The Mess We Left Behind

As we focus on Syria and Egypt and Afghanistan, let’s not forget the mess we left behind in Iraq, where Sunni-Shiite violence just gets more intense.

There have been almost 3,000 deaths from sectarian attacks this year, with more than 500 so far this month.  This weekend, car bombs in Baghdad have killed almost 40 people.

Not to mention the rapprochement between Iraq and Iran that we created, which is a strategic disaster for us.

I hope that as Bush 43 assumes more of a public profile again, and as Dick Cheney campaigns for his daughter Liz in Wyoming, they will get asked, “WTF?”

This Should Be Interesting

Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz has announced that she’s running for Senate from Wyoming, having moved to the state ages ago last year.

She’ll challenge incumbent Mike Enzi in a primary next summer, but despite the fact that Enzi and Cheney pere are old friends, Liz didn’t give Enzi a heads-up, kind of like when Rudy Giuliani told his wife he was divorcing her at a press conference.

Enzi’s reaction?  “She said that if I ran, she wasn’t going to run, but obviously that wasn’t correct.  I thought we were friends.”

If you’ve ever seen Liz on Fox, where she lies her tush off about President Obama, you won’t be surprised that not only did she lie to Enzi, she didn’t even have the decency to tell him first.

Why Do We Always Over-Correct?

Ok, so Dick Cheney was wrong about a lot on foreign and defense policy.

But that doesn’t make Rand Paul right.  He’s as misguided as Cheney, just in the opposite direction.

Too little engagement is as bad — worse? — than too much.

I want to get out of Afghanistan yesterday, but I want to continue our drone program, including against Americans if they choose to join the terrorists, and I want to make sure that Iran doesn’t get nuclear weapons.  We should have stopped Pakistan and North Korea, but too late now.  Let’s not add Iran to that list of mistakes, which, aside from the threat to Israel, would set off disastrous nuclear proliferation throughout the Middle East.

Both the White House and the GOP have handled Rand Paul clumsily.  I hope they’ve each learned a lesson.


Too Stupid to Live

West Virginia GOP Senate candidate John Raese is campaigning against anti-smoking laws.  He claims that his having to put No Smoking signs up in his buildings is just like Hitler making Jews wear Stars of David:

“Remember, Hitler used to put Star of David on everybody’s lapel, remember that?  Same thing.”

In this guy’s defense, it is West Virginia, so I assume his parents are also siblings.

Pre-emptive strike on Right Wingers leaving “shocked, shocked” comments — your guy Dick Cheney made a West Virginia incest joke back in 2008.