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The Politics of Fear
Published: July 18, 2007

It had to happen. President Bush’s bungling of the war in Iraq has been the talk of the summer. On Capitol Hill, some of the more reliable Republicans are writing proposals to force Mr. Bush to change course. A showdown vote is looming in the Senate.

Enter, stage right, the fear of terrorism.

Yesterday, the director of national intelligence released a report with the politically helpful title of “The Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland,” and Fran Townsend, the president’s homeland security adviser, held a news conference to trumpet its findings. The message, as always: Be very afraid. And don’t question the president.

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Well, it's worked for seven years...

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i love how our president said iraq's al qaeda groups had a part in september 11th. wow, dubya.

honestly, we are the only superpower left, america is an empire, and we're expanding at the moment. thus the need to continue killing 'insurgents' in iraq. it will be a great day when america gets over the stupid politics of the world, realizes that everything we do HAS to be accepted by the rest of the world at some point, and just starts being honest. i think the war in iraq would have alot more support if they'd come right out and say "hey, we need more control of the middle east to control our interests. oil is a major part of the american way of life, and we're just trying to keep that way of life safe."

sigh.

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LOL-- that would require politicians to be honest. The politics gene makes them biologically incapable of it.

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In a rare attack of candor, our Defence Minister said almost exactly that.
Of course, later that day he retracted it, and returned to the official "it's got nothing to do with oil" party line.

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Hey ASM believes this crap.

He can't be the only idiot out there willing to swallow a 25-pound bag of fickle fecal.

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quote:
Originally posted by Colonel Panic:
Hey ASM believes this crap.

He can't be the only idiot out there willing to swallow a 25-pound bag of fickle fecal.

Colonel Panic

It's easier to believe in your own moral superiority if you keep your head in the sand. Invading countries in the name of Democracy is more palatable to the masses than in the name of seizing control of their resources. It's easier to sell. (Just like recruiting people to fight a guerrilla war in the name of religion is easier than recruiting them to fight in the name of your own personal quest for power.)

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quote:
Originally posted by bull3t-wounds:
i love how our president said iraq's al qaeda groups had a part in september 11th. wow, dubya.


There was a comic I saw once when Dubya first announced we were going to Iraq. Something about finding an obvious link between Al-Queda and Iraq...with the Q's circled and linked.

Gotta love the American powers that be...

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yes, i said it.. even tho i probably shouldn't have, since i'm in the army and all. but oh well, thats the rights we're supposedly fighting for. i mean, yeah, we do take out people who would harm America by any means necessary if they could, but thats only part of the story. i just hope that someday Americans will realize we really are the last empire left on earth, and we might as well act like it. Interesting reading material: "The Battle for Peace" by former CENTCOM Commander General Zinni, USMC (Ret). It very simply lays out exactly what I mean, but obviously gets more in depth. Anyway, I'm done ranting.

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