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McConnell, Romney Push Iran War in Yet Another Misguided GOP Strategy

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March 7, 2012
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As discussed yesterday, Mitch McConnell went before AIPAC on Sunday and demanded the President move the nation toward war with Iran, and that Obama use “overwhelming force” in that war.

Mitch’s comments came around the same time Mitt Romney was on the campaign trail telling his constituents that if Obama is re-elected in 2012, Iran will definitely get a nuclear weapon.

This sort of insane speech misleads our allies, does not help the diplomatic cause, and does a disservice to the American people who might honestly believe that we should enter into yet another war for weapons a country doesn’t yet have while other options remain viable.

The number of Americans aching for war with Iran can’t be very high but it’s charming that McConnell, Romney and other Republicans are all speaking off the same talking points memo — Obama won’t go to war with Iran, America must go to war with Iran, so we must get rid of Obama so we can go to war with Iran. That’s what the Republicans say.

It’s like the Grand Ol’ Party got together and collectively realized attacking women and birth control was a really stupid strategy so they should move away from it and make people forget it by doing something even more stupid.

Senator Harry Reid responded to Mitch’s comments by calmly encourage the Senate Minority Leader to be “very cautious” when throwing around the word “war.”

“We have problems around this world that are so significant. We have North Korea, we have Iran, we have a situation with Syria, we have problems now in Egypt. So let’s just stop throwing the word ‘war’ around so casually.”

Others in Washington joined Reid in the collective “WTF?” aimed at McConnell, but perhaps the coldest slap in the face came from the President himself.

At his Super Tuesday press conference, Obama was asked about the comments coming from the Republican Party and specifically Mitt Romney’s nuclear prognostication.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The President of the United States of America:

Now, what’s said on the campaign trail — those folks don’t have a lot of responsibilities. They’re not Commander-in-Chief. And when I see the casualness with which some of these folks talk about war, I’m reminded of the costs involved in war. I’m reminded that the decision that I have to make in terms of sending our young men and women into battle, and the impacts that has on their lives, the impact it has on our national security, the impact it has on our economy.

This is not a game. There’s nothing casual about it. And when I see some of these folks who have a lot of bluster and a lot of big talk, but when you actually ask them specifically what they would do, it turns out they repeat the things that we’ve been doing over the last three years, it indicates to me that that’s more about politics than actually trying to solve a difficult problem.

Now, the one thing that we have not done is we haven’t launched a war. If some of these folks think that it’s time to launch a war, they should say so. And they should explain to the American people exactly why they would do that and what the consequences would be. Everything else is just talk.

You can watch Obama’s comments either in packaged news…Or… in full Press Conference Context:

Mitch McConnell leading America to war with Iran

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March 6, 2012
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Over the weekend the President met with the Prime Minister of Israel and delivered a speech in front of everyone’s favorite lobby group, AIPAC. Ben Netanyahu wants a committment to launch an attack on Iran, Barry Hussein thinks we should probably try to work things out diplomatically before bombing a country that doesn’t have weapons of mass destruction and plummet the region still further into chaos. It’s a fascinating two-step.

Like any good two-step, there’s a third man dancing, and that handsome young gentleman is Mitch McConnell, who took his own turn to address AIPAC yesterday:

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said President Barack Obama’s repeated pronouncement that the administration keeps “all options on the table” is a talking point, not a policy, and the United States needs a straightforward, deliberate plan that would force Tehran to negotiate to preserve its survival. McConnell was making the case for his proposal in a speech to the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday night, shortly before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to address the gathering.

“If Iran, at any time, begins to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level, or decides to go forward with a weapons program, then the United States will use overwhelming force to end that program,” McConnell said, according to an advanced text of the speech.

It’s not my place to point out Mitch is saying the exact same thing as the President and is not proposing a policy but just spouting the President’s own talking points — I assume the folks at AIPAC aren’t total morons and can understand that on their own — so instead I’ll just suggest that the Senate Minority Leader trying to lead the nation into yet another large scale war is unhelpful to the course of the nation.

McConnell’s reckless belligerence is not a policy, it’s a very dangerous and very stupid talking point.

Mike Huckabee is jonesing for the Rapture

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February 1, 2011
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Mike Huckabee is currently in Israel loudly celebrating illegal settlements, and chastising President Obama for not sticking up for Dictator, er, President Mubarak:

Heaven can wait, Mike. Heaven can wait.

(Also, this totally means we can nuke Iran now, right Mr. Bolton?)

The New Rand Paul "absorbs" knowledge from Bill Kristol (UPDATE)

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September 22, 2010
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Go Rand Paul! Down with the New World Order and American Empire! rEVOLution! No war in…

what’s that?

At a private office in Dupont Circle, he talked foreign policy with Bill Kristol, Dan Senor, and Tom Donnelly, three prominent neocons who’d been part of an effort to defeat him during the primary. “He struck me as genuinely interested in trying to understand why people like us were so apoplectic,” Senor says of their two-hour encounter. “He wanted to get educated about our problem with him. He wasn’t confrontational, and he wasn’t disagreeable. He didn’t seem cemented in his views. He was really in absorption mode.

So Rand Paul wants to “get tough, not talk tough” on Iran, buddies up with Sarah Palin, vows to not to try to force withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan if he’s in the Senate, and now he’s in “absorption mode” from perhaps the most blood-thirsty warmonger on the planet, Bill Kristol?

If any of you Ron Paul people who still support Rand Paul… God, you are pathetic.

Oh, from the same GQ article: Bonus Obama is Hitler (wink, wink!) coverage!

Paul pauses again, although this time it’s not out of any hesitation on his part; he’s just making sure we’re still with him. “In 1923, when they destroyed the currency, they elected Hitler. And so they elected somebody who vilified one group of people, but he promised them, ‘I will give you security if you give me your liberty,’ and they voted him in. And that’s not to mean that anybody around is Hitler, but it’s to mean that you don’t want chaos in your country. And we could have chaos, not just because of the Democrats, but because the Democrats and the Republicans have all been spending us into oblivion. And having a massive debt runs the risk of chaos at some point. Not tomorrow, maybe not next week—I mean, I can’t even predict the stock market six months from now. But I think that a country is in danger that spends beyond its means and lives beyond its means.

This marks the 23rd time during this campaign that Rand Paul has given us a nod and a wink that Obama is Hitler.

Because he obviously is. And we must elect Rand Paul or else Hitler, er, Obama, will destroy your Liberty and impose Sharia Law on us, which means we won’t get to invade Iran under President Palin. Because Rand Paul won’t stand for such tyranny.

UPDATE: Oh, Rand’s supporters over at Stormfront aren’t going to like this one bit:

The following month, he met with officials from the powerful lobbying group AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), which has frequently clashed with Ron Paul over what the group views as his insufficient support of Israel. Paul, according to one person familiar with the AIPAC meeting, “told them what they wanted to hear: ‘I’m more reasonable than my father on the things you care about.’ He was very solicitous.”

OK, so I guess I’ll just assume that we can add “cutting all foreign aid to Israel” to his long and growing list of policy positions that Rand Paul has abandoned. Let’s see how many more he can fit into the next 40 days. Clock is ticking, Rand.

The New Rand Paul: Neocon Bailout approved!

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September 21, 2010
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I’m just overjoyed by the appearance of Rand Paul’s new best friend, Sarah Palin.

At first, I was afraid that Rand Paul would have the uncompromising spirit of his dad, working to end our neocon foreign policy, bank bailouts, and wasteful earmarks. But thankfully, his new friendship with Sarah Palin shows he’s just like any typical politician that just wants your vote. On behalf of our big banks and empire, I say thank goodness!

Rand’s Bailout Ball tomorrow!

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September 15, 2010
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Everybody excited about the big fundraiser that Sarah Palin is throwing for Rand Paul in Louisville tomorrow? I know, right?

Now, some of you think that this is some kind of odd couple, but we all must remember that the New Rand Paul fits perfectly with Sarah Palin.

The Old Rand Paul talked over and over and over and over again about how he was different from those Republicans who supported the bank bailout, and he would never ever accept their money.

But the New Rand Paul has no qualms about taking money from Senators who voted for the bank bailout, or people like Sarah Palin who so passionately and eloquently advocated for its passage in 2008:

Likewise, the Old Rand Paul used to talk about how Iran having a nuclear weapon wasn’t a threat to America, and talk about bringing our troops home NOW from our illegal foolish wars.

But the New Rand Paul says he’s gonna get tough on Iran, and repeatedly promises that he won’t do anything to bring our troops home when he’s in the Senate, because that’s President Obama/Palin’s choice/responsibility, not his. Therefore, it’s no longer odd at all that New Rand Paul has no problem teaming up with someone that has blood lust for Iran and permanent occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sure, there are going to be some “Liberty Purists” out there who have a problem with Rand Paul abandoning everything he believes in so he can suck up to some brain-dead, bank bailout-loving War Freak. But we shouldn’t listen to them. Liberty Christ works in mysterious ways, often too complex for common people to follow and understand. In reality, this supposedly shameless sell-out behavior is just his way to smokescreen the Bilderberg Group and New World Order so that he can enter their halls of power, where he will slay dragons of Tyranny, Ameros and fluoridated water.

In Liberty and refudiation,

Progress

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April 8, 2010
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Unless you’re for nuking Russia and Iran, in which case this is really awful news.

PRAGUE — With flourish and fanfare, President Obama and President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia signed a nuclear arms control treaty on Thursday and opened what they hoped would be a new era in the tumultuous relationship between two former cold war adversaries.

Meeting here in the heart of a once-divided Europe, the two leaders put aside the acrimony that has characterized Russian-American ties in recent years as they agreed to bring down their arsenals and restore an inspection regime that expired in December.

“When the United States and Russia are not able to work together on big issues, it is not good for either of our nations, nor is it good for the world,” Mr. Obama said as his words echoed through a majestic, gilded hall in the famed Prague Castle. “Together, we have stopped the drift, and proven the benefits of cooperation. Today is an important milestone for nuclear security and nonproliferation, and for U.S.-Russia relations.”

Mr. Medvedev called the treaty signing “a truly historic event” that will “open a new page” in Russian-American relations. “What matters most is this is a win-win situation,” he said. “No one stands to lose from this agreement. I believe this is a typical feature of our cooperation. Both parties have won.”

The Russian president signaled general support for the American-led drive to impose new sanctions on Iran, saying that Tehran’s nuclear program has flouted the international community. “We cannot turn a blind eye to this,” Mr. Medvedev said, while adding that sanctions “should be smart” and avoid hardship for the Iranian people.

Roger Cohen: journalist

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June 22, 2009
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Print media journalism at its very best, in Iran.

All you fascists are bound to lose

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June 22, 2009
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Get inspired. Watch it to the end.


Battle w/ Police – Tehran, Iran – June 20th 2009
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June 15, 2009
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Scenes like this show that the old guard is rapidly fading. The people of Iran don’t want to live in the 19th century.

No idea how this is going to end, but my my fingers are crossed. The real question comes down to whether the police/military will continue to follow orders and attack their own people.

Good updates here.

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