Hussein Obama.

}:-)4


15 posted on 05/16/2008 10:00:31 AM PDT by Moose4 (http://moosedroppings.wordpress.com -- Because 20 million self-important blogs just aren't enough.)
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To: Reagan Man

Bush did not attack Obama by name, but apparently Obama believes that his own views are very similar to those which the President did attack.


16 posted on 05/16/2008 10:01:08 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Reagan Man

To paraphrase Duke Leto Atriedes, Bush has diplayed an off-the-rack suit, and some are claiming it was custom fit for them!


17 posted on 05/16/2008 10:01:21 AM PDT by Ender Wiggin
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To: Reagan Man
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Poor widdle Ubama gots his feewings hurt at the President's alleged comments directed at Bawwy...cry me a river, Ubama! If you are so wussy this hurts your feelings, how will it feel when one of those Islamonazis you want to sit down and have tea with cuts off your head?!? D'oh.
18 posted on 05/16/2008 10:01:56 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud Rush Conservative with no dog in the presidential race now *sigh*)
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To: Reagan Man
Obama takes a whole day to respond to a perceived attack on him by the President. It takes that long for him to get his whiny rhetoric together otherwise his response would have been incoherent and sputtering!
19 posted on 05/16/2008 10:01:58 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Reagan Man

ROTFLMAO


20 posted on 05/16/2008 10:02:09 AM PDT by griswold3 (Al queda is guilty of hirabah (war against society) Penalty is death.)
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To: Reagan Man

This is too easy. Makes its own TV commercials. Show Barry in one of the earlier debates saying that he would talk to terrorists and enemies of the state followed by President Bush and his speech yesterday. This is a real winner, suggesting for those in Rio Linda that Obama is a real loser.


21 posted on 05/16/2008 10:02:09 AM PDT by kevinm13 (The Main Stream Media is dead! Rush the Vote. Operation Chaos rules.)
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To: Reagan Man

Notice they didn’t challenge the truth of W’s statements on appeasement.


22 posted on 05/16/2008 10:02:11 AM PDT by Rennes Templar ( Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.)
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To: Reagan Man

Hey, Barry...911 was an appalling attack, you idiot.


23 posted on 05/16/2008 10:02:33 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Reagan Man

So if McCain’s “tough talk” to enemies is not right, but talking to our enemies is essential, then that leaves what kind of talk Barry wants to do with our adversaries ?

Would that be soft and fluffy talk ?


24 posted on 05/16/2008 10:02:57 AM PDT by nicola_tesla ("Life is Tough... It's Worse When You're Stupid".... John Wayne)
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To: Reagan Man

Put some ice on it.


25 posted on 05/16/2008 10:03:03 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Reagan Man

A litle thin skinned that Obama. What would he do if the MSM bad-mouthed him on a daily basis. President Bush didn’t even mention his name or party affilliation. Obama has got serious issues and so do his followers.


26 posted on 05/16/2008 10:03:05 AM PDT by LottieDah (Democrats and liberals never fail to disappoint.)
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To: Reagan Man
From February...

Obama’s “Foreign Policy Advisor’s” Disgraceful Record On Terrorism

27 posted on 05/16/2008 10:03:10 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Reagan Man

Barack is sounding more and more like that other neighborhood organizer, Al Sharpton. He pretends to bring us harmony, yet he really brings us acrimony.


28 posted on 05/16/2008 10:03:53 AM PDT by syriacus (30,000 US deaths in Korea in 2 1/2 years, because Truman first withdrew troops from Korea in 1949.)
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To: Reagan Man

I laughed at some of his comments. What a nancy boy.


29 posted on 05/16/2008 10:03:55 AM PDT by linn37 (phlebotomist on duty,its just a little pinch)
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To: Reagan Man
Obama squeals like a stuck pig when Bush gives a speech but what has he ever said when Iran says they want to “wipe Israel off the map” and calls Israel “a stinking corpse”, etc etc etc?
30 posted on 05/16/2008 10:03:59 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Vote For McCain But Trust In The LORD)
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To: Reagan Man
 At 12:25pm EDT Obama claimed that "Hamas is in charge of Gaza because of the failed policies of President Bush, insisting that people elect their leaders in fair and democratic elections." 

My question to Obama is... what's wrong with that?

31 posted on 05/16/2008 10:04:00 AM PDT by HawaiianGecko
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To: Reagan Man

Black people must be so proud.........they now have their very own Alfred E. Neuman!


32 posted on 05/16/2008 10:04:16 AM PDT by weeder
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To: LottieDah

For a uniter he sure seems divisive!


33 posted on 05/16/2008 10:04:48 AM PDT by DaveyB (Land of the taxed and home of the slave)
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To: Reagan Man
Obama has divided the Democrats in a way not seen since Eugene McCarthy. When Obama goes down it won't be at the hands of the Republicans but the Archie Bunker Democrats.
34 posted on 05/16/2008 10:05:35 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: Reagan Man

This idiot is the most disrespectful a$$hole I have ever seen. He talks about the current President in a way no candidate ever has. My blood was boiling after hearing his comments today. Past candidates never conducted themselves like this foolish jerk.


35 posted on 05/16/2008 10:05:46 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Reagan Man
I truly love my black brothers. How could they vote for this nightmare just because he's black!

Obama is dangerous!

36 posted on 05/16/2008 10:06:02 AM PDT by veracious
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To: Reagan Man

Hussein is the muslim, marxist appeaser in chief. May he never darken the door of the White House in any capacity.


37 posted on 05/16/2008 10:07:19 AM PDT by afnamvet
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To: HawaiianGecko

“Obama claimed that “Hamas is in charge of Gaza because of the failed policies of President Bush, insisting that people elect their leaders in fair and democratic elections.”

My question to Obama is... what’s wrong with that?”

Exactly, so now we’re against democracy? The election Hamas just confirms the true wishes of the Palestinian people...destruction of Israel.

Not surprising idiot Obama didn’t pick up on that.


38 posted on 05/16/2008 10:08:02 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: ilgipper
There is no crying in baseball politics, unless your a Clinton!
39 posted on 05/16/2008 10:08:31 AM PDT by DaveyB (Land of the taxed and home of the slave)
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To: Reagan Man

Even if G.W. was referring to Obama,we ALL know that DemonRats would NEVER stoop so low as to bad-mouth a sitting POTUS(let alone The United States of America)whilst overseas.........don’t we??????????????????


40 posted on 05/16/2008 10:09:28 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Reagan Man
appalling attack

The President of the KOS kiddies strikes again. The media will certainly agree with these terrible statements suggesting appeasement of dictators and terrorrists as an "appalling attack"

Neville Chamberlain and Madeleine Albright thought so as well.......

41 posted on 05/16/2008 10:10:01 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Brilliant
Bush did not attack Obama by name, but apparently Obama believes that his own views are very similar to those which the President did attack.

Exactly. Obama (and the rest of the Democrats) automatically assumed that President Bush was talking about him. Go figure. There is only one way they could have drawn that conclusion.

btw, this same issue came up two years ago when Donald Rumsfeld used that exact same quote in a speech. Interestingly enough, Democrats automatically assumed Rumsfeld was talking about Harry Reid back then. Oh well.

42 posted on 05/16/2008 10:10:09 AM PDT by Hoodat (Bull Moose Party Member)
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To: LIConFem

And THEN Some!!!


43 posted on 05/16/2008 10:10:52 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Reagan Man
What a girlie man.

What's he going to do if we get attacked like we did on Sept. 11th?

44 posted on 05/16/2008 10:11:06 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: Reagan Man

Hilarious to see all these squealing weasels self-labelling as “appeasers”......

We didn’t know President Bush’s remark referred specifically to YOU, Mr. Obambi, until you made it so clear.....

As for all the usual Demagogue b.s. about what is “divisive”..... well the scumbags who have been launching some of the most vicious domestic wartime attacks ever seen on a sitting US President should not be complaining about anyone else as “divisive”


45 posted on 05/16/2008 10:11:37 AM PDT by Enchante (Obama: My 1930s Appeasement Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Socialist Policies!)
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To: Reagan Man

The most shocking thing in that article is that McClame didn’t blast GW and conservatives in defense of BHO...


46 posted on 05/16/2008 10:12:13 AM PDT by piytar
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To: Reagan Man
"That's the kind of hypocrisy that we've been seeing in our foreign policy, the kind of fear-peddling, fear mongering that has prevented us from actually making us safer."

B. Hussein, please tell the families of the 9-11 victims, 92 WTC attack, embassy attack and the USS Cole that it is nothing but fear mongering. 

If B. Hussein somehow gets elected, the only question will be, WHERE the next attack will occur.  This Muslim is dangerous.

47 posted on 05/16/2008 10:12:38 AM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Rennes Templar

I nticed that fact,I just hope a lot of his”supporters”did as well!


48 posted on 05/16/2008 10:12:56 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: veracious

Obama the great flap queller communicator.


49 posted on 05/16/2008 10:13:17 AM PDT by shineon
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To: All
Out of the gate I counted two obvious bold faced lies, I am sure there were others.

Obama ridiculed McCain's idea of victory in Iraq by calling it a “civil war” (Someone needs to update his list of Democratic Talking points)

Obama also argued we were less safe- Al Qaeda’s leadership has been strengthened; because we focused(’took our eye off the ball” on Iraq. At last count hasn't between 80-90% of Al Qaeda leadership been killed or captured?
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The overarching mega lie is the notion that preventing another major attack on US soil for 7 years, was not a significant achievement. How exactly is Obama intending to improve on that record.
The accompanying mega lie is gentler, more humane, more understanding, more popular in Europe policy is going to be more effective in protecting us from additional attacks.

50 posted on 05/16/2008 10:14:28 AM PDT by Jonah Johansen ("Coming soon to a neighborhood near you")
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