August 10, 2014 3:02 pm -


Dick Cheney says you can’t blame George W. Bush anymore. He’s wrong.  The reason ISIS is committing genocide in Iraq is because we went into a hornet’s nest, assassinated Sadam Hussein, and made the country more vulnerable to terrorists. We never seem to learn that our involvement in the affairs of countries that are no threat to us never ends well.  Bush’s invasion of Iraq is the worst foreign policy decision since Viet Nam. It may wind up being even worse, depending upon how many years the disastrous effects of his policy continue. Dick Cheney is dead wrong, as usual.

Cheney lashed out again at President Barack Obama on Sunday, repeatedly accusing him of projecting “weakness” abroad and “crippling” the U.S. military.

The frequent Obama critic told radio show host and GOP megadonor John Catsimatidis that he traces “most” of the problems of Washington to the current administration.

“They can’t blame George Bush anymore,” Cheney quipped on AM 970 The Answer’s “The Cats Roundtable.” “I think he’s been a failure as a president. I think the scandals, wth respect to the Veterans Administration, with respect to the IRS, these are bad situations.”

According to Cheney, all future problems will also be Obama’s fault because he cut back on the military, crippling future presidents:

“They’re dramatically cutting back the defense budget, year after year after year,” he said. “That’s a terrible precedent to set because it’s going to cripple us in future years. When you make decisions about the defense budget, and especially when you’re cutting back on it, you are crippling your successors as president.”

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

65 responses to It Is Bush’s Fault

  1. edmeyer_able August 10th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Because invading a nation that posed no direct threat to us and putting 2 wars on a credit card is the only way to run a country.

    • gingerdog August 10th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Yes. 9/11 wasn’t threatening, was it?

      • Bj August 10th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

        What did Iraq have to do with 9/11?

        • No way out August 10th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

          Never mind B.J Ginger is fact deficient and revisionist thick

      • edmeyer_able August 10th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        Please proceed, do tell us what Iraq had to do with 9/11 and be sure to explain why W let bin laden escape Tora Bora?

        • granpa.usthai August 10th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

          Iraq – 9/11 – needed to form ‘media’ friendship between two Mideast enemies.

          GW didn’t ‘let’ OBL escape Tora Bora without knowing about where he was at, but the drive on the eighth hole was, well -not nearly as good as our current POTUS, but then, that’s pretty much par for the course for everything else Presidential is it not?
          Including embarking and disembarking on AF-1. It’s almost as if this POTUS were KING OF AMERICA! Sometimes I think the Flying Palace was built just for this POTUS. I do so hope the Feds give it to him when he retires as a gift from a grateful people so he doesn’t have to worry about getting his socks wet walking back to Honolulu.

          • Patricia Stidham-Burns August 11th, 2014 at 12:08 am

            Read much?

      • fancypants August 10th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        ask cheney ? he could have easily avoided 911 since he was in the whitehouse before the disaster. At least one was taken down in shanksville pa.

      • Cosmic_Surfer August 10th, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        9/11 and Iraq – nothing at all to do with each other…Try again.

      • William August 10th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

        What did Iraq have to do with 911?

        • granpa.usthai August 10th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

          It blossomed a media inspired friendship between Saddam and Osama, who would have continued being enemies had there been no 9/11 attacks?

      • granpa.usthai August 10th, 2014 at 10:05 pm

        not nearly threatening as massive stockpiles of WMD’s
        Iraq could attack US at any moment with stockpiles of WMD’s!

        and can you believe that some cowardly anti American Viet Vet commies that support a secret Muslim Hawaiian Socialist dared to say:


        they going to ship them here via Fed Ex Express or what? I think our best Intelligence Agency (at that time) would have been a bit suspicious if an Iraqi helicopter the size of Connecticut carrying stockpiles of WMD’s had started out over the Atlantic, don’t you?

        whew! -that was close!


    • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker August 10th, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      And making trillions for Halliburton was necessary for our nation’s interest.

      • Larry Schmitt August 10th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

        Well, it sure improved Cheney’s stock portfolio.

        • fancypants August 10th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

          funny how all that worked out Its not as if some people wanted to look around after thinking up a reason to be on their soil

      • R.J. Carter August 10th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

        For which my portfolio say, “Way to read the tea leaves, R.J.”

      • granpa.usthai August 10th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

        not quite as important as making trillions more!

    • consneverwork August 10th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Don’t forget the prescription drug plan (the enrollment date of which was delayed by executive order).

  2. pignose4.0 August 10th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Hey dicky ever hear of sequestration ? Everything gets cut including the military “dictator” Obama doesn’t make that decision. Everything is connected and issi is a result of the bush invasion of Iraq.

    • bahlers August 10th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      The sequester happened under Obama you moron! Bush was long gone by then.

      • Anomaly 100 August 10th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

        Who pushed for sequestration?

        • bahlers August 10th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

          Obama’s budget director originally came up with the idea, since the president wanted to add trillions of dollars to the national debt, after spending $800b on “shovel ready” jobs when we had no shovels. Republicans wanted budget cuts, as they were elected in a landslide in the house and nearly took control of the senate in 2010 to do so.

          • jasperjava August 10th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

            Budget cuts would have crippled the economy at a moment when consumer and business demand was at the lowest level since the Great Depression. It would have been insane to cut the budget at a time when private-sector spending was scraping the bottom of the barrel. But I guess crazy right-wing ideological fanatics don’t care. They insist on imposing to their discredited economic theories no matter what. In that respect, they’re exactly like old Marxists: even though they have repeatedly been proven to be wrong, their ideology is always the perfect answer, no matter the circumstances or consequences.

          • Anomaly 100 August 10th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

            That’s funny. GOP Congress just added a trillion to the debt. Also, they hold the purse strings.

          • R.J. Carter August 10th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

            They don’t approve a budget: they’re a bunch of traitors who won’t work with the President.

            They send over singular CSRs, that Harry Reid won’t allow a vote on because it doesn’t give him everything he wants, they’re still traitors who won’t work with the President.

            They add a trillion in debt, Harry Reid doesn’t say a thing about it — and they’re a bunch of traitors who drive up the debt.

            So why even try?

          • burqa August 10th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

            Signatures of endorsement by Republican presidents may be seen at the bottom of 19 of the last 20 budgets that set new records for the size of the deficit.

          • granpa.usthai August 10th, 2014 at 10:23 pm

            Only because of their sworn CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES, Anomaly.

          • Obewon August 10th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

            Funny how you forgot to mention the unfunded $6 trillion cost for Cheney’s nearly bankrupt Halliburton faux Iraq oil war including $2 T in VA costs & $3 T in unfunded tax cuts primarily for billionaires!

            But you derided the 40% middle class tax cut and 60% jobs stimulus that CBO proves created 7 M+ of the 10 M+ Private Obama Jobs created in 53 consecutive months of jobs growth reversing ‘GWB’s 12/07-6/09 Great Recession record low everything since (R) Hoover’s Great Depression. Nobody any longer claims wars create jobs after GW “Bush worst on Jobs in US History”-WSJ 1/09/09 1.08 M GWB private jobs 8 year Total!

          • consneverwork August 10th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

            Funny how those cons just leave out those little tidbits of material facts.

          • granpa.usthai August 10th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

            America’s best Christian, luscious little Mrs. Betty Bowers says that FACTS are notoriously liberal biased!

            and if I was a 2 generations younger, I’d have the 4 REEL wet dreams about that sweet little yummie…..

          • burqa August 10th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

            I was involved to a slight degree with one of those “shovel ready” jobs you claimed we had no shovels for. There were indeed shovels, either in possession of contractors or on sale down at the local Home Depot at a time when shovel sales were welcomed.

            Republicans didn’t want budget cuts until Obama was elected. When they had the presidency and majorities in the House and Senate, they didn’t do any cutting. No, they took a big fat budget surplus and set a new record for the size of the deficit in 2 years.
            The CBO projected $11 trillion in budget surpluses for the decade if the GOP would just leave things alone. That would have paid off every penny of the national debt and still left $2 trillion to play with. But again, the GOP showed itself unable to handle large sums of money and set even more records for the size of the deficit.

          • Patricia Stidham-Burns August 11th, 2014 at 12:23 am

            We needed investment. The Republicans were obstructing everything Obama and the Dems were trying to do and you know it.

            Obama has cut the deficit by more than half. He has grown GDP and has created 200,000+ private sector jobs a month for the last six months with absolutely NO help from the GOP/TP Obstructionist Party!

            The economy would be doing so much better if Obama and the Democrats could have gotten some of their Jobs Bills and other great policies set into law.

            The GOP/TP Obstructionist Party is the most inept, pathetic, racist, dumbest, backwards, terrified, corrupt, Congress to ever serve in an Industrialized country

      • consneverwork August 10th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

        Sequestration happened because the scumbag cons would not work with the president, and this is what they BOTH SETTLED ON. However, before Obama became president, Bush and his goons emptied out the overflowing treasury that Clinton left them: Tax cuts (which were renewed every 2 years until they became permanent, 2 wars and a prescription tax cut — all off the books, all borrowed from china deepening the debt and continuing the debt. Then when the president tried to increase and/or pay social security, these same scumbags accused him of running up the debt and ruining the economy. What a bunch of POSs. The cons kept railroading him into giving up entitlements in order to deal with these snake-oil salesmen cons, but then he finally got fed up with always giving in, so he stopped doing it. That’s when the cons either shut down the government or threatened to shut it down after he refused to cave on their demands — demands never made to any president before him. So Obama didn’t reduce the military at all; Bush diluted it with one necessary war and one unnecessary war.

        • bahlers August 11th, 2014 at 1:09 am

          If you truly believe what you are saying, then wow. In case you didn’t know, the vast majority of debt is held by the American tax payer.

      • burqa August 10th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

        The sequester was a deal negotiated between the Democrats in the minority and Republicans in the majority of the House. It was intended to force both sides to cooperate in order to avoid cuts neither wanted. The Republicans refused to negotiate and dug in their heels to bring about the sequester. President Obama proposed and got passed a larger budget for the military than what the GOP House members wanted.
        Though this might be the place to call you a name the way you did pignose4.0, I’ll pass. Others may not be so reluctant, given the huge target you provided with your ignorance of how the sequester came about.

        More money has been needed, and proposed by Obama for the military, because Bush and Cheney broke it. They entered office with every major unit rated at the top for efficiency, being fully equipped and manned with qualified personnel. When they left office, nearly every major unit was underequipped and undermanned, had low efficiency ratings and had been forced to put people in various billets who were unqualified.

        • bahlers August 11th, 2014 at 1:08 am

          I will agree with you on the strain put on the military, but I’m not sure how big the strain actually was, as we are and have spent the lowest amount of money as a percentage of GDP since the end of the WWII. But regardless of what you said, and they are good points, the sequester didn’t happen until the GOP took control of the house. Obama had his first two years of office to do what he wanted, as there was damn near a 2/3 majority. And the CBO recommendations that spending be cut mean nothing?

      • Patricia Stidham-Burns August 11th, 2014 at 12:13 am

        Congress did it MORON!

        • bahlers August 11th, 2014 at 12:36 am

          Obama signed it into law you moron! Congress only creates bills, the president decides which bills become laws. Do you need to watch school house rock?

          • fahvel August 11th, 2014 at 2:08 am

            not quite – go find a little red school house that’s not in the SE or texas and study.

          • Patricia Stidham-Burns August 19th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

            Congress passed the Bill KNOWING full well what would happen.They were just too INCOMPETENT to do their jobs! Don’t try to give me any lessons about government. It just makes you look like a fool and that you weren’t paying attention to what was happening!

        • raincheck1956 August 11th, 2014 at 6:07 am

          hahaha you tell them Patty!

      • fahvel August 11th, 2014 at 2:07 am

        sorry dim wit, but you are the moron!

  3. Larry Schmitt August 10th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Yes, the president single handedly reduced the military. All by his little old self, with no input from Congress.

    • granpa.usthai August 10th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      now that you mentioned it, there actually was very little input from this Congress, so, in a no support kind of way, Repubs have a twisted kind of reasoning for blame.
      if I start like a really big azz forest fire, could I blame all the loss on the fire watch tower after they called it in?

  4. Hirightnow August 10th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    You better hope that the line isn’t too long.

    • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker August 10th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Now that you mention it, in the good old capitalist spirit I think I’ll set up a booth and sell tickets with the proceeds going to war veterans.

      • Kelly McGee August 10th, 2014 at 4:57 pm

        the best idea yet!

      • granpa.usthai August 10th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

        jez! you’re a financial wizard! Make the headstone look like an outhouse (with a closing stone door – for shy ones) with a running meter!

  5. keepntch August 10th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    That was a Cheney/Bush with Rove as the additional brain cell, in case. I think we can blame Bush for ignoring the original intelligence re: 9/11. But then since he didn’t have any himself would he have recognized intelligence if it came up and hit him in the face?

    • burqa August 10th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      You are correct. Chain-chain-Cheney received all the most highly classified threat reporting which came gushing in during the 9 months before 9/11. I have previously posted what I have researched – well over 100 warnings. On my timeline I also posted everything I could find that the administration did in response, which was next to nothing.

  6. Foundryman August 10th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    As much as they might want it to go away, it will be Bush’s fault for decades to come, no matter who is President. This is what a quagmire is, it will last a very long time, and Cheney/Bush are the ones who got us into it.
    Their lies and misdeeds should be considered treason and they should be in jail instead of in front of a camera trying to shift blame away from themselves.

    • fahvel August 11th, 2014 at 2:05 am

      sadly the elitists in the usa, as in most other western powers, protect themselves and that seems to a lesson obama has learned too.

  7. Budda August 10th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I’ll buy a couple of six-packs for the ride to the cemetery…just to help.

  8. burqa August 10th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Whatta dunce!
    For one thing, the sequester cut the military more than Obama’s budget proposal.
    For another, when chain-chain-Cheney and Bush were elected, they inherited a military in which every major unit was rated at the top for efficiency and having not just the manpower, but billets filled with trained specialists and others. When they left office, the military had almost no major unit that was rated at the top for efficiency and being fully manned and equipped.

  9. Robert Merrill Taylor August 10th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Actually, it is not Bush’s fault. He was never more than a figurehead President. The real President was Richard Cheney. He made ALL of the decisions. Every foreign government knew that they had to deal with Cheney, not Bush. Cheney set out to make himself an oil sheik. Now he is mad that ISIS has seized some of his oil wells.

  10. granpa.usthai August 10th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    who says Dick’s going to hell?
    I know it’s commonly said you can’t buy your way into heaven,
    but with Satan being a confirmed RED STATE REPUBLICAN,
    they may just work out a price?!?

  11. Spirit of America August 10th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    It’s a conglomeration of faults committed by several administrations. POTUS has his share in this as well, since even VP Biden stated their decisions brought about what will be considered “one of this administrations greatest accomplishments.” I don’t mind finger-pointing, though it helps naught when one should be focusing on present/future decisions to correct a problem, so long as one uses all the fingers needed and not just him, them or they did it.
    My view.

  12. oki_mike100 August 10th, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a court that would conclude the actual happenings in Iraq? Punishment would be each time the guilty party got on TV they would have to explain their poor judgement and how this hurt America and the World.

  13. fahvel August 11th, 2014 at 2:02 am

    this malignant piece of detritus should somehow be excised from the surface of the planet he wants to own.

  14. Kato August 11th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Sure we can you FUCKING DICKHEAD he’s the one that got America into this mess with the help of you and other Republicans. There’s just no cure for stupid.

  15. Leon Kirby August 11th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    What a lying sack of sh*t. I don’t understand how he and his family sleep at night. People rail on and on about “blood money” from South African diamonds, cocaine and other drug trafficking. Yet Cheny, et al made tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars off the blood of not only the blood of American and our allies troops, but hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians.

    Nancy Pelosi should have indicted them both and tried them for war crimes. They should be in prison, and Cheney should have died there instead of taking a donor heart from someone much more deserving.

  16. Laura Flannery August 11th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    remember this?????

  17. Laura Flannery August 11th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Or this;

  18. thievesarmy August 12th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Bush gets the blame for starting this mess, but unfortunately (and this hurts as I’m a HUGE Obama supporter) O gets some blame for not handling it right and making it worse. It was a tough thing to inherit and I sympathize with him, and he definitely did what the American people wanted at the time by leaving, but in retrospect it wasn’t the right time and wasn’t the right thing to do, and now we are seeing the fallout from that decision. Watch the latest FRONTLINE, “Losing Iraq” – does a great job of telling the story from beginning to now. For the record I’m not agreeing w/ Cheney here, I’m just clarifying. It’s Bush’s fault for getting us into this in the first place, and both Presidents’ faults for mishandling it and making things worse.

    • Lindsncal August 30th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Uh, Obama, like Bush, had no choice when it came to leaving Iraq. Both signed the agreement that demanded we leave no American military there.

      Maliki had to add to it that he gets rid of even American military trained soldiers or he wouldn’t get help from Iran. You know, the country that bush handed over to Iraq by getting rid of Saddam and instituting a Shia gov’t in Iraq. That’s why Iraq’s new soldiers, who were actually civilians, ran at the first sight of the enemy.

      Dictator that he was, Saddam was the one person who kept all of this from happening and Bush was the one who created it all by invading Iraq and taking him out as well as destroying the entire country.
      After saddam was gone, it was only a matter of time until the sunnis and saddam followers attacked to regain control of Iraq.