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GUEST,George, Ledbury. 28 Aug 06 - 06:08 AM
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Subject: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: GUEST,George, Ledbury.
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 06:08 AM

Five more American soldiers killed yesterday in Iraq. 2,600 since the invasion of this country. Do Americans really think it's worth it ? We all read their views on the Bush administration but when it comes to their invading army they seem to come out supporting their soldiers over there. Iraq and Iran are proud countries with a history going back thousands of years. Has anyone ever felt what it must be like to watch the appalling actions of the American gun touting culture walking through your streets ? no doubt in a loud mouthed fashion. It is so hard to watch here on television the sight of young children seeing their fathers and brothers being murdered by these murderers of humanity. It's time either the American people accepted that they can't be the policemen of the world or stop saying they don't support G.W. Bush out of one side of their mouth.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 06:21 AM

yes well, I'm with the Dixie Chicks on this one. Incidentally, Fox news and various other similar outlets are saying that the Dixie Chicks are trying to"fix" the November elections by permiting a documentary about their previous run-in with the Bushites to be released worldwide. it's called Shut Up & Sing which is what Toby Keith told them to do back when.

Mind you, I'm midly annoyed at the DC's video for "I'm not ready to make nice" which features very nasty looking men in black dressed as Catholic Monsignors. These "Churchmen" torture Natalie Maines along with some wird looking doctor types. It's not as if the Catholic Church told them to shut up. What's even more amusing is that the video is set in a fictional world that looks like the Victorian Era Western USA - not a place heavily populated by Roman Catholic Monsignors hellbent on censoring women-singers!

I hate ever agreeing with William Donahue (Sp?) that RC blowhard, but sometimes i think he's right when he says "Anti-Catholicism is the last acceptible prejudice in America" And he means publically, not privately. I know he dodn't coin that phrase but he repeates it whenever he can.

(Dave'wife was raised a Catholic in NYC, FYI. I am not currently practising but I suppose I could say I am culturally still as IRC as they come)


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: kendall
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 06:44 AM

Hell no it aint worth it! I love my country but I hate what we are doing over there.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 07:25 AM

He dosen't seem to bully China or Korea in the same manner, maybe because these dogs can bite back.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: kendall
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 07:31 AM

More likely because they don't have any oil.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 07:34 AM

Very good point Kendall.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 07:51 AM

No, it ain't worth it.....but, uh......

I think we need to draft all of the President's and Cabinet member's, and Congressional type's KIDS under 35 to go serve a tour of duty on the front lines in Iraq. I think THEY could end this thing......

Just a thought...........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 08:05 AM

From the thread list:

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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 08:35 AM

LOL at da' Fool.....Good catch!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Greg F.
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 09:26 AM

Well, there are still folks that think the 30,000+ dead in Viet Nam was "worth it", so with "only" 2,600 they've still got a ways to go.

God help America.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Alice
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 09:38 AM

I'm ashamed of Americans for being more interested in American Idol that American elections, for being so easily duped, for being so apathetic about their own government. Before the invasion I heard on National Public Radio evidence of why Saddam was not helping Al Qaeda, that the "yellow cake story" in Niger was false and other reasons an invasion would be a mistake... but most of the country was led by the nose, Congress afraid to go against Bush and the Neo-cons. It is a tragedy, killing hundreds of thousands and destroying our relationships with traditional allies, giving those who hate us even more strength to recruit terrorists. Not all Americans think it was worth it nor did they support the invasion. Unfortunately, too many Americans are uninformed and apathetic about what their government does.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Amos
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 09:41 AM

God is the last force we should be calling on just now.

I expect we will get much better results if we call on citizens to do the job.

For one thing, they know the territory.

This whole cycle of war has been a gruesome melange of misestimations and stupidities from the beginning. But supporting the individual troops is NOT hypocritical as your post suggests. It is simply saying that we understand WHERE the source of the stupidity lies.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: mack/misophist
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 09:56 AM

George Ledbury seems to be upset because so many Americans 'support the troops'. It's our army and the soldiers are our people. While we may hate what they've been ordered to do, of course we support them. And want them returned intact.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 10:01 AM

Greg F - I believe the estimate for american dead in Viet nam was 58 thousand. I'll check around to be sure but that's the figure that sticks in my mind. You did say 30K plus so you're not wrong - I'm just poitn ing out how high the number really may have been and yes yes, i know the numbers on the other side were about 2 million. All in vain if you ask me.

HBO had a very good Docudrama about LBJ and the escalation of our involvement in VN. I'll try and link to that as well. very worth watching if you want to get a feel for how clueless they all were going into it and the decisions that were pushed on him were made by men with agendas dating back to Eisenhower days. They viewed VN as a continuation of Korea and as a direct confrontation with Russia and China. In fact, Ho Chi Mihn was at serious odds with both of those powers and was just as concerned about them as invaders as he was about the French and The USA. of course, they gave him weapons which he didn't turn down but he was hardly their puppet. I sense a boring history lecture from me coming on so I'll stop now. (especially since i was born in 1964 and have no right to lecture folks who were adults then!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 10:07 AM

OK - got some figures:

Vietnam War casualties
United States Armed Forces|United States

    * 58,239 KIA
    * 128,000 WIA
    * 230 FIA
    * 14,000 MIA

for the rest of the details go here:
Vietnam War casualties - Wikipedia article


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Amos
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 10:22 AM

Of interest is the acronym FIA, which I had not seen before. Going tot he source article in Wikipedia reveals that it stands for "Fragged In Action" --- those mysterious deaths of officers who were not well-liked because they made bad decisions or were oppressive in some way tot hemen under them. The expression comes from the use of a fragmentation grenade dropped into the officer's tent at night.

There were 1400 "unexplained" officer deaths in the Vietnam war that could have been FIAs.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 10:23 AM

Of course it's not worth it and there are a LOT of us who are NOT talking out of the sides of our mouths.

Two articles, which seem significant to me: You wouldn't catch me dead in Iraq, interviews of AWOL Iraqi war American veterans and,

perhaps the above article explains why Rummy is keeping them in Iraq.

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Greg F.
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 10:56 AM

Sorry about the screwup on Viet Nam casualty figures- I did know better, but violated my own "don't post until you've had your second cup of coffee" rule. Apologies.

Maybe when Bush & the BuShites have killed as many U.S. soldiers as people died in the World Greed Center towers they'll call it quits.

Way they're going, that shouldn't take too long.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 11:14 AM

Depending on how much faith one puts in polls it seems evident that 'most' Americans do NOT think it is worth it. Irritates me when it is said or implied that we do.

Last Saturday night there was a local chapter of Veterans for Peace concert here in Juneau. Previous to it, 18 Alaskan musicians had each contributed one anti-war song that a local bluesman burned into a CD called 'Wounded Dove', so this was also a CD unveiling party.

Several hundred Juneauites crowded into a performance-friendly church with great acoustics and listened to nine of those musicians each do 15 minutes of pro peace songs. It was a fantastic show. There were two standing ovations- one to Collette Costa for her rendition of No Man's Land (she has a gorgeous voice) and for the last song of the evening written and sung by 'Bubba' Cook, 'Bring Me Home'.

Veterans for Peace wants to raise enough money to take the play 'What I Heard in Iraq' out of town but at $5.00 a pop admission that could take awhile.

The songs on the CD - available for $15.00 - include:

Scared - Will Putman of Fairbanks, AK
Pretty Good Day So Far- sung by Mike Truax. Forget who wrote it
Fox NewSpeak, Ballad of Natalie Holloway - Buddy Tabor
No Man's Land- (Willie McBride) Who wrote it? sung by Collette Costa
War Machine - Burl Sheldon of Haines, AK
One Thing I Know - Tony Tengs, Juneau
Peace is Not a Four Letter Word- written by Ed Heins, Juneau Vets for Peace, sung by Jane Roodenburg, Juneau
Rich Man's War - Steve Earle, sung by The Hoskinsons
The Ballad of King George - Curt Terrall, Juneau
Bread- Pat Henry, Juneau
Portland Town - Mudlark (Katie Henry and others) from Davis, California
How Excellent and Civilized are We- The Preserves, Juneau
Same Old, Same Old - Riley Woodford, Juneau
Prophets of Doom - Deeering and Down, Haines
Ashes and Dreams - Martha Scott Stey, Juneau
Arthur McBride - (Who?) Stewart Ely, Pelican, AK
Do You Want Peace? - Laura Sandage, Davis, California
Bring Me Home- Bubba Cook, Juneau, Veterans for Peace


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 11:26 AM

No, it seems a majority do not think it's worth it.

This seems to also adequately reflect the opinion of the Iraqi people who didn't bother doing it for themselves.

Yes we support the troops. These are our men and women, many of them very young who are following the oath they took when signing up. Regardless of the fools on the hill they deserve our support. There are those in the ranks who do not deserve it but over all they do.

And by the way, "MOST" of us Americans didn't vote for Bush the first or second times. A "Majority" of the voting public did. That's the way our democracy works. "Most" would seem to apply to a number at 75% or higher. I believe the returns showed barely 51% or so of the votes cast were for Bush.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: GUEST,Newburg's Landing
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 11:36 AM

Watching images of guys with brains the size of peas beefed up on pig steroids shouting "let's beat the shit out of them" about sums up the American soldier. Support for the Iraqi Insurgents now growing worldwide. I can see why they want to rid their country of these guys. If many were honest, their allegiance tends to be with them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: robomatic
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 11:52 AM

Great ideas, folks, it'll be such a peaceful piece of real estate if the Americans leave anytime soon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Maryrrf
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 12:09 PM

No, I don't think it's worth it. I've been opposed to this war, and opposed to this administration, from the very beginning. I am horrified and disgusted by what is going on. I think we've created a quagmire and a hornets nest combined that isn't going to go away any time soon - a lot of damage has been done in many, many ways and it will take decades for all the wounds to heal.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 12:28 PM

It's been said many times, including by Mudcatters:

If we leave now Iraq will have a civil war. If we do NOT leave, Iraq will have a civil war.

And if we DO leave, at least Americans will not be dying there.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Scoville
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 12:42 PM

Iraq is already in civil war. But, whether we leave now or later, it's just going to get worse. We can't finish what we've started and I strongly suspect we're going to end up leaving and pulling the rug out from under the Iraqi people, at which point they'll install another dictator to get the place under control, and we'll be right back where we started.

I never did think it was worth it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 12:47 PM

Guest Newbergs Landing - Steroids are illegal in the U.S. Military and are tested for constantly.

Also, let's cut the useless labeling and stereotyping already.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Cruiser
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 12:50 PM

The U.S. infrastructure is crumbling while we are destroying Iraq's. We will spend billions of U.S. dollars to rebuild that country while our own country declines from lack of funds and we decline morally because this terrible injustice. Money provided by honest hard working taxpayers is squandered needlessly in a place where our system of Democracy can never work. How ironic it is that the Katrina victim's tax dollars are being wasted in Iraq when those funds should be spent helping them recover from the destruction they are still suffering from.

As a lifelong Republican and a Viet Nam era veteran (a "war" I opposed, but still proudly and honorably served in the military) I just simply do not understand this situation. I am wondering if many Republicans have lost touch with reality or just blindly follow their misguided party leaders. I have complete disdain for Mr. Bush and his affiliates in the White House and Congress for sending proud idealist young Americans to an early grave without having the chance to experience the full pleasures and joys of a wonderful life.

No, the Iraq "war" is not worth it! I think if the U.S. can ever recover from this tragedy it will be well into the future after I am no longer walking through this troubled world. I worry for all young Americans and their futures, including my own son, because of our misdeeds regarding Iraq.

I mourn for the loss of life of our soldiers and have deep regret for what the leaders of our country have done to the Iraqi people and their country.

Cruiser


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: GUEST,282RA
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 12:54 PM

>>Shut Up & Sing which is what Toby Keith<<

I would say he should take his own advice but he can't sing either. Toby Keith is easily the most talentless performer this side of Paris Hilton. Yick, he sucks.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: GUEST,282RA
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 12:56 PM

>>I hate ever agreeing with William Donahue (Sp?) that RC blowhard, but sometimes i think he's right when he says "Anti-Catholicism is the last acceptible prejudice in America"<<

Might have something to do with all the children they've molested over the decades, if not centuries, and not done shit about until now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Amos
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 12:58 PM

The insanity of claiming to be at war against terror, while actually launching a war against two foreign governments in succession and toppling them in the hopes of reducing the condition called terror, is absolute mindlessness at its worst and most destructive.

It is possibkle that there ar epositive and productive paths the nation could follow in attempting to reduce the condition known as terror, but declaring war against "it" when it has no name, no home, no nation, and a completely volatile and amorphous population, is really dumb.

How would you know when terror surrendered? Who gets to sign the papers? That's not a war, it's a declaration of long term policy to be warmongers.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 01:08 PM

No, it's not worth it.

But, as far as supporting the troops goes, what's the alternative? The fact that a soldier's sense of duty and patriotism has been co-opted by a leader with an agenda doesn't dishonor the soldier, just the leader who sent him on a dishonorable mission.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Cruiser
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 01:08 PM

Amos,

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"How would you know when terror surrendered? Who gets to sign the papers? That's not a war, it's a declaration of long term policy to be warmongers." {End Quote}


I agree. That is why I put "war" in quotes.

I just do not see any possible equitable resolution to the Iraq/terrorism situation.

Cruiser


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: GUEST,thew
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 01:22 PM

It was never worth it. Unprovoked aggression never is...except to those who sell the arms and market the oil. They are less than 1/2 of 1 % of the USA and UK population, but it's worth it to them. Expect to see further wars on their behalf...all conducted against a "maniac" or a "madman" whom they have conveniently found somewhere to get people all worked up about. Yes, someone who is sooooooooo dangerous to the whole world that he must be TAKEN OUT NOW!!! Ha. Ha. Ha.

Next likely Chapter in the "Not Worth It" escapades? Iran or Syria.

Next likely convenient "maniac/madman"? Ahmadinejad or Assad.

They're swarthy. They have facial hair. They're not American. They're almost perfect. Hollywood could hardly ask for better casting, and the script is always the same, and people buy it. Naturally. It's just like on TV.

Gosh, I can't wait till Arnold Schwarzenneger becomes president, can you? Who better than the Terminator to preside over WWIII? Ha. Ha. Ha.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: kendall
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 01:29 PM

No Man's Land (Willy McBride) was written by Eric Bogle.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: GUEST,Newburg's Landing
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 01:54 PM

GUEST,Chief Chaos
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 12:47 PM
Steroids are illegal in the U.S. Military and are tested for constantly.

So is murdering the people they are there to protect. Drug taking in the U.S. military is well known so don't talk crap.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 02:24 PM

Today's editorial cartoon from the Washington Post

I do like Tom Toles...


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Cruiser
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 02:34 PM

Thanks Bill D.

I rarely get the chance to see satirical editorial cartoons anymore. Is there a website that catalogs/collects such cartoons that anyone knows of?


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 02:44 PM

From: GUEST,282RA - oh for heaven's sake, the Church sex abuse scandal in the United States doesn't justify anti-catholicism. I was gonna type up a bunch of the crap I and my family have been through over the years, but I've been through it before and I reckon you really couldn't care less. It was Catholics themselves that blew the whistle on the coverup and its Catholics that are still fighting the battles for compensation but again, somehow I don't think you care.

My original point had been that the Dixie Chicks and the video director for some reason picked the wrong scary guys to accuse of censorship in their video. Unless Toby Keith was once an ordained Catholic priest and a member of the college of cardinals... (now wouldn't THAT be hilarious if it were true. His fanbase would plotz)


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 03:01 PM

Cruiser...yes, there are several places. You can get most of the important ones here

or here


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Cruiser
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 03:16 PM

Thanks again Sir.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 03:20 PM

Thanks, Kendall. And 'Good Day So Far' was written by Loudon Wainwright III.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: gnu
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 03:51 PM

I try to abstain from these threads for the most part, but...

Hey, where else could you get a cache free WMD's, battle train troops and field test weapons at such a bargain basement prices, take out one of the world's largest standing armies, destabilize a whole region, and make a shitload of money for the war coffers? Apparently the Americans in charge think it's worth it.

Most 'Catters know I was in favour of the "war" at the beginning, but have since seen the light, all too clearly. So, no need to comment.

Regarding Toby. Can't sing? No talent? Yeah, right. Tell that to his fans and his bank account. What a stunned thing to say.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: GUEST,KB
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 04:27 PM

I have been against it from the first.

I also have a hard time seeing how it can end well. It may get so hot that the troops have to be brought home while the region is still in turmoil. Alternately, the Iraqi government may stablize enough for the troops to come home. I have to think there are enough people in the region unwilling to live with any gov't the U.S. can live with that the violence will erupt again, and will likely be even worse.

There are other possibilites but these two seem the most likely to me. Neither of these would be good for either the Middle East or the U.S.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 07:11 PM

The Congressional Representative for Washington State's Seventh District, Jim McDermott, was opposed to the war from before the start and has been highly vocal about it, for which he has taken an immense amount of flak and has been lumbered with a frivolous law-suit by Right-Wingers. He caught a couple of high-level Republican politicians in an illegal scheme and reported it to the Ethics Committee. They're trying to charge him with illegal wire-tapping, which he did not do, but what does the truth matter when you might have a chance of silencing someone like McDermott? McDermott, however, refuses to shut up.

I was at the award ceremony where McDermott was presented with the first "Backbone Award" by members of the Backbone Campaign, a grass-roots organization dedicated to returning the Democratic Party to the progressive principles it used to espouse. The award is given to those elected officials who profess progressive ideal and demonstrate unequivocally that they possess a spine.

McDermott made some cogent comments in his acceptance speech. Among other things, he said (I'm paraphrasing here, but it's close), "I have visions that this 'war' with Iraq will end in the same manner as the war in Vietnam:   with Americans scrambling aboard helicopters on the roof of the embassy seconds before the 'enemy' storms the building. A long, tedious war, expensive in lives, money, and American prestige, from which we gain nothing, and are eventually force to flee ignominiously."   

Efforts on the part of the Right to unseat McDermott don't look too bright. He won the last election with 85% of the vote, and many members of his constituency are making contributions to help him with his legal fees in the law suit. People like the way he takes a stand, tells you what that stand is, and works his tail off against massive opposition to keep his pledges to the voters.

Would that more members of the Democratic Party were like him.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: dianavan
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 07:14 PM

Its been worth it to Dick Cheney and other war profiteers but nobody won this 'war' except maybe the terrorists who have increased their power base.

The Israeli people did not win.

The Lebanese people did not win.

The Iraqi people did not win.

The U.S. have been ruined economically is very weak internationally.

No, only those who sell guns and ammunition, control the flow of oil and amass fortunes with no bid reconstruction projects have gained a thing.

So once again, the extremists have won. For them, its been worth it. They're laughing all the way to the bank and its your money they have looted.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 10:59 PM

Thanks, Don, for telling us about McDermott! I hope other Dems will take their cue from him!

BillD...I mighta known you'd know where to find the best satirical cartoons.:-) Thanks for the links!


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Ron Davies
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 11:19 PM

What's worth it?--Impeaching, convicting and removing Bush and Cheney 6 years into their regime?----hell yeah it's worth it (but will have to wait til November).


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: number 6
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 11:21 PM

Do you guys really think the November elections will make a difference?

sIx


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Ron Davies
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 11:27 PM

With the lineup the way it is now, there's absolutely no chance. That may well change in November--and possibly drastically.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do Americans think it's worth it ?
From: Paul from Hull
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 07:19 AM

Can someone tell me, the current price of oil, is it calculated now in Lives per Barrel, or what?

If not, when did the price of blood drop so low that even in the U.S. who subsidise it 'at the pumps' oil, per pint, is more valuable?

Well, then I suppose you need the Exchange Rate for £Sterling to $Dollars too...

Complicated isnt it?...no wonder the White House Chimp cant work it out.


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