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Cheney Against Invasions Of Other Nations

Vice President Dick Cheney, on a visit to Georgia, spoke out against nations which use military force to intervene in the affairs of other nations. He described Russia’s invasion of Georgia as “an illegitimate, unilateral attempt” to change the country’s borders and expressed concern about Russia’s reliability as an international partner. The vice president assured President Saakashvili the United States would stand beside Georgia as a friend and ally “as you work to overcome an invasion of your sovereign territory and an illegitimate unilateral attempt to change your country’s borders by force that has been universally condemned by the free world.” However, there was no mention made as to whether the United States would re-equip the Georgian army.

Even as Cheney was expressing reassuring words to Georgia, Dimitry Gogozin, Russia”s fiery representative to NATO was warning the EU and the United States his nation would not stand by idly if Georgia was allowed to enter that organization. He insisted Russia had warned the UK it would take action if Georgia invaded South Ossetia, but British leaders denied ever receiving such information.

Dick Cheney’s comments may reverberate well to right wing Republicans who believe the Bush invasion of Iraq demonstrated that powerful nations had a right to invade other nations in order to reorganize the world, but most people in the Middle East see little difference between the vice president’s support for the American invasion of Iraq and Georgia’s invasion of South Ossetia. In both cases force, rather than diplomacy, was employed.

Editorial: Dick Cheney: Poster Boy For Gun Lovers

Once upon a time in the wild west of Wyoming a little boy played cowboy with his toy gun. Dickie was so thrilled with playing with guns that when he grew up he liked to go into the forest and show his bravery by killing squirrels and deer. Dickie figured if he didn’t kill the squirrels, the squirrel army would gain so many numbers of angry members, it would sweep over the defenseless people of Wyoming. As for the deer, they ran faster than he could so it was only fair that he had a gun to shoot.

One day, the brave little Dickie, got a letter from Uncle Sam which informed him the army wanted his services to fight in a place called Vietnam. Well, Dickie consulted the Constitution and it clearly said the 2nd Amendment only applied to “militias” which meant the Army could not take his body away from Wyoming. He also figured fighting in jungles was not exactly the same as killing deer because those Viet Cong had guns that fired back and a man could get killed. Dickie told the draft board he had better things to do than risk his life overseas. Anyway, the local NRA people told him they needed his services to fight against the oppressive American government which was flying around in black helicopters and kidnapping decent American citizens.

Dickie was a brave man and kept his gun ready 24 hours a day and night just in case those oppressive gangsters in the black helicopters swooped down and tried to break into his house. His neighbor, Joe Horn, came out one day and shot down two men robbing the next door house. Dickie enjoyed such tales of men shooting people who didn’t have guns to fire back because it always meant the good guys won and the bad guys lost.

Dickie made certain in life he hung around with other such brave men like Georgie, the boy whose daddy kept him out of fighting people with guns. If you loved guns like Dickie loved them, the important thing was always to shoot at something that could not shoot back. That is the American way of bravery. The local NRA people said it was true and if they said something was true and American, it darn sure was!

Dickie was a 100% American not like that coward John Kerry who went to Vietnam and got a soft job in the jungle while Dickie was battling through Washington D.C. traffic. It is no wonder the NRA holds up Dickie and Georgie, and all the other Bush draft dodgers as the personification of what is meant by the gun culture. In America, to love a gun means always make certain you only use it against unarmed people and unarmed animals. And, if you really want to become a good hunter, get an Uzi in case the first shot doesn’t hit the target. After all, we know the black helicopters are sending rays to make your shot go astray. It’s them damn liberals in the helicopters who are behind efforts to take away a man’s right to kill the undefended. Just read the 2nd Amendment, it’s all explained in it.

Now, I know some people want to take away Dickie’s right to have a gun to defend his nation against dictatorship. Just remember, the last time the oppressive government tried to take away our right to slaves, we God loving Constitution obeying gun lovers rose up in arms to defend our laws and way of life. And, just remember, it was gun loving God fearing decent Americans who were in the KKK lynch mobs to teach them uppity black skinned men
to obey the Constitution and keep their eyes away from our white women! If you take away a man’s right to have a gun, you take away his right to defend his family against you know whom– them damn terrorist Muslims!

Dickie, them liberals may say bad things about you, but we know that Dickie Cheney is one darn good straight shooter. OK, so maybe he is a mite bit off target a few times, but his heart is as straight as an arrow. Just remember, if you take a strict interpretation of Christ’s Sermon On The Mount, it clearly says a man has a right to own a gun.

US Reputation Hits Record Lows!

In the heady days of the spring of 2003 as American troops ripped apart the inept Iraqi army, the dynamic trio of Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush insisted America would do what it considered the right thing regardless of what the rest of the world desired. Right wing pundits disparaged “bleeding heart liberals” for their concern about world opinion. A new report from the House of Representatives gives ample evidence of the madness of Bush policies to go it alone. Rep. Bill Delahunt, described world public opinion of America has reached record new lows. “Our physical strength has come to be seen not as a solace, but as a threat, not as a guarantee of stability, but as a source of intimidation, violence and torture.” The record of torturing prisoners and taking pictures of such behavior has become known throughout the world. Delahunt states bluntly that America has depleted its ‘moral authority” in the world.

Bush unilateral policies in war and torture and brutality are now known in the world. His arrogant manner of speaking to those who disagree with his views are resented. His heavy handed behavior in dealing with the Israel-Palestinian conflict has angered most of the Muslim world. Unfortunately for America, his legacy will not quickly be eliminated.

Republican 2003 Views On Paying For Iraq

Following are comments made by Republican leaders as the Iraq war began in which they discussed how to pay for it.

Don Rumsfeld, March 27, 2003
“When it comes to reconstruction, before we turn to the American taxpayer, we will turn first to the resources of the Iraqi government and the international community.

Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defence, March 27, 2003
“There is a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi peole. We are talking aobut a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon.”

Mitchell Daniels, White House Office Of Managment and Budget, April 21, 2003
“The United States is very committd to helping Iraq recover from the conflict, but Iraq will not require sustained aid.”

Glenn Hubbard, White House Economic adviser, October 4, 2002
“The cost of any intervention would be very small.”

Lawrence Lindsey, White House economic adviser, Septembr 16, 2002
“The likely cnomic effectss of a war in Iraq would be small… Under every plausible scenario, the negative effect will be quite small relative to the economic benefits.”

Bush Lied To US Military About Guantanamo Prisons!

General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005 was misled by Bush officials into believing interrogation techniques employed in the Guanatanamo prisons were based on Army field manuals. In his new book, “Torture Team,” Philippe Sands, professor at University Collge in London, reveals senior Bush administration leaders pushed through previously outlawed measures with the aid of inexperienced military officials at Guantanamo. Myers believed he was the victim of “intrigue” by top lawyers at the Department of Justice, the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld’s Defense Deaprtment.

The lawyers who pushed through procedures that went against the Army Manual were Alberto Gonzales, David Addington and Williams Haynes. Also involved were Doug Feith, Rumsfeld’s under-secretary for policy and two assistant attorney generals, Jay Bybee and John Yoo. Bush insisted all along violations of Army procedures were the result of action on the part of junior officers.

According to Sans, as Myers “worked through the list of techniques(he) became increasingly hesitant and troubled. Haynes and Rumsfeld had been able to run rings around him.” Myers was cut out of the decision making process even though he headed the armed forces. Myers said: “We never authorized torture, we just didn’t, not what we would do.” Larry Wilkeerson, a former army officer and chief of staff to Colin Powell at the State Department, said: “I do know that Rumsfeld had neutralised the chairman(Myers) in m any significant ways.” He did it by not inviting him to meetings or letting him know about important communications.

Senate Republicans were ready to impeach President Clinton over sexual behavior, will they be prepared to initiate criminal procedures against Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Bush?

Kurdish Rebels Are The Problem, Not Iraq

During h is whirlwnd tour of Turkey, Vice President Dick Cheney was told by Turkish officials they have no desire to interfere with the internal affairs of Iraq and their sole goal is eliminating Kurdish rebels. A diplomat, who is familiar with the discussions, noted: “We have told him that our sole problem with northern Iraq is the presence of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party(PKK). The diplomat emphasized Turkey was ready to develop positive relations with the semi-autonomous government in Kurdistan. “Turkey’s policy toward Iraq is clear: Improving cooperation in every field including economy, trade, energy, and culture.”

So far, the only comment made by Cheney regarding his visit, which was specifically added to his agenda by President Bush, dealt with his visit to what he termed, “Kurdistan.” He said: “The Kurds have done very well, in terms of their development of their economy.” Cheney most probably urged Turkey to deal with the PKK but avoid adding to the problems of the Iraq government. Prime Minister Erdogan told the media the United States was cooperating in the fight against Kurdistan terrorism.

Although, Cheney emphasizes the importance of creating a stable central govenment in Iraq, he referred to “Kurdistan” and described its government as though it were the government of a separate nation. One can only wonder if he realized the implications of his choice of words.

Cheney In Turkey Discussing Middle East

Vice Presdient Dick Cheney is holding talks with Turkish military and civilian leaders during a quick stop-over on his way back home. he reviewed with Turkish officials the need for ongoing cooperation in sharing intelligence between the countries and he urged Turkey to increase its troop presence in Afghanistan, especially in southern regions of the country where there is an extensive Taliban presence. The vice president also wants Turkey to use its influence and persuade Iran to halt further development of its nuclear program. He was also expected to promote the US led missile project that supposedly protects Turkey, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria against missiles from someone.

Protestors gathered in the streets and chanted messages like, “Cheney, get out of Turkey, get out of Iraq” and asked why their nation’s leaders were meeting with someone they considered to be a ‘war criminal.”

One of the mysteries of the current military defense process is why the United States is creating an anti-missile system to protect European Union nations such as Greece or Rumania or Poland or the Czech Republic. One would assume if the EU feels there is a missile threat it is perfectly capable of developing its own anti-missile program. Why is the United States undertaking such a task? These are the questions raised inside Russia and they are legitimate ones.

Cheney-Blame Israel-Palestinian Issue On The Devil

The conflict between Israel and Arabs goes back over fifty years, but according to Vice President Dick Cheney the effort to torpedo peace negoations is being led by Hamas with the support of Iran and Syria. “It is clearly a difficult situaiton, in part because I think if it’s true, there’s evidence that Hamas is supported by Iran and Syria and that they’re doing everything they can to torpedo the peace process.” Cheney, after talking with President Abbas, is convinced there will be no Fatah-Hamas reconciliation until Hamas returns control over Gaza to President Abbas. Cheney also emphasized chances for peace were hampered by the continual rocket attacks from Gaza.

When asked by reporter his reaction to the 4000th Americ an death in Iraq, the vice president said, “the president is the one that has to make that decision to send young men and women into harm’s way. It never gets any easier.”

The Bush administration tragedy in dealing with the Israel conflict with Palestinians is failure to exert pressure on the Olmert government to cease their policy of killing militant leaders when a cease fire has been declared. Cheney’s unconditional support of the Barak strategy of kill, kill, kill, has damaged opportunities for peace.

Vice President Cheney and President Bush undoubtedly feel pain in the death of American soldiers and it is a difficult task sending young people into harm’s way. Of course, Bush and Cheney in their own lives made certain they personally never got in harm’s way.

Cheney Visits Afghanistan

The Bush administration apparently has decided to go on the offensive in the Middle East and Afghanistan, the verbal offensive, that is. Senator John McCain is flitting around the area and ensuring the world the United States has al-Qaeda on the run, Dick Cheney made a visit to Iraq and suddenly decided it was time to head off to Afghanistan and spread the good word everything was going OK. The vice president made an unannounced visit to Kabul to confer with President Karzai in order to support American demands for more troops from NATO nations. A senior US official with the Cheney party commented: “We’re going to want a very strong statement on NATO’s long term commitment for seing Afghanistan successful. He claimed more troops would somehow assist “Afghanistan overcome its very, very difficult history.”

The Cheney-Karzai talks will be held in a very heavily guarded compound since the success of the war in Afghanistan has not yet filtered down to such things as allowing its president to freely interact with the Afghan people. Taliban militants have threatened to step up suicide attacks as part of their strategy to get NATO to become disgusted and leave Afghanistan.

At no point has anyone in the Bush administration seriously investigated political solutions for Afghanistan. Talking seriously with concerne parties makes for fewer headlines and reduced photo ops, but, it just might produce longer range solutions.

Cheney’s Iraq Folly!

It is the fifth anniversary of the birth of the Iraq folly initiated by the dynamic trio of Dick, Don, and George. Saudi Gazette writers blasted the continued blindness of Vice President Cheney to what he helped create five long years ago. “Listening to US Vice President Dick Cheney’s speech in Baghdad Monday was almost a surreal experience, so divorced from reality it was.” The vice president said he saw “phenomenal” and “dramatic” improvement in security since his last visit in 20007. “Such choice of words is phenomenal and dramatic coming from the second most powerful man in the US aqdministration–who was greeted with no less than three blasts as he stepped off the plane.” On that same Monday, two US soldiers died in roadside blasts, two others died when a bus blew up, the US consulate in Babel was shelled with rockets, and a Iraq policeman got killed.

According to the Saudi Gazette, “Obviously, Cheney is in a phenomenal and dramatic state of denial. Cheney hmself probably doesn’t believe his own words when he says that an improvement in security doesn’t mean more troops will automatically be pulled out after July. And, then he says that the Arabs might do some good by sending their ambassadors back to Baghdad to quell Ian’s influence.”

In closing, the newspaper notes: “The conundrm of security (or lack thereof) is simply the inevitable result of the Pandora’s box the American adminsitration opened five years ago. When the US army says that it is holding a whopping 23,000 Iraqis in two prisons, they would be foolish to expect Iraqis to welcome them with roses. Cheney’s crystal ball might need a litte buffling. Handshakes with iraq officials might make for good photo ops, but charred bodies and coffins of dead troops never looked good in photos.”