Bush Says Election Ratified Iraq Policy

  1. ...As for perhaps the most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden, the administration has so far been unsuccessful in its attempt to locate the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Asked why, Bush said, "Because he's hiding."...


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...2005Jan15.html

    Bush Says Election Ratified Iraq Policy

    No U.S. Troop Withdrawal Date Is Set

    By Jim VandeHei and Michael A. FletcherWashington Post Staff Writers
    Sunday, January 16, 2005; Page A01

    President Bush said the public's decision to reelect him was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath.
    "We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 elections," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. "The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me."...

    ...A new report released last week by U.S. intelligence agencies warned that the war in Iraq has created a training ground for terrorists. Bush called the report "somewhat speculative" but acknowledged "this could happen. And I agree. If we are not diligent and firm, there will be parts of the world that become pockets for terrorists to find safe haven and to train. And we have a duty to disrupt that." ...
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    ha, naturally, he would say this...he has "capital to spend" right? what an arrogant jerk. :angryfire
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    Well, I've always wondered what planet the man is from; the fact that some 55 million Americans voted AGAINST him doesn't even make a blip on Bush's radar screen. He won the last election by a razor-thin margin and calls it a mandate, for gosh sakes, then throws himself a $40 million party in the midst of wartime and natural disaster......but then, his view of reality never has been what I'd call normal.

    Enough said. I'm sick of Bush, Cheney, and the whole crowd on BOTH sides of the aisle in Congress. And Newt Gingrich is eyeing a presidential run in '08, Lord help us all........Mexico and Canada are looking better and better all the time.
  5. by   Fluesy
    Let's crank up the old "My way or the HIghway" and full steam ahead.
  6. by   URO-RN
    Quote from spacenurse
    ...As for perhaps the most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden, the administration has so far been unsuccessful in its attempt to locate the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Asked why, Bush said, "Because he's hiding."...


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...2005Jan15.html

    Bush Says Election Ratified Iraq Policy

    No U.S. Troop Withdrawal Date Is Set

    By Jim VandeHei and Michael A. FletcherWashington Post Staff Writers
    Sunday, January 16, 2005; Page A01

    President Bush said the public's decision to reelect him was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath.
    "We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 elections," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. "The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me."...

    ...A new report released last week by U.S. intelligence agencies warned that the war in Iraq has created a training ground for terrorists. Bush called the report "somewhat speculative" but acknowledged "this could happen. And I agree. If we are not diligent and firm, there will be parts of the world that become pockets for terrorists to find safe haven and to train. And we have a duty to disrupt that." ...

    "Because he is hiding.."

    We have all this tech and we can't find him?.

    Sorry, prez, but that is not a good excuse.

    I say send in "Dog the Bounty Hunter"
  7. by   Roy Fokker
    I've said it a billion times on other forums and I'll say it here:

    Osama Bin Liner is in Pakistan.

    You CANNOT trust Musharraf! That snake was the architect of the 1999 Kargil War - A war which was being planned when the Indian PM was visiting Pakistan on a goodwill mission to build peace. My brother (may he rest in peace) was wounded thrice in that war.

    If Pakistan is co-operating in this "War on Terror", why is III Crops of the Indian Army reporting increased infiltration and insurgency?

    But Nooooooooooo! Pakistan is an "ally". Never mind that there is a "military dictator" in power - he still qualifies for aid from the US.
  8. by   Mkue
    A new report released last week by U.S. intelligence agencies warned that the war in Iraq has created a training ground for terrorists.
    Actually, there is evidence of terrorist training camps in Iraq prior to 9/11.. a jet was used to train terrorists to hijack planes. Odd.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    What is "odd" to me, Marie, is why we are not going after BIN LADEN any longer with any true fervor or effort. This war in Iraq was a HUGE diversion in forces, money, and effort (ill afforded)--- from the necessary mission of reducing terrorist acts worldwide, and increasing our own national security. The war in Iraq was predicated on a LIE and the President needs to be CALLED ON IT.And, I highly doubt we are any more secure than we were 9/10/01 after all of this. :angryfire If anything, we are in more peril than ever!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jan 17, '05
  10. by   Mkue
    Are we really not going after Bin Ladin or are we just reporting that we are not for perhaps obvious reasons.. I'm not an intel geek but I would imagine that we could be giving the appearance of not going after the mastetmind when in fact we are.. who really knows for sure and why would we want our subject to know where we are looking for him? In defense of those who might be looking for OBL.. he does not stay in the same place for very long which would make it difficult to locate him from hour to hour I would imagine.

    I'm inclined to agree with Roy.. I think OBL is in Pakistan..or at least somewhere other than Afghanistan.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    AH ----well it will remain to be seen where Bin Laden is concerned.....

    .But seems to me our forces could have been better used (all 150k of them) doing this than making war in another country based on a lie. But hey maybe that is just me, huh.
  12. by   Mkue
    what lie are you referring to Deb?

    It wasn't a lie that the ppl of Iraq were suffering under Saddam and his regime. It wasn't a lie that we found mass graves and torture chambers, jails underground. Men had hands cut off etc... It wasn't a lie that Saddam ditched weapons inspections for over 10 years.

    Maybe you'd like to elaborate on the lie you are referring to, thanks.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    The "lie" that defined the whole reason we went to war--- was over the existance of numerous and apocolyptic stockpiles of WMD....that little *white lie*. that is what I am referring to.....sheesh Marie, it's not new how many of us feel this war was predicated on that lie. 2 years later, nothing found, search called off. Why can't the admin admit the truth? That Bush feels his 2nd term is a" mandate and support for war", is an outrage and the height of arrogance. (never mind nearly 1/2 of us cannot be further in disagreement).

    Anyhow, The word was not WMD, but OIL. Both 3 letters, but very different reasons, I would say. But the admin won't admit it, will they. And I wonder: what of a loose cannon like N. Korea? What of Iran? Of China????? And what of Rwanda, the Sudan? Talk about people suffering under ruthless regimes? Why not help them? War? Umm, who next do we take on? Who really has WMD??? And why are we not going after them. Ah I remember the word: OIL.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jan 17, '05
  14. by   Mkue
    Why would 2 administrations make up a Lie about WMD? Why would Saddam dodge weapons inspections for ten years if he didn't have any? or have plans, documents he would never turn over to inspectors. Never mind that Saddam wouldn't let inspectors in.. he wouldn't so much as turn over proper documentation to prove his innocence.. Oh well.. Saddam's in jail he'll be tried for mass murdering his own ppl I suppose. The Oil-for-Food scandal has been brought into the open.. suspicion of UN members not wanting to overthrow Saddam r/t receiving billions of dollars from a corrupt oil-for-food program which ended when Saddam was overthrown.

    We can cry about being lied to and ignore what was going on in Iraq prior to the invasion/occupation..it's so much easier to do that. We can play the victim.. when in fact the Iraqi ppl were the victims. Obviously the UN and some members didn't care about the Iraqi people just so the oil for food cash flowed into their pockets.

    I rest my case.

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