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refresher course, part II

The answer is simple … It's not about oil. We're in Iraq (and Afghanistan) due to a fundamental belief that we can kill those who want to kill us on their ground. The decision to go to war was presented to the American public as a battle against those who want to hurt us (WMD, supporting terrorists training camps and leadership, etc).

january 31, 2003: Bush Flatly Declares No Connection Between
Saddam and al Qaeda

www.thememoryhole.org/war/no-saddam-qaeda.htm
Q One question for you both. Do you believe that there is a link between Saddam Hussein, a direct link, and the men who attacked on September the 11th?

THE PRESIDENT: I can't make that claim.

THE PRIME MINISTER: That answers your question


Wednesday 17 September 2003: Bush: No Proof of Saddam Role in 9-11
www.truthout.org/docs_03/091903C.shtml
President Bush said Wednesday there was no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 disputing an impression that critics say the administration tried to foster to justify the war against Iraq.

"There's no question that Saddam Hussein had al-Qaida ties," the president said. But he also said, "We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with September the 11th."

The president's comment was the administration's firmest assertion that there is no proven link between Saddam and Sept. 11.


9/16/2003: Rumsfeld sees no link between Saddam Hussein, 9/11
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2003-09-16-rumsfeld-iraq-911_x.htm
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday he had no reason to believe that Iraq's Saddam Hussein had a hand in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

june 16, 2004: 9/11 panel sees no link between Iraq, al-Qaida
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5223932/
The report, the 15th released by the commission staff, concluded, "We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaida cooperated on attacks against the United States."

June 17, 2004: Al Qaeda-Hussein Link Is Dismissed
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47812-2004Jun16.html
The Sept. 11 commission reported yesterday that it has found no "collaborative relationship" between Iraq and al Qaeda, challenging one of the Bush administration's main justifications for the war in Iraq.

Along with the contention that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction, President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other top administration officials have often asserted that there were extensive ties between Hussein's government and Osama bin Laden's terrorist network; earlier this year, Cheney said evidence of a link was "overwhelming."

But the report of the commission's staff, based on its access to all relevant classified information, said that there had been contacts between Iraq and al Qaeda but no cooperation. In yesterday's hearing of the panel, formally known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, a senior FBI official and a senior CIA analyst concurred with the finding.


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As a member of the Missouri Army National Guard, I can tell you that the Army National Guard has exceeded its National recruiting goal to date in 2006.

march 12, 2006: Army Guard Refilling Its Ranks: Members Get Bonus For New Recruits
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/11/AR2006031101342.html
The Army National Guard, which has suffered a severe three-year recruiting slump, has begun to reel in soldiers in record numbers, aided in part by a new initiative that pays Guard members $2,000 for each person they enlist.

The rebound is striking because since 2003, the Army Guard has performed worse in annual recruiting than any other branch of the U.S. military. The Guard was shrinking while it was being asked to shoulder a big part of the burden in Iraq. Together with the Army Reserve, it supplied as many as 40 percent of the troops in Iraq while also dispatching tens of thousands of members to domestic disasters.

One factor in the recruiting success is the initiative, expanded to 22 states in December, that christened 31,000 Guard members nationwide as "recruiting assistants" who can earn $2,000 for every enlistee — $1,000 when the recruit signs a contract and another $1,000 when he or she enters boot camp([search]) or completes four months of service. The program, whose success has begun to get publicity in recent weeks, has "taken off like wildfire," said Maj. Gen. Roger P. Lempke, head of the Nebraska Guard and president of the Adjutants General Association of the United States.

The first enlistment under the program was by a West Virginia guardsman who signed up his wife.

"I told her, the money is coming; this is a good idea," said Chief Warrant Officer Felix Osuna Cotto…who plans to use the $2,000 to buy his son a used car for college.

Guard Sgt. Clay Edwards, 30, has brought in more than a dozen recruits since he returned in 2004 from driving a wrecker in Iraq with the 1092nd Engineer Battalion.

"In the past, I might think, 'I don't really want to talk to that guy,' " said Edwards, a tire salesman in Parkersburg, W.Va. "Now I say, 'What the heck, I might be able to make a little money,' "

…Guard officials say recruiting is historically stronger in the early months of the calendar year, suggesting that the current growth could taper off. But the Guard is surpassing higher monthly targets now than at this time last year, having raised its annual goal to 70,000 from 63,000 in fiscal 2005.

The active-duty Army has also met its recent monthly goals. But that is in part because the Army had set the goals significantly lower for the first part of the fiscal year, banking on dramatic increases in recruiting this summer to meet its annual target of 80,000.

The fresh wave of sign-ups came at a critical time as the Army National Guard faced funding cuts based on manpower shortfalls. Guard strength hit a low of 331,000 after it met only 80 percent of its enlistment goal last year. Army leaders said in January that they would cut funding for the Guard in the fiscal 2007 budget by 17,000 slots.

The decision drew protests from a majority of U.S. senators, state Guard leaders and all 50 governors. The Army has since agreed to restore the funding, but pressure remains on the Guard to produce the 350,000 troops.
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The new "recruiting assistant" program accompanies a range of initiatives, such as a major increase in the official recruiting force from 2,700 to 5,100 since 2004. The Guard has also shifted from costly television ads to appeals that are more narrowly targeted at the young, such as pitches on pizza boxes and iTunes giveaways. In late January, it doubled to $20,000 its bonus for recruits who had never served in the military.


paul craig roberts: Life in the Bush Economy: Fat, Drunk and Broke: A Nation of Waitresses and Bartenders
www.counterpunch.org/roberts05082006.html
The Bureau of Labor Statistics payroll jobs report released May 5 says the economy created 131,000 private sector jobs in April. Construction added 10,000 jobs, natural resources, mining and logging added 8,000 jobs, and manufacturing added 19,000. Despite this unusual gain, the economy has 10,000 fewer manufacturing jobs than a year ago.

Most of the April job gain —72%—is in domestic services, with education and health services (primarily health care and social assistance) and waitresses and bartenders accounting for 55,000 jobs or 42% of the total job gain. Financial activities added 26,000 jobs and professional and business services added 28,000. Retail trade lost 36,000 jobs.

During 2001 and 2002 the US economy lost 2,298,000 jobs. These lost jobs were not regained until early in February 2005. From February 2005 through April 2006, the economy has gained 2,584 jobs (mainly in domestic services).

The total job gain for the 64 month period from January 2001 through April 2006 is 7,000,000 jobs less than the 9,600,000 jobs necessary to stay even with population growth during that period. The unemployment rate is low because millions of discouraged workers have dropped out of the work force and are not counted as unemployed.

American consumers are heavily indebted. The growth of consumer debt is what has been fueling the economy. Social Security and Medicare are in financial trouble, as are many company pension plans.
 

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Re: refresher course, part II

And there it is ... The fundamental misunderstanding that many of your kind share. Terrorism was about more than 9-11. Remember the attack on the USS Cole? Remember the attacks on the USMC barracks? Remember the fist WTC attacks? Are you so blind to think that terrorism is limited to the events on 9-11? 9-11 was the culmination of events which led to a succesful mass attack on American soil. The President used 9-11 as a rallying cry to attack terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq (oh yes, and thanks to the Special Forces community, in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, etc). Did we find huge stockpiles of WMD? No, only some VX barrels and long range delivery systems.

AQ had training camps in Iraq. Zarqawi was in Baghdad prior to the invasion. We are killing Sudanese, Somalian, Egyptian, Pakistani, Saudi, Ethiopian, and other country's terrorists. And we're killing them in Iraq and Afghanistan. We're killing people who want to kill us, and we're killing them somewhere other then in the US. Call me crazy, but me likey that idea.

Again, explain why you think it's about oil. If it was about oil, we'd be in Mexico. Either explain your reasoning or grab another liberal talking point to churn out in your posts.

The Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (or GRAP) that you qouted is actually reducing the funding requirement of the National Guard's accession management branch. The Guard typically spends about $3,800 per recruit now ... down from $7,900 prior to GRAP. Nice try, but even Liberals have to agree with the financial sense that makes. And, as I stated, the Guard is well over its mission goal.

The Army has had a similar program called Every Soldier a Recruiter (or ESAR), but it has been much less succesful.

Don't even ry to attack the economy or you'll truly be showing your ass. New home sales, home ownership, individual debt indicators, the stock market, consumer confidence, unemployment figures ... all support a strong economy. Stick to the things you know, kiddo... like explaining how your on-line law degree program is going or how comunity college really opened your eyes to the capitalist injustice.
 

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