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African-American Lawmakers Urge President Bush to Send Troops to Liberia
VOAnews ^ | 07-26-03

Posted on 07/25/2003 6:37:50 PM PDT by Brian S

African-American members of Congress say the Bush administration needs to immediately send troops to Liberia. The lawmakers told reporters on Capitol Hill that the scale of the crisis demands President Bush decide quickly on a U.S. military commitment and leading role in organizing an international force.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are frustrated with what they call unacceptable delay in making a decision on how U.S. troops will be involved.

Elijah Cummings, chairman of the Black Caucus, says the presence of Americans on the ground would be very significant.

So far President Bush has ordered U.S. troops to take up positions off the coast of Liberia to support the deployment of a West African peacekeeping force.

But Mr. Cummings says the positioning of a U.S. assault ship, the Iwo Jima, from the Mediterranean to the coast off Liberia is a welcome, but not sufficient, response.

"We believe that the president should make a definitive decision regarding the nature and scope of U.S. participation so that it is clear to the Liberian people, the U.S. public, and the international community, that help is on the way," he said.

African-American lawmakers say they are willing to go to Africa to help with efforts to resolve the crisis in Liberia.

They have had frequent contact with Secretary of State Colin Powell and other officials pressing the case for immediate commitment of troops.

However, they believe President Bush may not yet have recognized that a leading U.S. role is necessary.

"We expect him to do what is necessary, make the decision, do what is necessary to stop this carnage and not sit back and wait, and hope that perhaps [the United States] will never have to go in. But it is stalling at this point," said California Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

The African-American lawmakers say they are prepared to assist in any way, including traveling to Africa to take part in efforts to forge a political situation.

In past appeals, they have pointed to what they call double standards in how successive U.S. administrations have handled crises in Africa versus those in other world trouble spots.

Congressman Donald Payne of New Jersey picked up on that line of criticism. "As we asked other countries to come into Iraq and to assist us in that situation, other countries are saying America where are you with your moral obligation to Liberia?" he said.

For Congresswoman Diane Watson, unless President Bush acts, and until Washington works on finding longer-term solutions with allies and the United Nations, many will continue to question the administration's attitude toward Africa.

"Until we do that and make it real clear, then there is a question about why the president is hesitating over going to the 'dark continent,' and adding the assistance to one of our countries, and I say ours because this is where liberated slaves went," she said. "We need to have a very clear, transparent foreign policy that covers not only the hot spots, but the human spots where people are dying and being harmed every day."

The lawmakers express impatience with the amount of time Nigeria says it will take to organize an initial contingent of about 1,300 troops for Liberia.

They say that in the seven to eight days it will take to send the U.S. assault ship to waters off Liberia, and move Nigerians into position, hundreds if not thousands more people could die in Liberia.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: cbc; liberia

1 posted on 07/25/2003 6:37:51 PM PDT by Brian S
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To: Brian S
First, the black caucus is demonstrating their rascism. Second, the US is supposed to move the Nigerians into position. What position are we talking about? Can't they get into the position they want by themselves?
2 posted on 07/25/2003 6:43:41 PM PDT by meenie
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To: Aaron0617
This is repeating NOW on c-span if interested. 8:50pmCST
3 posted on 07/25/2003 6:50:25 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Brian S
Just exactly how does what is going on in Liberia threaten America?
4 posted on 07/25/2003 6:52:26 PM PDT by Falcon4.0
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To: Aaron0617
uh oh..Sheila Lee Jackson and Maxine Walters are about to speak and they look MAD!!!

Look out Bush.

5 posted on 07/25/2003 6:54:50 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Falcon4.0
Send the black Caucus to Liberia they act like they dont like America , maybe they would like Liberia.
6 posted on 07/25/2003 6:55:23 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Brian S
Let jesse jacka$$ go remove Taylor from power, he helped put him there.
7 posted on 07/25/2003 6:55:51 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Game on in ten seconds.....)
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To: Aaron0617
Disappointed, worried and shocked...dem fightin words.

Bush hasn't done jack...THEY DEMAND ACTION!!

8 posted on 07/25/2003 6:55:52 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Aaron0617

Send her.


9 posted on 07/25/2003 6:56:45 PM PDT by South40 (Get Right Or Get Left)
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To: Aaron0617
can't wait another day...amen. You hear that Bush?

Now they're attacking Bush I. What did Clinton do for Liberia for his 8 years?

10 posted on 07/25/2003 6:58:03 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Brian S
That's fine, thank them for the suggestion. Troops are already being sent, but why not jump on the bandwagon?
11 posted on 07/25/2003 6:58:22 PM PDT by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: Aaron0617
President Bush act now...Black Congressional Caucus is demanding action NOW!!!

here comes MAXINE!!!

12 posted on 07/25/2003 6:59:30 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Aaron0617
HEY HEY...Black Congressional Caucus is planning to go to Monrovia. We got our wish. SEND'EM
13 posted on 07/25/2003 7:00:41 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Aaron0617
Look out FREEPERs...MAXINE HAS A MAP
14 posted on 07/25/2003 7:01:11 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Brian S
While the left wingers are condemning that we have inadequate armed forces to pursue the Saddamists in Iraq, they would have us deplete what forces we have to intervene again for the umpteenth time in the last 170 years to try and straighten out the second oldest black governed country. The only one older is Haiti and there we have intervened even more often to stop killings only to have the killings resume the moment our ships sail out of port. Until the people of these black run nations can learn to govern themselves, we should not sacrifice one american life to mediate between these warring often less than human beings that live in these dictatorships. There is no threat to the US no matter what the outcome of there internal bickering.
15 posted on 07/25/2003 7:01:23 PM PDT by brydic1
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To: South40
Yuck!!! A weapon of mass destruction if I have ever seen one.
16 posted on 07/25/2003 7:02:20 PM PDT by Ronin (Qui tacet consentit!)
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To: South40
caption: "show me the money!"
17 posted on 07/25/2003 7:02:26 PM PDT by MatthewViti
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To: South40
OMG! Do I detect her "corn-rows" unraveling?

Great capture, South40!

18 posted on 07/25/2003 7:04:04 PM PDT by Brian S ("Mount up everybody and ride to the sound of the gun!")
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To: Aaron0617
NO you don't want to do that Maxine. Don't push Bush.

Africa is a HUGH continent. Its gonna take 7 days for the ships to get there. What are they complaining about?

19 posted on 07/25/2003 7:04:46 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Brian S
One has to wonder, many drugs one has to consume over a lifetime to speak in a manner as Conyers. Can't you say Ozzy?
20 posted on 07/25/2003 7:06:19 PM PDT by Brian S ("Mount up everybody and ride to the sound of the gun!")
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To: Brian S
Let me get this straight:

The Congressional Black Caucus once accuses Bush of being a racist because they think we send a greater percent of Blacks then whites to Iraq and Afghanistan, which is proved to be wrong.

They also do not support the President when we move to liberate both countries.

Now they bitch and moan because we are taking to long to send more of our troops to a hell hole of a country???

Now is a good as time as any for the U.N. to show it can handle a relative small job of ridding the world of a small local war..

21 posted on 07/25/2003 7:08:27 PM PDT by JZoback (Don't have such an open mind, your brain falls out)
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To: Aaron0617
Maintain peace? There never was any friggin peace. No Troops in Liberia. Have a seat Conyers
22 posted on 07/25/2003 7:08:33 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Brian S
Wait a second, aren't these the same people who wanted to wait months before going into Iraq, all the while Iraqis were being slaughtered by Saddam, children were imprisoned, and people were being starved? If we had to wait well over 6 months to get our troops into position for Iraq, what makes these people think it's going to take less time to get them into Liberia?
23 posted on 07/25/2003 7:12:47 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Aaron0617
Get'em Sheila!!

Africa needs a roadmap. A humanitarian roadmap. How much money do you think that'd be Sheila?

24 posted on 07/25/2003 7:14:14 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Aaron0617
Barbara Lee...we're in an emergency? Oh, we need a long term economic aid strategy in Liberia. Why is that? Why U.S. taxpayers need that?
25 posted on 07/25/2003 7:18:30 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Brian S
I wonder if the Congressional Black Caucus pressured the 'toon to send troops to Rwanda. Did they care then when hundreds of thousands were being massacred?
26 posted on 07/25/2003 7:20:55 PM PDT by AngrySpud
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To: Aaron0617
It's like I'm watching a SNL parody...
27 posted on 07/25/2003 7:24:15 PM PDT by Brian S ("Mount up everybody and ride to the sound of the gun!")
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To: Aaron0617
Oh, now I see, it's terrorisism in the homeland (according to one of the Representatives who just spoke). I guess they think if they throw in popular buzz words they will win the support of the President. Now Sheila Jackson Lee says Clinton said he was sorry about Rwanda. Wow, I am watching people from a different planet.

28 posted on 07/25/2003 7:25:39 PM PDT by Dolphy
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To: Brian S
Well, do they want to send only white troops? In the past, they didn't want any troops sent anywhere because there was a "disproportionate" amount of black soldiers being sent.
29 posted on 07/25/2003 7:26:42 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Brian S
They want to give the appearance of not being complete pacifists...and at the same time
be THE authority on "when to go to war" as well as "when not to"

By going to war in Liberia they demonstrate to their cash cows their so called leadership abililty and their righteousness in being voted in again and again...

Poverty pimps using "blackness first" as the only critieria for any decision political or otherwise
National security National Interest American Sovereignty mean nothing to these leeches

Racist through and through imo
30 posted on 07/25/2003 7:32:16 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Brian S
"Adding the assistance to one our countries, and I say ours because this is where liberated slaves went."

Someone clue me in on something....How many countries does the United States currently have? Also, If Liberia is one of our countries, how come they aren't paying taxes like the rest of us?
31 posted on 07/25/2003 7:33:12 PM PDT by Arpege92
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To: Brian S
I have a vision that after the first African is shot and killed by a U.S. soldier, Al Sharpton and a rent-a-mob shows up to protest.
32 posted on 07/25/2003 7:34:58 PM PDT by Missouri
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To: Brian S
African-American Lawmakers Urge President Bush to Send Troops to Liberia

We can't do that!

It would upset the.......

"No Blood for Oil" Crowd

The Liberians are Black. If we have to kill any of the Black bad guys, it will also upset the......

" We Don't Want Your Racist War" Crowd.

It would also upset the......

"Bush is a warmonger" Crowd.

It would also upset the......

"I Solved the Problem of Balancing U.S. Troop Safety and Civilian Safety by Executing Civilians in Vietnam But I Would Do a Better Job as Commander in Chief" Crowd.

33 posted on 07/25/2003 7:47:50 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Brian S
Satellite photo of Monrovia. Shows key bridges, beaches, stadium.


34 posted on 07/25/2003 9:06:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: Polybius
What you are saying bump. bttt!
35 posted on 07/25/2003 9:13:30 PM PDT by Brian S ("Mount up everybody and ride to the sound of the gun!")
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To: Brian S
British intelligence has not yet claimed that Liberia ever sought to purchase yellowcake from Niger, so why the rush to send troops?
36 posted on 07/25/2003 9:16:53 PM PDT by kevao
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To: Brian S
Send the French.
37 posted on 07/25/2003 9:31:51 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: BenLurkin
Do you have the population for that "island"?
38 posted on 07/25/2003 9:39:22 PM PDT by Brian S ("Mount up everybody and ride to the sound of the gun!")
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To: Falcon4.0
We should go nowhere near that rat hole, hold the coats only.
39 posted on 07/25/2003 9:47:46 PM PDT by jtsbrown
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To: Brian S
http://populations.com/Country.asp?ID=96&CityID=4138
40 posted on 07/25/2003 9:51:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: Brian S
Monrovia
Current population of the City
630660


Current population of the country
2563092
Population of the country in 1998
2666000
Population of the country in 2050
10010000
Population Growth
-3.86%
Unemployment
15.9%
Female/Male Ratio
(females per 100 males, 1997)
99
Nationality
Liberian(s)
Language
English 20% (official),
Niger-Congo language group
about 20 local languages come
from this group
Religion
traditional 70%, Muslim 20%,
Christian 10%
Geography
Liberia is bordered by Sierra
Leone, Guinea, It is comparable in
size to Tennessee.
Currency
Liberian dollar
41 posted on 07/25/2003 9:51:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: South40
"I'm goin' up to Mars and see for mah self where Neil armstrong left da flag"
42 posted on 07/25/2003 9:53:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: McGavin999
I'm not necessarily opposed to U.S. troops going into Liberia. But first, I want President Bush to go to the United Nations and make a speech laying out the case for intervention. Second, I want UN inspectors to go to Liberia for five, six, seven or more months to determine the situation. Finally, I want a few months (at least) of debate in the Security Council before we unilaterally intervene in Liberia.

If there's anything we've learned from our experience in Iraq, it should be this.
43 posted on 07/25/2003 9:55:35 PM PDT by kevao
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To: Brian S
African-American members of Congress say the Bush administration needs to immediately send troops to Liberia.

Yada yada yada. The buffoons of the Black Caucus were useless when it came to supporting GW's war in Iraq. Said buffoons are all Democrats, could this be a factor? If we are going to Africa we should take out Mugabe first.

44 posted on 07/25/2003 9:56:27 PM PDT by dennisw (G-d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: dennisw
"Congressman Donald Payne of New Jersey picked up on that line of criticism. `As we asked other countries to come into Iraq and to assist us in that situation, other countries are saying America where are you with your moral obligation to Liberia?' he said."

What moral obligation to Liberia?

45 posted on 07/25/2003 10:44:35 PM PDT by MadeInOhio
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To: Brian S
What a bunch of hypoctrites.

First, attacking Iraq was racist.

Now, not getting mired in Liberia is racist.

Does dark bread have more consistency than white bread?
46 posted on 07/26/2003 8:43:56 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: AngrySpud
What about the 3 MILLION dead in Congo in the past few years?

3 Million.
47 posted on 07/26/2003 8:45:47 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: sgtbono2002
You beat me to it.
48 posted on 07/26/2003 8:48:11 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (Further, the statement assumed)
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To: swarthyguy
Because for the vast majority of men, 67 is not "relatively young". It depends on how well they take care of themselves. Jac LaLane, for example, is 80-something, yet I'd consider him relatively young.
49 posted on 07/26/2003 10:47:37 AM PDT by AngrySpud
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