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Friday, September 30, 2016

WASHINGTON — We expect some hypocrisy in politics, but it was still jaw-dropping to behold Republicans accusing President Obama of politicizing the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Wasn’t it just eight years ago that the GOP organized an entire presidential campaign — including the choreography of its 2004 national convention — around the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and George W. Bush’s response to them?

Obama’s opponents don’t just think we have short attention spans. They imagine we have no memories whatsoever.

Yet very quickly, Mitt Romney and the rest of his party began slinking away from their offensive. It’s true, of course, that Obama played the ultimate presidential trump card. He visited our troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the anniversary of the bin Laden raid, and, with military vehicles serving as a rough-hewn backdrop, addressed the nation from the scene of our longest war.

But the GOP retreat reflected something else as well. For the first time since the early 1960s, the Republican Party enters a presidential campaign at a decided disadvantage on foreign policy. Republicans find it hard to get accustomed to the fact that when they pull their favorite political levers — accusations that Democrats are “weak” or Romney’s persistent and false claims that Obama “apologizes” for America — nothing happens.

The polls could hardly be clearer. In early April, a Washington Post/ABC News Poll found that 53 percent of Americans trusted Obama over Romney to handle international affairs. Only 36 percent trusted Romney more. On a list of 12 matters that a president would deal with, Obama enjoyed a larger advantage only on one other question, the handling of women’s issues. And on coping with terrorism, the topic on which Republicans once enjoyed a near-monopoly, Obama led Romney by seven points.

How did this happen? The primary reason, to borrow a term from science, is negative signaling: By the end of Bush’s second term, the Republicans’ approach to foreign policy was discredited in the eyes of a majority of Americans. The war in Iraq turned out (and this is being quite charitable) much differently than the Bush administration had predicted.

It is always worth recalling Vice President Dick Cheney’s interview with Tim Russert on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on March 16, 2003. Among other things, Cheney famously declared that “I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators.” And when Russert asked whether “we would have to have several hundred thousand troops there” in Iraq “for several years in order to maintain stability,” Cheney replied, “I disagree,” insisting: “That’s an overstatement.”

It was not an overstatement.

  • William Deutschlander

    Do not overlook one critical point, the HUGE Defense Industry which is largely owned by the wealthy.
    These owners will substantialy support maintaining an outsized defense industry to allow them time to re-tool their factories to supply other goods. They will try to get government funding for same by aiming at Alternative Energy projects, that they can get the taxpayer to partialy underwrite.

    You can be certain that Republican Senators and Representatives will be lobbying forcfully for their campaign finace owners, oops excuse me donors.

  • peteserb

    So The Seals killed Bin Laden. According to The Memo. This makes Obama a foreign policy specialist? Give me a break. His policies on Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan,Iran et al. Have been just like his presidency. (A dismal failure)!!!!

    • You do not know what you’re talking about. Instead of focusing on blocking everything he’s trying to do for America, DO YOUR JOB AND SERVE THE PEOPLE!!!
      Yes I remember when BUSH !!! came on the battle ship, with a banner!! Stating “Mission Accomplished” Are you for real!!!!!!!???????? He didn’t even get anyone!!!! His true mission was to DOOP USA into this bullshit war!!!!!
      Do I think Obama can do a better job? Yes!!!!! No President has ever came into office, and did a great job!! They do their best! Rep or Dems. Mitt Romney has no clue what he’s doing!!! Flip Flop!! like a fish. He doesn’t even have his own opinion. How can he relate to me?? Or what Ive been through?? He’s only looking out for one Class, his own!!!

    • Could you give us some facts as to how you determine that Obama’s policy on Israel, Afghanistan, Iran et al. have been a “dismal failure”? Maybe also you could describe for us the Republican policies on Israel, Afghanistan, and Iran. What about Libya? How much did it cost us taxpayers for Libya compared to the two Republican wars, Afghanistan and Iraq? Other questions include how much did we save this year by getting out of Iraq? Seems the Democrats always have to get us out of the Republicans wars! In four years Obama will have our military troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan! Seems like great foreign policy to me! Or do you consider us getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan a “dismal failure”? I think you would have a major argument for many Americans. Notice we are already out of Libya!

      • Think of what we can do in the area of research and development, job development and education with teh money the republicans wasted on Iraq and Afghanistan!

      • swinedance

        Robert – Don’t try to confuse Republicans with facts.

    • The president gives the order,had the seals failed they would not be the ones that took the heat. If I recall Bush and Cheaney fabricated lies and tales of weapons of mass destruction playing on americans emotions due to 9/11 to get us in a war costing over 1.4 Trillion dollars and thousands of lives,but we don’t hear you saying anything about that????

    • The president gives the order,had the seals failed they would not be the ones that took the heat. If I recall Bush and Cheaney fabricated lies and tales of weapons of mass destruction playing on americans emotions due to 9/11 to get us in a war costing over 1.4 Trillion dollars and thousands of lives,but we don’t hear you saying anything about that????

    • The president gives the order,had the seals failed they would not be the ones that took the heat. If I recall Bush and Cheaney fabricated lies and tales of weapons of mass destruction playing on americans emotions due to 9/11 to get us in a war costing over 1.4 Trillion dollars and thousands of lives,but we don’t hear you saying anything about that????

    • The president gives the order,had the seals failed they would not be the ones that took the heat. If I recall Bush and Cheaney fabricated lies and tales of weapons of mass destruction playing on americans emotions due to 9/11 to get us in a war costing over 1.4 Trillion dollars and thousands of lives,but we don’t hear you saying anything about that????

    • The president gives the order,had the seals failed they would not be the ones that took the heat. If I recall Bush and Cheaney fabricated lies and tales of weapons of mass destruction playing on americans emotions due to 9/11 to get us in a war costing over 1.4 Trillion dollars and thousands of lives,but we don’t hear you saying anything about that????

    • The president gives the order,had the seals failed they would not be the ones that took the heat. If I recall Bush and Cheaney fabricated lies and tales of weapons of mass destruction playing on americans emotions due to 9/11 to get us in a war costing over 1.4 Trillion dollars and thousands of lives,but we don’t hear you saying anything about that????

    • The president gives the order,had the seals failed they would not be the ones that took the heat. If I recall Bush and Cheaney fabricated lies and tales of weapons of mass destruction playing on americans emotions due to 9/11 to get us in a war costing over 1.4 Trillion dollars and thousands of lives,but we don’t hear you saying anything about that????

    • The president gives the order,had the seals failed they would not be the ones that took the heat. If I recall Bush and Cheaney fabricated lies and tales of weapons of mass destruction playing on americans emotions due to 9/11 to get us in a war costing over 1.4 Trillion dollars and thousands of lives,but we don’t hear you saying anything about that????

    • The president gives the order,had the seals failed they would not be the ones that took the heat. If I recall Bush and Cheaney fabricated lies and tales of weapons of mass destruction playing on americans emotions due to 9/11 to get us in a war costing over 1.4 Trillion dollars and thousands of lives,but we don’t hear you saying anything about that????

    • Presidency a dismal failure??? Let’s see: In addition to getting us out of Iraq and killing Bin Laden, he worked with Nato to get rid of Ghadaffy, he gave enough support to the Arab uprisings to get regime changes in several countries, he’s gotten the Afgan situation such that it’s not in the news every day like it was during Bush’s presidency, he’s gotten the world to support sanctions on Iran and North Korea, instead of getting us into another questionable war, and on the home front: the stock market has more than doubled, he followed through on the auto bailout which save at least 1.5 million jobs and together with TARP and other initiatives, helped create more than 3 million jobs over the past 3 years which more than likely prevented the GOP from creating their second Big Depression…it was 12 years of GOP mismanagement that ultimately ended in the Big Depression of the 1930s. Some failure!! Let me see you list even two accomplishments of the Bush Administration, other than: Letting 9/11 happen during your watch, Starting an unnecessary war in Iraq that ended up killing at least 5,000 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqis, Passing two misguided tax cuts that resulted in adding at least 8 trillion to the country’s deficits (Bush is responsible for the majority of the increase in the deficit under Obama…he doesn’t get clear of the disaster he created just because he walked out the door in early 2009), and I could go on and on with disasters, including the 2008 burst of the Home Market and Finacial Sector bankruptcies that created the worst recession since Coolidge (another GOP president) did something similar in 1928.

    • sn77339

      I guess in your mind, the only way to not be a dismal failure would be to attack Iran and Pakistan, and lose a few thousand more American lives. Make sure you’re in the front lines when we go in.

      • peteserb

        I served for over 23 years in our military. We were told it was fighting for freedom from communism. It was true then. What’s changed? Now we have a Marxist president intent on destroying this nation. Yes he’s a communist and if you don’t realize it, do your research. He hates this country and has demonstrated it on dozens of occasions. But the Democrats still drink the Kool Aid. Unless of course you look like his son. Of course I only say this because I’m RACIST.

        • djras1

          Clearly you ARE a racist and have an IV of Faux news blinding you to the REAL world. Obama is no more a Marxist than 80 members of Congress are Communist. The birthers further blur history and conspiracy with having planted birth announcements is Hawaiian newspapers 50 years ago so that WHEN Obama became president there would be backing for his 5 year old phoney birth certificate. LOL

          • peteserb

            I’m Not a racist,since I assume there are people to lazy to do their own research. I guess the rest of the citizens of this nation must live with the moochers and those unable to do any meaningfull check into Obama’s backround. Oops I forgot it’s all been sealed from the public by the new messiah.

        • The only possible justification for your absurd remarks is total ignorance based on a steady diet of partisan republican talking points as heard nightly on FOX, combined with a lifetime of dwelling in the ideological fog of confusion. Or is there some other basis for your blatant stupidity?

          • peteserb

            Show me how stupid I am. Tell me about Obama’s childhood. His school enrollment as a foreign student. His grades and papers at the universities he attended. Where did the money come from. Tell me about his election and his opponents in the Illinois legislature. Your ignorance is totally appalling. You call me stupid but you have no facts. Name calling is the sign of a liberals mind set.

  • The only dismal failure is, the republicans failing to acknowledge the planning and the final decision as to what to do was up the the President and he made the right decision. Just like Romney wants, President Obama has experts who aided in the whole process and the navy seals were the experts on the ground. The planning took quite a while and required the utmost secrecy, the team pulled it off. The republicans got us into this war to help their buddies, including Cheny with his Hailburton, they made a mint. It’s time to stop the flow of money to these leeches, that’s what they are on the American tax payer. The government helps them with funding, so they can make piles of money!!!!! We can’t be the worlds police and take care of our own country, we saw that from 2000 – 2008. Our pays stagnated or our jobs went away which resulted in less people paying taxes, the tax cuts also resulted in people paying less taxes, and corporatiosn don’t pay their fair share. Our deficit grew and grew, and President Obama is being blamed on the whole thing. We are/were in wars on multiple fronts. The republicans now get upset over the deficit, which was mostly the result of the wars. When we pull out of these countries, we should be able to curb the bleeding in our defense budget. We still need the invest in defense research, our country still needs to be protected, we just don’t need to keep throwing money in places where we are having little effect. And his foriegn policies are a failure, copy and paste the fact check site that show statistics about his failures so we can see the true facts. Otherwise what is being said about his failed foreign policy is just Blah, Blah, Blah. He got us out of Libya and Iraq, and now he’s getting us out of Afghanistan, I don’t call that a failure, that’s a plus for the American people. But, the republicans can’t admit that the President has done anything positive, because they live a negative way of life.

  • The only dismal failure is, the republicans failing to acknowledge the planning and the final decision as to what to do was up the the President and he made the right decision. Just like Romney wants, President Obama has experts who aided in the whole process and the navy seals were the experts on the ground. The planning took quite a while and required the utmost secrecy, the team pulled it off. The republicans got us into this war to help their buddies, including Cheny with his Hailburton, they made a mint. It’s time to stop the flow of money to these leeches, that’s what they are on the American tax payer. The government helps them with funding, so they can make piles of money!!!!! We can’t be the worlds police and take care of our own country, we saw that from 2000 – 2008. Our pays stagnated or our jobs went away which resulted in less people paying taxes, the tax cuts also resulted in people paying less taxes, and corporatiosn don’t pay their fair share. Our deficit grew and grew, and President Obama is being blamed on the whole thing. We are/were in wars on multiple fronts. The republicans now get upset over the deficit, which was mostly the result of the wars. When we pull out of these countries, we should be able to curb the bleeding in our defense budget. We still need the invest in defense research, our country still needs to be protected, we just don’t need to keep throwing money in places where we are having little effect. And his foriegn policies are a failure, copy and paste the fact check site that show statistics about his failures so we can see the true facts. Otherwise what is being said about his failed foreign policy is just Blah, Blah, Blah. He got us out of Libya and Iraq, and now he’s getting us out of Afghanistan, I don’t call that a failure, that’s a plus for the American people. But, the republicans can’t admit that the President has done anything positive, because they live a negative way of life.

  • The only dismal failure is, the republicans failing to acknowledge the planning and the final decision as to what to do was up the the President and he made the right decision. Just like Romney wants, President Obama has experts who aided in the whole process and the navy seals were the experts on the ground. The planning took quite a while and required the utmost secrecy, the team pulled it off. The republicans got us into this war to help their buddies, including Cheny with his Hailburton, they made a mint. It’s time to stop the flow of money to these leeches, that’s what they are on the American tax payer. The government helps them with funding, so they can make piles of money!!!!! We can’t be the worlds police and take care of our own country, we saw that from 2000 – 2008. Our pays stagnated or our jobs went away which resulted in less people paying taxes, the tax cuts also resulted in people paying less taxes, and corporatiosn don’t pay their fair share. Our deficit grew and grew, and President Obama is being blamed on the whole thing. We are/were in wars on multiple fronts. The republicans now get upset over the deficit, which was mostly the result of the wars. When we pull out of these countries, we should be able to curb the bleeding in our defense budget. We still need the invest in defense research, our country still needs to be protected, we just don’t need to keep throwing money in places where we are having little effect. And his foriegn policies are a failure, copy and paste the fact check site that show statistics about his failures so we can see the true facts. Otherwise what is being said about his failed foreign policy is just Blah, Blah, Blah. He got us out of Libya and Iraq, and now he’s getting us out of Afghanistan, I don’t call that a failure, that’s a plus for the American people. But, the republicans can’t admit that the President has done anything positive, because they live a negative way of life.

  • The only dismal failure is, the republicans failing to acknowledge the planning and the final decision as to what to do was up the the President and he made the right decision. Just like Romney wants, President Obama has experts who aided in the whole process and the navy seals were the experts on the ground. The planning took quite a while and required the utmost secrecy, the team pulled it off. The republicans got us into this war to help their buddies, including Cheny with his Hailburton, they made a mint. It’s time to stop the flow of money to these leeches, that’s what they are on the American tax payer. The government helps them with funding, so they can make piles of money!!!!! We can’t be the worlds police and take care of our own country, we saw that from 2000 – 2008. Our pays stagnated or our jobs went away which resulted in less people paying taxes, the tax cuts also resulted in people paying less taxes, and corporatiosn don’t pay their fair share. Our deficit grew and grew, and President Obama is being blamed on the whole thing. We are/were in wars on multiple fronts. The republicans now get upset over the deficit, which was mostly the result of the wars. When we pull out of these countries, we should be able to curb the bleeding in our defense budget. We still need the invest in defense research, our country still needs to be protected, we just don’t need to keep throwing money in places where we are having little effect. And his foriegn policies are a failure, copy and paste the fact check site that show statistics about his failures so we can see the true facts. Otherwise what is being said about his failed foreign policy is just Blah, Blah, Blah. He got us out of Libya and Iraq, and now he’s getting us out of Afghanistan, I don’t call that a failure, that’s a plus for the American people. But, the republicans can’t admit that the President has done anything positive, because they live a negative way of life.

  • The only dismal failure is, the republicans failing to acknowledge the planning and the final decision as to what to do was up the the President and he made the right decision. Just like Romney wants, President Obama has experts who aided in the whole process and the navy seals were the experts on the ground. The planning took quite a while and required the utmost secrecy, the team pulled it off. The republicans got us into this war to help their buddies, including Cheny with his Hailburton, they made a mint. It’s time to stop the flow of money to these leeches, that’s what they are on the American tax payer. The government helps them with funding, so they can make piles of money!!!!! We can’t be the worlds police and take care of our own country, we saw that from 2000 – 2008. Our pays stagnated or our jobs went away which resulted in less people paying taxes, the tax cuts also resulted in people paying less taxes, and corporatiosn don’t pay their fair share. Our deficit grew and grew, and President Obama is being blamed on the whole thing. We are/were in wars on multiple fronts. The republicans now get upset over the deficit, which was mostly the result of the wars. When we pull out of these countries, we should be able to curb the bleeding in our defense budget. We still need the invest in defense research, our country still needs to be protected, we just don’t need to keep throwing money in places where we are having little effect. And his foriegn policies are a failure, copy and paste the fact check site that show statistics about his failures so we can see the true facts. Otherwise what is being said about his failed foreign policy is just Blah, Blah, Blah. He got us out of Libya and Iraq, and now he’s getting us out of Afghanistan, I don’t call that a failure, that’s a plus for the American people. But, the republicans can’t admit that the President has done anything positive, because they live a negative way of life.

  • dik

    Mr. Dionne;

    President Obama deserves praise for carrying forth the Bush/Cheney foreign policy with the killing of Ben Laden. It is regretful that he has otherwise departed from it with predictable results in discouraging our allies and strengthening those who wish us harm.

    Dik Thurston
    Colorado Springs

    • Wow. You are seriously confused.

    • Toddeio

      The U S spends more money on defence than the next 17 countries combined Feal safe???

  • The difference is clear; timely and effective decision-making. When a guy is consistently late in making his tax returns; regrets over his stand that Detroit should be left to go bankrupt; is still considering the impact of disclosing his offshore accounts to the people he wants to govern; is still unable to figure out the enormous savings in dollars and lives by flushing Gaddafi out without American troops in Libya; and undecided over the significance of the death of bin Laden on the psyche of the American people especially in the light of 9/11, then that guy is to say the least, a fall guy PERIOD.

  • Didn’t know that E.J. Dionne was an apologist for Obama and an attack dog. Obama has one success to fall back on in the bin Laden take down. That is it and the truth is Obama has spent a lot of time “apologizing” for the US past actions. If he feels the US has meddled to much in other countries affairs let him lead us home and get out of other nations.

  • The current version of the GOP has consistently been wrong on so many levels. A comprehensive summary of republican blunders beginning with GWB/Cheney would be much too long and detailed for a simple comment such as this. Bottom line: if you voted for these clowns then you have a lot to answer for and you owe the rest of us a sincere apology. Please don’t make the same mistake again this year.

  • For those of you who are so bent on hateing Obama…..get your facts straight! Instead of listening to Fox News (they know nothing) start listening to someone who actually knows the truth. Ed Schultz is great and backs up everything he says. The Republicans only want to destroy America and the American people. Mitt is a joke and congress should be fired! These people do not have a clue as to what we are going through, nor do they care. Obama has been fighting for us, the American people, from the begining. He has proven he is a good man and has our interests ahead of the bull congress and the Repubs have. If the repubs have their way your grandparents will end up on the streets and will not be able to get medical help….nor will any child with a pre-existing desease. How many people have to pay for their GREED!

    • unfortunatly not only do they have a clue it is the program. wethepeople have gotten far too upitty for the next generation of nazi filth who control our political system. thats why the gloves have come off, and we get a peek thru idiots like ryan and newt, it started when prescott bush, ( avowed nazi) put nixon in the whitehouse.

  • Foreign policy should be DOMESTICATED, lest it become the tool of an invisible elite. Economic globalization has become the driver for some of the most sinister and covert American agendas (e.g. ALLENDE ASSASSINATION), and is, itself the ultimate ANTI-DEMOCRATIC CONSPIRACY.

  • howa4x

    Romney started out by saying he would double down in Afganistan and add more troops to win it, but saw that the mood of America has shifted and people are tired of war. What Romney is not saying and Republicans have practiced for the last 8 yrs in power is funneling more and more money to the defense companies like Grumman, Lockeed-Martin and Raytheon. This is where the real money is spent, on profits for these companies. War is good for business and good for Wall st, and this is the main reason that Republicans yell for national security. They create an enemy, invent a danger, whip up public fear and pressure congress to start a war, then start handing out contracts like candy. Cheney’s former company Haliburton got a no bid 6 billion contract for Iraq. Just look at the profit sheet of all these companies from Iraq, Black Water included. This is what’s its all about. Telling lies for profit. The Republican policy!

  • The even bigger GOP LIE!!!
    Obama’s DEBT!!
    Ronnie Reagan and is Chief of Staff, Nancy, entered the White House with a $1-TRILLION national debt — leaving eight years later with $2-TRILLION, doubling the debt accumuated from 1780 unti the Reagan inauguration.
    Poppa Bush took over the $2-Trillion and doubled that to $4-Trillion in four years ==PLUS leving another $3.5-Trillion in approved deficit spending earmarked for 1992 to 1996 budgets. Meaning with interest Reagan/Bush increzsed the national debt 400% == FOUR TIMES.
    Clinton/Gore trimmed federal payrolls, eliminated thousands of obsolete, redundant, conflicting and antiquated federal rules and regulations and cut expenditures to offset more than half the deficit left by Poppa Bush.
    Plus balanced the budget and paid down the debt by a half trillion!!
    DubYah and their Draft Dodgers destroyed FIVE MILLION JOBS, pathetically mismanaged two wars, allowed Bin Laden and Al Qaeda to escape the Rangers and 10th Mountain Division trap at Tora Bora, wasted Trillions in Iraq (With massive NO BID CONTRACTS handed Shotgun Cheney’s old corporate personal profit centers at Halliburton and Kellogg, Brown and Root) and destroyed the global economy.
    Bush/Cheney’s greatest achievement, increasing Poppa Bush’s national debt from $5.6-Trillion
    to $11.5-Trillion as of Jan. 20, 2009 AND leaving another $3.5-to$4.5-Trillion in unfunded deficit spending for Obama/Biden to clean up.
    Plus the ongoing expense of cleaning up Bush/Cheney’s economic collapse, bailing out Wall Street and Big Banks, saving the Auto Industry and cleaning up “Ol’ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – NOT!!!”‘s double mis-managed wars.
    The GOP will not admit Bush/Cheney never “bagged” a single Al Qaeda leader.
    Obama/Biden on the other hand — Bin Laden, who went into hiding in Pakistan early in Bush’s second term, was “bagged” by Obama/Biden, along with more than two-thirds of Al Qaeda’s senior leadership and at least half of the Taliban’s senior and mid level leadership.
    Oh yes, have the DixieCrat/Republicans noticed — Net immigration from Mexico and Latin America is now reversed, less than Zero — without addition of one foot of worthless Boeing fence out of El Paso. Another $3-Billion boondogle on Bush’s part.
    Effective use of remote, solar-powered camera towers, Predator surveillence aircraft and effectively located border patrolmen, customs agents and National Guard and Army troops by a competent president has done in three years what presidents from Truman through DubYan could not.

  • The even bigger GOP LIE!!!
    Obama’s DEBT!!
    Ronnie Reagan and is Chief of Staff, Nancy, entered the White House with a $1-TRILLION national debt — leaving eight years later with $2-TRILLION, doubling the debt accumuated from 1780 unti the Reagan inauguration.
    Poppa Bush took over the $2-Trillion and doubled that to $4-Trillion in four years ==PLUS leving another $3.5-Trillion in approved deficit spending earmarked for 1992 to 1996 budgets. Meaning with interest Reagan/Bush increzsed the national debt 400% == FOUR TIMES.
    Clinton/Gore trimmed federal payrolls, eliminated thousands of obsolete, redundant, conflicting and antiquated federal rules and regulations and cut expenditures to offset more than half the deficit left by Poppa Bush.
    Plus balanced the budget and paid down the debt by a half trillion!!
    DubYah and their Draft Dodgers destroyed FIVE MILLION JOBS, pathetically mismanaged two wars, allowed Bin Laden and Al Qaeda to escape the Rangers and 10th Mountain Division trap at Tora Bora, wasted Trillions in Iraq (With massive NO BID CONTRACTS handed Shotgun Cheney’s old corporate personal profit centers at Halliburton and Kellogg, Brown and Root) and destroyed the global economy.
    Bush/Cheney’s greatest achievement, increasing Poppa Bush’s national debt from $5.6-Trillion
    to $11.5-Trillion as of Jan. 20, 2009 AND leaving another $3.5-to$4.5-Trillion in unfunded deficit spending for Obama/Biden to clean up.
    Plus the ongoing expense of cleaning up Bush/Cheney’s economic collapse, bailing out Wall Street and Big Banks, saving the Auto Industry and cleaning up “Ol’ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – NOT!!!”‘s double mis-managed wars.
    The GOP will not admit Bush/Cheney never “bagged” a single Al Qaeda leader.
    Obama/Biden on the other hand — Bin Laden, who went into hiding in Pakistan early in Bush’s second term, was “bagged” by Obama/Biden, along with more than two-thirds of Al Qaeda’s senior leadership and at least half of the Taliban’s senior and mid level leadership.
    Oh yes, have the DixieCrat/Republicans noticed — Net immigration from Mexico and Latin America is now reversed, less than Zero — without addition of one foot of worthless Boeing fence out of El Paso. Another $3-Billion boondogle on Bush’s part.
    Effective use of remote, solar-powered camera towers, Predator surveillence aircraft and effectively located border patrolmen, customs agents and National Guard and Army troops by a competent president has done in three years what presidents from Truman through DubYan could not.

  • The even bigger GOP LIE!!!
    Obama’s DEBT!!
    Ronnie Reagan and is Chief of Staff, Nancy, entered the White House with a $1-TRILLION national debt — leaving eight years later with $2-TRILLION, doubling the debt accumuated from 1780 unti the Reagan inauguration.
    Poppa Bush took over the $2-Trillion and doubled that to $4-Trillion in four years ==PLUS leving another $3.5-Trillion in approved deficit spending earmarked for 1992 to 1996 budgets. Meaning with interest Reagan/Bush increzsed the national debt 400% == FOUR TIMES.
    Clinton/Gore trimmed federal payrolls, eliminated thousands of obsolete, redundant, conflicting and antiquated federal rules and regulations and cut expenditures to offset more than half the deficit left by Poppa Bush.
    Plus balanced the budget and paid down the debt by a half trillion!!
    DubYah and their Draft Dodgers destroyed FIVE MILLION JOBS, pathetically mismanaged two wars, allowed Bin Laden and Al Qaeda to escape the Rangers and 10th Mountain Division trap at Tora Bora, wasted Trillions in Iraq (With massive NO BID CONTRACTS handed Shotgun Cheney’s old corporate personal profit centers at Halliburton and Kellogg, Brown and Root) and destroyed the global economy.
    Bush/Cheney’s greatest achievement, increasing Poppa Bush’s national debt from $5.6-Trillion
    to $11.5-Trillion as of Jan. 20, 2009 AND leaving another $3.5-to$4.5-Trillion in unfunded deficit spending for Obama/Biden to clean up.
    Plus the ongoing expense of cleaning up Bush/Cheney’s economic collapse, bailing out Wall Street and Big Banks, saving the Auto Industry and cleaning up “Ol’ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – NOT!!!”‘s double mis-managed wars.
    The GOP will not admit Bush/Cheney never “bagged” a single Al Qaeda leader.
    Obama/Biden on the other hand — Bin Laden, who went into hiding in Pakistan early in Bush’s second term, was “bagged” by Obama/Biden, along with more than two-thirds of Al Qaeda’s senior leadership and at least half of the Taliban’s senior and mid level leadership.
    Oh yes, have the DixieCrat/Republicans noticed — Net immigration from Mexico and Latin America is now reversed, less than Zero — without addition of one foot of worthless Boeing fence out of El Paso. Another $3-Billion boondogle on Bush’s part.
    Effective use of remote, solar-powered camera towers, Predator surveillence aircraft and effectively located border patrolmen, customs agents and National Guard and Army troops by a competent president has done in three years what presidents from Truman through DubYan could not.

  • The even bigger GOP LIE!!!
    Obama’s DEBT!!
    Ronnie Reagan and is Chief of Staff, Nancy, entered the White House with a $1-TRILLION national debt — leaving eight years later with $2-TRILLION, doubling the debt accumuated from 1780 unti the Reagan inauguration.
    Poppa Bush took over the $2-Trillion and doubled that to $4-Trillion in four years ==PLUS leving another $3.5-Trillion in approved deficit spending earmarked for 1992 to 1996 budgets. Meaning with interest Reagan/Bush increzsed the national debt 400% == FOUR TIMES.
    Clinton/Gore trimmed federal payrolls, eliminated thousands of obsolete, redundant, conflicting and antiquated federal rules and regulations and cut expenditures to offset more than half the deficit left by Poppa Bush.
    Plus balanced the budget and paid down the debt by a half trillion!!
    DubYah and their Draft Dodgers destroyed FIVE MILLION JOBS, pathetically mismanaged two wars, allowed Bin Laden and Al Qaeda to escape the Rangers and 10th Mountain Division trap at Tora Bora, wasted Trillions in Iraq (With massive NO BID CONTRACTS handed Shotgun Cheney’s old corporate personal profit centers at Halliburton and Kellogg, Brown and Root) and destroyed the global economy.
    Bush/Cheney’s greatest achievement, increasing Poppa Bush’s national debt from $5.6-Trillion
    to $11.5-Trillion as of Jan. 20, 2009 AND leaving another $3.5-to$4.5-Trillion in unfunded deficit spending for Obama/Biden to clean up.
    Plus the ongoing expense of cleaning up Bush/Cheney’s economic collapse, bailing out Wall Street and Big Banks, saving the Auto Industry and cleaning up “Ol’ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – NOT!!!”‘s double mis-managed wars.
    The GOP will not admit Bush/Cheney never “bagged” a single Al Qaeda leader.
    Obama/Biden on the other hand — Bin Laden, who went into hiding in Pakistan early in Bush’s second term, was “bagged” by Obama/Biden, along with more than two-thirds of Al Qaeda’s senior leadership and at least half of the Taliban’s senior and mid level leadership.
    Oh yes, have the DixieCrat/Republicans noticed — Net immigration from Mexico and Latin America is now reversed, less than Zero — without addition of one foot of worthless Boeing fence out of El Paso. Another $3-Billion boondogle on Bush’s part.
    Effective use of remote, solar-powered camera towers, Predator surveillence aircraft and effectively located border patrolmen, customs agents and National Guard and Army troops by a competent president has done in three years what presidents from Truman through DubYan could not.

  • The even bigger GOP LIE!!!
    Obama’s DEBT!!
    Ronnie Reagan and is Chief of Staff, Nancy, entered the White House with a $1-TRILLION national debt — leaving eight years later with $2-TRILLION, doubling the debt accumuated from 1780 unti the Reagan inauguration.
    Poppa Bush took over the $2-Trillion and doubled that to $4-Trillion in four years ==PLUS leving another $3.5-Trillion in approved deficit spending earmarked for 1992 to 1996 budgets. Meaning with interest Reagan/Bush increzsed the national debt 400% == FOUR TIMES.
    Clinton/Gore trimmed federal payrolls, eliminated thousands of obsolete, redundant, conflicting and antiquated federal rules and regulations and cut expenditures to offset more than half the deficit left by Poppa Bush.
    Plus balanced the budget and paid down the debt by a half trillion!!
    DubYah and their Draft Dodgers destroyed FIVE MILLION JOBS, pathetically mismanaged two wars, allowed Bin Laden and Al Qaeda to escape the Rangers and 10th Mountain Division trap at Tora Bora, wasted Trillions in Iraq (With massive NO BID CONTRACTS handed Shotgun Cheney’s old corporate personal profit centers at Halliburton and Kellogg, Brown and Root) and destroyed the global economy.
    Bush/Cheney’s greatest achievement, increasing Poppa Bush’s national debt from $5.6-Trillion
    to $11.5-Trillion as of Jan. 20, 2009 AND leaving another $3.5-to$4.5-Trillion in unfunded deficit spending for Obama/Biden to clean up.
    Plus the ongoing expense of cleaning up Bush/Cheney’s economic collapse, bailing out Wall Street and Big Banks, saving the Auto Industry and cleaning up “Ol’ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – NOT!!!”‘s double mis-managed wars.
    The GOP will not admit Bush/Cheney never “bagged” a single Al Qaeda leader.
    Obama/Biden on the other hand — Bin Laden, who went into hiding in Pakistan early in Bush’s second term, was “bagged” by Obama/Biden, along with more than two-thirds of Al Qaeda’s senior leadership and at least half of the Taliban’s senior and mid level leadership.
    Oh yes, have the DixieCrat/Republicans noticed — Net immigration from Mexico and Latin America is now reversed, less than Zero — without addition of one foot of worthless Boeing fence out of El Paso. Another $3-Billion boondogle on Bush’s part.
    Effective use of remote, solar-powered camera towers, Predator surveillence aircraft and effectively located border patrolmen, customs agents and National Guard and Army troops by a competent president has done in three years what presidents from Truman through DubYan could not.

  • The even bigger GOP LIE!!!
    Obama’s DEBT!!
    Ronnie Reagan and is Chief of Staff, Nancy, entered the White House with a $1-TRILLION national debt — leaving eight years later with $2-TRILLION, doubling the debt accumuated from 1780 unti the Reagan inauguration.
    Poppa Bush took over the $2-Trillion and doubled that to $4-Trillion in four years ==PLUS leving another $3.5-Trillion in approved deficit spending earmarked for 1992 to 1996 budgets. Meaning with interest Reagan/Bush increzsed the national debt 400% == FOUR TIMES.
    Clinton/Gore trimmed federal payrolls, eliminated thousands of obsolete, redundant, conflicting and antiquated federal rules and regulations and cut expenditures to offset more than half the deficit left by Poppa Bush.
    Plus balanced the budget and paid down the debt by a half trillion!!
    DubYah and their Draft Dodgers destroyed FIVE MILLION JOBS, pathetically mismanaged two wars, allowed Bin Laden and Al Qaeda to escape the Rangers and 10th Mountain Division trap at Tora Bora, wasted Trillions in Iraq (With massive NO BID CONTRACTS handed Shotgun Cheney’s old corporate personal profit centers at Halliburton and Kellogg, Brown and Root) and destroyed the global economy.
    Bush/Cheney’s greatest achievement, increasing Poppa Bush’s national debt from $5.6-Trillion
    to $11.5-Trillion as of Jan. 20, 2009 AND leaving another $3.5-to$4.5-Trillion in unfunded deficit spending for Obama/Biden to clean up.
    Plus the ongoing expense of cleaning up Bush/Cheney’s economic collapse, bailing out Wall Street and Big Banks, saving the Auto Industry and cleaning up “Ol’ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – NOT!!!”‘s double mis-managed wars.
    The GOP will not admit Bush/Cheney never “bagged” a single Al Qaeda leader.
    Obama/Biden on the other hand — Bin Laden, who went into hiding in Pakistan early in Bush’s second term, was “bagged” by Obama/Biden, along with more than two-thirds of Al Qaeda’s senior leadership and at least half of the Taliban’s senior and mid level leadership.
    Oh yes, have the DixieCrat/Republicans noticed — Net immigration from Mexico and Latin America is now reversed, less than Zero — without addition of one foot of worthless Boeing fence out of El Paso. Another $3-Billion boondogle on Bush’s part.
    Effective use of remote, solar-powered camera towers, Predator surveillence aircraft and effectively located border patrolmen, customs agents and National Guard and Army troops by a competent president has done in three years what presidents from Truman through DubYan could not.

  • The even bigger GOP LIE!!!
    Obama’s DEBT!!
    Ronnie Reagan and is Chief of Staff, Nancy, entered the White House with a $1-TRILLION national debt — leaving eight years later with $2-TRILLION, doubling the debt accumuated from 1780 unti the Reagan inauguration.
    Poppa Bush took over the $2-Trillion and doubled that to $4-Trillion in four years ==PLUS leving another $3.5-Trillion in approved deficit spending earmarked for 1992 to 1996 budgets. Meaning with interest Reagan/Bush increzsed the national debt 400% == FOUR TIMES.
    Clinton/Gore trimmed federal payrolls, eliminated thousands of obsolete, redundant, conflicting and antiquated federal rules and regulations and cut expenditures to offset more than half the deficit left by Poppa Bush.
    Plus balanced the budget and paid down the debt by a half trillion!!
    DubYah and their Draft Dodgers destroyed FIVE MILLION JOBS, pathetically mismanaged two wars, allowed Bin Laden and Al Qaeda to escape the Rangers and 10th Mountain Division trap at Tora Bora, wasted Trillions in Iraq (With massive NO BID CONTRACTS handed Shotgun Cheney’s old corporate personal profit centers at Halliburton and Kellogg, Brown and Root) and destroyed the global economy.
    Bush/Cheney’s greatest achievement, increasing Poppa Bush’s national debt from $5.6-Trillion
    to $11.5-Trillion as of Jan. 20, 2009 AND leaving another $3.5-to$4.5-Trillion in unfunded deficit spending for Obama/Biden to clean up.
    Plus the ongoing expense of cleaning up Bush/Cheney’s economic collapse, bailing out Wall Street and Big Banks, saving the Auto Industry and cleaning up “Ol’ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – NOT!!!”‘s double mis-managed wars.
    The GOP will not admit Bush/Cheney never “bagged” a single Al Qaeda leader.
    Obama/Biden on the other hand — Bin Laden, who went into hiding in Pakistan early in Bush’s second term, was “bagged” by Obama/Biden, along with more than two-thirds of Al Qaeda’s senior leadership and at least half of the Taliban’s senior and mid level leadership.
    Oh yes, have the DixieCrat/Republicans noticed — Net immigration from Mexico and Latin America is now reversed, less than Zero — without addition of one foot of worthless Boeing fence out of El Paso. Another $3-Billion boondogle on Bush’s part.
    Effective use of remote, solar-powered camera towers, Predator surveillence aircraft and effectively located border patrolmen, customs agents and National Guard and Army troops by a competent president has done in three years what presidents from Truman through DubYan could not.

  • if the man had our support in mass we could maby save this country. first we need to make shure his family is safe. if you think the right wing biggots and thieves won’t kill , i remind you of the coue that killed jfk,rfjk m.l.king , jon jr. malcom x. these folks are ALL about POWER ( . ) thats PERIOD. if you belive the lone gunman single nut crazy redneck bullshit, i got a nice bridge i can maby give you a good price on.

  • 1olderbutwiser1

    Clinton’s weak response to the Cole was why terrorists numbers grew so fast. But Bin Laden worked for the CIA around that time? Maybe he was just a wolf in sheep’s clothing, rather than be found out, he simply jumped ship. He was brilliant as a terrorist, we must admit that. Why don’t we have people with those kahoonies who spread freedom? Our current policy of dropping bombs on areas where terrorists may be doesn’t seem to be making many friends.

    Vote for Ron Paul. His policies reflect the best choices for America. Defend our borders as we remain a soverign nation, let the terrorists kill each other off. Quit destroying our economy by printing billions and trillions of fiat dollars to let insiders who are of the military-industrial complex pillage and plunder our country.

    Watch any news lately? Pretty soon we’ll have laughtracks on the news just as on the stupid “sitcoms”.

  • digoweli

    Republicans think that Democrats are their wives. The best way to keep the Republican wife away from their philandering is to claim that she’s philandering. That’s the Frank “Goebbels” Luntz method of politiking. The best thing to do is to have nothing to do with the like of anyone who espouses the theory that you can advocate anything terrible as long as you are able to manipulate the reader with your “word power.”

  • I find it interesting how the GOP wants to play this game. The truest part of this article is that they think we have no memory at all,President Bush loved using troops as backdrops for photo ops. Anyone remember him keeping a nuclear carrier out at sea just so he could “fly in” and stand under a sign reading “mission accomplished”? But according to the GOP that was neither wasting money, time or politicizing the war on terror.

  • zeb01

    It should be clear to anyone who has been watching and listening that Mitt Romney wants to be president because he wants it on his resume. He quit his Mass. governorship because he found it beneath him. And he’s been setting himself up for a presidential run since then. McCain did not even think him fit to be vice president, now the Arizona senator has destroyed any integrity he had left by coming out to endorse a man he clearly could not stand just four years ago. Romney has no foreign policy gravitas, other than his ability to speak French. And, he cannot deliver on the economy as though he were CEO of Bain Capital. Look up the defintion of FRAUD in any American English language dictionary and you will find a full color photo of Mitt Romney.

  • zeb01

    It should be clear to anyone who has been watching and listening that Mitt Romney wants to be president because he wants it on his resume. He quit his Mass. governorship because he found it beneath him. And he’s been setting himself up for a presidential run since then. McCain did not even think him fit to be vice president, now the Arizona senator has destroyed any integrity he had left by coming out to endorse a man he clearly could not stand just four years ago. Romney has no foreign policy gravitas, other than his ability to speak French. And, he cannot deliver on the economy as though he were CEO of Bain Capital. Look up the defintion of FRAUD in any American English language dictionary and you will find a full color photo of Mitt Romney.

    • CAThinker

      I heartily agree with you Zebo1 – Romney doesn’t seem to stand for anything. With all of his flip-flopping (which was a really bad thing if you were John Kerry) the only thing he stands for is whatever it takes to get more votes. It seems like he’s running to get the title, as opposed to running to make a positive change (which gets re-defined every day). The fact that his campaign readily admitted to an “etch-a-sketch” campaign strategy should disgust everyone – but the GOP just eats it up. I don’t get it…

  • Mr. Obama’s role as commander-in-chief makes him responsible for troop morale, and no one can dispute the importance of that element in this discussion. What would the effect have been if he had signed the agreement with Karzai, dusted his hands off and simply walked away from it all? Or, if we must be petty, landed on an aircraft carrier and pounded his chest?

    The time he devoted to our war fighters was nothing less than one of the classiest and most memorable things we have ever seen one of our presidents do. And the troops very obviously appreciated it.

  • Jon

    I don’t believe that the Pubs are evil and trying to destroy this country, after all they will go down with us and soon their wealth will dwindle meaning no more easy money.. In short, they do not intend to cut off their food (money) supply.. What they are attempting is to have it ALL their way and this is just as wrong, just as evil. Pubs are people too but their primarily people with little or no sympathy toward those who are less off than they are.. They give the most to charities ONLY if they can use it as a tax shelter.. Not one of them (that I know of) gives anonymously. They complain that welfare moochers are the scabs of this nation while they continue to applaud corporate and political welfare and outlandish bailouts. No, Pubs aren’t evil, but they certainly subscribe to the magazine. Obama hasn’t accomplished everything we’d hoped but that’s only because the Pubs in congress refuse to allow him more than what he will compromise to them and in many cases he has refused to do this thus the Pubs refuse to pass his bills and even his own party sometimes jumps the fence as they notice more green backs on the other side. I heard on the news earlier that Romney is going raise millions of dollars within the next few months in order to beat Obama but Obama has almost twice as much in order to beat Romney.. Is this where it all comes down to today? Winning depending on how much money you can raise? No wonder the majority of Americans believe their votes won’t count as the g’ment has all but confessed that money rules.. So pathetic.

  • So now we have no foreign policy debate and the Repubs know it. What do they have left? Attack the president because of domestic/economic policy? That would be great if only they had something to bring to the table besides the same tired policies that are also quite dangerous as we have all learned and as many are still struggling. What will their answers be to the record filibustering and obstructionist attitude that has kept us in the tank??