Thursday, September 27, 2007
Gotta Love Bill: He's right but feigned Republican outrage makes Democrats back off, Bush's mess will be Divvied up as expected!
Gotta love Bill: He's right but feigned Republican outrage makes Democrats back off, Bush's mess will be divvied up, Watch!
CNN) — Former President Bill Clinton blasted Republicans Wednesday for their recent uproar over a MoveOn.org newspaper ad questioning Gen. David Petraeus' credibility, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper their "feigned outrage" was completely "disingenuous."
"This was classic bait and switch — focus on that as opposed to focusing on what's happened," the former president said. Clinton also highlighted a string of past questionable campaign commercials targeting Democrats, and suggested Republicans are acting hypocritically. "These are the people that ran a television ad in Georgia with [former Sen.] Max Cleland — who lost half his body in Vietnam — in the same ad with Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. That's what the Republicans did," he continued. "And the person that rode to the senate on that ad was there voting to condemn the democrats over the Petraeus ad.
"I mean, these are the people that funded the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. And the president appointed one of the principal founders of the Swift Boat ads to be an ambassador," Clinton added. "But they're really upset about Petraeus. But it was okay to question [Massachusetts Sen.] John Kerry's patriotism on a blatantly dishonest play that had dishonest claims by people that didn't know what they were talking about. CNN Political Ticker
You have to admit, regardless of what you think of Bill he is absolutely correct but it did it's work as all of a sudden The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they cannot guarantee to pull all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of the next presidential term in 2013. That means no immediate start of withdrawal! "I think it's hard to project four years from now," said Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in the opening moments of a campaign debate in the nation's first primary state.
"It is very difficult to know what we're going to be inheriting," added Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. "I cannot make that commitment," said former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina. I hate to say it but knowing Bush has a lot of warmongering to go before we have some chance of getting rid of him, who knows how deep Besides Iran he will have us before he is gone!
Sensing an opening, Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson provided the assurances the others would not. "I'll get the job done," said Dodd, while Richardson said he would make sure the troops were home by the end of his first year in office. I would like to see them started then but it is certainly impractical and very Political to make such a ridiculous statement.
Foreign policy blended with domestic issues at the debate on a Dartmouth College stage, and several of the contenders endorsed payroll tax increases to assure a stable Social Security system.Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware and Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, as well as Dodd, Obama and Edwards all said they would apply the tax to income now exempted. Richardson said he wouldn't, and Clinton refused to say. "I'm not putting anything on the proverbial table" unilaterally, she said. Current law levies a 6.2 percent payroll tax only on an individual's first $97,500 in annual income.Biden also said he was willing to consider gradually raising the retirement age, which is now 67. Kucinich said that while he favors taxing additional income, he wants to return the retirement age to 65, where it stood until the law was changed in 1983.
I just want to say that I love the idea of taxing the people a little more, that Bush has been giving breaks too and only wish we could recapture what he gave away. I also say down with Biden and Hooray for Kucinich for wanting to roll back the retirement age to 65. That is the way it should be. It should be up to you not the Government to work beyond that and many of us would anyway.
Now I just want to say that in regards to the games Bush has played with his civil war in Iraq and the fact that it will spread throughout the entire middle east regardless of whether we stay there or pull out eventually, the Senate though it does not matter right now, has it right here. Implicitly criticizing the Bush administration's reliance on the Iraqi central government to unify the country, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly endorsed the decentralization of Iraq into semi-autonomous regions.
The nonbinding measure sponsored by Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) -- which supports a "federal system" that would divide Iraq into sectarian-dominated regions -- won unusually broad bipartisan support, passing 75 to 23. It attracted 26 Republicans, 47 Democrats and both independents.
"Slowly but surely we're building a consensus in the Congress around a way forward in Iraq," said Biden, who worked with conservatives, such as Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), and liberals, such as Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), to get the measure through. "That is a very hopeful sign." After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) cast it as an indictment of Bush's war strategy, though the measure will not compel the administration to do anything differently. entire story
This breakup was only one of the givens Bush ignored to get our military back into the middle east. we will discuss Iran tomorrow. I do not understand Bush's aversion to the obvious breakup of Iran. the U.S. helped craft a federated system in Bosnia-Herzegovina that separated Serbs, Croats and Bosnian Muslims after years of bloody civil war. Despite Bush this is going to play out as expected, Sunni against Shiite with the Kurds in the north and they will all be absorbed by willing "partners" despite Bush staying in the middle east that will only worsen matters exponentially.