Once upon a time, Dick Cheney was right…

On April 7, 1991 Cheney appeared on ABC news’s This Week as the then U.S. Secretary of Defense in the George H.W. Bush Administration. Secretary Cheney was asked by the late elder statesman of ABC News, David Brinkley, why the U.S. government did not invade Iraq proper after the liberation of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm.

BRINKLEY: One other question — it keeps coming up. Why didn’t we go to Baghdad and clean it all up while we were there?

Sec. CHENEY: “Well, just as it’s important, I think, for a president to know when to commit U.S. forces to combat, it’s also important to know when not to commit U.S. forces to combat. I think for us to get American military personnel involved in a civil war inside Iraq would literally be a quagmire.

Once we got to Baghdad, what would we do? Who would we put in power? What kind of government would we have? Would it be a Sunni government, a Shi’a government, a Kurdish government? Would it be secular, along the lines of the Ba’ath Party?

Would it be fundamentalist Islamic? I do not think the United States wants to have U.S. military forces accept casualties and accept the responsibility of trying to govern Iraq. I think it makes no sense at all.”

A repeat of these talking points can be seen on a YouTube clip, apparently of an interview on C-SPAN in 1994. In the interview, then ex-Secretary of Defense Cheney offered roughly the same talking points as he did on ABC News in 1991. He then added ominously:

“If you can take down the central government of Iraq, you can easily see pieces of Iraq fly off. Part of it the Syrians would like to have in the West. Part of Eastern Iraq the Iranians would like to claim – fought over for eight years.

In the North you have the Kurds, and if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey. It’s a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq.”

Cheney noted in addition that conquering Iraq and deposing Saddam Hussein was not worth the U.S. casualties it might entail, not even to speak on the death toll and hardship it might visit on the people of Iraq.

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queentinabelcher:

Alcohol vs marijuana

queentinabelcher:

Alcohol vs marijuana

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memegop:

‪#‎MemeGOP‬ ‪#‎UniteBlue‬

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Hospitalized For Acute Obama Derangement Syndrome

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Hospitalized For Acute Obama Derangement Syndrome

D.C. police responsed to calls from the capital about a older middle-aged man screaming incoherently on the house floor about his state being invaded by illegal aliens. They found Mr. Gohmert shaking uncontrollably in front of the House floor, empty except for the CSPAN cameraman who reportedly made the call.

He was taken to a local hospital and sedated. His wife is at his bedside and doctors tell us he is resting comfortably. Reports suggest that he is suffering from an acute case of Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS). Doctors said that Mr. Gohmert has been known to be a chronic carrier of ODS, but this flare-up was much worse and they were worried he might be a danger to himself or others.

When asked if he would be able to return to his regular duties, doctors explained there is no cure or ODS but that some patients have been successfully treated by abstaining from conservative media sources.

As-salt!

As-salt!

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questionall:

Do you want to live in a society when the authorities can invade your body at will and with impunity? Do you want to live in a society where you are constantly required to prove your innocence? A government that will force you to prove your innocence is infinitely more dangerous than any drug or terrorist.

questionall:

Do you want to live in a society when the authorities can invade your body at will and with impunity? Do you want to live in a society where you are constantly required to prove your innocence? A government that will force you to prove your innocence is infinitely more dangerous than any drug or terrorist.

iranianatheist:

Christian Zionism, broadly speaking, would be Christian support for the national revival movement of the Jewish people. But the Christian Zionist movement that is so strong in the U.S is an ideology grounded in beliefs which consider the State of Israel to be divinely ordained and scripturally…

azspot:

When We Say The Right Doesn’t Care About the Poor, This is What We Mean
cartoonpolitics:

refers to the story that House Speaker John Boehner, in a piece of political theater designed to pacify the more extreme elements of his party, is threatening to sue the President over his use of executive orders .. (more here)

Great Idea! Let’s sue the president for delaying the part of Obamacare that bothered us the most, the part we voted for multiple times to repeal.

cartoonpolitics:

refers to the story that House Speaker John Boehner, in a piece of political theater designed to pacify the more extreme elements of his party, is threatening to sue the President over his use of executive orders .. (more here)

Great Idea! Let’s sue the president for delaying the part of Obamacare that bothered us the most, the part we voted for multiple times to repeal.

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"The Right has successfully rebranded the brown-skinned liberal Jew, who gave away free healthcare, was pro-redistributing wealth, and hung with a prostitute, into a white-skinned, trickledown, union-busting conservative, for the very fact that an overwhelming number of Americans are astonishingly illiterate when it comes to understanding the Bible. On hot-button social issues, from same-sex marriage to abortion, biblical passages are invoked without any real understanding of the context or true meaning."

How America’s Biblical Ignorance Allows the Christian Right to Use ‘Religious Freedom’ For Its Own Agenda (via azspot)

Been saying this for years too.

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

A girl believed to be “cured” of HIV at birth now has detectable levels of the virus, health officials said today.

The unnamed girl, dubbed the “Mississippi baby” after being born to an HIV-positive mother in 2010 and quickly treated with an intense dose of antiretroviral medication, showed no signs of the virus for roughly four years, according to the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease. But a recent round of tests revealed detectable levels of HIV in her blood as well as antibodies to the virus and a decreased T-cell count — all signs of the infection.

“Certainly, this is a disappointing turn of events for this young child, the medical staff involved in the child’s care, and the HIV/AIDS research community,” NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a statement. “Scientifically, this development reminds us that we still have much more to learn about the intricacies of HIV infection and where the virus hides in the body.”

The case of the Mississippi baby made headlines across the globe after being published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Hannah Gay, the University of Mississippi Medical Center pediatrician who treated the infant at birth, was listed as one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2013.

Gay’s decision to give the newborn antiretroviral medication in the days before it was confirmed that she was in fact HIV-positive was controversial, since there was only a 25 percent chance that the girl would contract the virus from her mother.

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The girl continued treatment for 18 months before her mother stopped taking her to her clinic appointments. Five months later, when she went back for a check-up, she surprised doctors with undetectable levels of the virus.

At first, Gay and her colleagues said the baby had been “functionally cured” of the virus, but later revised their language to “remission” to better convey that there was a chance the virus could rebound, they said at the time.

Although the girl’s positive test results have been described as a disappointment, experts say her case still shows tremendous progress in treating the virus that causes AIDS.

“The fact that this child was able to remain off antiretroviral treatment for two years and maintain quiescent virus for that length of time is unprecedented,” Dr. Deborah Persaud, professor of infectious diseases at the John Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, said in a statement released by NIAID. “Typically, when treatment is stopped, HIV levels rebound within weeks, not years.”

Persaud is one of the two pediatric HIV experts involved in the ongoing analysis of the case.

“This virus is amazingly recalcitrant,” said Fauci. “It’s in reservoirs, except we don’t know every place in the body where the reservoir is going to be.”

NIAID and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development announced today that they would provide funding to analyze the unique case and will take the new findings into account during a new clinical trial.

"John Boehner: “We will vote on Obama’s request for emergency funds for the immigration crisis after we impeach him for not solving it.”"

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Boehner stonewalls Obama’s request for emergency immigration funds, saying he’ll await recommendations from committee chairs: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/boehner-committal-obama-immigration-plan-24485491
(Via Washington Monthly: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_07/lunch_buffet_597051131.php)

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Honesty.

Honesty.

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