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Statute of Limitations

I guess it is official now. On a radio show on Sunday, former Veep Dick Cheney declared “They can’t blame George Bush anymore“. From now on, everything that goes wrong in this country is the fault of Barack Obama.

In fact, Cheney says that he traces “most” of the problems in Washington to the current administration, and added “I think he’s been a failure as a president.”

Now what I find really ironic is that Cheney says is the worst thing Obama has done is “dramatically cutting back the defense budget, year after year after year.” His evidence? “I just read a piece this morning in the Stars and Stripes that they’re getting ready to lay off 500 majors in the U.S. army. Not long ago they did the same thing with a large group of captains.” Even though we still spend more on our military than the next largest fifty countries combined.

And as some readers have pointed out, is Cheney just pretending to be ignorant of the fact that the budget for the military is set by Congress, not the president?

Also, Cheney seems to be still fighting the wars from 50 years ago, and doesn’t seem to understand that the world has changed. Sending a bunch of troops into Iraq after 9/11 and toppling Saddam Hussein seems to have made things much much worse there, not better. And hasn’t done much good in Afghanistan either.

Did Cheney and Bush manage to take out Osama bin Laden? I guess they needed more majors and captains.



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    We destroyed a country with no reason expect Baby Bush’s ego. And no one is being tried for war crimes.
    100 years ago, the Turks got away with Genocide against the Armenians. Over 1 million.
    Now Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice are getting away. By the end of 2006 is was projected 600,000 Iraqis had died due to Bush’s ego. And since 2006? The toll keeps right on mounting. Last I heard Bush had 1500 more notches in his guns just this year from the devastation created. That’s in Iraq, not what he did to the people of this country that goes on and on and on. He gets notches here also every day. Seems Cheney has no conscience whatsoever. Seems Bush stays away from everything knowing what he did was wrong.

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:05 am | Permalink
  2. Xuuths wrote:

    Shocking that an ex-vice president doesn’t know how the budget process works. Congress actually passes a budget, regardless of what the president submits. Congress – with the House controlled by republicans, and the Senate controlled (via filibuster) by republicans, passed the budgets with less money for the military.

    But Obama gets the blame for what the republicans did. Why? Why is anyone putting a microphone in front of the war criminal cheney or his daughter?

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 8:13 am | Permalink
  3. b wrote:

    While the executive branch (the DoD) does determine how many captains, majors, etc there are, the legislature (through the appropriations bill) sets the end year strength (total number of personnel).

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Permalink