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Agorism
05-02-2011, 05:18 PM
Bush supporters celebrate bin Laden's death

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/7547250.html


DALLAS With President Barack Obama's announcement that a U.S.-led mission had killed Osama bin Laden, a small group of Texans gathered to celebrate outside President George W. Bush's Dallas home, leaving behind American flags and patriotic, red, white and blue balloons.
Meanwhile in Central Texas, the news had a special poignancy for Georgetown resident Will Chapman, whose son was the first U.S. serviceman killed by enemy fire in the Afghanistan war.
"I don't want to use the words it avenges his death. But it's always been a concern of mine that he not die in vain," Chapman told The Associated Press by telephone Monday. "And this right here is a major step so that doesn't happen. We now have the person who is most responsible."
Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Ross Chapman, 31, of San Antonio, died in January 2002 after being ambushed following a meeting with several Afghan tribal leaders.
About a dozen people gathered near Bush's high-security home until a thunderstorm started about midnight Sunday. On Monday morning, a sign on the gate read in small letters, "President Obama forgot to say ..." then continued in letters big enough to be read from the road, "Thank you President Bush."
"George Bush did so many great things for our country. We really wanted to be with him to celebrate this momentous day in American history," college student Billy Fox told WFAA-TV.
Bush, who was home when he learned of bin Laden's death late Sunday, released a statement congratulating Obama and praising the U.S. military personnel involved in the operation in northern Pakistan. Bush was in power on 9/11 when terrorists commandeered four commercial jets, crashing them in New York City, Washington and in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people.
The president sent U.S. forces against al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan in October 2001.
"This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001," Bush said in a statement Sunday night after Obama called to tell him of the terrorist leader's death. "The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."
Bush spokesman David Sherzer said Monday that the ex-president does not plan any additional statement. A spokesperson for Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush, said he had no comment.
After Sept. 11, then President George W. Bush said he wanted to get bin Laden "dead or alive," and in his book "Decision Points" he said one of his biggest regrets when he left the White House was leaving that "unfinished business."
"I wanted badly to bring bin Laden to justice," Bush wrote.
He described in the book hoping to get a call during a major assault in 2002 that bin Laden was dead or captured. "Our troops pursued every lead. Several times we thought we might have nailed him. But the intelligence never panned out," Bush wrote.
Not everyone credited Bush for the eventual success in finding bin Laden. As heavy rain continued Monday morning, a sign left on the wet pavement near the gate leading to Bush's home read, "Winning! Obama 1, Bush 0."
But U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison praised both presidents as well as others involved in the manhunt, including the military and intelligence officials.
Hutchison said she called Bush on Monday morning because she was "elated" after hearing the news from television reports the previous night. She credited the leadership of Bush and Obama.
"It was a joint effort and a single commitment," Hutchison told The Associated Press at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport before returning to Washington. "Taking out the spiritual leader of al-Qaida is such a significant step, and it shows the world that we will pursue terrorists."
Other Texas leaders also chimed in, praising the effort that tracked and killed bin Laden.
"On behalf of all Texans, I'd like to extend our gratitude to the brave men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to tracking this individual down, particularly the members of our valiant special forces who flew into harm's way Sunday to finally put an end to bin Laden's murderous reign," Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who will continue to wage our global fight on terror, placing their own lives on the line to keep us safe back here at home."
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement, "Let this serve as a grave reminder to all those who wish to do our nation harm: If you murder Americans, you will be hunted, you will be found and you will be brought to justice."
However, the sister of one of 13 Fort Hood soldiers killed in a mass shooting said she does not feel safer.
Leila Hunt Willingham's brother, Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, was killed in the November 2009 shooting rampage on the Texas Army post.
The suspect, Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, had made statements expressing support for bin Laden and charging that the U.S. was at war with Islam several years before the Fort Hood rampage, according to a Senate report. Hasan also had repeated contact with U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who encouraged Muslims to kill U.S. troops in Iraq and is now believed hiding in Yemen.
"We still have troops over there fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I worry about whether all of these celebrations might incite something," Willingham said. "And you don't know who may be over here and might do something like what happened at Fort Hood."

AZKing
05-02-2011, 05:30 PM
I think Clinton said it best in his Fox News interview:

Bush thought Afghanistan was 1/7 as important as Iraq. He doesn't deserve any honor.

Agorism
05-02-2011, 05:33 PM
I think Clinton said it best in his Fox News interview:

Bush thought Afghanistan was 1/7 as important as Iraq. He doesn't deserve any honor.

link please

jmdrake
05-02-2011, 05:39 PM
Thank you Bush for what exactly? Purposefully letting Al Qaeda escape from Tora Bora so that future presidents would have something to do? :confused:

doodle
05-02-2011, 05:47 PM
Well he can't claim that Bush,Cheney, Rumsfeld drove America into a ditch in the GWOT in Iraq and made Al Qaueda/OBL strong and then thank Bush :


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf1Nr8ocDUk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIUej6VJzII&feature=related

AZKing
05-02-2011, 06:21 PM
link please

says it at ~7:50-8:10


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYNI5RPOlp4

The full interview is interesting.

jmdrake
05-03-2011, 09:23 AM
says it at ~7:50-8:10


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYNI5RPOlp4

The full interview is interesting.

Wow! And this is why Clinton was a two term president. He knows how to dominate the media. He turned and attack on his 9/11 policy to a blistering attack on Bush and by the end had Chris almost begging to change the subject to global warming.