Until We Find ONE WMD in Iraq, Republicans Should Really Calm Down a Bit About “Obamacare”

bush-head-scratchAnyone who follows my writing knows that I believe Republicans are some of the most hypocritical individuals on the planet.  But they’re not strictly limited to hypocrisy.  I find many times they completely contradict themselves and often reek of irony.

One such example of their irony (and hypocrisy) is their “outrage” about the fact that some Americans won’t be allowed to keep their current health insurance (because it doesn’t meet the minimum standards established under the Affordable Care Act) despite the fact that President Obama said they would be able to.

Well, President Obama misspoke.  Did he lie?  I guess some might say he did, but I just don’t see it that way.  He simply didn’t include the phrase, “If your current plan meets the basic requirements under the new healthcare law.”  The requirements weren’t hidden, so by him omitting that phrase it meant each individual would have had to inquire with their health insurance provide themselves to find out the sustainability of their current insurance plan.

However, for Republicans to say that a president not being fully honest about something is deplorable and condemnable is absolutely astounding.

The party of President George W. Bush — I’m sure everyone remembers him.  The man who started a war on the promise that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.  Otherwise known as “WMD’s.”

Their president took our nation to war on the pretense that we were going to find stockpiles of dangerous weapons which posed a gigantic threat to the United States and our allies.  He promised us that Iraq was a threat to our freedom and was a breeding ground for terrorism.

Which, of course, were all absolute lies.

Iraq never had any weapons of mass destruction.  Iraq was never a real threat to the United States.  And if you want to talk about a breeding ground for terrorism, that’s what Iraq has turned into since our invasion.  And I’m just talking about his lies about WMD’s in Iraq — I haven’t even touched on the fact that Bush promised us his tax cuts would balance our budget and bring us to economic prosperity.

Then let’s not forget about his little flight suit spectacle (paid for by taxpayer money, by the way) where he declared “Mission Accomplished” — which was another lie.

So what did Bush’s lie cost?  Over 4,000 troops killed, tens of thousands more wounded (many of them for the rest of their lives) and countless dead Iraqi civilians.  Then let’s not forget about the trillions his wars and unfunded tax cuts added to our national debt.

Now they want to act appalled and outraged because President Obama wasn’t completely honest about some Americans being able to keep their old insurance?  And the worst thing that happens with that “lie” is that people are now forced to buy more comprehensive health coverage at (for some) a higher premium.

So, in the mind of many Republicans, lying about a war which resulted in over 4,000 brave American soldiers being sent to their deaths is acceptable, but neglecting to be completely detailed about the ability for some Americans to be allowed to keep their current health insurance—that is a horrific lie!

Maybe Republicans might want to take a step back and a deep breath.  Because while Obama misleading Americans about their health insurance is inexcusable, at least he didn’t lie about the pretense for war that resulted in the death of over 4,000 Americans.

Which is exactly what the president they voted for twice did.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Mike Armstrong

    While I like this article alot I disagree about one thing.WMD’s you said Iraq never had them, while they maynot of had nukes they did have Biological and chemical weapons which are WMDs. I know this because Ronnie Raygun sold them to Iraq. He even used them on the Kurds in Northern Iraq. So lets not totally misrepresent things. We went to Iraq over a family fued and oil, under the guise of WMDs. Easy line to sell because we sold them to Sadam.

    • Mr Smith

      The weapons that had been sold to Iraq by the United States had been documented as being destroyed by the UN. They had UN weapons inspectors in the country just prior to the war and had almost completed their inspection. They were not allowed to complete their inspection because then they (the Bush administration) would not have had grounds for an invasion for the purpose of stealing Iraq’s resources, antiquities and line the pockets of military contractors like Halliburton.
      Just prior to the invasion Hussein went on TV begging to allow the inspectors to do their job, he begged to not invade that he would do anything asked of him to avoid a war that he knew he would lose and destroy his country. So no, he did not have weapons of mass destruction.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        don’t U DARE bring that up to the regressive trash which watches FOX “news” as they will label U an anti-American commie Kenyan martian

  • Wm G Smith

    forward thinking? Kind of ironic isn’t it. I mean, for “progressive” liberals to make that claim stick, they shouldn’t keep going back to blame Bush for everything Oabama screws up. It’s sad and pathetic. It’s not even logical. Little op-ed pieces like this are only written up to help deflect responsibility from a (current) president who has never told the truth…not even once.

    • Angel Rivera

      The problem with the right is that they don’t care about truth but about winning. This article is about the hypocrisy about holding Obama to one standard and Bush at another. The truth is that Bush serves as a measuring stick since he was the most recent president.

      This article is about the double standard. President make mistakes. I don’t blame Bush for 9-11, since we have never had an attack of such magnitude. The embassies attacks could not have been prevented since the attacker has the initiative. But when the same republican politicians look the other way, then harp about Benghazi i get only one conclusion. That all their attacks are bullsh*t of the first degree. They don’t care about the people since many people have died in the other attacks and they did not hold Bush responsible with the same failures.

      • 2Smart2bGOP

        I absolutely blame Bush for 9/11; he was given intelligence by the Clinton administration that “Osama bin Ladin was determined to strike within the United States,” and Bush blew it off. Completely disregarded it and within the next couple of months, the towers were hit. Bush and Cheney and company have the blood of thousands on their hands. And wm smith is a worthless, rightwing troll, best to be ignored, as he’s got nothing but FOX “News” talking points.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        If Gore had been president on 9/11, Republicans would have been howling for his impeachment and execution on the White House lawn. Because it happened under Bush, the Republicans said, “Gee, how could we have known.”

    • Maggie May Bowen

      First off It’s President Obama learn to spell you ass! Second, are you Joking ?My cousin has served 3 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan under Bush he has suffered physical and mental anguish and seen many civilian and military casualties in that war, so yes I think i will keep going back to Bush! For you to sit here and say we “Keep blaming Bush” is idiotic he was in office for 8 years and he only left office 4 years and some change ago.It’s not like progressives or democrats or liberals whatever label you choose to hurl our way, are blaming Nixon for our current situation. Nixon was in office 30 years ago not in my lifetime or my children’s lifetime both republican presidents by the way that committed war crimes and lied to the American people about the wars they were fighting. Oh and before you say it Yes I’m aware that LBJ, a Democrat, took us into Vietnam but Nixon broadened the war and bombed more countries in his tenure before he finally pulled out and before he was forced to resign the presidency in shame.I’m speaking about Cambodia,and Laos. We, the majority of Americans, by the way were never obstructionist when Bush Sr or Jr were in office. When lil Bush was in office and anyone spoke up against the war or criticized him or his policies,they were called traitors and unpatriotic. You on the other hand and your Regressive republican party call President Obama all kinds of names and spread lies and fear monger. You want to block anything that President Obama tries to put forward. The only reason that republicans have a majority in the House is due to gerrymandering. The country overwhelmingly ELECTED THEN REELECTED President Obama! The republicans are subverting the will of the people of this country! If you were a true patriot get out of the way and stop trying to block everything and show that you love your country above your party! President Obama hasn’t lied. Have you read the ACA or anything that wasn’t given to you by Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh or some talking head of Fox News? I doubt that you have because had you you would have seen the provisions in there for the standard of care the insurance was to provide. The ACA by the way was a major compromise with republicans. If the bill that he wanted to get pushed through that had the support of the left would have gotten through you would really be pissed!

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        LBJ was playing “Whose dick is bigger.” Nothing worse than engaging in a war because of ego. But, back then, we libs knew Vietnam was a colossal blunder.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Because Bush largely IS responsible for everything. What did the Republicans do in eight years for the uninsured? Gave tax cuts to the rich.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        and screwed the post office,,,,,,, and had lowest job creation in decades,,,and PRAISE JEEEESUS

    • regressive rightwing trash

      hows that 2016 Hillary “thang” looking for all U white trash regressive Christians scum? ted cruz/sarah palin ticket anyone??

      • Byte187

        All we have to do is stop the democrat voter fraud, and they will never win another national election. At least, not in my or your lifetime. How’s that voter ID “thang” looking for all U useful idiots?

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  • $71171541

    Silly libs, the war was bi-partisan.

    • Maggie May Bowen

      Yes and voted on due to lies from the Bush administration and the overwhelming fear that the country was in post 9/11.

      • Byte187

        So, you’re saying Bush was smarter than every democrat senator and congress critter? None of them could read the intelligence reports and think for themselves, huh?

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        No, Bush wasn’t smarter and the intelligence reports were cooked.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Only because Bush intimidate them by saying, “You’re either with us or the terrorists.” Most Democrats have no spine.

      In the House,215 Republicans voted Yes, 6 No and 2 Present; 81 Democrats voted Yes, 126 No (61% of the delegation) and 1 Present; the sole Independent voted No. The final vote was 296 Yes (69% of the House), 133 No, and 3 Present. A majority of House Democrats voted No.

      In the Senate,28 Democrats voted Yes (56% of the delegation, including Senators Clinton, Kerry, Edwards, Biden, Bayh, and Daschle) and 22 voted No; 49 Republicans voted Yes and one voted No (Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island).Note that the Democrats controlled the Senate and could have postponed a vote on the Resolution until after the November election.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      crybaby white trash regressive: the war was useless and YOUR repub LIAR wasted our money and lives on it— also unleashing IRAN as Hussein was deathly feared by IRAN,,,now that he is gone IRAN is again apain in our–and ISRAELS- ass. VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

      • $71171541

        I’m actually a veteran of the war so if anybody should be outraged it should be me. I’m also not a Republican. I voted for Obama in 08. Don’t really see the difference between him and Bush.

      • $71171541

        Also, maybe you should look up some quotes by the Clintons and other Democrats about Iraq. They were in complete favor of intervention. No major difference between the foreign policies of Democrats and Republicans.

  • Byte187

    It’s funny that the author of this article complains about republican hypocrisy, while he himself is being hypocritical. There are so many corrections to be made to this article, but I’ll limit my post to only a couple points.

    Let’s start here: “Well, President Obama misspoke. Did he lie? I guess some might say he did, but I just don’t see it that way. He simply didn’t include the
    phrase, ‘If your current plan meets the basic requirements under the new
    healthcare law.'” When obama made the same statement dozens of times, “if you like your current plan, you can keep it,” he finished the statement with the word “PERIOD.” As I’m sure you already know, when you end a statement with “PERIOD,” you’re explicitly saying, there is nothing more to be added to this statement. No caveats, no exceptions, nothing.

    You can blindly back your guy all you want, but a lie is a lie, and your hypocrisy is showing.

    My last point is about Iraq and WMD. The United States Congress had access to the same intelligence reports that bush had. Many democrats, including your beloved hillary voted in favor of invading Iraq. In other words, it was not the unilateral decision made by bush that you try to make it out to be. In fact, as a Presidential candidate, hillary defended her Iraq war vote.

    One last point about WMD. You know those chemical weapons recently used in Syria? Where do you think those came from? I’d be willing to bet they’re the same WMD that walked across the border from IRAQ when America gave notice to hussein that we were on our way. When you say “we didn’t find WMD in Iraq, therefore, no WMD existed there,” you sound foolish. Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      The Iraq intelligence was cooked. Remember “yellow cake uranium?” Steve King STILL thinks Iraq bought it from Niger, as of this week.

      • Byte187

        Cooked, eh? Would you care to expand on that claim? Maybe tell us, cooked by whom? How? Do you have anything more than the B.S. be shoveled down your throat from the likes of rachel madcow, jon stewart, bill maher, et al?

        And by the way; if five years into obama’s presidency, you’re still blaming bush for the state of the union, when will it be time to blame obama for anything?

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Try this one that starts: “WASHINGTON (CNN) — In a scathing report on the intelligence community, a presidential commission Thursday said the
        United States still knows “disturbingly little” about the weapons programs and intentions of many of its “most dangerous adversaries.”…

        “…The panel — called the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction — formally presented its report to Bush on Thursday morning.
        http://ww DOT cnn DOT com/2005/POLITICS/03/31/intel.report/

      • Byte187

        You’re referring me to this to show me how bush cooked the intelligence reports? Did bush and the congress read the same reports or not? Correct me if I’m wrong, but it sounds like you’re suggesting that bush WROTE the reports, fooling congress into voting for military action against Iraq.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Man to accountant: What is 2 + 2.
        Accountant: What do you want it to be.

        Bush may not have written the reports himself but he believed what Cheney told him to believe. History has supported the idea that Bush lied to get us into Iraq and it was a colossal failure. Not my problem if you have an aversion to reality.

      • Byte187

        You prove my point every time you type a reply to me on here, and you don’t even realize it.

        I especially like this line. “History has supported the idea that Bush lied to get us into Iraq and it was a colossal failure.”

        History has supported the idea? HISTORY? Yes, history, as told by msnbc, and gobbled up by the willfully blind, useful idiots.

        And then you topped it all off with this gem. “Not my problem if you have an aversion to reality.” HAHAHA

        Thanks again for the laughs.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        You don’t have a point to prove. And I don’t watch MSNBC. Nor do I watch CNN.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Because I think the state of the union is far better after 5 years of Obama. Bush wrecked it; Obama fixed it. Or don’t you think going from an unemployment rate of 10% in October 2009 to a 7.3% unemployment rate in October 2013 despite absolutely no help and unending obstruction on the part of the Republicans is an improvement? Is there anything that would make you happy???

      • Byte187

        I especially like the price of gasoline going from $1.85 on inauguration day in 2009 to $3.25 today, and as much as $4.00 during obama’s administration.

        For the record, I’m not a republican or democrat, nor a bush apologist. I just like making fun of dummies who smack of hypocrisy while complaining about hypocrisy. It’s funny, and I like to laugh.

        Yes, it would make me happy if blind followers, such as you and the writer of this article would break away from your brainwashing and love/support your country, not a person or a party. I’ll ask you a simple question. Is there anything that obama or hillary could do that would make you stop supporting them? I doubt it.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Any idea why gas was so low on inauguration day? Bad economy and no one was buying. Also:

        Gas under Bush Sept 2008: $3.96
        Gas under Obama Sept 2012: $3.85

        Gas under Bush January 2005: $2.10
        Gas under Obama Jsnuary 2009: $1.79

        Prices adjusted for inflation.
        Next stupid assumption?

        Source: http://www DOT mercurynews DOT com/presidentelect/ci_21571036/chart-gas-prices-under-obama-and-bush

      • Byte187

        All you’ve managed to point out here is, inflation under obama has skyrocketed. Not quite what you meant to point out, is it?

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        You have not proven inflation under Obama has skyrocketed. The latest inflation rate is 1.2%. It was 1.6% January 2013. Not exactly skyrockets. More like a lead balloon. Inflation was 4.7% in September 2005.

        One adjusts for inflation because you cannot compare dollars year to year (or even month to month) unless you adjust for inflation.

        You are a total moron, but I think we all know that.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        “I’ll ask you a simple question. Is there anything that obama or hillary could do that would make you stop supporting them?”

        Is there anything Republicans could do to make me support them? I doubt it. And what makes you think I don’t love my country?

      • Byte187

        You just can’t answer that question, can you? It’s alright, we already know the answer.

        I question your love for your country because of your willfully blind and undying support of your party. It’s really easy to see.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        First mistake is assuming I have a party. I’m an independent; I don’t trust either side. And it’s not up to you to pass judgement on my love of country, as I would not pass judgement on you. What’s your beef, son?

  • regressive rightwing trash

    and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, do not forget this lil tidbit: by killing Hussein the good old GW bush and CO removed the beast that was keeping IRAN under wraps and IRAN was petrified of Hussein and his armada of tanks and superior military. NOW— thanks 2 the GW BUSH ( and c0) regime we now have the rising of the hated phoenix (IRAN) which is NOW again causing REAL problems to our ally ( ISRAEL) ,,,,lets all hear it for those rightwing policies!!! YAAAY regressive white trash republican scum!!! YAAAY

  • Byte187

    You people are so entertaining to read. One of you geniuses explain this riddle for me. Five years into obama’s presidency, everything is still bush’s fault. Yet, 8 months into bush’s presidency, 9/11 happened — an act of terrorism on American soil that took years of planning, all during clinton’s presidency — and it was not clinton’s fault. It too, was bush’s fault. How does that work?

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Because it was Bush’s fault but you guys like to pretend it never happened. Bush wrecked the economy with a ruinous tax cut, two unfunded wars, an unfunded Medicare drug benefit and looking the other way while Wall Street got into the subprime market looking for better returns during a period of record-low interest rates. And before you bring up “de Democrats made me do it,” remember Bush’s speeches about the “ownership society.” http://www DOT nytimes DOT com/2008/12/21/business/worldbusiness/21iht-admin.4.18853088.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

      If your Republican buddies had just said, “We’re sorry we wrecked the economy and we’ll do everything we can to make it right,” instead of “We’re not sorry we wrecked the economy and we’ll do everything in our power to obstruct everything Obama comes up with,” we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

      You are the same people who believe we magically developed a $10 trillion dollar debt on January 20 2009 and also ignored Al Gore when he told the Bush administration that Al Qaeda was a threat because they were itching to go into Iraq.

      • Byte187

        You are so totally lost. I’m not going to waste much more of my time teaching you recent American history that you should already know. I’m fully aware of where your information comes from, and therefore, what your beliefs are.

        Do yourself a favor. Go read about Barney Frank (D) and Christopher Dodd (D). Try to find a source without any political slant, and find out what really caused the collapse in the housing market and financial institutions. You blame bush for “looking the other way,” but you don’t blame the actors who actually caused it? You’re making this too easy for me.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        SOrry dude, but the commission that looked into the collapse blamed Wall Street, not the Democrats. Otherwise you are telling me Bush was too stupid to do anything about it (which is entirely plausible but doesn’t help your argument.).

        Your side fucked up which is why Obama won TWICE.

  • Flip3206

    Bush didn’t lie—he just believed questionable intelligence reports. We invaded Iraq based on shaky intelligence, at a time when North Korea was proclaiming that it had nuclear weapons and Iran was building breeder reactors—the only kind of reactor that can produce the materials needed for nuclear weapons—claiming that they were “needed” for generating electricity. He ignored two definite red flags in favor of a maybe.

    Obama either lied about people being able to keep their current health insurance policies, or he failed to amend his statement once the final bill was passed. And “being forced to buy more comprehensive insurance at a higher premium” is one of the many things that’s wrong with the so-called Affordable Care Act. The WHOLE POINT of health care reform is to DECREASE health care costs, or at the VERY LEAST stop them from rising so quickly. The ACA failed to achieve the former. It remains to be seen if it will achieve the latter.