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  • Newt Gingrich says this is the single most ‘damaging thing the Bush family has done to politics’

    07/23/2014 6:56:28 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 14 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 7/23/2014 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Halper believes that the Clintons’ effort to in effect keep their friends close while turning enemies into friends has been a masterful and hugely overlooked part of the rebuilding of their machine: "What has been little understood in the past decade, from 2001 to the present, is how successfully the Clintons undertook a systematic, comprehensive, and sustained effort to win over leaders in the GOP, especially figures who were once the biggest critics. In return, both Clintons were able to develop a bipartisan, statesmanlike image that had eluded them through eight years in the White House."
  • ‘True Blood’ Goes Political Again, Shoots Up Ted Cruz Republican Event (Video)

    07/21/2014 10:59:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Wrap ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jethro Nededog
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) HBO supernatural drama takes aim at conservatives in bloody takedown. HBO's “True Blood” took another stab at conservatives on Sunday's episode when it left a bloody mess of an event held in Ted Cruz's honor. It was exactly what the doctor ordered for an ailing Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), who has been infected with the dangerous virus that's killing vampires. He was all ready to meet the true death until his progeny Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) informed him that Sarah Newlin, part of the group manufacturing the virus, was still alive and on the run. That was enough for...
  • Iraq Catholic Leader Says Islamic State Worse than Genghis Khan

    07/20/2014 7:00:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 7/20/14 | Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako led a wave of condemnation for the Sunni Islamists who demanded Christians either convert, submit to their radical rule and pay a religious levy or face death by the sword. At the Vatican, Pope Francis decried what he said was the persecution of Christians in the birthplace of their faith, while U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the...
  • Hillary Clinton for president: She will run, she will win, and she will be excellent

    07/19/2014 10:12:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada ^ | July 19, 2014 | David Kilgour
    Anyone who believes that Hillary Clinton will not run for President in 2016 should examine her recently-published book, Hard Choices, which in places reads like a campaign manifesto. The 600 pages of text offer much more, but on myriad domestic and international issues readers can readily predict her positions as president, even beyond what she has already indicated as first lady, senator from New York, and Barack Obama’s first secretary of state. With the escalating violence in Israel and Gaza, for example, her chapter on the Middle East indicates in detail how she dealt with key regional leaders in earlier...
  • McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might not have happened

    07/19/2014 10:25:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jake Tapper
    Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, made a surprising suggestion Thursday night: If he had been elected in 2000, there might not have been a war in Iraq. The Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, who lost his race for the GOP nomination that year but went on to become his party’s nominee in 2008, made his comments in a far-reaching interview in CNN and National Journal’s “Politics On Tap” event, after this reporter asked him what would be different if he had won either in 2000 or 2008. On 2008, McCain said “national security” would be different, and he delineated...
  • Why the "Mitt Romney for President" Talk Won't Die

    07/17/2014 11:56:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The National Interest ^ | July 17, 2014 | W. James Antle III
    Will Mitt Romney run again for president? The question seems absurd. Aside from a single commanding debate performance against President Barack Obama, he was not a very good candidate in 2012. After failing in his first attempt at gaining the Republican nomination four years earlier, Romney struggled across the finish line against weak, underfunded primary opponents whose best days were mostly behind them. He then promptly lost to Obama in November. In fact, Romney has only won one general election in twenty years of running for office. He will be fourteen years removed from that lone victory in November 2016....
  • Michael Eric Dyson Calls Impeachment Talk ‘Treasonous’...Supported It in the Bush Years

    07/12/2014 3:58:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | July 10, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)MSNBC fill-in host and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson is no fan of calling for a president’s ouster . . . unless it’s George W. Bush. Although he personally signed his name onto a group looking to “create a political situation where Bush himself is driven from office,” Dyson labeled Sarah Palin’s comments about impeaching President Obama as “treasonous accusations.” “The president is acutely aware of the dire situation facing the children and their families crossing into the United States, as evidenced by his tireless effort to help them,” he said on Wednesday’s show in defense of President Obama....
  • Don’t Blame the Border Crisis on a ‘Bush-era’ Law: Obama's Hands are Not Tied By It

    07/11/2014 7:39:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/11/2014 | Jessica Vaughan
    The surge of Central American families and unaccompanied children into south Texas has focused public attention on one of the few recent revisions of immigration law, the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, or TVPRA, also known as the Wilberforce Act. Championed by congressional Democrats such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, the law was a hastily written attempt to improve the handling of trafficked children who came into the custody of immigration authorities, either at the border or within the country. In the face of public alarm over the Obama administration’s massive catch-and-release operation dispersing tens of thousands of illegal border...
  • Mayor during Katrina gets 10 years for corruption

    07/09/2014 9:19:39 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 9, 2014 | Associated Press
    NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Nagin was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for various projects. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business. The 58-year-old Democrat had defiantly denied any wrongdoing after his 2013 indictment and...
  • Robert Redford to Play Dan Rather in 'Truth'

    07/09/2014 6:40:09 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 99 replies
    Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in Truth, a film based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power. The book, written by Rather's producer Mary Mapes, centers on the firestorm that erupted in September of 2004 after Rather reported that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, a report that was based on documents that turned out to be forgeries. - See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/robert-redford-play-dan-rather-717476#sthash.Y0QB620e.dpuf
  • GOP Offering 'I MISS W' T-Shirt to Prepare Ground for Unloved, Unwanted, and Unelectable Jeb...

    07/09/2014 10:23:03 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 39 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 09 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    RINO boneheads like Jeb Bush are happy to tell you how we need to get past 'nostalgia' for the (toweringly successful) Reagan era and move-on... but the same ossified Gee-Oh-Pee fossils now think it's a good idea to bring up the (unpopular) Bush era when we're already doing well in the polls? Although 'dissatisfied', I'm not one of those rabid Bush-haters-- not any more than any other RINO, anyway. I think he's a decent guy, loves the country, and in his heart he meant well. Of Bush family, he's easily the most likable guy. Spent way too much money and...
  • Chris Matthews Proclaims Marco Rubio Is ‘The Republicans' John Edwards’

    07/09/2014 9:25:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Hardball host Chris Matthews made some bizarre comments about the potential Republican candidates for president in 2016 on Tuesday night. Speaking to Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and Republican strategist John Feehery, Matthews took a swipe at Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and suggested “he's the Republicans' John Edwards.” [See video below.](VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Hardball host never explained why in the world he would compare a man who cheated on his wife while pursuing the presidency to Senator Marco Rubio, but nevertheless the snide remark took his panelists by surprise. While Republican John Feehery didn’t directly condemn Matthews’ unusual comparison of Edwards and...
  • Bush's Western White House revealed: George W. opens the doors to his Texas ranch

    07/09/2014 3:55:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7-8-14 | Joshua Gardner
    Former U.S. president George W. Bush recently opened the doors to his gorgeous Texas ranch to reveal rooms where he once hosted world leaders and where he now bides his time painting them. Bush gave a tour of the Crawford home he completed just after becoming the nation's 43rd president in 2001 to Architectural Digest for the magazine's August cover story. It's a rare glimpse at the sprawling property where Vladimir Putin once rode shotgun in Bush's pickup and where the younger of W.'s twins, Jenna, held her intimate 2008 wedding. George and Laura Bush have retired to Dallas, Texas...
  • Republicans’ impeachment-mania: How it achieves a subtler, dangerous end (Cue spooky music)

    07/08/2014 10:17:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | July 8, 2014 | Emmett Rensin
    Despite Sarah Palin's calls, the president won't be impeached. But here's how her demand normalizes other lunacy. “By the Grace of God,” the English used to say, when asked by what authority their monarch ruled. “Divine right” was the answer, and that was that – you didn’t have to like the queen, but God did, and that’s why she was in charge. Simpler times, those were. Today, former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced her belief that President Obama should be impeached. Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his intention to launch the first congressional lawsuit against...
  • Bob Schieffer: Romney may consider 2016 run if Jeb Bush doesn’t

    07/08/2014 6:01:25 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/27/2014 | Wesley Lowery
    Mitt Romney has said time and time again that he has no interest in running for president a third time. But, on Sunday morning, CBS' Bob Schieffer said not to write off the idea of a 2016 campaign by Romney so quickly. "I have a source that told me that if Jeb Bush decides not to run, that Mitt Romney may actually try it again," Schieffer said.
  • Poll: Hillary Sweeps Dem Primary, Struggles Against GOP Challenger

    07/08/2014 6:05:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Jewish Political News and Updates ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a clear lead in the Democratic primary, topping her potential challengers by an almost 50 percentage point margin, yet fails to hit the 50% mark against any of her potential Republican opponents, a Quinnipiac University National Poll, published Tuesday, shows. Hillary leads the Democratic primary with 58 percent, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts with 11 percent, Vice President Joseph Biden with 9 percent and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with 4 percent. No other candidate tops 1 percent, the poll found. On the contrary, the Republican presidential primary is wide open....
  • Cruz Could Turn Texas Blue: GOP is following in Cruz's footsteps, that could give Dems an advantage

    07/07/2014 5:59:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | July 7, 2014 | Lauren Fox
    Some of Texas' moderate Republicans say the state's far-right turn since Sen. Ted Cruz's political ascendancy could have unintended consequences.At a breakfast in Washington’s St. Regis Hotel in June, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, took a moment to gather his thoughts before he was ready to answer a question about how junior Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had changed his home state. “Texas is pretty big and pretty diverse,” Perry said peering intently through his black horn-rimmed glasses. “I’m not sure one person has the ability to change all of that.” A few seconds later, he clarified exactly where he think...
  • Hobby Lobby: Trying to get DemProgs to understand what it means (Read the hypothetical scenario)

    07/07/2014 6:06:41 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 7-5-2014 | Bookworm
    Impressed by the ill-informed hysterical reaction that my “real me” Facebook friends had to the Hobby Lobby decision, I explained to them that the decision is very narrow and will not (a) ban contraceptives across America and (b) lead to anti-gay lynch mobs. Here’s a slightly revised version of my Facebook post, which still failed to satisfy their paranoia and inability to understand the law. I’ve also added a little hypothetical that might open their minds. (No, don’t say it. It’s improbable, but not impossible, that a DemProg mind can open). The Hobby Lobby decision addresses one thing only: whether...
  • Why Obama Ignored Iraq

    07/07/2014 4:20:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 7-7-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    ISIS marching through Iraq has smashed the media’s taboo against criticizing Obama’s foreign policy. Substantive discussions are taking place about why his foreign policy is such a miserable failure. And they mostly miss the point. Liberal journalists still proceed from the fallacy that there was a foreign policy debate between neo-conservative interventionists and liberal non-interventionists. These are a series of digested Bush era talking points that have no relationship to reality since Bush’s foreign policy on Iraq carried over from Bill Clinton. It’s why Hillary gets so uncomfortable when she has to discuss her vote on Iraq. The liberals weren’t...
  • In Celebration of George W. Bush’s Birthday, Here Are 15 of His Classiest and Most Classic Moments

    07/06/2014 12:11:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 140 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | July 6, 2014 | Justen Charters
    George W. Bush’s 68th birthday is today. In honor of the 43rd President of the United States, here are fifteen of his most classic and classiest moments:
  • THE NEW ARISTOCRACY

    07/05/2014 12:57:18 PM PDT · by Bratch · 16 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 5, 2014 | Ron Maxwell
    [...]If Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush were to become president of the United States it would mean the power and influence of the presidency remained in the hands of the Clinton family for possibly sixteen years, and that’s not even counting the princess in waiting, Chelsea; and in the case of the Bush family, possibly twenty years, and that’s not counting the heir apparent, George Prescott Bush. Have we devolved into a nation of bleating sheep, or screaming teenagers at an episode of American Idol? Can it be true that there are no other citizens in this great nation worthy of...
  • The Obama "Spoons" Job Recovery: More Jobs Added, But at Lower Wages (More Part-time Jobs)

    07/05/2014 7:33:38 AM PDT · by MRourke85 · 8 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07052014 | Anthony B. Sanders
    I read conflicting analysis of whether the Obama jobs recovery is better than the George W. Bush jobs recovery. Daily Kos, for example, chastises the GW Bush recovery for having the slowest job recovery in 75 years. It is similar to the age old debate of whether Mickey Mantle was better than Willie Mays. At least Mantle and Mays played roughly at the same time (1950s and 1960s). Bush and Obama each inherited teetering economies and did not serve at the same time. Thus, it is more difficult to compare GWBush versus Obama than a simple Mantle/Mays comparison. Let’s begin...
  • Who will wind up as GOP presidential nominee in 2016? (Laff riot)

    07/03/2014 4:51:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Buenos Aires Herald / The Washington Post ^ | June 30, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    A look at the frontrunners currently making waves.Mitt Romney hasn’t disappeared from the political scene the way many people thought he would after coming up on the losing end in the 2012 presidential race. But that doesn’t mean he’s running for president — or even thinking about running for president — in 2016. Talk of a possible third presidential bid for Romney has surfaced of late, with poll numbers showing that he is well regarded by Republican voters and a growing sense within the GOP smart set that no candidate has really emerged from the pack as yet. Romney has,...
  • It's Obama's presidency, but Bush's world

    07/03/2014 11:16:13 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 7/3/2014 | Matt Bai
    Believe it or not, it was 10 years ago this month that Barack Obama, then a candidate for the U.S. Senate, introduced himself to America with a speech that shook the Fleet Center in Boston. The main theme of that Democratic convention was the litany of George W. Bush's failures — an unpopular and unending war in Iraq, a faltering image abroad, a stagnating middle class. Obama gave eloquent voice to those frustrations, arguing that all of them could be addressed if only we reunited the electorate. Probably Obama himself would not have guessed then that he would ascend to...
  • No, it’s not all Bush’s fault

    07/03/2014 11:05:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2014 | Noah Rothman
    In an expansive essay published on Thursday, Yahoo News’ national political columnist Matt Bai dubbed George W. Bush the most influential president in decades. The imprint the former president left on domestic and geopolitics is so expansive that his shadow still looms over virtually every major issue dominating the headlines more than a half-decade after he left office. Bai’s assessment of Bush’s sizable impact on the world was no compliment, though. It was submitted as more of an attempt to absolve Barack Obama of blame for what Americans increasingly view as his failed presidency. “After a month that saw...
  • Remember when liberals bristled at Bush’s Executive Orders?

    07/01/2014 11:02:47 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 15 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-30-14 | DrJohn
    There was a time not so long ago when liberals bristled at what they felt was the over-reach of the Executive branch. NY Times, Jan. 29, 2007 Congress, the Constitution and War: The Limits on Presidential Power But Mr. Cheney told only half the story. Congress has war powers, too, and with 70 percent of Americans now opposed to President Bush’s handling of the war, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, it is becoming more assertive about them. Congress is poised to pass a resolution denouncing the troop increase. Down the line, Congress may well consider mandatory caps on...
  • 'Hillary fatigue': Poll shows Clinton's presidential popularity sliding as her book tour drags on

    06/30/2014 5:41:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | June 30, 2014 | Francesca Chambers
    The Clintons have been in the news for a different reason every day since Hillary's book blitz began in late May Much of the coverage about the former first family has not been favorable as both Bill and Hillary have stumbled over questions about Hillary's health and their wealth Now, Americans are getting what Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus calls 'Hillary fatigue' In hypothetical match-ups against other prospective 2016 presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton would beat Republican contenders, but by an increasing smaller margin Hillary Clinton's presidential popularity has dropped significantly since she launched a media blitz to promote her...
  • The Real 2016 Battle is Between Dick and Rand

    06/28/2014 3:19:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | June 25, 2014 | Dick Polman
    It’s not exactly the Ali-Frazier “Thrilla in Manilla,” but the ongoing Rand Paul-Dick Cheney pugilism certainly packs a punch. The libertarian ophthalmologist and the warlord emeritus have been pounding each other for months, and while it’s tempting to just kick back with popcorn and behold the entertainment, we do need to acknowledge the bout’s deeper meaning. Because this is really about something quite serious. Republicans are profoundly split these days over foreign policy: between the non-interventionists who are increasingly wary of American military involvement abroad; and the neoconservative hawks who blundered us into Iraq and want us to keep flexing...
  • The Bush Pilgrimage: The GOP’s 2016 hopefuls pay their respects in Dallas

    06/25/2014 5:58:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 25, 2014 | Eliana Johnson
    He’s not on any campaign payroll, but you could call him an informal adviser. Several of the GOP’s potential 2016 presidential candidates have, over the past few years, sought the advice of former president George W. Bush in Dallas. Although the former president has deliberately kept a low profile since he left Washington in January 2009, his door is always open for ambitious Republican politicians. He has welcomed a succession of likely 2016 candidates to his office in Dallas for private conversations about life, politics, and the all-consuming quest they will confront if they decide to seek the nation’s top...
  • W: America’s Longest-Serving President: George W. Bush really should step down after six terms

    06/24/2014 8:43:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 24, 2014 | Charlie Martin
    The catalog of the errors and failures of the administration of President George W. Bush is large and various. In finance, it began with the modifications to the Community Reinvestment Act in 1993-95, which we now know had the effect of encouraging banks, along with the quasi-governmental Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to allow “innovative” mortgages that encouraged people to buy homes they could no longer afford when an economic downturn came. The effect of this was to encourage higher-risk lending, which led to “securitization” of the loans to spread risks. This securitization was a major contributor to the financial...
  • Don’t Blame Bush for Al Qaeda in Iraq, Blame Obama

    06/23/2014 8:12:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Like Birkenstocks and ironic t-shirts, blaming Bush has never gone out of style on the left. When Al Qaeda’s resurgence in Iraq became so obvious that even the media, which had been pretending that Obama’s claims about a successful withdrawal were true, could no longer ignore them, their talking points were all lined up and ready. It was all Bush’s fault.Defenses of the war by pivotal figures like Dick Cheney and Tony Blair only enraged them further. “Why wouldn’t they admit it was all their fault?”But the left’s lazy talking points about Iraq, like their talking points about the economy,...
  • Laura Ingraham: Rand Paul is almost as bad as Jeb Bush on amnesty

    06/23/2014 2:35:52 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 29 replies
    "Rand Paul took, I think, a really wrong-headed step on the immigration issue last week. I mean, he’s not completely where Jeb is, but almost!"
  • Gallup: George W. Bush favorability 6 points higher than Obama

    06/22/2014 10:12:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/22/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Given that Barack Obama and the Democrats waged his first presidential campaign on the premise that George W. Bush was the worst president ever, and that Hope and Change were just the ticket, the latest Gallup Poll results must be disheartening: Gallup goes out of its way to soften the blow: Americans typically rate presidents more positively after they leave office, so Obama's relatively worse standing than his predecessors is not surprising. However, the current poll represents Obama's worst favorable rating to date. And it explains away Carter’s dismal showing: Though Carter left office with similarly poor job approval ratings, his lower favorable...
  • George W. Bush Was Wrong About Iraq War? ISIS Leader Used To Mock ‘Mission Accomplished’

    06/21/2014 3:08:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | June 21, 2014 | Staff
    Was George W. Bush wrong about the Iraq War? Because of recent events, some in the media have taken pot shots at the former U.S. President by claiming the younger Bush, and not President Obama, is responsible for an unsuccessful “mission accomplished.” In a related report by The Inquisitr, with the ISIS in Iraq having found Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons stockpiles, some people are saying that George W. Bush was right to have pushed for the Iraq War since the original stated goal was to prevent terrorist groups from getting their hands on any WMD materials. Of course, people say...
  • For Biden, Iraq crisis offers timely vindication (ye olde barfe alerte)

    06/21/2014 6:20:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2014 3:33 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    As Iraq edges toward chaos, Joe Biden is having a quiet I-told-you-so moment. In 2006, Biden was a senator from Delaware gearing up for a presidential campaign when he proposed that Iraq be divided into three semi-independent regions for Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. Follow his plan, he said, and U.S. troops could be out by early 2008. Ignore it, he warned, and Iraq would devolve into sectarian conflict that could destabilize the whole region. The Bush administration chose to ignore Biden. Now, eight years later, the vice president’s doom-and-gloom prediction seems more than a little prescient. …
  • ISIS Reportedly Captured Saddam’s Chemical Weapons Stockpiles, Attacks Key Refinery

    06/19/2014 4:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 19, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Well, here’s some lovely news emerging from the new Iraq. 17.09 Chemical weapons produced at the Al Muthanna facility, which Isis today seized, are believed to have included mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX. Here is the CIA’s file on the complex. QuoteStockpiles of chemical munitions are still stored there. The most dangerous ones have been declared to the UN and are sealed in bunkers. Although declared, the bunkers contents have yet to be confirmed. These areas of the compound pose a hazard to civilians and potential blackmarketers. Numerous bunkers, including eleven cruciform shaped bunkers were exploited. Some of the...
  • Slaughter in Iraq -- Bush's Fault?

    06/19/2014 6:22:37 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/19/2014 | Larry Elder
    President Barack Obama, on Dec. 12, 2011, called Iraq "self-reliant and democratic." He praised that country, calling it a "new Iraq that's determining its own destiny -- a country in which people from different religious sects and ethnicities can resolve their differences peacefully through the democratic process." Obama said, "I have no doubt that Iraq can succeed." He campaigned to end the war in Iraq. He did -- at least he ended America's military involvement in the war. He pulled out all the troops, without leaving a residual force behind as we did, for example, in South Korea, where we...
  • Absolutely Nothing: A Veteran’s Savage Indictment of the Iraq War (Major Barf Alert)

    06/18/2014 7:34:23 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    Juan Cole.com ^ | 6/18/2014 | Jim Wright
    Tragically, all we’ve fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing. - Mitt Romney, “Ideas Summit,” 6/13/2014 All we fought for in Iraq. All we fought for in Iraq is on the cusp of vanishing. That’s what Mitt Romney says. We fought for. We fought for. We. Oh, so it’s we now, is it, Mitt? We. I must have missed you over there, but it was a busy place. We. The guy who helped set up “pro-draft” rallies and yet somehow managed to avoid service in Vietnam is...
  • POV launching of a jet fighter off a carrier (video)

    06/17/2014 8:42:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    dump.com ^ | 6-16-2014 | NavyMitchell
    VFA-87 Slot Check on board the USS George H. W. Bush.
  • Sorry, George W. Bush, but this whole mess is still your fault (vomit up both lungs)

    06/17/2014 8:18:57 AM PDT · by pabianice · 42 replies
    Salon ^ | 6/17/14 | Rosenberg
    Like clockwork, the Republican noise machine is blaming Barack Obama for the crisis in Iraq. And like clockwork, they’ve got everything wrong again. The man to blame for what’s happening in Iraq is not President Obama — it’s President Bush. Contrary to Tony Blair’s latest protestations, the U.S./U.K. invasion of Iraq — under deliberately fraudulent pretenses – had a great deal to do with enabling the current emergence of a Sunni terrorist military power in Iraq, but it goes much deeper than that. The recent success of ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — is exactly what...
  • Flashback: George W. Bush Predicted Iraqi Meltdown If US Troops Were Withdrawn from Region

    06/16/2014 3:07:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    President George W. Bush predicted the current meltdown in Iraq – back in 2007. Bush vetoed a Democratic bill to withdraw troops from Iraq. Via Truth Revolt: I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven...
  • Obama’s Bush Hangover

    06/16/2014 11:46:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Six years in, Barack Obama is still battling a Bush hangover. The rising chaos in Iraq — and the blame game over who’s responsible — are the latest reminders that halfway through his own second term, he’s still often more consumed by dealing with the legacy of President George W. Bush than building his own. Obama supporters see a president who found himself so deep in so many holes from his very first day in office that cleaning up the aftermath of the previous eight years was going to take at least eight of his own: getting out of Iraq...
  • Bush warned this would happen in Iraq

    06/13/2014 4:45:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 6/13/14 | Marc Thiessen
    In 2007, President George W. Bush warned that if America withdrew prematurely from Iraq, American troops would eventually have to return: To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready … would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that...
  • Vladimir Putin Gave George H.W. Bush A Very Special Birthday Gift

    06/13/2014 4:21:19 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 58 replies
    <p>A helicopter jump might not have been the most special part of Former President George H.W. Bush's birthday on  Thursday.</p>
  • And the first person to blame Bush for the current crisis in Iraq is…

    06/12/2014 2:27:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/12/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The explosion of bloodshed in Iraq has created the temptation for many to revisit their support for or opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and to ascribe blame for the recent surge in violence to their preferred boogieman. Not all have succumbed to the enticing lure of nostalgia. Not even consistent Iraq War and George W. Bush critic Fareed Zakaria allowed himself himself to take a swipe at the former commander-in-chief for looming over the present crisis. Appearing on CNN on Thursday, Zakaria blamed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for undoing what he said was the good accomplished...
  • George H.W. Bush Marks 90th Birthday by Jumping Out of Helicopter

    06/12/2014 11:43:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    WJLA ^ | 6/12/14
    Former President George H.W. Bush can no longer use his legs, but he didn't let that stop him from keeping a vow he made five years ago: to jump from an aircraft on his 90th birthday, which is Thursday. Continue reading Former President George H.W. Bush, left, strapped to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, lands on the lawn at St. Anne's Episcopal Church after making a tandem parachute jump near Bush's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. More on this story "It's a wonderful day in Maine - in fact, nice...
  • George H.W. Bush to skydive: That's one way to celebrate 90!

    06/12/2014 8:23:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Today ^ | 06/12/2014 | Scott Stump
    Two years ago, George Bush Sr. made a promise that he aimed to keep when he turned 90 years old on Thursday. The 41st president plans to celebrate the milestone by going skydiving one last time, his granddaughter and TODAY contributor Jenna Bush Hager announced on TODAY Thursday.
  • What Eric Cantor’s shocking defeat means (She couldn't be more wrong if she tried)

    06/11/2014 2:35:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Miami Herald's Other Views ^ | June 11, 2014 | Joy-Ann Reid
    Tuesday’s defeat of the sitting House majority leader, Eric Cantor, apparently sent a series of “messages,” which we in the pundit world who missed all of the signs that The Shock Heard ’Round the Campaign World was coming, are beginning to interpret. Among the strongest messages: Incumbents beware. To hear some tell it, this message is bipartisan. Because Democrats apparently are unfamiliar with the phenomenon of low turnout midterm elections in districts drawn to be more partisan than they were, which would be an interesting observation if it were actually true. The reality is that in most states, the rates...
  • Iraq: Economy Recovering, Iraqi Property Market Booming

    06/11/2014 11:02:15 AM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 7 replies
    Economy Watch ^ | January 22, 2010 | Keith Timimi
    Baghdad, 17 Sep. The economy of Iraq is slowly starting to recover after years of war and instability. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has loaned Iraq $746.3 million to aid in the rebuilding of the war-torn nation. It has approved its first review of the country’s economic progress, as stipulated by the loan. The IMF said that Iraq’s economic success largely depends on its ability to maintain security, its reform policies, and how it looks after its oil revenue. One example of economic progress in the country is I-BIZ (Iraqi Business and Industrial Zone), initiated by the US Army Corps...
  • Financial Times: Battle of Bush, Clinton Dynasties Win-Win for America

    06/10/2014 5:33:51 AM PDT · by Bratch · 8 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | June 9, 2014 | Tony Lee
    A column in the paper of record for the globalist "Party of Davos" argues that a Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush battle for the White House in 2016 will be a win-win for America. Writing in the Financial Times, Ed Luce notes that "as wealth is concentrated in fewer hands, so too is political capital" and "the problem with plutocracy is that it is unmeritocratic."However, he argues, Bush and Clinton are "by far their party’s most qualified candidates" and "both deserve their nominations on merit" because each has "made at least as strong a case against the new age of inherited...