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Dick Cheney: Powell Is Welcome In GOP (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post |  Rachel Weiner
Posted: 05-27-09 05:29 PM

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has shown little affection recently for his old Bush Administration colleague Colin Powell. Asked to choose between the one-time Secretary of State and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, Cheney said he’d side with Rush.

“If I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I’d go with Rush Limbaugh,” Cheney said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “My take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican.”

But now, the acerbic ex-official is softening his stance. In an interview with CNBC’s Larry Kudlow, Cheney said Powell is welcome back into the party and that Republicans would be “happy to have him.”

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Gulf War Illnesses Debate Rages On for 18 Years: No End in Sight for the Sick

by: Thomas D. Williams, truthout.org

Thursday 19 March 2009

Barack Obama is now the fourth president facing the scientific and bureaucratic conundrum around the US-created ongoing wartime hazards producing disastrous health complications for soldiers and civilians.

Eighteen years after the six-week first Gulf War, maladies still haunt thousands of US and allied service members as well as estimated hundreds of thousands of Iraqi, Kuwaiti and Afghan civilians. A myriad of scientists and government officials insist it is bewildering to pinpoint whether countless chemical and radiological hazards either killed or sickened hundreds of thousands of US service members, allied soldiers and Iraqi, Kuwaiti and Afghan civilians. Federal health officials have not only denied monetary and health assistance to thousands of veterans, whose illnesses they say cannot be linked to US created wartime hazards, but they have mostly failed to assist the Iraqi, Kuwaiti and Afghan civilian health system.

“Our war (the first Gulf War) was the most toxic as far as exposures ever in history,” said Denise Nichols, a retired US Air Force registered nurse and veterans’ advocate, who herself suffers from wartime illness. “How can parents or the American citizens trust their government or encourage their young to enlist when this history of neglect and denial of gulf war illness is allowed to fester … [the US Department of Veterans Affairs] has betrayed us. [The Department of Defense] has betrayed us. The government for 17 years betrayed the trust we as soldiers, airmen, marines, or sailors had, and our trust must be regained by [incoming President Barack Obama].”

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