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Old 12-22-2006, 12:58 PM   #406
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There is a hell of a lot of respect for the United States around the world, perhaps not in what people say, but in what they actually do.
You must be confusing respect with fear.
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You must be confusing respect with fear.


and cold, hard cash.

i love how someone might, say, trot out Turkey as an example of support for the invasion because, gosh, they let American troops station there.

yeah, for 34 BILLION dollars.

American cash bought the support of nearly all of the members of the "coalition" -- like the Marshall Islands and stuff.
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Old 12-22-2006, 01:42 PM   #408
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[Q]i love how someone might, say, trot out Turkey as an example of support for the invasion because, gosh, they let American troops station there.
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hehe....

Turkey was bought out as I remember it.
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[Q]i love how someone might, say, trot out Turkey as an example of support for the invasion because, gosh, they let American troops station there.
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hehe....

Turkey was bought out as I remember it.


no! Turkey TOTALLY supported the multinational coalition that removed the greatest threat to world secruity and has brought peace, stability, and democracy to Iraq.
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Old 12-22-2006, 05:55 PM   #410
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[Q]i love how someone might, say, trot out Turkey as an example of support for the invasion because, gosh, they let American troops station there.
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hehe....

Turkey was bought out as I remember it.
We *tried* to buy them out. IIRC, we offered them $30 billion in aid if they let us use their space for the war. The Prime Minister's Government had to put the request to the Grand National Assembly, and they voted against it.
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Old 12-23-2006, 01:59 AM   #411
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After 3,000 U.S. deaths, after hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, after all the hundreds of billions of dollars spent, after all the instability, after no WMD's found, after no link to al-Qaeda, after no link 9/11, after a nation on the brink of civil war, and after all the other bad news, there is no hope in either successfully arguing with or convincing a pro-war person that the war is wrong. They would never ever admit they are wrong if they haven't already done so.





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US Forces in Baghdad Seize Iranians Invited to Iraq

By VOA News
25 December 2006


U.S. officials say American forces in Baghdad detained several Iranians last week suspected of inciting attacks against Iraqi troops.

Iraqi officials say Iraqi President Jalal Talabani had invited two of the Iranians to the capital, and he was unhappy that U.S. forces had detained them.

U.S. officials say two Iranian diplomats seized by U.S. forces were later turned over to Iraqi authorities and released. A State Department spokeswoman told VOA that the men were released because they had diplomatic immunity.

The New York Times says that at least four Iranians remain in U.S. custody, and that the U.S. claims that they are senior Iranian military officials.

The State Department spokeswoman refused to give details about the attacks the Iranians were allegedly planning.

She said the Iranians still in U.S. custody are being questioned. She declined to say how many are still being held.




George W Bush (r) with Abdul Aziz al-Hakim at the White House
George W Bush (r) with Abdul Aziz al-Hakim at the White House (file)


Reports from Iran say the country's foreign ministry has summoned the Swiss ambassador to discuss the case. The Swiss embassy represents U.S. interests in Iran.

The Times says some of the Iranians were seized at the Baghdad compound of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the leader of the largest Shi'ite bloc in Iraq's parliament. Hakim met with President Bush earlier this month at the White House.

Washington has accused Iranian agents of stirring up sectarian violence in Iraq by arming and training Shi'ite militias. Tehran says it only has political and religious links with Iraqi Shi'ites.
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Another piece to sweep under the carpet?
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(AP)At least 54 Iraqis died Tuesday in bombings, officials said, including a coordinated strike that killed 25 in western Baghdad. Separately, the U.S. military announced the deaths of seven American soldiers, raising the death toll significantly in one of the bloodiest months for the military this year.

The three coordinated car bombs in western Baghdad injured at least 55 people, a doctor at Yarmouk hospital, where the victims were taken, said on condition of anonymity because of safety concerns. The attacks occurred in a mixed Sunni and Shiite neighborhood.

In other attacks, a car bomb exploded near a Sunni mosque in northern Baghdad at the beginning of the evening rush hour, killing 17 people and wounding 35, a doctor at Al-Nuaman hospital said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

A bomb also exploded in a central Baghdad market, killing four people and wounding 15, police said. Two roadside bombs targeted an Iraqi police patrol in an eastern neighborhood of the capital, killing four policemen and injuring 12 people.

In Kirkuk, 180 miles north of the Iraqi capital, a roadside bomb killed three civilians — including an 8-year-old girl — and wounded six other people, police said.

The U.S. military, meanwhile, said seven more American soldiers had died, pushing the U.S. military death toll for the month to 90. With five days remaining in the month, December is already the second deadliest month for the U.S. military this year, behind the 105 soldiers killed in October.

The latest deaths also brought the number of U.S. military members killed since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003 to at least 2,978 — five more than the number killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
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Poll: More troops unhappy with Bush’s course in Iraq

By Robert Hodierne
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The American military — once a staunch supporter of President Bush and the Iraq war — has grown in creasingly pessimistic about chances for victory.

For the first time, more troops disapprove of the president’s han dling of the war than approve of it. Barely one-third of service members approve of the way the president is handling the war, ac cording to the 2006 Military Times Poll.

When the military was feeling most optimistic about the war — in 2004 — 83 percent of poll re spondents thought success in Iraq was likely. This year, that number has shrunk to 50 percent.

Only 35 percent of the military members polled this year said they approve of the way President Bush is handling the war, while 42 percent said they disapproved.
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This whole thing is nothing but a fucking fiasco.
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"no special significance"

An American soldier killed on the streets of Baghdad on Saturday became the 3,000th US service member to die in Iraq, nearly four years after the invasion of the country .

Just hours after Saddam Hussein's burial yesterday, the US military announced two deaths, including that of the unidentified soldier killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his patrol in Baghdad. The death pushed the number of military personnel killed in the conflict to the grim threshold, according to the Associated Press.

The other soldier was identified as Specialist Dustin R. Donica, of Spring, Texas, who was killed by small-arms fire Thursday in Baghdad while on assignment with the Army's 25th Infantry Division. The deaths occurred at the end of the bloodiest month for the US military in Iraq in 2006, with at least 111 killed in December.

The White House said President Bush would not comment directly on the 3,000th death. A Pentagon spokesman said there was "no special significance to the overall number of casualties."

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Hmm, bet the 2 soldiers don't get an 8-page "RIP" thread in here...

Ya you guys are banging your heads against the wall. These pro-war types, if they haven't figured out by now that invading Iraq might not have been the smartest idea...it's never gonna happen.
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[q]The U.S. military announced the deaths of three Marines and two soldiers, making December the year's deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq with the toll reaching 108.

The Marines, all assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5, died Thursday of wounds from fighting in western Anbar province, the U.S. military said. A soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division and also died in combat in Anbar, and another was killed by a roadside bomb in northwest Baghdad, the military said.

Their deaths pushed the toll past the 105 U.S. service members killed in October. At least 2,997 members of the U.S. military have been killed since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to an AP count.

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December was also shaping up to be one of the worst months for Iraqi civilian deaths since The Associated Press began keeping track in May 2005.

Through Thursday, at least 2,139 Iraqis have been killed in war-related or sectarian violence, an average rate of about 76 people a day, according to an AP count. That compares to at least 2,184 killed in November at an average of about 70 a day, the worst month for Iraqi civilians deaths since May 2005. In October, AP counted at least 1,216 civilians killed.

The AP count includes civilians, government officials and police and security forces, and is considered a minimum based on AP reporting. The actual number is likely higher, as many killings go unreported.

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