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Showing posts with label George w. Bush. Show all posts
Showing posts with label George w. Bush. Show all posts

Friday, May 30, 2014

Cheney? Dick Cheney? As Assessor Of A US President?

A comment from POTUS that has to make US conservative war-hawks sick to their jingoist stomachs.

"Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail." — President Obama on U.S. leadership in the world

I am certain the comment and subsequent Tweet has John McCain salivating in rage, Lindsey Graham holding McCain hand in sympathetic solace and Kelly Ayotte enacting a "what do I do next?" followers posture.

Presidents Obama's announcement of the US draw-down of US troops in Afghanistan is the natural next stage of removal of the 'Hammer when there is no nail worthy of continued driving forces.' The draw-down is also the anticipation and expected continuum of the graphic just above.

Reuters November 2013 captured the Obama Afghanistan "surge" and associated coalition deaths....(added text and identifiers via The Pardu.) 

President Obama enacts Executive Branch leadership by reducing US troop strength and presence in Afghanistan. Of course, the chorus from the Right is: "....weak, failure, sending messages to the Taliban, sending message across the globe." The very loudest and most detestable of whiners is of all people Dick Cheney.

Cheney is the least credible person to comment about US incursion into foreign nations. Since, we know his history, his dark side and his ineptitude, we will not dwell on an old man who should simply pass away in time much like his former WMD conspirator: George W. Bush.  

Let's instead take a look at how polled Americans view military involvement in Afghanistan. In 2013, ABC News published a George W. Bush survey that reflects other sourced information available to President Obama.

ABC News Poll (Langer Research) December 2013
"Most Want Some Troops In Afghanistan Despite Strong Criticism of The War"

If polled Americans have much less interest in continuing Afghan "nation protecting and nation building," what would be the logic of following GOP war hawks who are so obviously wanton of war? 

Only news show hosts on MSNBC can effectively analyze the rambling blabber of Dick Cheney and Fox News facilitating propagandist: Sean Hannity. We will start with brief Politics Nation, Al Sharpton comments following Cheney's Hannity appearance. (1:44 minutes)

Now for a much more detailed analyses and comment session from The Last Word (fill-in host) Ari Melber along with two MSNBC show host.

The Last Word Intro (Ari Melber)

A detailed discussion.

Late yesterday morning, Huffington Post published a piece with comment from Richard Clark, former counter-terrorism official in the Clinton and Bush Administrations. Clark's comment when coupled with comment from former Colin Powell aid Lt. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson cast a real shadow on Cheney's inane ramblings about appearing "weak." 

Former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: Bush, Cheney Committed War Crimes


"I think things that they authorized probably fall within the area of war crimes. Whether that would be productive or not, I think, is a discussion we could all have,” said Clarke, who resigned in 2003 after the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq. “But we have established procedures now with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where people who take actions as serving presidents or prime ministers of countries have been indicted and have been tried.”
In the first-ever judgment of its kind, Bush and seven other top members of his administration were convicted in absentia of war crimes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2012 for the unlawful invasion of Iraq. 
“So the precedent is there to do that sort of thing. And I think we need to ask ourselves whether or not it would be useful to do that in the case of members of the Bush administration,” Clarke continued. “It’s clear that things that the Bush administration did -- in my mind, at least, it’s clear that some of the things they did were war crimes." 
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff, also accused Cheney of war crimes in 2011, citing the former vice president's affinity for enhanced interrogation techniques.

"Waterboarding is a war crime, unwarranted surveillance ... all of which are crimes," Wilkerson said in 2011. "I don't care whether the president authorized him to do it or not, they are crimes."
Read more linked in title above

As Alex Wagner stated in the video clips above, Cheney seems to have deep rooted inertia for legacy remedy and character props. Of late, the former vice president  appears before cameras with any mention of Iraq or Afghanistan and his appearances seem to have devolved to mere Obama character assassination. Fox News provides an open platform for the old predator as the network (regardless of recent ratings) fulfills its role as a devotee to delivery of Right-wing dogma. 

On May 19th, we published a piece about Cheney, his book-hawking wife, and Chris Wallace in discussion of President Obama. 

Question. Is it possible Fox News actually feels it is providing new worthy broadcast segments of Dick Cheney? 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Brian Sullivan, Morning Joe Show and Contempt For The GOP

Morning Joe Show, MSNBC May 13, 2014                                                                                                                                                               "I don't know who the Republican Party is anymore. I don't know if the Republican Party knows who the Republican -- because it's not a party, unfortunately Republicans, that I can get on board with," he said. "Because I don't like the small-minded attitude, a lot of the far right stuff that comes out -- I should go home now." CNBS's Brian Sullivan. A Republican who abhors his GOP!
While I ceased watching Morning Joe years ago, I have to post a short clip from this morning's show. A clip that is floating around the Internet (where I ran across the clip) and well it should.

Apparently, producers of the conservative show managed to reach conservative viewers this morning with a segment on ......You guessed it, "BENGHAZI."  

The show cast included Nicole Wallace of John McCain/Plain campaign fame, Mark (Mr. Conservative) Halperin, Donny Deutsch, Eugene Robinson, Chuck (I Lean Conservative) Todd, and various other politically mixed guests.  

As Deutsch completed a statement about the true relevance of Benghazi, the predictable happens. Mr. conservative, Halperin, asked a question only a short-sighted  conservative could ask:  "Would you feel same if it were Bush?"  Why would anyone bring-up George W. Bush regarding any matters of state. Halperin invokes Bush, when the world knows Bush ignored much, faked more and was generally a political mess. Desptie Halperin's affinity for the GOP, he should think long an hard for credible "comebacks" vs. silly retort slaps with the equivalence of naked air: "Bush." A quick look at other cases of embassy deaths that garnered no reaction comparable to disparaging innuendo of the White House.

We like this quote from a friend of the TPI:
Know someone with Benghazi Tourettes? Make them name the four Americans killed off the top of their heads. If they can do that, make them name the 241 that died in Beirut, the 104 that died in embassy attacks during Bush's presidency, the 2977 who died on 9/11, and the 4488 who died in the Iraq War. Friend of the TPI Jeremy Huff (May 2014)

For those who prefer graphic comparative illustration: (5 memorable graphics with a humorous facetious touch)

Of course, the nascent resurrection of Benghazi is based in White House staffer Ben Rhodes, recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) release of an email. The email, excuse the vernacular, induced a major "...this is all we have" libido reaction from the male dominated GOP. 

The failure to previously release the email was outright stupid, but hardly a national issue. I agree with Deutsch. The general public is not clamoring for another round of Bengahzi hunting from a party that has no viable options regarding issues of national importance. A party that is clearly grabbing for straws as it drowns in its Paleozoic Era 3Ps (paradigm, policy and practice).

CNBC's Brian Sullivan, a major Obama administration hater, disagreed with Deutsch, and proceeded on a poignant rant about his Republican party. His rant is both germane and accurate. Sadly, the Sullivan, the financial guy, fails to realize his party leaders (the Koch brothers, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and Fox News et al.) have transformed his party into a seething witches brew of hate, misogyny and social intolerance. Fiscal conservatism is no longer part of the Venn diagram of US conservatism. In fact, the party doesn't even practice fiscal conservatism as a governing deliverable. GOP fiscal conservatism was buried in January 1981 when Ronald Reagan became president with "trickle-down/supply side" economics in his bags of tricks. 

Almost time for the Sullivan rant, but let's take a moment for another MSNBC rant.

Before we get to this morning's MSNBC "lost it" checkout this "lost it " from former MSNBC host Dylan RatiganRatigan was completely phony and obviously profiling for the camera and facilitating his recently released book. What a joke! 

The Sullivan rant was far more effective (shorter, specifically focused, accurate and timely and without book sales as a motive).    Here it is.....

Maybe, if more conservatives spoke openly about their party, sensible conservatives might stand against the devolving state of the GOP.  The party has been hijacked by the social bigots and racist, the party spends as if the US Treasury is a broken slot machine, the party longs for war, and via its actions cares nothing for Americans who are less economical fortunate.  All the while speaking false mantra about fiscal conservatism.

Time for another Parduism.

"Words can be used to mislead, actions are the true measure of the person."

Yet, you flock to your voting place each and every election and cast a vote against social progress.  All the while casting your national well-being and economic security into a basket of Koch plutocracy. 

I would be seriously remiss if I did not end with a word about Mark Halperin. MSNBC's Morning Joe Show offers flagship conservative programming, comment and propagandizing. Yet, the viewer shouldn't be forced to hear and see Fox News like shallow (does not hold water) retort analogies via invocation of George W. Bush. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The American Right Wing; Death Spiral; Denying Racism Via Justin Rosario

Re-Blog from Liberals Unite via Justin Rosario

The American Right Wing Is In A Death Spiral Of Denial And Racism

March 3, 2014 | Posted by: Justin Rosario
“The Southern Strategy is a liberal myth! Liberals are the REAL racists! Liberals keep blacks on the Democratic Plantation! Liberals are afraid of blacks that can think for themselves! You’re just playing the race card! Blablabla! Garble Yarble Snarg!” – Standard right wing response to being called a racist.
When future historians look back at early 21st century politics, they will note that the political right was engaged in a level of denial not seen since since the band kept playing as the Titanic sank. The election of a black man to the White House triggered a response that can be charitably described as “unbelievably racist.”
Whoops! There I go, playing the race card again!
But let’s be honest: nobody screams “Go back to Kenya!” at a guy born and raised in Hawaii who lived in Indonesia for 4 years (which is over 5,000 miles away from Kenya) unless his skin color is an issue. If you seriously doubt this, try to imagine angry conservatives screaming “Go back to England!” to a hypothetical President Hilary Clinton. Doesn’t make any sense does it? Neither does “Go back to Kenya!” if race is removed from the equation.
But try convincing a right winger of that.

Seriously, who do they think they’re kidding?

What the right wing is doing right now is using racism to motivate their dying political movement. It’s called the Southern Strategy and despite what every single conservative will tell you, it’s quite real.
The Southern Strategy was first employed by Richard Nixon and Barry Goldwater as a way for the Republican Party to win elections in the South. Until the 60s, the South was strongly Democratic because, once upon a time, the Democratic Party was the party of slavery and racism. The Democratic Party actually founded the KKK a century ago! It’s true!
Conservatives LOVE to recite these facts. To them, it’s “proof” that Democrats and liberals are the “real” racists. But just as the right wing likes to “forget” about the disastrous eight years of George W. Bush, the also “forget” about what happened after the 60s.
You see, a funny thing happened after Democratic president Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law:
Southern white people went completely insane with rage.
How DARE black people be allowed to vote! How DARE black people be allowed to eat and shop wherever they want! How DARE white people be told they can’t treat blacks like slaves! This is the SOUTH and we like our Negroes to know their place!

Come to the White Side, we have cookies!

Nixon and Goldwater played to this completely unconcealed rage by pretending they cared about “states’ rights.” States’ rights, of course, is the fictional cause of the Civil War that racists use to literally whitewash the South’s failed attempt to perpetuate slavery and, later, apartheid. By pretending to care about the plight of the poor, oppressed white man in the South, the Republican Party was able to win the White House and more or less take over the region.
Recognizing a winning strategy, conservatives and Republicans threw themselves into dog whistle politics with a vengeance. Republican strategist Lee Atwater’s infamous quote perfectly sums up the right wing’s move to coded racism:
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
Atwater, however, would be appalled by the modern day GOP and frothing at the mouth at the Tea Party. In a classic case of the chickens coming home to roost, conservative politicians have completely forgotten that the point of dog whistle politics is to appeal to bigots but still retain a fig leaf of respectability to allow moderates to ignore the underlying racism.
50 years of whipping up the racial resentment of right wingers has resulted in a crop of politicians who actually believe the nonsense they spew. Ronald Reagan was many things: a liar, a criminal and a bigot but he wasn’t stupid. He and the rest of the GOP did not actually believe that that an army of “welfare queens” were stealing millions of tax payer dollars. They didn’t actually believe that a race war was coming. They were quite aware that was just red meat for the rubes. Keep’em angry and they won’t notice while you give all of their money to the rich.
These days, Republicans are moving away from coded language and being far more open about how much they hate black people (and women and gays and immigrants, etc.). They call the president a skinny ghetto crackhead.” They say “I don’t want to make

 blah people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money” (the “somebody,” of course, being white people). They say, on camera, Voter ID will hurt “lazy blacks.”
But, you know, they’re not appealing to white racists for votes or anything. That whole Southern Strategy thing is just a liberal myth…

Racist is as racist does.

Your average conservative lies through their teeth when they say they don’t care about race. When they talk about “welfare queens,” they ain’t talking about white women. When they talk about “thugs,” they ain’t talking about Justin Beiber. When the GOP goes on a rampage to cut food stamps and calls President Obama the “food stamp president,” they ain’t talking about fiscal responsibility.
No, they are talking about black people. Whoops! There’s that darn race card!
But what else can you say to someone that declares that over 90% of black people are too stupid to vote the “right” way? What can you say to someone that smugly announces that most blacks are killed by other blacks (and then refuses to acknowledge that most whites are killed by other whites)? What can you say to someone that says they “know a
blackguy” that uses his food stamps to buy crab legs so the whole program must be riddled with fraud?
If you’re me, you state the obvious, “You’re a racist piece of dirt.” And then sit back and listen to the howls of transparent denial and phony indignation.

Does it ever end?

Actually, yes, it does. The Southern Strategy is in its final stages and it’s destroying the GOP. Rapidly changing demographics, an aging base and the aforementioned crop of extremist politicians have combined to poison the conservative movement.
Pandering to racists is like a drug addiction: It’s easy to start and feels great for a while but it’s incredibly hard to stop and you need more of it just to keep going. The GOP wants to appeal to minority voters but can’t stop the racist rhetoric lest their bigoted base drop them like a hot potato.
And so the GOP is trapped by the very same Southern Strategy that served them so well for so many decades. The kind of intolerant voter they sought will be even more intolerant of the mandatory move to the social left the GOP must make to remain viable on the national stage. Imagine having a party that supported all the same kinds of hate you live and breathe. Now imagine that party opens its doors to the very same people you despise. It will be like the 60s all over again. Angry white bigots will feel betrayed by “their” party. In the areas of the country they control, they will elect ever more extreme and vitriolic lunatics to represent their core values of hate and fear.  Michele Bachmann was just the beginning. At least she tended to go along with the GOP leadership. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, represents the next iteration of this death spiral. He takes every opportunity to throw his own party under the bus for not being “ideologically pure.”
To paraphrase The Crow:
A (white) Man has an idea. The idea attracts others, like minded. The idea expands, the idea becomes an institution. What was the idea?
Sooner or later, the southern right wing will start openly speaking of “white pride” as a campaign platform and the Southern Strategy will have fully come around to bite the GOP in its lily white ass.
Nom. Nom. Nom.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

IRS Contractor, Vet's Benefits, Some Of US Denied..After After Serving Full Enlistments

What a flippin dumbass, elitist! The saddest part of it all. This guy would join the chorus of people who railed against President Obama's comments about, people "not building that by themselves."  The interaction took place last summer. 

We post the Upworthy piece, because of the extent to which people will sap the good of government programs, and in may cases, look back at others who truly need assistance and scornfully complain or indict.

What's The Dumbest Thing You Could Say To A Congresswoman Who Lost Her Legs In Battle? Um, THIS.

Adam Mordecai 

An IRS contractor named Braulio Castillo hurt his foot playing football in military prep school. He never served in the actual military. Then one day, decades later, he used it to get preferred treatment in government contracts. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who lost both her legs and still could lose her arm from combat injuries, felt that this might just be a touch inappropriate. It gets amazing around 4:30.

This is especially egregious in light of the fact that it takes most vets an unnacceptably long time to get the help they need for basic services, let alone government contracts. My friend, who is a vet, informed me that many vets don't feel like they can apply at all because their injuries were so mild compared to injuries vets like Rep. Duckworth had. (Said vets have very valid injuries, like PTSD, shrapnel, and brain trauma, etc.) So the world needs to know about guys like this to prevent them from getting away with fraud. I'd love it if you shared and tweeted this. My friends who actually sacrificed in the line of duty would really appreciate it, too.

Delores Duckworth: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. You know this hearing is very troubling to me because this case really shows how things can go wrong. I want to support our small business owners as much as possible. I want these set asides to be successful. But I am absolutely appalled by the advantages that have been taken of the system.
Mr. Flohr, I know you cannot discuss Mr. Castillo's case because you would need his permission to discuss his particular case. That's why you could not answer the question earlier. My understanding also is that the VA, VBA specifically, is bound by legislation that says a certain condition has a certain disability rating. For example, a below-the-knee amputation is 40%.
It just is. Correct?
Mr. Flohr: That is correct, ma'am.
Delores Duckworth: So it seems like there is an opportunity here for some legislative fixes to the system. Mr. Chodos, is it true that any rating, even if it's just 5%, would qualify someone for a service connected disability owns business?
Mr. Chodos: So long as they qualify under the VA's rules for service connected disability. That is adequate for the self-certification.
Delores Duckworth: Thank you. Mr. Castillo, how are you? Thank you, for being here today.
Mr. Castillo: I am not well, but you're welcome.
Delores Duckworth: All right. So your foot hurt? Your left foot?
Mr. Castillo: Yes, ma'am.
Delores Duckworth: It hurts. Yeah, my feet hurt too. In fact, the balls of my feet burn continuously, and I feel like there is a nail being hammered into my right heal right now. So I can understand pain and suffering and how service connection can actually cause long-term, unremitting, unyielding, unstoppable pain. So I'm sorry that twisting your ankle in high school has now come back to hurt you in such a painful way, if also opportune for you to gain this status for your business as you are trying to compete for contracts.
I also understand why something can take years to manifest themselves from when you hurt them. I have a dear, dear friend who sprayed Agent Orange out of his Huey in Vietnam who it took 40 years, 40 years for the leukemia to actually manifest itself, and he died 6 months later. So I can see how military service, while at the time you seem very healthy, could 40 years later result in devastating injury.
Can you tell me if you hurt your left foot again during your football career, subsequently to twisting it in high school?
Mr. Castillo: Ma'am, I don't understand the high school . . .
Mr. Flohr: [Generally] prep school.
Mr. Castillo: I apologize.
Mr. Flohr: Post high school.
Delores Duckworth: Post high school. OK. Prep school, before college. Prep school. Did you injure your left foot again after prep school?
Mr. Castillo: I'm not sure I understand the question, ma'am.
Delores Duckworth: You played football in college. Correct?
Mr. Castillo: Yes, ma'am.
Delores Duckworth: As a quarterback?
Mr. Castillo: Yes, ma'am.
Delores Duckworth: Did you hurt, did you injure that same foot again, subsequently in the year since you twisted it in prep school?
Mr. Castillo: Not to my recollection, ma'am.
Delores Duckworth: Not to your recollection. OK. Why didn't you, Mr. Castillo, tell the VA that your doctor's note to them was inaccurate when you knew that it was?
Mr. Castillo: I don't feel that it's inaccurate, ma'am.
Delores Duckworth: OK.
Mr. Castillo: Would you like me to address that?
Delores Duckworth: Yeah. Go ahead.
Mr. Castillo: Yes, ma'am. So one of my doctors submitted the letter. So, as part of the injury, you have to establish that it is chronic and reoccurring. So when I returned home to San Diego, my doctor from San Diego had also, had said that he had treated me for the foot injury that I suffered on active duty. When I moved to Las Vegas, a couple years later, that doctor submitted that he continued to treat me for that left foot, broken foot injury. Finally, when I moved to Virginia, I went to a doctor, and it continued to hurt. And he established that, so Dr. Sam Wilson, who ironically was also stationed at Monmouth . . .
Delores Duckworth: OK. I have to cut you off because I am running out of time.
Mr. Castillo: OK.
Delores Duckworth: I'm sorry.
Mr. Castillo: So I just want to, just, so let me finish. So in talking to Dr. Wilson, who himself is a disabled veteran and very familiar with Monmouth in that his son had went through it himself as well and played football. He actually was the one that talked to me about . . .
Delores Duckworth: OK.
Mr. Castillo:. . . "Hey, this may be something that is connected."
And I believe I told him . . .
Delores Duckworth: So let me, let me . . .
Mr. Castillo:. . . that I was first hurt . . .
Delores Duckworth: I have to cut you off. I have to cut you off.
Mr. Castillo: OK.
Delores Duckworth: This is not an argument. I'm talking.
Mr. Castillo: Yes, ma'am.
Delores Duckworth: I'm up here.
Mr. Castillo: Yes, ma'am.
Delores Duckworth: Let me ask you this. Do you feel that the 30%
rating that you have for the scars and the pain in your foot is accurate to the sacrifices that you've made for this nation?
Mr. Castillo: What . . .
Delores Duckworth: That the VA Decision is accurate in your case?
Mr. Castillo: Yes, ma'am, I do.
Delores Duckworth: You know, my right arm was essentially blown off and reattached. I spent a year in limb salvage with over a dozen surgeries over that time period. And in fact we thought we would lose my arm, and I'm still in danger of possibly losing my arm. I can't feel it. I can't feel my three fingers. My disability rating for that arm is 20%.
In your letter to a government official, I think it's the VBA, Attention
[Gina Mu], you said: "My family and I have made considerable sacrifices for our country. My service connected disability status should serve as a testimony to that end. I can't play with my kids because I can't walk without pain. I talk twice daily pain medication so I can work a normal day's worth. These are crosses, these are crosses that I bear due to my service to our great country, and I would do it again to protect this great country."
I'm so glad that you would be willing to play football in prep school again to protect this great country. Shame on you Mr. Castillo. Shame on you. You may not have broken any laws. We're not sure yet. You did misrepresent to the VBA, but you certainly broke the trust of this great nation. You broke the trust of veterans. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans right now are waiting an average of 237 days for an initial disability rating, and it is because people like you, who are gaming the system, are adding to that backlog so that young men and women, who are suffering from post-traumatic stress, who are missing limbs, cannot get the compensation and the help that they need. And I'm sure you played through the pain of that foot all through college.
Well let me tell you something. I recovered with a young man, a navy corps man, who while he was running into an ambush, where his Marines were hurt, had his leg knocked off with an RPG. He put a tourniquet on himself and crawled forward. He is who played through the pain, Mr. Castillo. You did not. You took advantage of a system. You describe the status, just today, that other companies were using these special statuses as competitive weapons against you. You, who never picked up a weapon in defense of this great nation, very cynically took advantage of the system. You broke the faith with this nation. You broke the faith with the men and women who lie in hospitals right now at Walter Reed, in Bethesda, at Brooke Army Medical Center in Longview. You broke the faith with them. And if this nation stops funding veteran's health care and stops and calls into question why veterans deserve their benefits, it is because cases like you have poisoned the public's opinion on these programs.
I hope that you think twice about the example that you're setting for your children. I hope that you think twice about what you are doing to this nation's veterans who are willing to die to protect this nation. Twisting your ankle in prep school is not defending or serving this nation, Mr. Castillo.
Mr. Chairman, I'm sorry. You have been very indulgent. I yield.
Mr. Issa: I thank the [young lady], and the time was well spent.
There may be small errors in this transcript.

I was denied opportunity to enroll in promised "life-time" medial care via the Veterans Administration due to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's 2003 edict that included earnings requirements. while the Obama Administration raised the earnings restrictions with consideration of earnings and family size, the net-worth provision still stands. Some of us who have worked hard throughout our lives and set aside a bit of a nest-egg, still feel abandoned as the promise of life-time medical coverage factored as integral to our savings strategy.