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GW Bush signed law protecting young migrants, but, hey... #BlameObama

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You should take a gander at my Twitter timeline sometime. If you were to do so with any regularity, you'd see the venom spewed at "illegals" and at me personally for saying we have a humanitarian crisis on our hands. The recent hostility aimed at very young migrants making their way from Central America is disturbing, to say the least. And sadly ironic: Anti-immigration protesters are afraid of children. And many of those children have been abused and/or raped.

Note to nasty trolls: There are no such thing as "illegals." There are, however, people who have entered the country illegally. Key word: People.

Note to self: Find out if irrational conservatives refer to former President Nixon as an illegal. And Scooter Libby.

Of course, conservatives are pointing every finger they have-- and some they probably don't have-- at President Obama. Unfortunately for them, their fingers have no sense of direction. Because guess who signed a law protecting young migrants back in 2008? Hint: He started a fraudulent war, made torture "legal," paints naked self-portraits, and has his very own liberry.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

The 2008 law signed by Bush expanded legal protections for young migrants. The changes were intended to prevent immigration officials from inadvertently sending them back to pimps and drug violence.

The law, for example, expanded the ability of children who were abused or abandoned to be granted "special immigrant juvenile status" to stay in the country, and to eventually apply for lawful permanent residency. [...]

The U.S. law, which sought to crack down on modern-day slavery and the trafficking of children, passed easily by a voice vote in Congress with broad support from both parties. Bush signed it shortly before he left office in January 2009.

Maybe those who have such disdain for people who look and sound different than they do should point their big, fat fingers at themselves.

If they're reluctant to do that, I have a Very Special Finger of my own that I'd be more than happy to share with them.

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Time to apply the Lemon Law to Dick Cheney

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Anyone else becoming weary of the same old Iraq drivel pouring out of the mouths of former BushCo war cheerleaders the way word salad pours out of the mouth of Former Alaska Half-Gov Blabette McDimBulb? Seriously, guys, championing a fraudulent invasion that produced nothing but death, PTSD, maiming, a destabilized Middle East, and an economic toilet flush is getting to be redundant, more ludicrous, and increasingly embarrassing and boring. Read our lips: Anyone defending Dick Cheney should self-deport to Gitmo. The Lemon Law most definitely applies here, as one letter-writer ingeniously explained.

And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Jonah Goldberg plays his own questionable game in this piece, but surely most of us can keep our eyes on the pea in his shell shuffle. ("A questionable game of 'shut up' on Iraq," Op-Ed, June 23)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his policy brethren were the architects who created a war in Iraq that turns out to have been both unnecessary and, now, an utter disaster. These folks didn't just have opinions that were wrong; no, they made policy decisions that have led to catastrophic results.

That's why their current self-serving opinions and their preposterous attempts to revise history are contemptible, and richly deserve all the derision that can be mustered.

John de Jong, Long Beach

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Goldberg reminds us that he supported the Iraq war, and he states that he still thinks that the arguments in favor were superior to those against.

What arguments would those be? Iraq had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq. We were not greeted as liberators. Democracy has not flourished, and the promised capitalist paradise has not emerged.

Goldberg should write another column so he can clarify for us just which arguments he still supports.

Cheryl Holt, Burbank

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The Lemon Law:

A car salesman knowingly misconstrues facts concerning a car he is trying to sell you. The purchase is made and the car eventually falls apart, but you have recourse — the law, fines and perhaps even jail for the dealer.

With Iraq, we have a similar scenario but with hundreds of thousands dead, trillions of dollars lost and a treating of the wounded that will go on for many years.

Would you ask the car salesman his opinion on your next purchase? Would you ask the same individuals who lied us into the horrors of a 10-year military engagement for advice now?

Stephen S. Anderson, Hacienda Heights

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Email from a vet: "The strange attachment to the f**kers who killed us"

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I was part of an email exchange today that included the following from two colleagues who I've gotten to know and admire over the years. Their heartfelt commentaries on Iraq, war, and Team Bush punctured my heart. They made such raw sense, their words and thoughts were so powerful, so passionate, and so compelling, they'll likely haunt me for some time. The first is an unfiltered flood of astute and fierce commentary by a vet.

With their permission, I am now sharing the emails with you, verbatim.

Whether you agree or disagree with the author, what is indisputable is that these words were written by someone who's been through hell and back. They're painful to read. He was there and knows what he's talking about, as opposed to the usual blathering pundits, so-called experts, and BushCo chickenhawks:

I was watching Glenn Greenwald and Paul Rieckhoff have themselves a grand old dick off. Dicks were waved, measured, and assessed like they were wine snobs in Napa during the first pour.

Yeah, they're both dicks. So's Maher that fucknozzle, shithead's not even very funny anymore.

What I saw in Rieckhoff though, reminded me of exactly what I went through. As my illusions of war, national pride, honor, all of that happy shit faded, I quickly created new illusions to cling to.

Without them I probably would have melted down completely. I had to hold on to the illusion that I somehow waded through all that shit for some kind of reason. That somehow, through all of that, I managed to salvage some measure of personal honor. Other folks went apeshit, did the raping, did the atrocity, but not me. Yeah, bullshit isn't it?

I was there. I was in it up to my fucking neck.

Did anything save me? Nope. All I finally was able to cling to was the hard bitten, hard won wisdom of the boonie rats.

When shit climbed up on us, when somebody was an eyelash away from going completely over the fucking edge, somebody would open their grimy fucking mouth to say,

"Fuck it man. Don't mean nothing."

That's how we got through. That's what we used to step ourselves back.

Fuck it man, don't mean nothing. Most of the time right after that somebody else would chime in with, "Yeah. Don't mean nothing. Fuck it, ruck up, press on."

The politics that sent us there were bullshit. Fuckers like McNamara in the Pentagon, Westmoreland in his air conditioned well-fed bunker in Saigon (Here's a quick strategic guide for you, if you need to live in a bunker in the capitol of your area of operations, you ain't winning jack fucking shit anytime soon troop) knew the truth of what was going on as well as Cheney, Bush and all those motherfuckers knew.

They knew and they did it anyway. Motherfuckers.

I quit asking all those existential questions, quit looking for the fucking meaning of it, because I realized there wasn't anything there to be found.

Rieckhoff and his companions are still clinging to the illusions that kept them alive, maybe even kept them from going absolutely bug fuck.

It has to mean something to them. Hell, they can lie enough to tell themselves that a lot of it actually fucking worked.

I won't challenge them. It's his life, and his fucking process, he has to walk that shit alone.

Besides, the only comfort I can give him is to put an hand on his shoulder and say,

"Fuck it man, don't mean nothing, it never fucking did. Deal with it and go from there. You'll fucking sleep better."

A response to that email produced some of the most effective imagery I've encountered on this topic:

Some guys (like Cheney, et. al.) can't bear the thought of losing, so like gamblers they keep playing a losing game, telling themselves that if they stay in long enough they eventually get to "win."

I had this image of George W. Bush sitting at the slots with a bowl full of dog tags in his lap, shoving them into the machine one after another and pulling the lever, muttering, "If you don't quit, you don't lose."

President Bush Endorses John McCain For President

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Iraq "not our fight, we fought there for too long, killed too many people"

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How about some accountability for the mess Iraq is currently in, neocons? How about cable TV  shows stop showcasing and giving credibility to the very people who got us into a fraudulent war, broke Iraq, and have the unmitigated gall to tell us how President Obama should fix their mess... while blaming him for what they did? Let me put it this way, Pollack, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush, Bremer, et al... and you too, Kristol:

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BushCo invaded Iraq. BushCo is responsible for killing thousands upon thousands of Americans, Iraqis, and anyone else who got in their way. BushCo should be thrown in a group cell so they can spend the rest of their worthless, isolated lives patting each other on the back for destroying multiple countries, their economies, their people, and their morale.

The chaos we're witnessing in the Middle East today is a result of the Bush and Cheney itch to even the score on Saddam Hussein on behalf of Daddy Bush, and for-- say it with me-- their insatiable thirst for oil. Their reckless bombing of Iraq, a sovereign country that did not attack us first, has led to nothing but psychological and physical pain, economic disaster, and more deaths.

Inserting ourselves into the turmoil that Bush and his impotent little pals created would be compounding the problems (understatement). Waving more weapons around is not the answer, yet that's what those on the right continue to do both here at home and internationally. Here's a thought, warmongers: Learn from your mistakes. You know, the ones you won't admit to.

And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

This chaos and craziness is a consequence of one country conducting a war of choice and trying to impose change from the outside. ("Militants' gains in Iraq pose threat of broad regional ramifications," June 14)

The United States invaded Iraq 11 years ago and broke the country and its infrastructure, its cities and whatever small social contract the Iraqis had with one another. Before the invasion, the Iraqi Sunni Muslim minority had a lock on power; afterward, Shiite Muslims took control. So they fight.

The thought of going back into this place beyond sending humanitarian aid is unthinkable. This is not our fight, and we fought there for too long and killed too many people.

There are reasons that other regional powers might want to be involved in Iraq, but the United States has no such good reasons. Don't forget that after all the smoke has cleared, the victors still have to govern a country of 36 million people.

Larry Margo

Valley Village

With the insurrection in Iraq, the United States gets a second chance to act prudently and avoid any military entanglement in that country's internal affairs.

To try again to enforce our political preferences in Iraq by force would be to confirm to ourselves and the world that a hallmark of insanity is to keep repeating the same behavior while expecting a different result.

Robert Ouriel

Pacific Palisades

No useful purpose could be served by airstrikes or reintroducing U.S. troops into Iraq to shore up Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's sectarian regime. The lesson from our experience in Iraq should remind the Obama administration of the disaster that awaits it in Afghanistan if it pursues a similar policy there.

If military equipment and advisors from the United States cannot prevent the Iraqi army from collapsing in the face of a determined insurgency, is President Obama confident the same scenario will not repeat itself in Afghanistan?

The time has passed when we can use military power to impose our will in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Dennis McIntyre

Rancho Palos Verdes

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While president, George W. Bush said that it would take 50 years to evaluate his decision to invade Iraq.

I think we have an answer much sooner than Bush said we would.

V.J. Carollo

Upland

Undo Bushco

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GW Bush "will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history." (VIDEO)

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The B Word has come up a lot lately, specifically Jeb Bush and GW Bush. For example, writing these two posts alone was enough to make my stomach turn: "George W Bush ruined the family name." No worries, W, Jeb's up to the task, too and "Jeb Bush": If it weren't for Karl Rove, SCOTUS, we wouldn't have HAD a torturer-in-chief!

Now GW Bush's name has been uttered for an entirely different reason by Congressman Luis Gutierrez in the video above:

May 20, 2014 - Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez warned Republicans that President George W. Bush may be the last Republican elected President if they do not act on immigration reform. The Congressman reminded his colleagues that 65,000 Latino citizens turn 18 every month. There are only 18 working days left before July 4th for the House Republicans to pass immigration.

Connect with Rep. Gutiérrez:

http://www.facebook.com/RepGutierrez
http://www.twitter.com/RepGutierrez

I kind of like the sound of that. Let's hear it again:

"I give you George W. Bush: The man who will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history."

And again: Per Rep. Gutierrez, voters would never elect another Republican president if the GOP blocks immigration reform. I could put that on an audio loop and happily play it over and over.

However, I'd rather that Congress pass meaningful immigration reform, that families were reunited or were able to stay together, that DREAMers could get a good education, good jobs, contribute to society, and participate in our democracy, that discrimination, bigotry, and racism fade away, and that the melting pot that is the USA remain intact.

But that little "permanent rejection" bonus that would come on the heels of the GOP continuing to hypocritically push their "outreach" messaging as they obstruct progress? That would be nice, too.

H/t: The Hill

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"Jeb Bush": If it weren't for Karl Rove, SCOTUS, we wouldn't have HAD a torturer-in-chief!

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The other day I posted, "George W Bush ruined the family name." No worries, W, Jeb's up to the task, too. Now Garry Trudeau has jumped right in with a perfect coda. He skewered all three Bushes in last Sunday's comic strip. Trudeau managed to rip into George H.W., George W., and Jeb in one fell swoop. Plus he threw in the Supreme Court and Karl Rove without breaking a sweat. In this edition of Doonesbury, Jeb is being interviewed on a radio show.

Jeb claims to "understand Bush fatigue." If that were true, he would never even consider a run for president in real life. But in Doonesbury World, he believes he's the answer to all those pesky family problems that precede his future candidacy. Also in Doonesbury World, he freely acknowledges-- and goes so far as to list-- the many epic fails of his brother and father.

Take it away, Mr. Trudeau:

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"George W Bush ruined the family name." No worries, W, Jeb's up to the task, too.

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I can barely type the name George W Bush without throwing up in my mouth a little. Okay, a lot. Someone please pass the Tums, Pepto Bismol, and Maalox, because as you see, I just typed George W Bush.

Damn! I just typed it again! Now we're into inebriation territory. Someone hand me a glass. Make that a bottle. With a straw.

And don't even get me started on Brother Jeb and his own abysmal, corporate, conservative Bushy record.

Apparently, a Los Angeles Times letter to the editor agrees with me, so here it is, because our voices matter:

I agree with Jonah Goldberg that Jeb Bush will probably not be president, but for different reasons. ("Why Jeb Bush's turn may not come," Opinion, May 12)

The simple fact is this: George W Bush ruined the family name. No Bush will inhabit the White House again in the foreseeable future. It's not because Jeb Bush is not conservative enough or hasn't fired up the base. On the contrary, it's because his brother has tarnished the name by leading this country into two wars that weren't paid for and ruining the U.S. economy.

Americans have long memories. We will never forget the legacy of George W. Bush.

Scott W. Hughes

Westlake Village

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