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Monday, October 11, 2010

Today in History, Congress Ceded Its Power to Bush

October 11th, 2002, the U.S. Senate voted the AUMF, Authorization of Use of Military Force.

In the hands of an Administration derelict in its duty, the action would cost American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars, if not thousands; lead the nation into torture (including steam rolling of Congressional oversight committees) and such things as outsourcing/contracting with private groups like Blackwater; expose 'US intelligence' by launching the most costly search for nothing, those WMDs, in the history of the world (budget partly classified, but hundreds of millions), while decorating the man-in-charge of the CIA with the Congressional Medal of Honor; cost the lives of more servicemen and women than civilians killed on 9/11; precipitate a civil-religious war and ultimately deliver Iraqi politics deep into the Stalinist ambit of Iran; and prove a point.


On the lighter side, we got "Baghdad Bobs", of all nationalities: