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Fighting DICK Cheney’s War…..

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.  The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.’  —  President Dwight D. Eisenhower,  January 17, 1961

So, we’re sending another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan…

After much agonizing, President Obama picked what he perceives as the best of several bad options dealing with Afghanistan–one of many botched endeavors left for him to clean up–courtesy of the previous administration.

Is it the right decision to add more troops now, so we can pull out sooner?  We will find out in the next two years…  As the war in Afghanistan–in its eighth year–has shifted more and more to the border region between that country and Pakistan, and inside Pakistan itself, this troop increase sends a clear message to Pakistan, to crack down more seriously on the extremists who have found a new home there.

Unfortunately, poll after poll shows, that the Afghan people view us as occupiers, fighting against them.  Therefore, it is imperative, that with this troop increase, other measures are employed to change hearts and minds.  Something, the Obama administration is committed to do.

As for DICK Cheney…  He came out of his bunker on the eve of President Obama’s speech to attack him–in his very special way–basically accusing him, among other things, of treason…

Maybe it’s necessary to revisit recent history–about twenty years of it…

After supporting and supplying the Taliban and foreign fighters (Al-Qaeda), including Osama Bin Laden, with weapons in their decade-long fight against the Soviets, we made the decision to leave them to flourish in Afghanistan in 1991, under then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.  During the nineties, those same fighters turned their energy against the very people who supported them–us–leading to various attacks, culminating of course in 9/11.

After that attack, it was the right thing to do to go into Afghanistan, fighting the people who planned and executed it, and the people harboring them.  It was the wrong thing to do, to let Bin Laden escape when he was cornered in Tora Bora–intentionally–as a recently released report shows, in order to help justify the Iraq War.  It was also wrong to attack Iraq, a country that was not involved in 9/11.  So, we’re talking about three major decisions that were made for other than publicly stated reasons… and were fundamentally  WRONG.

The common denominator in all those decisions…  DICK Cheney

My suggestion is this…  Before opening your mouth again, and accusing a president, who is left with the daunting task of cleaning up your mess, with treason–why not revisiting the last twenty years that have led to this point?

You don’t have to look far… it’s right there… at your doorstep!!

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Barack Obama And The Nutty ‘Birthers’

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Have you ever wondered what a certified lunatic looks like?  Well, I’m sure they come in all shapes and sizes.  I met one such person yesterday.  Turned out, he was a middle-aged, chubby redneck.  What a surprise!  🙂

When sitting at a stop light, a pick-up truck drew my attention.  Instead of a gun rack, he sported a huge homemade sign, wood frame and all, with the question:

WHERE  IS
OBAMA’S
BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

No telling, how many hours went into the manufacturing of that sign.  Somebody ought to give the guy a video game, so he can spend the obvious time he has on his hands, more constructively.  When looking a little closer, I also noticed a confederate flag bumper sticker.  Now I’m wondering, if there could be a connection between those two things?  🙂

The nutjob wing of the Republican Party, instigated by the usual suspects,  FOX “NEWS,” Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, some loony congress people, Liz Cheney et al, has a new/old subject du jour.

They are trying to de-legitimize President Obama, by questioning the authenticity of his Hawaiian birth certificate, claiming that he indeed is not an American citizen, and therefore not eligible to run for, or hold the office of, President of the United States.  When listening to some of the garbage coming from those crazies, it almost sounds like they are painting Obama as an undocumented alien.

Here’s a news flash:  The American people decided the legitimacy of Barack Obama last November by making him PRESIDENT.  End of story!

Well, never mind the facts.  Who needs them anyway?  President Obama’s birth certificate is a legal document, issued by Hawaiian authorities, carrying the names of his parents.  The archives of the local Hawaiian paper show a birth announcement after his birth, and among other authorities, the Republican Governor of Hawaii has issued a statement, that President Obama’s documentation is indeed completely legitimate.

People who belong to this know-nothing fringe group don’t let inconvenient little facts like these get in the way of their mission, trying to de-legitimize Obama’s presidency.  After all, it gives them an opening to bring up all the issues, which really bother them…  his pigmentation, his Muslim middle name, and…  don’t forget…  on his birth certificate, there it is black on white:

Father – African,  Mother – Caucasian…

So, after all, we’re also talking about interracial sex here…  🙂

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Waterboarding DICK Cheney …..

“If I waterboarded Dick Cheney, he would confess to murders.” — Former Navy SEAL and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura

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I don’t know about you, but I have been sitting here in pure amazement, watching Dick Cheney giving his latest round of interviews  since coming out of his bunker about two weeks into the new Obama administration.  The purpose of his unprecedented media exposure?  Well, it certainly looks to me as if he preemptively wants to defend himself to charges of having ordered the torture of people or, as it is called in Cheney’s dictionary  ‘enhanced interrogation techniques.’

According to people who have been waterboarded, like Jesse Ventura as part of his Navy SEAL training, it is torture, because you experience the entire sensation of drowning, and if done incorrectly, you can actually die, even in practice sessions. In order for this torture to stop, people pretty much confess to anything they believe their torturers want to hear.  So, when the news came that several subjects had been waterboarded dozens of times, the logical conclusion can only be, that they up to that point hadn’t said and/or made up, what the torturers wanted to hear, i.e. a non-existing connection between Iraq and Al-Qaeda…  By the way, if you believe torture works and is effective, why then does somebody have to be waterboarded that many times without giving useful information?….  Just some food for thought…

Cheney’s assertion that torturing people has made us safer over the past seven and a half years, and now, that we stopped torturing people, America will be less safe, is borderline ridiculous.  First of all, it is worth mentioning that the worst terrorist attack on American soil with more than 3,000 people being killed, happened on Bush’s and Cheney’s watch, after disregarding warning signs and doing nothing in the summer prior to that event.  But leaving that little fact alone for a moment, I suggest that we have made more enemies by torturing and humiliating prisoners at Guantanamo and other locations, losing moral standing around the world, and most of all, by invading Iraq, a country not connected to 9/11.  So, by President Obama reversing all these horrible Bush/Cheney policies, there’s a good chance of us faring a lot better because we will have less enemies around the world.  Now, will there always be certain twisted people who wish America ill?  Yes, of course.  But it will be a lot more difficult for them to recruit people if America all of a sudden doesn’t look like this big demon anymore that has to be defeated.  Who knows, people in the Muslim world may actually end up taking care of the likes of Al-Qaeda themselves….

And for those chickenhawks like Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, here’s an idea:  Waterboarding is torture; torture is illegal; and we have actually executed Japanese nationals after WWII who were found guilty of having participated in waterboarding and other methods of torture.  All of a sudden, Dick Cheney’s media tour, and his and his apologists’ insistence that waterboarding is not torture, makes so much sense, because if you follow that thought logically, the future may not look that rosy for people who participated in, or ordered torture…

Message to Dick Cheney and others who accuse those of us opposing torture as being terrorist appeasers:  After the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the Clinton Administration brought the terrorists to justice within the legal parameters of our justice system, and they are serving their well deserved sentences as we speak, and by the way, we didn’t have another terrorist attack on American soil for the remainder of the Clinton Administration, about seven and a half years, either.  In contrast to that, not one of the people who were held at Guantanamo and other locations, especially the ones that have been tortured, have been brought to justice.  I think Andrew Sullivan with the Atlantic said it best:

“I want every last one of these murderous medieval morons fought with every legitimate weapon we have and brought to justice.  But you know what?  They haven’t been brought to justice, have they?” — Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic

….. And as for  DICK  Cheney, here’s a suggestion from former President Bill Clinton:  “Cheney should stick to target practice.”     🙂

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Michele Bachmann — Certified Moron

‘Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.’ — Abraham Lincoln

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There are certainly many prominent figures who are part of the  ‘know-nothing, nutjob, right wing of the Republican Party.’  Next to Sarah Palin, a second female member of that group has emerged, who also can only be described as a  ‘certified moron.’

During the presidential campaign, Michele Bachmann, Republican, 6th district, Minnesota, already made a name for herself by suggesting on a national TV show that Barack Obama might hold  ‘anti-American views’  and she wanted members of Congress investigated to see whether they are  ‘pro-American’  or  ‘anti-American.’  I guess the pro-American areas are the rural red states with small towns and the Republicans residing there which amount to, let’s be generous here, about 25% of the population.  And then the rest of us, the vast majority, are  ‘anti-American, terrorist-loving, America-hating, socialists.’  Well, all right then.

Do we live in  ‘Stupidistan?’  And is that located in the pro-American or the anti-American part of America?   🙂

As if that incident and fallout from it, which almost cost her her seat in the last election, wasn’t enough, she’s at it again, and you really have to ask yourself how low the Republican Party has sunk, that somebody that ignorant has become one of the prominent spokespeople of the party.  Here are the latest two examples of this moronic member of Congress:

In reference to the outbreak of the swine flu and who was to blame for it:

“I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat President Jimmy Carter.  And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” — Michele Bachmann

I let the stupidity of this statement speak for itself, just one correction for Ms. Bachmann:  Republican President Gerald Ford, not President Carter led the country during that outbreak.  Just one of these inconvenient little facts…

When asked in a radio interview about President Obama’s cap-and-trade plans which are part of his energy policy:

“I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back.  Thomas Jefferson told us,  “Having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,”  and the people — we the people — are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country.  And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States.” — Michele Bachmann

And in reference to Global Warming:

“The science is on our side on this one, and the science indicates that human activity is not the cause of all this global warming.  And that in fact, nature is the cause, with solar flares, etc.”

Here’s my suggestion for the good people of the 6th district in Minnesota:  Instead of having an armed revolution, why not having a peaceful one, by voting Ms. Bachmann out when she’s up for reelection in 2010?  Then again, out of pure self-interest, I hope she sticks around for a long time to come.  Just another perfect representative of today’s Republican Party.     🙂

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What’s In A Handshake?

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I’ve been sitting here for a few days now, listening to the right-wing crazies going nuts over President Obama’s handshake with Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, describing it as anything from  ‘inappropriate’  to  ‘showing weakness.’

Leaving alone the fact that none of them has a leg to stand on after decades of failed policies in Latin America, and overt and covert interference in those countries’ affairs, mostly committed by Republican administrations, culminating of course in the Iran-Contra Affair under Ronald Reagan, isn’t it a breath of fresh air that President Obama wants to restart interaction with other countries and change those very same failed policies from Venezuela to Cuba?  Something, I might add, he has mentioned repeatedly during his run for the presidency, and obviously the American people agree with him, as we elected him president.

The villain-du-jour for the right-wingers, Hugo Chavez, is certainly a controversial figure, but he is the democratically elected leader of Venezuela, not as we often hear, a  ‘dictator.’  The people of Venezuela elected him with a bigger percentage of the vote than George Bush ever received in either one of his elections, if he indeed was ever elected, despite active interference on behalf of Chavez’ opponent by the Bush administration at the time.  Chavez right now has the approval of 54% of the Venezuelan people, something George Bush hasn’t seen in a very long time.  Whether we like it or not, other countries decide which leaders they elect… sometimes we like them, sometimes we don’t…  But either way, I find it quite refreshing that we have a president who makes an effort to come to a consensus, and work towards a common goal, even with people who we disagree with…  And a little handshake and smile may go a long way to realizing that goal.

Don’t you also find it impressive that we for once have a Democratic president who is not intimidated by Republican criticism on national security matters, but chooses to mock his critics by pointing out how ridiculous they are?  What’s the word again, I’m looking for… ah…  ‘refreshing.’

Here’s President Obama in his own words, mocking his critics:

1.  ‘Venezuela is a country whose defense budget is probably 1/600th of the United States’.  They own Citgo.  It’s unlikely that as a consequence of me shaking hands or having a polite conversation with Mr. Chavez that we are endangering the strategic interests of the United States.  I don’t think anybody can find any evidence that that would do so.  Even within this imaginative crowd,  I think you would be hard-pressed to paint a scenario in which U.S. interests would be damaged as a consequence of us having a more constructive relationship with Venezuela.’ — President Barack Obama

2.  At a press conference in Trinidad:

Dan Lothian (CNN):  ‘During the campaign you were criticized by some within your own party for perhaps not being able to be tough on foreign policy matters.  Now you’ve had this friendly interaction with Mr. Chavez.  Are you concerned at all about how this might be perceived back in the U.S. as perhaps being soft?  Already one senator is calling this friendly interaction irresponsible.  And as a quick follow-up, if I may, when you got the book from Mr. Chavez, what did you really think?’

President Obama:  ‘I think it was a nice gesture to give me a book; I’m a reader.  And you’re right, we had this debate throughout the campaign, and the whole notion was, is that somehow if we showed courtesy or opened up dialogue with governments that had previously been hostile to us, that that somehow would be a sign of weakness.  The American people didn’t buy it.  And there’s a good reason the American people didn’t buy it–because it doesn’t make sense.’

REFRESHING… !!!   🙂

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Of Pirates, Easter, and Unpatriotic Republicans …..

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I don’t know what you did this Easter Sunday ….. went to an Easter egg hunt with your kids, to Easter service at your church, worked, watched unpatriotic Republicans spewing hateful diatribes on TV about President Obama’s handling of the pirate standoff, and then later ending up with egg on their faces, or executing President Obama’s orders and killing the pirates holding an American captain and freeing him, at pretty much exactly the same time, said Republicans were all over the morning shows dismissing Obama’s handling of the situation.

It was indeed a sad sight to see the likes of Newt Gingrich, Glenn Beck et al, and the entire  FOX  “News”  network engaging in what can only be described as bordering unpatriotic behavior at the very same time when a rescue mission under very dangerous circumstances was under way.  It never ceases to amaze me how brazen Republicans are, criticizing an in the end very successful national security operation beforehand, when these people don’t have an inch of credibility left after all the national security disasters committed by Republican administrations, culminating of course in the disastrous Iraq War.

The leader of the pack, once again, seems to be Newt Gingrich, who back in the day was also the leader of the pack pushing the impeachment of  President Clinton over lying about sex, while at the same time, having an extramarital affair with a staffer himself.  Now he parlays that  ‘credibility’  on his even lesser credibility on national security matters. Here’s a little advice for Newt Gingrich and his gang, brought to them by one of their heroes:

‘Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.’  — Abraham Lincoln

Wise words from a wise man ….. I suggest, they frame it and put it on the fridge as a daily reminder, not to go out of their way to make fools of themselves.  We already know you are ….. no need to prove it on a daily basis ….. !!  🙂

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PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD

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Didn’t you also have a warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart when watching the wonderful reception President Obama and his lovely wife received all over Europe?  I certainly did…  And didn’t it feel good to see somebody on the international stage, who can speak in complete sentences, using correct grammar, is well respected, and knows the meaning of the word  ‘diplomacy’ … for a change … ?

Here’s a headline I saw in a European paper that pretty much sums it all up in my opinion:

PRESIDENT  OF  THE  WORLD

Sure, there will be a lot of issues to deal with, and old and new problems to be solved, but I had the distinct feeling that other world leaders want President Obama to succeed, because they know that America’s success is directly linked to the success of their own countries ….. and they genuinely seem to like him ….. which is always helpful.  🙂

It was very interesting, to see even protesters who are fed up with the global financial crisis, expressing positive feelings about America under this new president’s leadership ….. and you know what was missing??  The burning of American flags or Bush’s effigy, etc.  And that’s a good thing …..  🙂

I think this was a very successful start to a changing American image in the world, and now we can build on that, and actually get things done in concert with other nations ….. now that’s a novel thought …..  🙂

I can’t help but looking at all this with a little smile on my face ….. and hope in my heart for better days ahead …..

Barack and Michelle:  We are very proud of you!  JOB  WELL  DONE !!!  🙂

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