George W. Bush Admits Jeb Bush’s Candidacy Has a “Me” Problem

George W. Bush Admits Jeb Bush's Candidacy Has a "Me" Problem

George W. Bush Admits Jeb Bush’s Candidacy Has a “Me” Problem (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Jeb Bush’s biggest problem in 2016 is George W. Bush

Former president George W. Bush admitted what most of us knew was true of his brother, Jeb Bush, that he has a “me” problem. Yep, he is tied to his sibling in every way possible. GWB is Jeb Bush’s biggest problem in 2016.

“It’s an easy line to say, ‘Haven’t we had enough Bushes?’ After all, even my mother said, ‘Yes,’” the former president told an audience of 7,000 health IT experts here on Wednesday.

“That’s why you won’t see me out there, and he doesn’t need to defend me, and he’s totally different from me. The role of family is not to be a political adviser or a policy adviser — there are plenty of those around — the role is to say, ‘Hey man, I love you.’

“The president needs people around him who are there to say they want to help. Imagine if instead Laura had been saying to me, ‘What the hell did you get us into this for?’ You’re living in a museum. It’s cold. It’s not your furniture. It’s Jefferson’s furniture.” Source: Politico

Um, no surprise here…Jeb Bush has a George W. Bush problem that will dog him on the campaign trail. Well, just as soon as the rest of the GOP field figures out that Hillary Clinton isn’t their immediate adversary.

Bush-Appointed Judge Temporarily Blocks Obama’s Immigration Executive Order

Bush-Appointed Judge Temporarily Blocks Obama's Immigration Executive Order

Bush-Appointed Judge Temporarily Blocks Obama’s Immigration Executive Order (Photo Credit: White House/Pete Souza)

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who was appointed by president George W. Bush, temporarily blocked President Obama’s immigration executive order late Monday. This means a court will now decide if the executive order was constitutional or if President Obama overstepped his bounds.

The temporary halt by the judge gives the 26-state coalition time to pursue a lawsuit that would permanently stop the president’s orders.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, “President Obama abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Hanen’s decision rightly stops the President’s overreach in its.”

The federal government is expected to file an appeal against Judge Hanen’s decision.

The first of President Obama’s orders, expanding the program that protects young immigrants from deportation (DREAMERS) if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, will not take effect until Feb. 18.

This is a major setback for the Obama administration. The Republican Party has proposed nothing of any substance to reform the broken immigration system. Their hardline stance against the DREAMERS will only further alienate Hispanic voters for the 2016 elections.

Judge Andrew Hanen – Immigration Injunction

Criminal Complaint Filed Against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney for War Crimes

Criminal Complaint Filed Against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney for War Crimes

Criminal Complaint Filed Against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney for War Crimes (Photo Credit: DoD/Cherie A. Thurlby)

Should former president George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld by tried for torture?  Democracy Now reports that a criminal complaint has been filed against “the architects of the George W. Bush administration’s torture program.”

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of war crimes, and called for an immediate investigation by a German prosecutor. The move follows the release of a Senate report on CIA torture which includes the case of a German citizen, Khalid El-Masri, who was captured byCIA agents in 2004 due to mistaken identity and tortured at a secret prison in Afghanistan. So far, no one involved in the CIA torture program has been charged with a crime — except the whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed it. Source: Democracy Now

Jeb Bush “Actively” Exploring 2016 White House Bid, Do We Need Another Bush?

Jeb Bush "Actively" Exploring 2016 White House Bid, Do We Need Another Bush?

Jeb Bush “Actively” Exploring 2016 White House Bid, Do We Need Another Bush? (Photo Credit: Facebook)

For once I agree with Donald Trump, “this country doesn’t need another Bush.” Jeb Bush has announced on Twitter and Facebook that he’s “actively exploring a White House run for 2016.” To be fair, I actually prefer him to his brother, George W. Bush, but do we need another Bush in the White House?

Jeb Bush wrote on Facebook about discussions over a possible presidential run, “We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.”

So, I guess he will be restoring the America his brother helped to wreck, right? Like Donald Trump said, “this country doesn’t need another Bush.” That’s even as he flirts with a presidential run, which we know won’t materialize.


George W. Bush’s Regret: Iraq Invasion Paved Way for “Al-Qaeda Plus” AKA ISIS

George W. Bush's Regret: Iraq Invasion Paved Way for "Al-Qaeda Plus" AKA ISIS

George W. Bush’s Regret: Iraq Invasion Paved Way for “Al-Qaeda Plus” AKA ISIS (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Former president George W. Bush said his only regret about invading Iraq was that it paved the way for the rise of the Islamic State — ISIS or ISIL. Of course, former vice president Dick Cheney will level the blame for ISIS on President Barack Obama’s footsteps.

President Bush made the comment during a two-part interview with CBS News. He said he thought it was “the right decision” to take military action in 2003 to get rid of Saddam Hussein.

Bush added: “My regret is that…a violent group of people have risen up again…This is “Al-Qaeda plus”…they need to be defeated. And I hope we do…I hope the strategy works.”

In other words, this is the mess he created, but Barack Obama is getting all the blame for not having an ISIS strategy. Um, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney never had a sound strategy in the first place.

Separately, President Bush said that there’s a “50-50″ chance that his brother, Jeb Bush (R), will run for president in 2016, The Hill reports.

GWB: “You know, it’s a lot of speculation about him. I occasionally fuel the speculation by saying that I hope he runs. I think he’d be a very good president. I understand the decision making process pretty well. And I’m– I– you know, I know that he’s wrestling with the decision.”

GWB:  “He knows exactly — you know, the ramifications on family, for example. He’s seen his dad and his brother go through the presidency. I would give it– I’d give it a toss up. I know this about Jeb. He is not afraid to succeed. In other words, I think he knows he could do the job. And nor is he afraid to fail.”


Democratic Candidates Cringe Over Obama’s “These Policies Are On the Ballot” Comment

Democrats Cringed Over Obama's "These Policies Are On the Ballot" Comment

Democrats Cringed Over Obama’s “These Policies Are On the Ballot” Comment

President Obama gave Republicans a gift today. He uttered 28 words during his speech at Northwestern University that made every Democrat running for election or reelection next month and possibly 2016 cringe:  “I am not on the ballot this fall.  Michelle’s pretty happy about that.  But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot.  Every single one of them.” 

Here’s more on the impact of President Obama’s words:

So, why did Obama say it? My guess is that he wanted to make the stakes clear to a Democratic base that, by virtually every polling measure I’ve seen, is less enthusiastic to turn out and vote on Nov. 4 than Republicans.  The idea being that if you like Obama and his policies — which his base, especially African Americans, still do — then you need to show it by going out and voting.  The Obama political team is working under the assumption that if you dislike President Obama, nothing he says or does is going to change that reality. So, why not show the Democratic base that this election is worth fighting for? I think that underestimates the impact of an unpopular president (on video no less!) bluntly insisting that an election in 33 days is indeed a referendum on his policies. Republicans couldn’t have written a better script than that.

President Obama seems to be as toxic as George W. Bush was in his second term. It will be interesting to see how the elections play out next month. That will undoubtedly set the stage for the 2016 presidential election.

President Obama Slammed for ‘Timid’ Response to MH17 Attack

President Obama Slammed for 'Timid' Response to MH17 Attack

President Obama Slammed for ‘Timid’ Response to MH17 Attack (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

(OPINION) — Everybody is talking tough when it comes to handling Russia and Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. Um, everybody except President Barack Obama. Just this morning, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said if the MH17 crash sight was not opened to investigators by tomorrow, Europe should impose ‘crippling round of sanctions.’ You see, President Obama set out to do that and the reception from Europe was lukewarm. Even the Netherlands watered down the sanctions that Europe slapped on Putin for the Ukrainian crisis. I am guessing the crash and the disregard for the dead should be a game changer. Still, IMHO, President Obama came off as weak in the early hours of this immense tragedy. Europe’s response was also very weak but you won’t hear the right wing fearmongers talking about that. It’s about time for the pressure to start mounting on Putin to do the right thing.

The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committtee are also throwing President Obama under a bus. On Sunday they said the U.S. response to the attack on MH17 that killed 298 people, including crew members, has been weak. President Obama was off doing what he does best, attending fundraisers. You see, Vladimir Putin should have been reigned in a long time ago. I would go as far as saying, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should have kept him in check as well. Remember George W. Bush said when he looked into Putin’s eyes and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” It’s time to stop playing footsy with Vladimir Putin and get tough. Germany, Netherlands, England, France and Italy need to lead stand with America to stomp out his aggression.

Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) each said that the United States could be doing more to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin responsible for the attack.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said there is evidence that links Russian-backed militants to the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, stopping just short of directly linking the attacks to the Russian government.

Several lawmakers echoed that connection, and lamented that the United States has not done enough to support Ukraine.

“Clearly President Putin has created the set of circumstances and has supplied the resources … to the rebels so that this tragedy could take place,” said Menendez, the chairman of the panel, said on the “Fox News Sunday” program.

“For me, I think the West, including the [United States], has to have a far more significant response than we’ve seen to date,” he said. Source: The Hill

President Obama should have told Vladimir Putin the moment intelligence suggested that the jetliner had been shot down by pro-Russian separatists, that the “mother” of all sanctions would be coming if he didn’t close the borders and tell his lackeys to stand-down and allow the investigators to come in an secure the crash site. It’s time for the U.S. to send weapons to the Ukraine to help them fight the separatists. Not troops. Weapons.  Vladimir Putin has a Hitler-mentality and we cannot afford to let him run loose all over eastern Europe. But European countries must also take a stand.

U.S. foreign policy seems to have slipped into a chaotic mess, starting with the mishandling of the Syrian crisis to the timidity exhibited in the MH17 attack. President Obama seems to have become something of a laughingstock to some because he keeps moving his red lines and the leaders it’s aimed at keep pushing back. I recall during the summer of 2012 when President Obama was asked about the security of chemical weapons in the Syrian stockpile, he said, “We have been very clear to the Assad regime … that a red line for us is [when] we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.” Well, a year later, Assad used chemical weapons on his people.

Here’s President Obama’s latest statement on the MH17 attack (H/T WaPo):

“Now is the time for Russia and Putin to pivot away from the strategy he been taking and get serious” about resolving the conflict in Ukraine, Obama said in a statement Monday morning in the White House Rose Garden.

He also issued a vaguely worded threat.

“My preference has and continues to be finding a diplomatic solution with regard to Ukraine,” he said. “If Russia continues to back these separatists … then Russia will only further isolate itself with the international community” and increase its costs within the international community.

Obama’s statement came after a weekend in which his administration grappled with the fallout over the downed Malaysian jetliner with reports that Russian-backed separatists were tampering with evidence and removing bodies along the 10-mile crash site in eastern Ukraine.

Obama said such tampering has “no place in the community of nations” and said given Russia’s direct influence over the separatists, Putin has the “responsibility to compel them to cooperate with the investigation.”

Vladimir Putin stuck his finger in Obama’s eye after granting National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum. The Obama Administration was preaching to the choir when they begged Putin to return Snowden. I won’t go as far as blaming President Obama for the missile attack on MH17, as some have done, but I am very disappointed in the chaos that is raging on the foreign policy front. British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a blistering criticism of Vladimir Putin and the desecration of the dead by a bunch of drunk thugs who have been enabled by the Russian leader. Why can’t President Obama deliver such a scathing rebuke and stand by his threat? Lecturing Putin doesn’t work. Since we are back to Cold War levels, why not really stick it to him with a real threat such as the deployment of that scrapped anti-missile system for Poland and the Czech Republic?

IRONY: Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney Blast President Obama on Iraq Crisis

IRONY:  Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney Blast President Obama on Iraq Crisis

IRONY: Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney Blast President Obama on Iraq Crisis (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

(OPINION) — Former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter, failed Senate candidate Liz Cheney, took to the Wall Street Journal to sharply criticize President Barack Obama on Iraq. Oh, the irony — this is coming from one of the chief engineers of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The Cheneys painted a picture of gloom and doom from the start of their op-ed:  “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.””Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is ‘ending’ the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality.”

Cheney, who gained a lot from the war via Halliburton, said al Qaeda had already been “largely defeated” when Obama took office, thanks to the “heroic efforts” of our soldiers during the Bush administration. Um, just like the ‘Mission Accomplished’ stunt George W. Bush pulled on the air craft carrier only to watch all hell break loose shortly thereafter.

According to Dick Cheney and his daughter (who suddenly became a foreign policy expert) believe President Obama had one job in Iraq and that was to “negotiate an agreement to leave behind some residual American forces, training and intelligence capabilities to help secure the peace.” But “instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.” Wow, you would think he and George W. Bush had prevailed in Iraq and captured Osama bin Laden too. Talk about hubris.

The Cheneys slammed Obama for talking about climate change and golfing as Islamic militants were making gains on the way to Baghdad in recent days. They went deep — beyond accusing Obama of having his priorities twisted — adding he’s “willfully blind to the impact of his policies.”

They added, “despite clear evidence of the dire need for American leadership around the world, the desperation of our allies and the glee of our enemies, President Obama seems determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch.  Indeed, the speed of the terrorists’ takeover of territory in Iraq has been matched only by the speed of American decline on his watch.”

I should also note that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton threw Obama under a bus during her town hall interview in CNN over his handling of the Syrian crisis. This comes as the president’s approval ratings for foreign policy have taken a hit. Still, it’s just incredulous that Dick Cheney, of all people could attack Obama on the handling of the Iraq war which he helped to engineer. According to one study, top Bush administration officials told 935 lies bout Iraq, with 48 of those attributed to Dick Cheney. Enough said.

In case you have forgotten, here’s a list of Dick Cheney’s greatest hits thanks to the Daily Kos:

  • “And he [Saddam Hussein] is actively pursuing nuclear weapons at this time.” (March, 2002)
  • “I think it will go relatively quickly. Weeks rather than months.” (March, 2003)
  • “My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.” (March, 2003)
  • I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.” (July, 2005)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tore into Dick Cheney and all the neo-cons beating their war drums:

But instead of addressing issues at home, we’re stuck listening to the very same neocons who pushed us into the Iraq War in the first place, as they try to plunge our military into another foreign misadventure. And what is truly absurd is the fact that after all these years, their suggestions haven’t changed one bit. And who are these so-called experts, so eager to commit American service members to another war? Why is their advice so valuable?

How about former Bush Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who has accused President Obama of not taking a ‘strong position’ in Iraq? In 2003, Wolfowitz took a strong position on Iraqi sectarian violence, when he absurdly stated: “There’s been none of the record in Iraq of ethnic militias fighting one another.”

There’s also conservative pundit Bill Kristol, who infamously predicted that American soldiers would be welcomed as liberators, and that the Iraq war would last two months. He also claimed that there’s no evidence of discord among Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq. Yet, even in light of his incorrect assertions about Iraq, Kristol is beating the war drum alongside all of his neo-conservative friends.

This morning, an op-ed by former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared in the Wall Street Journal. If there is one thing we can all agree on here, it’s that we should not be taking advice on Iraq from Dick Cheney. To be on the wrong side of Dick Cheney is to be on the right side of history.
To the architects of the Iraq War who are now so eager to offer their expert analysis, I say: “Thanks, but no thanks.” Unfortunately, we already tried it your way and it was the biggest foreign policy blunder in United States history. President Obama and his military advisors are considering their options to address ISIS – but putting combat troops back into Iraq is not and should not be one of them.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney Helped Iraqis Lose Their Country to Militants

Thanks to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, Iraqis Lost Their Country to Insurgents

Thanks to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, Iraqis Lost Their Country to Insurgents (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

(OPINION) — Iraq is becoming a thorn in the side of America and we have no-one to blame but ourselves. Um, well, let’s just say, we can blame former president George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and others, for this mess. We made a horrible mistake when we invaded Iraq on a lie — that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but like former secretary of state Colin Powell said, “if you break it, you own it.” We are seeing the results of George Bush’s handiwork day by day as the country sinks into a civil war.

Slate writer Reihan Salam makes some ridiculous assertions in his latest article that we should re-intervene with good intentions. Really? That’s impossible, since they see us as the enemy. Then he pushes the notion that somehow, the U.S. has some magical power that can help it stave off catastrophe in the world. You know, President Obama can just wave a magical wand and all the problems will be fixed and averted. We can’t continue to send our young men and women in harm’s way, considering the price they pay when they get back — VA hospital, no jobs, etc.  Salam writes that a U.S. military presence could have mollified the Sunnis and prevented a civil war. So, our soldiers are babysitters now? What about the families of these soldiers?

The notion that we were wrong to go in but that we were also wrong to get out is hard to comprehend for many people. Once Americans collectively settled on the idea that the Iraq War was a disaster, it was perhaps inevitable that we’d want to wash our hands of the whole ordeal. President Obama appeared to do just that when he declared in December of 2011 that “we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq,” knowing full well that we were doing no such thing. The disaster that is the Iraq War did not end when the last convoy of U.S. combat troops left the country more than three years ago, as many of us are now learning as the fragile Iraqi state loses ground to Sunni extremists.

There are precious few people who’ve been right about Iraq from the start. One of them is Brent Scowcroft, who had served as national security adviser in the first Bush administration. Americans had two big opportunities to listen to Scowcroft on Iraq. We blew both of them.


There are no easy answers as to what the United States should do next in Iraq. The U.S. has so far refused to launch drone strikes in support of the Iraqi government, though the Obama administration might still have a change of heart. Sunni militants are still on the march, and I have to assume that Iraqi Shias are not going to be in a compromising mood in the weeks and months to come. Kenneth Pollack, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution best known for having offered a very hedged, very cautious case for invading Iraq, has recommended that the U.S. government use Maliki’s desperation to its advantage by promising Iraq the military support it needs in exchange for sweeping political reform designed to create a more inclusive Iraqi government. But one wonders what might have happened had we listened to Scowcroft—had we kept a residual U.S. military force in Iraq to prevent this nightmare from having occurred in the first place.

The fact is, Iraq is a tragedy, but the U.S. must refrain from putting boots on the ground. Cooperation via an international coalition would be appropriate and not taking unilateral military involvement as George W. Bush engaged in. The horrors we are seeing today are the result of a failed Bush strategy, but the Republicans would have you think President Obama is the author and finisher of this mess. There are no easy answers, but another military intervention isn’t the answer.

Swapping Five Thugs for American POW Bowe Bergdahl Sets Dangerous Precedent

Swapping Five Thugs for American POW Bowe Bergdahl Sets Dangerous Precedent

Swapping Five Thugs for American POW Bowe Bergdahl Sets Dangerous Precedent

(OPINION) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl needed to come home from captivity in Afghanistan, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of swapping some brutal thugs at Guantanamo Bay. It sets a dangerous precedent and it’s a page from the George W. Bush playbook — act now, worry later.  Still, as a mother, I can’t help but feel some sympathy to his parents for the five years of anguish they have had to live through. In short, I am very conflicted about the prisoner swap deal

I have had some time to think about the turn of events that led to Bergdahl’s release from captivity in Afghanistan where he was held as a prisoner of war for five years. After learning that several soldiers died trying to find him, my heart breaks for the families of those fallen soldiers. To make it worse, Bergdahl is being called a deserter by many because he walked off the base. In their minds, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is no hero. Still, that’s no reason to leave one of our own behind. One of our own — how about bringing home the thousands President Obama intends to leave behind to help stabilize a country led by an ungrateful leader such as President Hamid Karzai?

The soldiers we lost in the hunt for Bowe Bergdahl have been identified as  Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29, and Private First Class Morris Walker, 23, who were killed in an IED explosion on August 18, 2009. Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, 27, on August 26, 2009. Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34, and Private First Class Matthew Michael Martinek, 20, died after a rocket-propelled grenade ambush on September 4, 2009. Lastly,  Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25, was killed in an IED blast on September 5, 2009.

President Obama’s intentions may have been honorable, but you can’t deny, it’s a game changer in rules of engagement, when dealing with extremist groups like the Taliban. The idea that we don’t negotiate with terrorists was just stomped on, particularly since Bergdahl deliberately wandered away from his base in Paktika province five years ago.

The Taliban is celebrating the release of five of its senior members while we are left in the throes of confusion and anger at the White House. How could the president swap a murderous thug named Mohammad Fazl, who is closely associated with Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s commander? He is wanted by the United Nations as a potential war criminal for the murders of thousands of Shiites. His Gitmo case file says it all….”detainee is likely to pose a threat to the U.S., its interests and its allies.” There are no guarantees that the five prisoners won’t revert to their old ways and engage in terroristic behavior.

The Republicans are losing no time in their “outrage,” oblivious to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney releasing 500 Gitmo inmates and Ronald Reagan selling missiles to Iran in exchange for the hostages being freed. It’s laughable that Fox News should trot out Dick Cheney of all people to give his two cents about Obama failing, saying those terrorists will come back and attack America. He should know since one of the prisoners’ released on his watch, Abu Sufian bin Qumu, is suspected of playing a role in the Benghazi consulate attack.

Again, I am not justifying what President Obama did. I am very concerned about the precedent this will set. CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said President Obama broke the law. Um, isn’t he the Commander-in-Chief, or is it that he’s being a bit too uppity for his critics? The fact is, this is not the time for partisan posturing, but a time to reassess American policy where this matter is concerned. We have been down this road before and Americans shouldn’t be used as bargaining chips. That goes for when Ronald Reagan did it and now with Obama.

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