The End of A Bad War

W. the movieThe war in Iraq officially ended last week in a dreary speech by President Obama, a speech that hailed the war heroes, tepidly reviewed the results of the war campaign, and ended with a somber reflection on our economy.

If the speech left a taste in your mouth, it was not one to leave you salivating for more.

How do you triumphantly speak about a war with which you disagreed?

As I wrote in this letter to George Bush before the war, there were numerous reasons that I was against the war in Iraq from the outset.  In fact, it was one of the reasons why I voted for Barack Obama in the first place.

As we look back now on Obama’s Speech before the war, he foretells the exact debacle that would occur:

I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.

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Richard CummingsThe End of A Bad War

George Bush Returns to “Likeability” In Interview With Larry King

 After Al Gore lost the election to George Bush, his demeanor changed as if a weight had been lifted off his shoulders.  He became much more electable after he lost the election.

The same can be said of John McCain in his loss to Barack Obama.  For some reason, he lost his true self during the presidential race and then found himself again after it was over.  Had the real John McCain run against Barack Obama, he might have faired a little better.

I think of these character changes as I just watched a full Larry King interview (below) with George and Laura Bush. 

George Bush won the election because of a likeability factor; people wanted to have a beer with him.  In a unique twist, he then lost that likeability factor as president.Read More

Richard CummingsGeorge Bush Returns to “Likeability” In Interview With Larry King

Did John Edwards Mean What I think He Meant?

When someone has no good reason to say something, they might be saying more than you think.

As I got to thinking who would win the November elections (Barack, Hillary, McCain) today, I thought of the words John Edwards spoke to Wolf Blitzer while he was still in the race…”I am the most electable of the three of us in the general election.” Read More

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Barack Obama, Jack Bauer, and Vicky’s Father

Barack Obama, Jack Bauer, and Vicky’s Father

“He’ll have you be a Communist before you leave this house,” Vicky’s mother said to me as I entered their house for a weekend stay in Paysandu, Uruguay.  She was referring to her husband, who is a member of the Frente Amplio party in Uruguay.  He was also tortured.Read More

Richard CummingsBarack Obama, Jack Bauer, and Vicky’s Father