Remember the right-wing mantra against criticizing the president in a time of war?

During the years when America conducted shooting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan under George W. Bush, the leading voices of the political right generally deemed any criticisms of the commander-in-chief as unpatriotic if not treasonous. The talking heads on Fox News Channel and other elements of the right-wing noise machine said knocks on Bush undermined the morale of our troops and emboldened our enemies. But, of course, that was then, and THIS is...

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Most Americans blame Bush for chaos in Iraq

Memo to John McCain and Lindsey Graham: Your ridiculous scapegoating of Barack Obama for the current situation in Iraq seems not to be catching on with most Americans, as we see HERE: Republicans have hammered President Obama in recent weeks for the unraveling security situation in Iraq, arguing that he should have left some American troops behind in the troubled country. But a poll released Monday found that Americans widely disagree with the GOP. The latest national survey from Quinnipiac University showed that 58 percent of American voters...

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Column on Iraq by father-daughter Cheney team is beyond ridiculous

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz have jointly penned an op-ed column for the Wall Street Journal that roundly criticizes President Obama for his handling of the situation in Iraq but proposes no clear alternatives. Paul Waldman has more HERE: The Cheneys offer no discussion of the disastrous decision to invade Iraq in the first place… But anything that happened afterward can only be Obama’s fault. They write, “Mr. Obama had only to negotiate an agreement to leave behind some residual American forces, training and...

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Will Republican warmongers trot out bogus Lincoln quotation this time around?

During the height of the U.S. war in Iraq nearly a decade ago, right-wing supporters of Bush administration policy attributed a bogus quotation to Abraham Lincoln in their effort to impugn the patriotism of congressional critics of the conflict: Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged. Not only did Lincoln never say any such thing (see HERE), but he was a war protestor himself during his time in Congress. His CRITICISMS of the...

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Don’t want to blame Bush for mess in Iraq? Your partisanship is stronger than your memory

The knee-jerk tendency among Republicans to blame Barack Obama for the current unrest in Iraq arises from willful amnesia or blind political partisanship — or both. Paul Rosenberg EXPLAINS: The man to blame for what’s happening in Iraq is not President Obama — it’s President Bush… The recent success of ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — is exactly what Osama bin Laden had hoped that the 9/11 attacks would lead to. And thanks to Bush’s spectacularly foolish responses, bin Laden’s dream has come true. Before 9/11, bin...

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