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Jeremy Dokken
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« on: March 19, 2008, 04:11:22 pm »

Bush says if younger, he would work in Afghanistan

By Tabassum Zakaria
Thu Mar 13, 5:43 PM ET

 



President Bush participates in a video teleconference with Afghanistan Provincial Reconstruction Team Leaders and Brigade Combat Commanders, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, March 13, 2008.
(Jim Young/Reuters)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush got an earful on Thursday about problems and progress in Afghanistan where a war has dragged on for more than six years but been largely eclipsed by Iraq.

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In a videoconference, Bush heard from U.S. military and civilian personnel about the challenges ranging from fighting local government and police corruption to persuading farmers to abandon a lucrative poppy drug trade for other crops.

Bush heard tales of all-night tea drinking sessions to coax local residents into cooperating, and of tribesmen crossing mountains to attend government meetings seen as building blocks for the country's democracy-in-the-making.

"I must say, I'm a little envious," Bush said. "If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed."

"It must be exciting for you ... in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You're really making history, and thanks," Bush said.

He was told of efforts to reduce support for the Taliban in tribal areas as well as hopeful signs that schools were being built, more health care was reaching remote areas and local government officials were being trained in management.

Critics accuse Bush of focusing on Iraq to the detriment of Afghanistan where the Taliban has persisted in fighting after being ousted from power by the U.S.-led war in 2001 following the September 11 attacks.

NATO SUMMIT

Bush will try to persuade allies at a NATO summit in early April to do more for Afghanistan. He wants international support to reduce violence, boost the economy and provide social services.

"We're obviously analyzing ways to help our NATO allies to be able to step up, and step up more," he said.

Canada has demanded 1,000 more troops from other countries as a condition for remaining in Afghanistan to work near Kandahar where its 2,500-strong force is fighting the Taliban.

"We're mindful of their request, and we want to help them meet that request," Bush said.

NATO has a total of 43,000 troops in Afghanistan. The United States has 29,000 troops in the country, about half of which are part of NATO, and is sending another 3,200 Marines.

The Afghan mission is the toughest ground war faced by the 59-year-old alliance and has led to open differences among allies over tactics and troop levels.

Bush sat at the head of a conference table at the White House with Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and others.

A Reuters correspondent was permitted to observe the White House exchange that took place with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan William Wood and U.S. military and civilian personnel in Kabul.

The videoconference was stopped several times when the sound crackled, diagnosed by technicians as a bad microphone at Kabul's end, which was immediately swapped out for a new one.

"You're looking beautiful but you're not sounding too good," said Bush, who was in charge of the remote control, increasing and lowering the volume at will.

Bush was told that if local governments can provide for their people, they will respond by breaking away from tribal law and the Taliban.

One of the American participants in Kabul said there was a saying in Ghazni: "Taliban begins where the paved road ends."

(Editing by Matt Spetalnick and Howard Goller)
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2008, 04:16:40 pm »

or whatever the NWO tells him to do.   Angry
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2008, 01:16:58 pm »

Here is a guy that was too afraid to take a drug test to even finish out his National Guard service.
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2008, 02:37:13 am »

Bush couldn't be trusted to do a weather report handed to him by the National Weather Service.

"We have clouds with waters-of-mass-destruction, I can save everybody but we'll have to suspend the Constitution and all 27 Amendments and give me war-powers to do it."  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2008, 08:28:28 pm »

It sure is nice to know that we Texans have a Commander-in-Chief that ain't afraid to roll up his sleeves and get to work!
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2008, 09:38:29 pm »

It sure is nice to know that we Texans have a Commander-in-Chief that ain't afraid to roll up his sleeves and get to work!

Yeah but work for whom the NWO or America ??

So far he's been pro-NWO.
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2008, 01:45:59 am »

He's climbed right up his own ass!
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2008, 03:38:12 am »

Too bad he was doing so much coke while he was in the National Guard, he may have been able to go the last time.
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2008, 06:31:20 pm »

Why is it so hard to accept that George W. Bush isn't averse to doing some hard work?
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2008, 12:41:43 am »

Right let's give credit where credit is due.  When it comes to unfair trade with China, loss of jobs, winless wars, carrying out the NWO's agenda, disregarding the Constitution and the 27 Amendments, and getting elected twice despite being unpopular both times.  We really got to hand it to ol' George.

Of course America would never vote for a President like they would when hiring an employee.  Just who is a better beer buddy.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2008, 01:37:58 am »

Not to mention, he is one really lousy singer and dancer.  Has anyone seen that on the news?
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2008, 03:47:33 am »

But yeah since Barack Obama can dance real well and dresses all GQ I'm sure that'll be enough to solicit the female vote.  God those Bilderbergers are brilliant.  Now all he needs is George Clooney or Ricky Martin as a running mate then we'll really be livin' la New World Orda'.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2008, 05:32:35 am »

Bush is a cokehead, too!  Or was. President Pothead, that's what we call him.
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2008, 12:10:57 am »

Okay Knightcastle:

Do you have any ideas or solutions you want to present here ??
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