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US planning spring offensive along Afghan/Pak border ...HouseMoney
Jan 29, 2004 12:57 PM
Been reported on several news outlets since last night. Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, after two recent assassination attempts by probable al-Qaeda operatives, is now amenable to US military actions along the border. Taliban & al-Qaeda have been using this geographic area to regroup.

Now, some, but not all, of the anti-Iraq-war crowd were of the opinion that we should not deal with Iraq since bin Laden was still at large and was really the greater threat. Do you believe these "some" will support this action? Yes, no, maybe?
Of course. nmOldEdScott
Jan 29, 2004 1:05 PM
Some of us supported the Afghan war from the start...PdxMark
Jan 29, 2004 1:31 PM
As being directed against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks. The war there was completely justified.

The pointless and unjustified war in Iraq resulted in a loss of focus and resources to finish the job against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The Spring offensive will still lack the resources it could use because of troop commitments in Iraq.

As for your seeming doubt that bin Laden is a greater threat than Iraq, please specify the exact threat Iraq posed against the US.
well said nmgtx
Jan 29, 2004 1:37 PM
Some of us supported the Afghan war from the start...Woof the dog
Jan 29, 2004 10:20 PM
thats right, send those 19 year olds to their deaths.

Kill is such a friendly word

Incorrect assumption ...HouseMoney
Jan 30, 2004 10:08 AM
I have no doubt that bin Laden and his network present a greater threat. I never said, or implied, he wasn't. Based on the number of terror cells we've exposed since 9/11, you could even (correctly) use the phrase "imminent threat". And we have probably quelled more attempts than have been publicized.

My seeming doubt lies with the "excuse" some folks used (and I don't mean this rbr venue), and whether their message will change now that al-Qaeda may garner more attention.
What day will we commence the attack?Starliner
Jan 29, 2004 2:08 PM
So much for the element of surprise. Why don't we just mail the enemy our battle plans - it certainly would be a very gentlemanly thing to do.
What day will we commence the attack?Pygme
Jan 29, 2004 4:55 PM
Maybe they know he (osama) is elswhere. Get him thinking they are going to Pakistan, and suprise him in his cagve in Syria.
As House Summarizes it....bboc
Jan 29, 2004 2:14 PM
Yes I do. We should have done this years ago.
You mean years ago when only "feminazis" worried. . .czardonic
Jan 29, 2004 2:17 PM
. . .about the Taliban?
if we hadn't been dicking around in iraq for the past yearrufus
Jan 29, 2004 2:43 PM
and the previous year saber-rattling about them, perhaps the job would have been over and done with by now and you wouldn't need to be asking us questions about afghanistan now.
if we hadn't been dicking around in iraq for the past yearJon Billheimer
Jan 29, 2004 4:09 PM
We should be going after bin Laden and his organization full-time, as well as his financial supporters, the Saudis. But then Bush, Cheney and their friends' business deals and arrangements might get interrupted.
we who? arent you canadian?bill105
Jan 30, 2004 9:56 AM
Four months before the election? A shocking coincidence!Cory
Jan 29, 2004 5:26 PM
I mean, what are the odds that, after sitting on this for nearly three years, they'd decide it needed to be done just in time to campaign on a "Don't change horses in the middle of the stream" platform?
not to mention, a renewed major offensive....rufus
Jan 29, 2004 5:34 PM
increases the chances that they can nab osama before the november elections.
I thought we already have him ...HouseMoney
Jan 30, 2004 10:16 AM
and are waiting to spring the news right b4 the election?!

Aren't you up on the latest tin-foil-hat conspiracies?!

Well, if I do buy a Mondonico, at least we'll have one thing in common.
wouldn't surprise me any. nmrufus
Jan 30, 2004 12:46 PM
I'd say it's truly a good thing for you 5 in your jerk here...No_sprint
Jan 30, 2004 7:40 AM
you guys will certainly benefit from ANY news that diverts attention from your Dean et al circus.

I still think it's hilarious that self proclaimed political insider oldey was the only one that got blindsided in the Dean thing. It was plain as day to myself and millions of others he was a bad candidate, we just didn't know he could be THIS bad!

You can continue to rant and rave about Iraq til your doomsday. The war is over! LOL
You know, No_sense when you mix vodka withBottomBracketShell
Jan 30, 2004 7:54 AM
inhalants at 7 in the morning it does terrible things to your congnitive functioning, just thought I'd pass that along as a helpful hint.

I really do wish you would get back into counseling, you'll never be a fully functioning human being until you come to terms with your past.
You're still obsessed with me. nmNo_sprint
Jan 30, 2004 8:04 AM
I'm a counselor. It's my job to help people like you. nmBottomBracketShell
Jan 30, 2004 8:16 AM
You're less help than a stinky toilet to sh*t in. nmNo_sprint
Jan 30, 2004 8:49 AM
Anal obsession too. Hmmmm. nmBottomBracketShell
Jan 30, 2004 9:00 AM