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    Maddow: Romney on board with the legacy of Dick Cheney — “It is not surprising that the Republican Party would not be all that enthused with about the legacy of George W. Bush, but what do you make of the fact that they all are on board with the legacy of Dick Cheney?” Maddow wondered. “Seventeen of Mitt Romney’s twenty-four foreign policy advisers are Bush-Cheney guys,” she added. “Even as Romney is shunning the endorsement and any joint appearances with the former President of the United States, George W. Bush, he is proudly publicizing and doing fundraisers with Dick Cheney.” – Raw Story
How does one position himself next to the guy who ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden? That’s part of Mitt Romney’s struggle to distinguish himself from President Obama, a Democrat who seems strong on foreign policy and national defense, New York’s Frank Rich told Rachel Maddow Wednesday night. Describing what seems to be the Romney foreign policy, Rich said, “It’s kind of an undifferentiated, generalized truculence. Russia is still the biggest enemy we have. He wants to have a trade war with China, apparently.” Rich added, “He wants to have war with Iran, it seems, even though the Obama policy is proving to be quite successful in terms of tough sanctions. It’s almost like he’s embracing the truculence Cheney represents without any real intellectual framework.” – Daily Intel
Colin Powell: “Come on Mitt, think“ – Powell expressed concerns about the Republican’s far-right advisors, especially on foreign policy, whose judgment Powell considers suspect. At one point, he urged Romney, “Come on Mitt, think” — as if to say Romney is not already thinking. Powell added that he and others in the Republican mainstream have been “taken aback” by some of the hardline positions adopted by the presumptive GOP nominee. (For context, it’s worth noting that Romney has surrounded himself with many of the worst members of the Bush/Cheney team, all of whom were wrong about nearly everything, and many of whom had no use for Powell’s vision of U.S. foreign policy.) Powell also emphasized his support for investments in education and infrastructure — “what we need to be doing,” he said — which clearly aligns him with Obama and against Romney, though he did not explicitly say so. — Steve Benen

    Maddow: Romney on board with the legacy of Dick Cheney — “It is not surprising that the Republican Party would not be all that enthused with about the legacy of George W. Bush, but what do you make of the fact that they all are on board with the legacy of Dick Cheney?” Maddow wondered. “Seventeen of Mitt Romney’s twenty-four foreign policy advisers are Bush-Cheney guys,” she added. “Even as Romney is shunning the endorsement and any joint appearances with the former President of the United States, George W. Bush, he is proudly publicizing and doing fundraisers with Dick Cheney.” – Raw Story

    • How does one position himself next to the guy who ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden? That’s part of Mitt Romney’s struggle to distinguish himself from President Obama, a Democrat who seems strong on foreign policy and national defense, New York’s Frank Rich told Rachel Maddow Wednesday night. Describing what seems to be the Romney foreign policy, Rich said, “It’s kind of an undifferentiated, generalized truculence. Russia is still the biggest enemy we have. He wants to have a trade war with China, apparently.” Rich added, “He wants to have war with Iran, it seems, even though the Obama policy is proving to be quite successful in terms of tough sanctions. It’s almost like he’s embracing the truculence Cheney represents without any real intellectual framework.” – Daily Intel
    • Colin Powell: “Come on Mitt, think – Powell expressed concerns about the Republican’s far-right advisors, especially on foreign policy, whose judgment Powell considers suspect. At one point, he urged Romney, “Come on Mitt, think” — as if to say Romney is not already thinking. Powell added that he and others in the Republican mainstream have been “taken aback” by some of the hardline positions adopted by the presumptive GOP nominee. (For context, it’s worth noting that Romney has surrounded himself with many of the worst members of the Bush/Cheney team, all of whom were wrong about nearly everything, and many of whom had no use for Powell’s vision of U.S. foreign policy.) Powell also emphasized his support for investments in education and infrastructure — “what we need to be doing,” he said — which clearly aligns him with Obama and against Romney, though he did not explicitly say so. — Steve Benen
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    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell tells CNN he’s in favor of same-sex marriage, “either at the state or federal level”: ”I respect the fact that many denominations have different points of view with respect to gay marriage and they can hold that in the sanctity in the place of their religion and not bless them or solemnize them,” he said. He said he has “a lot of friends who are individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones, and they are as stable a family as my family is and they raise children. And so I don’t see any reason not to say that they should be able to get married under the laws of their state or the laws of the country.” —Mother Jones

    Morning Bunker Report: Thursday 5.24.2012

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    Colin Powell to Sean Hannity: “Well, so?” →

    I’m sure Sean Hannity had himself a private little cry and a nap after his interview fail with Colin Powell yesterday:

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell tonight threw a wet blanket on Sean Hannity’s longtime obsession with attacking President Obama over Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers. 

    During an interview with Powell on his Fox News show, Hannity said that he finds Obama to be “one of the most divisive figures in — that I’ve witnessed in politics today.” 

    Powell responded: “[T]hat’s a term that’s being used rather freely. I don’t think he’s that divisive an issue.” Powell then asked, “What could have been more divisive than, when President Obama was inaugurated, for a number of Republicans, friends of mine, and a number of commentators to say, ‘We’re going to destroy him. We’re going to destroy him’?” 

    Hannity replied: “I was one of his harshest critics. I wasn’t out to destroy him.” Hannity also asserted: “Well, I was critical about Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright.” Powell responded: “I don’t know Bill Ayers from the man in the moon. Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright are just passing things through [Obama’s] life.” Hannity then said that Obama spent “20 years” in Wright’s church, to which Powell responded: “Well, so?” 

    WHY ARE YOU SO DANG MEAN, COLIN POWELL?

    Sean Hannity is a petty, little man-child. Even though he had the Snowbilly Screecher from the North Woods on his show Monday night (so they could trade their innermost secret Wright and Ayers fantasies), after this let-down from Powell, Hannity will need to bring her on again to re-fluff himself.

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    COLIN POWELL: War with Iraq was never debated — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell provides what may be the most authoritative confirmation yet that there was never a considered debate in the George W. Bush White House about whether going to war in Iraq was really a good idea. […] “By then, the President did not think war could be avoided,” Powell writes. “He had crossed the line in his own mind, even though the NSC [National Security Council] had never met — and never would meet — to discuss the decision.” – HuffPo

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