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House Passes New War Funding Bill as Democrats Cave Once Again

The latest Iraq war funding bill passed the House on Thursday, along with historic increases in college aid for returning troops and help for the unemployed, and Midwestern flood victims.

Pro-war Republicans with their Democratic counterparts in a 268-155 vote that provides $162 billion to fund U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan well into next year.

The White House issued a statement supporting the legislation:

The measure provides $2.7 billion infusion of emergency flood relief for the Midwest. The bill would provide the total to more than $650 billion – the amount provided by Congress for the war in Iraq since it started five years ago. Nearly $200 billion in additional funding has gone to operations in Afghanistan.

It also would give Bush’s successor several months to set Iraq policy after taking office in January.

“The way it’s been set up now, whoever … is president will have a few months to think through how we are going to extricate ourselves,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey.

Congressional business as usual. Just thought you might want to know where your tax money is going.

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Chavez Says He Will Meet Next U.S. President

Long time Bush administration nemesis, Hugo Chavez, said Saturday he wants to work together with the next U.S. president. Specifically, he believes that Venezuela and the United States should cooperate to resolve problems including world hunger, energy shortages and climate change.

Huh.

Of course we know that meeting won’t happen with John McCain, as he has adopted the draconian Bush position, that Chavez is an immediate threat to the U.S.

“Whoever is the next president of the United States, I’d like start preparing the way to start working together,” said Chavez.

Barack Obama has said repeatedly that he would meet with leaders of countries considered to be a “threat” to the United States, including Iran, Syria and Venezuela. Obama explained why he thinks it is important to meet with those leaders.

“The reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them  – which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration – is ridiculous,” Obama said.

John McCain’s position is the exact opposite. He has said Obama’s willingness to speak with the leaders of Iran and other US enemies shows Obama’s “inexperience and reckless judgment.”

He is specific on Iran.

“An unconditional summit meeting with the next American president would confer both international legitimacy on the Iranian president and could strengthen him domestically when he is unpopular among the Iranian people,” McCain said, according to remarks provided by his campaign. He added: “The next President ought to understand such basic realities of international relations.”

What McCain fails to grasp is that these “enemies” have become embolden as a direct result of failed U.S. foreign policy, and Chavez’s hatred of Bush. This hatred is shared among many world leaders including Putin. Chavez, if massaged the right way, can only help the U.S., especially in the area of energy policy. He is a dynamic force in Central America, and one of our major oil producers. 

In case you haven’t noticed, Chavez never comments on hating America, or Americans – only Bush. The same goes for Putin, Ahmadinejad, and others. Could it be that Bush and his poison policies are to blame?

I’m guessing yes.

Could it also be that these so-called “enemies” might not be enemies at all if it weren’t for the titanic stupidity of this administration? They might even be allies – perish the thought.

Moreover, do we want to elect a ‘Kennedy-like’ president who will sit down with his foes on the brink on war, or should we elect someone who wants to re-tread policies that have already been tried – and failed miserably? 

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Obama Handles Bush’s Foolish Comments Regarding Terrorism and Appeasement Brilliantly

The Obama campaign is up in arms about a section of President Bush’s recent speech in Israel to the members of the Knesset, that suggested Obama is foolish and naive regarding his position on Iran.

Bush calling someone else a fool always makes me giggle a bit.

Anyways…

In response, Senator Barack Obama issued a statement, calling it “a false political attack” and an “extraordinary politicization of foreign policy.”

What’s the problem?

Bush criticized Obama in his typical underhanded way, without mentioning him specifically by name.

He commented on Iran:

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.”

“We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: “Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.” We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

Update George: Iran couldn’t polish Nazi Germany’s military shoes when it comes to being a world threat.

Obama’s response:

“It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel’s independence to launch a false political attack. It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel. Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power – including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy – to pressure countries like Iran and Syria. George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the President’s extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.”

Amen.

Who gives a shit what the worst President, in the history of this country, has to say about anything – especially foreign policy. Obama nailed it by including Nixon and Reagan in his response. Nixon negotiated with China, and Reagan negotiated with Russia. However, George Bush seems to have it implanted firmly in his feeble mind that Iran cannot be talked to. They wield more influence or pose a greater threat than Russia or China during the Cold War I suppose.

Please.

If any country can be talked to, it is Iran.

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