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  • Bush To Mark Anniversary of Iraq War with Series of Speeches

    03/11/2006 8:45:36 AM PST · by mdittmar · 12 replies · 275+ views
    U.S. Department of State ^ | 11 March 2006 | President Bush
    for=search>border=0> Advanced Search/Archive   Espańol | Français | Pycckuú |   |   |     You Are In: USINFO > Products >Washfile   11 March 2006 Bush To Mark Anniversary of Iraq War with Series of Speeches Says, despite difficulties, U.S. better off with Saddam Hussein out of powerPresident Bush plans to give a series of speeches on Iraq to update the American people on the U.S. strategy for victory, and to mark the three-year anniversary of the beginning of the coalition military operation that overthrew Saddam Hussein’s regime.Speaking March 11 in his weekly radio address, Bush said that beginning with his March 13 speech on the...
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom -- the year in review...

    05/01/2004 2:10:50 AM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 135+ views ^ | 5/01/04 | Mark Alexander
    On May 1, 2003, all hands on deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln cheered their Commander-in-Chief, George W. Bush, as he declared, "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed, and now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country." In the year since the cessation of major hostilities, America's resolve in our war against Jihadistan has been under relentless assault -- not so much by the Jihadis themselves, but by the political ambitions of Demo-presidential contenders and their Leftmedia minions. Though our national resolve has...
  • Why We Invaded Iraq

    04/14/2004 8:03:33 AM PDT · by Americathy · 3 replies · 156+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | 04/14/2004 | John Hawkins
    Given that we're more than a year out from the start of the war in Iraq, fighting has flared up recently, and opponents of the war have been trying rewrite history to take advantage of the fact that our intelligence estimates about WMD in Iraq have proven to be inaccurate, it's important to remind people why we went to Iraq. To begin with, it's important to put the war in context. We must remember that we have been trying to remove Saddam Hussein from power since the Gulf War. Here's David Frum on that subject, "In the 2000 election, both...
  • "Protesters dishonor those who sacrificed their lives"-Belated Springfield, MO Freep Report

    03/31/2004 2:08:28 PM PST · by swmopatriot · 37 replies · 518+ views
    Springfield News-Leader ^ | 3/31/04 | Mary Ann Bullock
    <p>On March 20, I drove along East Sunshine past a small group of peace activists on one side of Sunshine holding up a piece of tarp with sheets of 8?-by-11-inch paper attached supposedly telling the stories of American soldiers killed in Iraq ("Wall bridges feelings of loss," March 21 News-Leader). Directly across the street were two 18-year-olds, Jason Highley holding up a sign reading "Terrorists are the enemy, not George W. Bush" and Matt Simpson was holding up another sign that said "Freedom's not free." Those two boys have learned more in 18 years than those across the street, such as Ed Janosik, have in 75 or 80 years. Yes, we grieve for those who have given their lives, and also for their families. And yes, each of those who have given their lives deserve to be honored to the highest degree. Those brave men volunteered to do what they were doing when they lost their lives because they knew that if the terrorists are not stopped, a lot more Americans will lose their lives as a result. After they have fallen, to use their stories in that manner dishonors them rather than honors them, because protest demonstrations such as that only give encouragement to the terrorists.</p>
  • U.S. Military Gets Home Comforts in Iraq

    03/30/2004 11:29:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 235+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 30, 2004 at 23:10:53 PST | DENIS D. GRAY
    BAQUBAH, Iraq (AP) - Fresh strawberries from California. Stationary biking to the beat of rap music. Free Internet. And within gunsights, indoor basketball courts and maybe some cappuccino bars. What a difference a year makes. During the Iraq war and the ensuing months, U.S. troops invariably ate MREs - packaged military rations - showered with bottled water and slept in packed, sweltering tents or on the cold desert floor. Now, settling in for the long haul, the lifestyles of American soldiers are getting major upgrades. The world beyond the concertina wires may be just as dangerous as last year, but...
  • The Transition Has Begun

    03/29/2004 1:55:36 PM PST · by stylin_geek · 18 replies · 130+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 29, 2004 | Robert Alt
    One by one, Iraqis regain control of their own government operations. BAGHDAD — Much debate has swirled from Washington to Baghdad over the June 30, 2004, Coalition-pullout deadline: Will it be too soon to formally transfer power over key governmental operations from Coalition authority to the Iraqi people? At least one agency has demonstrated that June 30 is not soon enough: In a formal ceremony on Sunday, Ambassador Paul Bremer, surrounded by Iraqi doctors, announced that authority over the Ministry of Health is now officially in the hands of the Iraqi people. That the Ministry of Health should be the...
  • U.S.-Funded Projects to Propel Iraqi Economic Renaissance

    03/29/2004 10:22:56 AM PST · by Calpernia · 7 replies · 230+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 29, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    After enduring decades under a corrupt state-run economy, the Iraqi people are poised for an economic renaissance through reconstruction projects funded by an $18.4 billion American grant, senior U.S. and Iraqi officials announced today in Baghdad. "The waiting is all but over. The partnership between the American and Iraqi people for the reconstruction of Iraq is on the move," Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, Coalition Provisional Authority administrator, told reporters during a news briefing. This "Partnership for Prosperity," Bremer noted, will benefit all Iraqis and "is based on the commitment of the American people to provide substantial support" to transform...
  • Editorial: Anti-War Movement Needs to Reinvigorate Supporters (Berkeley editorial)

    03/29/2004 7:18:25 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 8 replies · 133+ views
    Editorial: Anti-War Movement Needs to Reinvigorate Supporters This week is critical for the movement opposing the U.S.-Iraq War. The one year anniversary of the invasion presents the opportunity to see whether the same groups that coordinated last year’s demonstrations still have the influence to do it again. A year ago, as bombs were beginning to fall in Iraq, millions of people filled the streets of the world’s major cities condemning the military’s action. In San Francisco more than a hundred thousand people marched through downtown. There was a palpable anger in the air. It was an unmistakable conflagration of...
  • Mark Steyn: One Year On, and Iraq's Better Off

    03/28/2004 9:09:27 AM PST · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 102+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 27, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    Just under a year ago, Baghdad fell. A great day, or so you'd think — especially after the idiotic predictions of how the city would be a new Stalingrad, with coalition troops fighting street to street for months on end. But, instead of even a moment of sheepish embarrassment, all the experts — the U.N., the French, the world's media, the nongovernmental organizations and the left in general — simply galloped on to even more idiotic predictions of doom. On April 12 last year, I wrote a column mocking the global naysayers' latest Top Ten Quagmires Of The Week. If...
  • Mark Steyn: Iraq has never had it so good

    03/25/2004 6:21:36 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 61 replies · 867+ views
    The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | 03/27/04 | Mark Steyn
    One year after the war began, Mark Steyn believes that anyone who looks honestly at liberated Iraq must see it as a success story New Hampshire Before we get on to the breezy assertions and specious arguments, here are ten facts about Iraq today: 1) Saddam Hussein is in jail, his sons are in ‘paradise’, and of the 52 faces on the Pentagon’s deck of cards all but nine are now in one or the other of those locations. 2) The coalition casualties in February were the lowest since the war began. 3) Attacks on the Iraqi oil pipelines have...
  • Yes I believe it was a Just War

    03/24/2004 4:27:24 AM PST · by LadyDoc · 14 replies · 225+ views
    The (London) Evening Standard ^ | March 19,2004 | Andrew Gilligan
    Yes, I believe it was a just war By Andrew Gilligan, Evening Standard 19 March 2004 Tonight, exactly a year ago, was the night that people all over the world went to bed, but couldn't get to sleep. The politicians had voted. The UN inspectors had left. The invasion force, or at least the American part of it, was ready. As the sands ran out on the final deadline of the final US ultimatum, I was lying on my "executive mattress" at the Palestine Hotel, Baghdad, biting my nails and wondering if I was going to die. I wasn't the...
  • Andrew "sexed up" Gilligan on the Iraq war

    03/23/2004 9:06:13 PM PST · by chauvelin01 · 5 replies · 667+ views
    The Evening Standard (London) | March 19, 2004 | Andrew Gilligan
    Yes, I believe itTONIGHT, exactly a year ago, was the night that people all over the world went to bed, but couldn't get to sleep. The politicians had voted. The UN inspectors had left. The invasion force, or at least the American part of it, was ready. As the sands ran out on the final deadline of the final US ultimatum, I was lying on my "executive mattress" at the Palestine Hotel, Baghdad, biting my nails and wondering if I was going to die. I wasn't the only one. Even at 3am, the lights in the flats opposite were on,...
  • Iraqis Say “War Was the ANSWER”: But protesters were yelling too loudly to hear them

    03/23/2004 8:49:52 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 13 replies · 198+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 3/23/2004 | Andrew Cline
    Being divorced from reality is what being an antiwar protester is all about. For a few hours each year you get to run around disrupting other people's lives, pretending you're doing something socially relevant, and saying things like "War doesn't solve anything" (said last weekend by New York City protester Matthew Stanton) and "If there aren't any soldiers there can't be war" (said by Alabama protester David Waters). Aside from being great philosophers, antiwar protesters also are adept at seeing the world the way it really is. Page Getz, press coordinator for the antiwar group ANSWER, said during a protest...
  • After Action Report: Lansing Freep 3/20/04

    03/23/2004 8:16:27 PM PST · by Zol03 · 18 replies · 237+ views
    Our Freep started at the Capitol, so we could prepare for the lefties march there. There were only a handful of us, but we made the most of it, and were quite loud. Two patriots, though not Freepers, led the Parade to the Capitol. One the sidewalk in front of the Capitol lefties pretended to be the dead. We were warned multiple times not to step on them! The usual suspects were there: ANSWER, Direct Action (aka the Dead), and some other people who wish we were still in the 60s. Once the peaceniks gathered they started beating their "war...
  • The Price of Freedom In Iraq

    03/23/2004 6:26:12 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 3 replies · 301+ views
    3/19/04 | Donald Rumsfield
    The Price of Freedom in Iraq By DONALD H. RUMSFELD ASHINGTON This week, as we mark the one-year anniversary of the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, it is useful to recount why we have fought. Not long ago I visited South Korea, just as the Korean government was debating whether to send troops to Iraq. In Seoul, I was interviewed by a Korean journalist who was almost certainly too young to have firsthand recollection of the Korean War. She asked me, "Why should Koreans send their young people halfway around the globe to be killed or wounded in Iraq?" As...
  • Paratroopers remember the jump into Iraq

    03/23/2004 6:10:09 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 19 replies · 1,848+ views
    US Army Europe ^ | March 23, 2004 | Spc. Adrian Schulte, SETAF Public Affairs
     Public Affairs March 23, 2004 Paratroopers remember the jump into IraqStory by Spc. Adrian Schulte, SETAF Public Affairs Photo by Spc. C. Terrell Turner Last minute checks are accomplished before paratroopers board the plane bound for Iraq to participate in the historic jump. VICENZA, Italy -- It has almost been a year since about one thousand paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade parachuted into war, opening up the northern front in the effort to liberate Iraq. The March 26, 2003 jump was recently classified as a combat jump and the paratroopers who participated in it will now be able to...
  • Got Any Gripes? Join The War Protest (everyone loves a parade!)

    03/23/2004 8:11:06 AM PST · by dead · 9 replies · 150+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 23, 2004 | Adam Buckman
    <p>Watching the TV news coverage of Saturday's protest march in midtown, I had the feeling the reporters and camera crews were not telling a complete story.</p> <p>And that's because I was there.</p> <p>Saturday's march was the lead story on virtually every newscast Saturday evening.</p>
  • Iraq: One Year Later (delivered on March 17, 2004, as part of the Heritage Foundation event Iraq)

    03/22/2004 4:53:48 PM PST · by bogdanPolska12 · 1 replies · 80+ views ^ | by James Phillips
    (This speech was delivered on March 17, 2004, as part of the Heritage Foundation event Iraq: One Year Later.) One year after the onset of the war in Iraq, I think it is safe to say that the United States is better off than it was before the war. Moreover, our allies are better off and the Iraqi people are certainly better off. For the United States, the ouster of Saddam Hussein’s regime pays considerable strategic dividends that too often are glossed over or given short shrift by critics of the Bush Administration. True, these strategic gains have come at...
  • Zeeland Michigan Chapter of Protest Warrior storms anti-war freaks in two towns on same day!

    03/22/2004 3:06:11 PM PST · by cybersaint · 25 replies · 269+ views
  • James Lileks: "The Bleat" on Protestors and Traitors on the first anniversary of the Iraq War

    03/22/2004 7:46:25 AM PST · by jmcclain19 · 16 replies · 133+ views ^ | 03/22/04 | James Lileks
    Hi how are you I’m fine let’s get to the meat, the discussion of the weekend anti-war rallies. Or, if you dislike these things: matchbook 102! Imagine if you woke from an operation and discovered that your tumor was gone. You’d think: I suppose that’s a good thing. But. You learned that the hospital might profit from the operation. You learned that the doctor who made the diagnosis had decided to ignore all the other doctors who believed the tumor could be discouraged if everyone protested the tumor in the strongest possible terms, and urged the tumor to relent....
  • Consolidated 3/20/2004 Counter-Protest FReep Report Thread

    03/22/2004 7:27:25 AM PST · by FreedomPoster · 66 replies · 2,189+ views
    Free Republic | 3/22/2004 | freedomposter
    There has been much good work done by FReepers this past weekend. Although I was unable to directly participate, I thought that compiling a summary of all the threads on the counter-protests would be a worthwhile endeavor, and might redeem me for my lack of participation. And Bravo! to all you FReepers who participated and otherwise helped.
  • Iraq, a year later: Iraqis say lives improved after war

    03/22/2004 3:58:03 AM PST · by billorites · 1 replies · 131+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | March 22, 2004 | Editorial
    A YEAR AFTER the start of the Iraq war, and on the same day that Spain’s Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Zapatero called the occupation of Iraq “a fiasco,” ABC News released a poll in which more Iraqis said the war improved their lives than said it made things worse. The poll released last Thursday found that 48 percent of Iraqis said the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was “right” while only 39 percent called it “wrong,” and 56 percent said their lives were better after the war. Contrast this to Howard Dean’s patently ludicrous statement in January that Iraqis are “a...
  • A Hate America Anniversary

    03/22/2004 3:49:00 AM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 109+ views ^ | 3/22/04 | Anthony Gancarski
    International ANSWER has been outstanding at masking its true, totalitarian goals. The Workers World Party front group, which has ties to North Korea, saw itself in the vanguard of last year's "peace" marches. And ANSWER sought to regain that position last Saturday, March 20, with a worldwide series of marches designed to protest the liberation of Iraq one year ago. A bulk email sent by International ANSWER a couple of days before the front group’s March 20th “mass mobilization” [in conjunction with other groups, notably the Communist-led “United for Peace and Justice”] to “stop occupation and war in Haiti, Palestine,...
  • Iraq's still front line in terror war

    03/22/2004 2:25:59 AM PST · by kattracks · 107+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 3/22/04 | Stanley Crouch
    We can contemplate a good number of things as we think back over the year since our nation invaded Iraq. Some will say that we are in a quagmire and believe it. I don't, but it does seem that we were not all prepared for the resistance that has continued after the invasion. That means we are now fighting the real war and are losing troops the way that one does in a real war. Should we be in there or should we pull out? The deaths of our troops are tragic and are magnified by the news media, which...
  • Follow up to crashing the anti-war-american love fest

    03/21/2004 10:59:12 PM PST · by OregonRepublican · 12 replies · 207+ views
    Heres some pics of us crashing the liberals anti-american-war love fest, we couldnt let the liberals walk over our city, our troops, our president, and our country. There was 6 of us from some of our signs were Vote 4 kerry... saddam would have wanted it that way, Get out of Iraq... How dare Pres Bush bring freedom and democracy to Iraq, Get out of Iraq... bring back the rape room, gas chambers and shredders, Support Peace.. by opposing wars that turn brutal dictaorships into free democracies, and Say no to war... unless a democrat is president. The...
  • American Food and American Heroes

    03/21/2004 8:35:14 PM PST · by Rush Reagan · 10 replies · 193+ views
    I just want to announce to everyone that the Grand Old Cause conservative activism club at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana will be holding a support the troops rally on Thursday March 25th starting at 11 am. There will be free hotdogs, chips, and apple pie for everyone, and you will also be provided the opprotunity to meet and personally thank some soldiers, who have returned from Iraq, for protecting our freedom. The even will be held in Dunn Meadow between 7th St and the Indiana Memorial Union. Any and all are welcome. Any service men and women and their...
  • Was the war worth its price?

    03/21/2004 7:35:54 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 14 replies · 150+ views
    Star ^ | 21 March 04 | By Donald H. Rumsfeld
    Yes. As we mark the one-year anniversary of the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, it is useful to recount why we have fought. Not long ago I visited South Korea just as the Korean government was debating whether to send troops to Iraq. In Seoul, I was interviewed by a Korean journalist who was almost certainly too young to have a firsthand recollection of the Korean War. She asked me, "Why should Koreans send their young people halfway around the globe to be killed or wounded in Iraq?" As it happened, I had that day visited a Korean War memorial,...
  • Only certainty of terror war is that we won't give up

    03/21/2004 6:06:48 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 14 replies · 122+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 21, 2004 | Editorial Staff
    Those who hate the fact that the Bush administration reacted to Sept. 11 by going after our avowed enemies, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq, always argue against the continuing Iraqi war -- which did not end on some arbitrary timetable known only to them -- by suggesting that somehow the war is distracting us from rooting out those responsible for the attacks: al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. That waging a large-scale war and ferreting out terrorists from their remote mountain lairs are two very different enterprises doesn't enter into the calculation, which uses a rudimentary "We should have...
  • Bush points to unity despite a divisive war

    03/20/2004 9:14:28 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 110+ views
    Express-News Washington Bureau ^ | 03/20/2004 | Gary Martin
    WASHINGTON — President Bush marked the anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq with a speech Friday that declared a coalition of nations remains united against terrorism that threatens the civilized world. "We're the nations that recognized the threat of terrorism and we're the nations that will defeat that threat," Bush told foreign diplomats packed into the East Room of the White House. Bush made references to the recent terrorist bombing in Madrid and said the coalition of 84 nations is united against a common danger and joined in a common purpose. "We will never bow to the violence of...
  • Soldier helps lift spirits one year later

    03/20/2004 8:54:12 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies · 135+ views ^ | 03/20/2004 | Brooke Richie
    America marked its one-year anniversary since coalition troops went to war with Iraq Friday. At Brooke Army Medical Center, many injured soldiers were reflecting on a year that brought many changes. Specialist Jose Martinez is not a doctor but every day, he arrives at BAMC to make unofficial rounds. “When I was over there, never thought I’d be doing the things I’m doing today at all, that's how life changes,” Martinez said. Martinez is only 20-years-old, as a warrior, he was one of thousands who stood on the front lines of war exactly a year ago. “A lot went through...
  • Two Birds with one Stone - Freeping Down the Osamahuggers.

    03/20/2004 8:53:48 PM PST · by TomasUSMC · 31 replies · 1,055+ views
    Hi True with Tomas | 20 March 2004 | TomasUSMC
    Thanks to the courage of many Patriots, we got two birds with one stone today. First on the Agenda was an Osama-hugathon in Holland. At the last moment they postponed it so we went to the tried and true method of 'Adapt and Overcome". We turned around and headed for Grand Rapids. Now the Osamahuggers had planned to utilize some defensive measures against myself BUT when they saw I was bringing it with my posse, well they looked like they were in the path of the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse. We went right up to the stage, the Speaker...
  • Boston FReepers vs ANSWER in NYC 3/20

    03/21/2004 5:49:48 PM PST · by jmt576 · 36 replies · 266+ views
    jmt576 | 3/21/04 | jmt576
    March 20, 2004 Rally for "Peace" sponsored by the UPJ and ANSWER We FReeped it! Several NE area Freepers make the trek down to NYC. Myself, bostonianrightist, jacket, djjava, and tohellwithpoverty all met in Madison Park to mingle with the crowds. We were joined by three native New Yorkers including a soldier home on leave from Iraq. We were a total of eight in all. Walking around in a parade of 30,000 people (NYPD estimate). With our signs we were easy targets for verbal attacks. The worst of which was directed at BR who was holding an American flag. The...
  • Fayetteville, NC FReep: After-action thread II

    03/21/2004 5:35:50 PM PST · by Constitution Day · 185 replies · 2,492+ views
    Free Republic Network & others ^ | 03/21/2004 | Constitution Day
    Some random thoughts:On Saturday, March 20th, 2004, the Old North State Chapter of the Free Republic Network was joined by FReepers & patriots from NC and other states.We came from points far & wide to FReep International ANSWER when they descended upon Fayetteville in an angry, festering mob that had the sheer shamelessness to bring their anti-military vitriol to the home of Fort Bragg.I arrived at our permitted location before 10 AM, and it wasn't long before people began to arrive and set up signs and flags.One thing that was striking to me at this event was the amount of...
  • Terror War 'Inescapable Calling of Our Generation,' Bush Says

    03/20/2004 2:56:01 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 5 replies · 155+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | March 20, 2004 | Rudi Williams
      Terror War 'Inescapable Calling of Our Generation,' Bush Says By Rudi WilliamsAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, March 20, 2004 – In his weekly radio address to the nation today, President George W. Bush told the American people that the war on terror isn't a figure of speech, "it's the inescapable calling of our generation." Bush noted that terrorists are offended not merely by coalition policies. "They're offended by our existence as free nations," he said. "No concession will appease their malice. No accommodation will satisfy their endless demands. No course of therapy will cure them of their hatred. "There...
  • Rumsfeld Tells Larry King About the Good Happenings in Iraq

    03/20/2004 2:48:39 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 7 replies · 210+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | March 20, 2004 | Rudi Williams
    Rumsfeld Tells Larry King About the Good Happenings in Iraq By Rudi WilliamsAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 20, 2004 – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told CNN's Larry King that it's important the American people understand what a wonderful job the American military is doing in Iraq. Rumsfeld appeared on King's nightly show March 19, the first anniversary of the Iraqi war's start. He talked about how well "these volunteers who serve in the Army, in the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marines, and the National Guard and the Reserves are doing for our country." The secretary also...
  • AP Enterprise: Families still spending thousands on body armor

    03/20/2004 1:35:33 PM PST · by MikeJ75 · 6 replies · 164+ views
    Denton Record-Chronicle ^ | March 20, 2004 | Ryan Lenz
    Months after the military began scrambling to equip soldiers serving without body armor in Iraq, many of those now being deployed are opting to buy their own rather than trust military reassurances they will have the gear by the time their boots hit the battlefield. Some body armor distributors have received a steady stream of inquiries from soldiers and families asking about purchasing the gear, which can cost as much as several thousand dollars. Many want it before leaving for Iraq, regardless of the military advising them not to rely on equipment from third-party suppliers. "In war, as we've learned...
  • Iraqi poets, philosophers ponder freedom

    03/20/2004 1:11:23 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 12 replies · 567+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 20, 2004 | Maya Alleruzzo and Willis Witter
    <p>BAGHDAD — Writers, poets, artists and philosophers, silenced under Saddam Hussein, marked a bittersweet first year of American rule yesterday, sipping tea and blowing fragrant tobacco smoke from shared hookahs at one of the city's favorite watering holes.</p> <p>The Hasan Amji cafe sits in a part of Baghdad known for its popular used book fair, where everything from English and Arabic college textbooks to Tom Clancy thrillers can be found on the blanketed road. The weekly sale still draws huge crowds each Friday, despite the threat of suicide bombers.</p>
  • Operation Infinite FReep, Columbia, Mo. 03/20/04

    03/20/2004 12:31:18 PM PST · by bluesagewoman · 28 replies · 209+ views
    streets of Columbia | 03/20/04 | bluesagewoman
    Mid-Missouri Patriots had some very special guests join us this morning countering the peaceniks at the post office in Columbia, Missouri. Freeper Bahbab drove from Kansas City and stopped by on her way to St. Louis. Last time she joined us she brought Sophie. This time her kitty joined us, but elected to stay in the car. J.W. came back and brought a couple of his friends. We were so delighted to have these young men stand with us. We old fogies sometimes forget exactly how good most of that generation is, and how proud we are of them. It...
  • Bush Holds First Campaign Event in Fla.

    03/20/2004 11:22:45 AM PST · by demlosers · 8 replies · 132+ views
    The Sentinal ^ | 20 March 2004 | PETE YOST
    AP ORLANDO, Fla. - President Bush sought re-election support Saturday in the state that put him in the White House, charging that John Kerry is a leading opponent of tax relief and has voted to raise taxes more than 350 times over his political career. Speaking before thousands of supporters in the first official campaign rally of his re-election bid, the president highlighted Kerry's vote against Bush-backed tax cuts. "Senator Kerry is one of the main opponents of tax relief in the United States Congress," Bush said. "However, when tax increases are proposed, it's a lot easier to get a...
  • President kicks election offense against Kerry. (About time)

    03/20/2004 10:37:57 AM PST · by bogdanPolska12 · 8 replies · 113+ views
    President kicks election offense against Kerry. (About time) President speech in Florida today was outstanding and optimistic. President finally took gloves off and hit Kerry in bull’s-eye speech which should make lefties wonder how they can go with a record of French kangaroo idiot. President not only shows what he feels but also made points of record of Kerry. And that record speaks for itself. What I love about President is not only his charisma but straight facts talking. He didn’t wobble after September 11 he showed American people he is willing to fight till the end. This election is...
  • David Warren: One Year Later

    03/20/2004 10:23:00 AM PST · by quidnunc · 12 replies · 119+ views
    The Ottawa Sun ^ | March 20, 2003 | David Warren
    "There is no neutral ground — no neutral ground — in the fight between civilization and terror," said President Bush yesterday, seizing the agenda for the first anniversary of the Iraq invasion (today). "The war on terror is not a figure of speech. It is an inescapable calling of our generation." And despite defections, it is being won. A year after an invasion that this correspondent certainly supported, and continues to support, Iraq represents a remarkable victory. It is in no way irrelevant to the larger struggle: for victory in Iraq has contributed to progress on every other front, from...
  • At war over peace in Iraq

    03/21/2004 7:29:01 AM PST · by Rabid Dog · 8 replies · 256+ views
    The Ventura County Star | 3/21/04 | Erinn Hutkin
    At just 20 years old, Bryan Kelley has seen the difference American troops made in Iraq. The blue-eyed, baby-faced Ventura native went from basic training to war, returning last week from 10 months in the Middle East. So as Kelley, a member of the Army's 101st Air Assault Division, marched down Main Street on Saturday with his girlfriend on one hand and an American flag in the other, he told of soldiers reconstructing war-torn buildings. He described how faces of Iraqi children beamed when Army chaplains gave out candy. As the march in which Kelley took part, Americans For Iraqi...
  • Pics from Counter-Rally in San Francisco

    03/21/2004 2:00:03 PM PST · by bgcountry187 · 47 replies · 548+ views
    The Protest Warriors ^ | March 21, 2004 | Todd
    Here are some pics from the Counter-Rally in San Francisco. God bless the Protest Warriors. Visit us online at
  • Counter-Rally Protest in San Francisco

    03/20/2004 11:18:16 PM PST · by bgcountry187 · 7 replies · 130+ views
    Protest Warriors ^ | March 20, 2004 | todd
    I attended a counter-rally in San Francisco. It was great. I have pics that are being sent to the Protest Warriors web site and they will be posted soon. For anyone who wants to get involved see the website. We are a conservative group that will try to be at all antiwar protests to counter a.n.s.w.e.r. (the communist peace organization). If anyone knows where I can post the pics, I will post them online. I don't know how long untill Protest Warriors will get them posted. I have some great pics.
  • Arrest mars Fresno anti-war rally

    03/21/2004 8:43:17 AM PST · by Amerigomag · 54 replies · 496+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | March 21, 2004, 5:23 AM | Dennis Pollock
    <p>An organizer for a protest against the war in Iraq was arrested Saturday as marchers entered Courthouse Park in Fresno on allegations he interfered with a police officer.</p> <p>Ken Hudson, secretary of Peace Fresno and a teacher at Orange Center Elementary School, was cited on a misdemeanor and released.</p>
  • newsweek poll

    03/21/2004 10:51:38 AM PST · by rang1995 · 24 replies · 152+ views
    newsweek ^ | 3.21.04
    <p>After Madrid Bombings, 48 Percent Say Attacks Close To U.S. Election Day 'Likely'</p> <p>NEW YORK, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- President George W. Bush and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry are tied in a dead-heat that, if the election were held today, could see a repeat of the 2000 presidential election, according to the latest Newsweek poll; both Bush and Kerry received 48 percent among registered voters in a test match-up. In the Feb. 19-20 Newsweek poll, Kerry beat bush by 48 to 45 percent, but with a margin of error of three percentage points, that result was a statistical tie. In a three-way match-up with Independent Ralph Nader, Bush would lead among registered voters with 45 percent, followed by Kerry at 43 percent and Nader at five percent, again representing a statistical dead-heat for Bush and Kerry. Bush's approval rating remains unchanged from the Feb. poll, holding at 48 percent (44% disapprove), and 46 percent of registered voters say they would like to see him re-elected, up slightly from 43 percent in the last Newsweek poll (50% disagree). A majority (52%) of registered voters say they have a favorable opinion of Bush, 51 percent say the same of Kerry (10 percent say they "don't know" and three percent say they had never heard of Kerry).</p>
  • Pro-USA Pics (Syracuse, NY Rally To Support The Troops)

    03/20/2004 12:24:31 PM PST · by Jon Alvarez · 28 replies · 288+ views
    Pics From The Syracuse, NY "Pro-USA Rally" 14 strangers came together to show their support for the troops. It was a great day. 75% of drivers-by honked or gave the thumbs up in support. One "peace" protester did drive by, roll down her window, and spat at the feet of an older couple holding a "God Bless Our Troops" sign.
  • Southland Freepers Provide Support for Bush and Our Troops in Hollywood, California (modem friendly)

    03/20/2004 8:45:25 PM PST · by DoughtyOne · 97 replies · 1,693+ views
    On site observations and photos | My own thoughts
    Click photo for large versionSouthern California Members of Free Republic Rally at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood, California in Support of President George Bush and The Members of Our MilitarySaturday - March 20th, 2004 RonDog and company planned this event and did an excellent job.  Early on Ron discussed issues on site with the police in advance of the full rally. There was a very large police presence on scene.  They were friendly and helped out several times. All photos below have blowup links proved just below.  Reasonable and obscene fairly accurately describes what you'll get with a click of...
  • FReeper After Actions

    03/21/2004 7:14:59 AM PST · by pop-aye · 16 replies · 145+ views
    Went to a FReep here in Atlanta on Saturday. Came home and started looking at all the other FReepers across the country: Blue Star Moms and Support Our Troops Modesto Rally Two Birds with one Stone - Freeping Down the Osamahuggers. After-Action Report: Nashville, TN Augusta Maine Counter Protest Report After Action Freep A.N.S.W.E.R. AUSTIN TX 3/20/04 Chicagoland Chapter - The leftists have been ANSWERED! (03-20-2004) Atlanta Post-Freep ReportI am sure there were many others.. These are just links to the first few I found. There were a couple of common themes that I noticed in the stories. First observation;...
  • Where is the peace? (Ithaca newspaper mourns loss of Saddam)

    03/20/2004 7:36:35 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 23 replies · 289+ views
    Ithaca Journal ^ | Originally published Saturday, March 20, 2004 | Gannett News Service
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An old Arab proverb says tyranny is better than anarchy. A year after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003, Iraqis have scarcely had a day free of bedlam. That point was driven home Wednesday with the devastating bombing of a hotel in central Baghdad that killed dozens of people just two days before the war's one-year anniversary. Perhaps the worst day of violence was March 2, when suicide bombers attacked Shiite shrines in the holy city of Karbala and in Baghdad, killing more than 180 people. That attack, more than any other, has raised...