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Aug. 6, 2001 PDB
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Dick Cheney is back in the news again, as he becomes the latest member of the Bush administration to cash in on what should be cause for criminal investigation and likely prosecution. This is a classic chickenhawk, who himself got five deferments to avoid fighting his generation's war, and whose idea of recreation is to shoot birds that were raised as hunting fodder and released by the staff of an exclusive club, and who even in such a cruel, controlled environment still somehow managed accidentally to shoot a man in the face. This is a man who as regent and Lord Protector to the Lesser Bush oversaw the destruction of the U.S. economy, the evisceration of the Clinton budget surplus and the creation of the largest budget deficit in U.S. history, and was catastrophically irresponsible with what may have been the last chance to address the most important issue humanity has ever faced. But nothing so defined the Bush-Cheney era as issues of national security. And Cheney doesn't want you to remember what really happened under his Protectorate on national security. And you can be certain that the traditional media won't recount what happened under Cheney's Protectorate on national security. That is up to us.

I've posted this numerous times in numerous forms and it will need to be posted any time Bush or Cheney returns to the headlines. The facts are clear and the evidence overwhelming. Under Bush and his regent and Lord Protector Cheney, U.S. national security was undermined as it never before had been. Remember this. Bear witness. Don't let anyone forget.

  • Just a month before the 9/11 attacks, while on a month-long vacation, Bush was personally handed a presidential daily briefing titled:
    Bin Laden determined to strike in US.

    With characteristic intelligence and class, Bush responded with the words:

    All right. You've covered your ass, now.

    And went fishing.

  • But Bush wasn't the only member of his administration to blow off warnings, and ignore the threat of terrorism. Indeed, Attorney General John Ashcroft revealed his own lack of concern just a day before the attacks:
    In his final budget request for the fiscal year 2003 submitted on Sept. 10 to the budget director, Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., the attorney general called for spending increases in 68 programs, none of which directly involved counterterrorism. Upgrading the F.B.I.'s computer system, one of the areas in which he sought an increase, is relevant to combating terrorism, though Mr. Ashcroft did not defend it on that ground.

    But in his Sept. 10 submission to the budget office, Mr. Ashcroft did not endorse F.B.I. requests for $58 million for 149 new counterterrorism field agents, 200 intelligence analysts and 54 additional translators.

    Mr. Ashcroft proposed cuts in 14 programs. One proposed $65 million cut was for a program that gives state and local counterterrorism grants for equipment, including radios and decontamination suits and training to localities for counterterrorism preparedness.

  • And Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reacted similarly, less than a week before that:
    When Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who was then chairman of the Armed Services Committee, sought to transfer money to counterterrorism from the missile defense program, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld sent a letter on Sept. 6, 2001, saying he would urge Mr. Bush to veto the measure. Mr. Levin nonetheless pushed the measure through the next day on a party-line vote.
  • And former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke had this to say about National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice:
    ...I believe it was, George Tenet called me and said, "I don't think we're getting the message through.  These people aren't acting the way the Clinton people did under similar circumstances."  And I suggested to Tenet that he come down and personally brief Condi Rice, that he bring his terrorism team with him.  And we sat in the national security adviser's office.  And I've used the phrase in the book to describe George Tenet's warnings as "He had his hair on fire."  He was about as excited as I'd ever seen him.  And he said, "Something is going to happen."

    Now, when he said that in December 1999 to the national security adviser, at the time Sandy Berger, Sandy Berger then held daily meetings throughout December 1999 in the White House Situation Room, with the FBI director, the attorney general, the head of the CIA, the head of the Defense Department, and they shook out of their bureaucracies every last piece of information to prevent the attacks.  And we did prevent the attacks in December 1999.  Dr. Rice chose not to do that.

  • Indeed:
    We know, for example, that then National Security Adviser Rice was warned repeatedly in 2001 about an imminent al-Qaeda attack against the U.S., but, along with Cheney and Rumsfeld, she simply didn't believe that a cave dweller like Osama bin Laden could be that much of a threat. She was warned by the outgoing Clintonite Sandy Berger, in January 2001. She was warned by the White House counterterrorism scold Richard Clarke. And now, with Bob Woodward's new book, State of Denial, and subsequent Washington Post reports, we've been reminded that cia Director George Tenet warned Rice on July 10, 2001, that "the system was blinking red," meaning that there could be "multiple, simultaneous" al-Qaeda attacks on U.S. interests in the coming weeks or months.
  • The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and even Bush himself later made it clear:
    The former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Hugh Shelton, said the Bush administration pushed terrorism "farther to the back burner". And in a sympathetic portrait of the young administration, Bush at War, the president himself told the author, Bob Woodward, that he "didn't feel that sense of urgency" about going after Osama bin Laden.
  • It was clear just a month into the Bush Presidency:
    But when it comes to fighting terrorism, administration officials say the United States has no new initiatives to offer. Top antiterrorism officials in the U.S. government tell NEWSWEEK that Bush and his lieutenants have yet to put forth a counterterrorism plan. So far at least, the Bush team has kept on Clinton's counterterrorism czar, Richard Clarke.
  • There had been explicit warnings even during the transition:
    One such meeting took place in the White House situation room during the first week of January 2001. The session was part of a program designed by Bill Clinton's National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, who wanted the transition between the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations to run as smoothly as possible. With some bitterness, Berger remembered how little he and his colleagues had been helped by the first Bush Administration in 1992-93. Eager to avoid a repeat of that experience, he had set up a series of 10 briefings by his team for his successor, Condoleezza Rice, and her deputy, Stephen Hadley.

    Berger attended only one of the briefings—the session that dealt with the threat posed to the U.S. by international terrorism, and especially by al-Qaeda. "I'm coming to this briefing," he says he told Rice, "to underscore how important I think this subject is." Later, alone in his office with Rice, Berger says he told her, "I believe that the Bush Administration will spend more time on terrorism generally, and on al-Qaeda specifically, than any other subject."

  • But the Bush team was so obliviously sanguine that:
    Though Predator drones spotted Osama bin Laden as many as three times in late 2000, the Bush administration did not fly the unmanned planes over Afghanistan during its first eight months and was still refining a plan to use one armed with missiles to kill the al-Qaida leader when Sept. 11 unfolded, current and former U.S. officials say.
  • And as for Cheney himself:
    Bush administration officials told former Sens. Gary Hart, D-Colo., and Warren Rudman, R-N.H., that they preferred instead to put aside the recommendations issued in the January report by the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century. Instead, the White House announced in May that it would have Vice President Dick Cheney study the potential problem of domestic terrorism -- which the bipartisan group had already spent two and a half years studying -- while assigning responsibility for dealing with the issue to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, headed by former Bush campaign manager Joe Allbaugh.

    The Hart-Rudman Commission had specifically recommended that the issue of terrorism was such a threat it needed far more than FEMA's attention.

    Before the White House decided to go in its own direction, Congress seemed to be taking the commission's suggestions seriously, according to Hart and Rudman. "Frankly, the White House shut it down," Hart says. "The president said 'Please wait, we're going to turn this over to the vice president. We believe FEMA is competent to coordinate this effort.' And so Congress moved on to other things, like tax cuts and the issue of the day."

    "We predicted it," Hart says of Tuesday's horrific events. "We said Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers -- that's a quote (from the commission's Phase One Report) from the fall of 1999."

    Let's highlight that:

    Instead, the White House announced in May that it would have Vice President Dick Cheney study the potential problem of domestic terrorism -- which the bipartisan group had already spent two and a half years studying -- while assigning responsibility for dealing with the issue to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, headed by former Bush campaign manager Joe Allbaugh.

    The Hart-Rudman Commission had specifically recommended that the issue of terrorism was such a threat it needed far more than FEMA's attention.

  • Not only did the entire Bush administration ignore multiple screaming warnings, but Cheney himself was tasked with studying the risk of domestic terrorism! And even though Bush himself said he'd periodically review the issue:
    Neither Cheney's review nor Bush's took place.
  • Bush and Cheney. Both. Both given specific warnings. Both claiming they would study the risks. Neither doing so. Their entire administration failing in every possible way, despite numerous specific and personal warnings. Despite numerous specific and personal warnings that kept coming, right up until the days before the September 11 attacks. And after the attacks we had this:
    The Bush administration has concluded that Osama bin Laden was present during the battle for Tora Bora late last year and that failure to commit U.S. ground troops to hunt him was its gravest error in the war against al Qaeda, according to civilian and military officials with first-hand knowledge.
  • And just half a year later, we had Bush saying this:
    And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.

And the Taliban grew stronger. Al Qaeda regrouped and grew stronger. And then the administration made at least 935 false statements to lie the nation into war with Iraq, which undermined the war in Afghanistan, spawned a new generation of terrorists, with terrorism increasing around the globe under their rule.

But that was only the beginning. There was more. Much more. The Bush-Cheney team undermined national security in multiple ways, including abusing and damaging the U.S. military. Click through to see the links. And share. And never forget.

National security was further undermined for petty political reasons.

Washington Post: When a new Bin Laden tape was obtained by an undercover intelligence operation, in November 2007, the Bush Administration was told to keep it a secret until Al Qaeda had released it. But the Bush Administration leaked it to the press, thus alerting Al Qaeda to the fact that they had a security breach, and destroying years of security work.

MSNBC: An entire intelligence network tracking Iran's nuclear ambitions was destroyed when members of the Bush Administration outed a classified agent, to exact political revenge on her husband.

Newsweek:

The most successful international team ever assembled to probe suspected WMD activities is shutting down this week, thanks to U.S. and British insistence. The team (the U.N. commission initially acronymed UNSCOM and then UNMOVIC) spent 16 years uncovering and destroying Saddam Hussein's chemical, biological and missile weapons programs. The U.S. invasion of Iraq proved that the U.N.'s intel-overruled by the Bush administration-had indeed been correct: Saddam no longer had WMD. But late last month, the U.S. and British governments pushed through the U.N. Security Council a vote to halt funding for UNMOVIC.
Overall, U.S. national security was undermined from without.

Foreign Policy In Focus: Bush Administration policies undermined America's image and standing around the globe.

Washington Post: Bush's overhaul of security at federal buildings may have made federal employees less secure.

In February 2007, Foreign Policy and the Center for American Progress conducted a survey on national security issues. They called it The Terrorism Index:

Surveying more than 100 of America's top foreign-policy experts-Republicans and Democrats alike-the FOREIGN POLICY/Center for American Progress Terrorism Index is the only comprehensive, nonpartisan effort to mine the highest echelons of the nation's foreign-policy establishment for its assessment of how the United States is fighting the war on terror.

How bad was the Bush Administration?

Nearly every foreign policy of the U.S. government-from domestic surveillance activities and the detention of terrorist suspects at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to U.S. energy policies and efforts in the Middle East peace process-was sharply criticized by the experts. More than 6 in 10 experts, for instance, believe U.S. energy policies are negatively affecting the country's national security. The experts were similarly critical of the CIA's rendition of terrorist suspects to countries known to torture prisoners and the Pentagon's policy of trying detainees before military tribunals.

No effort of the U.S. government was more harshly criticized, however, than the war in Iraq. In fact, that conflict appears to be the root cause of the experts' pessimism about the state of national security. Nearly all-92 percent-of the index's experts said the war in Iraq negatively affects U.S. national security, an increase of 5 percentage points from a year ago. Negative perceptions of the war in Iraq are shared across the political spectrum, with 84 percent of those who describe themselves as conservative taking a dim view of the war's impact. More than half of the experts now oppose the White House's decision to "surge" additional troops into Baghdad, a remarkable 22 percentage-point increase from just six months ago. Almost 7 in 10 now support a drawdown and redeployment of U.S. forces out of Iraq.

And:

More than half say the surge is having a negative impact on U.S. national security, up 22 percentage points from just six months ago. This sentiment was shared across party lines, with 64 percent of conservative experts saying the surge is having either a negative impact or no impact at all.

They rated the handling of the war as a 2.9 on a scale of 10. Only 12 percent believed a withdrawal from Iraq would lead directly to a new terrorist attack in the U.S.

U.S. national security was undermined from within, through the systematic abuse of military personnel.

Overused and over-extended.

Washington Monthly: Stop-Loss policy prevented at least 50,000 troops from leaving the military when their service was scheduled to end.

USA Today: Multiple deployments were adding to the troops' stress.

CNN: In April 2007, tours of duty were extended from 12 to 15 months.

New York Times: Republicans killed Democratic Senator Jim Webb's attempt to give troops more down time between deployments.

MSNBC: Deployed single parents were having to fight to retain custody of their children.

International Herald Tribune: The bipartisan National Governors Association warned Bush that use of National Guard troops for his Iraq escalation was overburdening already overburdened units, and undermined the Guard's ability "to respond to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, forest fires and other emergencies."

CBS News: To accommodate Bush's Iraq escalation schedule, two Army combat brigades had to skip their planned desert training.

Agence France-Presse: Nearly two-thirds of polled veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars considered the military over-extended.

Inadequately protected and inadequately cared for.

New York Times: A 2006 study showed that eighty percent of marines killed from upper body wounds would have survived, if they'd had adequate body armor.

Newsweek: Troops were forced to improvise their own vehicle armor, because the military wasn't providing the real thing.

Washington Post: Even as the escalation began, thousands of Army Humvees still lacked FRAG Kit 5 armor protection.

TXCN News: Soldiers were provided such inadequate supplies of water, on the battlefield, that it was literally making them ill.

Salon: The Veterans Administration knew as early as 2004 that there were serious problems with the conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center- and did nothing.

Salon: The Department of Defense also knew about the problems long before public exposure, and the resulting outcry forced them actually to do something about it.

NPR: Veterans were receiving fewer medical disability benefits now than before the war

MSNBC: Up to twenty percent of Iraq Vets may have been suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Washington Post: A Pentagon task force concluded that the available medical care for those troops suffering psychological problems was "woefully inadequate."

Salon: Wounded soldiers classified as medically unfit for battle were being reclassified as fit, so they could be sent back into battle.

Salon: These reclassifications were done to provide enough manpower for Bush's escalation.

Salon: Even soldiers with acute Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder were being sent back to Iraq.

Understandably, morale deteriorated

Spiegel Online: Troops stationed in Germany were increasingly going AWOL rather than be cannon fodder for Bush's insanity.

New York Times: The army had to revise upwards its understated desertion rate.

Boston Globe: West Point graduates were leaving the military at the highest rate in three decades, as repeated tours of Iraq drove out some of the army's best young officers.

Associated Press: The Army had its highest desertion rate since 1980.

Psychological trauma and suicide.

CBS News: By July 2007, some "38 percent of soldiers and 31 percent of Marines report psychological conditions such as brain injury and PTSD after returning from deployment. Among members of the National Guard, the figure is much higher — 49 percent — with numbers expected to grow because of repeated and extended deployments."

Journal of the American Medical Association, reported that:

The prevalence of reporting a mental health problem was 19.1% among service members returning from Iraq compared with 11.3% after returning from Afghanistan and 8.5% after returning from other locations (P<.001). Mental health problems reported on the postdeployment assessment were significantly associated with combat experiences, mental health care referral and utilization, and attrition from military service. Thirty-five percent of Iraq war veterans accessed mental health services in the year after returning home; 12% per year were diagnosed with a mental health problem. More than 50% of those referred for a mental health reason were documented to receive follow-up care although less than 10% of all service members who received mental health treatment were referred through the screening program.

Stacy Bannerman, Foreign Policy In Focus:

Soldiers who have served -- or are serving -- in Iraq are killing themselves at higher percentages than in any other war where such figures have been tracked.

Associated Press: The army experienced the highest suicide rate in 26 years.

New York Times: By January 2008, traumatized Iraq veterans were leaving "a trail of death and heartbreak in U.S."

Washington Post: Suicides among active-duty soldiers had reached their highest level since the Army began keeping such records.

Washington Post: In April 2008, 300,000 veterans of the Bush wars were reported to be suffering from PTSD or major depression.

The Oregonian: In July 2009, a report showed a dramatic jump in the rate of mental illness, among veterans of the Bush wars.

Boston Globe: By July 2009, homelessness was rising among female veterans of the Bush wars. Many are single parents.

Science Daily: By November 2009,  the rate of PTSD among Iraq troops was reported to be as high as 35%.

San Francisco Chronicle: Homelessness, overall, was rising among veterans of the Bush wars.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.

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  •  Stupid, ignorant, unthinking, (40+ / 0-)

    lack of commitment, no follow-through, arrogant, narrow-minded, corrupt, dishonest, evil.

    And those are just the good things I can say about the leaders of the Cheney-Bush administration and all its enablers.

    Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Hunter S. Thompson

    by Mnemosyne on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:05:01 PM PDT

      •  Which Is Why You Will Never See Any of Bush's Gang (17+ / 0-)

        take vacations out of the country, because other nations are waiting to arrest their sorry asses on sight for war crimes.

        "Washington, DC: Where Corrupt Officials are discovered daily."

        by The Truth on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:35:38 PM PDT

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        •  I often fantasize about Dark Knighting these (6+ / 0-)

          assholes: kidnapping them out of whatever luxury compound they're holed up in and dropping them off in front of the Hague or that Spanish judge's house with a note attached that reads "Please prosecute me for crimes against humanity".

        •  Total mortgage debt up from $4.9- to $10.6-TT. (1+ / 0-)
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          neroden
          -- Total American mortgage debt in 2003 was $4.9-trillion.

          -- Total American mortgage debt in 2007 peaked at $10.6-trillion.

          Not a helluva lot of change to total household count....

          Love debt, then you'll love Bush/Cheney/Greenspan/Bernanke.

          This debt overwhelmed personal savings. So there was next to no investment to create jobs. When the crash came in, unemployment exploded.

          Thank Cheney's war in Iraq for the most of that crapola. They needed a Big Bubble to cover over the fiscal impacts of their war budgets.

          Btw: a company like Apple is sitting on $86-billion in liquid assets today in 2012.

          Job creation in America......................................... zero.

          Jus' sayin'...........................

          Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans

          by vets74 on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 06:30:07 AM PDT

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      •  Cheney will never be tried as long as... (3+ / 0-)
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        Puddytat, Byron from Denver, neroden

        ...that wuss Obama is Prez.

        I'm so sick of Dems, especially Obummer sucking up to those scumbag tea partyites.

        He's behaving more like Boner's running dog than the commander in chief.

        The US seems doomed.

        Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

        by olo on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 08:41:26 PM PDT

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        •  Don't just blame Obama (5+ / 0-)

          This "look forward and not behind" shit began with Clinton not wanting to look into Iran-Contra, among other things.  Republicans always over-reach and I knew then that their next unlawful acts would be worse.  I knew it, I knew it, I knew it - and so did many others.

          Then I heard the magic words on Inaguration Day.  Again, a new President, flush will a landslide victory, a Congress so filled with Democrats that legislation would simply fly thought it - we'll "look forward and not behind".  And my heart sank like an anvil.

          I wanted an investigation into the thousands of needless deaths and tens of thousands of disabilities.  I wanted an investigation into the funnelling of a trillion dollars into the yawning maw of the defense industry and military contractors who did such crappy work (and overpaid with "cost overruns" to add insult to injury) that buildings couldn't be opened because they were structurally unsound and soldiers were electrocuted while taking a shower.

          The GOP won again in 2008 because our representatives in Congress and the White House, who we worked our asses for, donated our last nickels to, and prayed for until our knees bled refused to stand up to right the wrongs and support the people.  Instead of sitting in prison or hiding in humiliation and shame, these clowns are getting hour long interviews, invites to talk shows, and generally being treated as the wise men of the age.  Even Cheneys daughter, due only to her blood relation to her father, is given prime place in interviews.

          This is not their fault.  It's the medias fault, Obamas fault, and the National Dems fault.  What will it take for them to finally comprehend that the Rethuglicans take massive advantage of even a perceived weakness?  What will it take to get them a spine?

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 10:11:48 PM PDT

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          •  Government Liable (4+ / 0-)
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            yaque, Puddytat, KenBee, neroden

            The reason no trial for the blatant criminal actions of Bush and Cheney because basically the government would be putting itself on trial.
            Regardless of private for profit corporations being the drivers of the Bush Cheney corruption the current government would be liable for all the costs for the harm caused.
            Bush Cheney and their corporate pals lie cheat and steal , billions and if prosecuted the next government would pay ten times that in penalties for the harm the 'US Government' caused. Regardless of the nature of the criminals in charge, the people of the US are liable for all the harm caused.
            However that does not mean the US escapes, basically in failing to prosecute an enterprise to steal taxpayer dollars run by private corporations was basically left intact to cripple any effort of rehabilitation. A corrupt self destructive government bureaucracy is running out of control because the corrupt could not be investigated and charged with crimes without implicating those above them.

            •  You make an interesting point (2+ / 0-)
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              KenBee, neroden

              that I've never considered and I'll need to think long and hard on it.

              My concern is that failure to prosecute will continue to result in even more outrageous conduct should the GOP again find itself in the White House.

              There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

              by Puddytat on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 08:37:52 AM PDT

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              •  Or, right now. (1+ / 0-)
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                Puddytat

                Since Obama maintained all the unconstitutional programs of kidnapping and imprisonment without trial, and managed to invent "assassination orders", on the one hand, and is still secretly ladling out money in large doses to criminals (this time the bankers who brought the economy down) on the second hand, and I could list several more hands, but it would break my analogy.

                Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

                by neroden on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 08:37:42 PM PDT

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                •  My heart is sick about those (0+ / 0-)

                  programs being continued and Guantanamo is still open and Bradley Manning was essentially tortured.  To have those things done by a Democrat doesn't make them right.  They're all still incredibly wrong.

                  There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

                  by Puddytat on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 09:41:23 PM PDT

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      •  Some nice Extraordinary rendition sauce for him! (2+ / 0-)
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        yaque, snazzzybird

        KARMA... give them some of their own medicine... Cheney is too old for waterboarding probably but it would be good to get him blubbering and squealing on a lot of things... except I am against torture or illegal renditions but... hey it would be a form of justice...on the eye for an eye side of things...

        maybe if there was a hell  a special corner it would be reserved and tailored specially for Cheney and the rest... made to experience what they visited on so many others...

        Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

        by IreGyre on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 05:10:59 AM PDT

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    •  alas, we should also never forget that (9+ / 0-)

      virtually everything the Dubya-ites did in the name of "national security"---everything from warrantless wiretaps to renditioning people to be tortured to indefinite detention without trial to deportations based on secret evidence--was first begun under the Clinton Administration.

      And the Obama Administration has not officially ended any of them.

    •  They later said they hadn't enough time. (12+ / 0-)
      ...I believe it was, George Tenet called me and said, "I don't think we're getting the message through.  These people aren't acting the way the Clinton people did under similar circumstances."
      -Richard Clarke.
      The Republicans would later claim that 9/11 was Clinton's responsibility because they had only taken office 8 months earlier.

      Quite different from their treatment of Obama, whom they blame for the trillion dollar deficit that awaited him the minute he walked into the White House, since he could have waved a Swiss Army magic wand and performed 5 miracles at once.

      Greg McKendry, Linda Kraeger, Dr. George Tiller, Steven Johns. Victims of Wingnut violence

      by Judge Moonbox on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:16:17 PM PDT

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  •  Right now on CNN... (10+ / 0-)

    there's a special called "Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door" about the anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. over building mosques.  Very well worth watching.

    It'll re-air at 11pm and 2am ET.

  •  So sad: A "tip jar" for those who gave........., (16+ / 0-)

    and for those that gave all for a conflict that should never have been.

    Thank you for the enlightening diary, and the story/timeline  of just how incompetent, and nefarious those in the Bush administration were, and got away with.

    "You can't always get what you want; but if you try sometimes...." - Rolling Stones

    by LamontCranston on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:09:05 PM PDT

  •  Handy! (16+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the handy, documented summary! Well worth hot listing for future reference! We can't let this stuff slip down the memory hole.

    The Republican plan is always the same old trickle-down, on-your-own, special-interests-first, country-club, voodoo economics.

    by JayC on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:13:27 PM PDT

  •  Blood on their hands. (8+ / 0-)

    Hate in their hearts.

    Lives in the dusty wind.  Gone.

  •  Boy, it'd really be amazing if an even DUMBER (15+ / 0-)

    Republican governor from Texas tried to run for President!

    Right?

    Ooops.

  •  Thanks for the excellent recap. (11+ / 0-)

    Sad as it is to be reminded :0)

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:31:40 PM PDT

  •  Well: "I wish I could." But unfortunately.... (2+ / 0-)
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    annieli, blueoasis

    (fill in the rest)

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:34:19 PM PDT

  •  What Are You Talking About? As Mayor Rudy Explaind (8+ / 0-)

    we had no domestic terror attacks under President Bush.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:37:52 PM PDT

  •  People who believe in God and (7+ / 0-)

    a God who tests their goodness should be made aware that Dick Cheney, his wife and his children are all dangerous temptations that they should reject - and should have rejected as early as the 1970s.  That's the great irony of Karl Rove's capture of the supposedly most pious amongst the voting population.

    Seriously, this crowd is "evil" which makes his claims that other people are or were "evil" all the more ironic.

  •  Good job. (13+ / 0-)

    No one has done more damage to this country-- in its history -- than Bush Cheney. And no one has been more unrepentent.

    Honestly, if there is a hell, he assuredly will be there.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:42:06 PM PDT

  •  lots of stuff you won't see in Dick's book. (11+ / 0-)

    i was hoping he might tell all about the secret energy policy meetings, oh well.

    •  from the Downing Street Memos (12+ / 0-)
      Within ten days of taking office, Bush set up a presidential task force under the direction of Vice President Dick Cheney to look into the energy situation. The exact details of who participated in the meetings and what was discussed have been shrouded in mystery. The White House fought a protracted legal battle to keep the information secret, but we know that representatives of major energy and oil interests participated, and we know that Iraq was a chief topic of conversation. Cheney's Energy Task Force authored a variety of documents, many relating to the oil industries of Iraq, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.

      In documents acquired through the FOIA, it is obvious that a post-Saddam Iraq was considered a forgone conclusion by the Cheney Task Force. One entitled "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts," dated March 5, 2001, includes a table listing 30 countries which have interests in Iraq's oil industry, including the names of companies, the oil fields with which they are associated, as well as the status of those interests. Another titled "Map of Iraq's oil fields" shows markings for "supergiant" oil fields of 5 billion barrels or more, other smaller oilfields, fields "earmarked for production sharing," oil pipelines, operational refineries, and tanker terminals.

      link

      Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

      by SottoVoce on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:57:05 PM PDT

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  •  People People! HAven't you gotten the memo?? (3+ / 0-)
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    We're supposed to look forward, not back!

    Reality has a well-known liberal bias - Stephen Colbert

    by edfreeze on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:47:54 PM PDT

  •  that bloodthirsty felon should have stayed (13+ / 0-)

    in his bunker.  Making the rounds only reminds us of his fathomless dark deeds.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:50:49 PM PDT

  •  What is amazing to me is the number of people who (11+ / 0-)

    will say things like, "Bush kept us safe."

    As if his Presidency started after 9/11.

    "The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends." -Julian Assange

    by Pierro Sraffa on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:54:33 PM PDT

  •  It's nothing that an "extraordinary rendition" (0+ / 0-)

    to Syria and a few sessions on the ol' waterboard wouldn't cure, still.

    You look at a death-worshipping soulless talking animal like this one and it gets hard not to wish that they be made to fry in their own porcine grease.  

    "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

    by emperor nobody on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:55:39 PM PDT

  •  I so hoped that President Obama would have made (4+ / 0-)

    right out of the many wrongs of the Bush Cheney regime.  That he didn't is quite disappointing.  

    The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people. Noam Chomsky

    by willkath on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:55:48 PM PDT

  •  "Bush kept us safe." I've heard that more.... (10+ / 0-)

    ...than once.
    And I have to point out that Bush has been president for more than seven months when 9/11 occurred. Not seven days, not seven weeks, but seven months.

    "He was?"

    Sometimes you just want to go bang your head against the wall.

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:56:15 PM PDT

    •  Let's also not forget the anthrax (5+ / 0-)

      attacks that also occurred on his watch...and were probably under that "domestic terror" aegis that Cheney was supposed to be covering.

      Personally, I'd prefer Lon Chaney (Sr. or Jr.) over Dick Cheney any day -- they kept their evil acts on the silver screen rather than subjecting us to a real life horror story.

      Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:09:56 PM PDT

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  •  And ELECTED DEMS want no part of any of this (4+ / 0-)

    What BushCo did to this country in 8-10 years makes WATERGATE look like a stick-up at a Tiki Bar!

    BushCO will never be held accountable by DEMOCRATS.

    "Pre-Nov-2008" I got that message loud-and-clear from all those Obamabots about to get into Obama Administration. They were always so condescending "Oh Just Let it Go" they would say "Move on".  "We need Bi-Partisan cooperation now".  

    So I am less than enthused on this latest round of "Prosecute Cheney" calls-to-DEMSs-to-action and it's likely outcome...

    My 2 cents...

    DEMOCRAT PARTY ELECTED CLASS - got/get your message loud and clear > "Progressives not welcome here". Faithful DEM no more. My Time, Energy, and Money$ best spent elsewhere...best-o-luck 2 ya...

    by AustinSF on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:57:14 PM PDT

  •  Dear Dick (your mother was a perceptive name giver (2+ / 0-)
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    WHY AIN'T YOUR STINKIN', COWARDLY ASS IN JAIL?

    •  why isn't his stinkin cowardly ass in jail . . . ? (1+ / 0-)
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      Because the stinkin cowardly Dems didn't want to run an investigation or hearings (in between continuing warrantless wiretaps, refusing to outlaw renditions, and renewing the Patriot Act three times).  Mostly, I suspect, because the stinkin cowardly Dems knew where the trail would begin--and it wasn't in the Bush administration.

  •  For those who said in 2000 (5+ / 0-)

    that there was "no difference" between Democrats and Republicans -- I firmly believe that none of this would have happened in a Gore Administration.

    Hope Ralph Nader can sleep at night -- because I've sure as hell had trouble sleeping since 9/11/01.

    Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:00:44 PM PDT

    •  it already did happen (3+ / 0-)
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      Nearly everything the Dubyaites did----rendition for torture, indefinite detention, secret trials with secret evidence, warrantless wiretaps--was already begun under the Clinton Administration.

      Indeed, the entire Patriot Act (which incidentally Obama renewed three times, let's recall) was made up of bits and pieces from Clinton's proposed "antiterrorism bills" in 1995 and 1996.

      And let's recall that when the Iraq and Afghan Wars started, no major Dem figure spoke out against them. Even during the 2006 election, the Dem candidates were NOT arguing that the war was wrong--they were arguing that they could run it better than Dubya was.  It wasn't until Ned Lamont won his primary on an antiwar platform that the Dems were scared into timidly opposing the war too.

      So if we're gonna remember history, let's remember all of it, not just the parts we like for partisan reasons.

      When it comes to the national security state, the Dems and Repugs are one.

    •  At the risk of being HR'd or flamed or whatever (3+ / 0-)
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      I think a lot of people are falling into that same mindset concerning Obama, ie, he's no better than the Repukes. I hope they remember those comments should we be faced with a POTUS Romney or Perry.

      Just saying....

      A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

      by METAL TREK on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 10:43:35 PM PDT

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  •  That would all be classified (5+ / 0-)

    and kept from the public for 200 years if the Republicans had their way.  They really hate it when the truth disputes their lies.

    Sarcasm. Just one more service I provide.

    by Grannus on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:01:12 PM PDT

  •  So WHY didn't anyone other than Scooter go to jail (4+ / 0-)
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    Oh that's right, we are going to look FORWARD and just forget about all this.

    The evil that was not rooted out will fester.

    -9.00, -5.85
    If only stupidity were painful...

    by Wintermute on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:05:07 PM PDT

    •  And not even Scooter went to jail (2+ / 0-)
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      Bush commuted his term before he could even get fitted for the jumpsuit.

      Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:12:02 PM PDT

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      •  But... (3+ / 0-)
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        http://www.cbsnews.com/...

        George W. Bush: Dick Cheney Was Angry I Didn't Pardon Scooter Libby-11/8/10

        In an interview that aired on NBC's "Today Show" Monday, Former President George W. Bush said his decision not to pardon former Vice Presidential aide Scooter Libby in 2008 did not sit well with former Vice President Dick Cheney.

        "Scooter is a loyal American who worked for Vice President Cheney who got caught up in this Valerie Plame case and was indicted and convicted," Mr. Bush told NBC's Matt Lauer. Mr. Bush noted that while he chose to commute Libby's sentence, Cheney "wanted more."

        "He wanted me to pardon him," Mr. Bush said. "It was the last decision of the presidency, really. I chose to let the jury verdict stand after some serious deliberation, and the Vice President was angry."


        May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:38:51 PM PDT

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  •  if only the voters did not have amnesia! (2+ / 0-)
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  •  LIHOP (2+ / 0-)
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    rather than MIHOP.  Allowing the attacks to happen suited their purposes.  I can see that.

    The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. - William O. Douglas

    by PSzymeczek on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:15:23 PM PDT

    •  Like Bill Maher says (1+ / 0-)
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      (paraphrasing) "How do we know 9/11 was NOT committed by the Bush administration? It WORKED!"

      But given the absence of NORAD on that day (even though jets had been scrambled in the past for such events as the Payne Stewart crash), among other things, I lean toward LIHOP.

      A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

      by METAL TREK on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 10:32:13 PM PDT

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  •  Bush administration ignores warnings. (1+ / 0-)
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    Could it be that Bush/Cheney ignored the warnings because they new exactly what was going to happen, and when it was going to happen, and of course did nothing to stop it?  The 911 Commission Report is an insult to intelligent Americans, and the cover-up continues to this day.  

  •  I NEVER stop reminding people of this! (3+ / 0-)
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    I don't badger people with these facts but when the opportunity arises I am quick to remind them. This includes letters to the editor which are always published. I have timed these letters with the anniversary of the attack. And all I do is recite the facts.

    Thank you for doing the same.

    Keep your eyes on the prize.

    by Better Days on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:24:03 PM PDT

  •  Cheneys worried about Red Commies (2+ / 0-)
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    It's been several years, but a family acquaintance who knew the Cheneys through business and State Dept connections said that they were concerned about Communism.

    Lynn Cheney was part of some group which met to discuss the future of terrorism. Once she determined that Russia/China were not a focus of the discussion, she no longer attended panel meetings.

    This isn't some giant revelation, and I am sharing it only because, when I heard it, it surprised me that they were looking at Cold War threats, rather than Middle East terrorism. Wasn't the attack on the Cole a big deal?

    I guess in some way, it may give some explanation for why Cheney became so crazy about every single "threat," real or imagined. Mind you, none of this excuses anything he has done. It suggests a man out of touch with global realities and a changing world. If he was truly caught off-guard, he compensated by working to remove many of our freedoms.

  •  Very nice write-up. But why is this here? (2+ / 0-)
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    Why hasn't this been the central message of every Democratic politician, since, well, 9/12/01, but at the very least from the moment the American people elected a Democratic Congress in November 2006?  Why isn't Cheney under investigation?

    We all know the result if 9/11 had happened under a Democratic administration.  That it happened under a Republican one and it's still Republicans who claim the mantle of patriotism and run rings around Democrats in setting the terms of every debate means one of two things: either all Democrats are complete idiots (which is hard to believe) or the Democrats who hold power have goals that are largely indistinguishable from Republican ones.

    Silvio Levy

    •  Actually it's possible (2+ / 0-)
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      that 9/11 would not have happened under a Democratic administration -- if Gore had received a briefing entitled "Bin Laden To Strike In US" I doubt he'd take off for a month's vacation...maybe a weekend working break at Camp David at most, while he figured out what was needed to do to counteract the possibility.

      Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:41:11 PM PDT

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  •  Nothing turns my stomach (5+ / 0-)
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    like Cheney does.

    As much as I detest the subject matter, thank you Lawrence, for an effective reminder of why this asshole needs to be in prison, not out pimping his dogshit book.

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:37:50 PM PDT

  •  Cheney was the biggest failure (5+ / 0-)

    on the issue of terrorism in American history.

    He always put oil industry interests first, so when America failed it usually meant that Texas and the oil industry won.

    He was the president for Texas, not America.

    He's just your average cocky white rich ignoramus who failed his way upwards by being a sociopath willing to do anything his oil industry handlers wanted him to.

    People give him far too much credit in the brains department. He's just a character actor with a deep voice, like lots of character actors with deep voices and no brains. He's just another version of Reagan really... all hat no cattle.

    He couldn't be more average in the society of rich white failures who always fail upwards.

    But history will remember him as a huge failure in terms of America, especially in such stark contrast to Obama's successes.

    If Obama hadn't reconstituted the CIA group that Cheney dismantled, we never would have caught Bin Laden.

    Everything Cheney touched turned to crap. He was the biggest failure there ever was.

    Fortunately he failed at dismantling that CIA group too.

  •  And almost as bad ... (3+ / 0-)
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    a disinterested and culpable media, who through their appalling lack of the most basic tenets of good journalism, to this very day leave the truth of these atrocities and war crimes unexplored. For shame!

    Has anyone seen the president I voted for?

    by RevJoe on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:46:29 PM PDT

  •  But the press gave the Bush administration (1+ / 0-)
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    a pass because journalists got to ride around in tanks and look cool.

  •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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    for this excellent compilation, Laurence Lewis.

  •  Where is Obama? This is old news (1+ / 0-)
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    This is all old news I learned in 2004. There's nothing about no prosecution from Obama or Holder or what it would take. Red meat for the base, I guess. That seems to be the norm these days and a dynamic on the FP. WE don't even need to be talking about Cheney and giving him atention unless we are looking into the non prosecution of his war crimes.

    Pro Life??? Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers!- George Carlin - 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by priceman on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:57:21 PM PDT

  •  Cheney book-tour (2+ / 0-)
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    In providing a forum for Cheney, the media has allowed him to reargue the decision to invade Iraq, regurgitat­e his nonsensica­l defense of torture, claim credit for the death of Osama Bin Laden, reject any responsibi­lity for the current economic turmoil, and to casually push aside the countless warnings of the 9/11 attacks while in the same breath delusional­ly claim that he kept the country safe.

    Some in the media continue to treat Cheney as if he is a respected dignitary deserving of VIP treatment. They inquire not only about the contents of his book and select activities during the previous administra­tion, but they also seek his thoughts and opinions on a range of current issues as if he is a wise old sage with something invaluable to offer, as if he has an ounce of credibilit­y to publicly speak about anything.

  •  Thanks LL. It's a keeper. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    We Will NOT Compromise On Fairness.

    by franklyn on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 07:08:51 PM PDT

  •  Outstanding research and (2+ / 0-)
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    well written Mr. Lewis. I felt short of breath and a little sick after reading all of it.   I have read these facts in the past, but you did an awesome job of discussing the events thoroughly and chronologically. Thank you.

    I just wonder where all the ranting and raving right wingers were then. Preisdent Obama can't turn around with out them disparaging his character, intelligence, motives, and alliegence to the country. Bush was so bad for this country it's sickening and I believe the right wingers should keep their mouths shut.

  •  "and the Taliban grew stronger, and al Quaeda (0+ / 0-)

    regrouped and grew stronger...." What is your message, here, fella? "the Taliban" was no threat, then or now, to any honestly cognizable US "national interest," and "al Quaeda" has been dealt with (including the killing of bin Laden himself) by plain old police work, humint if you will, not by any kind of $4 trillion Forever War. Are you telling us to be afraid of the Terrorist in the Closet, or the one Under the Bed? Our useless leaders, those predators, ignored the police work and people died, and then a whole lot more people were so fucking stupid as to buy the notion that "security" comes in a can labeled "Homeland Security Department."

    Those who sacrifice freedom for security will have neither. How many times does it have to be said? But then the people selling the whole World -Communist- Terrorism Conspiracy continuum have the entire propaganda apparatus of our "free" society to back their sales pitch. Seen any good "NCIS" episodes recently?

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 07:20:39 PM PDT

  •  well done and important, never forget cheney-bush (3+ / 0-)
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    imagine what the world would be like if they had not assumed power...don't think Gore would have neglected OBL warnings of sending jets into the WT towers.   US history without 9/11 a beautiful thought, dead in the ashes.

  •  They kept us safe for eight years!!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Except for that day when 3,000 Americans died on American soil under their watch. Oh, and when a bunch of Americans got killed by anthrax attacks in the mail. Oh, and when 4,000 US soldiers got killed in a bullshit war based on non-existent WMD's in a country that had NOTHING to do with the attacks that killed the 3,000 Americans mentioned above.

    But other than THAT, they kept us safe for eight years!!!!

    A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

    by METAL TREK on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 10:21:56 PM PDT

  •  The Republican Party has NEVER taken national (1+ / 0-)
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    defense seriously. They've always used it only as a political football in order to fearmonger and paint Democrats as weak willed pussies.

    From ginned up wars with Spain and Mexico to opposing entry into WWII to one Red Scare after another to building up a useless and wasteful military industrial complex to trading arms for hostages to blowing new craters into the old ones we put in Iraq, the GOP has NEVER been on the right side of history or good policy.

    Yet they're always treated as the "serious" party when it comes to national security. Sort of like how they get treated as the party that's "serious" about fiscal control and deficits, even though there's no historical data to support that image, no?

  •  Why bother, why care? (1+ / 0-)
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    What does this matter?  The Obama administration has refused to reverse most of the Bush policies, has proven itself just as much an enemy to democracy and human rights as the Bush administration, and refuses to prosecute the previous administration for its crimes, because that would establish the precedent that Obama would later be tried under.  Electing Obama did nothing to halt this country's march into fascism, it only slowed the pace slightly.  Things will keep getting worse as long as we let the establishment feed us bad Democrats, knowing we will vote for them out of fear of the Republican insanity.  

    Sarah Palin's greatest desire is to make sure that George Bush does not go down in history as our worst President.

    by rhonan on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 12:34:09 AM PDT

    •  Snark follows (0+ / 0-)

      We care because we need a list of already-proven-guilty people for the post-revolutionary government to take to the guillotine.  So that we don't start executing random people when the people demand blood.

      OK, I'm not sure that was snark.

      Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

      by neroden on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 08:44:13 PM PDT

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  •  This article failed to mention... (2+ / 0-)
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    All of the Talking Heads in the media and Republicans stating that Democrats are "Weak on Defense" when after a thorough review of the facts and events examined by this articles shows that it was the Republicans that "Dropped the Ball" when addressing concerns about counter-terrorism efforts here and abroad.

    I still remember when John Murtha was called a "Coward."  Still pisses me off, among a multitude of other things.

    Oh wait, I just realized my mistake.  Republicans think they are "Strong on Defense," because they are willing to wage wars; instead of taking steps to prevent wars in the first place.

  •  I always thought (3+ / 0-)
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    that if Gore had been president, 9/11 would probably have been averted.

    A few years ago I met an antiterrorism expert (now with the State Department) who had worked in the Clinton White House, and asked him what he thought.  He agreed that a Gore administration would probably have succeeded in averting 9/11, as Gore was even more concerned about terrorism than Clinton was, and he expected that Gore would have reconstituted the daily situation room meetings described above in the diary.  (As we later learned, there was enough information in the various agencies to have unearthed the plot, if the bits of information had only been brought out and put together.)

    Of course, we know what would have happened if 9/11 had been averted, and President Gore had described to the nation the details of the foiled plot: "There goes Gore - exaggerating again!"

    Reality is just a convenient measure of complexity. -- Alvy Ray Smith

    by John Q on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 02:13:32 AM PDT

  •  Never forget these truths (2+ / 0-)
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    Maybe you feel that President Obama has been overly timid in his handling of his office, but never forget that he delivered Osama bin Laden to us. He stopped the madman.

    Bush and Cheney failed.

    And yesterday, on Fox News Sunday, Cheney - arguably the Worst Human Being in the World, waddled his fat white ass in front of the cameras to tell us that:

    I think Hillary Clinton would have been the better choice.

    Well la di dah. Thanks for the Halliburton report, Dick. Now fuck you and go back into your stinking sweat-soaked lair and continue doing whatever the hell it is you do in there - gobbling live kittens or some other horrible nightmarish thing. You fucking dick.

    Every day's another chance to stick it to the man. - dls

    by The Raven on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 02:17:45 AM PDT

  •  A C-5 full of $100 bills on pallets... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...disappeared in Iraq.
    To me, nothing signifies the Bush-the-lesser legacy better than that. In the end, how many tens (hundreds?) of billions of dollars just disappeared?
    I have no doubt that Cheney's aim when he appointed himself Prime Minister was to steal somewhere between an eighth and a quarter trillion dollars. Just steal it. Like pulling trailer trucks pulling up at the loading docks of the NSA or CIA HQs and pulling billions of cash out for distribution to his cronies. And he never had the first scintilla of concern about accounting for it. Never had any concern about anyone in the so-called-liberal media investigate the depth of organization and untold scope of the unbridled criminality.

  •  Never forget, never forgive. nt (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Obama gets warnings (0+ / 0-)

    There's not a whole lot you can do when someone's determined to blow you up and conceive an unimaginable way to do it.

  •  excellent Laurence, really well done (0+ / 0-)

    hopefully will help at reminding people what a nightmare Cheney and those like him still are.

    ..squinting all the while in the glare of a culture that radiates ultraviolet consumerism and infrared celebrity...Russell Brand

    by KenBee on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 01:39:36 PM PDT

  •  We all have the moment we hate about him (0+ / 0-)

    I remember when he actually cursed at Senator Pat Leahy. A vice president cursing at a senator.

    Then in 2005 a doctor in Mississippi cursed at Cheney. The secret service followed the man home and gave him a warning.

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