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My Letter To Bill O'Reilly Tonight
The Factor-Fox News ^ | 7-30-2003 | Self

Posted on 07/30/2003 8:03:21 PM PDT by Matchett-PI

Greetings Mr. O'Reilly,

If you're not just playing dumb, and really don't know where the WMD are, may I suggest that you get Kenneth R. Timmerman (of Insight Mag.) as a guest on your show --- SOON!

This is the second night in a row I watched you parroting the Democrat mantra, demanding that Bush tell us where the WMD are.

You appear to be out of the loop. That's not good that someone in your position is so much in the dark about what's going on.

I've provided you some succinct excerpts and links to what Mr. Timmerman wrote when he accompanied Powell to Syria on May 3, 2003. This will get you up to speed. I'll look forward to seeing Mr. Timmerman on your show.

Warm regards, [Name and Town]

Sending a Serious Message to Syria

Posted May 28, 2003 By Kenneth R. Timmerman

"The May 3 meeting in the presidential palace on the hilltop overlooking Damascus was short and to the point.

Secretary of State Colin Powell, flanked by State Department Arabists, told Syrian dictator Bashar Assad that the U.S. victory in Iraq had changed the way America plans to do business in the Middle East.

The days of the cozy deals and of winking and nodding at Syrian support for terrorism were ended. He then presented Assad with a list of U.S. demands that was nothing short of breathtaking.

Powell told the Syrian president that the United States requires him to help in the search for hidden Iraqi weapons.

The United States believes the weapons were taken in convoys of tanker trucks to Syria last fall, along with key production equipment, and buried in the Syrian desert shortly before U.N. arms inspectors returned to Iraq.

Powell demanded that Syria locate and turn over Iraqi weapons scientists and top-ranking Ba'ath Party officials who had been granted sanctuary by Syria once Gulf War II began. ... [end excerpt]

Not-So-Secret Iraqi-Syrian Deals - Posted May 28, 2003

By Kenneth R. Timmerman

Middle East analysts will tell you that Syria and Iraq long have been enemies, citing their leaders' rival visions of Ba'ath Party dictatorship. And they were right until Hafez Assad died in June 2000. Almost as soon as son Bashar took power, things began to change.

In November 2000, the younger Assad agreed to reopen a 500-mile oil pipeline, which soon began hauling an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 barrels per day from the Kirkuk oil fields of Iraq to Syria's Mediterranean export terminal at Banias. For Assad and Saddam Hussein, it was a gold mine. The pipeline deal gave Saddam an estimated $1.5 billion to $2 billion per year on the black market, with hefty transit fees going to Assad in the bargain.

Just two months later, on Jan. 31, 2001, the two countries agreed to double their $500 million-per-year trade, and triple it by 2002.

Gary C. Gambill, writing in the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin, reported that Assad had dispatched his younger brother, Maher Assad, to Baghdad on a secret two-day visit shortly before the trade agreement was inked to discuss military cooperation with Qusay Hussein.

Following that visit, agreements were drafted to hide Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in Syria should U.N. inspections resume, and later, when the coalition attack became imminent, to provide sanctuary to fleeing Iraqi leaders.

According to published reports, Syria also served as a conduit for weapons and spare parts that Iraq purchased on the black market in Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and France, in defiance with the U.N. embargo.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned in an interview with Israeli television on Dec. 24, 2002, that Iraq already had trucked the bulk of its weapons stockpiles to Syria earlier in the autumn, before the arrival of the U.N. inspectors.

After intense U.S. pressure, Bashar Assad has handed over several key Iraqi weapons scientists and intelligence officers, including Farouk Hijazi, believed to be the key link between Iraq and al-Qaeda. But hundreds of other Iraqis are reported to have escaped through Syria.

For now, Assad appears to be wedded to his lies. When asked by Lally Weymouth of Newsweek about the escaping Iraqis, Assad insisted that once the war began no one was allowed to come. "We allowed families to come to Syria, women and children," Assad said. "But we were suspicious of some of the relatives - that they had positions in the past and were responsible for killings in Syria in the eighties."

Kenneth R. Timmerman is a senior writer for Insight.


TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: fnc; foxnews; iraq; oreilly; powell; syria; thefactor; timmerman; wmd
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To: O.D.Cleaver; MJY1288; LdSentinal; Ernest_at_the_Beach
"To move all this material would have required an enormous effort that would have easily been detected by our overhead recon satellites." ~ O.D.Cleaver

Here's an interesting exchange on Free Republic a while back:

To: MJY1288

...One of my two best friends (they're twins) works for the United States State Department. He was assigned to Kuwait for the past five months and was there during the war. He e-mailed me in early May that he his boss (also in the State Department) told him that coalition forces found and captured Iraqi WMDs even before the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003. He said that the coalition would release this information and present the evidence at a proper time. When this time would be, his boss did not have any knowledge.

Also, my friend is a Bush-hater. College did that to him, so he's not a Bush-bot, but a Democrat supporter. Heck, he works for the United States State Department.

6 posted on 05/31/2003 3:07 AM EDT by LdSentinal

To: LdSentinal

Had you posted that on another thread? If not you are the second one to say they had personal contacts with someone in the State Dept that had stated WMD's had been found!

8 posted on 05/31/2003 3:14 AM EDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

To: LdSentinal

My Brother works for the State Department and is in Iraq right now. Your friend is telling a simular story to what my brother has shared with me

10 posted on 05/31/2003 3:19 AM EDT by MJY1288

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ummm, no, I did not post that story on another thread. Which thread would that be? Thanks in advance.

11 posted on 05/31/2003 3:20 AM EDT by LdSentinal

To: MJY1288

That's very interesting. I should have known -- considering my friend called Bush a coke addict -- that he would even share this information with me. If this is true, I wonder why the coalition is holding back this information.

13 posted on 05/31/2003 3:24 AM EDT by LdSentinal

To: LdSentinal

I believe the reason is because of international politics. From what I can gather, we compromised their computer systems and established quite a few contacts with Iraqi Generals. Spec. Ops were sent in early to secure some of these weapons and due to our early strikes on their command and control, there was no central command or co-ordinated communications for the Iraqi forces in the battle field.

Back in September, Our spy satellites detected convoys of trucks moving into Syria with suspected WMD's and they have evidence that dozens of trucks had their payloads buried in Syria, just over the border from Iraq.

There was mention of this in the news back then but as usual these kind of FACTS never seem to register on the radar screens of the leftist lemmings in the press.

16 posted on 05/31/2003 3:42 AM EDT by MJY1288
21 posted on 07/30/2003 8:46:48 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (Hey useful idiots! Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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To: lowbridge
no surpises there,eh?
22 posted on 07/30/2003 8:47:24 PM PDT by xtorpedoman (do what you can,with what you have, where ever you are)
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To: lowbridge
no surpises there,eh?
23 posted on 07/30/2003 8:47:46 PM PDT by xtorpedoman (do what you can,with what you have, where ever you are)
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To: The Mayor
Also the Fox crawl has been taken over by a Leftist. Tonight during Brit Hume's show, it read like Terry McAullife was typing it.
24 posted on 07/30/2003 8:49:28 PM PDT by faithincowboys
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To: lowbridge
"Oreilly got his ass kicked by Ann Coulter"

I know. I videotaped it. Hahahaha

25 posted on 07/30/2003 8:50:07 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (Hey useful idiots! Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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To: Matchett-PI
O'Reilly started out supporting PresBush, while giving no credence to the lack of hard evidence involving Saddam's WMD. As the mainstream media and the Democrat's turned up the heat, questioning the President veracity, O'Reilly's support started to waver.

Now it would seem Saddam's WMD are a big issue to O'Reilly. O'Reilly is a "johnny come lately", indicating little difference between O'Reilly and the leftwing attack dogs.

Having watched O'Reilly for over five years now, its obvious he's developed into a first class ratings whore. If that means taking aim at PresBush, O'Reilly will do so.

However, I don't believe a majority of Fox News viewers appreciate O'Reilly's sudden desire to nail the President.

26 posted on 07/30/2003 8:51:31 PM PDT by Reagan Man
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To: AHerald; Matchett-PI
BRAVO to both of you!
27 posted on 07/30/2003 8:52:53 PM PDT by windchime
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To: O.D.Cleaver
My guess is that they know some weapons are in Syria (or the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon), but do not want to do anything about them until after the next election. I'm pretty sure it was Condi Rice who stated not too long ago that the administration would not be pursuing another war any time soon. Our forces are stretched pretty thin. Once things are stabilized in Iraq, we will be better able to influence Syria that we intend to make that famous "left hand turn". If we found "all" the WMD in Iraq what pretense would we have to invade Lebanon in order to end Syrian occupation?

There can be no doubt that our presence in Iraq is disconcerting to Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians - especially with their realization that we no longer will allow our hands to be tied by the UN.

28 posted on 07/30/2003 8:53:13 PM PDT by wingman1
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To: Matchett-PI
Whether anyone cares to admit it or not, President Bush has a serious problem if WMD are not found in Iraq. He quite specifically told the American people that Saddam possessed WMD and posed a real threat to America.

Most Americans, myself included, believed him. Like O’Reilly, I am more than willing to give him time to locate those weapons. However, if he was wrong – more specifically, if what he told us about Saddam and WMD is not true, then he will loose my support and I suspect the support of most Americans, Democrats, Independents and Republicans.

We cannot afford to risk American lives on bad information – they are far too precious. I do not for a minute believe that he would do so maliciously, or for any personal reasons. However, he is the Commander-in-chief and must bear the responsibility for his actions.

29 posted on 07/30/2003 8:53:26 PM PDT by thtr
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To: Matchett-PI
O'Reilly is so busy trying to satisfy everybody that he is making a complete fool of himself. He is pretty much admitting his rightward tilt if he keeps bringing up stories such as this simply to satisfy the left. Furthur, the people he is trying to make happy will never be happy. Instead, they will keep crying for more. That's how Democrats are.
30 posted on 07/30/2003 9:01:25 PM PDT by rs79bm (My tagline has fallen and can't get up.)
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To: wingman1
nice sumation. i agree.
31 posted on 07/30/2003 9:01:26 PM PDT by xtorpedoman (do what you can,with what you have, where ever you are)
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To: nutmeg
I'm tired of Mr. O, the "independent". He tries so hard not to take sides, that he ends of saying a whole bunch of nothing.

I'm tired, like you, of all of the sexual content. I don't care for all the lewd commercials FOX runs in order to advertise Mr. O's shows about sex.

Brit is my favorite FOX, hands down.
32 posted on 07/30/2003 9:01:43 PM PDT by freedom4me
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To: Matchett-PI
No-Spin-Zone; Pteh!!

O'Rielly shameless kisses butt. He is an exhibitionist and a blowhard. Only a veneer of charisma seperates him from the sweaty-browed, ugly moronics of CHris 'The Iron Meathead' Matthews.
34 posted on 07/30/2003 9:07:14 PM PDT by .cnI redruM ("If you think no one cares about you, try skipping next month's car payment" - Daily Zen)
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To: Matchett-PI
I keep the sound down when he is on Fox. Arrogance mixed with self serving ego and half truths for the sake of provocation make for one hour of irritating noise.
35 posted on 07/30/2003 9:09:49 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: O.D.Cleaver
I understand your position.

With the attacks by other countries (word attacks) and by the media, and the left, etc. most would just come out and provide their proof.

Sometimes timing is ALL IMPORTANT.

I always saw it much smarter to give your enemies A BUNCH OF ROPE so they can make a really nice noose to hang themselves with.

Another issue is the LOCATION of the PROOF.

If it is HIDDEN, and we KNOW WHERE, It MAY be in a location that we can't just waltz into to show off the proof.

SO, patience is not only a virtue, but a POLITICAL NECESSITY.

When the time is right, so that we cannot be denied ACCESS to that HIDDEN PROOF, (Which we would be right now), you will see.

36 posted on 07/30/2003 9:11:51 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: Kewlhand`tek
See post 36
37 posted on 07/30/2003 9:14:20 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: Matchett-PI
Great letter,

I firmly believe David kay will show proof of an elaborate weapons program that consisted of dual use materials that could be brought together and assembled in a short period of time for deployment.

The precursors (Like the Castor Beans labeled as Fertilizer) have already been sucured, Chemical weapons can be assembled in a short peiod of time and require little maintainence, but the Bio Weapons are living organisms and need to be kept alive and require much more attention.

I believe Syria is where they will be found, and the only reason why Syria hasn't been paid a visit by Task Force 20 is because David Kay needs to assemble the evidence so we don't go into Syria with suspect Intel and get caught with our pants down.

I would be willing to bet that Iran will be paid a vist by the Israeli's and Syria will say hello to a massive attack by our forces by this time next year. Iran is the last big threat of a nuclear disaster in the mideast and there is no doubt that they will attack Israel the day they have a deliverable Nuclear Weapon. We have to act before a horror like we have never seen before is delivered to our troops in the region

38 posted on 07/30/2003 9:15:41 PM PDT by MJY1288 (The Enemies of America can Count on the Democrats for Aid and Comfort)
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Ann Coulter referred to patience today on the Linda Vester show on Fox. She said Democrats are like children in the back seat of the car asking the parents "Are we there yet?" She said the parents reply is "Not yet."
39 posted on 07/30/2003 9:16:14 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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