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Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney speaks about national security at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington in this file photo from May 21, 2009. Cheney, 69, was hospitalized in George Washington Hospital on February 22, 2010 after experienci
Dick Cheney has thoughts about President Barack Obama and—surprise!—he's not a fan. Specifically, Cheney thinks, Obama "would rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military or support for our troops."

Interestingly enough, Dick, food stamps are a thing that supports our troops and our veterans, a population that by the way is pretty dramatically expanded thanks to you and George W. Bush, just as our economy and our government's revenues are weaker thanks to the two of you. But do please say more.

“I have not been a strong supporter of Barack Obama. But this really is over the top. It does enormous long-term damage to our military,” Cheney responded. He went on to say that the president has always wanted to downsize the military, and that the cuts would be “absolutely devastating.”
No! Dick Cheney, not a strong supporter of Barack Obama? But still, Dick Cheney wants us to believe, this is coming from a place of rational thought, not from reflexive opposition to anything and everything the president does or from a deep-seated desire to see the military always be growing, funneling money to defense contractors and always ready for the next time a Republican is elected and wants to drag the country into a pointless, deadly war or three.

Doubtless all the people who value Cheney's opinions while not being entirely sure what they think of Barack Obama are really glad for the guidance here. The rest of us will just have to try to contain our shock at a story that boils down to: "Dick Cheney snarls, criticizes Obama, calls for increased military spending and cuts to food stamps."

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:16 AM PST.

Also republished by Hunger in America and Daily Kos.

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  •  You do know that all of it is just to (17+ / 0-)

    manipulate you, right?

    Ignore this shithead.

    Washington DC needs a Moral Heyday - Let's organize one - Laborday 2014

    by mimi on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:23:30 AM PST

  •  While I respect the people who serve... (26+ / 0-)

    I am getting a little tired of the pedestal they are placed on by many.  It's as if serving should be cover for any sort of bad behavior.

    Sexual assualt issues in the Military?  No need to do anything about it, the command has it covered.  Excessive proselytizing?  There are no atheists in fox holes.  Extreme fraud in contracting and requisitioning?  The troops need equipment (even if the military leaders feel a program is dubious)...

    So yes, what Mimi says - ignore Cheney.  The man is not worth out mirth.

    •  What gets left out of this is the family (19+ / 0-)

      Military families don't get to live the American dream.  I was fortunate enough to be born after my father was formally retired and switch to civil service, but military families generally miss out on many aspects of our culture.

      - Families move every 2-3 years so kids don't get to grow up in a cohort.  I lost a dozen friends in middle school because their fathers/mothers were re-stationed elsewhere, often overseas.  My first boyfriend in 8th grade lasted all of a week before he found out his father had gotten orders for Germany.

      - Life on base is not the same as life on main street.  It's its own mini-enclave in a lot of ways.  There is good, and bad, but I grew up almost sheltered by going to the Army church, being in the Army Girl Scout troop, belonging to the Army youth center, etc...  I didn't realize how different life was outside the Army bubble until I left for college.

      - Military families are poor.  On-base family housing is small and cramped, and most families cannot risk buying private housing off-base until they are certain they'll never be relocated- which is usually after retirement.

      - Absent parents.  Absent spouses.  Sometimes permanently.

      Most of us Army brats grow up to be okay.  But I will defend to my last breath that the members of the military, and their families, deserve our respect because of all the shit they put up with.

      The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

      by catwho on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:45:51 AM PST

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    •  The country can ignore Cheney, (4+ / 0-)
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      rainmanjr, gffish, Kymidei, Broken

      but what to do about McCaffrey and all those uniformed, medal-bedecked former flag officers, now "experts," who are bleating about the cuts in troop numbers and ships and completely ignoring the plans for massive new spending on high technology?  

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:58:16 AM PST

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    •  ..Maybe he is change parties too?..like BOEHNER (14+ / 0-)

      Who according to this chart should definitely be a Democrat.

      So, is John Boehner Changing Parties?

      Proud to be part of the 21st Century Democratic Majority Party of the 3M's.. Multiracial, Multigender and MiddleClass

      by LOrion on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:25:00 AM PST

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    •  two parts of america (6+ / 0-)

      Here is the thing.  What Bush/Cheney did was to support a small part of America, which at the time was mostly straight and male, with a military jobs program called the War on Terrorism.  This is a very expensive jobs program because it builds dependency.  Just look at the fact that we then have to have program to train veterans, beg employers to hire them, and if they reach 20 years pay them a pension for maybe 40 years.

      On the other hand, we can do what Clinton and Obama tried to do.  Have insurance available so everyone, not just the military, has access to god governement medical care.  We can provide food subsidies so that everyone, not just the military, can afford cookies and candy.  We can provide everyone who needs a little help now, so they can be independent later.  

      It is interesting that one of the founding principles of the union is that we be a civil nation, and the military would not take at the expense of the civil population.  That the military would be subservient to the civil population through the president. Yet people who claim to be strict constitutionalists regularly whine that we do not prostate ourselves to the military population, that we do not starve ourselves so that military can have banquets.

      •  Good points. (4+ / 0-)
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        It should also be noted that having a 20 year military career is not a given. There are no 20 year privates. If you aren't moving up, you are moved out. So for many, probably for most, the promise of a military career as a way out of chronic unemployment is an illusion.

        I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

        by itsjim on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:30:36 AM PST

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    •  'scuse the hell out of me tampaedski ... (3+ / 0-)
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      Kymidei, 2dot, Matt Z

      but you don't seem to have much care for the people who serve or the families who depend on 'em for income.

      We know Cheney's a lying piece of scumsucking assholery.
      We don't need to apply his rubric to the actual serving members of the military.

      There is and has been in this country since the mid-70s a de facto, though not acknowledged, draft: economic circumstances that make the military look like the best option for high-school students / graduates trapped in areas where jobs are few or nonexistent.

       It beats the holy living hell out of being a Wal-Mart greeter.

      But this new mil budget the SecDef wants will further contractors and vendors' enrichment while further impoverishing our servicemembers and our veterans.

      So I say HELL NO, MR. PRESIDENT. Don't go for this POS budgetary recommendation.

      The members of the uniformed services offer their lives for this country. They deserve better than further spitting-on in return.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:13:13 PM PST

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      •  Sorry (0+ / 0-)

        8 years of Bush & Dick, now the Military Pork Party is over.
        (good one, right?)
        The Project for a New American Century is on hold!
        (until the next time the Petrodollar is threatened)

        "They deserve better than further spitting-on in return."

        All I can say is, encourage your family, friends, dogcatcher, etc. to shut off the idiot box. Get people to pay attention, and formulate their own opinions! It shouldn't have to come down to this in the 1st place! Who the hell is spitting on Vets these days, the educated? Just call em Liberals, hell the Wehrmacht was all Nazi. Why not label every traitorous unidentifying conservative as "Liberal". Meanwhile us good "Conservatives" grin like idiots as the F-35 hits a $160 Billion dollar overrun. But we support it, while the "liberal" villains scratch their heads, wondering just what the Fuck is the definition of "conservative"?

        Some people are so stupid these days! If you haven't some kind of magic zen peace and patience, it all you can do not to feel like banging your head against the wall. Kids don't need Smartphones, they need education. Tell Kids to shut off the phone and get educated, but don't cry about budget cuts!
        And with all due respect to the Arts & Artists that so enrich our lives, American Idol, all the other BS, your 15 minutes are up! Hollywood churns out BS on such a massive scale, media stands ever ready to inform us on important happenings! The Distractions are non-stop and deafening! How do you get through to the masses?

        We interrupt this Congresswoman talking about NSA with breakng news! Justin Beiber was arrested!

        Shut it OFF, pay attention!  Chances are the enlisted privates & non-coms will only do better for more people digesting priority information, & at what cost? Some Artist didn't sell a million cds? or the latest greatest Hollywood release didn't gross $100 million? TURN THE BS OFF, don't cry about the budget cut!
        I'm still stinging from gungho low information types questioning my Patriotism 2001-2004. What was happening in then? The Splitter Prisms were being put in place, & Billions was being shoveled into Iraq
        people have been Whistling for years

        Conservative spending, spending to secretly spy on... ourselves? But hey, we can afford it! (& that damn Snowden is a traitor!)

        "But this new mil budget the SecDef wants will further contractors and vendors' enrichment while further impoverishing our servicemembers and our veterans."

        Sorry! However since NSAs Budget (among others) is untouchable, looks like someone else gets to make up the difference.
        But don't feel bad! We can't get everything we want. I didn't get to see Perjury charges, doubt I'll get to see a Pardon for Patriot Snowden.

        Sorry to go off, but I'm not going to stomach the "we're the victim" BS, this late in the game. The Budget Cuts should absolutely go forward. Hope you'll consider and help get people educating themselves BlackSheep1

        And for what its worth, consider for a moment the irony. Breaking news about the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination didn't matter to West Virginians, apparently. Had they took notice of the Marines & their families being shit on then, they might of prevented Freedom Industries from pissing in their water

        •  The idiot station manager for NBC's local affili- (0+ / 0-)

          ate is all about cutting SocSec to increase the defense budget.

          I'm not and neither is my family.

          I'm a vet. My kid brother's a vet. Four of my dad's brothers and six of his nine nephews were vets. He and my mom both worked in the shipyards in WW2 building Liberty hulls (dad had both eardrums busted as a kid; the Army wouldn't take him in '42, but the shipyards would -- so that's where he went).

          My neighbors on three sides and two across the street are vets, one still active duty. This budget is not going to help a damned thing -- not the deficit, not the troops, not the national defense, not the country's readiness -- except the bottom line of outfits like Boeing and Halliburton. They're already overpaid.

          Speaking of educating people -- try it on yourself, Broken.

          LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 10:09:26 AM PST

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  •  This picture (12+ / 0-)

    needs a NSFL warning.

    In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. - Douglas Adams

    by warlock on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:33:59 AM PST

  •  Did you have to include that picture? (17+ / 0-)

    I was having a decent morning until I saw that face.  Now I need more antacids.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:35:52 AM PST

  •  Cheney snarls, pay no attention to the man behind (8+ / 0-)

    The curtain.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:35:59 AM PST

  •  So Dick Cheney Proves He Hates Our Troops (11+ / 0-)

    I am so glad to see that Cheney is being proven to be myopic and a complete hypocrite. His call for more military spending while advocating cutting the food stamp program so many or our troops and veterans depend on is a perfect example of just how out of touch he really is.

    I hope this gets plastered all over the MSM because it calls attention to why our food stamp program is very necessary and not something that benefits primarily minorities.

    Collect Different Days

    by Homers24 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:37:45 AM PST

  •  Go Cheney yourself, Dick (15+ / 0-)

    God, I'm sick of that man.

    "Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change." Muhammad Ali

    by blueoregon on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:39:43 AM PST

  •  If I were (5+ / 0-)

    a Republican I would want to find a cave to put Dick Cheney in and find a way to never let him out of it.

    It's the policy stupid

    by Ga6thDem on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:39:53 AM PST

  •  Assholes (8+ / 0-)

    The first word that comes into my head when I read about these guys is "assholes."

    When you try to pit the poor against the military...  I mean, why?

    Streichholzschächtelchen

    by otto on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:39:57 AM PST

  •  Why do We Have to Continue (7+ / 0-)

    listening to this War Criminal - he should have been hung years ago.

  •  Thanks for the warning, (22+ / 0-)

    Mr."Five-Deferments-Because-I-Had-Better-Things-To-Do."

    Always a pleasure for us little folks to bathe in your wisdom.  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:40:32 AM PST

  •  Dick Cheney needs to go Bird Hunting . . . (19+ / 0-)

    By Himself.

    I don't think that anybody values Dick Cheney's opinion nearly as much as he does himself.  Nobody in political life has done as much damage to the USA in the past 50 years as Dick Cheney.  Not only is Dick Cheney an international war criminal, he should be a criminal in the USA for the crimes that he committed while Vice-president.

    And, if he went bird hunting by himself, he might just make the issues moot.  The man is a danger to this nation.

    My wife, daughter and granddaughters should have more privacy in their doctor's office than I have buying another rifle or shotgun.

    by NM Ray on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:40:39 AM PST

  •  of course not; well fed people don't join (16+ / 0-)

    the military,  It takes hungry people with hungry families and no job prospects to find people to fight a half dozen wars across the world and to re-volunteer time after time.  It takes that kind of impetus for husbands and wives to leave the kids with relatives and both head out for far flung vistas.
    If you feed people, where will we find our cannon fodder for this New Age?

    •  Really? (1+ / 0-)
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      Please show me ANY evidence to support ANYTHING you are sprouting here.

      Im looking around the room and I see a lot of very talented people who get bombarded by headhunters daily.  I see a lot of people who have multiple college degrees.  I see people who love what they do and choose to do it.

      I blew past 20 a long time ago.   Ive been working for less than half pay for almost a decade.    

      Since you know NOTHING how about you STFU!

      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:05:50 AM PST

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      •  DBAD (0+ / 0-)

        Or: Lighten up, Francis.

      •  serious question (7+ / 0-)

        How many of the talented people that you see around you that have multiple college degrees are ACTUALLY at risk of coming home in one of those flag-draped coffins?

        The people you are describing are the kind of people that probably would have been successful inside or outside the military.

         The people that I think the original poster is talking about are not these people. There is definitely a class of people joining the military that are doing so because it is the only way to earn a living that would allow them to be self-sufficient. That's who is getting thrown into the military/industrial/government wood chipper; the Americans that would have been a whole lot better off if only they had some real opportunities OUTSIDE the military.

        •  Serious answer (2+ / 0-)
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          Looking at the Army folks its easy to answer - 100%.  Every one wears a combat patch.  More than half have a CIB/CFMB/CAB.  Of my Army peers every one has multiple tours in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Most of us have been to BOTH Iraq and Afghanistan.  And a lot of us have been to other places that get less attention but are just as if not more dangerous.  

          For my Navy and Air Force Peers its a little harder to tell but I can count the number with more than 10 years and no deployments on one hand.  

          Sorry but its a myth that the military is an employer of last resort.  Our standards are too high for that.  We accept a TINY number of "CAT IV" - low IQ folks.  We stopped giving "moral waivers" when Chaney stopped living in an undisclosed location.  We have an almost year long wait to join the Army because we can be picky.

          It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

          by ksuwildkat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:26:47 AM PST

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          •   (4+ / 0-)
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            I don't think that anyone is claiming that most people in the military joined as a last resort. I do think that if young people with only a high school education had more opportunities to make a decent living outside of the military you would probably see a lot less of them trying to join the military, and this would be a very good thing.

            •  Why exactly would it be a good thing? (2+ / 0-)
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              Compare the military to other employers:

              Equal pay - male, female, black, white, brown, green everyone gets the same pay for the same work.  Oh and the difference between the bottom and the top - about 15X.  No disgusting CEO pay here.

              30 days paid vacation - from day one.  Oh and that too is equal.  The Chairman of the Joint chiefs gets the exact 30 days as the kid who joined yesterday.

              Full medical and dental - no cost share, no deductible.

              No sick leave - being sick is no different than working.  You get paid no matter what.  1 day or 1000 days, you still get paid.  No one in the military has to choose between seeing a doctor and paying rent.

              Tax free pay for food and housing - We have this novel notion that what it costs to hit the bottom of your Maslow should be untaxed.

              REAL retirement with a defined benefit plan that fully vests at 20 years along with a defined contribution plan that has the lowest fees in the industry.  And retirement includes medical and dental for life.

              Education benefits - $4500 a year in tuition assistance from day one until retirement.  Multiple additional programs for education.  I spent 18 months getting a Masters and not only did it not cost me a dime I got paid my regular pay the entire time.

              Skills training - I have spent roughly 1 year out of 4 in some kind of formal training.  We invest in people.

              Name ONE civilian company that has all this.  You cant because they dont exist.  yet there is no reason they cant.  They CHOOSE not to do this.  Maybe people join the military because it offers a BETTER future than anyone else does.

              Oh and lets not sugar coat it.  The OP was very clear that the military is full of uneducated losers with no prospects.  never mind he/she probably couldn't last a day doing what I do.

              It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

              by ksuwildkat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:36:43 AM PST

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          •  I look around the local community and I see (1+ / 0-)
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            one KIA who was a cop and joined the NG for the one weekend a month spiel, never thinking he would be deployed.  I see another Gold Star widow who lost the farm because her husband also signed up for the NG and ended up KIA.  I would suggest that certain areas of the country are more likely to produce recruits for the military, are more likely to have a family tradition of military service, and are more likely to be economically depressed where the only real alternative is the military.

            I would note that mandated budget cuts will reduce the Army to its smallest size since WWII and final cuts, if not blocked, may result in the smallest US Army since the end of WWI.  To compare the present condition of the military in regards to its present needs vs its historical needs, say 1945-2010 seems to be a bit intellectually dishonest.  Sure the military is picky today because they can afford to be.  That is how a peacetime military operates.

            The question is how long it will remain a peace time military and when will we see another escalation and how will such an escalation be manned?  After all, my grandfather thought WWI was our final war and my father thought WWII would be the final war and I was sure that VN would have been our final major conflict.  Goes to show the prescience of my family I guess    

            •  NG can be unhealthy (0+ / 0-)

              Sadly the Guard and reserves seem to have a much higher percentage of KIAs and WIAs.

              Lots of contributing factors.  War is not a part time job.  Some units were let down by their leaders.  Different type of leader to get folks to show up for drill than keep them alive in combat.  Some units had less than great relationships with their Active Duty peers and superiors.  Some units had folks way to old in positions way too junior.  A 45 year old PFC in an infantry unit does what PFCs in infantry do - walks point.  That's a young man's job for a reason.  The Guard and Reserve units I was around were losing as many to heart attack and stroke as to the enemy.  Those guys had no business being there in the first place.

              Lot of guys got sold the weekend a month thinking they would never have to go all in but that is on them not the system.

              It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

              by ksuwildkat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:47:32 AM PST

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          •  How many Purple Hearts in the room? (0+ / 0-)

            I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

            by itsjim on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:35:51 AM PST

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      •  here is one source (0+ / 0-)

        http://www.commondreams.org/...

        There are others available

        •  One anecdote (1+ / 0-)
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          from 2003.  really?  That is your source?

          A 2003 story about ONE National Guard soldier.  And we are going to extrapolate that to cover all 2.1 million active and reserve Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guard.  

          Did you miss the whole part about it being a myth that the military is about rich white people sending poor black people to die?  Fact is the military represents America quite well.  With the exception of the 1% we are pretty much a reflection of the nation.  Good and bad.  Not special, not different.  Just a reflection.  

          It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

          by ksuwildkat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:55:14 AM PST

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            •  Great "sources" (0+ / 0-)
              "Among the many youth I have met over the years as an educator and counter-recruitment activist"
              Yup, no agenda there.
              "It perhaps should come as no surprise that the Army GED Plus Enlistment Program, in which applicants without high school diplomas are allowed to enlist while they complete a high school equivalency certificate, is focused on inner-city areas."
              Less than 15% of all Army enlistees have GEDs.  A tiny tiny number are brought in under "GED plus" that allows underprivileged youths who meet very strict criteria - including NO criminal record - to join.  this is a good program that gives a second chance to kids the public schools failed.

              Nice opinion piece by someone who self describes as an "counter recruiter."  And you managed to find a "source" only 7 years old.  

              Friday, November 4, 2005

              As sustained combat in Iraq makes it harder than ever to fill the ranks of the all-volunteer force

              Hmmm....9 years ago.  A whole 2 years newer than your first one but lest just take a look:
              Indeed, like many heavy recruiting areas, Martinsville has more people seeking Army jobs than are qualified for them. Army recruiters here turn away scores of interested youths because they fail vocational tests, physicals or legal background checks. To fill its ranks nationwide, the Army in fiscal 2005 accepted its least qualified pool in a decade -- falling below quota in high school graduates (87 percent) and taking in more youths scoring in the lowest category of aptitude test (3.9 percent).
              BTW - 2005 was by far our worst year for recruiting and we were STILL turning people away.
              Being black and female, Gravely contradicts a national decline over the past four years in the willingness of both blacks and women to consider military service -- a shift polls attribute to the U.S. anti-terrorism effort and perceived discrimination. Blacks fell from 22.3 percent of Army recruits in fiscal 2001 to 14.5 percent this year; Hispanics rose from 10.5 percent to 13.2 percent, and whites, from 60.2 percent to 66.9 percent. Women dropped from 20 percent to 18 percent.
              Well that doesnt fit the narrative.  I thought we just filled the Army with poor brown people......

              It might surprise you since I am just one of the dumb poor people in the Army but while earning my Masters I had to learn what was a "source" and what was just crap on the internet.  You have found crap on the internet for the most part.  Some of the WP article could be considered "source" material but you would need the actual studies.  You might want to stay away from those because they are counter to your narrative.  

              It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

              by ksuwildkat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 03:01:30 PM PST

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    •  this is how the English / Irish / Scots got to be (0+ / 0-)

      so famous for their fighting prowess: so many of them had no other way to make a living, as second (or later) sons in Early Modern Times.

      Listen to Garth Brooks' song "Ireland" one time. See if it doesn't sound to you like it could be about the US's current Guard / Reserves.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:18:28 PM PST

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  •  Dick Cheney is a big teddy bear :) (6+ / 0-)

    Everybody misunderstands this all the time.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:43:01 AM PST

  •  Don't be so hard on old Dickie (8+ / 0-)

    He has a transplanted heart, and those hearts don't last all that long.  He'll soon be gone, and that will be a Very Good Thing.  
    Of course he's for wasting more and more money on the military-industrial complex.  He ran a defense contracting business, and that's where all the wasted money goes.  A perfect example is that his buddy Hagel wants to eliminate the A-10 Warhog and keep the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.   The warthog will still fly with half a wing shot off, whereas the F-35 can't fly if there's high humidity.  

    •  Hagel's announcement does seem (7+ / 0-)

      a contradiction to me.  Tthe f-35 is this sophisticated piece of junk hardly meant to deal with small insurgencies etc, while the old a-10 is perfectly suited  to do the job. The F-35 hardly fits into the lean- mean machine concept.

      •  Air Force HATES the A-10 (3+ / 0-)
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        been trying to get rid of it for decades.  Twice it has come close to being transferred to the Army but at the last second the AF baulked.  Now they are getting rid of it when the Army is in no position to take over the platform.

        No one ever became Chief of Staff of the Air Force by doing ground support.  

        It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

        by ksuwildkat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:07:57 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Perfectly suited? (0+ / 0-)

        Hardly.

        The WartHog was built to prevent hordes of T-72s and BTR-60s from pouring thru the Fulda Gap.

        The aircraft requires a "real" airfield to operate from, but that's okay cause Germany is covered with airfields, both normal military bases and auxialliary fields built into the highway system, so who cares if it has narrow, high-pressure tires utterly unsuited for use on unprepared surfaces, unlike the Commie version which works very nicely when flown off dirt strips carved out of a wilderness.

        Even before the first Gulf War, there was an Air Force Colonel who found himself on the shit list because he called for the elimination of the DU ammo used in the anti-tank gun carried by the plane, now we have about half of Iraq permanently contaminated with residue from the rounds.

        The plane is certainly magnificent, within its limitations, but the USAF certainly adapted it from its original mission, and it doesn't really do the job a ground commander needs from close-air support.

        That's why the Marines need a Harrier replacement, to provide their forces with air support that they own, that they don't have to beg from the Air Force or Navy...

        "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

        by leftykook on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:10:32 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Are you saying ... (0+ / 0-)

          ... that the F-35 is a replacement for the Harrier?  If so, the Marines will certainly get the short end of that stick.  Modify the A-10 with your fat low-pressure tires and keep the thing flying.  We really don't need that expensive POS F-35.  We need a REAL airplane.
          The international symbol for waste is five nested pentagons.  

      •  We may not always be fighting insurgencies (0+ / 0-)

        The A-10 is very useful as long as it's operating in a fairly limited threat environment.

        The A-10s did very well in the Gulf War, right up until they ran up against the Republican Guard units that had more capable air defenses. Then their loss rate became unacceptable.

        Fighter plane designs tend to have very long lifespans these days: the A-10, F-15, F-16, and F-18 are all 1970s designs.

        Whatever we build today will likely still be in service 30 years from now. We may not be fighting an insurgency 10 years down the road. We may be fighting a major power or at least a regional power.

        The argument I've heard from the USAF is that the A-10 won't survive in a 4th generation air defense environment.

        If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

        by Major Kong on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 11:11:44 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  It will take some Chinese middle-schooler (3+ / 0-)

      about 15 minutes to hack into the F-35's computer system and disable both the plane and the pilot long before it comes even close to its target - just in case the plane is ever fully operational at all.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:03:20 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Eliminating the A-10 is eliminating existing (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      BlackSheep1

      infrastructure and all its attendant costs. The F-35 isn't existing infrastructure yet.

    •  Someone else is dead now (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      dagnome, BlackSheep1, Kymidei

      because the heart (s)he could have had went to Cheney.

      The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

      by raboof on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 09:01:34 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  LOLOL - (0+ / 0-)

      They had better not say where he’s buried.  There won’t be enough room for all the overflow.
      My guess is that they will bury him and make a big production out of it, all the while knowing that he’s buried somewhere else.

      Let me explain the order of things to you. There's the aristocracy, the upper class, the middle class, working class, dumb animals, waiters, creeping things, head lice, people who eat packet soup, then you. -- Gareth Blackstock, Chef!

      by avamontez on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 11:48:08 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  All I have to say... (13+ / 0-)

    ..to dick is

    'so what,  that is why I voted for Obama'

    We have a huge military and security state costing billions, if not trillions a year, and they still only protect multinational companies rights to operate where and how they want.

    And it is useless to "protect" the citizenry if they are starving to death, or freezing to death, or just plain suffering.

    I would rather have a weak military and a strong healthy citizenry not to mention a strong health industry.  We would be safer that way as well.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:44:56 AM PST

  •  Cheney is just sore because he is at the wrong end (1+ / 0-)
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    of the MIC pool. As the big hardware army shrinks, the NSA and drone capability expands. The "enemy" of the future is not states fielding armies, but crowds of people in mass uprisings, assembled through social media.

    If Cheney were making his money off the schemes Glen Greenwald is revealing, he would be loving it.

  •  Oh and it is.... (3+ / 0-)
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    ....obvious why his first heart died.  That he was give another to not care about is a sin in my book.  This man has overstayed his welcome.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:46:58 AM PST

  •  This Son of a bitch (18+ / 0-)

    draft dodger decided that it was alright for the rest of us to do a job he felt he was "busy" for.  I've hated this bastard from day one.  He ignites an anger in me that I've not felt since tricky dicky.

    I know one commentator made the observation that this shithead is here only to infuriate a lot of us vets.   They sure wasted a good heart when they gave this bastard a new one - god damn him.

    •  yet he does not enrage me like w did (2+ / 0-)
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      because unlike w dick only skated -- he didn't screw up an entire service's path to better things by being the example of not "what you know" being as important as "who you know".

      I still seethe over the loss of the Palace Chase program (yes, you used to be able to enlist in the USAF and be tested for aircrew positions afterward. W screwed that up for us all).

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:26:29 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I suppose it hasn't yet dawned on Mr. Blunderbuss (6+ / 0-)

    that the Republicans in D.C., in their infinite wisdom, approved the sequestration deal that would do more to negatively affect DOD spending than either the president's or Hagel's plan.  And it's still in effect!  
    It's true:  there is none so blind as he who will not see.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:49:37 AM PST

    •  No it's all Obama's fault (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      TKO333, gffish

      because he didn't give the Teapublican's all their demands.

      Also Obama gave "those people" people food stamps. Obama is always giving things to "those people" -- Obamaphones, food stamps, Obamacare -- 'cuz he's a Soshulist.

      The people with better things to do (i.e. not "those people") understand that all that money should instead be given to Halliburton. That will make Cheney richerAmerica safer.

  •  This guy is a bum (9+ / 0-)

    He's always been a bum.

    The world will be several generations in working off the damage he has caused to this nation, to Iraq, and many other countries wrapped up in his sociopathic adventures.

    You don't need a quadrophonic Blaupunkt, you hayseed. You need a curveball!

    by GoBlue08 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:50:34 AM PST

  •  Because WE JUST DON'T SPEND ENOUGH (13+ / 0-)

    On the military - even though we spend more than the next ten countries COMBINED, it's STILL NOT ENOUGH!

    And Dick cares about the troops so much that he had no qualms sending them off on multiple tours of duty, and to be permanently maimed or killed in the thousands so he and his cronies could become millionaires and billionaires.

    I know this is all common knowledge, but it all must be repeated as much as possible, especially whenever this soulless demon from Hell raises his head and spews his despicable, evil opinions.

    "When does the greed stop, we ask the other side? That's the question and that's the issue." - Senator Ted Kennedy

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:51:15 AM PST

    •  it ain't what we spend, it's how (2+ / 0-)
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      Kymidei, 2dot

      we prioritize the spending.

      We ought to spend more on military members and their families, and on veterans. If that means we spend less on contractors and vendors and their tax breaks, so  be it.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:27:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Dear Mr. Cheney (7+ / 0-)

    Who would have ever thought that you would choose to starve Americans rather than spend less on finding imaginative ways to shoot people.

    I have a suggestion for you.  If you feel our level of military spending, which still remains more than the next twelve nations combined, you and other like minded republicans should donate 90% of your retirement money to the defense department.  I am sure they would be grateful to have it back and the good thing would be that you would still have plenty more to eat than those who are currently on food stamps.

  •  Says the man with no pulse. (2+ / 0-)
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    Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

    by Floyd Blue on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:54:51 AM PST

  •  Not to be as reflexive (1+ / 0-)
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    as those who oppose the President just because he exists, but if Dick Cheney is opposed to this I'll sleep pretty easily at night.

    And could anyone in the media string two coherent points together that we are at our most technologically advanced state ever and don't need as many people?  

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:55:07 AM PST

  •  And back under his rock he goes. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:55:10 AM PST

  •  I love seeing his hypocrisy highlighted! (3+ / 0-)
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    ekgrulez1, OregonWetDog, 2dot

    Everyone in this country should be forced to know how many of our homeless are vets, how many military families rely on food stamps, how high the price of the Bush wars really is.  

    Every citizen should know that the war on Christmas is a RW distraction from the war on the middle class they're waging in every red state and in the House.  

    Every Progressive should become aware that there are radical differences between the political parties.  

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:55:34 AM PST

  •  It's a shame he never served in the military (2+ / 0-)
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    ekgrulez1, gfv6800

    He makes a damn good sniper.

  •  "But this really is over the top" (0+ / 0-)

    The Dick cries wolf once again.

    For all of Cheney's six years of criticism and fear-mongering about Obama--including how Obama is weak on fighting terrorists--he thinks this is the pinnacle?  

    Every Cheney criticism is a soundbite made for Fox News. I wonder if they have him on a retainer to say something when the regular GOP contributors get stale with "Benghazi!" and "Obamacare!  Bad!"

  •  Do I understand this correctly? (7+ / 0-)

    In spite of this country's continuing to produce Abrams tanks that even the Army doesn't want because they are part of archaic warfare strategy that essentially ended in WW2; a Joint Strike Force fighter aircraft that has been plagued with design flaws and cost overruns to the tune of billions; and the Ford class aircraft carrier that currently costs $15 billion with only ONE having been produced... another archaic warfare strategy that makes it a floating target for missile strikes -

    I could be off the mark, here: but in consideration of the above, isn't it a bit disingenuous for the above war mongering bastard to criticize food stamp programs that cost about 1/10,000th that of an aircraft carrier? - Especially when many of the Gulf War vets he doomed to mutilation need financial assistance because the economy his President created has no jobs for them?

    Why doesn't he just shut up, crawl off somewhere and go away quietly like other past-prime predators in nature?

  •  There are very few graves... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Anakai, raboof, tb mare, TKO333

    I wish to piss on before I die...

  •  Shorter: (0+ / 0-)
    "Dick Cheney snarls, criticizes Obama, calls for increased military spending and cuts to food stamps."

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:01:06 AM PST

  •  Show us a photo of Cheney's bloody hands! (4+ / 0-)
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    Show us a full-body photo of Dick Cheney so we can see the blood that is still dripping off his hands.  This murderous sociopath has the blood of hundreds of thousands of people on his hands, and his pathological opinions are still being sought by the media?  No surprise that he wants to keep the fire hose of federal corporate welfare dollars flowing full-bore into the bank accounts of the military-industrial complex while starving the poor, which include hundreds of thousands of military dependents.  Dick Cheney is a waste of molecules.

  •  We do have to remember that this is the Nation (5+ / 0-)

    that elected a Senile old Hollywood B- Grade Has-been Ham President for two terms; and later followed that up with Dubbya the Dumbbell for 2 more.  With, of course, Daddy Spookhead in between!

    That IS one of the consequences of being a Republic, you know.  You get exactly what you vote for - or what wins because you don't exercise your principal right of franchise in the first place.

    How's for doing something about it?

    If you DO NOT want "Government OF little spoiled brats, BY little spoiled brats, FOR little spoiled brats", then GET OUT AND VOTE FOR YOUR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES!!!!!

    •  ^^^ THIS ^^^ (0+ / 0-)

      Would rec 1000X if possible.

      Dems - get off your asses and vote the Republican scum OUT of office in 2014.

      America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

      by dagnome on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:35:14 AM PST

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  •  For this one - instead of a tombstone, (1+ / 0-)
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    they need to install a urinal.

  •  The amazing thing is this misanthrope is better (0+ / 0-)

    than all but a handful of all the Republican politicians in what is clearly the shallow end of the gene pool.

  •  Opps Sorry (0+ / 0-)

    For the double post saying essentially the same thing. I guess I just got carried away and impatient.

    Collect Different Days

    by Homers24 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:05:32 AM PST

  •  I guess Cheney wasn't a fan of himself when he was (2+ / 0-)
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    TKO333, 2dot

    Secretary of Defense: "Over his four years as Secretary of Defense, Cheney downsized the military and his budgets showed negative real growth, despite pressures to acquire weapon systems advocated by Congress. The Department of Defense's total obligational authority in current dollars declined from $291 billion to $270 billion. Total military personnel strength decreased by 19 percent, from about 2.2 million in 1989 to about 1.8 million in 1993.[27] Notwithstanding the overall reduction in military spending, Cheney directed the development of a Pentagon plan to ensure U.S. military dominance in the post-Cold War era.[44]"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Incendiado para arriba, listo para irme.

    by gobacktotexas on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:07:59 AM PST

  •  It's all about profits for Halliburton and other (6+ / 0-)
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    war profiteers and parasites sucking at the Federal Government teat.

    If Cheney has so much respect for the military why the five deferments during Vietnam?
    He told us he had "OTHER PRIORITIES".

    I guess that explains the lack of respect for the military personnel and the American taxpayers by Halliburton et al during the Iraq War.
    Like Cheney, they had "OTHER PRIORITIES"

    I guess that's why Halliburton moved their headquarters to  Dubai,
    because when it comes to America, they have
    "OTHER PRIORITIES"

    In an earlier era of American history, scumbags like Cheney and his ilk might have been arrested, convicted and hung by the neck until dead as WAR PROFITEERS.

  •  How a smaller military affects Cheney: (1+ / 0-)
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    Less cannon fodder in his crusade to control the world's oil.

  •  Uh....The Dick advocated and ovesaw (3+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, TKO333, 2dot

    one of this country's largest cuts to the military whilst he was Sec. of Defense under Poppie.  Remember the "peace dividend"? WTF is he spewing about and WhyTF is ANYONE listening?

  •  Mr. Six Deferments (0+ / 0-)

    Always as serious as a heart attack.

  •  i would prefer to have more spent on (2+ / 0-)
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    Food stamps than on the military.  I would like all military families and veterans to be issued a generous amount of food stamp support without means testing.

    I would like food stamps made more generous, and easier to get.

    But then, I am a special interest.  Unlike Dickie, I don't get a share of military  spending.

  •  I saw one GOP hack on TV already (1+ / 0-)
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    tb mare

    complaining about Obama 'balancing the budget on the back of the military.'

    We need to change that meme to 'supporting a military that doesn't break the back of the nation.'

    When atlatls are outlawed, only outlaws will have atlatls.

    by wheeldog on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:19:47 AM PST

  •  The Old Torturer Is Spouting Crap Again! (1+ / 0-)
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    TKO333

    He should talk to his little Republican buddies who voted for the sequester which automatically cut the size of the military.  And as Rachel Maddow pointed out last night, the size of the military historically declines after a war is winding down.  

    Beside that, he & that vile daughter of his should have the grace to shut their yaps.  I wait for the day when that artificial heart of his poops out.  Oh happy day!

  •  Ignore this asshole (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TKO333, 2dot

    not worth a second of my time.  

    a veteran who served honorably.

  •  Haha, Dick has gathered the courage from (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tb mare

    his tax payer heart to take a swipe at the poor and defend the bloated military/intelligence "Deep State" of which he was one of the masterminds. Psychopath!

  •  I am not amazed. (2+ / 0-)
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    tardis10, 2dot

    See the shiny poor person over there ----------->
    meanwhile.... Corporate welfare appears to be at an all time high.

    But corporate welfare is not the subject of any comprehensive reporting at the federal level. Disclosures by state and local governments vary greatly, from substantial to nearly nonexistent.

    Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

    by emmasnacker on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:28:52 AM PST

  •  Defense spending is the number one reason (0+ / 0-)

    There's not enough money for important things in the budget.

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:37:09 AM PST

  •  Watch for them Soviet Tanks! (4+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, mmacdDE, TKO333, 2dot

    So Sec'y of Defense Hagel wants to reduce the forces that were designed to counter a Soviet tank invasion out of East Germany.  And Dick Cheney is in a tizzy.  Does he think the Soviets are hiding those tanks somewhere in what is now a NATO country?  It is all so stupid.  The military is geared up to fight the last century's battles. And give tons and tons of money to the top military contractors for the weapons needed to do so, while being unprepared for today's challenges.  Which require agility, not brute force.

  •  Spend Tax Dollars Locking Up Dick Cheney (1+ / 0-)
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    TKO333

    because he is a goddamn war criminal that started torturing and abandoned the moral high ground for nothing, a perjurer who lied to the FBI about outing CIA covert agent Valerie Plame Wilson in retaliation for her husband's refusal to endorse the Bush/Cheney lie justifying the invasion of Iraq (Saddam Hussein had NOTHING to do with 9-11.), violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and bribed the former Nigerian government with $100 Million for the right to murder environmentalists there and to pollute freely when he was CEO of Halliburton, etc.

  •  Cut military budget in half (2+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, TKO333

    and 10 years, cut in half again.

    Use the money to build a real economy.

    When is America going to learn

    Republicans - No solutions, just reasons why other peoples solutions will not work.

    by egarratt on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:51:05 AM PST

  •  Because we can never have enough military... (0+ / 0-)

    or wars.

    Porn for wingnuts.

  •  Could it be that Cheney forgot about this? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    2dot
    Cheney Eyes Defense Cuts
    Arms Agreements Could Lead To Pentagon Trims
    January 31, 1990|By Thom Shanker and David Evans, Chicago Tribune.

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said Tuesday that completion of disarmament treaties and two secret weapons studies could compel him to dramatically reduce the Pentagon`s 1991 spending plan even before the new fiscal year begins in October.

    Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfu*king snows on this motherfu*king plain!

    by shoeless on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:57:17 AM PST

  •  Hey, Kos editors, (0+ / 0-)

    I just ate lunch. Do you want me to throw up or something?

    (No more Dick on the front page, please. Unless he's in chains.)

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:58:04 AM PST

  •  The picture needs to be less than an inch square. (0+ / 0-)

    Or not in the article at all.

    The man needs to be hauled into The Hague. Nothing less.

    Hey Dick, you're the expert. You swore you knew exactly where they were. Where TF are they?  

    I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

    by AllanTBG on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:58:34 AM PST

  •  Progressives: "Shut up, Dick Cheney!" (0+ / 0-)

    Dems: "Shut up, Dick Cheney!"
    Gop: " Shut up, Dick Cheney!"
    MIC: "-Ut-shay up-ay, Dick Cheney!"
    Liz Cheney: "Way to go, Dad!"

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 09:02:52 AM PST

  •  War Criminal (0+ / 0-)

    This gentleman is a war criminal and led our country to war based on lies.  

    Perhaps one day we will stop supporting the war machine and those that create it.

  •  Warrior Statesman Dick Cheney (1+ / 0-)
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    orlbucfan

    Renowned warlord Dick Cheney explains why Obama's failure to conquer new lands demonstrates an unwillingness to support the troops.  Details coming up after this message from our corporate oil sponsors...

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 09:10:13 AM PST

  •  Dick Cheney (1+ / 0-)
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    2dot

    Dick Cheney routinely complains about the current  Barack Obama's stewardship of the of the country. For a moment close your eyes and think about what a different place this  nation could have been sans Cheney. This poltroon who managed to duck out of military service, has been the supplicant of the tax payer largess both in his public as well as private life.

  •  Isnt this worthles f%ck dead Yet? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    leftykook

    or is he still giving interviews thru a channeling medium from his reserved spot in the 9th circle right under the Devil's backside?

    •  I need to amass a lotta mojo.... (0+ / 0-)

      ...to make up for all the HRs I'm gonna get for "Excessive Celebration" when this vile fuck finally croaks.

      Please, folks, help me stack up some protective mojo and gimme a few extra recs....

      "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

      by leftykook on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 09:43:59 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks for the wonderful pic. So many useful (0+ / 0-)

    applications for this mugshot.  By the way, I understand that some sort of polio-like affliction is also back in the news.

  •  He's just jealous (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Krush

    of people who still take in nutrients through the mouth.

    What's the difference between the Federal government and organized crime? One's legally sanctioned.

    by FrankenPC on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 09:22:40 AM PST

  •  Shorter dick (2+ / 0-)
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    2dot, a gilas girl

    "I prefer to kill people not feed them" what a surprise

    •  Interesting subject line (0+ / 0-)

      that plays in multiple ways.  

      Always useful on a snarky political blog. Thanks for altering your longtime lurker status to join the conversation.

      Don't know if this will be familiar or not, but I offer it in good faith:

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      by a gilas girl on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 04:16:10 PM PST

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  •  The Cheney solution to poverty? (1+ / 0-)
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    Krush

    Feed the poor to the military.

    Thankfully, bribes from the beef and chicken producers put that idea on the back burner.

  •  I wonder what tune Dick would be whistling if he'd (0+ / 0-)

    been the CEO of, say, Conagra or Monsanto.  Or Walmart for that matter.

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    by here4tehbeer on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:31:17 AM PST

  •  I prefer an edited heading to this entry: (0+ / 0-)

    "Noted Dick Complains About Food for the Poor"

  •  complains about food for the poor MILITARY fams (0+ / 0-)

    Noted military expert (see Iraq War) Dick Cheney complains about food stamps for the poor, taxpayer-supported MILITARY families who can't survive without more money, that he redirected to Halliburton...

    this from a man who has decimated the military, esp veterans and their healthcare and benefits.
    shame on him for not crawling back into his bunker.

    what an ass.
    beyond assyness.

    ugh.

    why does he even speak?  doesn't he understand ppl literally despise him?

    I am tired of laughing at the irony of their stupidity.

    by stagemom on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:38:47 AM PST

  •  There was a time (0+ / 0-)

    when we could just wait for the battery to fail.

    Wonder if they still dust and freshen up his reserved holding cell at The Hague?

  •  He will die soon. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

    by unclebucky on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:58:28 AM PST

  •  Cheney (0+ / 0-)

    Hey Dicky. If you're such a military guy, how come you didn't join up the 5 times you were asked. I'm a little younger than you but, I hated the war and joined the reserves. You were for the war but, chickened out. Let somebody else spill blood you dickwad!

  •  Isn't he dead yet? (1+ / 0-)
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    Krush

    If not, why not?  I think we should test some kind of military weapon by shoving it up his ass and asking 20 questions.  If he figures out the answer we still test the weapon.  That'll be the surprise for him.

    "If it takes all night / that'll be alright / if I can get you to smile before I leave." Jackson Browne

    by rainmanjr on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 11:26:54 AM PST

    •  Hes undead (1+ / 0-)
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      rainmanjr

      He comes out of his coffin whenever the Republicans need him to say something totally brain dead that only really stupid Republican supporters would believe.

      Military spending cuts and SNAP benefits are totally unrelated and do not effect each other in the least.

      And Military spending is overbloated.

  •  Dick Cheney is an Anagram (0+ / 0-)

    for Heck Icy End meaning Cold Hell Armageddon meaning NUCLEAR WINTER! Jus' sayin'...

    "I may not understand what you say, but I'll defend to your death my right to deny it" - Albert Alligator, Pogo by Walt Kelly

    by RightWingLefty on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:04:22 PM PST

  •  How many military families are on food stamps... (0+ / 0-)

    Dick?

    Ooops.

    A Defense Department review released last year showed that military families were more reliant on food stamps in 2013 than in any previous year, with over $100 million in food stamp spending at military grocery stores. “Food stamp usage at the stores has more than quadrupled since 2007 ...Cheney also seems unaware that many of the troops he supports depend on the same food stamp program once they leave military service. “Nationwide, in any given month, a total of 900,000 veterans nationwide lived in households that relied on SNAP to provide food for their families in 2011,” the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote in a recent analysis. Given the high unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans — 9.7 percent for those who served when Cheney was in office — it’s unsurprising that many of them need assistance from the government to help make ends meet.

    Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

    by bobdevo on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:40:07 PM PST

  •  Dick Cheney (0+ / 0-)

    I wonder if Dick Cheney realizes that Halliburton , while it was in Iraq, tried to fraudulently bill the U.S. Govt. over $10.3 billion dollars, for work not started, not completed, 100 million gallons of gasoline at a $ dollar a gallon gouge. We caught them on the gasoline as there was another supplier that sold gasoline for a dollar a gallon less, in the same area, and he was satisfied with his profit.  I wonder if Dick Cheney remembers the Pentagon stating it had enough of a particular fighter jet, yet our brilliant elected officials ( both sides) voted to keep on building the damned things, so Billy Bob would have a job. Does Dick Cheney remember that his administration doubled the U.S. debt ? Possibly  if more sound judgment had been used back then, we might not have to make cuts now. Cheney was also the one that stated that " deficits don't matter." I guess he doesn't intend to be around when the banks start changing their names to Chinese symbols .
    Dick Cheney was partially responsible for the "devastating effect"   his out of control administration had on the American people.
    One last thing Dick- See a dentist; your teeth need cleaning. The nicotine is oozing out from around them.

    •  IIRC (0+ / 0-)

      Cheney's agreement with Halliburton was deferred compensation accruing to him even after he became VP.  Don't know how long he arranged to collect from them, but it was a pretty goodly amount.  Depending how one of those arrangements is written, he might possibly be still collecting Halliburton money, from a deal penned 15-16 years ago.

      On a planetary scale, habitat and life are interchangeable.

      by libbys mom on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 12:05:45 AM PST

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  •  Cold black heart (0+ / 0-)

    Yeah, about that… I don't want my taxes to keep funding your cold, black heart to remain alive. You've proven that it's to expensive to keep alive and I just don't understand why the American government keeps shelling money over  pay for your health insurance. I didn't agree to it? So please tell me why?

    •  haven't you heard? (0+ / 0-)

      irony died a less than natural death during the second Bush administration.  That means we have to take people like Dick Cheney without any grains of salt.

      ;-)

      Thanks for joining the conversation.

      Welcome from the DK Partners & Mentors Team. If you have any questions about how to participate here, you can learn more at the Knowledge Base or from the New Diarists Resources Diaries. Diaries labeled "Open Thread" are also great places to ask. We look forward to your contributions.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 05:30:59 PM PST

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  •  Military Cuts (0+ / 0-)

    No wonder Cheney is upset. Cutting back on our military makes orchestrating a full scale future attack on Iran so much harder and lessens the opportunity for Halliburton to turn a handsome profit as a result. Cheney and his neocon cronies must be distraught at this missed opportunity for the military industrial complex to cash in.

  •  Tricky Dicky never counted the cost of his heart (0+ / 0-)

    transplant since he didn't pay for it out of his pocket.  We, the taxpayers, footed the bill, since he most likely had medical coverage from the government...despite all the millions he made from the war in Iraq through Halliburton.  Now, THAT'S what I call a waste of money!  

  •  DRINK A STRONG DARK BLACK CUP OF..... (0+ / 0-)

    SHUT THE FUCK UP AND GO BACK TO LIVING OUT YOUR LIFE WITH THE HEART OF THE CHILD YOU ATE FOR LUNCH

  •  DICK! (0+ / 0-)

    His first name fits to a "T".

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