Saturday, September 16, 2006

Democrats are the headliners at Al-Jazeera

Building bridges to the Arab world? Not exactly...

Al-Jazeera 9/9/2006: U.S. Senate rejects claim of Saddam-Al Qaeda ties

...The administration "exploited the deep sense of insecurity among Americans in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, leading a large majority of Americans to believe — contrary to the intelligence assessments at the time — that Iraq had a role in the 9/11 attacks," said Senator Jay Rockefeller, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee...

Al-Jazeera 6/16/2006: U.S. payoffs show no respect for Iraqi lives

Senator Edward M. Kennedy... is pushing for a broader investigation into the condolence payments. "The dramatic rise in condolence payments raises many questions of accountability and process -- and serves as a warning sign for incidents like Haditha," he says...

Al-Jazeera 4/17/2006: "To end terrorism, end illegal occupations"

James George Abourezk, former Democratic United States Representative and United States Senator: "The central problem is the illegal occupation of the Palestinians by the Israel's army... When American taxpayers' money stops flowing to Israel, Israel will stop the occupation and pull back inside the 1967 borders, which will put an end to the conflict there. I am realistic enough to know that, because the Congress is pretty much reliant on money from radical Zionists... The rhetoric of George W. Bush has fanned the flames of Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim hatred by lumping all Arabs together as terrorists..."

Al-Jazeera 12/8/2005: Another Bush attempt to hide U.S. failure in Iraq

...Democratic representatives accused Bush of trying to hide Iraq problems ahead of the elections. "As he did last week, the president once again failed to provide a strategy for success or speak honestly to the American people about the failures in rebuilding Iraq and the challenges that lie ahead," said Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate. Also representative Henry Waxman described the president's claims as "mindboggling"...

Al-Jazeera 11/15/2005: U.S. Senate blocks Iraq exit strategy

...Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said: "We want to change the course. We can't stay the course..."

Al-Jazeera 6/23/2005: Rumsfeld faces tough questions over Iraq

"It's been a long time since there's been a serious look at the administration's policies in Iraq," said Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat... In the House, Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, [a] top Democrat... and Rep. Jane Harman of California, the lead Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee... expressed fear that the U.S. military is going to "break under the strain of continued operations."

The Senate meeting and the House resolution are part of the Democrats’ attacks on the president's war policies.

On Tuesday, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Delaware, accused Bush of "misleading statements and premature declarations of victory" in Iraq and prodded him to change course. Also last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said that "each passing day confirms that the war in Iraq has been a grotesque mistake".

Al-Jazeera 6/7/2005: U.S. refuses to shut down Guantanamo

...Democrat Joseph Biden, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Sunday that the U.S. must shut down Guantanamo, and move all the detainees held there...

Al-Jazeera 6/4/2005: John Kerry to call for impeachment of George Bush

...Failed presidential candidate Kerry advised that he will begin the presentation of his case for President Bush's impeachment to Congress, on Monday...

Al-Jazeera 4/16/2005: U.S. claims of Iraq-Qaeda link refuted

A top Democratic senator released formerly classified documents that he said undercut top U.S. officials' pre-Iraq war claims of a link between Saddam Hussein's regime and the Al-Qaeda group. "These documents are additional compelling evidence that the Intelligence Community did not believe there was a cooperative relationship between Iraq and Al-Qaeda, despite public comments by the highest ranking officials in our government to the contrary," said Senator Carl Levin

Al-Jazeera 2/6/2005: U.S.-Israel plan to strike Irans nuclear sites finalized

...John Rockefeller is quoted as saying "One of the lessons we learned from Iraq was not to take all information at face value and to ask more questions in the beginning than in the end."

Al-Jazeera 1/31/2005: Bush must detail a real Iraq exit strategy- Democrats

"We need an exit strategy so that we know what victory is, and how we can get there, so that we know what we need to do and so that we know when the job is done," said the leader of Democrats in the Senate, Senator Harry Reid... Reid's remarks were echoed Monday by Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Party leader in the House of Representatives... "Now it is time to take the additional steps that will improve Iraq's economic and political stability, and allow our troops to come home," she said... Another top Democrat, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., said that the American President "must look beyond the election" and start withdrawing troops from the war-torn city...

Al-Jazeera 1/17/2005: Senator Kennedy:"Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam"

U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy launched a scathing critique of President George W. Bush, describing his Iraq policy as "ridiculous" and saying that it's the president's "Vietnam"...

Al-Jazeera 1/5/2005: Republican Party flexed its muscles in run up to 2004 elections

The 2000 U.S. election was marred by calls and whispers of foul play over the Florida voting system. Though the Republican Party may have thought they'd heard the last of it after John Kerry accepted the election results, it seems there are some individuals out there who believe there are some unanswered questions and queries. Congressman John Conyers, a Democrat representing Michigan, is determined to get to the truth regarding the Ohio mess... Conyers chaired the hearings over the Republican-led efforts in the swing state of Ohio to keep people from registering, stop voters from voting and basically mess around with the vote totals for John Kerry...

Al-Jazeera 10/10/2004: Former UN arms inspectors slams Bush, Blair over WMD

...Senator John Kerry said that Bush had made the world more dangerous "because the president didn't make the right judgments." Kerry said that Bush's handling of the war had left Iraq in chaos. Criticizing Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, Kerry said, "If we'd use smart diplomacy, we could have saved $200 billion and an invasion of Iraq..."

Al-Jazeera 8/17/2004: Fahrenheit raises heat in the Arab world

Michael Moore's film critique of the Bush administration's war policy, has provoked strong reaction in the Arab world... Many moviegoers said that "Fahrenheit" made their bad impression of the United States worse and showed Americans what their own news media did not...

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But, lest we forget, they support the troops. When they're not inciting foment in the enemy press, that is.

Vote Republican.

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