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Dick Cheney - Stumping or Stumbling for the GOP?

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chutzpah - (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity

When I heard Rachael Maddow mention this on her Air America show I almost couldn't believe my ears. But then I found the story on Yahoo News... There it was in black-and-white... Dick Cheney, at a GOP fundraiser in Tampa, telling people to keep Republicans in office in this election BECAUSE of the violence in the Middle East. I figured this has to be the definition of 'Chutzpah'... I had to look it up in the dictionary... Perhaps I'd see Dick Cheney's face!

Dick Cheney has to be one of the biggest embarrassments in the Republican Party. Everyone in the world knows he's a fascist neo-conservative who hasn't gotten anything right with respect to Middle East politics. We weren't greeted as liberators, Iraq's oil isn't paying for its own liberation, and the insurgency certainly isn't in its "last throes". And Dick Cheney's most notable accomplishment over the past year is shooting a hunting buddy in the face.

This man is a disgrace in every sense of the word. He bailed out of every opportunity to serve in the military when he had the chance (was it 5 deferments or 6, Dick?). And after 9/11, he help engineer the most catastrophic foreign policy blunder of all time for the United States of America.

No need to go after Osama bin Laden - the one who actually engineered the attack of September the 11th (or so we're told). Instead, let's redirect our resources and military might to attack/conquer a small sovereign nation which was no threat to us at all. Sounds like a great idea, huh? Just package together a bunch of lies, sell it to the nation, and voila - a green light to kick the hornet's nest in the Middle East.

Never mind that Dick Cheney is personally profiting from all this war as a major player in the Military Industrial Complex. Sure, he's no longer the CEO of Halliburton, but he's still receiving compensation. And I suppose it's just a coincidence that Halliburton has been receiving multi-billion dollar, NO-BID contracts for work in Iraq. And if that wasn't bad enough, we've heard so much about the fraud, waste, mismanagement, and missing billions of dollars.

Dick Cheney has a hell of a lot of chutzpah trying to convince anyone that voting Republican now is the best course after the Republicans (and he) completely and utterly f**ked up this entire region of the planet. But keep stumpin' for the GOP'ers Dick. In fact, keep your profile as high as possible (your subterranean approval ratings are the subject of folklore). That's the best way to help the Democrats get back in power!
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Scott Shuster is a progressive columnist, publishing since May of 2005. His liberal ideology is a refreshing diversion from 'politics as usual' in Washington.
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