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Tag: George W. Bush


IRAQ: Obama’s retreat has been a disaster

Do the Democrats really want to relitigate the Iraq war? Dick Cheney served this country honorably and was a key adviser to President George W. Bush. Bush made the decision to go to war, not Cheney. The decision was supported by numerous Democrats, including Sens Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

There is an abundance of evidence that Saddam Hussein had ties to many Islamic terrorist groups including al-Qaida and that he supported global terrorism. The Bush administration feared he might share weapons of mass destruction with one of these groups that could then launch attacks against the U.S. A 2008

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IRAQ: This is what our war has wrought

And so it begins, the unraveling of Iraq. The value of the blood and treasure we spent there is quickly fading towards zero. My heart goes out to our veterans who sacrificed so much for what might soon be nothing.

Sure, we hanged Saddam Hussein, that evil guy who tried to kill George Bush’s dad, but I don’t see how that was a good thing. If Saddam were still in power now we would be secretly feeding him weapons in hopes that Iraq would attack Iran’s nuclear activities instead of Israel.

People who opposed Operation Iraq Liberation (OIL) before it

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IRAQ: Send in Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld to fix things

Major news outlets around the country are reporting the deployment of the nuclear carrier George H. W. Bush to the Persian Gulf in the wake of unrest in Iraq.

It doubtless will be tasked with destroying various armies, but – being a ship and all – not actually entering Baghdad.

That, of course, isn’t likely to actually fix things in Iraq, but we could, in short order, send a newer and bigger carrier called the G.W. Bush, perhaps sending it along with the destroyer Dick Cheney and cruiser Donald Rumsfeld to get the mission accomplished.


IRAQ: Our attempts at democracy won’t work

If the Republicans and Democrats have one sure thing in common, it’s the predictability with which they will blame each other when bad things happen and take credit for themselves when they perceive good things have happened. This latest mess in Iraq is a prime example of this behavior.

When George W. Bush was in power, the usual suspects over at MSNBC, Democraticunderground.com and the rest of the left-wing media were assailing Bush’s policies vis-à-vis Iraq. They couldn’t wait to point out Bush’s mistakes and the terrible financial expense and cost in blood that America was paying for its meddling

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CLINTON: Attacks are part of politics, so get over it

Re: “GOP: Start acting like responsible adults” (letter, 5-27).

The writer laments that Republicans are not acting like adults with respect to their treatment of Hillary Clinton. Although he gave no actual examples, he did reference at one point a May 16 column by left-wing extremist Eugene Robinson; Robinson had lashed out at Karl Rove for suggesting that Clinton’s health might be a concern, in particular, a concussion she suffered that her husband Bill Clinton said took her six months to recover from.

This injury was soft-peddled to the American people, and I would suggest that a concussion taking

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VETERANS: Nominate Bush for VA secretary

The American Legion and three Republican senators are calling for the resignation of Eric K. Shinseki, the current secretary of Veterans Affairs.

As a military retiree, I feel quite fortunate using not only Madigan Army Medical Center  but the VA’s American Lake facility in Lakewood. I receive excellent treatment and service at both places.

If Shinseki should decide to resign, President Obama should nominate former President George W. Bush as his replacement. Bush is always saying how much he respects and supports the military as former commander-in-chief. Let him prove it by accepting the nomination and becoming the new secretary.

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OBAMA: Read ‘Duty’ before passing judgment

Re: “Gates confirms suspicions about Obama” (letter, 1-21).

Publishing this letter was a disservice to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and your readers. The writer acknowledged that he had not read the book, and instead seized on an excerpt published in the Wall Street Journal to support his bashing of President Obama.

I have read the book. It is well-written and very informative. Gates served in various government positions for eight different presidents. He served as secretary of defense for both President George W. Bush and Obama.

To quote Gates: “I witnessed both of those presidents make decisions they

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MIDEAST: McCain wrong about abandoning Iraq

So now al-Qaida has taken over a hunk of Iraq – further proof that our meddling in the Middle East is the biggest mistake we ever made.

Despite all the American blood and money that was poured into Iraq and all the American money poured into Halliburton by Cheney/Bush, Iraq is still not a miniature U.S. Go figure. Nor Afghanistan. Nor will Iran ever be.

These people have been the way they are for centuries, a lot longer than we have been the way we are. And we have actually been the “way we are” for only the last 100

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