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Republican leaders make remarkable comments on US foreign policy

Condoleezza Rice blames liberal and conservative US administrations of the past 60 years for the lack of democracy in the Middle East.
Karl Rove ridicules liberals as soft on terrorism, while Donald Rumsfeld admits negotiations with the terrorists in Iraq. Dick Cheney believes the insurgency will end soon, while Chuck Hagel thinks the US is loosing in Iraq and the White House is disconnected from reality. And Tom DeLay compares the quality of life in Iraq with Houston, Texas.
Moreover, the Berlin based Republicans protest against the planned demolition of the Checkpoint Charlie memorial honoring the victims of the Berlin Wall.

 

 

Liberal politicians, soldiers and NGO activists are furious about Karl Rove's latest remarks. Although all but one member of Congress and even www.MoveOn.org supported the war in Afghanistan after 9/11 and many soldiers consider themselves liberal, President Bush's strategist ridiculed liberals: "Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers." Conservatives, however, "saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war."
White House press secretary Scott McClellan ruled out an apologize because Rove was "simply pointing out the different philosophies when it comes to winning the war on terrorism."
At the same time Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted to
Fox News that direct meetings between US officials and insurgent commanders in Iraq "go on all the time." Do liberals and conservatives really have such "different philosophies"?


In a frank speech at The American University in Cairo,
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized the Middle East policies of both Republican and Democratic US governments in the past:

For 60 years, my country, the United States, pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region here in the Middle East -- and we achieved neither. Now, we are taking a different course. We are supporting the democratic aspirations of all people.

Dr. Rice's audience did not applause much, was skeptical about the alleged U-turn, questioned her on alleged war crimes against the Palestinians and abuses of the Koran.


Meanwhile Tom DeLay, the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, told
The Houston Chronicle that Iraq is no more dangerous than Houston. Is that good news for Iraq or bad news for Houston?

You know, if Houston, Texas, was held to the same standard as Iraq is held to, nobody'd go to Houston, because all this reporting coming out of the local press in Houston is violence, murders, robberies, deaths on the highways. […] And if you took that as the image of what is a great city that has an incredible quality of life and an incredible economy, it's amazing to me. Go to Iraq. And see what's actually happening there. Everybody that comes from Iraq is amazed at the difference of what they see on the ground and what they see on the television set.


Vice President Dick Cheney says the insurgency is in its "last throes," while Rumsfeld acknowledges on Fox News that "that insurgency could go on for any number of years" and Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel tells
U.S. News and World Report "Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality. [...] It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq." (Crooks and Liars has a humorous Daily Show video about the contradictions.)


The Atlantic Review considers all these Republican statements quite remarkable. Some Democrats use peculiar rhetoric as well, which will be covered another time. (Unlike Karl Rove, Senator Durbin (D-IL) apologized for his remarks comparing interrogators at Guantanamo to Nazis.)

P.S.: One more quote in this "Republican Watch" post: The German chapter of "Republicans Abroad" is furious that the Berlin government ("the former Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party") did not support the Checkpoint Charlie museum's efforts to prevent the demolition of the memorial erected to the victims of the Cold War division of Berlin and Communist oppression of East Germany. Henry Nickel, Chairman of the U.S. Republicans Abroad and resident of Berlin called Checkpoint Charlie "an icon of the great friendship between the United States and Germany." The Republicans Abroad (Germany Chapter) press release states:

To add insult to injury, the Berlin Magistrate's Court responsible for enforcement, scheduled the demolition to include complete removal of the crosses and Berlin Wall segment on the site to coincide with July 4th, U.S. Independence Day. The BAG subsequently refused to request rescheduling of the eviction despite strong recommendations by members of Berlin's American community. Coincidental maybe, but the message is clear. Despite its enormous success attracting tourism and business to a long forgotten quarter of the city and the unquestioned good faith on the part of the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, it wasn't enough to stop those who wish to impose their version of history and reality upon others. The Wall may have disappeared in Berlin, but division remains.

Mr Nickel told The Times "It’s a scandal that it has got as far as this."


Excerpt from Catherine Hickley's
Bloomberg report:

"We just have to win time,'' Hildebrandt [who is responsible for the memorial] said in a telephone interview. "Checkpoint Charlie is a place that needs a monument to freedom. It's important to show gratitude to the Americans."

Checkpoint Charlie was the site of the October 1961 standoff in the divided city, when Soviet and U.S. tanks, fully loaded and with orders to fire if fired upon, faced each other at a distance of about 100 yards for several hours. The deadlock only ended when U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to withdraw the tanks -- one-by-one, five yards at a time.

For the Berlin city government, Hildebrandt's memorial is "not authentic'' and "aesthetically questionable,'' according to Torsten Woehlert, a spokesman for Berlin Culture Senator Thomas Flierl. Flierl, a member of the post-Communist PDS, was an official in the East German government. "It's not appropriate,'' Woehlert said. "Checkpoint Charlie is the place of confrontation between the allies'' rather than the site to mourn victims of the East German regime, he said.

Davids Medienkritik reports that the city government decided to move the scheduled bulldozing back a day after widespread protest from victim's families, American veterans groups and many others, and they organize another demonstration.

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OTTMAN on :

By far Dick(head) Durbins comments were the most anti-American garbage to ever come out of an elected senators mouth. Durbin and all the whiney libs should be dropped off in the middle of Iraq. Then let's hear them whine about our military and the war when terrorists are coming at them! Every liberal needs to be slapped silly! if only Patton was alive today.

Anubis light on :

The election is rigged by the illuminati to introduce the one ( a Young man who truely embodies the image of the second comeing the perfect man ) on his agenda is to present Obama as the false prophet, to give people absolute faith in God, He will be the true symbol of peace and progress. Essentially the Holy Grail is comeing.

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