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Qtec
03-28-2006, 07:40 AM
Rumsfeld Marks 9/11 Crash Site With Medallion Given to Troops
By THOM SHANKER
SHANKSVILLE, Pa., March 27 Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld gazed across a rolling meadow on Monday, its grass yellow in late winter's grip, and toward the stand of hemlock trees marking the area where Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. He then bent and wordlessly placed a medallion at the base of a temporary memorial here.

Known as the defense secretary's "coin," the medallion is an elaborately pressed memento that Mr. Rumsfeld hands out to troops he meets in combat zones overseas.

His visit was his first to the site where passengers of Flight 93 overpowered their hijackers and sent an airliner crashing into the countryside instead of its intended target, the Capitol in Washington. His gesture was intended to link that event, through the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, to the wars started by the Bush administration in Afghanistan and Iraq.

At a time when polls indicate waning public support for the mission in Iraq, Mr. Rumsfeld called Shanksville "the place where America really started to fight back."

He spoke later to officers at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., where he asserted that previous failures to fight back against terrorists had only emboldened them.

"The West was ambivalent about how to counter extremist ideology and that type of aggression," he said. "We should have learned the timeless truth that weakness is provocative." <font color="blue"> Is it????????????? Wont the 'meek inherit the earth'?. </font color>

By implication, he criticized those who called for quickly withdrawing American troops from Iraq. Instead, he said, the opponents there should be confronted, not only militarily but also in a contest of ideas and values.

But when asked by one of the officers how America was faring in its test of ideologies with extremists, Mr. Rumsfeld conceded, "If I were grading, I would say we probably deserve a D or a D-plus as a country as to how well we're doing in the battle of ideas that's taking place in the world today." <font color="blue"> Wonder why.! </font color>




Rummy turns a memorial service into a party political promo......pathetic.

Q

eg8r
03-28-2006, 08:10 AM
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"The West was ambivalent about how to counter extremist ideology and that type of aggression," he said. "We should have learned the timeless truth that weakness is provocative." [ QUOTE ]
Is it????????????? Wont the 'meek inherit the earth'?. <hr /></blockquote> <hr /></blockquote> Wow Q, you are broadening your skills and trying out words that rhyme. Meek weak. Catchy, the problem is that just because they rhyme it does not mean they are synonymous.

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Rummy turns a memorial service into a party political promo......pathetic. <hr /></blockquote> I don't remember you calling Kerry pathetic when he was going to church as a promo. I don't remember you calling Gayle pathetic when she was making politic to do about the First Lady donating her own money to help Katrina victims. I guess it is only pathetic if in your mind it makes W look bad (directly or indirectly).

eg8r

Qtec
03-28-2006, 08:14 AM
Did I mention Kerry? Or Gayle or the First Lady?
Try and keep on topic.

This Govt has MINTED a LIE and is now giving them to the troops! Thats fine by you of course.

Q....I hear it coming.........eg8r "but Clinton"...Bahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

eg8r
03-28-2006, 08:19 AM
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Did I mention Kerry? Or Gayle or the First Lady?
Try and keep on topic.
<hr /></blockquote> Nope, I did. I am sorry but you missed the subject in your post. I was just commenting on the only comment you gave and yes, your comment was pathetic hypocrisy at its best.

eg8r

Qtec
03-28-2006, 08:23 AM
Its two different situations Ed.
Q

eg8r
03-28-2006, 08:25 AM
Whatever suits your fancy.

eg8r

Gayle in MD
03-28-2006, 08:35 AM
Ahhhh, he is possessed by me. Ahhhh, such power, I am the Wonder woman!

LMAO!!!!

Gayle in Md.

Qtec
03-28-2006, 09:00 AM
/ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif Now that IS funny! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Q...actually I agree on the FLady post! Basically, the money will go to subsidise a piece of crappy equipment that nobody wants- at the Federal expense. ie she gets to buy stuff from her son, give it away and write it off against the taxes she pays. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Gayle in MD
03-29-2006, 04:41 AM
Exactly, her statements about the Katrina Victims wanting to stay in Texas, "And so many of them want to stay. it's sort of scary." show the debth of her humanitarrian generousity!

Rumsfeld is the only man in Washington who is more incompetent than Bush!

Gayle in Md.
So proud that I didn't vote for George Bush!