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(CNN)   Bush asks Syria to be "a good neighbor." No word on whether Syria will stop mowing its lawn at 4:00 a.m. or performing assassinations late at night   (edition.cnn.com) divider line 155
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2005-10-12 03:57:32 PM  
Funny...was that before or after Syria asked America to be a good neighbor and stop invading other nations under false pretenses?
 
2005-10-12 04:00:22 PM  
Well this bit of timing should clear up any doubts in the minds of Syrians about what happened to their minister.

Hearts and minds, or any offal really.
 
2005-10-12 04:08:59 PM  
nice headline
 
2005-10-12 04:13:49 PM  
I'm going to have to insist that Ariel Sharon take his hand out of my president's ass. It's getting old at this point.
 
2005-10-12 04:27:35 PM  
Bush should send over Mr. McFeely with a speedy delivery.
 
2005-10-12 04:52:26 PM  
Action Replay Nick: Bush should send over Mr. McFeely with a speedy delivery.

He should send Barbara and Jenna so he can feel what it is like to have a kid over there never knowing if he will ever see them again.
 
2005-10-12 04:52:32 PM  
Action Replay Nick: Bush should send over Mr. McFeely with a speedy delivery.

What happens if there's postage due?
 
2005-10-12 05:06:31 PM  
BooBoo23
What happens if there's postage due?

They pony up the cash or we bomb them and steal their resources.
 
2005-10-12 05:21:53 PM  


Speedy delivery! Speedy delivery!
 
2005-10-12 05:22:57 PM  
Yeah, Syria. No country should ever intefere in the sovereignty of another nation.

And since we can't stop the terrorists after they cross into Irag, how is Syria supposed to stop them before?

That said, Syria really is a nation that has supported terrorism for years. Which makes me wonder why we invaded Oil-rich Iraq instead of Syria? Can't figure that one out.....
 
2005-10-12 05:24:21 PM  
Oh, and this headline made me laugh out loud, which few headlines really do. :-)
 
2005-10-12 05:42:28 PM  
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2005-10-12 05:51:05 PM  
Syria makes a very valid point:

the US can barely control its border with Mexico, where poor people in old cars cross the border everyday.

On the other hand, Syria has to stop very well-connected and ARMED insurgents sneaking across its 700 Km border with Iraq.

What is even more amusing but often unspoken, is that the American troops are supposed to be on the other side of the border, but somehow, they are not to blame in any way.

Also, it is irrelevant to the Bush-no-facts-please-administration that their generals have come out again and again and said that over 96% of the insurgency is local.

Oh, and one more thing, listening to Bush talk about Syria, you get the impression that Syria is a world superpower with its tentacles in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, and everywhere else.
 
2005-10-12 05:55:35 PM  
He also demanded that Damascus pay closer attention to its border with Iraq


Policing the Iraq border cost the Saudis something like $1billion last year. Syria is not a rich country.
 
2005-10-12 06:15:38 PM  
Bush just delivered the setup. Now when the US invades, you can't say he didn't warn them.
 
2005-10-12 06:25:33 PM  
Marcus Aurelius: I'm going to have to insist that Ariel Sharon take his hand out of my president's ass. It's getting old at this point.

Regardless of what diplomatic crap is going on, less interference in Lebanon and Palestine from Syria would be a good thing.

binnster: Policing the Iraq border cost the Saudis something like $1billion last year. Syria is not a rich country.

In this case, "pay closer attention to its border with Iraq" is probably a code for "stop encouraging people to go to Iraq and blow shiat up". I think even the Bush administration knows that Syria can't actually close it's border.

Bush has very little ground to stand on when it comes to this kind of thing. For that reason alone, I wish that we'd have kept our mitts off of Iraq until they did something aggressive. I would have been much better to just keep up the political pressure and wait.
 
2005-10-12 06:27:42 PM  
The Syrians have repeatedly asked the Americans to share intelligence on the border movements so that they can better assist, but the Americans refused to meet with them.

Syria asked for night goggles, the US said we'll think about it, and then forgot about it.

Syria built a very long sand wall to prevent vehicles from crossing the border, not to mention deploying over 10000 troops there.

But, at the end of the day, the Syrians are somehow 'not cooperating'.

It's very clear that Bush wants to keep the border issue 'ambiguous' as to throw all his failures in Iraq on Syria and Iran. Really sad.
 
2005-10-12 06:44:23 PM  
BunkoSquad: Poland

Good call.
 
2005-10-12 06:45:45 PM  
scooby111:

In this case, "pay closer attention to its border with Iraq" is probably a code for "stop encouraging people to go to Iraq and blow shiat up".


I've never credited Bush with that kind of subtlety before, but I suppose it is possible.
 
2005-10-12 06:47:11 PM  
CodeBlue:

Can you cite your sources for all that? If true it means this is US diplomacy/politics as usual.

As usual, I suspect that something else is going on behind the scenes and this is just sabre rattling when we know what the outcome is going to be.
 
2005-10-12 06:52:51 PM  
Has Syria has been coveting Canada's wife's ass again?
 
2005-10-12 06:53:32 PM  
Another vote for "Nice headline submitter".
 
2005-10-12 07:01:41 PM  
CodeBlue:the US can barely control its border with Mexico, where poor people in old cars cross the border everyday.


Sorry, I read that as Old people in poor cars and started thinking "oh, they're having a farmers market?"
 
2005-10-12 07:02:46 PM  
you get the impression that Syria is a world superpower with its tentacles in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, and everywhere else.

Err...the fact that Syria is one of the world's most foremost state sponsors of terrorism wouldn't have anything to do with this, eh?

Face it, Syria assassinated Rafiq Hariri. Period. Detlev Mehlis is going to present a devastating report. This is why the head of Syrian intelligence "committed suicide" yesterday.

Syria has everything to gain by allowing infiltrations of its border into Iraq, and nothing to lose.
 
2005-10-12 07:02:49 PM  
scooby111


Can you cite your sources for all that? If true it means this is US diplomacy/politics as usual.



sure, it's all over the news. Here's the latest statement by the Syrian president, made a couple of hours ago:

Reuters(pops)

about night-vision and the 12 foot barrier:

Billings Gazette(pops)

and about foreign fighters being very few (has been mentioned many times, this is the latest from last week):

Meet the Press(pops)
 
2005-10-12 07:03:25 PM  
"We expect Syria to do everything in her power to shut down the transshipment of suiciders and killers into Iraq,"
Somebody call websters. Next years dictionary is going to be huge with all these new words.

New Word Order
 
2005-10-12 07:04:13 PM  
BunkoSquad didn't forget Poland
 
2005-10-12 07:05:09 PM  
2005-10-12 05:55:35 PM binnster
Policing the Iraq border cost the Saudis something like $1billion last year. Syria is not a rich country.


So? Just deficit spend!

/America is also the king of owing other people money. What are we up to now, EIGHT TRILLION?
//oh yeah, we demand other countries don't overspend their means, too, don't we?
 
2005-10-12 07:05:49 PM  
Is this before or after Mr. Bush changed out of his house shoes and into combat boots?

Anyone think we're gonna invade Syria and Iran next?
 
2005-10-12 07:07:20 PM  
like a good neighbor, syria's there.
 
2005-10-12 07:09:52 PM  
Marcus Aurelius:

I'm going to have to insist that Ariel Sharon take his hand out of my president's ass. It's getting old at this point.


I'm just glad somebody else said it.
 
2005-10-12 07:10:13 PM  


Where will it be? North Korea? Iran? Anything's possible with Commander Cuckoo Bananas in charge."
 
2005-10-12 07:10:33 PM  
syria responded by asking george bush to invade them

bush then questioned syria's patriotism
 
2005-10-12 07:14:08 PM  
 
2005-10-12 07:14:13 PM  
krovvy


Err...the fact that Syria is one of the world's most foremost state sponsors of terrorism wouldn't have anything to do with this, eh?


and you know that how? you work at the CIA or something. What 'terror' has Syria sponsored? if you mean factions that fight Israel, then that is a localized issue about land claims (Palestine vs Israel) and somehow the Israelis killing thousands of Palestinians civilians is OK, but Palestinians fighting back is terrorism. I like how you're brain-washed.


Face it, Syria assassinated Rafiq Hariri. Period. Detlev Mehlis is going to present a devastating report. This is why the head of Syrian intelligence "committed suicide" yesterday.


Wow, you can see into the future, I'm impressed. Syria had zero interest in losing Hariri, one of its closest friends and allies in Lebanon. Syria was the most party hurt from his killing. So unless you are to believe that the Syrians are really really stupid, this doesn't work out.


Syria has everything to gain by allowing infiltrations of its border into Iraq, and nothing to lose.


Wow, just wow. Your grasp of politics is really impressive. Syria has a lot to gain from having the chaos in Iraq spill over to its borders. Yeah, of course, that makes a lot of sense, after all, who doesn't love having American troops on their borders and then tries to incite them to come over by annoying the living hell out of them.

Sorry, your arguments are identical to those made by Bush, who is not known for neither honesty nor intelligence.
 
2005-10-12 07:14:19 PM  
I only pray that the citizens of Iraq can get their frisbees back
 
2005-10-12 07:14:27 PM  
kroovy....Wanna take a gander at how many folks the US has assasinated?
 
2005-10-12 07:16:03 PM  
I work for the Syrian intelligence ministry.

So I am really getting a kick out of most of these replies.

Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about.

But trust me.... You don't.

I think you just want to make yourself sound smart, when in reality you don't know what you are talking about.

This is how bad info gets passed around.

If you dont know about the topic....Don't make yourself sound like you do.

'Cuz some Farkers belive anything they hear.
 
2005-10-12 07:19:00 PM  
 
2005-10-12 07:19:04 PM  
heh, headline says "ass ass"...

/heh
 
2005-10-12 07:19:22 PM  
No word on whether Bush will stop being a jack-adze either
 
2005-10-12 07:21:02 PM  
Sorry Syria. Horoscope says the Bush is going to give you a Damascectomy.

/quick! Someone discover Rupert so we can recalculate the horoscope before it is too late!
 
2005-10-12 07:23:19 PM  
BooBoo23
What happens if there's postage due?

you can go fark yourself, like capt. kangaroo

//bloodhound gang rox
 
2005-10-12 07:25:58 PM  
I think I've seen this episode before...



Homer: He spanked you! You! Bart Simpson!?
Bart: I begged him to stop but he said it was for the good of the nation!

Abe: Big deal! When I was a pup we got spanked by Presidents 'til the cows came home. Grover Cleveland spanked me on two non - consecutive occasions.
Marge: Grampa, I know in your day spanking was common, but Homer and I just don't believe in that kind of punishment!
Abe: And that's why your no-good kids are running wild! (points at Lisa, sitting, reading a book).

Homer: Hey! Bush! Get down here!
Guard: 'Scuse me sir, where you goin?
Homer: I'm going to punch George Bush in the face.
Guard: Okay is he expecting you?

George Bush: Alright mister... you want trouble you're going to get trouble.
Homer: Oh I want trouble alright!
George Bush: Then you're going to get trouble!
Homer: No you're gonna get trouble!
George Bush: Well that's good, because I want trouble!
Homer: Then we're agreed there'll be trouble!
George Bush: Oh yeah lots of trouble!
Homer: Trouble it is.
George Bush: For you!
Homer: For m.... D'oh!
 
2005-10-12 07:26:08 PM  
anagrammar, i thought according to you idiots the wmd went to syria, not the other way around
 
2005-10-12 07:27:59 PM  
Ishidan: /America is also the king of owing other people money. What are we up to now, EIGHT TRILLION?
//oh yeah, we demand other countries don't overspend their means, too, don't we?


NEWFLASH!
Our national debt is NOT out of control. We happen to owe more dollars because we're the wealthiest nation on the planet, but our debt versus our means of paying it back is very much AVERAGE.

Source: PBS and International Monetary Fund

/Sky is not falling
 
2005-10-12 07:28:40 PM  
in conclusion, I think Bush just needs to put up a big sign on the whitehouse that says "Bad Neigbors" and if that doesn't work, he needs to move out so that Gerald Ford can move in. He likes nachos and football.

/Syria was there first
 
2005-10-12 07:40:00 PM  
CodeBlue:

I just wish we could get the straight skinny about what's actually going on for once. I have no doubt that both sides are using bullshiat to promote their agendas, but actual facts would be nice.

I can kinda understand why the US doesn't want to give them night vision goggles or share some intelligence (or lack of it) for fear of tipping their hand in areas, but Syria certainly has a point. If we're demanding that they do something and making it harder or impossible to do it at the same time then the US is guilty of the same bullshiat that we blame Syria of.

Would it be so hard to just ask them outright to try and control their border as much as possible and provide what intelligence we can to them to assist them in doing it?

As for Palestine and Lebanon, that's a tougher issue. We obviously can't just ask for them to stay away and expect them to abide by our will. It'd sure be nice if the UN had some balls and some ability to enforce restrictions there.

I suppose we won't ever really know what the real deal is until many many years from now when the president's archives are finally open for public inspection.
 
2005-10-12 07:43:38 PM  
 
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