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ColleenC2
07-07-2008, 08:10 PM
Fifteen of Eighteen Benchmarks Met in Iraq
Remember those infamous 18 benchmarks set by Congress last year to measure security, political and economic progress? You remember, the ones Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi kept saying were proof the war was lost because most had not been met.

Now the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has reported that Iraq has met 15 of those 18 benchmarks set by Congress.

So while top Democrats kept saying “Hurry up and leave Iraq now” and top Generals, Republicans, the Commander in Chief and Iraqi officials kept saying, “Patience, progress takes time”, Iraqis were hard at work putting aside their enormous differences to pave the way forward.

How many “benchmarks” has the Democratically controlled Congress met? I mean besides funding the war they vowed to end.

Remember the first 100 days

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_zZKEtoPpM

Outside experts said her boast was only somewhat hyperbolic. Even Republicans conceded that Pelosi, whom they have derided as an out-of-touch San Francisco liberal, has done a good job of keeping the 233 House Democrats together through some tough votes -- although few of their bills have made it through the Senate and onto President Bush's desk.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/03/29/MNG5LOTVET1.DTL

And Ms. Pelosi is proud of her accomplishment. Keeping the 233 House Democrats together! Wow, and you all have the "whatever" to complain because after 6 or 7 years Iraq parliment accomplished 15 of their 18 benchmarks. It took the US 11 years to draft its constitution, and let's see the Democrats have been in controll for a year and has accomplished NOTHING, maybe Bush will go down in History as the best President for the Iraqis since the US seems to hate him.

Personally, I think Iraq is going to prove all the nah sayers wrong

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ColleenC2
07-07-2008, 08:34 PM
YOU COULD HEAR A PIN DROP

When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by
the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
empire building' by George Bush. He answered by saying, 'Over the years,
the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great
peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we
have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.
you could have heard a pin drop.
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Then there was a conference in France where a number of international
engineers were taking part, including French and American.
During a break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying
Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done?
He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims.
What does he intend to do, bomb them?' A Boeing engineer
stood up and replied quietly:
'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people;
they are nuclear powered and can supply ectrical power to shore facilities; they
have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day,
they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day,
and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims
and injured to and from their flight deck.. We have eleven such ships;
how many does France have? '

You could have heard a pin drop.

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A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a
naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S.,English,
Canadian, Australian and French Navies.
At a cocktail reception, he found himself
standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel
from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English
as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained
that, 'whereas Europeans learn many languages,
Americans learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always
have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?'
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's because the
Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to
speak German.'

You could have heard a pin drop.
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AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE
ABOVE...

A group of Americans, retired teachers,
recently went to France on a tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of
83, arrived in Paris by plane.. At French Customs, he took a few
minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. 'You have been to France before,
monsieur?' the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting
admitted that he had been to France previously. 'Then you should know
enough to have your passport ready.' The American said, 'The last time I
was here, I didn't have to show it.' 'Impossible. Americans always have
to show your passports on arrival in France!' The American senior gave
the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained. 'Well, when I
came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to help liberate this country,
I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to.'

You could have heard a pin drop

What Is A Veteran?

A 'Veteran' -- whether active duty, discharged, retired, or
reserve -- is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check
made payable to 'The United States of America for an amount of 'up to,
and including his life. There are way too many people in
this country today, who no longer understand that fact.

Dave Brand
07-08-2008, 08:01 AM
I suggest you pick up your dictionary & look up the word 'jingoism'!

ColleenC2
07-08-2008, 09:47 AM
No need for the dictionary but,

I must be the only one writing about nationalism who doesn’t think it ugly.

gail
07-28-2008, 10:38 PM
No need for the dictionary but,

I must be the only one writing about nationalism who doesn't think it ugly.


And me, don't forget me. God Bless America. I guess everyone else here has been to too many of Jeremiah's sermons. Here Chickie, Chickie, Chickie coming home to roost.

I agree with Senator Graham - we live in the greatest country in the world, in all of history. People are soooo spoiled that all they can do is whine.

misterdecibel
07-29-2008, 03:19 AM
I suggest you pick up your dictionary & look up the word 'jingoism'!


Odd how many flag-waving, nation-loving "Patriots" are also religious. Seems like two different facets of the same defect.

Eric
07-29-2008, 07:54 AM
"I agree with Senator Graham - we live in the greatest country in the world, in all of history."

How do you define "great"?

If it means a highly educated, informed citizenry, the US is far below most Western European nations;
If it means longevity/health/happiness, we are also lagging well behind other nations;
If it means fiscal solvency, well, the US is in danger of losing its AAA credit rating and is massively indebted to foreign nations

One could go on, at length.

And despite all the flag-draped bible-snuggling braying about how "free" we are, the fact is that we're at mercy of an intrusive, arbitrary, unaccountable government that is not much different in principle or practice from what you'd encounter in a South American banana republic.

Eric
07-29-2008, 07:56 AM
I suggest you pick up your dictionary & look up the word 'jingoism'!


Odd how many flag-waving, nation-loving "Patriots" are also religious. Seems like two different facets of the same defect.


The common denominators are love of authority - and ignorance.

Eric
07-29-2008, 07:58 AM
No need for the dictionary but,

I must be the only one writing about nationalism who doesn’t think it ugly.


Nationalism is too often synonymous with state worship and the state exploits this most effectively. Veneration of authority in the form of the government is, indeed, very ugly.

gail
07-29-2008, 04:03 PM
"I agree with Senator Graham - we live in the greatest country in the world, in all of history."

How do you define "great"?

If it means a highly educated, informed citizenry, the US is far below most Western European nations;
If it means longevity/health/happiness, we are also lagging well behind other nations;
If it means fiscal solvency, well, the US is in danger of losing its AAA credit rating and is massively indebted to foreign nations

One could go on, at length.

And despite all the flag-draped bible-snuggling braying about how "free" we are, the fact is that we're at mercy of an intrusive, arbitrary, unaccountable government that is not much different in principle or practice from what you'd encounter in a South American banana republic.



Eric, you render me speechless. I think that if I was as unhappy with America, and believe that she is as deficit as you protray -- I would move to one of the better nations that you seem to feel is so much better than the good ol' USA. If I didn't love this country so much, - - why, I just wouldn't tolerate it at all. However, since I have lived long enough to see the great advancements, and worked on the history of my ancestor, as far as I'm concerned there isn't a better nation in the world.

Eric
07-29-2008, 04:32 PM
"I agree with Senator Graham - we live in the greatest country in the world, in all of history."

How do you define "great"?

If it means a highly educated, informed citizenry, the US is far below most Western European nations;
If it means longevity/health/happiness, we are also lagging well behind other nations;
If it means fiscal solvency, well, the US is in danger of losing its AAA credit rating and is massively indebted to foreign nations

One could go on, at length.

And despite all the flag-draped bible-snuggling braying about how "free" we are, the fact is that we're at mercy of an intrusive, arbitrary, unaccountable government that is not much different in principle or practice from what you'd encounter in a South American banana republic.



Eric, you render me speechless. I think that if I was as unhappy with America, and believe that she is as deficit as you protray -- I would move to one of the better nations that you seem to feel is so much better than the good ol' USA. If I didn't love this country so much, - - why, I just wouldn't tolerate it at all. However, since I have lived long enough to see the great advancements, and worked on the history of my ancestor, as far as I'm concerned there isn't a better nation in the world.


None of the foregoing challenges the factual truth of anything I wrote originally.

Will you be humming that godawful song, "I'm proud to be an American" as they march you off to the FEMA camp?

gail
07-29-2008, 05:26 PM
"I agree with Senator Graham - we live in the greatest country in the world, in all of history."

How do you define "great"?

If it means a highly educated, informed citizenry, the US is far below most Western European nations;
If it means longevity/health/happiness, we are also lagging well behind other nations;
If it means fiscal solvency, well, the US is in danger of losing its AAA credit rating and is massively indebted to foreign nations

One could go on, at length.

And despite all the flag-draped bible-snuggling braying about how "free" we are, the fact is that we're at mercy of an intrusive, arbitrary, unaccountable government that is not much different in principle or practice from what you'd encounter in a South American banana republic.



Eric, you render me speechless. I think that if I was as unhappy with America, and believe that she is as deficit as you protray -- I would move to one of the better nations that you seem to feel is so much better than the good ol' USA. If I didn't love this country so much, - - why, I just wouldn't tolerate it at all. However, since I have lived long enough to see the great advancements, and worked on the history of my ancestor, as far as I'm concerned there isn't a better nation in the world.


None of the foregoing challenges the factual truth of anything I wrote originally.

Will you be humming that godawful song, "I'm proud to be an American" as they march you off to the FEMA camp?


Ignorance is bliss. I have no idea what is the FEMA camp. However, if I belong to the FLDS group, I'd be pretty streamed about now. But then from your posts it is OK to treat them the way they are, right?

Eric
07-30-2008, 08:25 AM
"Ignorance is bliss. I have no idea what is the FEMA camp. "

Gail, think about it a little. Specifically, your supposed "freedom" in this country.

We have a president who has asserted that he has the authority to have any person he likes (including citizens) arrested and detained indefinitely without charge. The fact that this power has not (yet) been used widely is no comfort to me; the fact is it could be at any time. The rule of law no longer exists.

We have a federal government that retroactively legalizes actions that were formerly felonious; that holds itself harmless for the crimes it commits against citizens; that uses torture as a matter of policy.

We are taxed on everything - literally - and at rates/percentages that would have been considered grounds for armed revolt by the founding generation.

We are subject to multiple Gestapo-like agencies, such as the IRS, that are literally above the law - because they may seize your property (for example) without having proved anything; rather the burden of proving yourself not guilty has become the burden of the individual.

We no longer can be said to own anything at all - including our supposedly paid-for homes - because we are compelled to pay eternal rent to the government in the form of real estate and property taxes.

Whatever "freedom" we still have is the lingering vapor of an earlier and fast disappearing time. Clutching bibles and holding our hands over our heart while uttering statist loyalty oaths such as the Pledge of Allegiance (written by a radical socialist; bet you did not know that, eh?) only makes us look and sound just like the docile sheeple we have become.

Baaaaaaa!