When Dick Cheney speaks, just remember ….

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Dick Cheney, the intellectual godfather of GOP foreign policy, warned in a speech Tuesday that the pending deal with Iran “will give Iran the means to launch a nuclear attack on the U.S. homeland.”

That should sound familiar. It’s the same argument used by Cheney and others to justify the disastrous invasion of Iraq, which as you’ll recall was necessary to prevent “mushroom clouds over American cities.” But it goes much deeper than just that.

If you look through history, Cheney has opposed almost every arms control treaty the United States has negotiated for more than 30 years, including a 1987 pact negotiated and signed by President Ronald Reagan with the Soviet Union. And time and again Cheney has been proved wrong.

For example, he bitterly opposed a 1991 treaty that required the United States to give up chemical weapons, claiming that it too would leave us vulnerable to attack. He argued against the Nunn-Lugar Act, co-authored by the legendary Sam Nunn, dismissing it as “foolish.” In reality, Nunn-Lugar proved an immense success in ensuring that thousands of nuclear weapons in the various Soviet republics after the USSR’s collapse were deactivated and destroyed, with none falling into the wrong hands. The world would be a much more dangerous place had Cheney gotten his way.

It’s also important to note the stark contrast between Cheney and much of the “old-school” Republican foreign policy leadership. In comments over the weekend, for example, former Secretary of State Colin Powell — who also served as Reagan’s national security adviser — called U.S. accomplishments in the Iran nuclear deal “remarkable” and “very, very important.”

Gen. Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser to President Gerald Ford and President George H.W. Bush, also backs the deal and argues that upcoming congressional votes will determine “whether the United States has the will and sense of responsibility to help stabilize the Middle East, or whether it will contribute to further turmoil, including the possible spread of nuclear weapons.”

“To turn our back on this accomplishment would be an abdication of the United States’ unique role and responsibility, incurring justified dismay among our allies and friends,” Scowcroft says. “We would lose all leverage over Iran’s nuclear activities. The international sanctions regime would dissolve. And no member of Congress should be under the illusion that another U.S. invasion of the Middle East would be helpful.”

Former Sen. Richard Lugar, longtime chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also embraces the deal, warning that “Rejection of the agreement would severely undermine the U.S. role as a leader and reliable partner around the globe. If Washington walks away from this hard-fought multilateral agreement, its dependability would likely be doubted for decades.”

Ordinarily, you might look at those comments by longtime Republicans with real foreign policy expertise, contrast them with Cheney, and conclude that there’s a difference of opinion within the GOP. You’d be wrong. Within the narrow confines of the GOP, Cheney’s opinion is the only opinion tolerated. No Republican will vote in favor of the deal because doing so would mean they are no longer Republican.

That’s a problem, not just for the party, but for the country.

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fedup52
fedup52

Obama has 42 senators on his side on the Iran deal

RantNRave
RantNRave

""We are led by very, very stupid people" ........Speak the truth Trump. "


TD1234


The problem with COMB OVER Trump is that he does not have a brain, 


but he has a lying tongue.


Its strange how some people ignore the logic just because they believe what they like to believe and ignore the truth.

fedup52
fedup52

Dia and cons keep talking about the side deal. IAEA has come out said there is no side deal.  The Republicans have taken the Parchin Military Complex site inspection part as "side deal" to make it sound sinister.  

Actually it is part of the main deal.  

It is just a lie by the cons.

fedup52
fedup52

China’s increasingly ambitious space programme plans to attempt the first-ever landing of a lunar probe on the moon’s far side, a leading engineer said.

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Next will be a radio telescope at the far end too.  Seems like a good idea to explore the universe.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Oopsie...

"House Republican leaders are delaying a vote on the Iran nuclear deal scheduled for Wednesday because of a rebellion from rank-and-file conservatives.(Snip) GOP leaders had to change course after hearing an earful from rank-and-file members during a morning conference meeting. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are demanding that the Obama administration send side deals between Iran and international nuclear inspectors to Congress as part of the Iran deal now under consideration. Opponents of the deal have argued that the clock on congressional consideration of the deal has not even begun until these side deals are submitted."

Good on them.

fedup52
fedup52

Too bad 79% of Americans disagree...

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DIA

I discussed this below.  Repeating it does not make any sense.

td1234
td1234

"We are led by very, very stupid people" 


Speak the truth Trump. 

fedup52
fedup52

@td1234 td

I am surprised you will insult Boehner and McConnel

Brosephus
Brosephus

@td1234 

There are far more Republicans in leadership than Democrats up in DC.  Dems have two leadership seats in the Executive Branch.  However, the GOP controls all the leadership seats in the Legislative Branch.  The Chief Justice of the SCOTUS is not a Democrat either....

Brosephus
Brosephus

@DownInAlbany 

You missed that because he didn't say that....  Guess reading isn't your thing today, huh?

I merely pointed out to our History and Civics qualified teacher that, under our government, there are more Republicans in leadership positions in DC than there are Democrats.  Maybe that's something that Donald Trump should be taught by our poster who's qualified to teach civics.

@td1234 from below:

BTW: Before you ask. I held a certificate to teach US History, American Government, World Geography, Sociology, physiology and World History in the state of Georgia.

fedup52
fedup52

Trump is now on fox after Cruz.  Boy one liar after another.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Who will be Hillary's VP?

Colin Powell?

Joe Biden?

Julian Castro?

Slick Willie?

Her pick could increase her lead over all the possible GOP candidates even more.

gotalife
gotalife

@LordHelpUs Castro is being groomed to be VP to counter jeb..


Latino's are becoming a large voting group.

honested
honested

@LordHelpUs 

Bernie Sanders?

Might as well ensure participation of ALL Democrats.

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@LordHelpUs Did you see her interview this morning?  Even MSNBC said it's time to warm up the bus.

Joe/Faux 2016:  Crazy enough it might work!

TBS
TBS

Lenin

Not being sarcastic here but beware of the false flag

I think the FBI is doing due diligence but I don't think there is going to be an indictment

Of course this will be met with, well Obama and the FBI let her off the hook from the same bloggers who think she is going to be indicted

They will just going to a new talking point that is fed to them.

If I'm wrong then I will be glad to say I was wrong but i think a lot of this talk of Hillary's demise is more talk than substance

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@TBS Hillary 2016:  Too big to jail!

LeninTime
LeninTime

While everyone's attention is focused on wrapping up the Iran deal, meanwhile the Obama administration is waging another potentially extremely dangerous confrontation with Russia over Syria.

US warns Russia over Syria involvement

Listen to the language used in the Washington/NATO-puppet international press to disguise what's going on. 

Amid reports of a Russian military build-up in Syria, Washington has warned the Kremlin against escalating the conflict. Fears are rising that Moscow could be preparing a combative backing of the Assad regime.

Pure Orwellian double-talk. It's the US and its NATO allies that are preparing a 'combative' act of aggression violating the integrity of a sovereign nation, and with it the basic principles of international law.

LeninTime
LeninTime

But what is international law to Barack Obama? 

Something to trample on, just as with his predecessor.

fedup52
fedup52

Oh Boy Ted Cruz is flat out lying about the facts about Iraq.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@fedup52 And we expect something less? Cheney and W still lie about it, why should the contenders to the throne not follow suit?

LeninTime
LeninTime

@TBS 

Do you think talk of serious rifts within the Democratic party involving Clinton are completely baseless? 

gotalife
gotalife

@LeninTime @TBS Most dems agree with her and want her to beat the gop for Senate and House seats.

gotalife
gotalife

Of course they will shut down government. All they do is play politics to lose on purpose. The gop have not changed. The people give them a free pass so they take advantage of this mindless ignorance.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@gotalife We've seen that movie and all of it's sequels...that some think the result will be different this time is quite sad.

gotalife
gotalife

@LordHelpUs @gotalife It is the same ole bs until the people start holding the gop accountable. Until then, they will take advantage using their media like cnn.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

The guy in this article shoots somebody in the face with a gun.

President Hillary has emails on a personal server.

Both apologize on the teevee.

Cons screech 'criminal!' about which one?

See, this is why today's Republican will nevah be trusted with sharp forks, or spoons, much less the levers of Executive power. Nevah. Evah.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Poor Republicans.  Our President Obama just keeps kicking their sorry arses.

RLSmith
RLSmith

@Jackie_36 There is nothing in that article that talks about carnage.  I hope the government shuts down indefinitely. Save me some money.