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Political Quiz: What's Your Score?

... on pointing fingers in war and peace

by Jackie Wattenberg

1: The war of which president was the most costly in human lives since World War II?
2: Whose actions have taken more American lives, Osama bin laden or the administration of George Bush-Dick Cheney?
3: What organization asked President Clinton in 1998 to invade Iraq and take out Saddam Hussein?
4: Who were some of the members of that organization?
5: What was Clinton's response?
6: How many suspected terrorists have Bush-Cheney captured and held in detainee camps?
7: How many of these have been tried and proven guilty?
8: How many of these have been tried and proven innocent?
9: How many of these detainees have committed suicide?
10: How many of the Democratic candidates for president opposed the Iraq War? Who are they?
11: How many of the Republican candidates for president opposed the Iraq War? Who?
12: Which nation has waged the most wars since WWII? How many wars has it waged?
13: How many of these wars were provoked by actions of the enemy country against us?
14: Who does the Constitution say is responsible for declaring war?
15: What does the Constitution give as reasons for Congress to maintain a military force?
16: Which of the world's developed nations is the only one that does not provide health care for all of its citizens?
17: Which president warned us about the dangers of the Military Industrial Complex?
18: Which nation spends more on military weaponry than does the rest of the world combined?
19: How many U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq have committed suicide?
20: Was it a Democratic or Republican president who said "I hate war as only a soldier can who has been there, who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity!"?


1: Lyndon Johnson. His Vietnam War took more than 58,000 U.S. lives, and 3,200,000 Vietnamese.
2: The administration's Iraq war: 3,646 losses as of July, 2007; Osama's attack on the Trade Towers, close to 3,000.
3: The Project for a New American Century.
4: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, "Scooter" Libby, Douglas Feith, Elliott Abrams, Jeb Bush, John Bolton, Zalmay Khalilzad, etc.
5: Uh 00.
6: Nobody knows for sure. At least several thousands.
7: None.
8: While not being lawfully tried, a few hundred have been freed and returned to their native lands or other places.
9: Unknown. But estimates are of at least one hundred. Others prevented when trying to starve themselves to death due to torture, isolation and hopelessness by being painfully force-fed.
10: Three: Sen. Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama; Clinton, Edwards, Biden and Dodd voted for the resolution allowing war. Governor Bill Richardson, undeclared.
11: One, Congo Ron Paul of Texas.
12: Eight (8)
13: None
14: Only Congress
15: "To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws ofthe Union, suppress Insurrections, and repel Invasions." (No citing of traveling around the world to attack nations)
16: The United States
17: General-Republican-President Eisenhower
18: The United States
19: As of early 2007, 116
20: Republican General and President Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower.

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