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Bush advocates excalating Afghanistan war to end ‘tryanny’

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Former US president George W. Bush said Saturday that the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan must be won to stop a return to “brutal tyranny” in the nation.

In a wide-ranging speech to a leadership conference in the Indian capital New Delhi, Bush said defeating the insurgents was “necessary for stability” and peace both in the region and globally.

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“If the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and their extremist allies were allowed to take over Afghanistan again, they would have a safe haven and the Afghan people, particularly the Afghan women, would face a return to a brutal tyranny.”

“This region and the world would face serious threats,” he added.

Bush ordered US troops into Afghanistan, ousting the hardline Taliban regime in 2001 following the September 11 attacks on the United States.

But since then, Taliban resistance has grown increasingly violent.

He steered clear of advising President Barack Obama on future US military policy in the region but said that “the work is hard and I hope we don’t abandon the people of Afghanistan.”

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His statements came as Obama was weighing whether to send thousands more Americans to war in Afghanistan.

Bush, on his second visit to India, was hosted at a lunch Friday given by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who called him a “great friend” of the country.

During his period in the White House, Bush pushed laws through the US Congress ending India’s nuclear pariah status and allowing the country access to civilian atomic technology.

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Bush said both the United States and India were “involved in an ideological struggle against extremists who murder the innocent to advance a dark vision of extremism and control.”

“They attack political, financial and diplomatic targets because they hate our way of life and they hate our vision for freedom and human rights and human dignity and prosperity and peace,” Bush told the conference.

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Bush was speaking less than a month before the one-year anniversary of the three-day Islamist militant assault on Mumbai which began November 26 and left 166 people dead.

He left the White House last January with rock-bottom approval ratings and has made few public appearances since.

Bush said Obama was not his “first choice” for the White House “but I wish him every success and I’m not going to spend a lot of time criticising — he’s got plenty of critics.”

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Speaking on the US economy, which data this week showed grew at its fastest pace in two years during the third quarter, Bush urged the rollback of emergency measures taken to tackle the financial crisis.

“Problems facing our economy today would be far worse if we (the US government) had not intervened,” he said.

But “government interventions (in the economy) that are intended to be temporary should remain temporary,” he said.

The former president also urged the US Congress to move ahead to pass pending free trade agreements and refrain from hiking tariffs and imposing other barriers to trade.

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“Americans should not fear trade or competition. Both will make my nation more efficient and prosperous,” Bush said.

He added that the global crisis had revealed how dramatically the international financial system had changed with Asian countries leading the world out of recession.

“The centre of the world’s economic stage has shifted from West to East,” he said, adding he backed Obama’s decision to make the G20 largest rich and emerging market nations the primary global economic body.


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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident

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It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.

After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.

"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."

Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.

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Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist

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New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.

It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.

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Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square

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Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.

Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.

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