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GOP Rep. Cole: Question Bush If You’re Going To Question Rice

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GOP Rep. Cole: Question Bush If You’re Going To Question Rice


For the second time in a week, conservative Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) is breaking with his party on a hot button issue.

Last Tuesday, Cole made headlines for disagreeing with House Speaker John Boehner and advising his fellow Republicans to accept President Barack Obama’s offer to immediately extend tax cuts on incomes under $250,000, while negotiating a broader deal involving tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

During a Sunday morning appearance on ABC’s This Week, Cole offered his advice on the other issue that has animated Republicans in the weeks since the election: U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s response to the September 11th attacks in Benghazi, and her potential nomination as Secretary of State.

When Dan Senor — the former spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority during the Iraq War, and the chief foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney — suggested investigating “whether or not Susan Rice should be blamed” for the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi attacks, Cole reminded Senor of the Bush administration’s false claims that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction.

“We saw President Bush out front defending something wasn’t true too,” Cole noted. “Maybe we should ask those guys some questions too.”

Despite his rebuke of Senor, Cole stopped short of endorsing Rice’s potential nomination. “You want a Secretary of State who can unite you, not divide you,” Cole said, adding “I’m not convinced that Ambassador Rice will be able to.”

Video of the exchange is below, via The Raw Story

In both cases, Cole is not adopting the Democratic position; he opposes raising tax rates for the wealthy, and he does not appear to support Rice (although he did not say whether or not he would vote to confirm her if he were in the Senate.) Instead, Cole seems to be trying to divert his party from embracing hopeless political positions. Just as Cole correctly identified that the White House has all of the leverage in the tax cut debate, so too does he seem to realize that a public battle over Rice could lead to some very uncomfortable questions about the Bush administration’s record — a history that the Republican Party would rather stay buried.

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. Gregory Costrini December 3, 2012

    There’s a lot more to the Bush/Cheney thing. The white paper, justifying Congress approval to invade Iraq, was improperly written under Cheney’s direction. Not only was the information false, when a Washington Post writer informed that the ore Iraq was getting from an African country was too low in yield to produce significant amounts of uranium, Cheney made public the writer’s wife was an undercover CIA agent thereby jeopardizing her life. Treasonous. They blamed a staff guy — Scooter and jailed him for six months or so and Bush pardoned him. There’s not a chance in hell that Scooter approved such action. Anyhow, for the first time in American history we invaded a sovereign nation and did so under false pretenses.

    1. Jim Myers December 3, 2012

      I have always believed that attack on Saddam Hussein and Iraq was about (1) avenging Iraq for not falling when President George H.W. Bush invaded Iraq. (2) Oil. (3)And giving a helping hand to the military-industrial complex, and more specifically, Halliburton.

      1. PaulineG December 3, 2012

        @Jim Myers: And, we had to watch on TV while Saddam Hussein’s military slaughtered his own soldiers while our soldiers could not step across a fence to help them. No sympathy here for Saddam Hussein.

        1. MJRinPA December 3, 2012

          Whether or not you have sympathy for him is not the point. The President/Vice President/Secretary of Defense and others in the Bush/Cheney Administration LIED to the American People, in order to start a pre-emptive war!

          1. onedonewong December 3, 2012

            That’s an absolute false hood. Just like in Benghazi W and Cheney were working with the best intelligence that the CIA had to offer. The problem was Clinton had decimated the CIA as part of his “peace dividend”

          2. RobertCHastings December 3, 2012

            The Bush admin. based its invasion on the ‘theory’ that Sadam Hussein was stockpiling WMD. That assertion was and has never been verified, and the thing about Valerie Plame was never adequately explained to the public. It is a violation of Federal law to reveal the identity of a covert agent – her cover was revealed by the Bush administration, intentionally, to revenge itself upon her husband, an ambassador whom Bush sent to Niger to investigate claims about Hussein’s acquiring weapons-grade plutonium, which he was unable to do. When Clinton left office, he CLEARLY warned Bush about OBL, and Clinton’s NSA adviser, Richard Clark, continued to do sofrom Bush’s own security council. As history reports, the warnings were ignored and we invaded a sovereign country on a lie (not a mistake, a LIE). And the US Sec.of State, Colin Powell, conveyed this lie to the UN, not realizing that the intelligence did not backup Bush’s claims about WMD or plutonium, or Hussein’s relation to al Quaida. Why hasn’t Powell (or Bush, or Cheney, or Rumsfeld, or Wolfowitz) been questioned? Wolfowitz even made it very clear in 1980’s that he (and others) intended to invade Iraq, given the political opportunity. This is all unadulterated history, the kind you can find on your local library shelf, not the kind Glen Beck or Bill O’Reilly publish in their revisionist books. As Jack Nicholson said in “A Few Good Men”, “you can’t handle the truth!”

          3. onedonewong December 4, 2012

            Bush acted on what the CIA and DIA were able to verify about Iraq, Unfortunately Clinton had so decimated both organizations that their intelligence was next to worthless. However even Bill Clinton agreed with W’s assessment about Iraq. as well as his actions.
            Plane took her case to court and it was thrown out. She hadn’t been a covert agent in years and her neighbors all know who she worked for and what she did. It is against federal law to hire ones spouse for a no bid job and Plane was certainly guilty but W declined to prosecute so her reputation wouldn’t be further damaged .W did not send her husband to Niger. However after the invasion DOD flew hundreds of tons of yellow cake back to the US for destruction
            When Clinton was IN office he was offered Osama binladen by Sudan. Because Clinton was so involved with Monica h took no action and Osama left and went to Afghanistan to continue his terrorism.
            Why haven’t they been questioned ?? how can they be without 1st going after Clinton and his lack of action?
            Maybe you need to read a newspaper rather than listening to the State Run Media. The silliness you just posted is a reflection on your lack of intelligence

          4. Jim Myers December 4, 2012


          5. RobertCHastings December 5, 2012

            Maybe we can just keep going back, to mid 1980’s, in Beirut, when Reagan had the entire leadership of Hezbollah in the sights of warships in the harbor, only to back down. He backed down when over 200 US Marines were killed in a bombing of their barracks in Beirut. Reagan had the intelligence to successfully prosecute the appropriate actions, and, in both instances, his trigger finger froze. People seem to have forgotten much about the Clinton administration, which was clouded by the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Clinton deployed more troops to more places than any president before him since FDR, and every deployment was successful. The security apparatus he left to George W was intact and actively pursuing OBL, and strenuously warned Bush about OBL and his intentions. It is pretty difficult to mistake OBL’s intentions when Bush received a daily intelligence briefing entitled “OBL’s intentions to use aircraft against tall buildings.” Too bad somebody didn’t catch that one. Richard Clark, Clinton’s NSA adviser, repeatedly warned Bush about OBL. Hell, even Reagan’s buddy, the Marine colonel whatsisname, called OBL “the most dangerous man on the planet.” Why didn’t Reagan or Papa Bush go after him? Because they were already tight with his family. George W, after closing the skies following 9-11, managed to get OBL’s family out of the US, knowing full well that their relative was responsible for the 9-11 tragedy.
            You are the one that needs to revise your reading material. Get something besides Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, or anything endorsed by Rupert Murdock.

          6. TheSkepticalCynic December 6, 2012

            You’re not ignorant, for which there is a cure. It’s called education and critical thinking. Repeating your delusions and constantly exposing your prejudices and biases does not make them factual! It does indicate that you are clinically stupid. As Ron White so aptly states,
            “you can’t fix stupid.

          7. onedonewong December 9, 2012

            Your upset because my posts are 100% FACTUAL vs the liberal noise machine

          8. dadhoover December 3, 2012

            What the ____have you been smoking for the last few years that causes you to not be able to see and read all the information that shows proof positive the Cheney and His “PROJECT FOR THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY” ‘think tank’ had all this planned even back in Clintons time. They thought they had a gold mine in 9-11 to use it as an excuse to set loose their war plans and that’s what they set out to do. DO A GOOGLE SEARCH AND EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE SPEWING REDUNDANT TALKING POINTS THAT HAVE BEEN KNOWN AS BAREFACED LIES FOR NEARLY TEN YEARS. WAKE UP, WE ARE TO SMART TO BUY INTO SUCH DAMN LIES.

          9. onedonewong December 3, 2012

            Your not really serious maybe you should pose the question to Jesse Ventura he looks into nut cases.
            The only words I’m aware of is old rham when he said you never want to waste a disaster.
            Did you miss My Kampf?? That is the underlying philosophy of barak he’s an avowed Socialist just like his idol Hitler.
            Did you not read the communist manifesto that was the only book Clinton ever carried with him in college

          10. Lynda December 4, 2012

            On my Lord another true believer in the Obama is Hitler thing. Amazing the twaddle that some people are will to swallow and this guy is taking the full load.

          11. dtgraham December 4, 2012

            With all the incredible crap that the right make up about Obama, I’m not sure if that’s an insult to Obama or Hitler.

          12. onedonewong December 4, 2012

            Are you trying to say that the 2 aren’t locked at the hip?? Both were socialist to their core. Both hated Jews, both thought they were the Messiah

          13. Bill December 4, 2012

            Moron as usual you can’t even get the book title correct Hitler’s book is called Mein Kampf. keep writing your alternate reality statements I need a good laugh during the day. Clinton only carried the Communist Manisfesto with him in college, that’s a great joke, who is writing your material – Hannity, OReilly or fatboy Limbaaugh? The barak you refer to must be the Defense Minister of Israel, our president’s name is Barrack. What other fantasies do you believe in?

          14. BuffaloSoldier178th December 3, 2012

            B_ _ _ S _ _ _ !!!

          15. MJRinPA December 4, 2012

            Do some more research. The info about the purchase of yellow cake was known to be false. The lies leading us into Iraq went on for months.
            The “dustup” about Benghazi involved first statements during an ongoing attack and involved confidential information that might have aided the enemy and were therefore “preliminary” info statements, subject to change when it was safe to give out further information.

          16. ibincuft December 4, 2012

            Yeah sure. Can you spell “OIL?”

          17. onedonewong December 5, 2012

            can you spell nonsense??

          18. Paul Federman December 5, 2012

            Dick Cheney went to the CIA headqurters himself to cherrypick the intelligence information that would be advantageous to his Iraq agenda. Cheney/Rumsfield wanted a reason to invade Iraq since while as Secretary of Defense under George H.W. They wanted control of the oil wells. Cheney then became chief executive officer of Halliburton from 1995 thru August 2000. Who gets to be CEO of a major corporation without any previous business experience? Unless, of course, you are so well-connected politically to double the company’s profits in five years via Pentagon contracts. And $1.5 billion worth of assistance from government sponsored agencies. As V.P. he even set up his former company Halliburton’s subsidiary with a non-bid, openended contract KBR to restore Iraq’s oil industry, prior to declaring war against Hussein. The fastest growing contractor under the Bush Administration has been Halliburton. No contractor has received more money as a result of the invasion of Iraq than Halliburton, who then moved it’s headquarters to Dubai to avoid lawsuits and U.S. taxes. It’s also interesting to note that Rumsfield announced just one day before 9/11 that the defense department was missing $2 trillion. Forgotten and never investigated.

          19. onedonewong December 5, 2012

            Still walking around with your Tin Hat on HUH??? If Cheney cherry picked the information then why did Clinton agree with their assessment? Are you saying that Clinton like barak never attended any CIA briefings that are done daily??
            Why did Cheney want control of Iraq’s oil wells when the US has the largest oil reserves in the world what would be the point?
            Who gets to be president of the US with no experience, no ability , no education and no common sense?? Other than Barak I can’t name anyone.
            Barak has confiscated and redistributed $10 Trillion in just 4 years so is their a reason to point out Cheney?? Sorry more US $$ has gone to socialism than has ever gone to Haliburton.
            $2 Trillion missing?? DOD isn’t like McDonalds bullets get shot, missiles and rockets consumed and there is no audit trail and thank goodness they aren’t wasting taxpayers $$ on that kind of nonsense

          20. Vinie December 5, 2012

            Somebody should slap the shit outta your treasonous anti american lying ass!!! Its common knowledge that bush and cheney lied about everything and people who continue this lie need the shit slapped outta them and I’m just the person to do it. …

          21. onedonewong December 5, 2012

            Vinie, you were trying to rewrite history and got caught. Everything I posted is factual and if you spent 1 second googling you could have proved it to your self. Alas unless your Messiah tells you its true you don’t believe.
            Its also common knowledge that Barak hasn’t told the truth since 1980. He;s lied about being an american, a moooslim, his grades, that he’s a socialist and that is IQ is above 85.

          22. John Sehler December 7, 2012

            Why did Cheney Feel it necessary to hold U.S. Energy talks behind closed doors after he hand picked all the participants.

          23. TZToronto December 7, 2012

            The U.N. weapons inspectors, on the ground in Iraq, said they had found no WMDs. Saddam had even permitted them to see the sites to which he had previously denied them access. The best intel was theirs, not the CIA’s. Powell, in his capacity as Secretary of State, went before the U.N. and spouted the lie he had been given–which was false.

          24. widerows December 8, 2012

            You either have conclusive information or have found a different definition for “absolute” and “decimated”. I’m not convinced that you have conclusive information

          25. onedonewong December 9, 2012

            A simple reading of a newspaper would prove my position

        2. William December 3, 2012

          How about a little sympathy for all of our young people who died or were hurt for that lying War. I’ve been to War and I find that most of the supporters are people who are more than willing to lit someone else die for their principles.

          1. dimple69 December 3, 2012

            And that’s the truth William.

        3. ASIANE December 5, 2012

          How gullible you are! u know that ur former president “Devil ” as Chavez just said, if there is a far worst than an animal is him…Saddam slaughtered wicked enemies who slaughtered many good human beings too, while spying for a a wicked MULLAHS!wicked BUSH PACKS have so much bloods in their hands and they were condemned BEFORE THE iraq WAR. THEY HAV KILLED MORE civilians, and USA soldiers AND WHAT IS SO SAD WERE THESE WERE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF HIS WICKED ACTS.

    2. John Sehler December 3, 2012

      Also when Cheney Chaired the Countries Energy Policy it was conducted behind closed doors.

    3. Marc S December 3, 2012

      The resolution at face value appears to be reasonable:
      Terms of the Iraq War Resolution, passed by congress on Friday, October 11, 2002: “The president is authorized to use the armed forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to (1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq, and (2) enforce all relevant United Nation Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.”

      However – there was no threat from Iraq against the US. Never was. Hans Blix, head of the UN investigation team, informed Bush_before_ he invaded Iraq that the intelligence concerning the locations of those weapons was “garbage after garbage after garbage”. The UN team combed Iraq, unhindered by Iraqi forces, as Iraq (finally) DID COMPLY with UN resolutions and found NOTHING. Without any threat to the USA, the War Resolution DID NOT authorize the invasion. The circumstances did not support it. Bush LIED. TRAGIC, DEADLY LIES WHICH RESULTED IN MORE AMERICAN DEATH AND SUFFERING THAN AL QAEDA EVER INFLICTED – not to mention the death and misery overseas, a devastated economy and a crippling deficit.

    4. Michael J Kearney December 3, 2012

      Greg, Its not the first time we have invaded others.

    5. onedonewong December 3, 2012

      Too low of a grade?? and yet the USAF flew back 100,000 TONS of yellow cake to the US for reprocessing. Something that the State run Media never wanted to cover and could only be found in military papers

    6. Shug Knight December 4, 2012

      Ah yes, the Valerie Plame saga. Never heard anyone at Fox News barking about that. (Not that this crap is even shocking anymore.)

    7. Stuart51 July 8, 2013

      “Anyhow, for the first time in American history we invaded a sovereign nation and did so under false pretenses.”


      You are forgetting Vietnam.

  2. Jerry Brooks December 3, 2012

    “Trying to divert his Party from embracing (any more) hopeless political positions”

  3. John Sehler December 3, 2012

    The Prescription plan B needs to be investigated as well> George Bush was so deep in the Phama pocket it was a wonder he could breath. To take away the ability to seek a better price for drugs for medicare is preposterous.

    1. BlowinInTheWind December 3, 2012

      regarding plan B, one needs to look at the Rumsfeld connection as he was a Big Pharma CEO going in to Sec of Defense

      1. boroughparkdiva December 3, 2012

        I missed that one-a link to Big Pharma (no surprise there) but to a product that actually contradicts their RIGHT – TO – LIFE Bible thumpin’, no reproductive rights for all you girls out there mentality ( or ruse) . I guess they do care about THEIR GIRLS, huh? Wow, the Compassionate Conservatives really like all that dough-rain-on-me going on with medical breakthroughs, especially those that will actually be used.., and I thought the only one who had a heart was Cheney because he just got one. JUST STOP LYING, you guys and start TRYING and maybe the annals will be kind to you, as they most certainly be to the Obamas are and have been proving what a great presidency looks like.
        Why don’t these guys whine over no NHL and give the job of Overlord to Mitt, instead of crying over the BIG WIN and how he wants to go down as a great president. Last one was…..

  4. carlos lascoutx December 3, 2012

    …riding dead horses is what our senators from Arizona and Texas do best. from presidential
    candidacy to the specter of secession, these 2 fire-breathing ghost riders are determined to round up phantom cattle of dissent, darken the sky of any recovery, and rain on any parade
    of unity earned by the president elect. they are the cowpokes of infernal song and chances lost
    heading straight for Hell.

    1. Christopher S. Dunn December 3, 2012

      And don’t forget, these “cowpokes of infernal song and chances” are the wrong kind of cowboy: All hat and no cattle.

  5. nobsartist December 3, 2012

    What is troubling is there have been no questions asked of bush’s 8 years of felonious activity.

    At least Malaysia had the integrity to try bush and find him guilty of war crimes.

    Its funny how republiCONs operate. A BJ warrants shutting down the government and impeaching a president but lying us into 2 wars, cutting a deal with big pharma that pays out billion in bribes and ruining our financial system does not even warrant a simple investigation.

    No, you may not question our sensitive bush, cheney or rumsfield as they are too precious to even consider accusing.

    In any other country, those 3 would have been executed.

    1. William December 3, 2012

      Don’t forget the tax breaks that benefited mostly the rich that the Rep Party cant let go. They have proven over and over again they don’t care about the other 98%!!

  6. sonatherun December 3, 2012

    While they’re at it, if they want to investigate why a surprise mortar attack was permitted to happen at Benghazi on 9-11 despite warnings, they should investigate why the real 9-11 was permitted to happen despite warnings.

  7. howa4x December 3, 2012

    Cole is right. Republicans have spent a lot of time and effort to erase the memory of Bush/Cheney. He as the last republican president, and wasn’t even invited to the convention to speak or be seen. Now with the republicans taking aim at Susan Rice the counter punch is another Rice, Condolezza.
    She was the one who out rightly lied to the congress, and the American people about WMD’s in Iraq, and that lie cost billions of tax payer dollars and 4,000 lives lost. Already you begin to hear how McCain didn’t have a problem with that lie, and soon he will be pushed into a position to defend our entry into Iraq, along with the use of blackwater and Haliburton. Obama and the democrats have the oppurtunity to make the republicans defend Bush and bring up the war all over again. Right now the republicans are on the attack, but soon they will be ducking and hiding as the counter attack comes. We are not even mentioning the damage they are doing once again to the brand by attacking a qualified women who happens also to be Afro-American. Oh those foolish old white men. They never learn

    1. Hillbilly December 3, 2012

      Actually Colin Powell was Secretary of State when the lies about WMD was told . He resigned after finding out about the lies.

      1. William December 3, 2012

        Yes he did and I give him credit for that but Condolezza also pressed for that War and was confirmed. Where is the Rep Party’s OUTRAGE!!!!

  8. boyno December 3, 2012

    Opposing Rice’s nomination is also a ploy to get back the MA Senate seat. If Rice is not confirmed, then Kerry will be the obvious choice for State. This is possibly why Obama has not mentioned Kerry for this position. Dems just won the seat back through a very hard-fought race, and have no one in the state who could match up in a rematch against Brown. It is well-known that Kerry covets the State Dept. job, and is not so keen about being Sec’y of Defense.

  9. jebediah123 December 3, 2012

    I am not a “paranoid conspiracy theorist” but I still believe the Saudi royal family had some influence when it came to attacking Saddam Hussien. The Saudis regarded him as a dangerous “secular muslim”, and a threat to their extreme religious beliefs. I still think the Saudis made some kind of “guarenteed oil production” in exchange for Saddam’s elimination. We will know 40 years from now when all those involved will be dead and secret records will be revealed. It is a well known fact that the Bush family and the Saudi royal family were VERY CLOSE>

    1. William December 3, 2012

      Don’t forget it was the Rep Hero Ronny who helped put Saddam in power!!

    2. boroughparkdiva December 3, 2012

      Cool, I never even considered that option. I only thought the Saudis were just into whacking their female citizens (!) an oxymoron just like military intelligence. Maybe now the world can unite in the elimination of misogyny, considering how most males are threatened by other things and can send us peacefully on our way. Too bad all this didn’t come around during Indira Gandhi’s and Benazir Bhutto’ s administrations, but then even if gun control was universally enacted, there’s always a sword handy over there. When will we learn?

  10. Jack Wormer December 3, 2012

    The Bush-Cheney cabal was party to a “Danse Macabre” with Congress – hence, as it takes two to tango, we should also investigate the Congresses of those days for their ethical and moral responsibilities for the thousands of deaths, the millions of maimed in body and soul…AND THE CONTINUING NATIONAL DISCORD!

  11. ChristianMartin December 3, 2012

    The only person that needs to investigated concerning this matter is the person responsible for ignoring the multiple requests for more help made days and even weeks before the attack. Susan Rice appears to be a scapegoat.

    1. iamom4 December 3, 2012

      How about the $300K request from the Dept of State to beef up security that was denied last year by the GOP?

      1. William December 3, 2012

        That was 300 M

      2. ChristianMartin December 4, 2012

        Good point. As usual both parties are to blame. I wish others shared your objectivity.

  12. adriancrutch December 3, 2012

    Saddam’s buying yellow cake from betty crocker.

  13. boroughparkdiva December 3, 2012

    Vincent Bugliosi has prepared his prosecution of the previous administration and it was masterful. Those two and their cohorts deserve Nuremberg treatment. Their disdain for any people who don’t have membership to their club is sickening and Rove knows it. That’s why when Jenna Bush was interviewing Gammy on the Today show last week I knew it was the Machine in progress. There are going to be at least two Bushes as potential 2016 candidates and there can be no more. I apologize to the family as they are coping with loss of loved ones, but then we all are. I wish Mrs. Bush would say something soothing to people who dealt with the Katrina debacle or maybe say something supporting President Obama in his unenviable task of fixing this union…maybe Mitt can lend him a helping hand and really get Rove’s dander up. Even Mrs. Reagan is supporting stem cell research for a cure for Alzheimer’s, funny what happens when the ball is in your court.

  14. Pi_Boson December 3, 2012

    In the science community, there was greater than 99% consensus that the war in Iraq was based on lies as the science community showed clear evidence there were no weapons of mass destruction, and this was reaffirmed by UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter, Now Republicans are trying to “undo” their failed constitutional responsibilities during the Bush jr administration by attaching an extremely adept Secretary of State candidate, Susan Rice.

    1. William December 3, 2012

      The Rep Party always blames the Dem Party for what they do, look at the dept, from a prescription drug plan, two tax cuts that benefited mostly the rich, and two wars. Now the dept is the fault of the Dem Party, they’ve said it so much some people actually believe it!

  15. fastfootedd December 3, 2012

    You have to ask yourself why are they hell bent on not allowing Susan Rice to become the next Secretay of State and go on to say that they would be more than willing to support Democratic Sen. John Kerry?

    It’s pretty obvious – as usual they are scheming to gain another Republican seat in the Senate. You see if John Kerry becames Secretary of State it opens the door for a great chance for the Republican Party to gain another Republican Sen. out of Mass. This would be a key win which could very well change the direction of how Congress behaves. Hence the continued senseless attacks on Rice. It’s so obvious it’s sickening.

    If they manage to push this agenda through – I’m all for going after EVERYONE involved in the lies made about Iraq. EVERYONE!

    Chaney should have been in prison long before he even got into politics. – If you want some interesting reading investigate the earlier years of Mr. Evil Chaney – VERY INTEREST – how he got to be VP is truly mind boggling.

  16. emadis41 December 3, 2012

    Thanks for Bush’s war in Iraq that the Qaida in Iraq is flourishing as ever, read the article in the WP “Jordanians Foil…”.

  17. grothman December 3, 2012

    A breath of fresh air from the GOP..someone even in passing, saying something that has made sense all along. Can’t point a finger at the Lybia issues and turn a blind eye to Bush and Iraq.

  18. Sand_Cat December 3, 2012

    He’s right: neither Susan Rice, nor any other candidate proposed by Obama can unite us because Cole’s party will assure that the division continues. Besides, since when is it the Secretary of State’s job to “unite” the country?

  19. BradLewis December 3, 2012

    I have been waiting ‘forever’ for someone to comment on the similarity of Colin Powell telling the UN that we had proof that Iraq had WMDs and a growing nuclear weapons program and Susan Rice’s early comments about Libya. When Powell spoke many of our allies already knew the source of the US ‘proof’ was corrupt and this was not a preliminary report. I do NOT recall there being any outcry of duplicity at Powell as Rice has received.
    For too long the Right screamed “treason” whenever anyone questioned administration lies and distortions. and the “Lib media” let them get away with it….

  20. a80a December 3, 2012

    little Bush had a vendetta against Sadam Hussein . I think because he was left in power, so he and cheney dreamed up all this stuff about weapons of mass destruction just to invade IRAQ and everthrow Sadsm, which they did with lots of dead and wounded american G. I,s now we have Iran to contend with, as long as Sadam was in power he kept the Iranians in check, and all this was a ego trip and oil,and to enrich haliburton,then comes Afganistan,for more dead and wounded americans, now the G O P wants to blame all the debt on Obama, when all the surplus money was spent by the bush/cheney.thus causeing the wallstreet crash,which Obama is slowly working us out of.if the G O P doesn,t get off their lazy butts they will again be responsable for going over the cliff.

  21. Len Carrier December 3, 2012

    I don’t agree with Cole on much, but he’s right on with his suggestion that we investigate George W. Bush for war crimes, along with his partner in crime, Dick Cheney. Why must it be the case that international courts agree that Bush and Cheney waged an illegal war, and our President is reluctant to bring them before the bar of justice?

  22. Betta December 3, 2012

    Absolutely Bush should be investigated. This country has been screwed royally since that rat bastard became president. Bush is a war criminal and belongs in prison. Last I heard, he can’t step foot across the pond because he will be arrested as a war criminal. He was supposed to go over seas to do some speech or another but canceled the trip. He knows what is waiting for him there…a freaking jail cell.

    That’s why he didn’t attend the RNC convention in Tampa. There was a group there looking to do a citizens arrest on Condi Rice for HER involvement in all of it. If I’m not mistaken they were looking to arrest Bush as well. I might be wrong about that.

    We the People are sick of the BS. OH! and yo’ boy, BO needs to be investigated too. He isn’t even a citizen of this country. So many holes in his story that those with their eyes open see him for what he is. All of you who support him are enemies of the US. If you support him because he is black, then you are a racist.

    1. Bobby Narloch December 3, 2012

      Betta you got that right we both know that the Bush crime family will never be
      prosecuted for there crimes.

  23. Mel Haun Sr December 3, 2012

    Cole has not changed. He is just trying to shut the stupidity up so he and the rest of the coingress critters in 2014 and beyond are not laughed out of the ball game.

  24. bluepegasus December 3, 2012

    There I wish they would investigate George W. Bush but that will never happen–he’s another GOP who got away with lying and murder by proxy.

  25. Bobby Narloch December 3, 2012

    We the people still need to prosecute the Bush crime family for all there for all the lies
    that brought us to war again. And the cost of all the human life’s that have been taken
    because of all the lies by every one, And I mean everyone in the Bush crime family.
    To try to list them all I would have to write a book and that would take to many
    volumes. And I don’t have enough life to go to write it.But the Bush crime family
    has to be brought to trial before we can move forward as a country.

  26. Doctor T December 3, 2012

    Please! What is all this faldurall about the Benghazi affair when Bush did a gazzilion times worse with his WDM fearmongering and getting us into a war we shouldn’t have had? Give me a breaThe guy was a total jackass and the worst president this country has ever hadYeah and he called the 1% ers his “Base”! What a jerk and what a disgrace to the office of president!Starts his term with a crapload of surplus and leaves with the pockets drained. Pathetic! And then we have to her these jerks our here bitching about Obama? Go straight to where the sun doesn’t shine! Yeah, give me a pile of turds and expect me to make custard pie out of it!

  27. anthony December 3, 2012

    There were no terrorists in Iraq until we invaded them according to a 200 page Pentagon report. No WMDs. 6,000 dead Americans, 40,000 wounded (some maimed and burned for life) all for the enrichment of Cheney/Haliburton, the arms industry, Mission Accomplished and all on a 2 Trillion dollar Chinese credit card.

  28. Mark December 3, 2012

    Bush and Cheney fascists invaded Iraq because S. Hussein had plans to allow trading of oil in a different currency than Dollars, that was one of the main reasons for invading Iraq.

  29. john December 3, 2012

    If Sadaam was such an evil person and had to be stopped then why didn’t we step in in all the other countries with worse people than him? Nothing worse than war of convenience (and based on lies) by people that never actually served in the military. And no, Bush never did provide any actual proof he did his duty in the reserves or whatever he claimed to be in.

  30. Laura Encinas December 3, 2012

    George W Bush, was a lying and cheating President. That got away with doing so much wrong to Americans and America .

  31. onedonewong December 3, 2012

    There is no reason to continue to question Rice she knows the barak party line and won’t deviate. She now has NO chance of ever being Sec of State so drop the issue

    1. tobyspeeks December 5, 2012

      About once a week we get a wind bag here typing away nonsense and using terms like “state run media.” What exactly is state run media here in the US? This week it’s onedonewrong. He needs to fill out an application at Faux News, he’d fit right in.

      1. onedonewong December 6, 2012

        Once a month we have another left wing nut attempting to prove they are “intellectual” but their 80 IQ gives them away

  32. 1standlastword December 3, 2012

    The bloviating Cole is full of manure!

    There was a window to investigate Bush and I believe it is closed for ever! Conservatives will NEVER litigate Bush.

    Bush is leperous for his party and we all should know that after the elections when he could even make a public effort to support Romney. He didn’t even get an invitation to the convention. He’ a phucking leper!!!

    The best Obama can do is name someone…anyone but Kerry. We can’t afford to risk a Republican senatorial victory to fill Kerry’ chair

  33. Melvin Chatman December 3, 2012

    “Smart Man”

  34. knowmore11 December 3, 2012

    The whole Iraqi debacle was about Bush’s manhood and making Cheney richer by putting Halliburton there to shovel up all of the wealth .

  35. Edmund Archuleta December 3, 2012

    I agreed with Gregory.

  36. JessThinkin December 3, 2012

    Assuming that Susan Rice and the Bush administration both were less than forthcoming in things that they said, there is still a huge difference. What Rice said did not lead to a decade-long war. What the Bush administration said did exactly that and also prolonged the war in Afghanistan.

  37. dadhoover December 3, 2012

    Further, the PNAC was led by William Krystal, take a look at the membership of the think tank, then take a look at how many of them were in the bush administration. THERE werWERE 41

  38. Robert Benefiel December 3, 2012

    I can see that everyone adding their comments just try to shift the blame. Their party is never wrong and the other party is always wrong. But their is ample evidence that the justification for invading Iraq was at best a trumped up case of misrepresented facts. Who can ever forget Condie Rice saying that the stainless steel tubes could only be used for nuclear weapons ? She knew that was wrong and the allegations of Iraq trying to buy nuclear material in Africa did not have a sufficient basis for conducting an attack upon another country. Anyone who argues that their was sufficient evidence is delusional.

  39. Jose L. Trevino Sr December 3, 2012

    Former George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld should be investigated
    for war crimes.

    Thousands of American Soldiers were either killed or injured. Moreover, thousands
    of Irag Citizens (women and children) lost their lives as well.

    It is time for a military tribunal! Dick Cheney should be placed on trial for war crimes!

  40. commserver December 4, 2012

    Cole is just trying to move back from the precipice or the abyss that the GOP is facing.

  41. seethroughurlies December 4, 2012

    “Shock and Awe” was insane. Blasting a country on television like some freak show. Approx. 120,00 civilians killed, appprox. 48,000 Americans killed. The Cheney/Halliburton connection most certainly needs investigating. That war is everything wrong. Republicans just scare me, they have all gone mad. I have been wondering why Bush got away with this for a long time.

  42. Lynda December 4, 2012

    In a word… EXACTLY!

  43. norman December 4, 2012

    George Walker Bush will NEVER be questioned, or BROUGHT to TRIAL, for ANY of his long list of actions, beginning with Decision 2000, as well as his actions, since then.

    Such high-level criminals are NEVER brought to trial.

    Even if charges are BROUGHT, Mr. Bush has enough places where he can go, for a “vacation”, where he cannot be subpoenaed.

    The Republican Party will NEVER allow these actions to be taken against their former “leader”.

    Remember that it was George Walker Bush who stood before the U.N. General Assembly, and REFUSED any dissent about his actions, since Decision 2000.

  44. Ted Voth Jr December 4, 2012

    I’m always pleased when something good comes out of my native land, Oklahoma. Rep Tom Cole is an old-fashioned Conservative Republican. He’s also a Chickasaw, for what that’s worth…

  45. Tera Paillet December 4, 2012

    Lots of the Bush family malarkey would be buried as long as the media keep it hidden from us.

  46. johnygo December 4, 2012

    Tutu: Bush, Blair should face trial at the Hague
    By DAVID STRINGER | Associated Press –09/02/2012
    Associated Press/Ashwini Bhatia, File – FILE – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in fighting apartheid, speaks during a felicitation event for him in Dharmsala, India, in this Feb. 10, 2012 file photo. Archbishop Desmond Tutu in an op-ed piece in the Observer Sunday Sept. 2, 2012 has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before an international criminal court and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war.
    LONDON (AP) 09/02/2012 — Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu called Sunday for Tony Blair and George Bush to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq
    Tutu, the retired Anglican Church’s archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to “answer for their actions.”

  47. RichardFIcken December 4, 2012

    The Bush/Cheney administration was all about lies to the American public! Including the way his first election went down. Chads my A**. We invaded Iraq for three reasons. Reason one: avenge his daddy because he failed in the middle east. Two: OIL, and three: to make Halliburton rich(Dick Cheney). It blows my mind that people can’t see that!!! The most costly war in American History all thanks to LIES by the Bush administration.

  48. Paul Federman December 5, 2012

    onedonedawg you are truly an idiot. Hitler was a facist. You have no idea the meaning of “Socialist.” And you have no clue as to the inner workings of DICK Cheney.

  49. Paul Federman December 5, 2012

    George H.W . Bush and the Saudi family weredoing business together. They invested in H.W.’s oil business in the early days and had investments together with the Carlysle Group. On 9/11 George W. had the Saudi’s along with the bin Laden family flown out of the country while ALL planes were grounded and all air traffic was halted. Don’t forget Both Georges owned oil businesses at one time or another. And Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton before his V.P role. Condaleeza Rice had ties to Chevron, they even named an oil tanker after her. Bush was forewarned of an eminent terrorist attack on U.S soil and chose to ignor it, did nothing. Presidential Daily Briefing, and other’s before: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” 3,497 American mostly civilians died a horrible death in the attack on the Twin Towers and pentagon. Americans killed on American soil, not thousands of miles away in a heavy war zone. Then Bush lied to Congress and the American people about WMD’s that never existed in order to start a preemptive war against another sovereign country (Iraq) to get control of their oil wells, and declared “Mission Accomplished” nine years too early to the cost of over 4500 American servicemens lives and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead and the loss of bin Laden in Tora Bora. And then he had the unprecedented audacity to cut taxes for the rich rather than pay for his wars, instead passing the cost on to future generations. on U.S soil and chose to ignor it, did nothing. Presidential Daily Briefing, and other’s before: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” 3,497 American mostly civilians died a horrible death in the attack on the Twin Towers and pentagon. Americans killed on American soil, not thousands of miles away in a heavy war zone. Then Bush lied to Congress and the American people about WMD’s that never existed in order to start a preemptive war against another sovereign country (Iraq) to get control of their oil wells, and declared “Mission Accomplished” nine years too early to the cost of over 4500 American servicemens lives and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead and the loss of bin Laden in Tora Bora. And then he had the unprecedented audacity to cut taxes for the rich rather than pay for his wars, instead passing the cost on to future generations.

  50. Barbareba December 5, 2012

    How else was Bush going to pay back the millions that was given to his campaign with out a war? This was the easiest and fastest way by selling his snake oil to the congress and crying wolf. You could see the wheels turning in his head when he was told what had happened in New York on 9-11. He was plotting then. Chaney being on the board of Haliburton in Texas, which was one of his largest contributors, & wanted Chaney in the White House, made more money from the Iraq war than they ever imagined. What a great investment in George W. The United States was set up by George W. & many lives were lost. I just hope G.W.B. can convince God that every life lost over there was for the good of the country. Otherwise, OOPS.

  51. Nate December 5, 2012

    AS united nations ambassador susan rice dose not have responsebility for the events in benghazi. she repeated what was told her. so get over it republicans. you don’t want to travel down this road.

  52. TZToronto December 7, 2012


  53. TZToronto December 7, 2012

    Where’s my share? I didn’t pay anything in taxes, so I should have seen a massive check in my mailbox by now.

  54. hwhm December 8, 2012

    George W. Bush should have been investigated a long time ago!! Murderer, lair, putting this country in a rescission, killing of innocent people and a list of other crooked crap that he is done and he is walking around like he hasn’t done anything why the stupid racist people of the world blame it all on the black president!! What a bunch of bull****!!


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