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Debate on Iraq: Are we Creating More Terrorists than We Kill?

August 20, 2007

VIDEO of show / Audio Archive

Guest: Mike Lane, President of IntElephant Strategies

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  • The little Bush who cries wolf August 23, 2007 9:57 am

    Bush finally admits Iraq is like Vietnam–too little, too late–he has lied so much–it doesn’t much matter anymore
    Déjà vu
    How now brown cowboys
    do you close the can of worms
    opened out of vengeance?
    Don’t wonder why people want to kill you;
    wonder what your mission is.
    Your rite of passage routes
    east of Eden;
    you’re hostages of orders that say,
    “Go to Hell,”
    and vulnerable to the disease
    that doesn’t end.
    Fight the war
    fought so many times before;
    lie to me
    and tell me
    it was worth a spit.

  • Skip August 21, 2007 1:43 pm

    I think Daddy knows best:
    “If the people were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the streets and lynched.” — George H. W. Bush, cited in the June, 1992 Sarah McClendon Newsletter

  • Robt August 20, 2007 9:45 pm

    In 1979 the soviets invaded Afghanistan on intelligence failures. That Afghanistan had become a threat.
    Around 1986 the Soviets wanted to end their Afghan War and tried some of the same approaches that we have tried or talked about: a policy of “national reconciliation”, as one.
    Many Soviets just wanted to cut their loss and pull out. But other officials raised counterarguments that may sound familiar.
    They were;
    -If we simply pull out, we’ll destroy our influence around the world for a generation. And if we leave, the country will fall apart, and there’ll be a bloodbath focusing on our friends. Muslim extremists will come to power, and it’s better to fight them over there than to fight on our side of the border.-
    Eerily familiar…………………
    After 9 yrs of war the Soviets did pull out. Afghanistan eventually did collapse into civil war that was a blood bath.
    (This is excerpted from NYT article “Don’t wait to pull out”, By Nicholas D. Kristof.
    (also listed under title “delaying the inevitable”.
    He makes a stark comparison between America & Iraq now with the Soviets & afghanistan then.!
    I had an urge to share it in case you hadn’t read it.
    And I remember Bush saying how he and Putin are great pals and how he looked into Putin’s eyes and saw ___ ? Well he saw something.

  • lilo36 August 20, 2007 9:25 pm

    What a lesson this show was for all your listeners. Mike Lane must be the poster child of republican ideology and showed us perfectly how Republicans deal with the subject of war.
    The callousness of the republican mind in the face of human suffering and the Iraq refugee problem, plus the absolute ignorance of what really goes on in the non-neocon world are absolutely astounding. On second thought, we shouldn’t really be surprised because this happens when you confuse the task of running a democratic country with the running of a transnational corporation.