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Powell sees no basis for Cheney's claims

By John Amick and T. Rees Shapiro

Today on the Sunday talk shows:

CBS: FACE THE NATION - Powell sees no basis for Cheney's claims

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said former Vice President Dick Cheney's claims that President Obama's policies are putting the nation at risk have no basis, especially since most of the programs and procedures the Bush administration enacted have been continued or heightened under the Obama tenure.

Powell pointed to the ending of waterboarding as an interrogation tool and the success of criminal courts to try terror suspects, both during the Bush administration, as examples of why Cheney's claims of less safety are not "born out by the facts." Powell supported the Obama administration's preference of criminal courts over military commissions for suspects, including 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Christmas day attacker Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who, Powell pointed out, would get a lawyer in a military commission as well as in a civilian court.

Asked about progress in Iraq, Powell, who championed the invasion as secretary of state, said history will be the ultimate judge of events there. He said mistakes were made after the initial fall of Baghdad, but he said he hopes the Iraqi government will seize control of the opportunity they've been given by the United States.

He cautioned fellow conservatives who call President Obama a socialist, saying rough-and-tumble politics is nothing new, but to constantly criticize without attempting to offer new ideas is not productive.

"Have we so lost our faith in this country that we think one person, one man, can suddenly change our entire system?" Powell asked. "That's kind of absurd."

CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Bayh aims at filibuster reform

Former Indiana Democratic senator Evan Bayh repeated Sunday that his dissatisfaction with the "tribal" politics in the Senate led him to resign his seat.

Bayh hinted that in continuing public service outside of governance -- "something real and tangible right now" -- he will also focus on a change to the Senate's filibuster rules, among other issues.

The culture in Washington that requires constant campaigning and fundraising for members of Congress distracts leaders from focusing on legislating, Bayh said.

Insisting the health-care summit is not a trap, as some in the GOP have taken to claiming, he blamed Republicans for a lack of will and ideas in helping with monumental issues the country faces, but he also placed blame on some in his own party for eschewing pragmatism and being "too driven by ideology."

FOX NEWS SUNDAY - McConnell: Let's start over on health care

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the Democratic led health-care reform package represents "arrogance" in the face of the American people. McConnell (R-Ky) said the current package will make $500 billion in cuts to Medicare benefits and raise taxes by $500 billion.

"The American people do not want this bill to pass," McConnell said, adding that the Obama administration would be wise to push Congress to re-write the bill with bipartisan support.

The minority leader expressed hope that President Obama's health care summit next Thursday will be productive and said that he and his Republican counterparts would be there "ready to participate."

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) said the federal stimulus funds helped keep major car companies General Motors and Chrysler alive, and helped millions of people who work in support of those companies across the country keep their jobs. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) said federal spending does not do much to help the private sector. He said most of the jobs saved by the stimulus dollars in Mississippi were state government jobs. In order to revitalize the private sector amid the recent slump, Barbour said Obama should invoke a payroll tax recess to benefit small businesses.

ABC: THIS WEEK - Governors insist stimulus is working

Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) and Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) agreed that the worst is over for the economic lag in the U.S. and that the stimulus program helped save and create jobs throughout the country.

Schwarzenegger bemoaned his fellow Republicans' hypocrisy in criticizing the stimulus while simultaneously "posing with the big check" and taking credit for the impact of the funds in their districts. Seemingly channeling his own frustrations as an embattled second-term governor in a state with deep economic challenges ahead, he gave an impassioned defense of politicians failing in the face of attempting to do right by their constituents. He said that anyone hoping President Obama, or anyone else, will fail only fosters a downward spiral of dysfunction in Washington.

Rendell stood up for the Obama administration's handling of the economy, referring to a statement made over the weekend by Indiana Rep. Mike Pence (R), who defended Republicans' refusal to work with Obama as a point of pride in the face "borrowing," "spending" and "bailouts." Rendell said Pence's ideas are "a dangerous prescription for America."

"Every business that's successful in this country has, at some key moment, reinvested in itself, usually by borrowing or taking out capital reserves," Rendell said. "If you don't invest in your future, you will die."

NBC: MEET THE PRESS - Taliban on the run, Petraeus says

Central Command leader Gen. David Petraeus said the Taliban's efforts to retain control of the southern city of Marja have been "formidable" but "a bit disjointed" in response to a massive siege of the city by coalition forces. Petraeus said the goal of the mission there is to clear the Taliban stronghold and implement a working government that is capable of handling the city's needs. He said so far the mission has proven successful.

Petraeus said al-Qaeda's global influence and abilities have been "diminished" but remain viable. He said the network has taken significant losses but is adaptable. He said al-Qaeda would continue to search for exploitable U.S. security lapses in order to inflict damage to the country.

He said he supports discussion of repealing the "don't ask don't tell" policy within the armed forces. Petraeus said he had served alongside gays and lesbians and that troops "probably don't care one way or the other" about their platoon mates' sexual orientation in regards to their combat abilities.

C-SPAN: NEWSMAKERS - Price says reform bill is a failure

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) said there is a "lack of trust" among the American people because Congress and the White House are "not answering the challenges addressing this nation."

He said the president's failed bid to pass sweeping health-care reform is an ideal example. Price said the American people disapprove of the current bill by a measure of three to one, and that not starting the bill over again with bipartisan support is a "prescription for failure."

As for next week's health-care summit, Price said he does not expect the views of the issue to change significantly. Price said he's "afraid it's another photo op."

In order to fix the current economy, Price said the American people are smart enough to know the U.S. Mint cannot just "keep printing money." He said Americans should "demand" spending cuts in order to keep the country's "fiscal house in order," because with the current debt level and spending rate "we can't continue on this path."

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Comments

"Powell sees no basis for Cheney's claims"

He he weren't blinded by racism he see a lot more.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot

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If that isn't the pot calling the kettle "black"! Shut up and go back to your weirdo right wing plot to overthrow the government. Keep drinking the kool-aid from Rush Limbaugh's pasty white teet!

Tea Bag moron!

Posted by: TheChampishere | February 23, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Powell had his 15 minutes of fame during the Gulf War in 1991 -- he has done nothing of note since then, and his tenure as Secretary of State was memorable only for the number of dinner parties and the back-stabbing.

General Powell knew immediately that his deputy Richard Armitage was the one who leaked information about Valerie Plame, not Cheney's deputy Lewis Libby. But did Powell go to the White House with what he knew? No, he said nothing for more than a year.

Posted by: JBaustian | February 22, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

"Powell sees no basis for Cheney's claims"

He he weren't blinded by racism he see a lot more.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | February 22, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Dick never let facts get in his way before. Why start now? He believes if he says it, it's true. Pathetic.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 22, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

How come, with excessive unemployment, your states are drawing 99 weeks of extended unemployment compensation, to the lazy and shiftless. Why work when you get a paycheck for doing nuthin' like "Fearless Leader?"

No offense, gentlemen, but YOU LIE!!!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness

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Because it's tough to live anywhere but the Y on about $350 a week. I think they even pay taxes on it, but I can't remember exactly. Every single person that I know that lost their job busted their hump nonstop to get a job and it took a few of them over 8 months to do it.

99 weeks? Cadillac and caviar unemployment? Quit lying.

Posted by: theobserver4 | February 22, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Powell can be the Progressive Warrior. He is useless, and should remain retired.
Thank you for your service, you are not elected.

Posted by: RayOne

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Does that mean we can tell Palin to shut her damn yapper too? She's no longer elected to anything either since she quit halfway through her term to hang out with serial harasser O'Reilly. Her input on policy is also out of bounds.

At least Powell knows what he's talking about.....well he did apparently until you started to disagree with him. When exactly did he go from hero to zero in the eyes of a conservative?

Posted by: theobserver4 | February 22, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Republicans. Democrats. They are both ridiculous jokes. Neither represent the people. They both represent the same interests.

Obama has not changed policies instituted by Bush/Cheney because he found out that undoing many unpopular things hurts people worse than letting them play out. Note that I did not include Biden in this conversation. Cheney was always the puppet master in the Bush administration, along with that little squirrel Carl Rove. Rove and Cheney represented the Rothchild interests, and whether it is Republican or Democrat, the interest of the Rothchilds must be served first. Why do you never hear about the reputed "wealthiest family in the world"? Because they have lackeys to handle their work for them in the public eye. Follow the dollars from the Bushs and they will end up going back through the Harrimans to the Rothchilds.....I imagine Cheney and Halliburton can also be easily connected to the Rothchilds.......one world government........the rich in charge.......that is the route we are being pushed down today.

Better look deeper than the surface.....it might give you a less party antagonistic perspective, and allow you to see what is really happening.

Posted by: Tawodi | February 22, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

We all saw how Cheney/Bush and all the useless Rethuglicans handled Katrina, They dont deserve to make any useless lies /comments about National Security or anyones safety.
As Mr. Powell pointed out.
As for the comments we read here, you right wingers are dividers, but we will move on without you. Good luck and i hope all of you can someday recieve the mental help you deserve.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | February 22, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

What a coincidence!
Powell is asked about 15 policy positions taken by Obama, and he totally agrees with all 15!
But he is a Republican, wink wink.
And no, race has nothing to do with it...

Posted by: johnL1

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Race, evidently, has everything to do with YOU. Powell could have supported the President because he, like many voters, doesn't like where the Republikkklan party was/is going.

If blacks voted based on race, wouldn't Michael (minstrel show reject) Steele be the junior senator in the State of Maryland (which has the highest percentage of blacks in the country)?

You "conservative" morons and your Rush Limbaughesque phony argument of labeling everyone ELSE a racist, but yourselves.

FUNNY! Keep drinking the kool-aid from Limbaugh's pasty white teet.

Posted by: TheChampishere

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And might I add that it was Michael (mistrel show reject) Steele and his supporters that urged blacks in Maryland to vote for him because "They will be electing the first ever black senator in the State of Maryland".

Steele was resoundly rejected and lost to a white man. Steele is a disgrace as is his party.

He is being played for a fool by the "conservatives" who use him and other persons of color like Bobby (I'm running from my Indian Heritage) Jundal and Michelle (me love you long time) Malkin to try an create an image of their party that they know isn't true.

Now, with the Tea Baggers, instead of trying to pander to people of color with their phony "inclusiveness", they are moving more to the "wacko" right! What a lame group of hyprocrites!

Posted by: TheChampishere | February 22, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

What a coincidence!
Powell is asked about 15 policy positions taken by Obama, and he totally agrees with all 15!
But he is a Republican, wink wink.
And no, race has nothing to do with it...

Posted by: johnL1

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Race, evidently, has everything to do with YOU. Powell could have supported the President because he, like many voters, doesn't like where the Republikkklan party was/is going.

If blacks voted based on race, wouldn't Michael (minstrel show reject) Steele be the junior senator in the State of Maryland (which has the highest percentage of blacks in the country)?

You "conservative" morons and your Rush Limbaughesque phony argument of labeling everyone ELSE a racist, but yourselves.

FUNNY! Keep drinking the kool-aid from Limbaugh's pasty white teet.

Posted by: TheChampishere

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And might I add that it was Michael (mistrel show reject) Steele and his supporters that urged blacks in Maryland to vote for him because "They will be electing the first ever black senator in the State of Maryland".

Steele was resoundly rejected and lost to a white man. Steele is a disgrace as is his party.

He is being played for a fool by the "conservatives" who use him and other persons of color like Bobby (I'm running from my Indian Heritage) Jundal and Michelle (me love you long time) Malkin to try an create an image of their party that they know isn't true.

Now, with the Tea Baggers, instead of trying to pander to people of color with their phony "inclusiveness", they are moving more to the "wacko" right! What a lame group of hyprocrites!

Posted by: TheChampishere | February 22, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

What a coincidence!
Powell is asked about 15 policy positions taken by Obama, and he totally agrees with all 15!
But he is a Republican, wink wink.
And no, race has nothing to do with it...

Posted by: johnL1

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Race, evidently, has everything to do with YOU. Powell could have supported the President because he, like many voters, doesn't like where the Republikkklan party was/is going.

If blacks voted based on race, wouldn't Michael (minstrel show reject) Steele be the junior senator in the State of Maryland (which has the highest percentage of blacks in the country)?

You "conservative" morons and your Rush Limbaughesque phony argument of labeling everyone ELSE a racist, but yourselves.

FUNNY! Keep drinking the kool-aid from Limbaugh's pasty white teet.

Posted by: TheChampishere

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And might I add that it was Michael (mistrel show reject) Steele and his supporters that urged blacks in Maryland to vote for him because "They will be electing the first ever black senator in the State of Maryland".

Steele was resoundly rejected and lost to a white man. Steele is a disgrace as is his party.

He is being played for a fool by the "conservatives" who use him and other persons of color like Bobby (I'm running from my Indian Heritage) Jundal and Michelle (me love you long time) Malkin to try an create an image of their party that they know isn't true.

Now, with the Tea Baggers, instead of trying to pander to people of color with their phony "inclusiveness", they are moving more to the "wacko" right! What a lame group of hyprocrites!

Posted by: TheChampishere | February 22, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Republicans lie every time they speak. They make baseless claims any time they are given an opportunity to opine. WHY DOES THE MEDIA KEEP PUSHING WHAT THEY SAY AS IF IT IS PERTINENT, IF IT IS SOOOO LIBERAL? There should be a push to eliminate stuff that's false or unjustified. In other words, censorship should be part of what the media does - NOT JUST NUDITY AND PROFANITY, BUT STUPIDITY AND *CLEAR* FALSEHOODS. To McConnell, what's the point of "starting fresh"? You've had eight months, already. You and your Republi-cons aren't going to keep this from passing. And conservative Demo-creeps aren't going to keep it from passing, either.

Posted by: fbutler1 | February 22, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

What a coincidence!
Powell is asked about 15 policy positions taken by Obama, and he totally agrees with all 15!
But he is a Republican, wink wink.
And no, race has nothing to do with it...

Posted by: johnL1

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Race, evidently, has everything to do with YOU. Powell could have supported the President because he, like many voters, doesn't like where the Republikkklan party was/is going.

If blacks voted based on race, wouldn't Michael (minstrel show reject) Steele be the junior senator in the State of Maryland (which has the highest percentage of blacks in the country)?

You "conservative" morons and your Rush Limbaughesque phony argument of labeling everyone ELSE a racist, but yourselves.

FUNNY! Keep drinking the kool-aid from Limbaugh's pasty white teet.

Posted by: TheChampishere | February 22, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Powell can be the Progressive Warrior. He is useless, and should remain retired.
Thank you for your service, you are not elected.

Posted by: RayOne | February 22, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Demanding spending cuts is a fine proposal, but when I see minority leadership running around promising not to cut medicare... it rings a little hollow.

Posted by: trident420 | February 22, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Dick felt so safe under Bush’s anti-terror policies he spent the majority of his vice presidency in a bunker at some undisclosed location. Dick never served a single day in the military. Say what you want about General Colin Powell but he was set up like a bowling pin under Dick and company. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993). Dick don’t know dick.

Posted by: waxtraxs | February 22, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

We can bring the 192 prisoners from Gitmo and house them in new underused prison in Montana. The town up there would gain some economic benefit and if a prisoner were to escape the wolves might get them. This might seem ridiculous to many but if you think about, it might have some merit.

Posted by: rchapin_38 | February 22, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The GOP totally screwed up the country over eight Bush years (huge debt, the Iraq War, Katrina, economic collapse) and because the Dems haven’t fixed it all in one year, the Republicans blame the Dems for all of the problems that arose under their watch. Furthermore, Republicans do their very best to impede any Democratic fixes. So the Republicans scream, "Look at the state of the country!" while conveniently omitting it's their fault and then scream, "Look how the Dems can't get things done!" at the same time Republicans filibuster every fix Democrats propose. The GOP is repellently putting getting elected over helping the country.

Posted by: zvelf | February 22, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

ATTN. GENERAL POWELL: PLEASE HELP SAVE AMERICA FROM A DEFENSE ESTABLISHMENT THAT IS VIOLATING HUMAN RIGHTS -- HERE IN AMERICA.

What goes General Powell know about this -- technology that apparently was under development on his watch? And if he knows about it -- why isn't he speaking out about its misuse?

U.S. SILENTLY ATTACKS, IMPAIRS 'TARGETED' AMERICANS WITH NATIONWIDE CELL TOWER MICROWAVE/LASER WEAPON SYSTEM

Patents reveal why so many cell towers saturate the landscape -- and how this covert weapon system works.

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

OR: poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 (see articles list)

NOW IT'S OBAMA'S GESTAPO USA. WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA ACT?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 22, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Well all you red necks and I mean you Repubaaaassscans. How long does it take you to wash it, with the American flag you always step on. On rights you know about is the right turn in your car straight to the KKK (Tea Party) meeting. Isn't it funny how you forget about the clown you elected President before we elected a real one? No matter how you cut it, REDnecks, if you think for one minute those lying, two-faced bas---ds you elected is going to be re-elect think again. You Republiaaassssan are so stupid. You would rather see the Grassey and the As--hole from my state Boehner he's on his way out.

Posted by: danielburke3 | February 22, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

powell lost his integrety a long time ago...
he is better off sticking his head in the sand and leave the leading to those that can...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 22, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Why do you believe that a vote based upon religion, anti-abortion, anti-gay civil rights and "conservatism" is not in my best interest? Asking a question is never "racist" BTW.

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A vote that way may be in your best interest. But, if you vote that way, it is still racist, homo-phobic, zenophobic and TRULY Republikkklan!

If it's a duck, call it a duck and say I vote in the way I do to further myself and my goals, and to diminish the rights of others. Say "I am a true Republikkklan" and I vote to deny others what I want for myself.

Sounds like Hitler and Rush Limbaugh to me! Don't whine when other people suggest that that IS the Republikkklan Party in 2010.

Posted by: TheChampishere | February 22, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Why do you believe that a vote based upon religion, anti-abortion, anti-gay civil rights and "conservatism" is not in my best interest? Asking a question is never "racist" BTW.

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A vote that way may be in your best interest. But, if you vote that way, it is still racist, homo-phobic, zenophobic and TRULY Republikkklan!

If it's a duck, call it a duck and say I vote in the way I do to further myself and my goals, and to diminish the rights of others. Say "I am a true Republikkklan" and I vote to deny others what I want for myself.

Sounds like Hitler and Rush Limbaugh to me!

Posted by: TheChampishere | February 22, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Why do you believe that a vote based upon religion, anti-abortion, anti-gay civil rights and "conservatism" is not in my best interest? Asking a question is never "racist" BTW.

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A vote that way may be in your best interest. But, if you vote that way, it is still racist, homo-phobic, zenophobic and TRULY Republikkklan!

If it's a duck, call it a duck and say I vote in the way I do to further myself and my goals, and to diminish the rights of others. Say "I am a true Republikkklan" and I vote to deny others what I want for myself.

Sounds like Hitler and Rush Limbaugh to me!

Posted by: TheChampishere | February 22, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Why do you believe that a vote based upon religion, anti-abortion, anti-gay civil rights and "conservatism" is not in my best interest? Asking a question is never "racist" BTW.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 22, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Aren't you lib-turds going to be embarassed if Obama get's voted out after one term?

I mean if Bush was the worst President, as you claim, and yet was elected twice, what does that say about "the Chosen One"?

And please, don't use the "America didn't give him enough time to clean up Bush's messes" ... By electing another Republican instead?

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Bush was elected twice due to stupid right wingers who vote based upon religion, race, andti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-civli rights and "conservatism" rather than competence, intelligence and quality.

You right wingers and Tea Baggers will vote against your own interests and are hell bent on destroying this great country!

Posted by: TheChampishere | February 22, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Aren't you lib-turds going to be embarassed if Obama get's voted out after one term?

I mean if Bush was the worst President, as you claim, and yet was elected twice, what does that say about "the Chosen One"?

And please, don't use the "America didn't give him enough time to clean up Bush's messes" ... By electing another Republican instead?

Posted by: OhTheHumanity | February 22, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Colin Powell. It's time that someone questions the attacks made by Ex V.P. Cheney. Cheney needs a reality check;has for years.

Posted by: OhMy | February 22, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Powell commenting on Cheney? If ever two men should be strung up after a war crimes trial ...

Posted by: Nemo24601 | February 22, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

One thing you have to say about right wingers and left wingers. They sure know how to be rude.

Posted by: alamo2 | February 22, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

sklein19:

That assumes he is even legally "President" of the U.S.

WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 21, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Unlike President Obama, Colin Powell may not be able to recite the Muslim call to prayer. Nonetheless, this two have much in common.

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Keep drinking the kool-aid from Rush Limbaugh's racist white teet! D-Bags!!!

Posted by: TheChampishere | February 22, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Yep Obama is a terrible President. Everything we see before us as a challenge today is HIS FAULT. Somehow he managed to do this country in in a single year. Wow, he's good. Let's vote him out and put the Republicans back in so they can clean up in one year the mess that Obama made in one year.

Posted by: reming | February 22, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) and Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) agreed that the worst is over for the economic lag in the U.S. and that the stimulus program helped save and create jobs throughout the country.
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Aren't these two states on the verge of bankruptcy? Even their respective municipalities are going broke.

If the "Obama's cash from Obama's stash" is working, how come there is a REAL unemploymnent rate of 18% and state and local governments have run out of money?

How come, with excessive unemployment, your states are drawing 99 weeks of extended unemployment compensation, to the lazy and shiftless. Why work when you get a paycheck for doing nuthin' like "Fearless Leader?"

No offense, gentlemen, but YOU LIE!!!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 22, 2010 6:17 AM | Report abuse

No johnL1, Powell doesn't think we're stupid. He thinks YOU'RE stupid. And I kind of see his point.

Posted by: hakc56 | February 22, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

I watched Mr. Powell and found him to be irrelevant in the present political climate. Though he disagreed with Bush's attack on Iraq, he stayed on as Secretary of State to secure jobs for his son and family, crossed over to support and keeps on supporting Obama's every action, yet he calls himself a republican. With republicans like him the party will go nowhere. Mr. Powell should contend himself raking in the dollars by sitting on numerous corporate boards, regarlses of the company's dealings. Mr. Powel has lost all credibility even with his own African(Carribean)-American constituency.

Posted by: maitami | February 22, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Powell is part of what is disgusting in our politics.
Does he think we are stupid?
Why does Powell have to pretend he is not blatantly indulging in identity politics?
Why not just admit it?
Is the truth so terrible?
He is proud to support a black man for President, so what, just say it.
Don't pretend Obama is closer to your ideology than your best friend and political soul mate McCain.
The fact that Powell couldn't support his perfect candidate, McCain, but for some vague reason was drawn to Obama.. hmm, I wonder why?
Powell should make us all cynical.

Posted by: johnL1 | February 22, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

What a coincidence!
Powell is asked about 15 policy positions taken by Obama, and he totally agrees with all 15!
But he is a Republican, wink wink.
And no, race has nothing to do with it...

Posted by: johnL1 | February 21, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Powell was a favorite of mine until he helped to elect the current president based solely on race. If his ideology is even similar to Mohammad Barack, that would make him a socialist at best and a communist at worst. I believe he is a turncoat traitor to this country and would not believe anything he says. He is just a shill.

Posted by: longbow65 | February 21, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Cheney sees no basis for Cheney's comments. The media is bending downward and giving the scum airtime to vent his hatred. He should be barred from criticizing any President or administration when he made such a mess of the one he was in. If I was him I would actually be ashamed to continue with the rants and raves of the mentally incapacitated.

Posted by: racam | February 21, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

A few weeks ago, in a statement typical of his party’s propensity for propaganda, newly-minted Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) forcefully asserted that the Obama administration’s economic stimulus package, “hasn’t created one new job.”

The problem with Brown’s declaration is that it’s objectively false. On Wednesday, the New York Times published a piece on the bill’s far-reaching impact. The results expose just how deceitful and irresponsible the senator’s remarks were.

As a matter of fact, the stimulus package was never meant to initiate a miraculous, immediate transformation of our entire economy. The Obama administration defines the bill’s purpose as threefold: “to create new jobs as well as save existing ones; to spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth;” and finally, “to foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending.”

In other words, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is a time-release formula rather than an overnight remedy.

One year on, the Recovery Act is well on its way to accomplishing all of its stated objectives. Next time the junior senator from Massachusetts speaks out of turn, I suggest he do his homework beforehand.

Read more @ http://armchairfirebrand.wordpress.com/

Posted by: ArmchairFirebrand | February 21, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

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The universally-respected war hero and republican Secretary of State who they put in front of the United Nations to speak for America says Obama is right, and the republicans offhandedly dismiss the General with "Don't pay any attention to him, he's just a N1GGER".

YOU SCUM GARBAGE ARE BENEATH CONTEMPT.

Rove should be put on television and HUNG, and your party outlawed like the Germans did the Nazis.

--faye kane, homeless brain
Read more of my smartmouth opinions at http://tinyurl.com/fayescave

Posted by: Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra | February 21, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

YES, CHENY MUST BE REALLY PROUD OF HIS RECORD OF REFUSING TO REPORT FOR MILITARY DUTY, I BELIEVE SOME 4 OR 5 TIMES, SAYING "I HAVE NORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO".--I SUPPOSE THERE IS A 1ST IN 3VERY CAPTION OF LIFE. CHENEY FITS THAT DESCRIPTION WITH HIS EXTREMELY NEGATIVISM OF PRESIDENT OBAMA.----ELI FROM WORCESTER, MA.

Posted by: eliricky | February 21, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

sklein19:

That assumes he is even legally "President" of the U.S.

WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 21, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Unlike President Obama, Colin Powell may not be able to recite the Muslim call to prayer. Nonetheless, this two have much in common.

Posted by: sklein19 | February 21, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

windrider2:

Barack has Rahm et al.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 21, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Colin Powell. Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, by any name he is a true American patriot who places the country's welfare before his own private agenda. And before you make the vacuous argument that he "turned" on the GOP, consider that his credibility and stature were exploited by his superiors in the Bush administration, and he did not publicly rail against them. T-partiers, Repubs, and conservatives, take note. You neither represent my view of American ideals nor are you worthy of the self-aggrandizing title of "real" Americans. You and your counterfeit revolution will be judged by history.

If it fades into oblivion, as it should, it will be duly noted as an historical footnote. Conversely, if you should somehow succeed in attaining your lustful goal for power, your stature will be enhanced exponentially.

However, your reference point will be located under the chapter dealing with the decline of America as the world's Superpower. Ignominy or irrelevance? I hope for the latter, and that is why I strongly advocate for your failure.

Posted by: rbrent516 | February 21, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Summary of GOP health care plan:

That's it in a nutshell! Huge GOP subversive hypocrites.

The Democratic controlled Congree should pass a bill that provides all members with the same healthcare program that most Americans get - whatever that could be considered to be - and have to pay for it out of their own pockets. The alternative is to give all Americans the same plan that Congress has, and to pay the same amount. That would certainly change things quickly and break the GOP induced logjam, and get the GOP to actually cooperate (or am I delusional?)
GOPee= the party of sore winners and sore losers.

Posted by: enough3 | February 21, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Powell is a turncoat, plain and simple. Turning on the people who helped him to get rich, by giving him low/no risk assignments and promoting him beyond his capabilities, he forfeited whatever credibility he had, when he endorsed the incompetent community organizer just because he is black.
Powell has no credibility, period.

Posted by: LarryG62 | February 21, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

RE McConnell says let's start over.

McConnell: Let's start over on health care and said the Democratic led health-care reform package represents "arrogance".

Can McConnell or anyone supply me with a single example of republicans ever giving up and starting again from scratch on a bill which had already passed both a republican controlled house and a republican controlled senate and was supported by a republican president?

I submit to all that the answer is no.

The proper word for McConnell's action is hypocrisy.

Posted by: TBadonsky | February 21, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse


Dick Cheney is a divider. Colin Powell is a uniter...

Posted by: demtse | February 21, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Powell chose America over politics. And that enrages those who demand their party members choose politics over everything else.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 21, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

He sold the military, his uniform, his ethics and his creditability to a cheap politician. Hope he sleeps well at night.

Posted by: KBlit |

I'm surprised you are calling your Lord Cheney "a cheap politician"

Posted by: coloradodog | February 21, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

On which side of the Republican spectrum do you fall, Cheney or Powell? Poll

http://www.youpolls.com/default.asp

.

Posted by: usadblake | February 21, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for Colin Powell. Paraded as a hero soldier (one of the best there ever was) as A BUSHIE.
Now relegated to being a BLACK MAN, a slave to his BROTHA BLACK MAN PREJUDICE by the disgusting conservative WHITE RACIST BLOCK.

This is a man who SERVED HIS COUNTRY unlike the traitorus DON"T DICK WITH DICK CHENEY whose extend of military experience was BLOWING his best friends face off.

Posted by: kare1 | February 21, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Are at loss to understand why the Germans during the war when executing spies was depicted as behaving in an abhorrent manner, but the execution of German spies is noted in an flamboyant manner by Anglo-American writers?

Posted by: jibsail | February 21, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Powell chose race over politics. Now he has to defend Obama and his administration every chance he gets or he looks like a fool and a liar. Too late!

Posted by: jamespmarion | February 21, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The difference between trying spies from the military of a nation with which we are at war, and a single individual attempting to committ a criminal act after getting trained by a loose extraterritorial criminal conspiracy should be obvious enough for even a conservative to see. How stupid are you people? No wonder you think beck is inspiring. Dumber than doorknobs.

Posted by: John1263 | February 21, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The big unanswered question is what was Powell promised if he caved on DADT? He sold the military, his uniform, his ethics and his creditability to a cheap politician. Hope he sleeps well at night.

Posted by: KBlit | February 21, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Of course Powell is correct. He could stand up there and refute the long laundry list of lies that the angry Right-wing echo chamber has been poisoning politics with since Obama was chosen as the Democratic candidate. Will Fox news run it at the bottom of the TV screen all day? CNN? Will the Washington Times or any of the Murdoch papers run it on the Front Page? Of course not.

Why do they hate America? Why do they hate The Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Why do they hate non-Christians and Non-believers?

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all Republicans have to offer. It's too bad Powell chose to ignore that for so long.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 21, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Powell: please do not go hunting with Chenny ? Dangerious !
glade too see you have a back bone after all .

Posted by: msgilfoy | February 21, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

The difference between trying spies from the military of a nation with which we are at war, and a single individual attempting to committ a criminal act after getting trained by a loose extraterritorial criminal conspiracy should be obvious enough for even a conservative to see. How stupid are you people? No wonder you think beck is inspiring. Dumber than doorknobs.

Posted by: John1263 | February 21, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

When you look at the FACTS there is nothing of anything negative at all that is the result of the President or the Demorcatic congress. the recession is over, the stimulus is working, the anti-terrorism poicies are better than the last administration, we are going to have health care reform in about 3-4 weeks...


so why the anger? The only people deserving of anger are the senate republicons who continue to to try to make the United States fail.

Posted by: John1263 | February 21, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

When you look at the FACTS there is nothing of anything negative at all that is the result of the President or the Demorcatic congress. the recession is over, the stimulus is working, the anti-terrorism poicies are better than the last administration, we are going to have health care reform in about 3-4 weeks...


so why the anger? The only people deserving of anger are the senate republicons who continue to to try to make the United States fail.

Posted by: John1263 | February 21, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse


1bmffwb wrote, "During WWII the Germans sent 8 men dressed in civilian clothes to America in two submaarines to use explosives to attack America. FDR the Democratic President told his people to make sure they were not tried in a civilian court. The lawyers for the defendants took it all the way to the Supreme Court, and it was ruled people who come to America out of uniform and attack Americans must stand trial in a military court...."

The problem is that in 9/11, those who ACTUALLY CAME to America all died in the attack. The ones that are being tried are accused of planning the attack, etc. Your logic is faulty.

Posted by: dotellen | February 21, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Hitler was "one person, one man" who suddenly changed their entire system.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 21, 2010 3:33 PM
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Even for you, Jake, that's a stupid and completely false statement. Hitler had the enthusiastic support of millions, and many millions more simply looked the other way while he solved their "Jewish problem". Without the money, power, weapons and support of all those behind him, Hitler wouldn't even be an obscure name in our history books.

Posted by: windrider2 | February 21, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Why should we care, what the cyborg has to say. After all, he is living it up with his Haliburton buddy's in Brunei, while decent young Americans are still dying for his policies.

Posted by: ripley44mag | February 21, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Hitler was "one person, one man" who suddenly changed their entire system. Powell is a RINO.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 21, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Powell may gain back his manly jewels and his former credibility by disagreeing with the Lord Cheney he so shamelessly sold out to at the UN with fantasies of yellow cake.

As for Republicans wanting to "start over" on health-care, it's a transparent ruse for further obstruction and delay. Let's hope they continue to delusionally believe that average American has "STUPID" stamped on his forehead.

Posted by: coloradodog | February 21, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"born out by the facts."

No, that's "borne" out by the facts....but don't expect professional writers and editors to know that.

And as for Tom Price, well, he didn't have any trouble with the government minting money when he was voting for Bush's massive deficits. He also voted against regulating the subprime mortgage industry. As for health care, the guy is a shill organized medicine, the largest contributors to his campaigns. The guy is a first-rank hypocrite.

Posted by: Bob22003 | February 21, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

MikeL4 wrote: Powell and his "fellow conservatives"?
Anybody who thinks that Powell is a "conservative" is hitting the ganja. Powell is RINO just like Gov. Arnold.

Definitely a far better breed of human being than any of the goose-stepping right wing conservative brown shirts spewing their intransigent rhetoric talking points. 85% of America will take them any day. The disgust of your right wing "patriots" makes me sick.

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 21, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"Have we so lost our faith in this country that we think one person, one man, can suddenly change our entire system?" Powell asked. "That's kind of absurd."

Most likely the most reasonable thing ever said by a Republican since Obama announced his run for president.

Posted by: AverageJane | February 21, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Powell and his "fellow conservatives"?

Anybody who thinks that Powell is a "conservative" is hitting the ganja.

Powell is RINO just like Gov. Arnold.

Posted by: MikeL4 | February 21, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

During WWII the Germans sent 8 men dressed in civilian clothes to America in two submaarines to use explosives to attack America. FDR the Democratic President told his people to make sure they were not tried in a civilian court. The lawyers for the defendants took it all the way to the Supreme Court, and it was ruled people who come to America out of uniform and attack Americans must stand trial in a military court. Six were put to death, one to life in prison and the other 30 or 50 years in prison (I forgot what term). Powell should respect the Supreme Court, all the liberals should respect FDR. It was not Republicans that fought this battle, it was the Democrats. Live by the law!! Since that time no new argument has had the strength to overturn the decision so whats so hard about doing the legal procedure.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | February 21, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

This country all thanks to these conservative republican menace, their perversity of inequality, their malignant narcissism, chronic scape goating, uncorrectabke grab bagging, rights only of their kind, bigtory and not only besiged the country with economic terror, but ideologically divided it polarized it and set on a fast track of destruction from within. With their Nazi type propaganda of terror hype, fomentation of hatem fear, republican patriotic feeding frenzy to control the hearts and minds of a misled and gullible nation,just like the Nazis they are dispense with some over 40 million people, that they bellieve to be expenable.
All this so that they can maintain the Status quo and go about their perverse marry way and use the same old indifference, that they have used for so long.

Posted by: winemaster2 | February 21, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

How about we tell General Betrayus to get a life? We defend some dirthole for a billion a month, and the day after we leave they'll be hanging collaborators in the town square.

The general is a liar at fool at best and probably a liar.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | February 21, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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