Prior to Benghazi, were there 13 attacks on embassies and 60 deaths under President George W. Bush?
As the U.S. House of Representatives was readying a new special committee to investigate the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, many Democrats were arguing that continuing to probe the Sept. 11, 2012, attack -- which killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens -- amounted to a political witch hunt. On May 5, 2014, Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., told MSNBC host Ed Schultz that there has already been exhaustive testimony and investigation of the incident.

By the way, there were more embassy attacks and deaths therein under The Shrub than under Obama.

GOP – Healthcare Is ‘Socialism, Slavery’ For Americans, A ‘Right’ For Iraqis | Addicting Info

In 2009, Michael Steele, then chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC,) called President Barack Obama’s plan to overhaul health care “socialism,” at a National Press Club event.

Mr. Steele obviously was not aware of the fact that his very own party- the GOP helped Iraqi lawmakers to draft and pass their constitution with a single-payer guaranteed healthcare system for all Iraqis, in 2005.

Article 31 of the Iraqi Constitution, drafted by the Bush administration in 2005 and ratified by the Iraqi people, includes state-guaranteed (single payer) healthcare for life for every Iraqi citizen.

Operation Enduring Freedom has cost USA tax payers trillions of dollars, nearly bringing our economy to its knees. It has also brought single-payer healthcare coverage for all Iraqis.

Most senior members of the Republican establishment have gladly spent more taxpayer funds to ensure health care as a Constitutional right in Iraq than they are willing to spend to give you any level of guaranteed coverage to their fellow citizens.

H/T: Emine Dilek at AddictingInfo.org

HEY LINDSEY, DUMBYA WAS AN AWFUL PRESIDENT! Lindsey Graham: "I miss George W Bush. I wish you were president right now"
Lindsey Graham was the biggest neocon and hawk in the minor Republican debate on CNN. Most of the times he seemed rather unhinged. He continued to foam at the mouth as he pushed for war.

Lindsey Graham was the biggest neocon and hawk in the minor Republican debate on CNN. Most of the times he seemed rather unhinged. He continued to foam at the mouth as he pushed for war.

“I am not afraid of a guy riding around a horse without his shirt,” Lindsey Graham said. “The guy’s got a pair of twos and we’ve got a full house. He is walking all over Obama. Mike, the surge worked. It worked. George W. Bush made mistakes, but he did adjust. I blame Obama for ISIL, not Bush. I am tired of beating on Bush. I miss George W Bush. I wish you were president right now. We wouldn’t be in this mess.”

What planet is Lindsey Graham living in? Maybe he must be reminded. America went into the Iraq War on the lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Bush’s policies destabilized the region which left it relatively ungoverned. ISIL is the direct result of that destabilization.

When Lindsey Graham talks about the surge working, he should be reminded of this from the Boston Globe.

To believe in the myth of the surge is to absolve Iraqis of their responsibility to resolve their differences. It gives the US government an unrealistic sense of its own capabilities. And it ignores the roots of the conflict now stretching from Damascus to Baghdad.

“The surge didn’t ‘win’ anything. It bought time,” writes retired Lieutenant General Daniel Bolger in his new book, “Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.” It’s not surprising that those words of wisdom come from a retired officer. But it is a shame. Credible institutional memory is of great value and often in short supply. It’s an inoculant against the repetition of mistakes.

It is important that the Republican debates are not allowed to change a truthful national narrative. Lies that only exist in an alternate state of reality that the Republican candidates are promoting to justify failed policies and to support the military industrial complex must be immediately called out.

Hey Lindsey, I do NOT miss Dumbya Bush as our President.  

H/T: Egberto Willies at Daily Kos

When Dumbya took off 1,000+ days for vacation, the right-wing in this country didn’t throw a fit about that. However, when the current President Obama took only 79 vacation days during his ENTIRE presidency (as of the end of 2011), these same righties who were silent about Bush 43’s vacation days got mad about that. REASON: The current President is Black and has a D next to his name.  

Desmond Tutu: "Bush, Blair Should Face Trial Over Iraq"

LONDON – Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu called Sunday for Tony Blair and George Bush to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq

Tutu, the retired Anglican Church’s archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to “answer for their actions.”

The Iraq war “has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history,” wrote Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984.

“Those responsible for this suffering and loss of life should be treading the same path as some of their African and Asian peers who have been made to answer for their actions in the Hague,” he added.

The Hague, Netherlands, based court is the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal and has been in operation for 10 years. So far it has launched prosecutions only in Africa, including in Sudan, Congo, Libya and Ivory Coast.

Tutu has long been a staunch critic of the Iraq war, while others opposed to the conflict – including playwright Harold Pinter – have previously called for Bush and Blair to face prosecution at the Hague,

“The then-leaders of the U.S. and U.K. fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart. They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand – with the specter of Syria and Iran before us,” said Tutu, who last week withdrew from a conference in South Africa due to Blair’s presence at the event.

While the International Criminal Court can handle cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, it does not currently have the jurisdiction to prosecute crimes of aggression. Any potential prosecution over the Iraq war would likely come under the aggression category.

The U.S. is among nations which do not recognize the International Criminal Court.

h/t: Huffington Post