Tuesday, October 23, 2007

If Cheney Had Courage, There'd Be No Wars

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Cheney exaggerating the size of his courage

Dick Cheney, the great white hunter of old men's faces, crawled out of his hole this weekend to once again threaten Iran. Iron Dick said Sunday "the United States would not permit Iran to get nuclear weapons and warned of serious consequences if it refuses to stop enriching uranium." Threats from the mouth of a person like Dick Cheney always seem so impotent. Every time this self described tough guy comes out of his deep lair of secrecy to blusteringly threaten anybody, it makes me laugh or merely shake my head in contempt. The plain fact of the matter is Cheney and his pea brained partner are two of the most despicable cowards to ever take up space in the White House.

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They so cavalierly dispatch brave young men and women to fight wars that they lack the intellectual wherewithal and intestinal fortitude to have fought themselves. We must never forget that Bush was a Vietnam War deserter and allowed to do so because of powerful family connections. Cheney had to rely on five separate deferments to keep him out of Vietnam. Cheney told the Washington Post that he had sought his deferments because "I had other priorities in the 60's than military service." Other priorities he said? Those priorities consisted of flunking out of Yale University because of subpar academic performance. Cheney added, "I don't regret the decisions I made, I complied fully with all the requirements of the statutes, registered with the draft when I turned 18. Had I been drafted, I would have been happy to serve." Easy to say 30 years after the fact.

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Others contend that Mr. Cheney appeared to go to some length to avoid the draft. "Five deferments seems incredible to me," said David Curry, a professor at the University of Missouri in St. Louis who has written extensively about the draft, including a 1985 book, "Sunshine Patriots: Punishment and the Vietnam Offender." How does a so called man so easily uproot young men and women from their families for a war he knows was based on lies? All these dead and injured soldiers, the emotional and financial tolls on the families, the hundreds of billions of dollars spent and for what? So cowardly old men can relive their shameful lives through the courage and bravery of others. Iraq wasn't enough to fully absolve their yellow hearts, lets get Iran next.

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"The Iranian regime needs to know that if it stays on its present course, the international community is prepared to impose serious consequences," he said in a speech to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. I wonder what that means. Is he referring to the same international community fighting in Iraq? You know the one. The United States is providing 180,000 troops and the "community" is providing a few thousand extra. I suppose when we bomb Iran, Trinidad and Tobago will be flying the lead planes. Poland's four soldiers will lead the first wave of ground troops over the dunes of the Iranian Desert. John McCain will get captured and video taped to help jump start his fading presidential campaign. Rudy Giuliani will remind the American people he was mayor of New York City on 9/11. Mitt Romney will stage a 24 hour bus ride across Iowa as he reminds people he's pro life for all of God's children, except for Iranians and them pesky varmints he likes to shoot.

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DICK CHENEY GETTING DOLLED UP FOR DRAFT BOARD HEARING

Well Dick, thanks for coming out of your hole to remind the world why you're the tough talking hombre from Wyoming. I wonder if you saw your shadow. I wonder if Iran had the WMD all along. I wonder if anybody still clamors to go hunting with you. I wonder if you care how many troops have died for your lack of courage and abundance of lies. That's why it is such a shame you're the embodiment of the color yellow. Had you gone to Vietnam like these soldiers today go to Iraq, maybe you would have been too frightened to have allowed your country to participate in another senseless war. You see Dick, courage is acknowledging fear and then overcoming that fear through positive actions. You acknowledged your fear by letting that fear overcome you, and make you into the weak, pathetic little coward you will be to your last breath....




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