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  •  Latest and last exchange with Bob Bland (none)
    Dr. XXX,

    I'm no match for you.  You are a Ph.D. and I think I got all Ds in school. [he obviously googled me given I used my work email address]

    1.  But on December 18, 1998 Bill Clinton did launch a direct, preemptive strike against Iraq (text below)

    2.  On that same date, Clinton confirmed to all Americans that Saddam not only had WMDs (text below) but that he used them!!  

    3.  Another justification for us arresting Saddam - never mentioned in the media - is his outrageous and confirmed attempt to murder the first President Bush.  To this day I cannot understand why no jurisdiction has issued a murder warrant on Saddam, which alone would give us cause to capture him and hang him in the public square.  No dictator should be allowed to arrange for the murder of a former U.S. president and get away with that ever.

    4.   I believe that Bill O'Reilly is a peaceful man and that he was describing worst-case scenario of how non-San Franciscans might come to view the banning of military recruiting in public schools which accept federal funds (i.e. our money).

    5.   We now have 15 complaints on the Nov. 8th O'Reilly remarks, yet not one person will confirm to me that they actually heard the show, indicating to me that my firm is being targeted by a third party letter-writing campaign of sorts and not the 30,000+ daily listeners to the show, which is my target audience for that set of commercials.

    Please read President Clinton's fascinating Dec. 16, 1998 address to the nation below and pretend that George Bush is reading this same documents today:

    [Here he puts Clinton's speech with parts highlighted for emphasis. See this]

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    Bob,

    Regarding my degree, you are too humble by half.  I misbehaved in school from K thru 12, so perhaps we just responded to that environment in different ways.

    I am familiar with what Clinton said and did, and with what Saddam's response was.  I wish Bush had said and done the same thing as Clinton did.  Clinton used a measured (air) response with truly international support, including the UN Security Council.  The air bombardments then and continuing degraded Saddam's capabilities enormously as did the economic sanctions.  Yes, Saddam had used chemical weapons against the Iranians and the Kurds, but that is a far cry from using them against the US and there was no indication he was anywhere close to having biological and especially nuclear weapons, which provided the ultimate case for Bush's massive invasion, which had extremely little international support.  

    Clinton initiated the airstrikes after Saddam kicked the inspectors out.  Bush launched the invasion after Saddam let them back in and before they had finished their work.

    Many people are outraged about what O'Reilly said. If Al Franken had said something similar, another group of people would be outraged.  You might expect more mail, but I wouldn't evaluate the response on the numbers.   Take a look at the polls from any source.  The tide may be turning and O'Reilly and the like may have peaked.  He has had a good run, but as a good businessman you know things don't last forever. Perhaps, someday your company will sponsor Al Franken!!  As usual, time will tell.  In any case, I'm sure we'd both agree that the time could not be short enough before we bring our folks home from Iraq.

    Sincerely,

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Sun Nov 13, 2005 at 07:14:25 AM PST

    •  Dear Bob (none)
      An even easier response:

      Dear Bob,

      Who cares what Bill Clinton did to Saddam Hussein in 1998?  

      On September 11, 2001, the United States of America was attacked by the al Qaeda terrorist organization.   Over 2,000 American citizens were murdered in these attacks in New York City, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania.

      There are no ties between the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.

      On November 8, 2005, a radio show that you sponsor told the al Qaeda terrorist organization that they could "go ahead" with an attack on the city of San Francisco, because host Bill O'Reilly disagreed with the voters of the city.

      I am shocked that you would actively support a radio program that would even suggest as a jest that another 9/11-style attack would be permissible.  That Mr. O'Reilly later stated that he stands by his statements makes his actions all the more despicable.

      I will never buy any products from your company, and I will tell everyone that I know to avoid your company's products.  Futhermore, I will tell them that the reason I am boycotting your company and your products is because you have stated your agreement with Bill O'Reilly that al Qaeda should launch another attack on the United States of America.

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