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Jeb Bush, Asshole of the Day for September 17, 2015
During last night’s Republican debate, Jeb Bush claimed that Obama created ISIS by withdrawing troops, and then under criticism from Trump, he defiantly proclaimed his brother George W. Bush “kept...

Jeb Bush, Asshole of the Day for September 17, 2015

During last night’s Republican debate, Jeb Bush claimed that Obama created ISIS by withdrawing troops, and then under criticism from Trump, he defiantly proclaimed his brother George W. Bush “kept us safe.”

And today he didn’t walk away from that ridiculous statement– instead he doubled down on Twitter:

Boy, he’s really proud of this one. And it sounds great if you can forget

  • 9/11 in which thousands died on American soil. Jeb even puts 9/11 in the photo in tweet. That happened on his brother’s watch. And don’t tell me you blame that one on Clinton, but then blame Obama for the troop withdrawal that his brother signed in 2008. You could make an argument that Clinton is to blame for 9/11 or that Obama is to blame for the troop withdrawal, but you can’t pretend that George W. Bush isn’t responsible for either.
  • The Iraq War, which also led to the deaths and wounding of thousands of American.s
  • Letting North Korea develop nuclear weapons
  • All the Americans who were left to die in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • The botched Iraq occupation which let terrorists thrive in new country
  • Letting Iran start a nuclear program
  • And of course he never caught Bin Laden

So no, his brother did not keep us safe. And for saying he did, proudly, all pleased with himself, Jeb Bush is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Jeb Bush’s second time as Asshole of the Day. In the first he also blamed something his brother did on Obama.


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Eric Bolling, Asshole of the Day for October 3, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
We all know that if you take things out of context, they can mean the exact opposite of what they did at the time. And it’s a long running trick in politics and...

Eric Bolling, Asshole of the Day for October 3, 2014

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We all know that if you take things out of context, they can mean the exact opposite of what they did at the time. And it’s a long running trick in politics and other contentious areas to try to catch an opponent out of context so as to embarrass them in front of voters.

But there’s pulling quotes out of context, and then there’s ignoring the entire decade context that something happens in. A decade we were all there for and participated in. And yet Fox News wants us to believe that George W. Bush predicted the rise of ISIL:

During an October 2 interview on Fox Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade spoke with Bush about the pull out of American forces in Iraq and the subsequent rise of the Islamic State. Kilmeade suggested that Bush predicted the rise of the Islamic State and asked the former president “How did you know” that “we needed a surge” in order to prevent an occurrence like this?

Kilmeade also asked Bush whether he agreed with Gen. Martin Dempsey’s assessment that Obama should have left a residual military force in Iraq. And though Bush acknowledged that having a former president “second guessing” is not “good for the presidency or the country,” he said that he agreed with Dempsey’s assessment.

On The Five, co-host Eric Bolling went further, commenting that “maybe the bad decision was to pull out too soon. As we pointed out George Bush predicted that if we had left a residual force in Iraq, maybe we wouldn’t have Americans beheaded on tape.”

Yep, they are pushing an old speech from 2007 as “proof” that Bush predicted the rise of ISIL if the US didn’t keep forces in Iraq. Now it sounds convincing if you don’t remember anything else or think about it even a little. But we have brains, so let’s review how truly offensive this is:

Look, if Bush predicted/prophesized ISIL in 2007, then why oh why did Bush sign the agreement in 2008 for our troops to leave Iraq in 2011? The very deal Obama followed in leaving? Because that happened:

Despite Fox News’ insistence that President Obama should be blamed for the rise of ISIS for pulling troops out of Iraq, in 2008 Bush signed a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) which provided that U.S. troops pull out of Iraq by 2011. And later attempts to extend the SOFA “fell through after the Iraqis balked at a provision granting U.S. troops immunity from prosecution after 2011.”

And no less than Dick Cheney was saying in 2004 that signing that agreement was a good idea. He touted it as an accomplishment:

DICK CHENEY (¼/2009): We’ve now entered into a strategic framework agreement with the Iraqis that calls for ultimately the U.S. completion of the assignment, withdrawal of our forces from Iraq. All of those things, I think by anybody’s standard, would be … (coughs) excuse me, evidence of significant success.

So where’s your prophet now, Fox News?!

Iraq, you may recall, didn’t want us. And why was that? Bush. What Bush did. Barging in without a plan or understanding of the sectarian factions that would, once released from Saddam’s iron grip, return to their fighting. There’s even a quote from before the invasion where this happened:

Galbraith reports that the three of them spent some time explaining to Bush that there are two different sects in Islam–to which the President allegedly responded, “I thought the Iraqis were Muslims!”

So please, don’t tell me that Bush predicted this. He didn’t predict what happened– he was on the freedom-on-the-march, greeted-as-liberators, mission-accomplished bandwagon. Fuck, he was driving the Mission Accomplished bandwagon. He never thought about the chaos that would ensue, or that he didn’t have a good plan, or enough troops, or an exit strategy. And that speech was just to justify the Surge, which was to try to clean up some of his fucking mess.

So to say he predicted the rise of ISIL from this one speech justifying another prolongation of the war he executed so poorly, while ignoring that he caused Iraq to hate us and want us out, that he then signed the agreement for us to leave (against this “prediction”), well, nothing could be more ridiculously a-historical and stupid. But Eric Bolling isn’t stupid, he is willfully refusing to connect the dots, and hoping you are too. And for that, Eric Bolling is Asshole of the Day.

Now Kilmeade and the rest of Fox News are all in on this ridiculous attempt to blame Obama for abiding by an agreement Bush signed, and then pretend Bush predicted ISIL. But we don’t give group awards, and it was Bolling who made the most blatant “Bush was right statement”, which is why we gave it to him.

It is Eric Bolling’s first time as Asshole of the Day, though just one more asshole from Fox News, which has been featured here so many times.

Full story: Media Matters.

The whole thing is just so ridiculous. A month ago I satirized the people who keep trying to pretend that the mess in Iraq in general and ISIL specifically are the fault of Obama with my post A Quick Recap Of The Iraq War And Its Aftermath for those wondering how Obama messed things up. And here they are actually doing something very much like it. Why do they insist on living up to satire?


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Dick Cheney, Asshole of the Day for June 18, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
When ISIS invaded Iraq last week and threw the country into chaos again, I joked:
“ Next up on Fox News: Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld discuss how violence in...

Dick Cheney, Asshole of the Day for June 18, 2014

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When ISIS invaded Iraq last week and threw the country into chaos again, I joked:

Because why would anyone let Cheney or Rumsfeld on the air to discuss Iraq, when they were so instrumental in the arrogance, lying, and incompetence of the Iraq War from 2002-08. Why? And yet those two, plus many of their deputies, have been on the air about foreign policy and military action in the Middle East for the last year on Syria, Iran, and now Iraq. They just won’t shut up, and more troubling, people keep inviting them to weigh in.

And just as I called out former Rep. Joe Walsh for doing what I had previously satirized Republicans for when he claimed catching the Benghazi mastermind was a distraction, this morning I see that Dick Cheney is criticizing someone else on Iraq, while at no time in the last 10 years ever entertained criticism of his own actions in Iraq:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz, the one-time Senate candidate and ex-State Department official, took to the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday to blast President Barack Obama on Iraq.

The Cheneys set a bleak tone right off the bat: “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” they wrote. “Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is ‘ending’ the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality.”

Wow! Apparently Dick Cheney is infected with that disease that keeps Republicans from remembering anything they did or supported or voted for before Obama took office. You know, the way Republicans seem to think that Obama ran up that $3 trillion tab on Iraq and Afghanistan that was never paid for.

But let’s just look at what specifically Cheney is claiming here.

“Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.” I suppose Cheney is correct here if “rarely” means only one other president– Cheney’s boss.

“Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is 'ending’ the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality.” Let’s just make a few substitutions and see if this makes more sense: Too many times to count, Dick Cheney has told us he is winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Yep, that works.

And let us count the ways that Cheney and his pals in the Bush administration were wrong when it came to Iraq and Afghanistan, which, let’s be clear, are Bush’s wars, not Obama’s:

  • Iraq was going to greet us as liberators.
  • Torture works.
  • Iraq has WMDs.
  • Iraq is seeking a nuclear weapon (“mushroom cloud”).
  • The oil will pay for the war.
  • It will, be short, quick, and spectacular.
  • It won’t take away from the Afghanistan war or the hunt for Bin Laden.
  • Mission accomplished.
  • Iraq is governable and won’t be pulled apart by its religious and territorial divisions.
  • Spreading democracy, and not putting in charge a different group of kleptocrats.
  • Iraq was in good shape when Obama took over.
  • We weren’t asked to leave and bound by Bush’s signature to leave, and therefore Obama could have negotiated for us to leave a large contingent of troops there.

Cheney and the rest of the Bush administration lied to get us into that war, but yet they still won’t admit that they did. Now he’s lying to shift blame from himself and his Bush administration cronies onto Obama. Look, if you want to blame someone and not yourself, Mr. Vice President, blame Bush. It’s what every thinking person does, and Bush even called himself “The Decider”.

So, for criticizing Obama’s handling of Iraq without acknowledging how Obama’s hands were tied or how much the Bush administration fucked up Iraq, Dick Cheney is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Dick Cheney’s third time as Asshole of the Day. His previous wins were for criticizing Obama for spending “money on Food Stamps than on a strong military or support for our troops” and for saying Hillary was responsible for Benghazi while never holding himself or any member of the Bush administration responsible for any of the attacks on embassies or 9/11 when they were in office.

Full story: Talking Points Memo


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Ben Carson, Asshole of the Day for June 5, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Dr. Ben Carson is thinking about running for president, and so he must get his name out there and make sure people know where he stands on things. And being a former...

Ben Carson, Asshole of the Day for June 5, 2014

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Dr. Ben Carson is thinking about running for president, and so he must get his name out there and make sure people know where he stands on things. And being a former brain surgeon, of course conservatives are eager to hear him bash Obamacare. And he obliges often– last year he claimed that Obamacare is worse than slavery.

Now since most people don’t watch Fox News, they don’t think of a mandate to buy private health insurance as being the same as an entire people taken from their homes, having the fruits of their labor stolen from them, having their families broken up and sold off for profit, and being beaten and murdered for fun and profit. So naturally people are going to ask why Dr. Carson thinks this. A reporter for the Daily Beast asked him about this, and just listen to what he said next:

He claimed that Obamacare has been even more damaging to the United States than the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

“You said Obamacare was the worst thing since slavery. Why do you think it was worse than 9/11?” I asked him.

“Because 9/11 is an isolated incident,” he answered.

And then the reporter got a chance to press and get clarification:

Me: “Who do you think caused families more pain—Obamacare or Osama bin Laden?”

Carson: “Things that are isolated issues as opposed to things that fundamentally change the United States of America and shift power from the people to the government. That is a huge shift.”

Me: “Right. But what do you think caused specific families more pain—Obamacare or Osama?”

Carson: “You have to take a long-term look at something that fundamentally changes the power structure of America. You have to be someone who reads. Who is well-read. I want you to go back tonight and pull out what Saul Alinsky says about health care under the control of the government.”

He’s actually wrong in both directions here:

  1. He thinks Obamacare hurt more people than 9/11
  2. He thinks 9/11 didn’t “fundamentally changes the power structure of America”

They’re both ridiculous, so let’s take them separately:

Almost 3000 people died on 9/11, but so far no deaths attributable to Obamacare. Neither Dr. Carson nor any of barking idiots on Fox News or in Congress has produced evidence of even a single death due to Obamacare. Sure, they promise “death panels” and a lot of other nonsense, but it’s all talk. Real people died on 9/11. Lot’s of them. There’s plenty of footage; I’ll bet he’s seen it.

9/11 wasn’t just an isolated incident that changed nothing. It changed lots of things. Because of 9/11 George W. Bush started wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We were in Iraq for almost 9 years (2003-11), and we’re still in Afghanistan– it is our country’s longest war. It changed airport security. It meant the hardening of many, many sites in the US. And all these things cost trillions of dollars. Trillions of dollars that have yet to be paid.

9/11 made fundamental changes to the power structure in America. Because of 9/11, all of the intelligence and enforcement divisions of the federal government, foreign and domestic, were reorganized under Homeland Security. Prior to that there was very little if any sharing between departments, now there’s lots. Because of 9/11 the government began collecting large amounts of data and communications, not only of foreign threats, but of many and possibly all Americans. Things have changed. Fundamentally.

Maybe someday you’ll be able to claim that Obamacare has been worse, but it hasn’t been so far, and no amount of bluster and fear-mongering can change that.

So, for claiming that Obamacare has damaged America more than 9/11, Dr. Ben Carson is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Ben Carson’s second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for claiming that the same marriage rights he himself enjoys are “extra rights” that gays are not entitled to.

Full story: The Daily Beast


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Is Condoleezza Rice Asshole of the Day?

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Is Condoleezza Rice asshole of the day for saying America shouldn’t be war weary when it’s her wars they’re weary from?

Condi Rice has joined the tut tutting brigade against Americans who aren’t crazy about fighting yet another war:

“I fully understand the sense of weariness,“ she told a GOP fundraiser Wednesday, according to reports. "I fully understand that we must think: ‘Us, again?’ I know that we’ve been through two wars. I know that we’ve been vigilant against terrorism. I know that it’s hard. But leaders can’t afford to get tired. Leaders can’t afford to be weary.

….Rice said the United States has taken a step back in conflicts including Syria, Ukraine and others. “When America steps back and there is a vacuum, trouble will fill that vacuum,” Rice said.

That’s precious, isn’t it? Maybe Rice should give some thought to the possibility that Americans aren’t weary of war, but weary of dumb, poorly fought wars. Maybe if the administration she served for eight years hadn’t launched two of the dumbest, most mismanaged wars in American history, we wouldn’t all be so weary.

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/03/condi-rice-running-2014-chutzpah-award

Yes, Americans are war weary. Weary from her wars.

Maybe Americans would fight another war, but it would have to be for a very good reason. And not whatever people like she and Bill Kristol and Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney and John McCain want to fight. It would need more than their backing, since those five still have yet to admit that Iraq was a mistake– a mistake in cause, a mistake in execution, and a mistake to take all those resources away from Afghanistan at a critical point which many blame for the sorry state that war is in.

Photo source: US Department of State via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Condoleezza_Rice_cropped.jpg


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Donald Rumsfeld, Asshole of the Day for March 25, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
The Iraq War was a disaster sold on lies. Donald Rumsfeld was front and center on that one. And his arrogance never stopped, no matter how many things he was...

Donald Rumsfeld, Asshole of the Day for March 25, 2014

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The Iraq War was a disaster sold on lies. Donald Rumsfeld was front and center on that one. And his arrogance never stopped, no matter how many things he was wrong on:

  • Wrong on weapons of mass destruction
  • Wrong on number of troops needed to occupy the country
  • Wrong on what it would take to end the war

Wrong, wrong, wrong. So it’s always a shock when he speaks out with an opinion on foreign policy or the military. Since he can’t acknowledge how horribly wrong he was a decade ago, why would we think he’s learned anything from it and can speak reasonably now?

And yet here he is talking about Afghanistan:

“Take for example that we have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world,” the former secretary of defense ranted angrily. “This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement.”

“A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement,” he added. “It does not take a genius.”

Now I’m not sure that Rumsfeld was in the moment thinking about the history of racist comparisons of black men to apes. Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. I’ll leave it as an open question for my readers– was Rumsfeld being racist with this comparison? Leave me a comment on that.
(NOTE: Turns out he uses that exact phrase a lot, and not just for Obama.)

But even if it’s not a racist statement, it’s just so ridiculously arrogant for a man who was at the center of the biggest foreign policy and military fuckup of the last 40 years– the Iraq War– to be complaining about the way someone else does it. The only time I care what Rumsfeld thinks would be if he had the awareness to complain about when someone else was doing what he did and acknowledging what a disaster it was last time.

So for complaining that Obama is not handling foreign policy like the Bush administration did, which was a fucking disaster, Donald Rumsfeld is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Donald Rumsfeld’s second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for saying Obama didn’t act like a commander-in-chief.

Full story: Raw Story


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Is John Kerry Asshole of the Day?

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Is John Kerry asshole of the day for saying Putin’s actions in the Ukraine are 19th century even though Kerry voted for the Iraq invasion?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kerry-russia-ukraine-19th-century

Invading another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests? Hmm… what does that sound like? Oh, yeah. Iraq in 2003.

2003 is this century, not the 19th, Secretary Kerry. And you even voted for that.

Photo source: State Department via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_Kerry_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait.jpg


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