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Frank Rich: Who Is to Blame for the Next Attack?
NY Times ^ | May 30, 2009 | Frank Rich

Posted on 05/31/2009 6:41:53 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

The Beltway antics that greeted the great Cheney-Obama torture debate were an unsettling return to the post-9/11 dynamic that landed America in Iraq. Once again Cheney and his cohort were using lies and fear to try to gain political advantage — this time to rewrite history and escape accountability for the failed Bush presidency rather than to drum up a new war.

The harrowing truth remains unchanged from what it was before Cheney emerged from his bunker to set Washington atwitter. The Bush administration did not make us safer either before or after 9/11. Obama is not making us less safe. If there’s another terrorist attack, it will be because the mess the Bush administration ignored in Pakistan and Afghanistan spun beyond anyone’s control well before Americans could throw the bums out.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bho44; jihadinamerica; nationalinsecurity; wanker
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1 posted on 05/31/2009 6:41:53 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I guess the name “Frank Rich” MEANS “Mega Barf Alert” so it would be redundant to actually ADD the words “Mega Barf Alert” to this post.


2 posted on 05/31/2009 6:46:41 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The media will blame right wing extremists who have made this administration “appear” weak.

Sheeple will follow suit.

Obama will blame everyone except himself,
and fail to mount a substantial response to the attackers.

Who knows... he may even use it to pressure Israel into appeasement.

Perception is 9/11ths of reality...
We should be dealing with the REAL enemy here... and it aint Obama.


3 posted on 05/31/2009 6:47:32 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Rich is off his thorazine again.


4 posted on 05/31/2009 6:47:51 AM PDT by LiberConservative
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Frank Rich is bottom-feeding scum.

Obama is changing the policies of the Bush Admin. as fast as he can which will - without-a-doubt - make us less safe.

If we’re attacked again, it’s all on 0.


5 posted on 05/31/2009 6:47:59 AM PDT by library user
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Obama is not making us less safe. If there’s another terrorist attack, it will be because the mess the Bush administration ignored in Pakistan and Afghanistan spun beyond anyone’s control well before Americans could throw the bums out.

Oh, you mean Afghanistan, which was managed just like the leftists want, with plenty of "international cooperation" and a "real coalition" with Europe?

6 posted on 05/31/2009 6:48:59 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Safrguns

Since I don’t read the NYT I must have missed when we were attacked after 9/11


7 posted on 05/31/2009 6:49:21 AM PDT by roj (Fenwick Island is great this time of year)
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To: library user

Ok, I think we can all agree then that it’s Frank’s fault.


8 posted on 05/31/2009 6:49:27 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: Safrguns

“The Bush administration did not make us safer either before or after 9/11”

Rich launches a preemptive blame attack. Everything will always be W’s fault.

What a loon.


9 posted on 05/31/2009 6:50:51 AM PDT by y6162 (uish..)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Amazing how the MSM and the Democrats keep repeating that Bush didn’t make the country safer after 9/11 yet we haven’t been attacked since then ...

They have some non-existent measure to say we’re less safe. A standard they’ve made up and stick to.


10 posted on 05/31/2009 6:50:54 AM PDT by Jackson57
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What a freaking moron.


11 posted on 05/31/2009 6:52:17 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ([Advocate for] Mitt Romney[?], God help you, but you're on the wrong website ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What I despise the most about the left is that they go out of their way to concoct a preposterous notion that it’s never their fault. To Rich, if a terrorist attack on Obama’s watch is not his fault but Bush’s. Nothing can be a Democrat’s fault. Did Rich attribute the 9.11 attacks on Clinton or did he conveniently attribute them to Bush? I can only guess he attributes it to Bush because it was on his watch while giving Clinton a pass. Frank Rich is a hack of a writer for a paper that has no integrity or credibility.


12 posted on 05/31/2009 6:53:28 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It’s going to be the MAIN STREAM MEDIA’S FAULT.....


13 posted on 05/31/2009 6:54:26 AM PDT by goodnesswins (WE have a REPUBLIC.....IF we can KEEP IT!!!)
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To: Safrguns
Does your logon name read as an abbreviated "Safer Guns?"

What the hell does that mean? That's like "Duller Knives" or "More Useless Tit."

A "safe gun" is a "useless gun." A gun with a gun lock on it cannot be used to defend yourself. A gun locked in a safe means you and sweet family get mowed down in the first barrage when the masked intruders kick in the door.

You getting duct-taped to the furniture so you can watch accented thugs play doctor with wifey-poo. That's what "safer guns" will get you.

Worth considering? You tell me.

;-/

14 posted on 05/31/2009 6:55:15 AM PDT by Gargantua ("If not us, when? If not now, ...where....?")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

15 posted on 05/31/2009 6:57:16 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Frank rich is a very good reason for euthanasia of the dying Times


16 posted on 05/31/2009 6:59:15 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Crucify ! Crucify ! Crucify him!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Everything that that guy just said is bullshit....

Vinny Gambino

17 posted on 05/31/2009 7:01:28 AM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The media is already making excuses for the left in case we are attacked? Why am I not surprised?


18 posted on 05/31/2009 7:01:45 AM PDT by Tammy8 (Please Support & pray for our Troops; they serve us every day. Veterans are heroes not terrorists!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Hmm...I haven't noticed any major jihadi attacks on our soil since 9/11. What am I missing?

Obfuscation of facts is a highlight of the left. They are despicable.

19 posted on 05/31/2009 7:02:03 AM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Bush administration did not make us safer either before or after 9/11. Obama is not making us less safe.


Facts, please....The flame-throwing left is growing more tiresome by the day. If they could prove their points by reaoned argument, seems like they would do it. Surely they know that stating something over and over does not make it accurate. Something about the big lie told often and loudly enough...


20 posted on 05/31/2009 7:02:13 AM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

EVERYTHING Frank Rich writes in this area reads like he’s an ‘unofficial’ spin doctor/’strategist’ for the current Administration: ‘let’s let Frank do it.....he can think of new angles of spin we’re too busy to think of’.
Admittedly, this is a highly evolved, yet tortured bit of
a mega-Talking Point perspective designed to add a few more cannons to the Left proObama arsenal, in order to cut off at the pass any arguments that might develop if we’re attacked again. However, it is SO lame on the face of it, its only value lies in rhetoric that can be ‘tried on for size’ only now-—it will have to be discarded sheepishly when and if an actual attack occurs.


21 posted on 05/31/2009 7:03:48 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Safrguns
It's a matter of time before we get bombed. Who, where and how much are negotiable.

A house divided can't stand and you can't build a socialist utopia on the backs of the American taxpayers.

22 posted on 05/31/2009 7:04:18 AM PDT by x_plus_one ("Salvation comes about though change in individual lives, not through the ending of unjust society")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The Bush administration did not make us safer either before or after 9/11.

That is a lie.

Obama has been told what a dangerous place the world is. If he decides to take a "holiday from history" (Krauthammer) and not take national security seriously, then its his fault.

23 posted on 05/31/2009 7:05:44 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
You can BET YOUR LAST RUSSIAN RUBLE that they already have a “group think” in place, coming up with excuses on whom to blame for whatever situation of terrorist attack comes. Hits here, hits some place overseas, attacks a military base or ship somewhere overseas, murders an American citizen in the Congo, you name it. They will have their list and set of excuses ready. Probably have rehearsed them before the cameras. THEY WILL NOT BE A FAULT. Troops, Bush, Americans, right winged thugs, you name it will be blamed. Obama will be faultless. The media cover-up will start immediately upon the incident(s).
24 posted on 05/31/2009 7:08:19 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (Proudly a Southern conservative, and not about to apologize for it!!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The “TRUTH” here is that Frank Rich is more upset with Obama caving into Cheney than he is with Bush/Cheney.

A devoted liberal like Rich cannot fathom how Obama could basically keep Bush Admin policies with regard to terrorism. So Rich lashes out at Bush instead, because lashing out at Obama would just make conservatives even more correct.

Let Frank Rich and the rest of the liberals scream at Bush. The country has moved beyond Bush....except liberals.


25 posted on 05/31/2009 7:19:22 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

General Frank Rich, writing from his summer bunker in the Hamptons, expounds on President Bush’s failures as CinC.

sarc


26 posted on 05/31/2009 7:20:56 AM PDT by silverleaf ("Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal ( Martin Luther King))
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To: RetiredArmy

It is easily predictable that they will blame Bush for bad things that happen on Obama’s watch.

What is a bit scary is that they wheel out their “big gun” Frank Rich at this point to start the myth rolling. That would indicate that they are, or at least Rich is, nervous that something really bad is about to happen, and he wants to go on record first.

Does he have some intelligence on what it would be, or is he just panicking over what he sees in the media? The regional war exercises in Israel? The Korean nuke test and cancellation of the Armistice? Iran being only weeks if not days away from nukes?

The unlikely possibility that this pressitute could actually have good intelligence on something about to happen is the only thing about the article worth noting.


27 posted on 05/31/2009 7:26:54 AM PDT by Cincinnatus.45-70 (Patriotism to DemocRats is like sunlight to Dracula.)
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To: Gargantua

Your presumptuous lecture to Safrguns was actually more smarmy, smug, and obnoxious than the Rich piece. It’s what self-absorbed and effete libs do when they don’t have the facts beforehand. They jump to conclusions and make ASSumptions. They also frequently scream ‘’Hey! look at me! See how ‘intellectual’ I am! I need attention!’’ You try to have a bold ‘’in your face’’ style, which is then diminished by your plead for Safrgun’s validation and ridiculously cutesy emoticon. (I hope Safrguns tells you to eff off. lol!)


28 posted on 05/31/2009 7:45:36 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel
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It is outrageous that Frank Rich of the NYT is still out there spewing liberal venum! He knows nothing else and wouldn’t recognize a real PATRIOT if he ran one down in his car. Dick Cheney is the only guy in the country with enough love of country to stand up and call the shots and correct the record libs have written. Rich should be hung out to dry along with his Obamanation slobbering brothers at the NYT. It is only a matter of time till they go belly up. The MSM manufacture the news,to report what they think we should read. Thats how libs, socialists, marxists work.


29 posted on 05/31/2009 7:47:39 AM PDT by cousair
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People like Frank Rich cannot envision Obama at fault for ANYTHING; he has been declared their savior, and that is that. it continues to boggle my mind at all that he continues to get away with, with barely a whisper of criticism.


30 posted on 05/31/2009 7:49:58 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Cincinnatus.45-70
What obama is doing to jeopardize this Nation's security is clear. The left knows we will get attacked, and they know why. obama’s massive across the board power grabs seem to imply that he would prefer we get attacked. Consolidation of power is much easier in times of crisis. I don't think for one minute he cares about losing a city or two to further his goals.
31 posted on 05/31/2009 7:50:52 AM PDT by allmost
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To: samtheman
If there’s another terrorist attack, it will be because the mess the Bush administration ignored in Pakistan and Afghanistan spun beyond anyone’s control well before Americans could throw the bums out.

At about 2 minutes into Part 2 Ann cites Rich's own words to point out that Bush's ANTI TERRORISM policy was a success.

This is one of the best Coulter interviews IMO.

Coulter Good Morning LA Pt 1

Coulter Good Morning LA Pt 2

32 posted on 05/31/2009 7:52:46 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (Sarah Palin: Iron Lady of the North)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Frank Rich: Who Is to Blame for the Next Attack?

As long as Rich is one of the victims, I can see a silver lining in such a scenario.
33 posted on 05/31/2009 7:53:44 AM PDT by mkjessup (Yeah, I'm praying for 0bama. Praying for God to light his ass up with a major lightning bolt.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Interesting that no one blames the Islamic fundamentalism for anything and Obama is preparing to go and bow to Muslims.
34 posted on 05/31/2009 7:54:20 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Frank Rich launching a preemptive “Bush’s fault”?


35 posted on 05/31/2009 7:54:30 AM PDT by OCC
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Please do not post commie propaganda here!


36 posted on 05/31/2009 7:55:37 AM PDT by roses of sharon (We must get a grip on what we can, and hold on. Hold on with energy, imagination, and ferocity)
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To: library user

“Frank Rich is bottom-feeding....”

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Now, now, don’t get the old queen all excited....


37 posted on 05/31/2009 7:55:50 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: allmost

I agree absolutely.

I’d go further. It is conceivable that Rich could be blabbing inside information he has from the O administration about an attack they are either helping plan or are knowingly about to allow. The greater the crisis, the greater the power up for grabs, as Rahm Emanuel would say.

(’Rats are irrational when they see conspiracies like that, but this team is the Chicago Machine. They’ve always operated that way.)


38 posted on 05/31/2009 7:56:33 AM PDT by Cincinnatus.45-70 (Patriotism to DemocRats is like sunlight to Dracula.)
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To: roj

We have been attacked several times, by the Times. Fortunately, their weapons proved inadequate.


39 posted on 05/31/2009 7:58:37 AM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, school and passport records.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Any questions as to who the MSM will blame when Hussein causes the nuking of NY?


40 posted on 05/31/2009 8:00:13 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: y6162
“The Bush administration did not make us safer either before or after 9/11”

Spoken as if we just have to believe it because he said it.

There was not enough time once Bush took office to "make us safe again" given 8 years of the traitor Clinton and the Algore administration delay. The plot was already deep and planned. The Gorelick wall was in place.

Bush did make us safer after 9-11. Does anyone believe the Islamofacists would not have attacked again and again if they could have?

Obama IS setting us up for another attack from the two faced "make peace in public but stab us in the back" Islamic radicals. Make no mistake, these people will use Obama's pacifism to buy time to prepare for another big attack that could have be avoided if we have the will to do so.

41 posted on 05/31/2009 8:10:35 AM PDT by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

As one of your guy’s supporters once told your predecessor and his people...you broke it, you own it.


42 posted on 05/31/2009 8:17:15 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
If this was not so important it would be laughable. The fact that earlier in the week, B. Hussein, basically told floridians and future hurricane victims they were on their own and now Frank Rich lays the blame of future terrorist attacks on Dubyas shoulders, the only conclusion you can draw is that the current administration is not only clueless but so cowardly they can not take responsibility for their watch.

All they can do is spend money faster than they can print it, party and in the end, hide behind Dubyas skirt.

43 posted on 05/31/2009 8:23:59 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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44 posted on 05/31/2009 8:28:54 AM PDT by Bratch
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Already prepping their damage control. Sounds like they’re expecting something to happen soon. Kinda scary.


45 posted on 05/31/2009 8:39:23 AM PDT by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Well, the fact that the question was not raised from 2001 to 2008 indicates that the change in occupancy has raised enough concern that it is now inevitable.

Any intelligent person would conclude that since the question has been raised in the last few months that the issue lays squarely on the shoulder of the new party in control, and their office holders.

So, to answer the question:

It is Obammie the Commie's fault if it happens. If it was the Bush policy that caused so much hatred that they are willing to attack us, it was also the Bush policy that prevented those attacks. If Obammie the Commie's new Hate-America First policy is correct, they should now love us and not want to attack us. If they attack us, it proves: 1. The Hate-America First policy is a failure. 2. Obammie the Commie's national defense strategy is a failure.

46 posted on 05/31/2009 8:44:15 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (The most dangerous fascists are those with a warm smile and soothing voice.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Who Is to Blame for the Next Attack?

It's Bush's fault.

47 posted on 05/31/2009 9:18:52 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Crisis - America Held Hostage)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
[Frank Rich/BARF ALERT] If there’s another terrorist attack, it will be because the mess the Bush administration ignored in Pakistan and Afghanistan spun beyond anyone’s control well before Americans could throw the bums out.

That's pwecious. Fwank doesn't know where or when, but when it happens, he knows it will have been Bush's fault!

Thanks, chump, for emblematizing your mindless hatred and cluelessness for all time for us. People reading your drivel 200 years from now (hardly likely outside the groves of academe) will know by that one belch that you were a towering loser, but a moral midget.

48 posted on 05/31/2009 9:19:15 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: cousair
It is outrageous that Frank Rich of the NYT is still out there spewing liberal venum!

At least you have the satisfaction of knowing that at least he isn't out there spewing liberal spermatozoa anyplace where there'd be a danger that it might begin to reproduce another Fwank Wich.

49 posted on 05/31/2009 9:22:16 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Mark Steyn has said it so well I reproduce it here for your reading pleasure...

I was in one of those hotels where they give you The New York Times whether you want it or not. And, even if you leave it in the corridor, the maid brings it into the room and places it invitingly on the table. And, even though you ignore it, you call down for a pot of tea and the room service guy moves it to put the tray down and then drapes the paper slightly over the edge between the cup and the single flower in the mini-vase as though posed for a “Still Life of Afternoon Tea with New York Times” that fetches $1.6 million at Sotheby’s. And at that point, fearing the next stage would be when I slid into bed to be awakened 20 minutes later by the hooker from the lobby curled up on the adjoining pillow and reading Frank Rich into my ear, I gave in and opened up the paper.... - Mark Steyn


50 posted on 05/31/2009 9:30:49 AM PDT by Gritty (The Obama Doctrine: Every enemy a friend, or can be made into one. Let's talk about it.-Ralph Peters)
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