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Sen. demands ‘straight talk’ from Bush

March 23, 2008


— With U.S. troops entering their sixth year of combat in Iraq, New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez demanded Saturday that President Bush give an honest assessment of the costs of the conflict.

"The American people are still waiting to hear the straight talk we deserve," Menendez said in the Democrats' weekly radio address. "Instead of making more sweeping claims of victory, as he did this week, it's time for the president to face the reality of the situation we're in."

In a speech Wednesday at the Pentagon, Bush said, "The world is better, and the United States of America is safer" because of the war.

"No one would argue that this war has not come at a high cost in lives and treasure," Bush said. "But those costs are necessary when we consider the cost of a strategic victory for our enemies in Iraq."


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 3 months ago

BushCo have made it quite clear that they consider themselves exempt from any sort of accountability.

Kontum1972 10 years, 3 months ago madmike when did u serve in the us miltiary and if u did what honors did you win for your actions above an beyond the call of duty?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 3 months ago

Does it please you that Bush can be compared (on some levels) to Clinton, madmike?

Mkh 10 years, 3 months ago

beobachter (Anonymous) says:

"Haw many deaths did Clinton cause? How much did he increase the national debt? How much did he increase the amount of hatred for our country in the world?"

Clinton caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of inncocent people and greatly diminished the standing of the U.S. across the world.

Did Bush take it even farther with geater disasterous implictions? Sure. But let's not simply praise the lesser of two evils. By that logic we could call Lenin a great guy because he wasn't as bad as Stalin.

Mkh 10 years, 3 months ago


Sometimes economics can be just as deadly a weapon as bullets and bombs. Clinton and the UN are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people, especially children due to their harsh economic sanctions.

These sanctions were put in place immediately after the US had got done destroying the infrastructure of Iraq in Gulf War I. As the Pentegon predicted, this lead to a massive death toll from dirty water, diseases, and malnutrition. There was widespread outrage throughout the Middle East for years regarding what the sanctions were doing to the innocent Iraqi people, it just wasn't covered on your American television. Many head memembers of the UN resigned in protest to what they called a "genocide" against the Iraqi people.

Clinton's own Sec. of State Madeline Albright famously commented on "60 Minutes" that the death of a half million Iraqi children was "worth it". This comment set the middle east on fire with rage against the US.

And let us not forget the years of relentless bombings on Iraq during Clinton's "no-fly zones". Which were not approved by Congress or the UN and which frequently hit non-military targets causing deaths of the Iraqi people.

Clinton is a criminal just like Bush...and they both work for the same boss.

RedwoodCoast 10 years, 3 months ago

madmike (Anonymous) says:

Again, every intelligence organization in the world assessed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

And what about ol' Hans Blix? He was actually IN Iraq. What was his conclusion?

beatrice 10 years, 3 months ago

mkh: You write that "Clinton is a criminal just like Bush," which you support by discussing the sanctions placed on Iraq: "These sanctions were put in place immediately after the US had got done destroying the infrastructure of Iraq in Gulf War I."

Now, would this be the same "Gulf War" that was fought in 1990-1991? You do realize that George H.W. Bush was president in 1990-1991, don't you? If you aren't aware, let me point this little nugget of fact out to you -- Bill Clinton didn't become president until 1993. That would be two full years after the "US had got done destroying" Iraq.

Care to rethink that argument of yours?

ralphralph 10 years, 3 months ago

Point # 1 -- They ALL are whores, and it doesn't matter who we elect, the only difference is which hole they'll stick it in ... so to speak.

Point #2 -- Clinton gutted our intelligence capacity and was to busy with 'that woman' and the stained-dress aftermath to properly attend to his job. In those moments when he needed to act, he morphed into Jimmy Carter --- well, almost, but... really, think Mogadishu....

Point #3 -- Bush must be anxious to return to his three-pronged career as a rocket scientist / brain surgeon / historian.

Point #4 --- Is there anyone out there, among the 300 mil or so of us, that is, say ... Intelligent, Honest, a little noble, and in it for the country and not for the money and/or power? We don't seem to see that person getting many nominations for the top job in my lifetime. Maybe they never did. Maybe they don't exist.

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