Rand Paul Vs. Liz Cheney: LET THEM FIGHT.

No Matter Who Wins, We Lose

We begin this Sunday with the feud between Rand Paul and Liz Cheney. The feud seems to have begun when Paul rightfully called out neocons like the newly fired John Bolton, for their desire for "endless wars." This, of course, pissed off the scion of Dick Cheney enough that she responded via Twitter:

So began a volley of insults from the nepotistic children of rightwing scumbags, while somehow still remembering to kiss Donald Trump's ass while doing it.

So we pick up with this on CNN's State of The Union, where Jake Tapper asked Paul about this and whether it was more than the petty squabbling of spoiled assclowns:

PAUL: Yes. No, I think this is a big issue, whether or not we should stay in Afghanistan. I can't meet a general who can clearly tell me what our national security interest is in Afghanistan. Most of the military, over 60 percent of the military who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, now think both of the wars should come to an end.

So I think the president's right to do this, but I think we have to call out the Republicans who are preventing him. This is the Bolton-Cheney wing. Dick Cheney to this day still thinks the Iraq War was a good thing.

The Iraq War, President Trump has said, was the biggest geopolitical blunder of the last generation. It destabilized the Middle East. It increased the strength of Iran. It tipped the balance towards Iran.

So there really was nothing good about the Iraq War. And Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney, John Bolton, they still don't get it. They still are advocating for more regime change in the Middle East.

Again, seems a libertarian clock can be right once in a while, even if it only works like a sun dial. Rand Paul then took the opportunity to explain why he called in to a radio station on Cheney's home turf and endorsed who he'd like to be the Republican nominee for an open Senate seat in Wyoming, that Liz Cheney is rumored to be running for. Here is the video: Over on NBC's Meet The Press, Liz Cheney was given a chance to comment on the feud:

CHUCK TODD: […] It's using the words, calling somebody pro-terrorist. Do you admit that that's probably a little overboard?

CHENEY: Look, I think, if you look back at what Senator Paul has said over many, many years, he's very different from where President Trump is on these issues. President Trump puts America first. Senator Paul, whenever given the opportunity, blames America first.

Ah, the good ol' Bush-era "if you are not with us, you're a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer." The Cheneys do love it. Can't wait to rename french fries into "freedom fries" or re-boycott the Dixie Chicks -- the only Americans to ever actually be canceled -- while listening to Nickelback.

After defending her fellow warmonger John Bolton and siding with Mike Pompeo's unconfirmed determination that Iran is responsible for the drone attack on a Saudi oil facilities (even though Yemen nationalist Houthi militia has taken responsibility), she took the time to revive an old lie about President Obama:

CHENEY: And the Iranians ought to understand and recognize, we're not going to abide by an Iranian nuclear weapon. We're not going to allow that to happen. And they need to come back to the table to negotiate. These sanctions will continue to be strengthened. They'll continue to feel increasing pressure, until they do that. But we're not in the business of doing what Barack Obama did, where he sent pallets full of cash, for example, to the Iranians to bribe them to come to the negotiating table.

This "pallets full of cash" bullshit has been debunked already, Cheney! The $1.7 billion was the settlement of a decades-old arbitration claim between the US and Iran. $1.3 billion of that represented estimated interest on Iranian money the US had held since the 1970s. It was never our money, Cheney, unlike the $15 billion Trump just offered Iran to come back to the Obama nuclear deal he pulled out of and caused Bolton to be quit/fired. Here is Cheney's video:

Now with this drone attack, which changes Trump from "would meet without pre-conditions" to "we're locked and loaded" on Iran, the only comfort I find is from this tweet:

[John Bolton cries a single tear as he realizes the war with Iran he's sought for so long may finally happen without him]
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 15, 2019

Before we go, we must check in with former senator Claire McCaskill on Meet The Press, whom Chuck Todd asked about the New York Times's new article confirming Deborah Ramirez's accusation against now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the FBI's failure at investigating it. McCaskill's answer left a lot to be desired:

McCASKILL: I'm not sure, honestly. You know, that was such a mess. And what it did for those of us who were running, it crystallized how bad Washington is.

TODD: Yes, it did.

: So if you were of Washington at that moment, frankly, the party didn't matter as much as the fact that you were part of that mess. And the mess really occurred because the information that needed to be investigated came out so late. And then it looked like a kneecap even though there were reasons it was late. I'm not sure good ones.

She added the caveat that it "isn't going away if the FBI never even bothered to talk to people surrounding this woman's allegation" but that fact that her first instinct was on how it affected her political career is very telling. It's almost admirable to see someone who's been a rather obvious failure as a politician on the local and national level continue to give advice on national TV about political headwinds.

Have a week!

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Michael Mora

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