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Careless leader?

January 30, 2007

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To the editor:

Is this president the most careless in recent memory? President Bush regularly declares that the war in Iraq will set the course for peace and prosperity in the Middle East, that a democratic Iraq will be a beacon of hope throughout the region and that a progressive democratic government in Iraq will be a blueprint for change for its neighbors. Yet in a 50-minute State of the Union address, the president spent hardly more than five minutes recycling failed policies and broken promises.

Sending troops to war is the most difficult decision a president can make. The commander in chief owes it to the country to openly debate and honestly assess the danger, particularly if additional troops are required. It is so disappointing to see the president openly admit he is not happy with his own handling of the war but stubbornly refuse to consider and act in opposition to the advice of many Republicans, the majority Democrats, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, retired generals and nearly 70 percent of the country.

If Iraq is the central front to the war on terror, and the battle against Islamist extremism is the "decisive ideological struggle of our time" and the "fight for our way of life," then why commit only 150,000 troops to the war? Why refuse the counsel of the Iraq Study Group? Why ignore the midterm election results? Either the president is not being forward about the true nature of the war, or he is not equipped to properly fight it.

Matt Lehrman,

Lawrence

Comments

Tom Shewmon 7 years, 2 months ago

"Don't worry about the Dems. They have it made for the next 20 years.......-mick

They have it made for the next 20 years???

Are you kidding---we ain't gonna be around in 20 years with Dems in control--you can take that to the bank (if you have a bank account).

Who in the hell are you kidding.

They only want one thing and one thing only---go after George W. Bush and impeach him. Radical Islam is gonna love that more than the 77 virgins awaiting them.

Get a clue, mick.

And what are you, some Aussie wannabe.....gimma a break.

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mick 7 years, 2 months ago

Don't worry about the Dems. They have it made for the next 20 years because of W and his ilk. Last November was no fluke.

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 2 months ago

You need to be worrying about your boy, Sandy Burglar--the trouser stuffing document kleptomaniac---looks like he's in some pretty hot water......and it may not bear well on Dems and the Clintons and the rest of the lefts' ilk.

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 2 months ago

Ollie North? You mean the man with the fastest shredder in the west? The man who in my opinion should have been facing charges himself but instead ended up with even more power?

Not a reliable source to me.

There would also be 3000 more Americans alive if Bush hadn't insisted on this war in Iraq.

Does that mean Clinton and Bush are even now?

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 2 months ago

"Any charges filed?" -Scenebooster

I've asked repeatedly, when will we see them filed on W.

"All you have to hang your hat on is a BJ..."- Scenebooster

Very good play on words!

You know, I'll bet that's one bj and subsequent ejerkulation Willy would give anything to not have had.....lord, what trouble it got him into.

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Crispian Paul 7 years, 2 months ago

Posted by right_thinker (anonymous) on January 30, 2007 at 3:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe, but there'd be 3000 people alive right now if Willy had kept his libido in check and taken out a man, OBL, who Ollie North had said in the 80's he was the most dangerous man on earth.

If this is the case, RT, and Ollie North said this in the 80's, doesn't this fall to your man Reagan or Bush 1?

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Crispian Paul 7 years, 2 months ago

Posted by Dambudzo (anonymous) on January 30, 2007 at 12:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

New Orleans is the deepest color of blue there is.

No wonder they were not prepared for a hurricane that took several days to get there.

I guess what every liberal community wants is big brother lurking over their shoulder reminding them of how to run every detail of their lives.

Now we know.

Again, I would say incomplete. The city, state and federal governments all bear sme of the responsibiliy for the lack of preparation for the storm. The city of NO and the state of LA knew for years that the levees would not hold in the event of a catastophic hurricane. When they went to the feds and Army Corps of Engineers and said flat out that the city and state did not have money to secure the levees. The feds then did nothing because it was a state issue and the state did nothing because they needed federal help.

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Crispian Paul 7 years, 2 months ago

Posted by right_thinker (anonymous) on January 30, 2007 at 11:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

See, we're still talking about Katrina?

Get over it, please.

I don't think the hundreds of thousands of people who are still homeless, without their possessions and not knowing where the bodies of loved ones may be will be able to so easily "get over it". I, for one, think it's our responsiblity as those who were NOT directly affected by Katrina to be sure that people remember that a lot of people are still entirely displaced and dowtrodden by this event.

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scenebooster 7 years, 2 months ago

Where to begin...

"You mean the perjury, impeachment, disbarment, $8,000,000 in legal bills and nearly $1 million out of court settlement for sexual assualt? "

OK - and how'd that play out for the country? In fact, perhaps you'd like to tell what Bill's approval rating was AFTER his impeachment?

"Or the record from the 9/11 report of how he let OBL go several times?"

Sources, please (other than "The Road to 9/11").

"Or Whitewater?"

Uh, what was the outcome of that again?

"Or Vince Foster or Ron Brown?"

Any charges filed?

Where was the DJ? What was the deficit? How did Americans rate their lives under 8 years of Clinton?

All you have to hang your hat on is a BJ...

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 2 months ago

What historical record?

You mean the perjury, impeachment, disbarment, $8,000,000 in legal bills and nearly $1 million out of court settlement for sexual assualt? That record?

Or the record from the 9/11 report of how he let OBL go several times?

Or Whitewater?

Or Vince Foster or Ron Brown?

I think you're just referring to polls.

I understand, it's OK.

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mick 7 years, 2 months ago

Bush' handlers are not interested in winning or even getting out of this mess, only in prolonging it. Otherwise they would have followed the Iraq Study Group or their military or one of the many plans for redeployment. In truth we have already lost a lot more than this war. We have lost our moral authority, our credibility and the trust of our allies. No more will we be the world's superpower.

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scenebooster 7 years, 2 months ago

"A$$holes? Yes, I know, and Willy J. Clinton is one."

A typical partisan response.

"The record? You mean polls?"

Um, no. The historical record. You know, the one with the facts based in reality.

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 2 months ago

"Opinions are like...well, you know."- Scenebooster

A$$holes? Yes, I know, and Willy J. Clinton is one.

The record? You mean polls? It's not like America is a shining beacon of morality.

Infidels!! Jihad!! Jihad!!

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scenebooster 7 years, 2 months ago

"I'm going to point out that our previous president was, in my opinion, every bit if not more as much a f*ck-up."

Opinions are like...well, you know. The record does not support your claim.

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Dambudzo 7 years, 2 months ago

"right_thinker - you really are "Willy-obsessed""

I thought we were talking about Clinton?

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 2 months ago

No obsession. If we're going to rip W apart, I'm going to point out that our previous president was, in my opinion, every bit if not more as much a f*ck-up.

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 2 months ago

Maybe, but there'd be 3000 people alive right now if Willy had kept his libido in check and taken out a man, OBL, who Ollie North had said in the 80's he was the most dangerous man on earth.

He had his chances and did nothing but act like a teenager with Monica and yuk it up with Babs.

I will not get over anything....why don't you guys get over your psychopathic hatred of W?

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Jamesaust 7 years, 2 months ago

right_thinker - you really are "Willy-obsessed"

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 2 months ago

RT, Willy hasn't been in office for several years now.

Get over it, please.

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Mkh 7 years, 2 months ago

Posted by Dambudzo (anonymous) on January 30, 2007 at 10:21 a.m "Bush and Haliburton are trying to build an infastruction that the locals can be proud of."

If Iraq is not a poor country why are they having so many problems?

Well I beleive it has something to do with the fact that the US Military completely destroyed the infrastructure of Iraq, which before the invasion was one of the most advanced in the Middle East.

Thats the short answer at least.

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 2 months ago

No money for Iraq war or war on drugs yet...

CorpWatch : IRAQ: Green Zone Construction Boom It's the new American embassy in Iraq, the biggest U.S. embassy anywhere, maybe the biggest embassy anywhere ever. According to the Associated Press and the ... www.corpwatch.org/print_article.php?i... - 7k

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 2 months ago

Irresponsible spending habits: http://www.googlesyndicatedsearch.com/u/... q=Iraq+american+Embassy&is=corpwatch.org&x=0&y=0

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scenebooster 7 years, 2 months ago

"What about the citrus crop even in CA? Devastation beyond belief."

Uh huh. How many people died there?

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scenebooster 7 years, 2 months ago

"Posted by scenebooster (anonymous) on January 30, 2007 at 11:17 a.m.

James, go back and look at any thread on the war in Iraq. Sooner or later, some wingnut trys to change the topic to Clinton, or the left as "fifth column", etc., etc."

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 2 months ago

Jamesaust,

Would the eight botched opportunities Willy had to take out OBL fall under 'incompetence'?

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 2 months ago

"You're comparing the decimation of a city with a few farmers stranded without electricity for a week or two?"-Jamesaust

I'm surprised of all people on this forum you'd say something so ill-informed.

The ice/snow has been more widespread and catastrophic this season than in years....stretching from Colorado to the Great Lakes to St. Louis to SE Missouri and more.

Nearly a hundred died overall, thousands of cattle and livestock died, people without power and water for days--weeks even-- in blistering cold temps.

What about the citrus crop even in CA? Devastation beyond belief.

Anybody denying that the Democratic machine didn't prick up their collective ears and say, "Wow , guys--this is a chance of a lifetime to dip W in the grease for Katrina".

They knew and were warned for days about this hurricane and did nothing in preparation. Weren't welfare checks due the mail a few days after Katrina?

And the Dems get all of their vote--ALL of them!

Sickening.

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Jamesaust 7 years, 2 months ago

right_thinker: I'm not "screaming racism." That's someone else's game. I'm screaming incompetence. I would start listing examples but there's too many; I'm at a loss for what competencies you believe this Administration has shown in any area: containing spending? reforming Social Security? weening the nation off oil (a self-adopted Bush goal)? North Korea?

The first thing an Incompetent does is point fingers and claim that everyone else is incompetent. Not all that different from a classic alcoholic (or is that Alcoholic-in-Chief) who blames everyone but themselves, living in a state of self-denial, protected by a phalanx of enablers.

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Dambudzo 7 years, 2 months ago

New Orleans is the deepest color of blue there is.

No wonder they were not prepared for a hurricane that took several days to get there.

I guess what every liberal community wants is big brother lurking over their shoulder reminding them of how to run every detail of their lives.

Now we know.

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Jamesaust 7 years, 2 months ago

"But this war is owned and operated by the GOP."

I agree. But the 'articles of war' and all the invoices are countersigned by Democrats.

Seriously, if these two political parties can't start acting like serious adults there really is an opening for a third party in 2008 to displace the weaker of the two (right now, that's the GOP - they've got less than 12 months to perform a miracle in Iraq or divorce themselves from Bush. Brownback's already started.).

Maybe starting with a Rudy Guiliani / Bill Richardson ticket? Maybe Joe Biden / Chuck Hagel? Could there be a ticket combining national security, fiscal prudence, and religious neutrality?

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm not comparing anything but blacks and whites re; the typical Dem blame game.

Why didn't "Mr. Chocolate City" Mayor Nagin deploy hundreds of school buses sitting just sitting there?

He was told to.

Hey, look at your typical inner city----these people don't know how to cope with any one typical day, let alone a natural disaster.

Funny, though how the population in any other area hit by a natural disaster seem to have a plan, pull through and take what nature has handed them without screaming racism.

It is irritating beyond what I can describe, and I turn a deaf ear to it anymore.

The Dems need a new game-----plain and simple.

And the Dems just loved to pin it all on GWB.

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Jamesaust 7 years, 2 months ago

right: "Did all the people hammered in the recent ice/snow storms scream foul at W?"

You're comparing the decimation of a city with a few farmers stranded without electricity for a week or two?

Katrina was the event that made all but the most partisan of Americans realize just how deep the incompetency in this Administration ran. Its you who needs to "get over it."

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scenebooster 7 years, 2 months ago

R_T outdoes himself this time.

"Get over it" - I thought the GOP was the party of personal responsibility? They've shown ZERO.

Are you seriously comparing the recent snow storms with the worst natural disaster in US history?

And the racism of your post was AWESOME!

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Jamesaust 7 years, 2 months ago

BigDog: "How about if the Democrats step up with their own plan...."

I've lost count of how many Democrat (or is it Democratic?) plans have been offered up (granted the Dems have never agreed on "a" plan). And Republican ones too! Bush's response is always the same and always cartoonish: pretend to think about it for a second and then say, 'Naw.'

Washington is drowing in a sea of plans but W's response remains: "I'm right; everyone else is wrong." (Pray tell - what past decision or choice would make anyone believe that Bush has the capacity to ever make a correct decision, except by mistake?)

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 2 months ago

See, we're still talking about Katrina?

Get over it, please.

Did all the people hammered in the recent ice/snow storms scream foul at W? No, they're primarily white in these areas.

New Orleans is primarily black, especially the hardest hit areas; that coupled with a natural disaster was yet again another wet dream for the lefts' 'blame it on W game".

It get's really old--really ridiculous.

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scenebooster 7 years, 2 months ago

"Translation: Liberals look backward; not forward."

So you're happy with the pres.' handling of Hurricane Katrina?

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 2 months ago

"......the president spent hardly more than five minutes recycling failed policies and broken promises." -LTE

This is the best summarization, albeit nearly a Freudian slip of the Bush hater/far-left (these two are not necessarily the same).

Translation: Liberals look backward; not forward.

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scenebooster 7 years, 2 months ago

"See numerous other posts tossing blame on the GOP. "

James, go back and look at any thread on the war in Iraq. Sooner or later, some wingnut trys tchange the topic to Clinton, or the left as "fifth column", etc., etc.

Dems are not innocent, by any means. But this war is owned and operated by the GOP.

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Dambudzo 7 years, 2 months ago

If Iraq is not a poor country why are they having so many problems? They could be a very rich country considering all the oil they are sitting on.

They just need some leadership. One of these days their population will wake up or end up dead.

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Jamesaust 7 years, 2 months ago

scenebooster: "I love how the knee jerk response is to toss blame in the face of the Dems..."

See numerous other posts tossing blame on the GOP. I'm equal opportunity. No one gets out of the room without accepting their share of blame.

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mick 7 years, 2 months ago

Keep reinventing the reasons we're in Iraq. In the meantime those pulling Bush' strings are laughing all the way to the bank.

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Dambudzo 7 years, 2 months ago

Iraq is a country in deep poverty. That's one of the reasons the residents are so pissed.

Must look deeper than just the gun fights.

Bush and Haliburton are trying to build an infastruction that the locals can be proud of.

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scenebooster 7 years, 2 months ago

dambudzo, your posts are totally pointless.

You don't like liberals.

We get it.

Try to stay on topic, OK?

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Dambudzo 7 years, 2 months ago

Nobody expects a liberal to "solve" a problem.

There lot in life is to "point out" the obvious problems.

Thanks for the help.

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scenebooster 7 years, 2 months ago

A) the letter is about the war on terror.

B) How's the war on drugs going?

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Dambudzo 7 years, 2 months ago

Liberals had from the sixties to 2000 to eradicate poverty.

All that time of redistributing productivity didn't seem to work.

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scenebooster 7 years, 2 months ago

I love how the knee jerk response is to toss blame in the face of the Dems - they've been the majority for what, almost a month now? I agree, they should be doing a lot more, but if people want to talk about having a spine, let's be looking at REPUBLICANS (very specifically W and the Dick) - who got us into this mess.

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Dambudzo 7 years, 2 months ago

You mean like how they have solved poverty in this country?

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BigDog 7 years, 2 months ago

Here's a wild idea.... How about if the Democrats step up with their own plan and ideas for solving the problem in Iraq? And I hope their plan isn't just to run away. I have a feeling if we just withdraw it will turn into the situation in Darfur. Democraat are the majority now.... it is time to start leading and stop just criticizing things. Having ideas and plans are part of leadership.

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Jamesaust 7 years, 2 months ago

Not a bad letter.

And yet, why don't the Democrats step up and spend some of their election mojo to constrain this "most careless" man? What's this about "non-binding"? Will anything even pass the Senate?

Probably the same reason they couldn't resist falling over each other to approve the deal from the beginning with barely a question.

Its one thing for the Republicans to support their party-leader in defiance of the people. Its quite another for the Democrats to do so as well.

Maybe the author will write again later if the spine-insertion operation is successful.

(Wow - that sounds like netroots talk!)

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