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    17 September 2004
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    No doubt, the latest polls are full of anomalies. Unfortunately, they all favor bush. Here is a good breakdown of recent polls.

    16 September 2004

    UPDATE: Bad News Thurs.

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    More on the pending failure of this presidents war policy, from NYTimes:

    The chief of the Army Reserve warned today that at the current pace of operations in the war against terrorism, the Army faced a serious risk of running out of crucial specialists in the reserves who can be involuntarily called up for active duty.

    The remarks by the officer, Lt. Gen. James R. Helmly, throw a spotlight on the military's existing mobilization authority, under which Reserve and National Guard personnel can be summoned to active duty for no more than a total of 24 months, unless they volunteer to extend their tours.

    From The Wilderness has more.

    Now for Afghanistan. . .

    The drug problem is growing out of hand, unless this is the work of the CIA again.

    The UN released figures earlier this year saying three-quarters of the world's opium poppy was now grown in Afghanistan.

    Hamid Karzai has warned that drug-trafficking and production is helping terrorism, and the Central Bank governor reportedly said earlier this week it accounted for a third of the country's economy.

    Speaking of Afghanistan, their puppet Pres. was almost killed/injured today as he made an appearance for his first campaign appearance as the helicopter he was traveling in (US Military) was nearly hit by a RPG:

    A U.S military helicopter was carrying President Hamid Karzai to the southeastern city of Gardez for his first election campaign appearance when the incident took place.

    Witnesses and officials say a rocket fired by unknown insurgents missed the helicopter as it was preparing to land near a school, where hundreds of supporters had gathered to greet Mr. Karzai. The helicopter did not touch down and returned the president to Kabul. There are no reports of casualties.

    Bad News Thursday

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    Estimate contrasts Bush statements, says civil war possible

    A highly classified National Intelligence Estimate assembled by some of the government’s most senior analysts this summer provided a pessimistic assessment about the future security and stability of Iraq.

    The National Intelligence Council looked at the political, economic and security situation in the war-torn country and determined — at best — the situation would be tenuous in terms of stability, a U.S. official said late Wednesday, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

    Iraq war illegal? No Shit!!

    More Hostages. . .

    The three were employed by Gulf Services Company, a Middle East-based construction firm, and were seized from a two-story house surrounded by a wall in the al-Mansour neighborhood, said Col. Adnan Abdel-Rahman, a ministry official.

    The U.S. Embassy confirmed that two of its citizens, Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong, had been kidnapped. The embassy did not give details of their hometowns.

    The British Embassy in Baghdad confirmed the third man was British but said no further details would be released until his family had been informed.

    At least four other foreigners — two Frenchmen and two Italian women — have been taken hostage in recent days. On Wednesday, villagers north of Baghdad had found three decapitated bodies, said to be Iraqis, with their hands bound.

    and finaly,

    Wake up democrats! Come out of your idealogical coma republicans! Iraq is sliding downhill while we sit here and bicker about the last foolish unnecessary war we fought. Our soldiers are dying at an increasing rate. The last four months, the death rate per day has gone from 1.67 to 1.87 to 2.42 to 3.0. This should be trending in the opposite direction after the 'handover'. The coalition of the willing, which was small to begin with is becoming smaller. Spain, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Honduras, the Phillipines, Thailand, Norway, and Singapore among others have totally abandoned or drastically lowered troop levels in Iraq. Our half-assed occupation is training thousands of american-hating muslims to be effective guerillas. Their tactics have gotten more deadly and accurate.

    Read about it here from the AP

    Think back to our Revolutionary War. At the beginning, the patriots were a smaller ragtag bunch of poorly trained angry folks. Augmented by British tactical ineptitude and heavy handed misguided attacks, our forces became effective guerilla and conventional warriors while growing in numbers. This is happening in Iraq. Just letting you know.

    I have an uncle and a good friend over there that just got married. This problem needs to be fixed. Obviously what we have been doing and what we are doing isn't working.

    14 September 2004
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    Kos has the latest SC polls:

    Likely Voters
    DeMint (R) 44
    Tenenbaum (D) 41

    Definite Voters
    DeMint (R) 46
    Tenenbaum (D) 40

    Presidential race
    Bush (R) 54
    Kerry (D) 38

    12 September 2004
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    Great AP article comparing both presidential candidates as flip-flopper's

    _In 2000, Bush argued against new military entanglements and nation building. He's done both in Iraq.

    _He opposed a Homeland Security Department, then embraced it.

    _He opposed creation of an independent Sept. 11 commission, then supported it. He first refused to speak to its members, then agreed only if Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) came with him.

    _Bush argued for free trade, then imposed three-year tariffs on steel imports in 2002, only to withdraw them after 21 months.

    _Last month, he said he doubted the war on terror could be won, then reversed himself to say it could and would.

    _A week after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Bush said he wanted Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) "dead or alive." But he told reporters six months later, "I truly am not that concerned about him." He did not mention bin Laden in his hour-long convention acceptance speech.

    Meanwhile, Iraq is a disaster but find your own link. Even Fox can't spin this one to help bush.


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