Senator Graham on Iraq

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    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...05/ap_on_go_co/graham_franks&cid=512&ncid=716

    Apparently Senator Graham seems to think that its some sort of big revelation that we were shifting troops to take care of Iraq a year before we took care of it. Holy Smokes some revelation i mean we were only talking about it since the axis of evil speech long before then.

    Sometimes i have to wonder what these people are thinking.
     
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    SSssshhhhh, he thought he was giving away secrets! And the press humored him, by acting like it was a serious charge. Oh me, oh my!!!
     
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    Here is the excerpt:

    Bottom line is, our support for Israel is what causes terrorism.

    MR. RUSSERT: ...with you and our viewers and give a chance for our group to respond to it. "U.S. dominance of the Middle East is not the corrective to terror. It is a cause of terror. Were were not over there, the 9/11 terrorists would not have been over here. And while their acts were murderous and despicable, behind their atrocities lay a political motive. We were attacked because of our imperial presence on the sacred soil of the land of Mecca and Medina, because of our enemies' perception that we were strangling the Iraqi people with sanctions and preparing to attack a second time, and because of our uncritical support of the Likud regime of Ariel Sharon" in Israel.

    Are you suggesting that our alliance with Israel is one of the reasons that we were attacked on September 11?

    MR. BUCHANAN: Sure. That's one of the reasons given by Osama bin Laden. In his fatwa of 1998, he wrote that there are three causes of the problems and three causes for a declaration of war by all Arabs and good Muslims against the United States. One, America's imperial presence on the sacred soil of Saudi Arabia. Secondly, the sanctions policy against Iraq which was persecuting and basically starving, he said, the Iraqi people, and we were planning another invasion. Third is the United States' uncritical support of the Ariel Sharon regime in Israel, which he argued is persecuting the Palestinian people.

    In my judgment, Chris, this one-sided support for Sharon, the refusal to condemn that wall snaking through the West Bank, the agreement to support Sharon's claim to virtually half of the West Bank, this has caused enormous hostility and animosity and hatred for this country in that part of the world, not just among the Palestinians. And if we want to drain off some of this hatred, this venom against us, we have got to adopt a more evenhanded policy here. We have got to stand up for the same rights for the Palestinian people, a homeland, a nation, a state of their own, a viable one, on the land their forefathers farmed for a thousand years, because those are first our principles and secondly, that is in the national interest of the United States of America. I don't care what Ariel Sharon believes.

    MR. RUSSERT: They are not attacking us because they hate us and hate our culture?

    MR. BUCHANAN: This is the fundamental point. Are they attacking us because of who we are and what they believe or are they attacking us because of what we do? I believe it is our policies, not our principles that are causing these attacks. Osama bin Laden wasn't sitting in some cave in Afghanistan and stumble on the Bill of Rights and go bananas. It is because of what we are doing. Most fundamentally, it wasn't Israel number one. Number one, Saudi Arabia, female soldiers, American soldiers sitting there on the land of Mecca and Medina.

    MR. RUSSERT: Senator Graham, you buy that theory?

    SEN. GRAHAM: I think that our policies have been the key to the terrorist motivation. In the book, you'll see several discussions with leaders in Egypt and Syria and Lebanon, and they all point to the urgency of the United States being fully engaged with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to try to bring it to a resolution and a concern that President Bush has not been significantly committed to achieving that goal.

    MR. RUSSERT: Mr. Speaker, what do you think of the theory?

    MR. GINGRICH: Well, let me go through the facts. President Bush is the first American president to actively advocate a Palestinian state but he said it has to be a Palestinian state based on democracy and a willingness to co-exist with Israel. Second, what Pat said is true
     
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    Hey...didja hear the latest? Kerry now says that if elected he'll "probably" have our troops out of there within four years!

    Yeah...the way he'll do it is to cut funding to support our soldiers in Iraq, and they'll each come home in a body bag! Mission Accomplished!
     

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