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Dick Cheney’s waning influence over Bush

Vice President Dick Cheney Friday called departing Donald Rumsfeld "the greatest Secretary of Defense in history."

Honest. That's what the man said. Standing on the podium in a lavish going-away ceremony that seemed more like a coronation, Cheney heaped so much praise on Rumsfeld that I thought maybe I had missed the outgoing defense secretary's ascension to sainthood.

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The war criminal

The Army's top general says U.S. troops are at their "breaking point" in Iraq and Afghanistan and the soonest he can get more battle-ready divisions on the ground is 2008.

In the 10 days following release of the Iraq Study Group's report calling the Iraq war "grave and deteriorating" while recommending swift action to try and correct the many problems, 35 more American soldiers died along with more than 1,000 Iraqi civilians.


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George W. Bush: A dangerous, cornered, rabid animal

My gut tells me the President of the United States has become a cornered animal - wary of a party that has all but shunned him, distrustful of even his closest advisors, angry at an American public that has rejected him and fearful of his own inability to cope with his growing madness.

White House insiders tell me George W. Bush grows more sullen and moody with each passing day. His paranoia, they say, is increasing to manic levels as he launches into tirades about traitors in his own party, in the press and among his allies.

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Down for the count

Turns out The Rant is human after all.

A combination of exhaustion, dehydration, anemia and bronchitis have felled The Rant and the docs order a serious regimen of bed rest and TLC from Mrs. Rant (non-impact of course).

The Rant will return when he is able to sit at a keyboard for more than 15 minutes at a time.
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Iraq: FUBAR* that never ends

At some point, someone somewhere will have to stop talking about what we should do in Iraq and, instead, just do it.

While the politicians, pundits and experts pondered the release Wednesday of the Iraq Study Group's long-awaited report, 11 more American soldiers died in that stupid war launched by a mentally-ill President under false pretenses.


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Iraq Study Group Report: Smoke, mirrors and the fog of war

According to all that collected brain power in the Iraq Study Group, conditions in President George W. Bush's failed Iraq war are "grave and deteriorating" and the United States must find a way to get the hell out.

This is news? Hell, the American public has known this for months. That's why they sent the Republican-controlled Congress packing in the November midterm elections. That's why Bush's public approval ratings are so far into the crapper that even a master plumber couldn't save them.

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Telling Bush to stick it where the sun don’t shine

As George W. Bush licked his wounds following the humiliating public rejection of his failed Iraq war policies in the November mid-term elections, he knew he had one chance left to force his autocratic agenda on America.

Following the election, Bush challenged the outgoing Republican leadership of Congress to approve two key items on his radical agenda: Pass his expanded, and some say illegal, domestic spying program and confirm controversial United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, another lame duck whose recess appointment ran out at the end of the year.

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Leaving Iraq: A campaign promise that can’t be kept

The November mid-term elections are viewed as a referendum on George W. Bush's failed Iraq war. Voters turned out the GOP leadership of Congress because they want America out of Iraq.

So, when are we leaving?

We're not. Not now. Not anytime soon. Perhaps never.

You might have missed the point amid all the news attention aimed at the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes sham marriage or the Britney Spears-Kevin Federline split but as soon as the election was over, anyone with a "lets get out of Iraq" message got shoved into the background.

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Some uncivil thoughts about Iraq’s civil war

Amazing. Two staunch members of the Legion of Mainstream Media (otherwise known as the LMSM) have declared the debacle in Iraq to be just what it is:  a civil war.

NBC Monday announced that from that point forward it would describe the Iraq conflict as "a civil war."

To announce this radical change in policy, NBC didn't send out serious Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Nah, this story is too big for Brian. Give it to the prince of fluff, Today's Matt Lauer.

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