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FORGET OSAMA, SAYS BUSH - BUT LOOK OUT, SADDAM
NY POST ^ | 3/15/02 | DEBORAH ORIN and BRIAN BLOMQUIST

Posted on 03/15/2002 9:11:32 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

Edited on 05/26/2004 5:04:59 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON - President Bush said yesterday the United States is "going to deal with" Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein - and that Osama bin Laden is an irrelevant "parasite."

Bin Laden - the evil mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks - is "the ultimate parasite who found weakness, exploited it, and met his match," Bush said.


(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: osama; saddam

1 posted on 03/15/2002 9:11:32 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
He said he would consult with allies before taking action, but "all options are on the table."

"all options" eh?

does or doesnt it include the use of a nuke?

2 posted on 03/15/2002 9:18:16 AM PST by MetalHeadConservative35
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Yeah. One might say Bin-Laden is about as irrelevent as Arafat, where we're out to kill the former while coddling the latter.

Some war.

3 posted on 03/15/2002 9:18:35 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Now that the 'Bin Laden' patsy has served its purpose (American presence in Afghanistan, opium production, Caspian oil pipeline, or whatever), time to remove him from the public consciousness and move on to the next daemon so as to further whatever goals are part of this larger strategy. Whatever that may be.
4 posted on 03/15/2002 9:33:04 AM PST by droberts
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
This exactly what I was afraid of. The real danger, the person who actually deserves killing for what he did and might yet do to us, gets away, while someone who "possibly", "might be" a threat at some point in time gets our attention. The only people Iraq is a threat to is our national pimp, Israel. Meanwhile, Bin Laden can hide and recuperate until he decides to attack us on his terms, once. How many terrorist attacks and deaths is it going to take to get the government to realize that a few PSG-1 bullets would be much more effective against these punks than an entire army? Damn Idiots in the G.
5 posted on 03/15/2002 9:40:51 AM PST by snowfox
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
This is bizarre.

UBL and the Saudi coalition cabal are the true threat, not idiotic Saddam Insane.

Whoever is feeding W this information is an overeducated idiot.

Do you realize there is NO WAY to get information to the White House anonymously?

With the way the FBI treats informants WE ARE IN TROUBLE.

6 posted on 03/15/2002 9:46:17 AM PST by japaneseghost
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I love Bush, but this is a little weak. I wish the government/media hadn't made Osama into such a symbol to begin with. I guess we needed a "face". Still, I think it's too early to be calling Osama "irrelevant".
7 posted on 03/15/2002 9:49:01 AM PST by aristotleman
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To: aristotleman
Still, I think it's too early to be calling Osama "irrelevant".

I don't.

I think Osama is dead, as do others. (1) A tall body was found under rubble a month or so ago. And if that wasn't him ... (2) He was dying of kidney failure anyway, and it's touch to maintain dialysis under lousy desert conditions while being bombed.

8 posted on 03/15/2002 10:28:26 AM PST by Commie Basher
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To: Commie Basher
of course, osama was behind 3000+ murders, on to the next bete noir. we can't catch the bastard,so let's make believe he isn't such a bad guy. sure, for 6 months it's been osama all the time, now he doesn't exist?
9 posted on 03/15/2002 10:38:27 AM PST by contessa machiaveli
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To: droberts
time to remove him from the public consciousness and move on to the next daemon so as to further whatever goals are part of this larger strategy. Whatever that may be.

What is the general trend of the last 150 years of government action, and how much of that can be attributed to willful action?

10 posted on 03/15/2002 10:44:30 AM PST by Pistias
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I think we need to keep a broader view of this war. Getting Osama will not end it. President Bush's responsibility is to protect the country from terrorist threats. You can put all your eggs in one basket- getting Osama- then what? If you don't get him you have to admit defeat, lose the inititive and popular support. Saddam represents a clear threat, because he is developing WMD, and not just to be used by himself against us, but easily transferred to other radical groups who would gladly use them against us or allies, while he claims innocence. Instead of 3000 deaths you would be looking at 30,000. Another advantage is the message that would be sent to other Arab states in the area, that we are capable of changing governments. We are capable and willing to use force to accomplish these goals. The danger is there it would be foolish to ignore it.
11 posted on 03/15/2002 11:21:42 AM PST by WILLIALAL
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I think it was just a matter of time until this administration got it's sights on Iraq, and the War on Terrorism provided the perfect excuse. There are just too many people around Bush who want to make up for their leaving Saddam around after the Gulf War.
12 posted on 03/15/2002 12:27:00 PM PST by moderation_is_not_a_bad_thing
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To: onedoug
What good is bin Laden without his al Queda?
13 posted on 03/15/2002 12:29:38 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
We need to read this as we lost OSAMA, We can not find him or get him..so we will go after someone we think we can get..next month it will be someone else.

We look like the cops that can not shoot straight

The CIA is pathetic..America wil be the laughing stock of the Muslim world..we will be greater targets than before..because we are quitters..

Pathetic

Mr. President we can see what you are doing

14 posted on 03/15/2002 12:35:06 PM PST by RnMomof7
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It seems logical for Bush not to focus on what may be a red stain in a cave, but to instead broaden the effort to include those who would supply Usama's minions with WMD. With $25mm on his head, UBL would seem to be pretty far underground given the silence ...

If the ways (Al Queda, radical islamists) hook up with the means (WMD programs in 'axis' countries), then more 9/11-style cunning and destruction are on the menu for US.

15 posted on 03/15/2002 12:51:52 PM PST by spodefly
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To: contessa machiaveli
"We've always been at war with Eurasia."
16 posted on 03/15/2002 1:08:48 PM PST by Fire_on_High
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
There may be a method to Bush's apparent madness here: Send a messge to OBL we regard him as an idiot loser not worth any further intelligence or military effort, the maggot chafes at not being regarded the world's greatest terrorist, drops his guard enough to let us locate him, then we zero in and kill him.
18 posted on 03/15/2002 1:56:58 PM PST by Bars4Bill
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To: droberts
agreed
19 posted on 03/15/2002 1:59:55 PM PST by Governor StrangeReno
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To: 2sheep
Ever play this game as a kid,"I am a General in an army of some estimated 30000 now scattered and unaccounted for throughout Afghanistan,I oversee drug,slave and arms trading from Bosnia to the Phillipines I have 3000 operatives in 64 countries, I was working on and may well of developed chemical,biological and nuclear weapons,recently you have found my soldiers models of the capital and other places,false passports and drivers liscences,I can make cash go worldwide without going through banks,my followers are fundamentalists and I AM IRRELEVANT,WHO AM I?"
20 posted on 03/15/2002 2:13:05 PM PST by Governor StrangeReno
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To: deathscythex
Regarding the use of nukes:

That's for Bush to know and Saddam to find out.

21 posted on 03/15/2002 3:25:34 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: OKCSubmariner
It's Almost Like It's Planned

Legislation Related To 9-11 Terrorist Act

The Fall of the Republic

22 posted on 03/15/2002 4:12:40 PM PST by Uncle Bill
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Mr. President, let's not give up so easily.
23 posted on 03/15/2002 6:06:11 PM PST by mikeIII
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To: contessa machiaveli
Well, I never believed this "war on terror" was about Osama anyway. It's like everything else: a popular wagon to hitch anything onto. Remember when everything was "for the children?" Or when Gore said that enviornmental spending was "a national security issue?" Now we must teach literacy to "fight terror."

Clinton: "We must (wish list) for the children."

Gore: "We must (wish list) for national security."

Bush: "We must (wish list) to fight terror."

Squealer: "We must (wish list) so Jones won't come back."

24 posted on 03/16/2002 2:10:20 AM PST by Commie Basher
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