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John Kerry Slams Republican’s for Pentagon Talking Points in Forced Iraq Debate

Both the House and the Senate delved into a divisive, “angry, intensely partisan debate” on the Iraq war Thursday, as the announcement came that the U.S. military death toll reached 2,500. The Senate soundly rejected a call to withdraw combat troops by year’s end, and House Republicans laid the groundwork for their own vote. In […]

Bush Seen as Weak

Following our earlier story on Bush’s failures in fighting terrorism, Michael Hirsh has a column in Newsweek on how “The administration is seen as weak, distracted and drained over Iraq—and foreign leaders from Libya to China to Iran are taking advantage of it.”

Supporting the Troops: Is the U.S. Ready for Wave of Iraq & Afghanistan Vets?

Is the U.S. ready for the wave of Iraq & Afghanistan Vets?

And yet, George W. Bush and the GOP Congress continue to underfund the VA and cut veteran’s benefits whenever they can get away with it. Of course, that’s what happens to the men and women who have served our country once they are no longer useful for photo-ops.

The yearly cost of unemployment benefits for disabled military personnel has ballooned to $3 billion. Is the U.S. prepared for the oncoming wave of Iraq war vets?

Many former soldiers are finding it difficult to return to 9-to-5 America. The number of disabled vets from all wars deemed “unemployable” by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tripled from 71,000 to 220,000 between 1996 and 2005. Unemployable vets receive about $2,393 a month, with the total cost of the program now $3.1 billion a year (up from $857 million in 1996). That staggering price tag doesn’t include the bulk of recent vets from Iraq and Afghanistan who will enter the system over the next few decades.

Former POW Blasts Renewed Smear Attacks on his “Vietnam Brother,” John Kerry

Recently, the Dem Daily posted on the New York Times report of John Kerry’s continuing fight against the repugnant smear merchants we know as the Swift Liars. One of the smear merchants, Colonel “Bud” Day, responded to the NY Times article in a press release, claiming – falsely, but why should Day begin now to care about truth – that Kerry’s “Vietnam service and medals” were “roundly disputed by virtually all of his former commanding officers and shipmates who were part of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign.” But as Snopes reported back in 2004, here’s the truth about Kerry’s shipmates and commanding officers opinions:

Although the men quoted above are often identified as “John Kerry’s shipmates,” only one of them, Steven Gardner, actually served under Lt. Kerry’s command on a Swift boat. The other men who served under Kerry’s command continue to speak positively of him:
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Many of Kerry’s Vietnam commanders and fellow officers also continue to speak positively of him:…

Day’s press release is rife with similar distortions upon falsehoods upon blatant lies. I would not even bring it up here except as a reeference to report that yet another former POW – a former “Hanoi Hilton” cellmate of some of the Swift Liars, has had enough of these politically motivated smears against a “Vietnam brother” and is going on record with his feelings on the matter.

Waxman: Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Mar Iraq Reconstruction

Rep. Henry Waxman addressed the floor of the House of Representatives today in the midst of a heated debate on the Iraq war to “highlight waste, fraud, and abuse in the reconstruction of Iraq.” Despite $50 billion in expenditures, oil and electricity production remains well below pre-war levels. The Bush Administration’s gross mismanagement of the […]

Granholm in Tight Race

Last week an EPIC/MRA poll showed Granholm down by eight points to Dick DeVos. It’s hard to tell how seriously to take polls since DeVos is spending a fortune on ads. It’s hard to believe Michigan residents will really be suckered into voting for him. That’s as crazy as being suckered into those Amway deals […]

Overheard Outside the Surgical Lounge

Five surgeons are discussing who are the best patients to operate on. The first surgeon says, “I would like to see my accountant on my operating table, because when you open him up, everything inside is numbered.” The second responds, “Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded.” The third says, […]

War on Terror Called a Failure By Foreign Policy Analysts

As I’ve pointed out many times, Bush’s policies have increased our risk from terrorism. Bush ignored the warnings, and proposed plans, passed down from the Clinton administration upon taking office, and ignored the pre-9/11 warnings of an attack. After 9/11, rather than acting seriously to respond to the threat, Bush decided to play politics, and […]