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Iraq War Whores Are Again Pushing For Another Middle East War With Iran

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2015 by sheriffali

Remember Iraq: Americans 4,500 Killed, 30,000 Severely Injured, 50,000 Plus With PTSD Including Afghanistan, The Total Cost Stands At 6.1 Trillion

 

Thirteen years after the Iraq War was started by George W. Bush and his administration, it’s easy to see how big of a disaster the conflict was. There were no weapons of mass destruction, trillions of dollars were spent, and hundreds of thousands of lives – both Iraqi and American – were lost.

 

In 2002, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) was one of the most vocal opponents of invading Iraq, saying that he believed “[President Bush] would mislead the American people” when it came war. And now that the US is dealing with another tense situation in the Middle East, the same people who were so wrong about Iraq are calling for military action against Iran.

 

McDermott spoke to the Huffington Post about the politicians and pundits currently calling for more war and said he recognizes that their arguments are the same as they were over a decade ago.

 

“There is a principle of communication which is very well known and has been documented in a variety of different ways. But it comes down to, if you can make people afraid, you can make them do anything,” said McDermott. “And these warmongers are fearmongers, and they are creating as much fear in the American people as possible.”

 

Examples of repeat performances include comments from Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), current chair of the House Armed Services Committee, said in 2002 that “a policy of ‘hoping Hussein can be contained’ had allowed Iraq to become ‘one giant WMD factory’ that threatened the entire Middle East and America,” said HuffPo.

 

Last month, Thornberry said the Obama administration’s negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program were “ratifying Iran as a threshold for nuclear power … [that] will breed instability and increase security competition in both the Middle East and the wider geopolitical order. This must not be allowed to happen.”

 

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) both championed for the Iraq invasion, with Graham even calling an attack on Iraq “long overdue.”

 

Recently, the pair released a statement on Iran, saying, in part:

“Any hope that a nuclear deal will lead Iran to abandon its decades-old pursuit of regional dominance through violence and terror is simply delusional. The Obama Administration’s failure to recognize and counter this threat has only served to expand Iranian influence.”

 

 

It’s not just the GOP that’s recycling old arguments. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) predicted in 2002 that an Iraq war would be “somewhat easier” than the Gulf War. Now Schumer is “backing a bill that would require speedy congressional approval of any Iran agreement before any of the deal could go into effect,” reported HuffPo.

 

While the dates and places may change, the cries from the Warhawk wing of the federal government remain the same. As long as the US can protect its financial interests in the Middle East, there will always be politicians who call for a military invasion regardless of the consequences.

 

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John Boehner And Republicans Secret Mission In Their Unrelenting Scheme With Israel To Start A War With Iran Blows Up On Twitter.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2015 by sheriffali

John Boehner Isn’t In Israel, He Is In Iraq And So Is Mitch McConnell And A Delegation of Republicans. America, Don’t Let These People Start Another War, It is Your Sons And Daughters That Would Die; It Is The United States Treasury That Would Be Tapped For Trillions Of Dollars; And, These Warmongers Would Profit Out of This Tragedy, Like Dick Cheney And George Bush Did With The Illegal Iraq war.

It was all supposed to be hush-hush. The offices of Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky were only too happy to tell the world they were leading Republican delegations to Israel and into the wilds of a Middle East coming apart at the seams. But most of the itinerary was to be a secret.

 

Someone forgot to tell the governments in the region.

 

On Monday, the Jordanian Embassy in Washington posted a lovely picture on Twitter of King Abdullah II around a table with Mr. McConnell by his side. Many of the leader’s travel mates are not easily made out, but Senators Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Thom Tillis of North Carolina andCory Gardner of Colorado were clear enough.

 

Not long after, the Jordanians posted a photo of the foreign minister sitting across from Mr. Boehner and Representatives Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, Devin Nunes of California and Mike Simpson of Idaho. They added a photo of Mr. Boehner with the king, Mr. Nunes and a smiling Queen Rania.

 

Then on Tuesday, Mr. Boehner embarked on his most perilous leg: a trip to Baghdad. The office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi helpfully announced his arrival with a news release and a photo.

 

Seeming to acknowledge that the secrets had become well known, Mr. Boehner’s office released a statement later on Tuesday detailing a meeting in Saudi Arabia and showing a photo of Mr. Boehner and Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi defense minister, sitting in ornate gold chairs.

 

 — Jonathan Weisman [NYT]

 

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