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Plain and simple and I just want to hear if people think this is a possible way to take our power back and start making Washington work for us and Wall Street lose at least a little and slowly maybe even more and more. Instead of being the 99% camping out on Wall Street being labeled as losers, lazy and many other negative things we somehow turn our attention to the media starting with local news stations in as many towns as we can. Start picketing them to follow up on stories they initially start about corruption in government locally including branches where funds were misused by those in charge of education, human services, etc. In Des Moines we had the head of education give herself some ridiculous raise in the hundreds of thousands while school budgets were cut further and further down, art, music and drama programs cut, grades dropped among students due to teacher cut backs and more. The local news reported her name and her crime. Congress requested her appear and answer questions. She refused a few times. No warrant or arrest was made like should be the case. Then, in the end, she appeared, answered some questions that weren't very tough considering her crime. Nothing more was ever reported. Her name was forgotten. Did she have to pay the money back. I don't think so but there was no local news program that claimed this to be an outrage. I don't even remember if they followed up with the findings. No jail time was heard of but she lost her position. Let's push the reporters to stop giggling about their own banter and a goat that was confused in traffic this morning and make them remember that their real purpose was to be the watchdogs for the people. Let's make it not so fun to go into work and leave the building throughout the day until they giggle less and deal with the serious stuff more.
There has been alot of news about how Cheney and Bush were right about Iraq recently. Well they should be, as they invented the problem with knowledge beforehand that the current situation would be the result. Cheney was dead right about Iraq in 1994. But dead wrong or intentionally wrong in 2002. In Cheney´s own words from 1994: "Because if we'd gone to Baghdad we would have been all alone. There wouldn't have been anybody else with us. There would have been a U.S. occupation of Iraq. None of the Arab forces that were willing to fight with us in Kuwait were willing to invade Iraq. Once you got to Iraq and took it over, took down Saddam Hussein's government, then what are you going to put in its place? That's a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq, you could very easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off: part of it, the Syrians would like to have to the west, part of it - eastern Iraq - the Iranians would like to claim, they fought over it for eight years. In the north you've got the Kurds, and if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey. It's a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq. The other thing was casualties. Everyone was impressed with the fact we were able to do our job with as few casualties as we had. But for the 146 Americans killed in action, and for their families - it wasn't a cheap war. And the question for the president, in terms of whether or not we went on to Baghdad, took additional casualties in an effort to get Saddam Hussein, was how many additional dead Americans is Saddam worth? Our judgment was, not very many, and I think we got it right." Dick Cheney April 15, 1994 in a C-Span interview I agree that we need to do something about ISIS in Iraq and Syria but to so blindly dismiss culpability for the mess they created is disgusting. Dick Cheney gave a now prophetic interpretation of what it would mean to topple Hussein in 1994, all of which is now coming to pass. Referring to Cheney´s words from 1994, I can only surmise that the current state of affairs is exactly what they intended by going to war in Iraq. Both Bush and Cheney families are heavily invested in defense and oil contracting with some of the largest players in the business of war, Haliburton, KBR, to name a couple. By ensuring America is in a state of perpetual war, they are ensuring their families, friends, and associates futures. Its really quite disgusting and so divorced from any notion of a common good, nearly unfathomable for someone like myself. But, I guess when you earn your fortune as a CEO for Haliburton in times of unrest and war, it changes your perspective of right and wrong. I can only hope that if this is their motivation for throwing America into the fire, they burn themselves´, in an everlasting fire.
Conservative sites and blogs are trying to blame Obama for the release of top ISIL leader, Abu Du'a. Which is ridiculous ,because Bush was President when he signed the SOFA agreement that mandated the transfer or release of all U.S. detainees in 2009. Check the facts.