Barack Obama, our next President

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"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...

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Patriot

Boulder, CO

#876016 Mar 19, 2013
During fiscal year 2012,$359,796,008,919.49 that had been forcibly extracted from American taxpayers was transferred into other hands. Most of it ended up in the pockets of the global elite. So what did the American people get in return for that 359 billion dollars?

Nothing at all.

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/03/the-feder...
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#876017 Mar 19, 2013
Iraq became, as novelist David Foster Wallace would put it, a supposedly fun thing we'll never do again. It dramatized the dangers of plunging into a major war in the absence of a powerful national interest. It exposed the hazards of a long-term occupation in an alien culture. It showed the need to consider the worst-case scenario.

Americans underwent a similar disillusionment from the Vietnam War, which left an aversion to intervention that conservatives lamented as "the Vietnam syndrome." But because our failure occurred during the Cold War, it was taken as a victory for world communism. The country split between those who thought it was doomed from the start and those who believed we could have won if not for the appeasers and draft-dodgers back home.

Regret for the Iraq war is far more widespread. At the beginning, 62 percent of Americans supported the invasion -- with most erroneously believing that Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks. Just three years later, 63 percent said the war was a mistake.

There is clearly an "Iraq syndrome" today, but it's not really controversial. After more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, not many people are itching to relive the experience elsewhere.

President Barack Obama, who opposed the invasion of Iraq, encountered little resistance to winding up the U.S. mission there, and he faces little as U.S. troops stream toward the door in Afghanistan.

http://reason.com/archives/2013/03/18/what-we...

“Amor patriae.”

Since: Feb 08

Eastern Oregon

#876019 Mar 19, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
the right wing media sites don't seem to have much to say about Iraq today.
more telling than if they had.
So how's that Feinstein gun grab coming along?
Jane Says

New York, NY

#876021 Mar 19, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
On Tuesday, at this 10th anniversary of the American Invasion of Iraq, we would do well to remind ourselves about some painful facts.[...][T]he leaders of the Bush administration were intent on invading from the beginning of their time in the White House. When the 9-11 attacks occurred, Bush cabinet members immediately discussed how that tragedy could be used to justify an invasion.
Bush himself asked me to try to pin the blame for 9-11 on Iraq.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-a-clark...
by that logic, then Clinton must have been in on the invasion plan since his treating the first attack on the World Trade Center like an international shoplifting incident and his dismantling of the CIA led to 9-11.
Jimmy

Newington, CT

#876023 Mar 19, 2013
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
<quoted text>Moonbat...do they have as many as they did in say 1920?
Yes. Moonbats like you were in causing trouble in the 1920.

The Red Scare was in the 1920

Check it out if you want to learn about your history, hater.

What is you hate level today?
patterns

Tonawanda, NY

#876027 Mar 19, 2013
Injudgement wrote:
<quoted text>America is only 4% of the worlds population. You would think if Iran was a problem and a threat there might be more than two countries that believed that way.
One would think - But:

The Western Nations of France, Germany, Italy, Britian, Canada are all whimps.

America had to bail out The European West in two World Wars.

And you expect Warrior Spirit from them?

Any Nation that can't recognize Iran is a Global threat to Democracy and Freedom is either selectivly stupid, in denial or turning a blind eye by choice. Russia, China, N Korea all side with Iran. And those are The Countries these Western wimps fear.

Iran's been shooting off, testing their missle program.
What cave do you dwell in.
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#876031 Mar 19, 2013
mdbuilder wrote:
<quoted text>
So how's that Feinstein gun grab coming along?
not so good.

but you should hope there's not another Newtown in the near future.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#876036 Mar 19, 2013
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
<quoted text>
Who you calling a right winger whiner, you tree humping, tin foil pointy hat corner sitting, phat crayon wahwahwah wahwahwahwahoo.
Listen at you...wahwahwahwahwah wahhhh.... I bet you bust yer crayons up and throw them in a pile and stomp off pouting too!
Quit your whining and do something constructive-like finding a cap for volcanic ash activity to lessen depletion in the ozone layer. And the let the damn trees in the rain forests be too!
More words of wisdom from Madame Tourrette. Tictactic
carol

Orlando, FL

#876037 Mar 19, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
On Tuesday, at this 10th anniversary of the American Invasion of Iraq, we would do well to remind ourselves about some painful facts.[...][T]he leaders of the Bush administration were intent on invading from the beginning of their time in the White House. When the 9-11 attacks occurred, Bush cabinet members immediately discussed how that tragedy could be used to justify an invasion.
Bush himself asked me to try to pin the blame for 9-11 on Iraq.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-a-clark...
“We need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime. We all know the litany of his offenses. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation.…And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. That is why the world, through the United Nations Security Council, has spoken with one voice, demanding that Iraq disclose its weapons programs and disarm. So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but it is not new. It has been with us since the end of the Persian Gulf War.”— John Kerry, Jan 23, 2003

Just think...if John Kerry had been the president in 2003, you'd be blaming him instead of Bush.

Kerry said "the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but it not new...it has been with us since the end of the Persian Gulf War."

Apparently, he didn't need intelligence to base his vote on the Iraq War.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#876038 Mar 19, 2013
Injudgement wrote:
<quoted text>You mean we could have elected a man that hides his money in off shore accounts and promised to do EXACTLY each and everything that Bush did.
Tell us all how those ten years of Bush tax cuts created jobs and paid the bills.
He was white. and Jane who lives in Queensbridge Projects fancies herself one of the 1%, so does Carol whose saving up for a trailer and buys used furniture, works for $15.00.
Those two are the biggest water carriers for the 1%!!!
fuggin idiots. Both of them don't have 2 nickels to rub together.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#876039 Mar 19, 2013
carol wrote:
<quoted text>
“We need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime. We all know the litany of his offenses. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation.…And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. That is why the world, through the United Nations Security Council, has spoken with one voice, demanding that Iraq disclose its weapons programs and disarm. So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but it is not new. It has been with us since the end of the Persian Gulf War.”— John Kerry, Jan 23, 2003
Just think...if John Kerry had been the president in 2003, you'd be blaming him instead of Bush.
Kerry said "the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but it not new...it has been with us since the end of the Persian Gulf War."
Apparently, he didn't need intelligence to base his vote on the Iraq War.
Just think: if Al Gore was the President; we would not have invaded Iraq
carol

Orlando, FL

#876040 Mar 19, 2013
Florida wrote:
<quoted text>
Carol is still looking for friends with the same mental disorder and fantasies as you. You are a very special kind of stupid aren't you?
Just a tool to pass the time between working at home and family.

And an outlet to vent.
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#876041 Mar 19, 2013
Jane Says wrote:
<quoted text>by that logic, then Clinton must have been in on the invasion plan since his treating the first attack on the World Trade Center like an international shoplifting incident and his dismantling of the CIA led to 9-11.
so take a walk down your convoluted path and try to relate that to this...

.....what happened at President Bush's very first National Security Council meeting is one of O'Neill's most startling revelations.

"From the very beginning, there was a conviction, that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," says O'Neill, who adds that going after Saddam was topic "A" 10 days after the inauguration - eight months before Sept. 11.

"From the very first instance, it was about Iraq. It was about what we can do to change this regime," says Suskind. "Day one, these things were laid and sealed."

As treasury secretary, O'Neill was a permanent member of the National Security Council. He says in the book he was surprised at the meeting that questions such as "Why Saddam?" and "Why now?" were never asked.

"It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The president saying 'Go find me a way to do this,'" says O'Neill. "For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap."

And that came up at this first meeting, says O'Neill, who adds that the discussion of Iraq continued at the next National Security Council meeting two days later.

He got briefing materials under this cover sheet. "There are memos. One of them marked, secret, says,'Plan for post-Saddam Iraq,'" adds Suskind, who says that they discussed an occupation of Iraq in January and February of 2001.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-592330....

and when was the first time Cheney got a hard on for Iraq? 1972?
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#876042 Mar 19, 2013
Realtime wrote:
Fifty six Iraqi's blown to sht on the 10th anniversary of Shock and awe__scores injured.
It never ends. Pakistan arrested the murderer of Daniel Pearl, seems Pakistan is the place to hide.

UCF got lucky; that nutjob killed himself before he could commit mass murder. Close one.
Jimmy

Newington, CT

#876043 Mar 19, 2013
patterns wrote:
<quoted text>
One would think - But:
The Western Nations of France, Germany, Italy, Britian, Canada are all whimps.
America had to bail out The European West in two World Wars.
And you expect Warrior Spirit from them?
Any Nation that can't recognize Iran is a Global threat to Democracy and Freedom is either selectivly stupid, in denial or turning a blind eye by choice. Russia, China, N Korea all side with Iran. And those are The Countries these Western wimps fear.
Iran's been shooting off, testing their missle program.
What cave do you dwell in.
Injudgement lives in an alternate universe - it's like purgatory for retards.
carol

Orlando, FL

#876044 Mar 19, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
Exactly 10 years ago the American invasion of Iraq commenced, launching one of military history's most egregious strategic non sequiturs. Not since Napoleon Bonaparte's ill-fated expedition to Egypt and Syria (1798-1801)-- from which he ultimately fled, losing an army and a fleet -- has the world seen a great power so humbled in the pursuit of illusory goals. Napoleon's dream was to use his incomparable army to spread French revolutionary and democratic ideals across a key portion of the Muslim world. But, as historian Lynn Montross once noted, "The masses were too fatalistic to be stirred by promises of a liberty they neither understood nor trusted."
The grand American goal in the Middle East, pursued some two centuries after Napoleon but with nearly the same idea in mind that had motivated him, foundered for similar reasons. The military occupation of Iraq, predictably, sparked a general uprising. But whereas Lord Nelson's great victory at Aboukir Bay forced an end to the French campaign, no such dramatic intervention drove American forces out. So they stayed, at a cost of over a trillion dollars, tens of thousands of soldiers' lives lost or shattered, and with the mounting Iraqi death toll rising well above 100,000. A debacle.
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/03...
“Iraq does pose a serious threat to the stability of the Persian Gulf and we should organize an international coalition to eliminate his access to weapons of mass destruction. Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to completely deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”— Al Gore, 2002

Just think...if Al Gore had been the president in 2002...
carol

Orlando, FL

#876045 Mar 19, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Just think: if Al Gore was the President; we would not have invaded Iraq
Think again.

“Iraq does pose a serious threat to the stability of the Persian Gulf and we should organize an international coalition to eliminate his access to weapons of mass destruction. Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to completely deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”— Al Gore, 2002
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#876047 Mar 19, 2013
carol wrote:
<quoted text>
“We need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime. We all know the litany of his offenses. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation.…And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. That is why the world, through the United Nations Security Council, has spoken with one voice, demanding that Iraq disclose its weapons programs and disarm. So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but it is not new. It has been with us since the end of the Persian Gulf War.”— John Kerry, Jan 23, 2003
Just think...if John Kerry had been the president in 2003, you'd be blaming him instead of Bush.
Kerry said "the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but it not new...it has been with us since the end of the Persian Gulf War."
Apparently, he didn't need intelligence to base his vote on the Iraq War.
"And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction."

a lot of people bought the lie. just ask Colin Powell. he'll tell you all about it.
carol

Orlando, FL

#876049 Mar 19, 2013
Gee...even if Hillary Clinton had been the president in 2002...

“In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security.”— Hillary Clinton, October 10, 2002

How quickly the left forgets.

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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#876050 Mar 19, 2013
Guys name at Central Florida was Seevakumaram. What kind of name is that? Seems he didn't renew his registration was about to be removed from from the dorm. It is also apparent he had been planning this for a while. Going to check his nationality by his name. Looks middle eastern by photo.

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