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Bush Helping Assure Safety and Freedom of America
    #3395513 - 11/22/04 10:13 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

Bush Praises Colombia's Battle Vs. Drugs
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Nov 22, 8:59 PM (ET)

By TERENCE HUNT

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) - Under a security web of warplanes, ships and 15,000 troops, President Bush praised Colombia's battle against drugs and Marxist guerrillas Monday and pledged to keep U.S. aid flowing so "this courageous nation can win its war against narcoterrorists."

In a country that is the world's largest producer of cocaine and a major supplier of heroin, Bush said President Alvaro Uribe is achieving results with a massive aerial fumigation program against coca - the main ingredient in cocaine - and an aggressive military buildup against insurgents, who fund themselves through drug trafficking, kidnapping and extortion.

"The number of acres under cultivation are down significantly," Bush said, standing with Uribe in shirt sleeves at seaside lecterns. "The number of arrests are up. The number of murders is down. In other words, this man's plan is working."

Uribe said Colombia is winning the fight, but has not yet won. "We have made progress but the serpent is still alive," Uribe said.

Bush's pledge reaffirms U.S. commitments to a $3.3 billion, five-year military aid program known as Plan Colombia. Bush said the plan launched in August 2000 enjoys widespread support in Congress and that he would work with lawmakers to keep it funded. Without mentioning a specific figure, Bush said he would seek enough funds to make the plan effective.

Bush left Cartagena for his Texas ranch to spend the Thanksgiving holiday, arriving in early evening. At Uribe's urging, he stopped off in this Caribbean seaport city after attending a summit in Chile of 21 Pacific Rim leaders. Security was tight.

U.S. Navy commandoes, toting assault rifles and peering through binoculars, patrolled the Caribbean in rubber boats where submarines and ships already plied the waters. Warplanes and helicopters provided air cover while 15,000 Colombian security forces were deployed around the city for Bush's brief stay.

Bush was here to strengthen relations in Latin America, but he also responded to news from Iran, which claimed it had frozen all uranium enrichment activities. The United States believes Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

Sounding skeptical about Iran's claim, Bush said, "Well, let's say I hope it's true."

But unwilling to take Iran's word, Bush said, Iran must allow for verification of its claims. "I think the definition of truth is the willingness for the Iranian regime to allow for verification," the president said.

Since Uribe came to power two years ago, Plan Colombia has helped jail scores of traffickers and reduce the coca crop by 20 percent for two years in a row, according to the White House.

And the battle against rebel groups - the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish acronym FARC, and the National Liberation Army, known as the ELN - is being expanded from the capital of Bogota to more rural areas. Still, the efforts have still failed to visibly reduce cocaine production or keep it off U.S. streets. And the 40-year-old insurgency continues to claim an estimated 3,500 lives every year.

Bush said the outcome of the battle was critical to security in both nations.

"The drug traffickers who practice violence and intimidation in this country send their addictive and deadly products to the United States," Bush said. "Defeating them is vital to the safety of our peoples and to the stability of this hemisphere."

While in Cartagena, Bush met with Orlando Cabrera, a Colombian native who plays for the world champion Boston Red Sox, and shook hands with more than a dozen elementary school-aged baseball players.

One of the youngsters presented Bush with jersey emblazoned with Cabrera's No. 44.

"He just missed it by one number," joked Bush, the 43rd president of the United States.
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Re: Bush Helping Assure Safety and Freedom of America [Re: Ravus]
    #3396260 - 11/23/04 01:06 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

but he used to LOVE coke...


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Re: Bush Helping Assure Safety and Freedom of America [Re: Boom]
    #3397536 - 11/23/04 11:06 AM (12 years, 12 days ago)

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Booooom said:
but he used to LOVE coke...




where do you really think that other 20% went?


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Re: Bush Helping Assure Safety and Freedom of America [Re: ZippoZ]
    #3400472 - 11/23/04 10:30 PM (12 years, 12 days ago)

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But unwilling to take Iran's word, Bush said, Iran must allow for verification of its claims. "I think the definition of truth is the willingness for the Iranian regime to allow for verification," the president said.




Bush claims to have stopped using coke. By following his lead I say he should be willing to allow the people of the US to search the white house and all of his property for any signs of illegal drugs. "I think the definition of truth is the willingness to allow for verification!"


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    #3485336 - 12/12/04 08:25 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

He probably has ceased using cocaine now that total power has become his drug of choice.

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Re: Bush Helping Assure Safety and Freedom of America [Re: Imagican]
    #3485362 - 12/12/04 08:54 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

MMmm...I could go with some total power right now.  :crazy2:


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Re: Bush Helping Assure Safety and Freedom of America [Re: MOTH]
    #3491210 - 12/13/04 02:56 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Hahahah 'narcoterrorists'. Jesus this guy is a scream!


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Re: Bush Helping Assure Safety and Freedom of America [Re: Ravus]
    #3494554 - 12/13/04 11:39 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

hey BUSH!
demand = offer...


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