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Look at this fuckin' guy:


A fair number of people in our country were saying that it was impossible to defeat al-Qaida -- which is ISIS as far as I am concerned. They said I must get out of Iraq. But I chose the opposite -- I sent 30,000 more troops as opposed to 30,000 fewer. I think history will show that al-Qaida in Iraq was defeated.

Believe it or not, that's George Dubya, still swaggering around and acting all proud of that time he beat the terrorists in Iraq, who weren't there until he invaded the place because he sucks at geography, and also Daddy Issues. Good thing he took care of that so we never need to have "boots on the ground" in Iraq again, huh?

And so I chose the path of boots on the ground. We will see whether or not our government adjusts to the realities on the ground.

Not that Bush is being critical of the Obama administration and how it's trying to clean up his mess. He would never do that, as he's fond of saying. It's just that "the government" needs to adjust to the reality that those terrorists Bush once defeated stubbornly refuse to stay defeated. What jerks. Oh well. Someone else's problem now! It's not like Bush misses being president. Except for one part:

There is only one thing that I really miss about being president, and that's being the commander-in-chief. I admire our military a lot," former U.S. President George W. Bush tells Israel Hayom, his eyes twinkling. "When you are the commander-in-chief, at a time when I was, when you put them into a lot of combat situations, you develop a special bond, not only with the military but with their families."

"I would salute men and women in uniform on a daily basis," he says.

He wouldn't attend their funerals, or allow photographs of their caskets arriving at Dover Air Force Base, or apologize for being completely wrong about the reason he sent them to Iraq in the first place, but gosh, it sure was fun to strut around in his Commander Guy costume. Those were some good times, and they all had some good laughs, especially about how he couldn't find any weapons hiding under his desk, HAW HAW HAW!!!

How do we defeat ISIS and stabilize Iraq for real? No idea. But taking advice from any member of the family who got us stuck there because Iraq is catnip to a Bush? Or letting yet another one of them anywhere near the "War With Iraq" button? Yeah, that's probably the worst thing you could do. Let's definitely not do that ever again.

[Israel Hayom via The Hill]

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On Monday, Gloria Vanderbilt -- socialite, jeans lady, and mom of Anderson Cooper -- passed away at the age of 95. In more normal times, this would merely result in a few obituaries and tributes about her life, and the requisite few RIP tweets.

Unfortunately, we do not live in normal times. These days, no celebrity can die without it becoming the purview of the crazypants QAnon cult, followers of which believe that no one ever dies under normal circumstances, especially not 95-year-old ladies.

Vanderbilt and her family were already something of an obsession with these people due to several "Q proofs" accusing her of doing magic spells, wearing magic illuminati owl necklaces, and [checks notes] doing something involving "red shoes," which the QAnon people think people only wear if they love sacrificing children to Satan.

Yes, this is a thing. No, I do not know if they are also mad at Elvis Costello.

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