Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1406609 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"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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We will not go gentle

#890694 Apr 20, 2013
mdbuilder wrote:
Tamerlan's father: "My boys are angles..."
Namesake "Tamerlan, The Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World". His daddy thought he was the cutest little thing.
They're "angles," huh? Somehow I think you are, again, missing the point.

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#890695 Apr 20, 2013
We paid a far higher price in the Korean War (36,000 dead). Few would have thought in 1953 that this war was a raging success.

Six decades later, South Korea has become one of the most prosperous and freest countries in the world.

Can anyone argue South Koreans aren't grateful for the sacrifices we made for their freedom?

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Orlando, FL

#890697 Apr 20, 2013
In 2011, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. commitment to the democratic future of Iraq remained strong despite the withdrawal of American troops by the end of the year.

"Even as our troops come home, the United States' commitment to Iraq's future as a secure, stable, democratic nation remains as strong as ever," she said at a news conference in the Tajik capital. "This will end the war and it will open a new chapter in our relationship."

...Just wish Obama had said that.

O'Reilly had to use a crow bar during his interview with him in 2008 just to get him to admit the surge was a success.

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lily waxman raton fl

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#890698 Apr 20, 2013
Lily Boca Raton Fl wrote:
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Counting how many pisses be takes a day
This early in the day and you can't even manipulate your words correctly. "Inebriation is very unattractive."

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Lincoln

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#890699 Apr 20, 2013
Lily Boca Raton Fl wrote:
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Counting how many pisses be takes a day
who is nobama pretending to be today?
We won in Boston.
Obama administration standing tall

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Lincoln

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#890700 Apr 20, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
In 2011, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. commitment to the democratic future of Iraq remained strong despite the withdrawal of American troops by the end of the year.
"Even as our troops come home, the United States' commitment to Iraq's future as a secure, stable, democratic nation remains as strong as ever," she said at a news conference in the Tajik capital. "This will end the war and it will open a new chapter in our relationship."
...Just wish Obama had said that.
O'Reilly had to use a crow bar during his interview with him in 2008 just to get him to admit the surge was a success.
O'Reilly assisted Romney's campaign?

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#890701 Apr 20, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
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You probably said the same thing about the Korean War as many others did in the immediate aftermath.
Can you honestly argue South Korea wasn't worth it today?
Maybe you should bone up on the Korean War a bit Carol. BTW the First Cav alone lost over 3800 dead with over 12,000 wounded in Korea.

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Cape Canaveral, FL

#890702 Apr 20, 2013
Bonnie Dunbar into the astronaut hall of fame. Dunbar served on STS missions 61A-32-71-50-89.

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“Amor patriae.”

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#890705 Apr 20, 2013
The economic growth in Dubai has generated a need for truck drivers, amongst other things. Maybe Obama can arrange jobs for you liberal deadbeats over there.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/-pQdjwl...

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Voluntarist

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#890708 Apr 20, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Divided us??? Thanks for the "opinion pieces" authored by respectable sources.
Iraq was a massive failure of a war based on a lie, even George W Bush admits that there were no WMD's while your right wing self believes Saddam sent them to Syria.
Are Obamas drone strikes justifiable to you?
Voluntarist

United States

#890709 Apr 20, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
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who is nobama pretending to be today?
We won in Boston.
Obama administration standing tall
Who is we?
stormy

Shinnston, WV

#890710 Apr 20, 2013
Hate is the four letter word that will and does
bring more countries DOWN than you know. Its
too much to think these haters will understand...
Live that way as long as our country exist, with
you way of living, acting and talking. Its
brought many a nations, now that your running things, you'll live it first hand. Don't say,
you weren't told.*You and party is the only
way to run things, no one else can have a say,
right? How far have we came down in the last
4yrs.? When its gone and we have given it away,
you will be on the top, you think?
Know what shame and dumb is?
Cway

United States

#890711 Apr 20, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
Just one more...
New Hampshire Union Leader
April 12, 2013
Hussein's regime murdered as many as 1 million Iraqis in its years in absolute power. Many Americans forget this. Most Iraqis don't.
A graduate of Saddam's torture chambers, Barham Salih, was asked what he thought of the invasion 10 years later.
Salih is now the chairman of the board of the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani. Salih has served as both the deputy prime minister of Iraq and as prime minister of the Kurdish regional government.
"...War is never a good option, but given our history and the brutality of Saddam's regime, it may have been the only other option to end the genocidal campaign waged by Saddam against the Kurds and other communities in Iraq."
He went on to blame Iraqis, rather than Americans, for the failures of the past decade. "...There is no denying that Iraqi political leadership bears prime responsibility for squandering a unique opportunity to deliver to their people. This has been nothing short of a drastic failure of leadership on our part. The Kurdistan region offers hope that all is not lost in Iraq."
http://www.newhampshire.com/article/20130412/...
Sometimes it's easier to see things from a different angle when bias is involved.
The left blaming George Bush when Democrats like John Kerry, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton among many others wanted to get rid of Saddam even before 9/11 and voted for the Iraq War proves they have been angry at the wrong people for the wrong reasons all these years.
If the Iraq War and biased misconceptions is what divided us, maybe it's time to take a different look at it and begin to heal.
Barham Salih hardly sounds like an impartial source.

Yes, perhaps Hussein killed 1/2 million to 1 million Iraqis.

The U.S. attack and occupation directly or indirectly contributed to an equal number of fatalities. Many Iraqis fled to Syria, because conditions under the Coalition were so terrible. Adding to the misery was the often brutal treatment meted out to Iraqi prisoners suspected of insurgent activity, often people who were rounded up in random dragnets.

The situation in Iraq today is still considered nightmarish. Paramilitary units created by the military and CIA and now employed as "security forces" for the U.S.-created regime continue to brutalize the population. To some extent, it's like Hussein never left.

As for your charge that Democrats wanted Hussein removed, that was back in 1998 when the U.N. inspectors made it known they had doubts on Iraqi compliance. The Clinton economic sanctions successfully forced Hussein to buckle under. The Bush administration then falsely presented the case four years later that Iraq had reneged once again. But as we all know, no WMDs were found.

There is no need to "re-examine" Bush and Cheney's war by lies. It was launched under a false pretext and prosecuted in brutal fashion as demonstrated by Abu Ghraib and numerous incidents involving Blackwater security.

So go rewrite your pro-GOP history somewhere else.

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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#890712 Apr 20, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
Just one more...
New Hampshire Union Leader
April 12, 2013
Hussein's regime murdered as many as 1 million Iraqis in its years in absolute power. Many Americans forget this. Most Iraqis don't.
A graduate of Saddam's torture chambers, Barham Salih, was asked what he thought of the invasion 10 years later.
Salih is now the chairman of the board of the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani. Salih has served as both the deputy prime minister of Iraq and as prime minister of the Kurdish regional government.
"...War is never a good option, but given our history and the brutality of Saddam's regime, it may have been the only other option to end the genocidal campaign waged by Saddam against the Kurds and other communities in Iraq."
He went on to blame Iraqis, rather than Americans, for the failures of the past decade. "...There is no denying that Iraqi political leadership bears prime responsibility for squandering a unique opportunity to deliver to their people. This has been nothing short of a drastic failure of leadership on our part. The Kurdistan region offers hope that all is not lost in Iraq."
http://www.newhampshire.com/article/20130412/...
Sometimes it's easier to see things from a different angle when bias is involved.
The left blaming George Bush when Democrats like John Kerry, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton among many others wanted to get rid of Saddam even before 9/11 and voted for the Iraq War proves they have been angry at the wrong people for the wrong reasons all these years.
If the Iraq War and biased misconceptions is what divided us, maybe it's time to take a different look at it and begin to heal.
The Willful Blindness of Bush Loyalists

....Even if the overall Bush record weren’t so poor, one of the GOP’s problems is that no one outside their party perceives it that way. However, the main problem is that the record really was that poor and many Republicans refuse to accept that. After all, admitting that Bush’s presidency was a disastrous one is to admit that they supported the disaster, and that’s not something that anyone likes admitting....

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/lariso...

the Left has it right.

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Cway

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#890713 Apr 20, 2013
Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
Good morning leftist phaggitpssies!! I see you're still prattling on worthlessly about your gay leftist policies and their supposed effectiveness. Let's remember its important to kill every muslim extremist we encounter in any arena, because as we've seen they murder, bomb, and (in the case of India) rape 5 yr old little girls. While we are taking care of them, we should include all US leftists as well (because it is your aformentioned gay policies that empower them in the first place).
Do the right thing leftist; kill yourselves for the good of your country!!
Here, hang this slobber bucket around your neck to catch all the drool.

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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#890714 Apr 20, 2013
The Iraq war was a product of excessive fear and fear-mongering. Its architects may have had delusional, optimistic schemes for regional democratic transformation, but a lot of its supporters backed the invasion because their government had terrified them with the prospect of nuclear terrorist attacks that might follow if there were no war.

....Despite living in an unusually secure and powerful country, Americans are just as susceptible as any other nation to the demagoguery of politicians that exaggerate and invent foreign threats. It may be that our secure position in the world has spoiled us. When an attack does occur, there is a tendency to overreact because suffering foreign attacks has been so unusual in our history. Oddly enough, we are accustomed to being very secure, and yet our foreign policy debate ceaselessly obsesses over the most remote and manageable foreign threats.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/lariso...

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Voluntarist

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#890715 Apr 20, 2013
WASHINGTON — A
nonpartisan,
independent review
of interrogation and
detention programs
in the years after the
Sept. 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks
concludes that “it is
indisputable that the
United States
engaged in the
practice of torture”
and that the
nation’s highest
officials bore
ultimate
responsibility for it.
The sweeping, 577-
page report says
that while brutality
has occurred in
every American war,
there never before
had been “the kind
of considered and
detailed discussions
that occurred after
9/11 directly
involving a
president and his
top advisers on the
wisdom, propriety
and legality of
inflicting pain and
torment on some
detainees in our
custody.” The study,
by an 11-member
panel convened by
the Constitution
Project, a legal
research and
advocacy group, is
to be released on
Tuesday morning.
Debate over the
coercive
interrogation
methods used by
the administration
of President George
W. Bush has often
broken down on
largely partisan
lines. The
Constitution
Project’s task force
on detainee
treatment, led by
two former
members of
Congress with
experience in the
executive branch —
a Republican, Asa
Hutchinson, and a
Democrat, James R.
Jones — seeks to
produce a stronger
national consensus
on the torture
question.
While the task force
did not have access
to classified records,
it is the most
ambitious
independent attempt
to date to assess the
detention and
interrogation
programs. A
separate 6,000-
page report on the
Central Intelligence
Agency’s record by
the Senate
Intelligence
Committee, based
exclusively on
agency records,
rather than
interviews, remains
classified.
Realtime

Cape Canaveral, FL

#890716 Apr 20, 2013
Voluntarist wrote:
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Are Obamas drone strikes justifiable to you?
Are they Obama's?

What is Pakistan's role in the targeting?

Are the civilian death/injury totals grandly exaggerated as a way of plucking more foreign aid from US coffers?

Former president Musharraf was taken back into custody, the Pakistani judicial system is at odds with it's army.

To answer your question__the drone strikes against known terrorists are necessary and then justifiable.

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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#890717 Apr 20, 2013
RupFail

Rupert Murdoch defends the New York Post’s horrendous coverage and those photos of the young Moroccan immigrant kid.

There were a number of journalistic goofs this week — the big one being the numerous erroneous reports of an arrest on Wednesday that never happened. The Post thing actually wasn’t a journalistic failing, it was an ethical one. They’re different.

http://editors.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives...

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Since: Apr 13

Orlando, FL

#890718 Apr 20, 2013
Cway wrote:
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Barham Salih hardly sounds like an impartial source.
Yes, perhaps Hussein killed 1/2 million to 1 million Iraqis.
The U.S. attack and occupation directly or indirectly contributed to an equal number of fatalities. Many Iraqis fled to Syria, because conditions under the Coalition were so terrible. Adding to the misery was the often brutal treatment meted out to Iraqi prisoners suspected of insurgent activity, often people who were rounded up in random dragnets.
The situation in Iraq today is still considered nightmarish. Paramilitary units created by the military and CIA and now employed as "security forces" for the U.S.-created regime continue to brutalize the population. To some extent, it's like Hussein never left.
As for your charge that Democrats wanted Hussein removed, that was back in 1998 when the U.N. inspectors made it known they had doubts on Iraqi compliance. The Clinton economic sanctions successfully forced Hussein to buckle under. The Bush administration then falsely presented the case four years later that Iraq had reneged once again. But as we all know, no WMDs were found.
There is no need to "re-examine" Bush and Cheney's war by lies. It was launched under a false pretext and prosecuted in brutal fashion as demonstrated by Abu Ghraib and numerous incidents involving Blackwater security.
So go rewrite your pro-GOP history somewhere else.
An Iraqi who is one of the survivors of the torture chambers and who is the chairman of the board of the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani which provides a liberal education in a place where this would have been unheard of 10 years ago is, I would think, quite a credible source.

Pelosi said Bush lied. She also said the CIA lied.

Don't you think she would be considered the less impartial source?

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