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'Iraq effect' shapes race for Congress
Cat : War Against Iraq
Date : 2006-10-16 23:31:02                      Reader : 291

2. Bush claimed WMD in Iraq, where 100 UN experts said after months of inspection that Iraq has no WMD.
3. Rice declared that White House will carry war against Iraq whether it has WMD or not !!
4. Bush claimed fighting terrorism in Iraq, after lying of WMD .
5. Congress found no relation between Iraq and terrorism .
6. Bush insisted on fighting terrorism in Iraq, better than fighting it in United States !!
7. US security report and BBC poll in 33 countries , showed that terrorism increased after Iraq war.
8. Bush claimed a democratic example in Iraq that will be adopted for all Arab States !!
9. British army Leader in Iraq said that the situation is far from a democratic country . He even proposed withdrawal so as to minimize violence by 80%.
10. Bush Iraq example lead to more than 200000 civilians deaths, with 100 person per day . 6000 deaths within two months of July – August !!
11. Iraq today is the worst example where the country is in bloodshed, civil war, and intended to be split in cantons !!

So Iraq is no longer a card for Republicans , it is against them as they work there on behalf of Israel to carry
secret agenda already conceived in Israel !!


 

 

BBC NEWS 16/10/2006

'Iraq effect' shapes race for Congress

 

By James Coomarasamy

Staying the course versus surrendering to the terrorists. That - in a nutshell - is how the Republican leadership had been hoping to frame the debate about Iraq in this mid-term election campaign.

During a speech in New Hampshire in June, the chief White House strategist, Karl Rove, described the choice facing Americans in these terms.

"They may be with you for the first shots," he said of the Democratic Party, "but they're not going to be with you for the tough battles."

And last week, President George W Bush referred, in unusually stark terms, to the Democrats as the "party of cut and run" - not long after he had made a series of speeches on the war on terror, which had briefly given a boost to his ratings.

Bleak news

National security has traditionally been the Republican party's strong point; helping it to victories in the last two election cycles. So will it have the same effect again?

Or will public frustration with progress in Iraq outweigh the slight advantage that the Republicans still enjoy on the issue of fighting terrorism?

The odds, at this stage do not appear to favour the party in power. For a start, the recent news from Iraq has been particularly bleak.

On the military front, 13 US soldiers died last week, while over the past month at least 776 American troops were wounded - the highest monthly total for two years.

October's figures could be even worse.

On the political front, meanwhile, there seems little cause for optimism.

During her recent trip to Baghdad, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brought a message of frustration with the efforts of the Maliki government to control inter-ethnic conflict.

And then, on the same day - although somewhat obscured by the Mark Foley furore - came the stark words of Republican Senator John Warner, the respected head of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Fresh from his own trip to Iraq, he described the country as "drifting sideways" and gave the government there two to three months before Washington should - as he put it - "think about a change of course".

It was a statement which seemed to catch the White House unawares - and which has since been given the backing of former Secretary of State James Baker, the Republican grandee given the task, by President Bush, of reviewing the administration's Iraq strategy.

At a White House news conference on Wednesday, President Bush responded to the observations of the two senior Republicans.

"I don't hear those people saying "get out before the job is done'", he said, adding that the US military was already adjusting its tactics as the situation on the ground demanded.

But perhaps even more damaging was the leak, last month, of the US spy agencies' collective take on Iraq; the National Intelligence Estimate or NIE.

It stated that the country had become a "cause celebre" for jihadists and noted that the conflict there was increasing the threats to US interests - both abroad and at home.

And that conclusion is, of course, a direct threat to the argument for remaining in Iraq, which resonates loudest across the United States - that it is better to fight the terrorists over there than to fight them here.

Scandal drowns out Iraq

Conversely, the Republican Party can point to the absence of any major terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11 and to the other conclusion of the NIE; that an American defeat in Iraq would only embolden the terrorists.

Expect to hear more about the Democrats' failure to reach a unified position on the issue - one of the most important factors, it would seem, in helping the Republicans keep their advantage on national security.

Although, in what is, essentially, a series of local races, the question of party unity will be less important than it would be in a presidential campaign.

Yet - for the moment - Republicans are finding it difficult to make their case heard.

And not just on Iraq. The Foley scandal fallout is still dominating the airwaves; pushing other issues - including those of war and peace - out of the spotlight.

Even the one Iraq war veteran running for the Republican Party in November's congressional race does not include the fight against terrorism among the five main issues he lists, which differentiate him from his Democratic opponent.

Events on the ground could change the momentum, but - for the moment - there is little doubt that that Republicans are feeling less secure than usual about running as the party of national security.


 
 
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