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Before going into why I wrote this diary, lets talk about Strike #1 That was the wonderful episode where he was shilling for the Healthcare Industry by campaigning against the ACA's IPAB. This culminated with him writing a lie-filled Op-Ed in the WSJ on the subject which, naturally, gave credibility to those on the right who want to gut IPAB because it does what they don't want: cutting cost out of out the healthcare system by forcing changes to Doctors and Hospitals as opposed to consumers and the poor. Now, some people not familiar with our politics probably don't understand why the Republicans, a party that professes their #1 priority to be cutting out of control entitlement spending, is so religiously opposed to IPAB. Well, besides their desire in all things that pain shouldn't come to corporations but to people and especially the poor, there is also the reality that if Medicare is made more efficient and cost effective it reduces the needed pressure to force radical solutions that they prefer like "Premium-Support". So Dean, after saying, in 2010, passing the ACA wash't worth it cause it didn't have a public option and had no cost controls, is now opposed to the most consumer friendly cost-control out their and is the right's biggest ally on that cause.

But what really drove me over the edge and basically counts as 2 strikes is his op-ed with Rudy Gulianni published in today's Roll Call:

They urged us to convey to the US administration that Iranians are fed up with the ruling theocracy and do not view Rouhani as an element for change. They all called for firmness in dealing with Tehran’s rulers.

Yet, tragically, the firmness they were yearning for has become hostage to nuclear negotiations that are stuck behind “hard decisions by Tehran”— and that is while Tehran’s nuclear infrastructure has remained intact and the centrifuges keep spinning. In the meantime, the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, underscored last week that the regime “will not give up its nuclear achievements and nobody has the right to negotiate over these achievements.” The weak policy vis-a-vis Tehran has only emboldened it to intensify suppression, continue massive support for Syrian dictator Assad and to slaughter its opponents, members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran in Camp Liberty in Iraq.

During the nuclear negotiations in Geneva in November, France demonstrated that neither Europe nor the U.S. would lose from upholding a firm position. But offering concessions to a regime that views major compromise on its nuclear weapons program as a “poison chalice” and human rights as its Achilles’ heel only protracts the security threat for the U.S. and Europe and postpones the Iranian people’s desire for achieving democracy and freedom. America must commit itself to the principle that the human rights of others must not be sacrificed for ephemeral diplomatic gains.

What we have here is an Op-Ed that is calling Obama weak and parroting Neo-con talking points that only complete and utter capitulation by Iran will suffice. Even worse, with the mention of opposition from the Iranian populous and the Ayotallahs being weak, the obvious subtext is that regime change is the only option. This shouldn't be surprising, cause Howard Dean is shilling for MEK, a shady exiled Iranian group that's sole purpose is the overthrow of the regime.

Whats so disgusting is how he's so completely embraced the cause of his clients, the HC Industry and MEK, and that either he really didn't believe any of his '03 message and  previous positions or that he's so money hungry that he'll subjugate his views with glee.

Either way, its disgusting. I'm done with him, and you should be too.

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  •  At the roots of (9+ / 0-)

    most (not all) of his odious positions is $$$. Doc wanted to get paid, fuck principle.

  •  He's our Sarah Palin! (0+ / 0-)

    All he needs is a National Geographic TV series on the natural wonders of Vermont.

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:25:15 PM PDT

    •  I'm sure we can find a better candidate for that (1+ / 0-)
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      dubious position.

      After all, selling a Senate Seat does take the cake.

      Although showing one's wiener via one's phone is a close second.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Wed May 07, 2014 at 01:11:05 PM PDT

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  •  IPAB? (1+ / 0-)
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    Can't decipher that acronym - please advise.

    •  Independent Payment Advisory Board (2+ / 0-)
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      corvo, mjd in florida

      "The next time everyone will pay for it equally, and there won't be any more Chosen Nations, or any Others. Poor bastards all." ~The Boomer Bible

      by just another vet on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:39:43 PM PDT

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    •  Oh sorry (9+ / 0-)

      It stands for Independent Payment Advisory Board. Its a board created by the ACA consisting of healthcare "experts" and their job is that should Medicare grow faster than a certain rate they will require changes on the provider side of the system. These changes can only be overturn by, I think, a super-majority of congress.

      Basically, the idea behind it was that after the ACA and its pilot programs go into affect, we'll have a lot of data and ideas on cost control. The problem is those ideas would never get instituted by congress because the industry is powerful. So a board was created that, once appointed by the President, is capable of putting whats on paper into action without politics interfering.

      The key thing about IPAB is that  in its constitution its not allowed to make any changes that touch the consumer. So, naturally, hospitals and doctors hate it, but, short of single-payer, that's whats required for us to make our system more solvent and protect Medicare/Medicaid. What separates us from other OECD countries is in the payments and excessive procedures that our hospitals provide and charge. Thats where the cutback is needed.  

  •  Only two strikes? (1+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps the wrong analogy.

    Very sleazy stuff, nonetheless.

  •  Gov Dean's claim to fame was being against (9+ / 0-)

    invading Iraq.

    His other claim (50-state strategy) gave us a majority in Congress, but at the cost of having a big Blue Dog caucus.

    Don't mistake him for a liberal.  He isn't one.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
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    by polecat on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:50:23 PM PDT

    •  You miss the Blue Dogs? (0+ / 0-)

      The 50-state strategy didn't cost us the Blue Dogs; they fell to a later Republican wave.  But even if it did, so what? More and better Democrats matter, and the Blue Dogs often voted the wrong way.  I don't see how Dr. Dean did anything to hurt them.  They were barking up the wrong tree all along.

      •  No, the cost we had to pay was HAVING THEM. (0+ / 0-)

        They undercut us all the time.  Gave us Speaker Pelosi, to be sure, but he enabled them.

        That's why I said we got a majority, but at the cost of having a big Blue Dog caucus.

        Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
        I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
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        by polecat on Wed May 07, 2014 at 08:32:40 PM PDT

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  •  Some people are even slower than I. Who knew? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    by hannah on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:50:43 PM PDT

  •  Sigh. My impression is that Howard Dean (5+ / 0-)

    fought the good fight longer than many and then finally came to the "if you can't beat them, join them moment".

    I recall being very disillusioned with something he did during the healthcare debates, when as far as I recall he came out on some issue (patent lengths?) without disclosing that he had become involved with some biologic company which should have been disclosed since he was no longer an unbiased commenter. I think that's pretty close to the situation, I might be wrong in some of the details. I remember thinking "et tu Howard?" but I have come to simply accept that people get tired of beating their heads against the wall and one day the invite to the I Got Mine Club is at the door and only a saint or a masochist would turn it down (like Dennis Kucinich).

    I am surprised at the hawkishness given his Iraq War history.  

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:59:57 PM PDT

  •  Relax! (7+ / 0-)

    You'll feel better once you realize that Dean is not now nor ever was a progressive; he just played one in a presidential primary once.  

    Sort of like John Edwards that way.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Wed May 07, 2014 at 02:01:03 PM PDT

  •  Sorry it took so long to see the real Dean (1+ / 0-)
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    (insert primal scream).  He had a good idea with the 50 state program and that should not be forgotten.  After that, he has nothing.

  •  Hmm...could he be auditioning for a Clinton (1+ / 0-)
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    administration gig?  I wonder if we're going to be seeing surrogates beginning to lay out a more right wing positioning on foreign policy?

  •  I don't see the point at all (1+ / 0-)
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    RIP Russ

    Dr. Dean is not a conservative.  He is being attacked here for two issues.

    In the first one, he opposes the IPAB rules which put the onus of cost control onto doctors.  Well, guess what Dr. Dean did for a living before politics, and what his wife still does?  Doctors don't like IPAB.  Maybe the bigger cost problem is elsewhere in the system.

    In the second one,  he is no fan of the Iranian government. Well guess what... not many Americans are. Sure, their new President talks a good game and almost sounds a little bit reformist.  But he's at most the #3 person in power there, behind the Supreme Leader and the Revolutionary Guard chieftan pulling his strings. And Iran has been a major backer of Assad in Syria, definitely not Mr. Nice Guy (though his opposition was divided too, many of them being even worse).

    Both of these positions are well within the Democratic spectrum of views.  As is support for Israel within safe, secure, limited borders next to a Palestinian state.

  •  This diary is a trumped-up hot mess (0+ / 0-)
    This shouldn't be surprising, cause Howard Dean is shilling for MEK, a shady exiled Iranian group that's sole purpose is the overthrow of the regime.
    MEK are not choirboys. They have a past, to be sure.

    The U.S guaranteed their safety at the beginning of the war. In exchange for relinquishing their guns, we promised them protection. The refugees at Camp Ashraf, all Iranian dissidents, were granted “protected persons” status under the Fourth Geneva Convention. The U.S. also guaranteed their safety in writing when the camp was initially organized. Want to file a complaint? Leave it with Donald Rumsfeld, who made the decision.

    Despite reassurances to the US of ensuring proper treatment, the Iraqi Government not only restricted the free flow of food, maintenance and medical supplies, and denied residents the ability to move without restriction in and out of the camp. It also carried out attacks on them at the behest of Iran.

    In 2009 and 2011 the camp was attacked resulting in numerous deaths. In 2009, Iraqi security personnel forcibly entered the camp using tear gas, water cannons, batons, guns, and military vehicles. According to Amnesty International, video of the attack appeared to show Iraqi troops “deliberately driving military vehicles into crowds."

    In 2011, Iraqi security forces again forced their way into Ashraf and attacked them, using armored personnel carriers and Humvees. As before, Amnesty International reported video that appeared to show Iraqi soldiers firing guns indiscriminately into crowds and using vehicles to try to run them down.

    In 2011 they were moved to Camp Liberty which can charitably be described as a slum: Inadequate living conditions, a broken sewerage system, no potable water, no medical facilities, no reliable food delivery or power grid.

    Camp Liberty has been attacked repeatedly by rocket fire. In 2013, the Iraqis again attacked the camp. Photographs show some residents handcuffed behind their backs before they were shot in the back of the head. 7 hostages were taken by the Iraqis and haven't been released.

    There's plenty of video of Dean speaking out against the US for failing to uphold the commitment it made to protect the MEK's human rights. But since you were apparently looking for any excuse to drop a GBCW diary on Howard Dean, you selectively omitted this part of the editorial:

    According to independent U.N. reports , two-thirds of 687 confirmed executions in Iran in 2013, including political executions, took place during Rouhani’s presidency. This year has not been any better; there have been 180 executions, many of them public.

    Hanging people in public squares and public places, regardless of the crime they have committed, is barbaric. It belies the propaganda about “moderate” Rouhani. It is carried out to intimidate an angry and disillusioned society that the mullahs have no other way to contain. The desire for change is pervasive in Iran, in particular among women, who are treated as second-class citizens, and youth (55 percent of Iranians are younger than 30), who have little hope that their desires will be met under the mullahs’ rule.

    Oh, and the headline of this commentary that so disgusted you?

    In Dealing With Iran, Human Rights Must Have Priority

    So not only are you a "former Deaniac," which I doubt you ever truly were, you apparently have no concern for human rights, the fact that the US has not followed through on a commitment or only the human rights of people you deem worthwhile should be defended.

    Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

    Liberal: "I still think it's a respectable word. Its root is "liber," the Latin word for "free," and isn't that what we are all about?"--Mary McGrory

    by mini mum on Thu May 08, 2014 at 08:49:50 AM PDT

  •  Dr. Dean (0+ / 0-)

    I saw through him a long time ago even though I was a supporter of him in the early run in the 2004 election.

    They saw a leopard can't change his spots, and he was raised by republicans as a republican and he has never missed an opportunity to bash Obama.  I have  seen him fall apart on Morning Joe.   He will say whatever he feels necessary to get through an interview because he is a pussy

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