Tag Archives: defense

  team of rivals

Fox & Friends: Republican Senator Not Republican Enough To Win Confirmation To Obama’s Cabinet

There is absolutely nothing President Bablack H. Obamblack can do to make the GOP happy. Putting forward the Heritage Foundation’s pro-business healthcare reform? SOCIALISMS. Proposing the Republican answer to climate change (from back when Republicans believed in climate change), “cap and trade”? The greatest takeover of private enterprise by government the WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN. Possibly nominating former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense or another top NatSec position? Well, let’s see what Fox & Friends’ Gretchen Carlson has to say about THAT: Hagel’s opposition to the 2007 troop surge in Iraq and his accompanying then-Senator Obama on a trip to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2008 means he is “not a typical Republican” and that “could present some obstacles” to his Senate confirmation. Read more on Fox & Friends: Republican Senator Not Republican Enough To Win Confirmation To Obama’s Cabinet…
  very serious people

Washington Post: Work Till You Are Dead Or Iran Will Kill You Anyway

Listen you guys. We know that you were looking forward to retiring at 67, but we just can’t have that because if we do, Iran will get a nuclear weapon and blow us up. This is the ACTUAL ARGUMENT that “Security Analyst” Robert Kagan is making in the Washington Post, so do not laugh (yet) because this is apparently not meant to be funny. It is meant to be a Serious plea for us stupid liberals to be reasonable and compromise with John Boehner in the upcoming “fiscal cliff” negotiations, because if we don’t, Iranians will come kill us and it will be ALL OUR FAULT for refusing to eat cat food and to continue working till we are dead. Read more on Washington Post: Work Till You Are Dead Or Iran Will Kill You Anyway…
  let's have a war

AEI Hack Just Asking If We Should Cut Food Stamps and Give the Money to the Military

Hey you guys, quick question, it’ll only take a minute. Which would you choose, food stamps or the Department of Defense? Because Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, posed this ethnical dilemma in the headline of her op-ed piece over at the Wall Street Journal, and you’ll NEVER GUESS which one she chooses! Actually, to be fair, you just kind of have to guess which one she chooses because she never outright says it; just strongly IMPLIES it. So guess which one she strongly implies? Are you ready? OK, click “read more!” Read more on AEI Hack Just Asking If We Should Cut Food Stamps and Give the Money to the Military…
  deficits don't matter

Republicans Renege On Debt Deal, For A Change

The thing about the deficit is that it will cause the end of the world and is an existential threat to freedom, which is why it is so important to deny entitlements to Poors and Olds. Tax increases for rich people and cuts to the Department of Defense, however — that’s different, THAT’s the kind of deficit that doesn’t matter. See, the deficit can magically tell if the debt is coming from helping Poors, Olds, children, and science (which is the bad kind of debt) or from a bloated military-industrial complex (which is the good kind). Why are we even having to explain this to you at all? Because the Republicans who agreed to a debt deal (to be put off into the Future, which is Now) would like to rewrite it so that the half of the automatic spending cuts that they care about (i.e. high class escorts for all military contractors) miraculously do not go into effect. Because Barack Obama refuses to compromise, obviously. Read more on Republicans Renege On Debt Deal, For A Change…
  visible boehner

Shutdown-Averting ‘Budget Package’ Actually Increases Spending This Year

Last November, the Teabaggers won the House for the Republicans, which meant government spending and all post-18th century bureaucracy was gone forever, yay. Except, that big budget deal that saved us all from government shutdown? It’s going to make the government spend more money this year than if spending had just been left alone, according to the Congressional Budget Office. But that’s because of defense spending, which shouldn’t count, as there can never be too much defense spending. Republicans are still on track to erase Washington, D.C. and its suburbs from the map, right? Read more on Shutdown-Averting ‘Budget Package’ Actually Increases Spending This Year…
  our flourishing economy

Obama Reveals New Budget That Won’t Be Approved

President Obama unveiled his 2012 budget proposal today, and everybody who pays attention to these things said, “Eh, too much/not enough.” Even with the tax increases for the wealthy and the humble request that U.S. multinationals occasionally pay a few dollars of tax and the savage cuts to programs that help the very poorest people in America do things like pay their heating bills so they don’t freeze to death in the winter, this proposal would still find our United States with the largest deficit in post-WWII History: 11% of America’s GDP — the highest since World War II. So what, right? “Deficits don’t matter,” that’s what Dick Cheney always said. Anyway, $3.7 trillion dollars. That is a lot! Yet, a trillion dollars will be cut, over the next decade. What does any of this even mean? It means Eric Cantor does not approve, that’s what. Read more on Obama Reveals New Budget That Won’t Be Approved…
  he also knows about the holograms

Ben ‘Big Gay Wario’ Nelson Offers Crucial Support To ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Repeal

Monstrous Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson is being very liberal again, just like he was when he “jumped the shark” and personally added “free abortions for all” to the health care bill last year. This time around, he is planning to vote “yes” in committee on the fancy new “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” compromise, giving the gays “15 of 28 committee votes they say they need to add the repeal as an amendment to the annual defense spending bill.” Why is Ben Nelson suddenly turning his back on Real Americans such as Nebraskan farmers? Read more on Ben ‘Big Gay Wario’ Nelson Offers Crucial Support To ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Repeal…
  whoa hey

SENATE APPROVES GAY HATE CRIMES/WAR BILL: The Senate finally approved after 10 billion years a measure to include gay people and all sorts of wacky gender hybrids under the “hate crimes umbrella,” as part of a massive massive war/death/killing Defense Appropriations bill. Now gays can get married! [NYT] Read more on …
  stop being mean to dick cheney

Al Franken Saves Ladies From Rape! Republicans Upset

Al Franken is like the best Senator ever, maybe. Here he talking for seven minutes yesterday about his amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would defund KBR (Halliburton) or any other contractor that forces its employees to waive their rights to criminal or civil cases when they get abused or — as was the case of one KBR employee in Iraq — gang-raped by their co-workers. The amendment passed, 68-30! Thirty Republican males voted against it. They thought Al Franken was just being mean to Halliburton because of Dick Cheney and politics. DID YOU KNOW THAT AL FRANKEN USED TO BE A COMEDIAN, AND NOW HE’S A SENATOR? It’s true. [Think Progress] Read more on Al Franken Saves Ladies From Rape! Republicans Upset…
  so much for reclaiming gop positions

Obama Forces Uppity Republican To Run The Army

New York Republican Rep. John McHugh, ranking GOP member of the House Armed Services Committee, wrote this thing for The Hill yesterday that very politely and professionally urged his fellow Republicans to hit Barack Obama hard over Iran, North Korea, the Defense budget, and various other foreign policy issues that the President is a chit-chatty pussy about. Barack Obama didn’t much care for these “tips,” so he kidnapped McHugh from his home last night and ordered him to become his new Secretary of the Army. And now play time’s over for John McHugh, for there will be no more of his fanciful “Help the Republican party!” schoolyard dalliances in The Hill, ever again. [NYT] Read more on Obama Forces Uppity Republican To Run The Army…
  how to war

Why Does Barack Obama Want To Eliminate All Defense Spending By Increasing Defense Spending?

JESUS CHRIST Republicans get away with everything when it comes to Warring, hmm? Barack Obama and Bob Gates raised defense spending by 4%, or $20 billion, for the new budget, but made cuts to missile defense programs — that would exist only so Sarah Palin could pretend that she’s shooting down Putin’s flying dick from outer space — and killed $140 billion in F-22 RAPTOR DEATH PLANE contractor looting schemes. The “new money” will be focused on Iraq and Afghanistan. And yet this has all been parlayed rather easily, on the teevee, into, “Why is Barack Obama not giving the Pentagon a single dollar, and why does he want to lose more wars?” [Washington Monthly, TPM] Read more on Why Does Barack Obama Want To Eliminate All Defense Spending By Increasing Defense Spending?…
  warmongers

Who Will Be Obama’s Token Republican Cabinet Member?

Our nation’s Presidents have a long and glorious history of promising “bipartisan healing” and such when it comes to Cabinet appointments. They say they will appoint members of the opposition party to important positions and then they give some toothless middle-of-the-roader an invisible Cabinet post that nobody cares about. Remember Norman Mineta, the Democratic transportation secretary in the early George W. Bush years? No? That’s because he was completely boring and unimportant. (He did have an airport named after him, though! A terrible airport.) Our future President Barack Obama plans to follow in this grand tradition, with one Clintonesque twist: Just like Bill Clinton did, he’ll let a Republican have the high-profile job of Defense Secretary. Read more on Who Will Be Obama’s Token Republican Cabinet Member?…