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Bush: 'Arab Spring' Is ‘Broadest Challenge to Authoritarian Rule Since Collapse of Soviet Communism’
CNS | May 15, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 05/16/2012 12:26:21 PM PDT by robowombat

Bush: 'Arab Spring' Is ‘Broadest Challenge to Authoritarian Rule Since Collapse of Soviet Communism’ By Elizabeth Harrington May 15, 2012

(CNSNews.com) – Former President George W. Bush said Tuesday that the Arab Spring is “the broadest challenge to authoritarian rule since the collapse of Soviet Communism."

“These are extraordinary times in the history of freedom,” Bush said in a speech in Washington, D.C., sponsored by his presidential foundation, the George W. Bush Institute.

“In the Arab Spring we have seen the broadest challenge to authoritarian rule since the collapse of Soviet communism," Bush said. "Great change has come to a region where many thought it impossible.

“The idea that Arab people are somehow content with oppression has been discredited forever," Bush said. "Yet we’ve also seen instability, uncertainty, and the revenge of brutal rulers. The collapse of an old order can unleash resentments and power struggles that a new order is not yet prepared to handle.”

“Freedom is a powerful force,” Bush said, “but it does not advance on wheels of historical inevitability.” The event at which Bush spoke was entitled “Celebration of Human Freedom.”

While praising the Arab Spring, Bush said its critics adhere to a foreign policy that is “not realistic.”

“Some look at the risks inherent in democratic change, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and find the dangers too great,” Bush said. “America, they argue, should be content with supporting the flawed leaders they know, in the name of stability.”

“But in the long run this foreign policy approach is not realistic,” he said. “It is not realistic to presume the so-called stability enhances our national security. Nor is it within the power of America to indefinitely preserve the old order, which is inherently unstable.”

Two years after Bush left office, the Arab Spring uprisings swept across the Middle East, leading to major unrest in Syria, Tunisia, Jordan, and Yemen, and the toppling of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.

According to a report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Egyptian parliamentary elections in January resulted in a massive victory for Islamist parties.

“Of the 498 elected seats, Islamists of varying sorts control nearly 70%, with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)-led Democratic Alliance controlling the most at 47% (235 total),” the Feb. 8 report stated. “The Islamist Alliance-list led by the Salafist Nour Party came second with 25% (125 seats).”

“Salafists,” the report states, “who take a conservative, literalist approach to interpreting the Koran, are expected to focus on infusing Islam into domestic and foreign policies.”

Islamist Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh, a former Muslim Brotherhood leader, is also a frontrunner in the upcoming Egyptian presidential election, which will be held on May 23. Abourl-Fotouh called Israel an “enemy” in a televised presidential debate last week, and has said a 1978 peace agreement with Israel is a threat to national security and should be revised.

The former president’s remarks came a day after a poll found that 61 percent of Egyptians want to abandon the Egypt-Israel peace treaty that has been in place for over 30 years, up from 54 percent a year ago.

President Bush made his remarks while announcing the launch of his foundation’s Freedom Collection, which will highlight the stories of dissidents around the world struggling for liberty and democracy.

“America does not get to choose if a freedom revolution should begin or end in the Middle East or elsewhere,” Bush said. “It only gets to choose which side it is on.”

“The tactics of promoting freedom will vary case by case, but America’s message should ring clear and strong,” he said, “we stand for freedom and for the institutions and habits that make freedom work for everyone.”

In his second inaugural address on Jan. 20 2005 Bush said, “We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.”

“So it is the policy of the United States," he added, "to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."


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KEYWORDS: arabspring; georgewbush; presbush; vanity
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Here is the crux of Pres. G W Bush's comments. Essentially restating his opposition to the 'realist' school of foreign policy which basically takes the status quo for granted and tries to work it for the benefit of US interests.

While praising the Arab Spring, Bush said its critics adhere to a foreign policy that is “not realistic.”

“Some look at the risks inherent in democratic change, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and find the dangers too great,” Bush said. “America, they argue, should be content with supporting the flawed leaders they know, in the name of stability.”

“But in the long run this foreign policy approach is not realistic,” he said. “It is not realistic to presume the so-called stability enhances our national security. Nor is it within the power of America to indefinitely preserve the old order, which is inherently unstable.”

Freepers lets hear your take on this neo-Wilsonian philosophy. My personal belief is that as with Jimmy Carter 'religion as social work' damaged the persuit of national interests.

1 posted on 05/16/2012 12:26:22 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat

“The idea that Arab people are somehow content with oppression has been discredited forever,” Bush said.

I’m sorry, but, I must say: You, sir, President Bush, are an idiot.


2 posted on 05/16/2012 12:28:53 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: robowombat

Is he back on the sauce?


3 posted on 05/16/2012 12:28:56 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If you want total security, go to prison. The only thing lacking is freedom - Dwight D. Eisenhower)
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To: robowombat

Does President Bush recall the “Iranian Autumn” in 1979?

That really worked out well.

But, not to worry, Mr. Obama has the situation well in hand.
He was on “The View” yesterday.


4 posted on 05/16/2012 12:29:53 PM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: robowombat

I’d say the greatest opportunity for authoritarian rule since the collapse of Tsarist Russia.


5 posted on 05/16/2012 12:31:22 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Iron Munro

Drinking the koto laid but I don’t know what else he would say since he kicked off the “democracy” movement in the Middle East.


6 posted on 05/16/2012 12:31:22 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: robowombat
My personal belief is that as with Jimmy Carter 'religion as social work' damaged the persuit of national interests.

This twit is looking through
the wrong end of the telescope.

A globalist like his daddy.

He sure does not know the
G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
7 posted on 05/16/2012 12:31:51 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: saganite

Go back to bed, George.


8 posted on 05/16/2012 12:32:26 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: robowombat

On one hand he is right. It WAS unstable.

On the other hand he’s completely deluded. The results of the Arab Spring, will be highly flawed authoritarian Islamic regimes along the lines of Iran. If we’re lucky, they’ll be unstable, too.

Oh, and, outside of Israel, Christianity will be pretty much extinct in the ME.


9 posted on 05/16/2012 12:33:20 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: robowombat

This is the same guy who convinced many (and me, a little bit, for a time), that “it’s a Religion of Peace,” perhaps our biggest screw up in our modern war with Islam.

No thanks, George.


10 posted on 05/16/2012 12:35:03 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: robowombat

George, I thought that Arab Spring was supposed to put strict Islamists in power, who would impose Shari’a Law on the people there. Shari’a is not democracy of any kind.

I also (apparently naively) thought that the “brutal dictators” in these countries had to clamp down hard to prevent hard-line Islamists from taking over and imposing Shari’a law.

From what I have seen, Shari’a Law is worse than what a dictator can dish out, and it’s done at the neighborhood level.


11 posted on 05/16/2012 12:35:39 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Reagan69

Darn iPad. That was supposed to be koolaid.


12 posted on 05/16/2012 12:37:04 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: robowombat

Yeah, let’s get those mean old authoritarians out and replace them with muslim theocracies. That ought to free people from having to think for themselves.


13 posted on 05/16/2012 12:39:37 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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To: ConservativeDude

He still doesn’t get it, he never was fit to lead, Cheney should have been president, he could have been Forest Bush.


14 posted on 05/16/2012 12:41:16 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: DBrow

Amen.

Mubarak was a thug, but he kept the radicals in line. The Middle East is going to turn into a complete anti-America, Sharia-loving society that will treat women like dirt, along with anyone that doesn’t agree with them.

President Bush has definitely jumped the shark.


15 posted on 05/16/2012 12:42:38 PM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: robowombat

Thank you. Alas but there is yet a single visible promising result of the socalled Arab Spring. Instead it appears to be a fancy phrase to cover up the delivery of numerous nations and peoples to people who (thus far, anyway) espouse the worst sorts of Anti-American hostility ... and who burn down churches and preach violence against Christians and Jews. In other words, we may be witnessing the rise of the new Muslim Caliphate (including the crazies in Iran). All “enabled” from Washington DC (and in some cases, forcibly installed by means of American military intervention or assault on their former regimes). When there is a single primarily-Muslim or “Arab Spring” country that changes into a reasonably free type of society with some meaningful representational goverance and friendship to America, Christianity and Judaism (their socalled Peoples of the Book), Christian nations, Israel, and the West — please let us know right away! But, absent even a single example of anything approaching such a “success” for our pro- “Arab Spring” policy, it cannot be said to be a success (except from the perspective of those seeking to create the second Muslim Caliphate and undermine or take over the West).


16 posted on 05/16/2012 12:44:06 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (remember when "Four more years!" was a credible campaign slogan for an incumbent?)
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To: robowombat

One RINO that was able to withstand the extreme left wing of the DNC—for a while at least. I haven’t forgotten his attempts to force Mubarak into “democratic” elections, and the Muslim Brotherhood were infiltrating the government at one time by running under the banner of a “secular” political party. With these recent statements, he looks like he’s swung even further left—and why not since he has no political career to worry about anymore.


17 posted on 05/16/2012 12:44:17 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: robowombat

The Bushes...sigh.


18 posted on 05/16/2012 12:44:33 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: faithhopecharity

It’s certainly not a question of “may be” when it comes to a new Caliphate.


19 posted on 05/16/2012 12:45:19 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: ConservativeDude

“The idea that Arab people are somehow content with oppression has been discredited forever,” Bush said.

I’m sorry, but, I must say: You, sir, President Bush, are an idiot.

NWO fool!


20 posted on 05/16/2012 12:45:58 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: robowombat

Mr. Bush, have you ever been to Jihadwatch?


21 posted on 05/16/2012 12:49:05 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: woweeitsme

Working toward the Caliphate, with W and Zer0 helping. Oh and Hillary too, sneaking around behind the scenes.

When we have the Caliphate, we’ll all remember the peaceful bliss of 1915-1918, or even ‘39 to ‘45.


22 posted on 05/16/2012 12:49:26 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: robowombat

Dear Bush,

You keep using this word “Freedom”.

I do not think it means, what you think it means.


23 posted on 05/16/2012 12:49:54 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: robowombat

About what I’d expect from George “Islam is a religion of peace/we all worship the same God” Bush. Frankly, I don’t “miss him yet”.


24 posted on 05/16/2012 12:50:00 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: robowombat

George H. W. Bush is clueless. How did he ever get elected President?


25 posted on 05/16/2012 12:50:36 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: robowombat
The "Arab Spring" is an organized top-down movement for MORE authoritarian rule.

26 posted on 05/16/2012 12:51:03 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: boomop1
He still doesn’t get it, he never was fit to lead, Cheney should have been president, he could have been Forest Bush.

I think Cheney was better than Bush with better instincts as to the nature of a fight. But Cheney wasn't all that good either, nor in the final analysis was he much of a realist. The enemy was in Afghanistan. the job was not finished, but Cheney was frantic to attack Iraq where Saddam Hussein was a de facto American ally in the struggle against al Qaeda. Not smart nor realistic.

27 posted on 05/16/2012 12:54:42 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: WashingtonSource
1. The Democrats nominated Gore, followed by Kerry.
2. The Republican establishment convinced enough Republicans that Bush was the most "electable." He won in spite of himself.
28 posted on 05/16/2012 12:58:43 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: robowombat

***“These are extraordinary times in the history of freedom,”***

Guess you haven’t noticed, Mr. Bush, but since you left office these United States are anything but free. Care to comment publically on that?


29 posted on 05/16/2012 1:00:05 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Forget the GOP and build the Constitution Party, because the status quo is no longer the way to go.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

War is not the only issue to fault Bush he was a pussy period when dealing with the Rats, and media.


30 posted on 05/16/2012 1:00:24 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: ConservativeDude

GW has not changed a bit — he still claims that Islam is a ROP.


31 posted on 05/16/2012 1:02:28 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: boomop1

And Bush was a big spender who also had a terrible disinclination to secure our Southern border.


32 posted on 05/16/2012 1:03:13 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: robowombat
I have just three words to say to anyone who might agree with President Bush:
Religion of Peace
ML/NJ
33 posted on 05/16/2012 1:04:56 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: robowombat

The Arab Spring is a broad challenge to authoritarian rule by totalitarians. Any movement intended to expand the dominion of Islam should be shunned by the United States.


34 posted on 05/16/2012 1:07:30 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: ConservativeDude
"I’m sorry, but, I must say: You, sir, President Bush, are an idiot."

Twelve years or so ago, I really loved Bush, and even today I give him credit for what he did to keep this country safe. But aside from that, I really don't think the man has a clue.

35 posted on 05/16/2012 1:13:55 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: woweeitsme

“....Sharia-loving society that will treat women like dirt, along with anyone that doesn’t agree with them.”

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Every time sharia law is mentioned, the bad treatment of women is brought up.

I personally don’t give a damn how they treat their women — that’s their business. These same maltreated muslim women hate non-muslims as much as their husbands do.

What concerns me foremost is how Islam treats the rest of the world because, based on historical facts, Islam has NEVER been able live in peace with those of a different religion than theirs.


36 posted on 05/16/2012 1:14:22 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: robowombat
This is sickening. To talk about the muslim brotherhood, mob rule, freedom and democracy in the same speech is just sickening.

Against a backdrop of Christians being raped and murdered and churches being destroyed, Jewish civilians being attacked, even priceless antiquities being destroyed by savage forces, he yammers on about "being on the right side."

37 posted on 05/16/2012 1:15:13 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: ConservativeDude

The “Arab Spring” was simply the substitution of one authoritarian rule for another authoritarian rule. For years, the Egyptian Army was the power behind the regime that governed Egypt. Now the Egyptian army has been thrust aside for the Muslim Brotherhood, not at all a benign, warm-fuzzy instrument for a representative republic. The Muslim Brotherhood is the original backer of groups like al-Qaeda and the PLO, and in fact both those franchises have been largely folded back into the Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood is at its heart an ideology based firmly on a literal application of the verses of the Koran, and with a large measure of Arabic socialism thrown in. It is only loosely a theocratic organization, rationalizing its use of force upon its own membership in the name of some kind of intellectual purity, the true heirs of the defunct Nationalist Socialist Working-mans’ Party that once held supreme in Germany.

Islam may not be the enemy, but so long as that religion allows itself to be used as cover for thugs and brutal dictatorial Maximum Leaders, they should be treated as an enabler for the enemy and a collaborator.

And remember, it is all right for them to lie and deceive those who are non-Muslim, or even other Muslims if their objective demands the use of taqqiya. Apparently George W. Bush fell for it.


38 posted on 05/16/2012 1:16:46 PM PDT by alloysteel (Fear and intimidation work. At least on the short term.)
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To: robowombat
GWB: What simplistic drivel. The Arab Spring is replacing the “old despots” with new ones from the Muslim Brotherhood. That is NOT progress! Jeez, what a maroon.
39 posted on 05/16/2012 1:16:47 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Any movement intended to expand the dominion of Islam should be shunned obliterated by the United States.
40 posted on 05/16/2012 1:16:59 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: robowombat
Aargh, I voted for you, Aargh blind my eyes.
41 posted on 05/16/2012 1:23:53 PM PDT by allmost
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To: MasterGunner01

‘Twas gwb who tried to hand over American ports to dubai under the radar...did hand over maintenance of many smaller airports. The carlyle group is headquartered in dubai. haliburton is headquartered in dubai. More, much more.


42 posted on 05/16/2012 1:24:39 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: ConservativeDude

““The idea that Arab people are somehow content with oppression has been discredited forever,” Bush said.”

Sounds exactly like something Hussein would say.


43 posted on 05/16/2012 1:26:25 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: DBrow
Many years ago I heard the Shah of Iran being interviewed by a media pundit of the time. He was critical to the Shah of his harsh methods with the mullahs and their followers. The Shah said "Look: when my people behave like Swedes, I will behave like the King of Sweden."

Nevertheless, the wiseguys all said the "authoritarian" Shah had to go. So we "chose which side to be on," unleashed the Ayatollah Komeini on the people of Iran, and let the genie of islamic revolution out of the bottle. We have had a headache there ever since, and it is not going away anytime soon. Freedom. Democracy. Delusional grandiose presidents who think they have the gift of prophecy just because they got elected once or twice. Ptooey.

44 posted on 05/16/2012 1:27:02 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: robowombat

George, I am dissapointed in you. You apparently learned nothing from 911 and its aftermath.


45 posted on 05/16/2012 1:30:18 PM PDT by NathanR
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
The enemy was in Afghanistan. the job was not finished, but Cheney was frantic to attack Iraq where Saddam Hussein was a de facto American ally in the struggle against al Qaeda. Not smart nor realistic.

Really? Hmmm. This must explain why it is that Hussein had been harboring terrorists for years prior to 9/11/01. And, that Hussein was paying blood money to Palestinian terrorist's families who died while killing Israeli citizens in Israel. Oh, and this must also explain why, after the invastion of Afghanistan, Hussein provided a safe haven for Al Queda and Taliban forces who fled Afghanistan. Great detective work you've shown.

46 posted on 05/16/2012 1:36:50 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: SoldierDad

My theory is that they found up that Saddam and the Iranians were about to bury the hatchet. Up to that point, Saddam was useful as a buffer against Tehran.


47 posted on 05/16/2012 1:38:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

That should be “found out”.


48 posted on 05/16/2012 1:39:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ConservativeDude

He definitely has a screwed up view of what has happened. The Old School thugs were replaced by Islamist thugs and the people are still the filling in a crap sandwich.


49 posted on 05/16/2012 1:49:13 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: WashingtonSource

“How did he ever get elected President?”

The majority saw him as the lesser evil. Sounds familiar. very familiar. And now it’s 2012!


50 posted on 05/16/2012 1:57:07 PM PDT by DBrow
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