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Paul Gigot, of The Wall Street Journal, bringing the Cande

* IMPORTANT: Since 2007, Rupert Murdoch has owned The Wall Street Journal.

Longtime enabler of conservative causes and political corruption, the Op-Ed department of The Wall Street Journal serves up another text-book example of Sophistry 101. In his book review of Dick Cheney’s memoir, In My Time, Paul Gigot omits the name “Osama bin Laden,” never mentions the words “Iraq Study Group” report, and pays a backward slap in the face to President Obama for actually finding and killing Osama bin Laden, the man most responsible for the attacks of 9-11…September 11, 2001.



EXCERPT from the Paul Gigot Op-Ed featured in The Wall Street Journal:

“Especially instructive is Mr. Cheney’s chapter on the 2007 Iraq surge and what a controversial and close-run decision it was inside the administration…..Mr. Bush deserves ultimate credit for endorsing the surge, but Mr. Cheney recounts how the White House staff and even the president himself were hedging their bets.”

The so-called “surge” was bullshit! General Shinseki recommended 300,000 troops to properly secure Iraq in 2003, instead of the roughly 150,000 that Bush, Cheney and Rummy used.



Then in 2006, James Baker (adviser to father Bush when he was president) had to come in as a part of the Iraq Study Group report to recommend increased troop levels in Iraq. George W. Bush had to be told what to do. They made a printed book out of the Iraq Study Group and sold it in book stores at the time. Finally, months after the Iraq Study Group, George W. Bush added troops in Iraq – the so-called “surge.”  Bush & Co. made a colossal clusterf*ck of the Iraq occupation…they didn’t do it right the first time and had to have their hands held to get them going in the right direction. But Paul Gigot doesn’t see it that way, I guess.




“’We could, however, support a short-term redeployment or surge of American combat forces to stabilize Baghdad,’ the [Iraq Study Group] report added, ‘or to speed up the training and equipping mission, if the U.S. commander in Iraq determines that such steps would be effective.’”

Oh, not to mention, it was Dick Cheney’s idea for the second round of the Bush Tax Cuts, all of which add up to approximately $1 Trillion in lost revenue that we could have been using for our schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, and on and on. The Conservative Calamity of the 2000s continues…thanks in part to the support of demagogues and sophists like those at the Op-Ed page of The Wall Street Journal.

EXCERPT from the Paul Gigot Op-Ed featured in The Wall Street Journal:

“Mr. Obama may not want to admit it, but his success against al Qaeda owes more to Dick Cheney than it does to his own campaign agenda.”

Or Paul Gigot may have been metaphorically talking out of his ass when he wrote that sentence.

Here’s Paul Gigot contorting the truth about the basis for the Bush administration’s lies about WMD in Iraq. Reminder: several Bush administration officials – George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, etc. – went on Sunday morning talks shows and other televised events to repeat “He’s got ’em…Iraq’s reconstituted weapons program…nuclear capability…we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.” And now here’s Paul Gigot – the classic enabler in a dysfunctional relationship – covering up the lies for his lover, the Republican party. In as plain English as I can state it, Paul Gigot is full of shit.

WARNING: Read the below excerpt from The Wall Street Journal with a high degree of skepticism, for it was written by a bullshit artist, named Paul Gigot:

“One major mistake was her decision—and Mr. Hadley’s—to apologize for the 16 words in the 2003 State of Union address mentioning Iraq’s attempt to acquire uranium ore in Niger. This was the basis for Joseph Wilson’s accusation that the Bush administration had ‘lied’ about WMD in Iraq. Mr. Cheney says that he opposed an apology, not least because the claim was ‘well-founded,’ as a British intelligence review later concluded. Ms. Rice was attempting to appease the Iraq critics, which of course only set them baying more loudly. Thus began the long hunt for heads, culminating in a special prosecutor who indicted Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, for lying about who leaked the name of Mr. Wilson’s wife, CIA official Valerie Plame.”

What Paul Gigot fails to mention is that there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Paul Gigot also decides to ignore the fact that Osama bin Laden was hiding out in Afghanistan/Pakistan the whole time, while we were giving hundreds of billions of our tax dollars to politically connected military contractors in another part of the world. For example, Dick Cheney’s Halliburton got a $7 billion no-bid contract to feed our troops in Baghdad and pump the oil out of Iraq. Halliburton, through its one-time subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), got other no-bid contracts in Iraq too!

Another excerpt from the same Paul Gigot Op-Ed :

“Dick Cheney was relentless and unapologetic in pursuit of his policy goals—and Americans are safer for it….

Americans are safer because Dick Cheney was willing to be hated by all the right people.”

That’s more bullshit from Paul Gigot. The Iraq war unnecessarily wasted $1 Trillion…unnecessarily killed over 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians…and unnecessarily killed over 4,000 U.S. soldiers. We are not safer as a country when we waste precious resources, like human lives and hundreds of billions of dollars, that then create undue personal heartache and  a gaping hole of a deficit in our national budget. But hey, Paul Gigot writes for The Wall Street Journal…of course he’s writing about Dick Cheney’s memoir from a business angle.

More money when it’s “War 4 Oil”!

Not just Halliburton, but also Carlyle

Bush cronies keep lining their pockets

Business is a gun, they’re happy to cock it

* Reminder: the majority of 9-11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia; and none of them were from Iraq. Al Qaeda had no connection with Iraq, until we invaded. Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11. The Iraq War is a waste of time, money and resources. We, as a country, are still cleaning up the multiple messes left behind in the destructive wake of Bush, Cheney, and the neo-conservative hegemony of the 2000s.



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If you don’t recall the absurdity of the George W. Bush years, when oil men took over our country and started a false war to invade Iraq’s oil-rich country, watch this clip:

Wrong-way George>>>Breaking up the terrorist training camps in Afghanistan: good. Letting Osama bin Laden escape: bad. Starting a false war in Iraq for the majority benefit of military contractors, like Dick Cheney’s Halliburton: priceless.


Remember, it took the Democratic president, Barack Obama, in order to get Osama bin Laden.


Read more: https://fandecande.wordpress.com/?s=emerald

Imperial  Life in the Emerald City paperback cover

I personally recommend the non-fiction book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran. His reporting is thoroughly researched and substantiated with numerous, highly accredited, named sources. Mr. Chandrasekaran writes with illuminating facility to defog both the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the subsequent occupation that continues to this day.

* Less oil flowed out of Iraq during the first 4 years of the U.S. occupation (2003-2007), because insurgents blew up and otherwise sabotaged the oil pipelines. The Bush administration did not send in enough troops to properly secure the country, so the streets in Baghdad and other Iraqi neighborhoods became bloodier and less stable every day of those first 4 years of occupation. Remember, we were not dealing with a country with a powerhouse military. Iraq had no standing army. The Bush White House completely mismanaged the occupation of Iraq.

The Bush White House also completely mismanaged our economy at home…

Read more: https://fandecande.wordpress.com/?s=taibbi


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