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Occupying Iraq

Reported by Judy - September 15, 2004 -

Zealot Zell must really be steamed at Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, for a statement he made today (Sept. 14) on Fox News Live.

Zell Miller got a huge ovation at the Republican National Convention when he said during his diatribe against Democrats: "And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators."

Alexander was discussing George Bush's plan to transfer $3 billion slated for infrastructure improvements in Iraq to security improvements. Jon Scott, Fox News Live anchor in the morning (9 a.m. EDT), asked Alexander about the "misdirected anger" Iraqis have at Bush and Americans whenever a bombing attack kills Iraqi civilians.

Alexander said the anger was not surprising for someone who has just lost a child or family member and that "nobody likes to be occupied." He added that the U.S. needs "to have the stomach to see the military operation all the way through to the end."

Miller may not like it, but even Republicans occasionally admit that the U.S. operation in Iraq is an occupation, not a liberation. Which party has left Miller now?