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Bush adding 21,500 troops to Iraq force - LIVE thread- speech 9pm EST
Yahoo/AP ^ | 1-10-07 | TerenceHunt

Posted on 01/10/2007 2:30:20 PM PST by STARWISE

Unswayed by anti-war passions, President Bush will send 21,500 additional U.S. troops to Iraq and build the American presence there toward its highest level to quell worsening bloodshed. The move puts Bush on a collision course with the new Democratic Congress and runs counter to advice from some senior generals.

Set to announce his decisions in a prime-time speech Wednesday night, Bush was to acknowledge making major mistakes in Iraq, primarily failing to deploy enough U.S. soldiers and demand more Iraqi troops and cooperation to confront the country's near-anarchy.

In advance of Bush's address, White House counselor Dan Bartlett said U.S. military operations have been "handcuffed by political interference by Iraqi leadership" — but now will proceed under rules allowing troops to confront Shiite militias as well as Sunni insurgents.

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The new Democratic leaders of Congress met with Bush and complained afterward that their opposition to a buildup had been ignored. "This is the third time we are going down this path. Two times this has not worked," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "Why are they doing this now? That question remains."

Senate and House Democrats are arranging votes urging the president not to send more troops. While lacking the force of law, the measures would compel Republicans to go on record as either bucking the president or supporting an escalation.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; bush; iran; iraq; presbush; syria; troops; wot
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To: jwalsh07

Amen.

And it's time we TELL THEM THAT!


751 posted on 01/10/2007 6:27:48 PM PST by Howlin (Don't blame me, I voted Republican!)
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To: Howlin
HOW???

He didn't say anything more than that...a less than 30-seconds response.

752 posted on 01/10/2007 6:27:49 PM PST by paulat
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To: LdSentinal

Serioulsly Id heard Ellison was going to do it


753 posted on 01/10/2007 6:27:52 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Allegra

Are you really up at 5:30am or are you in the states now?


754 posted on 01/10/2007 6:27:52 PM PST by RushCrush (War out!)
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To: Howlin

WE???!!! who the the hell is the 'WE' he is taling about?
it wasnt you Turbin.


755 posted on 01/10/2007 6:27:53 PM PST by KOZ.
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To: finnman69

Rats better be careful...Durbin is sounding like a defeatist...


756 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:02 PM PST by Dog (DEMS--- 5 day work week..............errr...nevermind....100 hours...starting...soon .....MAYBE)
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To: All

re: CSPAN Dick rebuttal

Cronkite he's not.

Watch it Durbin... you're giving Bush credit for some things... I have to save this.


757 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:02 PM PST by AliVeritas (Stop Global Dhimming.)
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To: finnman69

That is indeed the greatest news and it is excellent news.


758 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:06 PM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: STARWISE
What happened to the Demorat who would say,


759 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:10 PM PST by do the dhue (How come the Demorats have not fixed Iraq yet? They're inept!! Vote 'em out!!)
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To: Txsleuth

The MSM Channels are not carrying Durbin's speech


760 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:12 PM PST by Mo1 (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC AND DONATE)
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To: Miss Marple
WHAT???? DURBIN IS GIVING A RESPONSE??? WHAT THE HECK IS THIS???

Who better to voice the cut-n-run platform of his party.

761 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:14 PM PST by silent_jonny (Nothing Less Than Victory)
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To: Txsleuth

Are the Demonrats going to have a "response" to all of the President's speeches from now on? What is this garbage?


762 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:18 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: MagUSNRET

Approprite indeed...and from the sounds of it he didn't hear a word that President Bush said. What an idiot.


763 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:18 PM PST by blinachka (Vechnaya Pamyat Daddy... xoxo)
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To: Right_in_Virginia

From none other than Senator Turbin...who resides somewhere in the land of OZ.


764 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:27 PM PST by eleni121 ( + En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great))
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To: All

Durbin whining about the 4th year of this conflict. I guess it's a good thing we didn't put a time limit on the Revolution.


765 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:31 PM PST by edpc (The pen is mightier than the sword......until you fight someone.)
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To: STARWISE

Well, maybe they got the time on the cable news channels, but not on the networks. hehehe


766 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:37 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Peach

Drudge has the trascript to the speech


767 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:39 PM PST by sasha123 (Jack's Back - 1/14)
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To: Mo1
Bush Warning to Iran: 'I recently ordered deployment of additional carrier strike group'... 'We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria'...

Call me crazy but I still think they'll find the WMDs in Syria. But that's just me.

768 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:42 PM PST by RushCrush (War out!)
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To: edpc

Arghhh, dispicable. How telling of the media to put Turbin Durbin up after the President's speech. Disgusting. Rally and support for the President, our troops and the WOT ..SHOULD BE THE DUTY OF ALL AMERICANS.


769 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:46 PM PST by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America and All who protect and preserve this Great Nation.)
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To: Txsleuth

I couldn't take it. I had to turn him off. What did he say?


770 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:46 PM PST by Miss Marple (Prayers for Jemian's son,: Lord, please keep him safe and bring him home .)
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To: Right_in_Virginia

Durbin sure likes to say the word "we".


771 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:46 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Mo1
The MSM Channels are not carrying Turbin's speech
772 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:47 PM PST by do the dhue (How come the Demorats have not fixed Iraq yet? They're inept!! Vote 'em out!!)
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To: STARWISE

I don't understand how a major policy speech to the nation can get equal time but I am not listening!


773 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:50 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Take Back the House and Senate in 2008)
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To: Mo1

774 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:53 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: Miss Marple

And he's taking questions


775 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:54 PM PST by Mo1 (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC AND DONATE)
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To: silent_jonny

You said it. "Redeployment" = RETREAT to the dems.


776 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:54 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: Right_in_Virginia
Durbin is doing his best to deflat our troops

It's not the first time.

777 posted on 01/10/2007 6:28:56 PM PST by Fudd Fan (Liberal RATs will get us all killed.)
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To: ChicagoConservative27
Dick Morris can stick it. He said this speech won't do a thing for Bush.

He's right...Pres. Bush will probably not run again after this term is up. ;o)

778 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:03 PM PST by tsmith130
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To: finnman69

Sounded like good news to me. It is time to now show the world why we took Iraq in the first place. Bush has two years to complete the final phase of the war.


779 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:05 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Fudd Fan

Dickie Durbin is saying that only Iraqis can now end the violence and that they can't dial '911' (no pun intended) for the USA to save their country now.


780 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:06 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Txsleuth
I'm so embarrassed this POS is my Senator.
781 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:07 PM PST by ChicagoConservative27
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To: Right_in_Virginia
Durbin is doing his best to deflat our troops and the Iraqis. This is disgusting.

Men like Durbin were General Giaps wet dream and now terrorists the world over have that same nocturnal emission.

782 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:08 PM PST by jwalsh07 (Duncan Hunter for President)
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To: onyx

So the guy who compared our troops to Pol Pot is who the Democrats chose to counter the president. Moonbats.


783 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:08 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Right_in_Virginia

What's his plan? Restore the electricity?

*&@#*&*


784 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:12 PM PST by Jrabbit
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To: Mo1

Durbin is taking questions from the press.............LOL.


785 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:13 PM PST by Howlin (Don't blame me, I voted Republican!)
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To: Mo1; Ernest_at_the_Beach; paulat


What is this that the democrats get a prime time response?

This was not the State of the Union!


786 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:27 PM PST by onyx (DONATE NOW! -- It takes DONATIONS to keep FR running!!)
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To: do the dhue
The MSM Channels are not carrying Turbin's speech

LOL!

787 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:27 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: STARWISE
Good speech about 'terrists en Ehrack".
788 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:28 PM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: Lil'freeper
Durbin: "It's time for Iraqis to stand and defend their own nation...."


789 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:33 PM PST by Darth Republican
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To: altura

Little Timmy is trying to Cronkite this war.


790 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:35 PM PST by txradioguy (In Memory Of My Friend 1st Sgt. Tim Millsap A Co, 70th Eng. Bn. 3rd Bde 1st AD K.I.A. 25 April 2005)
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To: Dog
Sounds like Durbin's speech was edited. It was short and useless.
791 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:37 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: onyx

I don't remember the Republican minority getting rebitta;s after everyC;omtpm speech, do you?


792 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:45 PM PST by Carolinamom (Thank God that Mary and Joseph were not pro-choicers.)
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To: Mo1

DURBIN just told a reporter after his speech that 20,000 troops isn't enough!!!!

WTF is going on in this world!!!


793 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:47 PM PST by Txsleuth (FREEPATHON TIME-Please become a monthly donor, or Dollar a Day donor.)
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To: Howlin
Democrat Senator Dick Durbin a provider of AID and COMFORT to the enemy just finished his treasonous and defeatist speech.
794 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:47 PM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: Mo1

795 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:53 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth shall set you free))))
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To: COUNTrecount

CNN also isn't carrying Durbin

only MSNBC is


796 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:55 PM PST by Mo1 (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC AND DONATE)
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To: Miss Didi

Brit came on immediately after the president on my Fox News Channel.


797 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:58 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: mylife

Should be 'horse's ass with no name'


798 posted on 01/10/2007 6:29:58 PM PST by RushCrush (War out!)
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To: All

I think this bipartisan work group is a way to bypass the democrats (like Lehey) on security sensitive committees.

This response could have been written in the 1980's regarding any military action lead by reagan.


799 posted on 01/10/2007 6:30:00 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: altura

The MSM is doing the same thing Tokyo Rose did during WWII! And, this includes Bill O'Reilly!


800 posted on 01/10/2007 6:30:03 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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