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Tough queries for Gov. Ritter [Colorado] 30 Iraqi teens grill him during a visit
The Gazette ^ | 2 August 2007 | ED SEALOVER

Posted on 08/02/2007 9:29:32 AM PDT by Red Steel

DENVER - Gov. Bill Ritter got more than he bargained for when he entertained questions Wednesday from 30 Iraqi teenagers touring the United States.

Speaking to the students, the Democratic governor explained that he believes the U.S. invasion of Iraq was preemptive and that America’s presence has “greatly jeopardized” security in the country.

Do you know the real situation over there? the students asked.

The students, whose identities are being kept secret for fear of retaliation when they return home, told Ritter the last thing they want is the immediate exit of U.S. forces — a view the governor said he’s also heard from Jordanian officials.

Saying unguarded cities and towns are far more dangerous than they’ve been described in the American media, the students peppered Ritter with questions about whether he would pull U.S. troops out if it meant more Iraqi civilians would get killed.

“It’s a bad situation. It’s a very bad situation,” one boy told the governor. “We need someone to help us.”

Near the end of about 10 minutes of questions, Ritter told the students: “I’m not a person who is trying to defend the position of the United States going to Iraq . . . but I think innocent Iraqis deserve a chance at peace and safety.”

The General Assembly passed a resolution earlier this year calling for an end to the current buildup of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Because it was a resolution rather than a bill, Ritter did not have to sign or veto it.

After the meeting with Ritter at the state Capitol, several of the Iraqi teenagers said regardless of how they felt about the initial U.S. invasion, the troops are needed now.

Militias most often target villages where U.S. troops are not stationed, several said.

One boy said the U.S. needs to concentrate on closing off Iraq’s borders so that terrorists can’t enter the country.

Another boy said America must make the Iraqi government be more honest with the people and explain where the country’s money and resources are going.

“I don’t think any of them want the troops to withdraw,” said 14-year-old Rachel Sabey, whose family is one of several in the Denver area hosting the students while they are in Colorado learning about local government.

Judging Ritter’s answers, one girl said that foreign policy wasn’t his job, and a boy added that Ritter, like most American leaders, only knows what he hears from major media sources.

“They know the upper level of the situation. They don’t know in deep,” the boy said.

The group will depart soon for Virginia and Washington, D.C., where it will study civics.

The trip to Colorado was organized through the Baghdad-Denver Region Partnership, a program of Sister Cities International, and funded largely by the U.S. State Department.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: billritter; democrats; iraq; ritter; terrorism

"Bill Ritter: Spoke with Iraqis who said
a quick U.S. pullout is the last thing they want."
1 posted on 08/02/2007 9:29:38 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel
One boy said the U.S. needs to concentrate on closing off Iraq’s borders so that terrorists can’t enter the country.

Smart boy. He should replace Chertoff.

2 posted on 08/02/2007 9:32:21 AM PDT by Texas Federalist (Fred!)
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To: Red Steel

Out of the mouth of babes.


3 posted on 08/02/2007 9:34:09 AM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Red Steel

Saying unguarded cities and towns are far more dangerous than they’ve been described in the American media, the students peppered Ritter with questions about whether he would pull U.S. troops out if it meant more Iraqi civilians would get killed.

I thought the media made Iraq appear more dangerous and unstable than it really is.


4 posted on 08/02/2007 9:35:32 AM PDT by Augustinian monk
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To: Red Steel; Allegra

ROFL. Iraqi Kids body slamming a politcal hack. You have to love it.


5 posted on 08/02/2007 9:38:04 AM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: Texas Federalist

Sorry son. The U.S. does not know how to close a boarder.


6 posted on 08/02/2007 9:38:14 AM PDT by 70th Division (If we loose the Republic we have lost it all.)
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To: Texas Federalist

LOL!


7 posted on 08/02/2007 9:39:01 AM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: Red Steel

Like in Viet Nam, the dems really don’t care how many people die.


8 posted on 08/02/2007 9:40:45 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: 70th Division

The US also doesn’t know how to close a border.


9 posted on 08/02/2007 9:42:25 AM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: Red Steel

“One boy said the U.S. needs to concentrate on closing off Iraq’s borders . . . “

Obviously a racist kid, bigoted against `undocumented Iraqis’.
A nativist `know-nothing’, he must not want what’s best for Iraq.


10 posted on 08/02/2007 9:46:28 AM PDT by tumblindice
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To: basil

:>)


11 posted on 08/02/2007 9:46:31 AM PDT by Syncro
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To: Red Steel
I don’t guess Pelosi or Reid will be meeting with this group of Iraqis?
12 posted on 08/02/2007 9:56:36 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Augustinian monk

“I thought the media made Iraq appear more dangerous and unstable than it really is.”

The media makes look like the only trouble in Iraq is where U.S. troops are stationed, guarding the Iraqi’s.

They act like the rest of the country is Disney World.


13 posted on 08/02/2007 9:57:39 AM PDT by Gvl_M3 (Sometimes, you have to stand up for yourself, even if it doesn't look "Compassionate.")
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To: Red Steel
One boy said the U.S. needs to concentrate on closing off Iraq’s borders so that terrorists can’t enter the country.

Calling George Bush. Calling George Bush. Border security is your friend.

14 posted on 08/02/2007 10:08:38 AM PDT by Go Gordon (The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
These kids need to yell at our Congress when they get to DC.

Though considering the left will not listen to Iraqi leaders, US Military officers, Milbloggers, honest embedded reporters, or even read their own past quotes from the 1990s on about Iraq, why should the left now listen to children?

The left did not care about the millions of South Vietnamese who were slaughtered by the communist North either.

I have no idea how they sleep at night, but then I remember that the “Weather Underground/Weathermen group advocated killing millions of Americans to implement communism in the USA. The radical left sleeps at night because they dream about implementing a true police state and ‘cleansing’ any opposition.

15 posted on 08/02/2007 10:26:00 AM PDT by M1Tanker (Proven Daily: Modern "progressive" liberalism is just National Socialism without the "twisted cross")
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To: Red Steel
Near the end of about 10 minutes of questions, Ritter told the students: “I’m not a person who is trying to defend the position of the United States going to Iraq . . . but I think innocent Iraqis deserve a chance at peace and safety.”

Typical sleazy political non-answer to the Iraqi children's concerns. But these kids seem smart. I highly doubt they bought it.

16 posted on 08/02/2007 10:28:12 AM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
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To: Augustinian monk; Red Steel
I thought the media made Iraq appear more dangerous and unstable than it really is.

It does because of its tactic of only showing bad news. The media rarely talks about the various levels of progress being made, so Iraq comes off looking hopeless and more of a disaster than it really is.

That being said, I LOVE that these kids did this and highly encourage them to visit Reid, Pelosi and all of that vermin.

'Course I know that won't happen...

17 posted on 08/02/2007 10:41:19 AM PDT by Allegra (15)
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To: Red Steel
The governor of my state is an idiot. The kids were more knowledgeable than him! Go figure.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

18 posted on 08/02/2007 11:02:09 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: JZelle

Not so, the Dems are so concerned about the slaughter in Darfur they want to “redeploy” US soldiers out of Iraq, to save lives of course.


19 posted on 08/02/2007 11:37:01 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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The Iraqis now know first hand what we in Colorado have know all along; Ritter is a mental eunuch.


20 posted on 08/02/2007 11:56:57 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: JZelle
"Like in Viet Nam, the dems really don’t care how many people die."

Exactly. Scratch a Democrat, find a racist.

This includes you, "To-Hell-With-Iraqi-Kids" Obama.

---Father of an Iraqi vet

21 posted on 08/02/2007 12:37:10 PM PDT by cookcounty (Famous Quotes: "I have not yet begun to fight!! ...and I'm so terribly exhausted!" --Capt Harry Reid)
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To: Red Steel

Ooops. The Gov made an ass of himself again.


22 posted on 08/02/2007 3:05:12 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Red Steel
"Ritter told the students: “I’m not a person who is trying to defend the position of the United States going to Iraq . . . but I think innocent Iraqis deserve a chance at peace and safety.”

Typical liberal: "I have good intentions. I'm full of good intentions. If you have to die, to make me feel better, due to my good intentions, well, that's a price we'll have to pay.

Of course, the Iraqi kid is dead and Gov. Ritter is wondering down the rose path, that's the price a good liberal is willing to pay.

BTW, why don't the pro-Victory people get these kids on tape with their opinions. I'm sure Gov. Ritter was just stunned by these kids. He believes the liberal propaganda that they all hate us, because of the invasion, occupation, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, etc.

Here's the unofficial motto of the third world: "Yankee go home (and take me with you)"

23 posted on 08/02/2007 4:23:26 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Just laugh at them!)
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