Monday, February 12, 2007
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Posted By CNN: 11:31 AM ET
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I seriously doubt that Iran is squeaky clean, when it comes to it's involvement with Iraq. We shall see.
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 11:55 AM ET
I strongly object to the headlines we're seeing on this Iran story. Considering the Administration's track record, and their ability to twist the arms of credible people to present less than credible evidence, we have to view these claims skeptically. A more appropriate headline would be "US Alleges Link Between Iran, Iraq unrest" or something along those lines. These are merely allegations at this point, news organizations such as CNN should learn the lesson from recent history that they should not be so quick to present the Administration's views as supported by facts.
Posted By Anonymous Nathan, Chicago IL : 1:00 PM ET
Sorry, but it all seems mighty familiar--pictures of the shells being "used", trying to tie the actions of one country to another... didn't we see this same garbage when they were coming up with excuses for going to war with Iraq? Trying to play the fear card once more. Bush and his criminal cronies need to go - plain and simple. They've turned this country into enough of a joke as it is.
Posted By Anonymous Dave Sumers, Tinley Park, IL : 2:54 PM ET
Obama hits HR, Hillary goes down on strikes, Curve Ball II using butch wax leads to Iran calling in the Commissioner. Hope the press sees the real stories.
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista,ar : 3:33 PM ET
The election is still two years away!!! There's still more than enough time to criticize.
Posted By Anonymous Shruti Bala, Glendale, AZ : 3:40 PM ET
Obama should not worry about what the PM of Australia thinks. PM Howard should worry about how he needs to get along with Muslims, Aboriginal people and people who do not reflect his race or beliefs in his own country. Obama is fresh, young and its time for the United States to take a new direction. Hillary is a season politician who has thrown all her 122 million dollars into her purse and done nothing to improve the well being of the country. What ever happened to Hillary's Health Care program, she care so much about?
Posted By Anonymous Claude Calgary AB Canada : 4:34 PM ET
It is ignorant to believe the Iranians are not helping the Shiite's in Iraq. Time will show they are not only helping the Shiite militias, but also the current Shiite government. Hundreds of the current members of the Shiite government had been in exile in Iran for years under the Saddam Hussein regime. They are closer to the Iranians than they are the Sunni's and Kurds in Iraq!

It is also ignorant we are helping the Shiite's in Iraq while we are preparing to fight Shiite Iran. We should be helping the Sunni's in Iraq. It is the only course of action that will deter the power of Iran and lead to a rebuilt Iraq.
Posted By Anonymous Brian Columbus, Ohio : 5:47 PM ET
Of course,Iran is in Iraq. To what extent they are involved,I don't know. But I'm not surprised Ahmadinejad is denying it,he denies everything.
It's a game of who's lying the most between Bush & him.
As for Bush, it's like a "deja vu". He's acting like four years ago. Once upon a time, in march 2003....

Joanne R.
Laval Quebec
Posted By Anonymous Joanne R.Laval Quebec : 7:39 PM ET
Good show Baraq! I'm glad he shot back at Australia's PM. I'm tired of all these other high and mighty foreign politicians bashing the United States. Who do they come to when they need money? The U. S. of course! I think we should knot our purse strings and let them take care of their own. I wish more Americans would rise up and demand the end to this horrible, misguided war. I am a registered Republican, but I would vote for Baraq Obama. I am female, but I would NOT vote for Hillary. Really! We've already had 8 years of a Clinton White House... and I didn't hear HER respond to the PM Howard in defense of the U.S. she's just another opportunistic politician.
Posted By Anonymous Chris Willsie, Altamonte Springs, FL : 8:50 PM ET
I was a marine during the first gulf war. I would be willing to testify to the fact that while we were in training we were educated about the Geneva Convention, however 10 days before we were to ship out to Iraq a platoon commander told us not to take any prisioners. We were told to line any pow's up near a landmark or burned out vehicle and then call in an airstrike. This was my walking ticket from the marine corps.

Sincerely,
Jim Daley
Taipei
Posted By Anonymous James Daley Taipei : 10:53 PM ET
My name is Sgt Stewart, I served, no excuse me, still serve with Cpl Thomas. I was with him thru boot camp and school (SOI) and eventually into our first unit, 5th Marines. I think people in this world forget what war is and what it stands for. I also think that people forget like Cpl Thomas said, what war does to those who fight in it. Let's not forget Vietnam and how frustrating it must have been to have our youth, I do mean that literally, to fight a viscious war with a foriegn enemy all around you in a way we cannot fathem. An enemy that you could look into the face of and not know if they're a combantant or not. To have young men besides you die by way of guerilla tactics and be forced to continue on for days, weeks and months until ordered to return home to not only return to the theatre again or maybe even a third time like this friend of mine, this young Marine who might be sentenced not by his actions that were clearly dictated by his third deployment and it's events but by the unfortunate real life in-experiences' of a young man that has been put into this war trained to kill but not to be mentored or counsled on how to deal with emotion or reality. In fact, I'm pretty sure that as an infantry Marine ( America's forcefull entry into any country ) those classes that could have taught us how to deal with these situations are not in our pre-deployment work-ups. Semper Fi Cpl Thomas, it could have been any of us.
Sgt Stewart HQBn 1st Marine Division
Posted By Anonymous Jason Stewart Oceanside California : 11:10 PM ET
The controversy over Howard's comments regarding Obama basically revolves around the question as to whether he, Howard, is allowing his friendship with Bush to override national interests. The answer to that need not necessarily be yes because of Howard's comments, but it is definately yes because of Australia's participation in the invasion, against he will of the vast majority of Australian citizens. Our electorate, like yours, failed to punish out leaders for the lies and manipulations used to justify the invasion and Howard's refusal to see the reality of the catastrophe of Iraq is obvious. John Howard doesn't make a move on foreign policy issues until Bush lets him know what Australia's policy should be, and that is becoming a major issue in domestic politics. Having said that, given that US policies do have a profound impact on Australia, I do think that we have a right to comment on your country. I don't agree with Howard at all and I think he is in a phase of total self denial on this, and many other issues. I don't necessarily think it is wrong to comment on US domestic politics, particularly with regards to the Presidential election, based on the fact that the position of President of the USA effects virtually the entire of western society, if not the globe. I support the total withdraw of foreign troops from Iraq and condemn without reservation the invasion in the first place.
Posted By Anonymous Stuart, Canberra, Australia. : 12:02 AM ET
As a Marine myself, if I had been in the same predicament as Cpl Thomas, I would've done the same. I rather be judged by 12 then carried by 6.
Posted By Anonymous Phouvanh, Milwaukee WI : 12:02 AM ET
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