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Republicans "twist history to leave us with merely a tarnished Bush presidency rather than an utterly corrupt one."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "The what if's of Iraq," Opinion, March 19

Max Boot claims that the justification of ending Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program for going to war with Saddam Hussein was an error, not a lie. He then assigns much of the blame for the ongoing strife in Iraq to President Obama's hasty exit in 2011. This is the prevailing effort from the right, to twist history to leave us with merely a tarnished Bush presidency rather than an utterly corrupt one.

The Bush administration may have made the mistake of initially believing that Iraq had an active weapons of mass destruction program, but the lie it told the American people was the certainty of its existence even in the face of mounting doubt and evidence to the contrary. "There isn't any debate about it," then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said about the supposed weapons program in the lead-up to the war. "There is no doubt," said Vice President Dick Cheney, even though contradictory reports were being suppressed and the debate in intelligence circles was raging.

We must not allow history to be forgotten, no matter how badly it stains our political leanings.

Jeff Payne

Torrance

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Boot throws out any number of what-if's to try to justify the horrendous, tragic fiasco of the Iraq war initiated by the Bush administration.

Let me give Boot the ultimate what if: Let's say the popular-vote winner of the 2000 election, Al Gore, had actually taken the White House. That's an easy one. There would never have been an Iraq war at all, and all that blood and treasure — unpaid for, as it was — would never have been wasted.

Bottom line: The invasion of Iraq was an ego trip and a stupid, senseless loss of people and money that never should have occurred. No one can ever justify it, and we will still be paying for it when our grandchildren are old.

Linda Winters

Culver City

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As someone who opposed the Iraq invasion from the beginning, I am still angry at those from both parties in the House and the Senate who originally voted to rush into that war. And I admire those who were smart enough to vote against it. So many lives and so many billions of dollars could have been saved if we had more carefully considered all the consequences before taking that action.

Going forward, hopefully we will listen more respectfully to those who question the wisdom of heading into such misadventures.

Daryl Lubinsky

Gardena

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What if Boot led off his piece with a reminder of the bogus assertion by the Bush administration that Hussein and Osama bin Laden were linked? What if Boot reminded us that many of the United Nations weapons inspectors declared before the U.S. invasion of Iraq that they doubted Iraq had a weapons program? What if the U.S. had a mandatory military draft program with no deferments?

Would we have gone to war with Iraq in such a hurry?

Kenneth Grimes

Los Angeles

The writer is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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VIDEO-- Democratic Ga. Mayor Kasim Reed: "Both President Bush and President Obama have kept this country safe."

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Democratic Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, Kasim Reed, who needs to check his facts:

"Both President Bush and President Obama have kept this country safe."

Did anyone feel safe on September 11, 2001? Me neither.

Let's ask the thousands who were killed that day if they felt safe. Oh that's right. We can't.

How about all those embassy attacks on Bush's watch?

Did the families and friends of our troops feel safe during the fraudulent war in Iraq that BushCo lied us into?

Did America feel safe opening their mail after the anthrax attacks?

How safe did we feel when Bush, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, and the rest of their little gang used fear tactic after fear tactic to scare an entire country into submission? Shock Doctrine, anyone?

Did their use of torture (an illegal practice that doesn't work) soothe you to sleep at night?

Come to think of it, did any of us feel safe and secure when so many people lost their jobs after BushCo started a major recession?

Just asking.

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Here is the entire segment:

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VIDEO- Eroding "smaller, poorer" middle class falls to 51%. Blame goes to Congress, banks, corporations, Bush.

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President Bill Clinton:
"This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment."

"This is a clear choice. The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper income people and go back to deregulation. That's what got us in trouble in the first place."

"President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up, investing in innovation, education, and job training. It only works if there is a strong middle class."

"That's what happened when I was President. We need to keep going with his plan."

"It only works if there is a strong middle class." In that case, we have a huge challenge ahead of us. The L.A. Times has a disturbing article about a Pew study that found an eroding middle class falling to 51%.

The Pew study found that some of the shrinkage in the middle class came from people moving into the upper-income tier, which represented 20% of the nation's adults in 2011, up from 14% in 1971. The lower-income group rose to 29% of all adults, up from 25%.

But the money only went in one direction, Taylor said. Over the same period, only the upper-income group increased its share of the nation's overall household income and now accounts for 46% of that total, up from 29% in 1971. The middle class garnered 45% of the total, down from 62% four decades ago. The lower-income group took in 9%, down from 10%. [...]

Overall, the middle class is now smaller, poorer and more pessimistic than previously, the researchers found. [...]

And 85% of middle-class Americans said it was harder now than a decade ago to maintain their middle-class lifestyles.

Of those who felt that way, 62% said "a lot" of the blame lay with Congress. About 54% blamed banks and financial institutions, 47% said the same about large corporations. More people placed blame with the previous Bush administration (44%) than did with the administration of President Obama (34%).

One interesting note: Even though minority groups, including blacks and Latinos, have had it tougher since the economy pooped out, they were still more upbeat than whites and older adults, who usually do better during times like this. And blacks and Latinos are more likely to vote Democratic and be Obama supporters.

And around 50% who identified themselves as middle class said they thought a second Obama term would help them; 42% believed a President Romney would.

As depressing as this news about the shrinking middle class is, if we allow Romney-Ryan-Akin in, it will get exponentially worse.

Anyone who thinks there's no difference between the GOP and Dem tickets or doesn't think their vote counts needs to do more research and reconsider, and while they're at it, think good and hard about who would pick the next Supreme Court justices.

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The Bush administration "torture memos" will be 10 years old this week

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It doesn't take a genius to understand that people were tortured during the Bush administration. They can use as many euphemisms as they want-- "enhanced interrogation techniques," the third degree, or even hopscotch for all I care-- but what they did to human beings was clearly torture. BushCo justified it in any number of ways, including writing law that they claimed made it all okay, but it wasn't okay. It was cruel, it was criminal, and it didn't work.

Retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and now on the faculty of the Howard University School of Law, wrote an op-ed for the L.A. Times that he titled "Consign Bush's 'torture memos' to history."

If only those who were responsible would or could be prosecuted:

The Bush administration "torture memos" will be 10 years old this week. As the administration developed its interrogation policies, it concealed various forms of torture under the moniker "enhanced interrogation techniques." It consulted with the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice on the legality of these techniques, including waterboarding, walling (slamming detainees against walls), forcing detainees into stress positions and subjecting them to sleep deprivation. Ultimately, the OLC provided legal cover for the use of most of these techniques. [...]

[T]he Bush administration embraced it by renaming it enhanced interrogation techniques and claiming that it was necessary for our national security. Upon taking office, President Obama issued an executive order halting the use of torture.

Torture is counterproductive. Professional interrogators — Ali Soufan of the FBI, Matthew Alexander of the Air Force and Glenn Carle of the CIA — have said this clearly. Torture is always illegal [and] is also a moral abomination.  [...]

The Senate Intelligence Committee has undertaken an investigation into the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques allowed by the memos. It is essential that its findings be released to the public so that the American people can know the truth about what was done in their name.

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here; That link includes one specific to only *Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here.

Here are audio and video interviews with Lt. Col. Wingard, one by David Shuster, one by Ana Marie Cox, and more. My guest commentary at BuzzFlash is here.

Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you are inclined to help rectify these injustices: Twitterers, use the hashtag #FreeFayiz. We have organized a team to get these stories out. If you are interested in helping Fayiz out, e-mail me at The Political Carnival, address in sidebar to the right; or tweet me at @GottaLaff.

If you’d like to see other ways you can take action, go here and scroll down to the end of the article.

Then read Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side. You’ll have a much greater understanding of why I post endlessly about this, and why I’m all over the CIA deception issues, too.

More of Fayiz’s story here, at Answers.com.

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2006 VIDEO: GW Bush lauds (possible Romney running mate) Rob Portman as someone who "will keep the economy growing."

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If you follow the link below, you can watch a video in which Rob Portman, someone whose name has been mentioned often as a possible running mate for Willard Romney, blasts President Obama on the economy:

(CNN) – Sen. Rob Portman, a possible vice presidential pick for Mitt Romney, put himself in a trial-heat against President Barack Obama on Saturday, as he and Obama both talked economics and taxes in the weekly addresses.

Speaking for the Republicans, Portman - who is thought to be on Romney’s short list for the No. 2 spot – took Obama’s economic policies to task.

That was amusing, considering this from our pal :

Seems W had a little fun over-enunciating the word "agend-a." But in addition to that syllable, he also managed to stress that the economy would grow with Portman's help. Which it didn't:

Willard Romney could very well choose "Rob Portman... the right man" to be his vice presidential pick, which once again proves that Mitt is happy to surround himself with BushCo alumni who nearly destroyed this country:

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Poll-itics: Based on this alone, Independents and Democrats are smarter than Republicans

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How ignorant and/or stupid can Republicans be? Think Progress:

A new poll conducted by Dartmouth government professor Benjamin Valentino found that 63 percent of Republican respondents still believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded in 2003...

Um...

Oy. He said "freedom agenda." I'd nearly forgotten about that one. I need a Tums.

Anyway, back to sanity: Only 27 percent of independents and fewer than 15 percent of Democrats were gullible enough to buy into BushCo's WMD lies.

But oh, you 63% Republican geniuses!

Welcome to Fact Free America!

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VIDEO: The unmitigated disasters of the Bush administration

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Great recap of BushCo's atrocities from Ed Schultz.

"After the Bush-Cheney track record, Dick Cheney is the last person in the country to be saying President Obama is an unmitigated disaster."

Word.

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