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For Ur elucidation is was GW Bush who started the Iraq war. In fact Pres Bush's reasons for attacking Iraq are the greatest U.S. political lies (& most damage to the United States) in decades, possibly centuries. According to a 11/26/09 article ('The Cost of War') in Forbes, “Republicans have been characterized by two principal positions: They like starting wars and don't like paying for them. George W. Bush initiated two major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but adamantly refused to pay for either of them by cutting non-military spending or raising taxes…” (http://www.forbes.com/2009/11/25/shared-sacrifice-war-taxes-opinions-columnists-bruce-bartlett.html)
The only fools are those who make accusations without verifiable proof.
Pres. GW Bush should know what would happen in Iraq as his father, Pres. GHW Bush warned America against doing what his son, GWB, did in an unprovoked attack on Iraq. It all began when the Afghan war started on October 7, 2001. By 12/7/2001 anti-Taliban and American troops controlled ever major city in the country. The war was basically over and the GW Bush Admin. had won a great victory with only 8 wounded and 12 fatalities. Unfortunately, Osama bin Laden escaped to Pakistan during the Tora Bora fight - due to a military SNAFU. Pres. GW Bush, the son, did not listen to the advice of his father, Pres. GHW Bush who argued against elimination of Iraq's Saddam Hussein in a 1998 book co-authored with his National Security Advisor, Brent Scowcroft, entitled "A World Transformed". In chapter 19, pg 489-90, they wrote the following about the first Gulf War: "Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq... would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible....We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under the circumstances, there was no viable 'exit strategy' we could see, violating another of our principles.... Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land." Thus, two wars, a Middle-East in flames, and the killing of bin Laden, who was implicated in numerous acts of terrorism including the USS Cole in Oct. 2000, was left to President Obama.
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Obamacare's "Unfolding Fiscal Disaster"

Barney53 Wrote: Apr 22, 2014 11:28 PM
The ACA (Obamacare) may or may not be successful in the long run, but neither it or the Obama presidency will equal the economic (fiscal) damage done to America by President GW Bush's Iraqi war. Here are the verifiable facts: GW Bush falsely involved America in decade long wars. In a speech in Cincinnati on Oct. 7, 2002, Bush said, “If we know Saddam Hussein has dangerous weapons today - and we do...” But in a 2/24/01 interview in Cairo, Egypt, Collin Powell said: “And frankly they (sanctions) have worked. He (Hussein) has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction.” And On 29 July 2001 Condoleezza Rice indicated the weakness of Iraq when she said “the country is divided, arms have been kept from him and his military forces have not been rebuilt.” In pain, misery, and money the Iraq war has cost over 330,000 American and Iraqi lives and $4 trillion spent and obligated, according to the Brown University Report, "Costs of War" (http://costsofwar.org/). Moreover, the longest war in American history drags on in Afghanistan. A war which the Bush Administration did a fine job of winning until he threw it all away in the deserts of Iraq. A must reading for all honest Obama critics is a 10/24/05 American Conservative article, "Money for Nothing," which reports: "When the final page is written on America’s catastrophic imperial venture, one word will dominate the explanation of U.S. failure-corruption. Large-scale and pervasive corruption..." (http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/money-for-nothing/). Also, a 11/26/09 Forbes article, "The Cost of War," says: “Republicans have been characterized by two principal positions: They like starting wars and don't like paying for them. George W. Bush initiated two major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but adamantly refused to pay for either of them by cutting non-military spending or raising taxes… Bush and his party, which controlled Congress from 2001 to 2006, never asked for sacrifices from anyone except those in our nation's military and their families.” (http://www.forbes.com/2009/11/25/shared-sacrifice-war-taxes-opinions-columnists-bruce-bartlett.html
Diana West's article continues the conservative assault on history. For example, she claims the U.S. and England were allies with Poland but betrayed it, but that is nonsense. Britain and France declare war on Germany on Sept. 3, 1939, two days after Germany invaded Poland. According to PBS (http://www.pbs.org/behindcloseddoors/in-depth/katyn-massacre.html), "On April 13, 1943, Nazi Germany announced the discovery of mass graves in the Katyn forest near Smolensk, Russia. The bodies of around 4,400 men... were found buried there." Consequently, the knowledge soon became known around the world as "The Germans hoped the revelation would alienate the USSR from its allies, Great Britain, the United States–and Poland." Thus, there was no "cover-up," and West is wrong again.
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Whole Foods CEO: Obamacare is Fascism

Barney53 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 10:52 PM
To anderson659, You are quite wrong, it was wealthy conservative Republicans who initially supported the fascists. Charles Lindbergh, for example, atended Nazi parties in 1935 Berlin. "A number of prominent and wealthy American businessmen helped to support fascist regimes in Europe from the 1920s through the 1940s. These people helped to support Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War of 1936, as well as Benito Mussolini, and Adolph Hitler. Some of the primary and more famous Americans and companies that were involved with the fascist regimes of Europe are: William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Kennedy (JFK's father), Charles Lindbergh, John Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon (head of Alcoa, banker, and Secretary of Treasury), DuPont,...
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