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Outrageous: Cheney dares to critique Iraq policy
Jun 19th, 2014 by Warren Swil

A reminder that

he was most wrong

about most things

Dick Cheney had the gall to critique current US policy on Iraq.

In all that has been written about the impossibly bad choices facing the US in Iraq, too little has reminded America and the world of how we got to this impasse and why.
Until now.
The utterly outrageous op-ed in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal by the one most wrong about most things to do with Iraq – at the most enormous cost in blood and treasure – dares to call President Obama “blithely unaware.”
Dick Cheney is wrong again. But, perhaps inadvertently, he has performed a valuable public service in reminding everyone of the disastrous historical mistakes and outright falsehoods that put the US in its current position.


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Drones will soon be buzzing in the sky above you

THOUSANDS OF NON-MILITARY UAVS UNDER DEVELOPMENT
It is an absolute certainty that the skies above modern metropolises and the surrounding countryside will soon be buzzing with UAVs.
The potential impacts on gathering sensitive personal data are huge. The ACLU has raised the alarm over the threat to privacy.
If you think government spying on electronic communications like email and telephone calls is bad, there might be a much bigger, less welcome surprise waiting for everyone as drones get deployed by the thousands over our homes and cities.


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GLOBAL WARMING: Climate change contradictions abound

AS WEATHER GETS MORE EXTREME, SOME BACK OFF GREENHOUSE GAS PROMISES
For those concerned with climate change the past two weeks have seen a number of disconcerting contradictions.
Despite record-breaking weather events, many nations seem to be slipping into complacency about global warming. They are doing so despite a growing body of irrefutable evidence that points to man-made causation.
If these trends are not reversed, we are all in serious trouble, far sooner than anyone has yet imagined.


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SNAFU AT SOCHI: Russian Olympic stadium ‘a disaster,’ media say

DID ANTI-GAY LAWS SABOTAGE GIANT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT?
With just a few months left until the Opening Ceremonies at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian media over the weekend called the main venue “a disaster.”
The entire Sochi event, however, has been clouded with controversy since the summer enactment of anti-gay laws by the Russian parliament.
Homophobic President Vladimir Putin may be a strong man and a strongman, but not even his superhuman “strength” can ensure the construction is complete.
There may be no need for a boycott after all. The world may just decide to stay away rather than risk attending in an unsafe and half-finished Fisht Stadium.


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Millions blame GOP for multiple crises, crowd is growing

POLLS FIND MOST BLAME GOP FOR MULTIPLE CRISES
Public opinion polls and other indicators show clearly that the Republican Party is losing the gargantuan battle is has deliberately sought over the federal government budget.
The GOP and its supporters must be willfully blind if they cannot see this. They are dragging the country to the brink of disaster, and getting the blame for it.
If they think this is the way to win the next election, they are beyond delusional. They are dangerously insane.


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Elizabeth Warren emerges as Clinton challenger in 2016 (with video)

FRESHMAN SENATOR’S FRONT-PAGE ‘ANOINTMENT’ SECURES HER SPOT – IF SHE WANTS IT
With a front-page story in The New York Times on Monday, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has emerged as a leading challenger to the presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
What a wonderful development.
Sen. Warren seems to truly care about the interests of the voters, whereas the Clintons’ top priority – for both of them – has always been their own political interests.
The entry of Sen. Warren into the presidential sweepstakes would be the best development for the Democratic Party in decades.


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CRISIS OVERLOAD: Debt ceiling fight may cause financial meltdown, constitutional turf war

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN A MAJOR HEADACHE FOR MILLIONS, BUT WORSE MAY LIE AHEAD
If you think the shutdown of the federal government is bad, take a deep breath.
In a couple of weeks it could go from bad to worse – much worse!
According to most, on Oct. 17 the U.S. Treasury will hit its legal debt ceiling.
If Congress remains in it’s petulant temper tantrum, that could spell financial Armageddon.
And, it could lead to a third crisis: a constitutional one.


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World watching as UN General Assembly begins

REALLY IMPORTANT ACTION MAY COME BEHIND THE SCENES
It has been widely reported that President Obama and the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, are hoping to arrange a “casual encounter” … or perhaps even a formal meeting.
Rouhani won Iran’s presidential poll in June, promising reform and to put an end to Iran’s international isolation.
Indeed, whether it’s a formal meeting or a “chance” encounter in the hallway, any face-to-face meeting between the two leaders will mark an historic breakthrough.
Will a new chapter in the frosty relations be opened?
Stay tuned for breaking news bulletins.


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Future of newspapers brightens as some adapt to digital era (with video)

BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK: NYT CO. TO PAY DIVIDEND
The Thursday announcement that The New York Times Co. is restoring its dividend is the clearest signal yet that the Gray Lady is successfully adapting its business model to the new realities of publishing in the Internet age.
It comes after a decade of stern warnings that the end of print media in general – and daily newspapers in particular – was approaching rapidly.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that those who provide “indispensable journalism” and find a way to monetize their online content are those that will survive this wrenching transition.
It was definitely the best news of the week.


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If Putin plan works, there’s no punishment for Assad

SYRIAN LEADER MUST PAY A PRICE FOR GASSING HIS OWN PEOPLE
A central point seems to have been overlooked by almost everyone.
If Syria agrees to Putin’s plan to surrender its chemical weapons, and that’s the end of it, Bashar al-Assad will go unpunished for gassing his own people.
This is unconscionable.
The two crucial questions that desperately need answers are these: WHEN will negotiations be abandoned as a delaying tactic, and HOW will Assad be punished for what he has already done?
It is time for clear and precise answers to these vital questions. Everything else depends on them.

Due to my need for Atonement and travel time, posting will be limited for the next few days.


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