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Horrible U.S. mistakes in Iraq

Some years ago I often berated the invasion of Iraq by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and one of the most incompetent administrations in U.S. history.  I expressed my opinion that anyone who knew anything about Iraq and its history would not have made the stupid mistakes that the U.S. made there in the first decade of the 21st century. .  It was so obvious that anyone with even an elementary knowledge of that nation and region recognized the stupidity of U.S. actions.

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Double-standard U.S. patriots

It looks like we shall be hearing about Benghazi at least until the next presidential election. It appears that the Republican Party needs a patriotic platform to once again haul out in deception. And now the GOP has the most devious and double-standard group to add to their "army" of political deceivers, The Tea Party! [ugh] While Senator John McCain has joined the eager-beaver patriots in clinging to the Benghazi "revelations," he seems to have conveniently pardoned himself from paying attention to the American vets who were left dying as they waited for V.A. appointments to address their illnesses. The number of vets who were left to die while waiting in McCain's own home of Phoenix, Arizona, is an amazing number. The number who died in Benghazi were several and that has caused a Republican uproar to have the head of Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State under Obama. While the scandal in the V.A. was brewing for some time, and most knowingly in Phoenix, Senator McCain did not give any attention to the matter. The vets died by the scores there as they waited weeks and months for medical attention. Double standard by McCain? OK to be a vet and die in Phoenix, but horrible in Benghazi? The conservative politicos in the United States have always used certain issues, sometimes rather mundane ones, to detract from their right-wing fight to save themselves from paying their fair share in taxes or having a level playing field in business. The super-patriots in the Republican Party have been puppets of the plutocracy in the U.S., and used any diversion they could to protect their greed. This greed and questionable patriotism was most disgusting when the right-wingers have taken military assertiveness to make themselves wealthier by selling military-related materials they produce. War is money, and using devious "patriotism" to start wars is now a part of American capitalism. Do the wars in Grenada, Nicaragua, Iraq, etc. ring a bell? Does Halliburton ring any bells? The Contras? Reagan secretly selling weapons to Iran? Vietnam? Greed knows no shame. When do we Americans tire of the super-patriots who want to fill their own pockets? When will we wake up and stop the special favors granted to the wealthiest and most greedy in our society? Look around you. Do you see any people in need? Greedy adventurism does not give a damn about poor Americans. Whether you eat or have health care or housing are beside the point when it comes to serving the plutocracy. If you need social services or charity you are labeled greedy or lazy, but when you receive tax breaks or special off-shore favors or military decisions to make the plutocracy happy then that is considered patriotic. Wake up America. You are losing your democracy.

Hillary Clinton & George Clooney: Prez ticket?

I thought that headline would get your attention. George Clooney has been rumored to be giving thought to running for political office. Is it crazy to think of Clooney as a vice presidential candidate on a ticket with Hillary Clinton? Clooney, a Hollywood actor?!? Well, let's consider how crazy it would be for a Hollywood actor to give serious consideration to a run for national public office. Does the name Arnold Schwarzeneggar come to mind? Not exactly a genius, and his movies were often rather stupid. But Arnie was elected Governor of the largest state in the U.S. twice. Ronald Reagan? He also made some horrible movies, and thinking of a future President playing around in a role with a monkey is strange indeed. And like Arnold, Reagan did not practice fidelity in marriage. And like Arnold, Ronnie was never considered to be a mental giant as he acted as a puppet for right-wing causes [after he left the Democrat Party because his star was not rising there]. So, Reagan had a philandering private life, was not considered especially intelligent, and threw himself behind the political party that offered him the best political future.Other rather recent unlikely candidates for Vice President who got elected: Dan Quayle, Spiro Agnew, Dick Cheney. Now there is a trio of VPs who scare the heck out of me. George Clooney has done some political and quasi-political things in his career. They often revolved around serving downtrodden people around the globe, and supporting causes for the underserved in the U.S. And Mr. Clooney certainly does not have the questionable ethics and morals of those Vice Presidents listed above. Frankly, I think George Clooney might make a wonderful Vice President. Compare George Clooney to the VPs listed above. And don't forget the infamous Vice President Richard M. Nixon.

Through the right-wing din, a compliment for Obama

In President Barack Obama's recent speech he outlined his historic observations, his outlook for the future, and some general comments about America's special place in the world. 

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What ever happened to our democracy?

Democracy requires some sort of equality and honesty if it is to survive.  Think about it.                        Some of the more famous "forced-truths" that an oligarchy of wealth has foisted on us that simply are not true...

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