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Old August 5th, 2007, 10:41 AM   #1
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GOP completely out of touch with reality?



G.O.P. Candidates See Signs of Progress in Iraq



By ADAM NAGOURNEY and MICHAEL COOPER



The leading Republican presidential candidates said today that the military escalation in Iraq appeared to be restoring stability in that country and they berated their Democratic counterparts for advocating an end to American involvement there.





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I'd have to agree, I'm rather upset to hear today that most of the Republican candidates still support building a democracy over in Iraq. I think this is long overdo, and we need to start focusing on America itself.



When they asked the question of whether or not they would support Bush's movement to spread Democracy to other nations, I was a bit irritated to even hear the comments. Let other nations do whatever they want to do..



I think Ron Paul was remarkable this afternoon, along with Giuliani and Romney. I think McCain already lost his touch...



Lastly, I am in big favor of the idea of a fair tax. But after hearing the facts from Giuliani where he was able to bring in MORE money by lowering taxes, it just reminded me of the Reaganomics which would probably be best and safest for this country.



What are your thoughts?? Compared to the youtube debate the Democrat's held a couple of weeks ago, I feel this one was MUCH better. The Democrat's debate seemed childish at some points.
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190,000 weapons 'missing in Iraq'

The US military cannot account for 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to the Iraqi security forces, an official US report says.



The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the Pentagon cannot track about 30% of the weapons distributed in Iraq over the past three years.





BBC NEWS | Middle East | 190,000 weapons 'missing in Iraq'
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The US military cannot account for 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to the Iraqi security forces, an official US report says.



The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the Pentagon cannot track about 30% of the weapons distributed in Iraq over the past three years.





BBC NEWS | Middle East | 190,000 weapons 'missing in Iraq'


Gee, I wonder if those weapons will be used against American forces??
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Compared to the youtube debate the Democrat's held a couple of weeks ago, I feel this one was MUCH better. The Democrat's debate seemed childish at some points.


To be honest I didn't know it was on and missed it completely.

It should be on youtube or something, should it not?



hmmm, can't find it. Anyone got a link?
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Gee, I wonder if those weapons will be used against American forces??


Don't worry.



Like the billions in missing cash, I am sure these guns will only be used to fight terrorists.
 
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Iraq war czar: Consider a draft - CNN.com



WASHINGTON (AP) -- Frequent tours for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer force and made it worth considering a return to a military draft, President Bush's new war adviser said Friday.
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The president is not above the law

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President Bush launched a new political campaign yesterday to defend his apparently illegal eavesdropping program with a speech in Kansas, where he said, "If I wanted to break the law, why was I briefing Congress?"1



There's a simple answer to that question: he wasn't briefing Congress.2



We need to send a strong message: The president is not above the law and his arguments just don't stand up to the facts. Writing a letter to the editor today is a great way to send that message. Will you write one? Our goal is to send 10,000 letters today. You can do it in a few minutes; our tool makes it easy:



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Wiretapping Americans without a warrant appears to violate the Constitution and the president has admitted to doing just that.3 Here are checks on some of the things President Bush has been saying to defend his apparently illegal program:



This is not about tracking terrorists, it's about a potential breach of the Constitution. The administration says the spying program is narrow,4 and even said it's limited to people with ties to Al Qaeda.5 But the president already has the authority to track terrorists. Further, the New York Times reports the facts differently, saying the data was overwhelming and often led to innocent Americans.6





Republicans and Democrats believe the president may have broken the law. The White House is claiming that Democrats are the only ones objecting to the program7 However, Republicans like Lindsey Graham, Sam Brownback, John McCain and Arlen Specter have offered some of the harshest criticism of the program.8



Congress did not give the president authority to conduct the secret program. The White House has claimed the authority to conduct secret wiretaps because of a Congressional resolution passed after 9/11.9 The non-partisan Congressional Research Service found that the resolution didn't authorize the program,10 and found it "unlikely" that any court would agree with the White House's justifications.11



Legally, the president is in dangerous waters. But he could get away with this if it's not clear that Americans care about the issue. Will you write a letter to the editor today?



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From his claims of authority to conduct secret wiretaps to his nomination of Samuel Alito, President Bush is sending a message that the laws of the land shouldn't apply to him. The president had the Constitutional authority to track terrorists but he reached beyond it. Now he wants the Senate to confirm Alito to the Supreme Court for life even though Alito favors expanding executive power without checks on it.



Together, we can make sure he does not get away with undermining one of the core values enshrined in our Constitution—protection against abuse of power by a system of checks and balances.



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1. President Discusses Global War on Terror at Kansas State University, White House: News and Policies, January 23, 3006

President Discusses Global War on Terror at Kansas State University





2. "Congressional Agency Questions Legality of Wiretaps," Washington Post, January 19, 2006

Congressional Agency Questions Legality of Wiretaps - washingtonpost.com



3. "Official: Bush Authorized Spying Multiple Times," Associated Press, December 16, 2005

Bush authorized NSA spying, official says - Security- msnbc.com



4. Press Briefing by Scott McClellan, January 3, 2006

Press Briefing by Scott McClellan



5. "White House steps up defense of domestic spying," USA Today, January 22, 2006

USATODAY.com - White House steps up defense of domestic spying



6. "Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends," New York Times, January 17, 2006

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1382



7. Setting the Record Straight: Democrats Continue to Attack Terrorist Surveillance Program, White House News Release, January 22, 2006

Setting the Record Straight: Democrats Continue to Attack Terrorist Surveillance Program



8. "FACT: Members of Both Parties Believe Bush Broke the Law," Thinkprogress, January 23, 2006

http://thinkprogress.org/2006/01/23/both-parties//p>;



9. "Bush Administration's Defense," New York Newsday, December 20, 2005

Bush administration's defense -- Newsday.com



10. "Report Rebuts Bush on Spying," Washington Post, January 19, 2006

Report Rebuts Bush on Spying - washingtonpost.com



11. "Congressional Agency Questions Legality of Wiretaps," Washington Post, January 19, 2006

Congressional Agency Questions Legality of Wiretaps - washingtonpost.com







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