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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Sunday will visit the site where New York's twin towers once stood, as he marks the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks amid an intensifying election-year debate over whether his policies have made America safer or more vulnerable.

    Bush's approval ratings soared and his presidency was reshaped after he stood in the ruins of the World Trade Center days after the 2001 attacks and sought to rally the country by shouting into a bullhorn.

    But the unity that arose as Americans grieved the nearly 3,000 people killed in the hijacked airplane attacks has long since given way to sharp divisions over the Iraq war and the Bush administration's tactics in the war on terrorism.

    The rift has widened with the approach of the November 7 elections, in which Democrats hope to overturn Republican dominance of Congress.

    In a two-day tour of all three crash sites -- the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Flight 93 crashed -- Bush will strive to put aside partisan acrimony, if only temporarily.

    He has no prepared remarks for the visits, according to White House spokesman Tony Snow. Bush will attend a Sunday evening prayer service in New York and visit firefighters on Monday morning.

    He will save his formal remarks for a televised Oval Office speech on Monday night. Snow said Bush will reflect on the anniversary and discuss the war on terrorism.

    On Saturday, political wrangling continued as Bush and Democrats pressed opposing approaches to fighting terrorism.

    In his weekly radio address, the president urged Congress to pass legislation setting up military tribunals to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay. He also defended a CIA detention program to interrogate terrorism suspects.

    Bush administration officials have sought to paint Democrats as weak on terrorism.

    Democrats focused on the increasingly unpopular Iraq war. They contend it has drained resources from the effort to hunt down al Qaeda militants and shore up security at U.S. ports and other potential targets.

    In their own radio address, Democrats said the country must end its "open-ended commitment in Iraq" and redirect its efforts toward fighting al Qaeda.
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    Too bad he didn't stumble and fall into the pit.

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    I heard Dick Cheney (aka The Real President) on the radio today getting very defensive about the fact that Osama was still at large and the Iraq debacle didn't turn out quite how the brainiacs in the Pentagon wanted. His point was that the War On Turr has been a huge success because no further attacks have occured on Murican soil. So that's all right then. What about the rest of the world mate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    I heard Dick Cheney (aka The Real President) on the radio today getting very defensive about the fact that Osama was still at large and the Iraq debacle didn't turn out quite how the brainiacs in the Pentagon wanted. His point was that the War On Turr has been a huge success because no further attacks have occured on Murican soil. So that's all right then. What about the rest of the world mate?
    They don't give a shit about 99% of the American population..what make you think they might give a shit about other nationalities? They are evil to the core. I am sure they care about people all over the world-as long as those people are very wealthy, politically compliant, and ready to sell their souls to the devil(if they have not done so already).

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    god, cheney annoys the shit out of me..can't even be upset at poor dumb bush, we all know it's someone far more intelligent pulling his simple strings.
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    Cheney is right now reiterating his lunatic claims that Iraq and al Queda/911 are tied.
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    So, George Bush is trying to rebuild his image as a leader
    by standing by a place that is still a hole in the ground
    after five years? What's he going to say in his speech?

    "As I look out over this vast empty parking lot
    that used to be a pair of thriving skyscrapers,
    I can't help but be grateful that
    at least there are no mangled corpses
    stinking up the place...."

    /And don't even get me started on the inappropriate theft
    of the term "Ground Zero." The real Ground Zero is where
    American bombs killed over 70,000 people.

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    I cannot tell you how sick to my stomach all of this makes me as someone who knew people who perished five years ago in the attacks. It's obscene.

    Yeah, the administration really cares for it's people. The day of the attacks in DC they pushed all federal workers OUT of the buildings, buildings with bomb shelters that offered protection, into the streets with no way home because they had simultaniously cancelled all mass transit out of the city. Thousands milling in the street, potential sitting targets for terrorists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    I heard Dick Cheney (aka The Real President) on the radio today getting very defensive about the fact that Osama was still at large and the Iraq debacle didn't turn out quite how the brainiacs in the Pentagon wanted. His point was that the War On Turr has been a huge success because no further attacks have occured on Murican soil. So that's all right then. What about the rest of the world mate?

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