John McCain has finally had enough of his Republican teabagging cohorts, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.
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Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, ponders Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court case that decided the 2000 presidential election.
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CPAC 2013 got off to a roaring start with one of the conservative movement’s leading intellectuals, Louie Gohmert, opening act.
“Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it!”
A few more million gallons of Agent Orange (“400,000 [Vietnamese] were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of its use“) would have done the trick. The 20,000,000 gallons that Americans used from 1962 to 1971 to spray forests in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia was way short of what was really needed to have done the job properly. Right, Louie?
It’s hard enough to fathom how there could be that many people foolish enough to cast their vote for a total ignoramus like Gohmert. It’s even harder to understand why the Republican party would want to showcase this man’s ignorance.
The Iraq war was without a doubt Dick Cheney’s war. It was the war he wanted from the get-go and with the help of fellow neocons like Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, it is the war he got by way of lies and deception. There were no WMDs and Cheney knew it from the beginning.
The Iraq war was responsible for the death of 4,486 U.S. soldiers and well over 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians…and it’s a war for which Dick Cheney has never apologized.
You might want to tune in to Rachel Maddow’s show tonight at 9 PM. She’s hosting a documentary special based on the 2007 book Hubris: Selling the Iraq War. The book by Michael Isikoff and David Corn is a great read and a revealing behind the scenes look at how a group of determined lying chickenhawk bastards conned a nation to go to war.
There are many opinions about war and remembering and how we acknowledge this today. My son was declared dead on Nov. 28, 2008 from TBI and then, suddenly and without explanation, he came back to life 5 minutes later. It is a miracle that I am deeply grateful for even though I cannot explain it. He served with the U.S. Marine Corp and gave distinguished service. He is now married, studying and working hard in his chosen career. I am so proud of him!
Also, my late husband served in the Navy for 20 years and finally died of a massive heart attack Aug. 19, 2004. I honor his service as well even though he died 9 years after retiring.
Memorial Day is a day of deep remembering for me. I do understand that many have turned this into a “start of summer” holiday. I hope that even those people will acknowledge that their ability to celebrate summer comes because of others who bled and died for them. We stand on the shoulders of others.
I have been studying U.S. history and especially the Civil War and I am awed and humbled by reading the personal journal accounts of those who were there and the perspectives of others who were affected by those days. JFK said that “we can’t know where we are going until we know where we have been”. I also remember that those who don’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it! I hope that everyone will take some time to learn “where we have been” so that they can see that the future will be more peaceful than our past.
To all, may Memorial Day be what you desire and need it to be for you and may it carry the remembrance of those who would wish your future to be the best because they gave “the last full measure of devotion” to see that you have your heart’s desire.
Here’s the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, slapping around Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and every other Republican who believes that the commander-in-chief’s role is one of following the advice of the generals.
“I’ll probably make news with this but I find some of those articles about divergence or control of the generals to be kind of offensive to me,” Dempsey told reporters traveling with him in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
“And here’s why. One of the things that makes us as a military profession in a democracy is civilian rule. Our civilian leaders are under no obligation to accept our advice; and that’s what it is. Its advice. It’s military judgments, it’s alternatives, it’s options. And at the end of the day, our system is built on the fact that it will be our civilian leaders who make that decision and I don’t find that in any way to challenge my manhood, nor my position. In fact, if it were the opposite, I think we should all be concerned.”
It’s actually debatable as to whether Romney and the rest believe half of what they’re saying. Their main concern these days is sounding tough and saying the exact opposite of whatever it is Barack Obama is saying. So knowing for sure what anyone of them actually believes (with the exception of Ron Paul) is anyone’s guess.
Whatever the case, it’s kind of refreshing having the military telling Republicans they’re full of crap.
John McCain is still having problems accepting his 2008 defeat.
“It is clear that this decision of a complete pullout of United States troops from Iraq was dictated by politics, and not our national security interests,” said McCain from the Senate floor. “I believe history will judge this president’s leadership with the scorn and disdain it deserves.”
Seventy percent of Americans think otherwise. That’s the number who agree with the President on the troop withdrawal. But it’s a moot point anyway. Iraqis wanted the U.S. out of their country. Couple that with the 2008 agreement President Bush signed with Iraq which set the withdrawal date at December 31 2011 and there was little President Obama could have done even if he wanted to stay in Iraq for another “100 years”. (Remember McCain in the 2008 campaign stating how he’d have no problem keeping U.S. troops in for another 100 years?)
Get over it, John. You lost. Obama won. You got your surge. Iraq war is over. But hey, if one of your boys wins next November, you’ll have the Iran war you’ve always wanted to keep you amused.