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Old 06-04-2010, 02:58 PM   #481
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So...logic would dictate then that Bush, if he wants to try and prove that the Republicans are the ones to trust on national security instead of the Democrats, would not have disregarded that warning that came two months before 9/11, right?

That doesn't make sense. If the U.S. was actively trying to get Bin Laden from day one of Bush's presidency, then how did they fail so quickly? Bush came into power officially in January 2001. The attack was 9 months later. What happened during those 9 months to make them drop the ball?
Nothing was disregarded, but it is true that they failed to prevent the attacks on September 11, just as the Clinton administration failed to prevent the attacks on the US embassies in Kenya, Tanzania and the attack on the USS cohl. The US was actively trying to prevent any attacks by Al Quada on US targets worldwide long before Bush came into office.

The problem of Bin Ladin and Al Quada and their attempts to attack the United States and other US interest around the world precedes the Bush administration by many years. Since the formation of Al Quada up to the time of the 9/11 attacks, The Presidential administration that had been in office the longest and had the most time to track down and kill Al Quada members belongs to the Clinton administration.

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Aren't the Taliban having something of a resurgence? And we're still not sure exactly how much of a threat Saddam really was (remember, never found any WMDs...).
1. Yes the Taliban have been resurging do to their safe havens in Pakistan. But, they are no longer the ruling power in Afghanistan like there were during the Clinton administration.

2. The threat that Saddam posed was not solely based simply on what Saddam had on hand as far as WMD in March 2003. It was based on his previous history of invasions and attacks on countries in the region. His years of refusal to cooperate with UN inspectors. The break down of the weapons embargo and sanctions regime designed to contain Saddam and prevent him from getting new conventional weapons as well as materials for WMD. The primary goal was to PREVENT Saddam from obtaining the weapons and materials he would need to help carry out the operations he had done in the past. There were only two options to prevent him from doing this, regime change and containment. Containment started to fail after the year 2000 with the erosion of the sanctions and weapons embargo. With containment crumbling, the only option left was regime change.


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Not to mention, didn't we befriend him at first, too? He only became a "threat" and an enemy when Bush Sr. was in office, if I understand it rightly.


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The United States was forced to send half a million troops to the Persian Gulf to defend and remove his military forces from Kuwait in 1990/1991. As a condition of the ceacefire for that war, he was required to verifiably disarm of all WMD. He failed to meet this obligation and the Clinton administration during the 1990s launched multiple large scale bombing raids of the country in an attempt to destroy WMD and force Saddam to comply, but the operations failed in achieving that goal. The collapse of the sanctions and weapons embargo on Saddam made regime change by 2003 a necessity which is what the Bush administration did.

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Which still doesn't explain the attempted recent terror attacks, not to mention the numerous ones that took place throughout Bush's two terms here and abroad. Those don't exactly point to increased safety and protection, but hey...
Thats only if you define success as the 100% absence of terrorism or attempts at terrorism. Also, you need to think about the impact catching and killing thousands of terrorist has had on their ability to conduct attacks all over the world.
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Strongbow other than Iraq and 9/11 which you make the great argument how great he did pray tell me what his other great accomplishments were..........
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Strongbow other than Iraq and 9/11 which you make the great argument how great he did pray tell me what his other great accomplishments were..........
Removing the Taliban from Afghanistan and Saddam from Iraq as well as helping to install and development two new governments in the face of violent insurgencies are some of the most difficult things to do in international relations and take an enormous amount of resources and time. The benefits to the United States and the world in terms of security are substantial and have been worth far more than the cost to date. National Security is the #1 job of any US President and is the area that the President has the most impact on based on US laws and the checks and balances of Congress and the judicial branches of government.

Both operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have been large multi-national operations. It was under Bush's leadership that the NATO alliance has been involved in its first military operations outside of Europe.

Bush also helped to expand the size of the US military, buy new weapon systems that have saved US lives, helped to create a US military that is more prepared for the diverse challenges it could face in the future.


On the economic front, the average unemployment rate under Bush during his 8 years in office was only about 5.3%, similar to Clintons 5.2% rate. Inflation was also generally low during his time in office. The average poverty rate under Bush was the lowest since the Nixon years. Average debt as a percentage of GDP was also relatively the same as during the Clinton administration despite increases in the annual figure in the last years of the administration.

Even BONO acknowledges that Bush's debt relief and efforts to fight aids in Africa have been impressive.

So, those are a few things.
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Can I also bring up some steller moments myself?
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Since I didn't get the thumbs up from you, I am going on ahead to put up these great moments in dubya's history:

Katrina: "Brownie your doing a heck of a job". You prolly love that picture of Bush gazing down from on high while flying back from Crawford while a US city was drowning.

Mission Accomplished - wow our victory in Iraq was so complete we're still spilling blood and treasure to this day.

TARP - this one I believe really pisses off the Ditto head Nation. While they slam Obama for giving the theives on Wall Street a truckload of OUR money, don't forget Bush gave them there first payment.

Didn't sign Kyoto

Sending our troops into harms way which you said had to be done not because:

a>. WMD's in Iraq
b>. connection to Bin LAden
c>. Yellow cake

but to stop a regime that had NOTHING to do w/ 9/11 WITHOUT BODY ARMOUR. The lives that you so easily say was worth the ultimate sacrifice were not given proper body armour or reinforced HumVees - all worth it though right?

Limiting stem cell research - while we know how precious life is (not including all of the US military men and women, coalition men and all of those innocent Iraqi's lives) we really had to roll back to like 1800's on this front.

That CIA Terror Memo that I just keep bringing up titled: Bin Laden Determined to Strike US, while I know he was at Crawford when hearing this his little brain capacity was on vacation he prolly should have acted upon this.

Please I'm just getting started can I go on???????????????
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Nothing was disregarded, but it is true that they failed to prevent the attacks on September 11, just as the Clinton administration failed to prevent the attacks on the US embassies in Kenya, Tanzania and the attack on the USS cohl.
I could've sworn I heard something in the news about how the U.S. got a BIG ol' warning two months prior to 9/11 that was ignored.

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The US was actively trying to prevent any attacks by Al Quada on US targets worldwide long before Bush came into office.
But I thought you just said they hadn't been. Clinton failed to stop Bin Laden, remember? Now you're saying he and others did? I'm confused.

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The problem of Bin Ladin and Al Quada and their attempts to attack the United States and other US interest around the world precedes the Bush administration by many years. Since the formation of Al Quada up to the time of the 9/11 attacks, The Presidential administration that had been in office the longest and had the most time to track down and kill Al Quada members belongs to the Clinton administration.
And how do we know they weren't trying to do that? Maybe they were and faced some of the same difficulties that you claim the Bush administration faced.

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1. Yes the Taliban have been resurging do to their safe havens in Pakistan. But, they are no longer the ruling power in Afghanistan like there were during the Clinton administration.
But they're still out there and still a threat, right? And some of them did go back to Afghanistan, too. They may not be ruling the way they once were, but they're still there, and still scaring people.

And didn't we help put the Taliban in power?

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2. The threat that Saddam posed was not solely based simply on what Saddam had on hand as far as WMD in March 2003.
Could've fooled me, the way the Bush administration made it seem.

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It was based on his previous history of invasions and attacks on countries in the region. His years of refusal to cooperate with UN inspectors. The break down of the weapons embargo and sanctions regime designed to contain Saddam and prevent him from getting new conventional weapons as well as materials for WMD. The primary goal was to PREVENT Saddam from obtaining the weapons and materials he would need to help carry out the operations he had done in the past.
And of course, he's the only leader that's ever done that, right? Didn't we give weapons to Iraq in the '80s? Why is it okay for us to give another country weapons to use, but heaven forbid they make their own? It can't be fear that they'll trade with unsavory folk, 'cause the same danger would be apparent if they get weapons from us instead of make their own (then of course there's the whole issue of why we get to have weapons of mass destruction and nobody else can, but that's a whole other topic).

North Korea has these same issues, too, and I don't hear anyone talk about invading them.

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There were only two options to prevent him from doing this, regime change and containment. Containment started to fail after the year 2000 with the erosion of the sanctions and weapons embargo. With containment crumbling, the only option left was regime change.
Well, if that's the case, we got Saddam out of power, so...tell me again why we stuck around?

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The United States was forced to send half a million troops to the Persian Gulf to defend and remove his military forces from Kuwait in 1990/1991. As a condition of the ceacefire for that war, he was required to verifiably disarm of all WMD. He failed to meet this obligation and the Clinton administration during the 1990s launched multiple large scale bombing raids of the country in an attempt to destroy WMD and force Saddam to comply, but the operations failed in achieving that goal. The collapse of the sanctions and weapons embargo on Saddam made regime change by 2003 a necessity which is what the Bush administration did.
Read answers above. I'm sorry, the whole thing just doesn't make sense to me. We're friends with Saddam. We supply Iraq with weapons. Then suddenly we don't want Iraq to have weapons anymore, we're mad at Saddam, and now he's an enemy and now he needs to be brought down and now we need to invade the country.

Plus, you know, there were other countries that didn't like the way the Bush administration handled things. Does that mean, then, they have the right to come in and take out our leader? They may feel we could've use a "regime change".

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Thats only if you define success as the 100% absence of terrorism or attempts at terrorism. Also, you need to think about the impact catching and killing thousands of terrorist has had on their ability to conduct attacks all over the world.
Yeah. They're still doing their job. By killing them you turn them into martyrs.

You're the one who said that the U.S. interests here and abroad have been more successfully protected. I'm just watching the news of late and wondering where you get the idea that that's so.

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TARP - this one I believe really pisses off the Ditto head Nation. While they slam Obama for giving the theives on Wall Street a truckload of OUR money, don't forget Bush gave them there first payment.
TARP has proven to be a necessary evil, has it not?
I don't think we should hold that against Bush.

I think Bush could be blamed for appointing the like-minded ultra-fiscal-conservative Paulson who allowed Bear-Stearns to collapse and exacerbated the original problem.
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I could've sworn I heard something in the news about how the U.S. got a BIG ol' warning two months prior to 9/11 that was ignored.
There are some that are opposed to the administration politically that claim they ignored it, but there is no evidence that the FBI, CIA and the rest of the US defense establishment suddenly stopped the work they had been doing in trying to find members of Al Quada and prevent them from entering the country or identify where they were.


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But I thought you just said they hadn't been. Clinton failed to stop Bin Laden, remember? Now you're saying he and others did? I'm confused
No, I said they were unsuccessful in capturing or killing Bin Ladin or in doing much damage to Al Quada, relative to the Bush administration. I never said they were not making an effort to do that though. Understand?

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And how do we know they weren't trying to do that? Maybe they were and faced some of the same difficulties that you claim the Bush administration faced.
I didn't say they weren't and yes they certainly experienced the same difficulties anyone has in trying to catch terrorist who hide among the civilian population.

The big difference is that Bush took much more decisive action by invading Afghanistan and removing Al Quada's biggest supporters, the Taliban from power there as well as destroying much of Al quada's base of operations there.

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But they're still out there and still a threat, right? And some of them did go back to Afghanistan, too. They may not be ruling the way they once were, but they're still there, and still scaring people.

And didn't we help put the Taliban in power?
What remained of the Taliban fled across the border into Pakistan into ungoverned tribal area's. This became a safe haven as the US did not want to cause a disruption in Pakistan politically by going across the border into Pakistan. The US has worked with Pakistan to get them to retake these tribal area's and deny the Taliban their safe haven there.

The Taliban were able to rebuild some of its forces and then headed back into Afghanistan to cause trouble which is why the violence levels starting increasing in Afghanistan in 2006 after having been relatively low for several years.

The Taliban was formed in 1993-1994 along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border area. They had aid from Pakistan because Pakistan wanted to use them to counter elements that became the Northern Alliance because it felt they were pro-Indian and a potential threat to its security.

The United States had nothing to do with the formation of the Taliban. All US aid to Afghanistan had stopped 5 years earlier when the Russians finally withdrew from the country.

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And of course, he's the only leader that's ever done that, right?
SADDAM is the only leader that has engaged in unprovoked invasions or large assualts on 4 different countries in the last 30 years. These invasions and attacks also took place in an area of the world that is vital to global energy supply and the global economy. Saddam is the only leader that used WMD on a massive scale in recent times. Having WMD is one thing, but it becomes a far more dangerous situation when a leader is willing to actually use it, especially so often.

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Didn't we give weapons to Iraq in the '80s? Why is it okay for us to give another country weapons to use, but heaven forbid they make their own? It can't be fear that they'll trade with unsavory folk, 'cause the same danger would be apparent if they get weapons from us instead of make their own
The United States did NOT give Iraq or any other country WMD. In fact, the United States did not even give Iraq conventional weapons in the 1980s. Nearly all of Iraq's conventional weapons came from the Soviet Union. Saddam's Iraq was a client state of the Soviet Union. The Soviets had thousands of military advisors and trainers in Iraq year during the 1980s helping the Iraqi military.

The United States did give Iraq Trucks, transport helicopters, computers, as well as money to buy food during the 1980s. It also gave Iraq intelligence on the Iranian military. But it did NOT supply Iraq with conventional or unconventional weapons in the 1980s. Iraq got the majority of its weapons as well as training for its military from the Soviet Union.


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(then of course there's the whole issue of why we get to have weapons of mass destruction and nobody else can, but that's a whole other topic).
All the permanent members of the UN Security Council have nuclear weapons and the United States accepts this currently. It is a legacy of the Cold War. The US and international communities objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and WMD to other countries while at the same time gradually reducing its stock pile of nuclear weapons. France and the United Kingdom have made unilateral cuts to their nuclear stockpiles and the Russians and the United States have negotiated treaties to reduce their stock piles. The goal is to have currently nuclear armed countries reduce their stock piles while at the same time preventing other countries from obtaining nuclear weapons. This is the goal of the non-poliferation treaty or NPT.

When it comes to biological or chemical weapons, the United States already got rid or dismantled its stock piles many years ago. These are the types of WMD that Saddam had manufactured and used in the past and the US and international community were concerned Saddam either had re-armed or would be able to re-arm with such weapons given the collapse the sanctions and weapons embargo against Iraq and Saddam's failure to completely verifiably disarm of all WMD in front of UN inspection teams.

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North Korea has these same issues, too, and I don't hear anyone talk about invading them.
There are several differences between North Korea and Saddam's Iraq:

1. Saddam's Iraq has invaded and launched large scale attacks, unprovoked, against 4 independent counties. North Korea has not done anything like this except for the Korean war 70 years ago, which given that Korea had just been recently divided could be regarded as an internal conflict or civil war, not just a conflict between large foreign powers.

The Korean pennisula has been relatively peaceful for 67 years with regards to war or major conflict.

2. Saddam's Iraq is located in a part of the world that is vital to global energy supply and the global economy. Saddam's close proximity allowed him to potentially sieze or sabotage energy supply that is vital to the rest of the world. North Korea is not located in area where it could threatened something that is so valuable to the rest of the planet.

3. While the North Korean's have been rather passive in their behavior since the end of the Korean war relative to someone like Saddam, it is true that the country is armed to the teeth. North Korea has the worlds second largest collection of artillery, much of it placed on the DMZ with the south. Thousands of artillery pieces on the northern side of the border are in easy range of Seoul South Korea which has a metropolitan population of 10 million people. Were talking only 30 to 40 miles. So any war that would occur today on the Korean pennisula would start off with millions of people being in the crossfire. This unique situation does not exist anywhere else in the world and was one of the chief reasons the Clinton administration was detered from taking military action in 1994 against North Korea's nuclear program.

In addition, North Korea has chemical and biological weapons stockpiles that they can use with their artillery. Then there is the fact that now they do have nuclear weapons which could be placed on ballistic missiles to hit other places in Asia like Japan.

With Saddam's Iraq in 2003, the goal was to remove the more limited stockpiles he had, but more importantly to prevent him from rebuilding the size and type of forces he had before he invaded Kuwait in 1990.

One of the reasons to remove Saddam in 2003 was to prevent him from building up an arsonal like North Korea has today which in many ways is now a deterent to the international community in terms of using force because of the large cost that would be involved.

Fortunately, North Korea has not engaged in the types of aggression that Saddam did while he was in power, which makes North Korea much less of a threat despite their possession of a large military force and WMD. North Korea is also bordered by 3 countries with large military forces, South Korea, China, and Russia. North Korea is also not in an area that is vital to global energy supply like Saddam's Iraq. Saddam's Iraq was bordered by multiple countries that were relatively weak from a military perspective, relative to Saddam's Iraq.

To sum up, its consistent aggressive behavior + the possession of large military forces and WMD that made Saddam's Iraq a threat that eventually had to be removed. North Korea does not have the consistent aggressive behavior part of the equation. It has not invaded another country in 70 years. This is the big difference with Saddam. North Korea has also not used WMD against a foreign country like Saddam has. Finally, the area of the world that Saddam's Iraq is located in is very valuable to the global economy but also very vulnerable given the geo-military-political situation.


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Well, if that's the case, we got Saddam out of power, so...tell me again why we stuck around?
To rebuild the country from 24 years of Saddam's rule to help build a stable government that was not a threat to its neighbors as Saddam's Iraq had been. To have abandoned the country to chaos and allow a new dictator to come to power in Iraq that could potentially threaten the Persian Gulf again would have been a mistake. Removing Saddam was a necessity, but so was replacing his regime with one that was not a threat to its neighbors as Saddam's regime had been.

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Read answers above. I'm sorry, the whole thing just doesn't make sense to me. We're friends with Saddam. We supply Iraq with weapons. Then suddenly we don't want Iraq to have weapons anymore, we're mad at Saddam, and now he's an enemy and now he needs to be brought down and now we need to invade the country.
Well, read my answers above. The United States was never "friends" with Saddam, although it did not want to see him lose the Iran/Iraq war and have Iranian troops overruning the country with a clear path towards Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and much of the worlds oil supply. In addition, that time, Saddam had not invaded and attacked Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. When Saddam did this, this dramatically changed the nature of the threat the world was dealing with and Saddam had to be either removed or somehow contained.

The United States did not supply Iraq with weapons. The United States and the international community put stiff sanctions and a weapons embargo on Saddam following the 1991 Gulf War which resulted from his unprovoked invasion of Kuwait. At that time Saddam had to be either removed or somehow contained. The US and international community went with containment because it was less costly and no one believed at the time Saddam would still be in power 5 years later. But after 12 long years of UN inspections, sanctions, and bombing by US aircraft and missiles, Saddam not only had successfully remained in power, but removed the UN inspectors from his country and had seen the sanctions and weapons embargo regime designed to contain him crumble. The collapse of containment left only one option for dealing with Saddam, regime change.


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Plus, you know, there were other countries that didn't like the way the Bush administration handled things. Does that mean, then, they have the right to come in and take out our leader? They may feel we could've use a "regime change".
Iraq was in violation of 17 UN Security Council Resolutions at the time of the invasion in 2003. UN resolution 1441 re-stated and authorized the use of military force against Iraq to enforce the resolutions. All of the resolutions were passed under Chapter VII rules of the United Nations which allow for military force to be used to bring about enforcement. In addition, once Saddam was removed, the UN approved the occupation that followed with resolution 1483.

So this was not some willy nilly, we don't like you, so were going to take you out event. It was done in with the approval of the United Nations and was legal under international law.

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Yeah. They're still doing their job. By killing them you turn them into martyrs.

You're the one who said that the U.S. interests here and abroad have been more successfully protected. I'm just watching the news of late and wondering where you get the idea that that's so.

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Its so because the Saddam who posed a huge threat to the world has been removed from power, the Taliban have been removed from power in Afghanistan, Al Quada's base in Afghanistan was destroyed and much of the leadership has been killed or captured. While it is true that fighting with Al Quada and the Taliban is still ongoing, the US is in a far better position against these groups than it was prior to 9/11. Al Quada and the Taliban have been unsuccessful in attacking the US mainland since 9/11.
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totally disagree.

i've been in here since 2003/4. i've never met a bigger automaton on either side.

your most stalwart leftists -- myself, Melon, anitram, martha -- as well as long-gone right wingers like nbcrusader are able to give and take like adults.

not so with our favorite borderline autistic.
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totally disagree.

i've been in here since 2003/4. i've never met a bigger automaton on either side.

your most stalwart leftists -- myself, Melon, anitram, martha -- as well as long-gone right wingers like nbcrusader are able to give and take like adults.

not so with our favorite borderline autistic.
What does this have to do with the topic of this thread? Most adults have the ability to discuss a topic without making personal comments about the people discussing the topic. For once, stop labling members of the forum and calling them names. I seriously doubt your still in grade school.
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it's true, i'm awful. i'm the worst poster ever. all i do is slam people. no one ever has had a good exchange with me. i always bring the discussion down to my level. i've never conceded a point. i've never made a relevant contribution. people always get exasperated with me because i repeat the same old information over and over and over. i'm on everyone's ignore list. people run away screaming when i enter a thread. maybe one day, just for once, i'll stop. but not now. my long history on this forum has proved the point that i'm incapable of rationally discussing an issue.

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