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Allawi: 'Thank You, America'

by Edward ODaniel / September 23, 2004 7:19 AM PDT
Thursday, September 23, 2004
By Liza Porteus

Allawi, a 59-year-old trained neurologist who lived for years in exile from Saddam Hussein (search) and has survived numerous assassination attempts, said democracy is beginning to flourish in parts of Iraq, and that the growing insurgent attacks do not mean that the guerrillas are gaining the upper hand, but rather that they are becoming more desperate.

Appearing with Allawi later in the White House Rose Garden, Bush applauded the Iraqi leader's leadership and courage.

"Mr. Prime Minister, you've accomplished a great deal ? these have been months of steady progress despite persistent violence in some parts of your country," Bush said.

"The enemies of freedom are using suicide bombings, beheadings and other horrific acts to try to block progress. We're sickened by the atrocities, but we'll never be intimidated and freedom is winning ? America's security and Iraq's future depend on it."


Allawi had important messages for America, one being: "We are succeeding in Iraq," which received a resounding round of applause from lawmakers gathered in the House chamber.

"Every day we grow in strength and determination to defeat the terrorists and their barbarism," Allawi said, referring to the beheadings this week of two Americans.

"As we mourn these losses, we must not forget the progress we are making ? we are fighting for freedom and democracy, ours and yours."

Allawi's second message, delivered directly from his people to all Americans, was:

"Thank you, America."

"We Iraqis know that Americans have made and continue to make enormous sacrifices to liberate Iraq, to assure Iraq's freedom," the prime minister said. "I have come here to thank you and to promise you that your sacrifices are not in vain."

He added that the "overwhelming majority" of Iraqis are grateful to be rid of Saddam and to build a better future. The others represent a "tiny minority" of the population "who will kill anyone, destroy anything to prevent Iraq and its people from achieving its goal."

Of course this is bad news to some around here. , although they "support the troops but not the war".

For those who are afraid to subject themselves to Fox News, this link should prove satisfactory:

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Re: Allawi: 'Thank You, America'
by TONI H / September 23, 2004 7:36 AM PDT

I watched his live address to Congress today and was very impressed with his sincerity and appreciation....and the goals the Iraqi people are determined to reach.

I was somewhat surprised (happily) to learn from his speech that one of the towns he mentioned that was riddled with terrorists and that they were actually driven back by the citizens of that town and they now live in peace and reconstruction is again going forward there.

Where's the press coverage for this? I haven't seen anything on my local stations out of New York giving the live address any coverage at all. If it wasn't for CNN, I wouldn't have even known about it. What a shame.


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Re: Allawi: 'Thank You, America'
by Mark5019 / September 23, 2004 7:42 AM PDT

there watching kerry figure out where he lost it

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Re: Allawi: 'Thank You, America'
by dirtyrich / September 23, 2004 8:57 AM PDT

The most notable part was that 14-15 of the 18 provinces were deemed safe enough to hold elections tomorrow. Doesn't exactly match the picture of widespread violence and anarchy that our media portrays. Remember that all the reports only seem to come from a select few cities.
On a similar note, our local news station had a report on a local soldier who spoke at his son's school about his experiences in Afghanistan, where he'll be heading back to tomorrow. He spoke of the building and development projects that the US Army is engaged in there... building schools, government buildings, hospitals, etc. Don't hear much about that, even in this story all the news show's comments said he was talking about the warfare in Afghanistan, and not a word about the development.

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No we don't and conspicuous by their absence...
by Edward ODaniel / September 23, 2004 11:54 AM PDT

in noting and acknowledging this is the reason why.

Anything good coming out of Iraq or about Iraq is the antithesis of their emotional and political need for reporting that concentrates on and editorializes about gloom and doom and quagmires.

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Re: Allawi: 'Thank You, America'
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / September 23, 2004 1:47 PM PDT

Hi, Ed.

And the Iraqis NBC news interviewed said Allawi was full of it -- one said there's not a single town he knows in Iraq where there's not an active insurgency (Allawi claims all but three provinces are substantially secure).
And he should thank us -- he's doubtless getting a lot larger paycheck these days, though a lot of it should be hazardous duty pay!

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Guess what Dave...
by Edward ODaniel / September 24, 2004 9:09 AM PDT

Allawi is not the only one saying only three provinces. Watch your reading habits and avoid skimming and you should note that ALL the media stories are centered on just the three provinces.

Didn't you watch Nightline and see what was related there?

You are as bad as Thomas Fitzgerald of Knight Ridder Newspapers who is claiming that Kerry never voted for the war and that his position on Iraq has been consistent--even AFTER Kerry himself has said otherwise and his campaign staff have acknowledged the inconsistencies and tried to rationalize them.

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