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Cheney Claims Congress Undermining the Troops but NEWSWEEK Reports: ‘Iraq is draining National Guard, Reserves’

by Pamela Leavey

If we are to believe Dick Cheney (which we won’t) from his speech today at AIPAC, he would have us believe that Congress is “undermining U.S. troops.” Not just Congress mind you, but Congressional Democrats in particular with a few rogue Republicans.

Vice President Dick Cheney challenged lawmakers Monday to prove their support for U.S. troops and the war on terrorism by approving the Bush administration’s requests for financing military action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“When members of Congress pursue an anti-war strategy that’s been called ‘slow bleeding,’ they are not supporting the troops, they are undermining them,” Cheney said in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Cheney spoke at the start of a week in which the House plans to begin work on legislation providing nearly $100 billion for the rest of this year’s costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Bush’s full request for funds.

“Anyone can say they support the troops and we should take them at their word, but the proof will come when it’s time to provide the money,” Cheney said.

Well, Cheney is right, “Anyone can say they support the troops,” but we have seen oh so clearly, for some time now that it is BushCo that doesn’t support the troops. A president that sends our troops into a war based on lies, ill-equiped and undermanned, sure as hell does not support the troops. A president who allows the conditions at the top VA hospital in the country to deteriorate to the condition that was recently revealed about Walter Reed VA Hospital, doesn’t support the troops. I could go on and on and on, but we all know the truth by now. Bush’s failed mission to Iraq, is undermining the troops!

Countering Cheney’s claim today comes this report from NEWSWEEK: ‘Iraq and Afghanistan are draining the National Guard and Reserve.’ Make no mistake about it, this is happening because of BushCo. This is happening because of Dick Cheney. It’s their twisted lies that got the troops into this mess…

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drag on, America’s National Guard and Reserve are being called up and deployed on an unprecedented scale. A commission of independent experts set up by Congress in late 2005 to examine the state of the Guard and Reserve submitted its latest report on March 1. The report, which focuses on the Guard, warns of a looming crisis and calls for wholesale changes in the way the force is managed. Commission Chairman Arnold Punaro, a retired Marine major general, says that the practice of ‘cross-leveling’—filling out some depleted units by cannibalizing others—is especially dangerous. “Pickup teams belong on a sandlot,” he says. “They don’t belong on a battlefield.” Punaro spoke with NEWSWEEK’s John Barry.

Crooks and Liars reports that Max Cleland had some choice words to offer Dick Cheney today in response to his claims:

Where the hell were you in the Vietnam War? If you had gone to Vietnam like the rest of us, maybe you would have learned something about war. You can’t keep troops on the ground forever. You gotta have a mission. You gotta have a purpose.”

You can’t keep sending ’em back and back and back with no mission and no purpose. As a matter of fact, the real enemy is Al Qaeda, it’s Al Qaeda stupid, it’s not in Iraq.

3 Responses to “Cheney Claims Congress Undermining the Troops but NEWSWEEK Reports: ‘Iraq is draining National Guard, Reserves’”

  1. The question is, how do we make the right understand that stupid is not attractive? Ignorance in now their version of crack, and they are hooked big time!

  2. Are you following the situation trying to develop in Utah where the process has been set in motion to arrange a “debate” between the Salt Lake Mayor and Sean Hannity? Rocky Anderson will kick Hannity’s ass, if the whackjob actually breaks down and shows up.

    People in the religious right think that their select group of radio station talking heads are really something other than entertainers. We have millions of dumbass voters for whom it is literally true that “everything I know about politics I learned on talk radio”.

    It would be wonderful if this debate can actually happen. Maybe it could set a precedent that could be built on. I would love to see Limbaugh in a neutral setting against, say, Barney Frank. Michael Savage v. James Carville. Ann Coulter trying to keep pace with Robert Rubin. And Michael Savage trying to hold his own against even a semi-sophisticated eleventh grader.

    The people in the “Cult of Stupidity” segment of the right wing don’t know their own politicians, and only know of them what they hear on their favorite talk radio show. If a way were found to make the stations too embarrassed to run these fools it would cause a major change in the political landscape of this country.

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