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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Bush: ‘I’m the decision maker’

President Bush, on a collision course with Congress over Iraq, said Friday “I’m the decision-maker” about sending more troops to the war. He challenged skeptical lawmakers not to prematurely condemn his buildup.

“I’ve picked the plan that I think is most likely to succeed,” Bush said in an Oval Office meeting with senior military advisers.

The president had strong words for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who are lining up to support resolutions opposing his decision to send 21,500 troops to Iraq. He challenged them to put up their own ideas.

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The madness of Vice King Dick

By DOUG THOMPSON

Vice President Dick Cheney has long served as the most arrogant face of the supremely arrogant administration of President George W. Bush but even clueless supporters of the White House have to admit the bravado is wearing then when the Senate’s most warmongering Republican, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, says he’s had enough of Cheney and his domination of policy.

McCain calls Cheney’s crafting of Iraq war policy a “witches brew” and says Bush “has been badly served” by his Vice President.

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Compromises? We don’t need no stinkin’ compromises

The leader of a bipartisan effort to rebuke President Bush’s Iraq strategy said Thursday he would not strike a compromise with a harsher Democratic resolution the Senate will debate next week.

Sen. John Warner, R-Va., former chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he won’t negotiate with Democrats to develop a single proposal on Iraq. His comments _ along with the emergence of other resolutions the Senate might consider _ underscored how a Congress largely against Bush’s proposal to send more troops to Iraq remained divided over what to do about it.

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Bush: $10.6 billion for Afghanistan

The Bush administration plans to ask Congress for $10.6 billion for Afghanistan, a major increase aimed at rebuilding the country and strengthening government security forces still fighting the Taliban five years after the U.S.-led invasion.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said all but $2 billion of the money is for security needs. She detailed the plan as she prepared to attend a NATO gathering meant to plan for an expected Taliban military offensive in the spring.

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GOP on Cheney: ‘Getting a little strange’

By ANN McFEATTERS 

A group of Republican lawmakers was waiting for an elevator on Capitol Hill when one of them said in frustration to his colleagues, “What’s with Cheney? Anybody know?”

One colleague muttered, “The guy’s getting a little strange, seems to me. Big chip on his shoulder.”

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Soldiers ordered to kill Iranians

US soldiers have been authorized to kill or capture Iranian operatives found in Iraq, the Washington Post has reported, citing US government and counterterrorism officials.

The authorization covers Iranian Revolutionary Guard and intelligence officers found in Iraq, but not Iranian civilians or diplomats, the Post reported.

The newspaper describes the policy as “part of an aggressive new strategy to weaken Tehran’s influence across the Middle East and compel it to give up its nuclear program.”

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Echoes of Lyndon B. Johnson

By DAN K. THOMASSON 

The annual state of the union message normally, and in fact traditionally, is the most over hyped, over reported, over analyzed and least memorable of any address delivered by a president.

It is a pundit’s dream that is full of sound and fury and of little or no significance, foisted off as important by a host of overpaid television commentators trying to prove the worth of their multimillion-dollar salaries.

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Harold Ford gets a new job

By BARTHOLOMEW SULLIVAN

Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. on Thursday accepted the high-profile chairmanship of the Democratic Leadership Council, the moderate policy group that launched Bill Clinton to national stardom and the presidency.

Ford accepted the post at a Washington breakfast, calling the DLC “one of the most important organizations on the think tank landscape.”

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Do these ‘experts’ even have kids?

Maybe I’m a cynic. But every once in a while I see a news story and I wonder if it’s for real. And so it was when I recently read on ABCNews.com a story by Sheila Marikar headlined “Some Say It’s OK for Girls to Go Wild.”

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Bush’s actions unnerved aides

By ANDY SULLIVAN

President George W. Bush’s 2003 decision to declassify an intelligence report to rebut an Iraq war critic stirred unease even in the White House, an administration official said on Thursday in the perjury trial of a vice presidential aide.

White House communications official Cathie Martin said she was “not comfortable” in July of that year when her boss, Vice President Dick Cheney, told her to use the information to counter charges that the administration had manipulated intelligence to build a case for invading Iraq.

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