As the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, much praise was given to Congresswoman Liz Cheney for being one of the ten Republicans who voted to impeach.
Cheney is the #3 Republican in the House, which added weight to her stance.
But it was her father Dick Cheney and his legacy – a legacy she clearly plans to continue – that is arguably the most impeachable offense in American history.
House officially has the votes to impeach Trump for the second time. 10 Republicans vote yes:
John Katko (NY)
Liz Cheney (WY)
Adam Kinzinger (IL)
Fred Upton (MI)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA)
Dan Newhouse (WA)
Peter Meijer (MI)
Tom Rice (SC)
Anthony Gonzalez (OH)
David Valadao (CA) pic.twitter.com/shL72IO5sT
— The Recount (@therecount) January 13, 2021
President Trump: Iraq War Was The ‘Worst Single Mistake Ever Made’
President Trump has been at war with the Bush faction of the GOP since he announced his campaign for President in 2015.
Trump was right when he called President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s war in Iraq the “worst single mistake” in U.S. history.
“The worst single mistake ever made in the history of our country: going into the Middle East, by President Bush,” Trump told The Hill in 2018.
Trump added, “Obama may have gotten (U.S. soldiers) out wrong, but going in is, to me, the biggest single mistake made in the history of our country.”
Why was it such a colossal mistake? President Trump had an answer for that too.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 19, 2018
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Cheney Unapologetic About Iraq War, Bush Foreign Policy
“Because we spent $7 trillion in the Middle East,” Trump said. “Now if you wanna fix a window some place they say, ‘oh gee, let’s not do it.’ Seven trillion, and millions of lives — you know, ‘cause I like to count both sides. Millions of lives,” Trump explained.
“To me, it’s the worst single mistake made in the history of our country,” Trump reiterated.
This is a charge President Trump would repeat throughout both presidential campaigns and during his time in the White House.
Oh: and the only small pockets of opposition to the partnership between pro-war Dems and Liz Cheney to fund Endless War came from anti-war factions on the right and left – could call them "populists". Here's @mattgaetz working with @RoKhanna to denounce this militarism: pic.twitter.com/J1zMjHie4i
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 8, 2020
But Trump’s radical break with the Establishment’s foreign policy isn’t limited to Iraq.
Just weeks ago, Cheney and the Democrats worked hand-in-hand to block President Trump from removing troops from Afghanistan, where we have been mired for 20 years.
In October of 2019, Democrats (and many Republicans) voted overwhelmingly to condemn President Trump’s effort to withdraw troops from Barack Obama’s war in Syria.
Remember when Democrats at least pretended to be anti-war, when Bush was President?
‘America First’ vs. Neoconservative Ideology
But despite all the establishment praise being given to Cheney and a handful of anti-Trump Republicans this week, it is the “America First” foreign policy of Donald Trump that has completely flipped the script on this front in the GOP.
Republican members of Congress like Rand Paul, Matt Gaetz, Thomas Massie, and many others are staunchly opposed to needlessly starting another war like Iraq, and Trump’s position on this issue has largely helped solidify this sentiment among Republican voters.
Donald Trump Jr. has helped too.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 10, 2020
Liz Cheney Deserves To Be Removed More Than President Trump
Congresswoman Cheney will continue to pursue a foreign policy agenda like her father’s – one that puts America and our soldiers last.
She will find a more willing partner in a President Biden than she did with President Trump.
If there was an administration that deserved impeachment, it was Bush-Cheney for the disastrous foreign policy they foisted upon America – one that was continued by Barack Obama.
We are still dealing with the repercussions of Obama (and Hillary Clinton’s) disasters in Libya and Syria.
President Trump set a new course for America. Along the way, he secured four Middle East peace deals.
The Republican Party and Congress would do well to remove those who would take us back to the disastrous foreign policy of the past, and continue to build upon the Trump path to peace.
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