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Just when you thought Republicans couldn't sink any lower, they ask Dick Cheney, the guy who screwed up Iraq, for advice on how to fix Iraq.

Seriously, I'm not kidding.

On Tuesday afternoon, the former Vice President spoke to House Republicans at a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill, where he urged them to take a hard line in the fight against ISIS.

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The meeting was basically the GOP's version of a pep rally, and Cheney spent most of the time bashing "isolationists" and talking about how the Bush administration put the U.S. in a position to "win" in Iraq.

Naturally, of course, he said nothing about how everything that's going wrong in the Middle East right now can be tied back to the Bush administration.

According to the New York Times, "[Cheney] did not discuss the fact that many ISIS leaders were former Iraqi military officers who were imprisoned by American troops, nor did he dwell on the sectarian divisions and bloodletting since the 2003 American invasion."

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Excuse me for a second while I go barf.

Dick Cheney has absolutely zero business giving anyone advice on anything, and if there's anyone who deserves to be shunned from American public life for the rest of his existence, it's him.

Amazingly, though, Republicans don't seem to care. They're just thrilled that Cheney took some time out of his very busy warmongering schedule to come and speak to them.

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger, for example, told the Guardian that Cheney's speech to Republicans yesterday "was a great message, something we needed to hear" and said that he hoped it "was an awakening that we have to be very strong."

Unbelievable. Are these people living in an alternate universe or something? It's like the past 11 years just didn't happen as far as they're concerned.

Dick Cheney is a war criminal and a liar, and should be rotting in a prison cell in The Hague, not giving motivational speeches to Republican lawmakers who're trying to look tough during an election year.

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The fact that he isn't in jail, though, and the fact that he is making motivational speeches shows how badly we've never come to terms with either the Bush administration or its crimes.

And that's a big problem.

When we, the supposed leaders of the free world, don't punish the worst political criminals in our history, it sets a terrible example for the rest of the world.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War (more...)
 
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