Sen. Harking Not Mincing Words

Here’s Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Cheney’s attacks on Kerry for using the word “sensitive“:

“It just outrages me that someone who got five deferments during Vietnam and said he had ‘other priorities’ at that time would say that.

…[President Bush and Cheney are] running scared because John Kerry has a war record and they don’t. What he is doing and what he is saying is cowardly. The actions are cowardly.”

“When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney, who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil. He’ll be tough, but he’ll be tough with someone else’s kid’s blood.”



UPDATE. Speaking of Cheney, Bob Somerby has a great catch from the 8/12 (Yes, 8/12/2004!)Hugh Hewitt show:

HEWITT (8/12/04): Will the Najaf offensive continue until that city is subdued even if that means a siege of the Imam Ali shrine?

CHENEY: Well, from the standpoint of the shrine, obviously it is a sensitive area, and we are very much aware of its sensitivity. On the other hand, a lot of people who worship there feel like Moqtada Sadr is the one who has defiled the shrine, if you will, and I would expect folks on the scene there, including U.S. commanders, will work very carefully with the Iraqis so that we minimize the extent to which the U.S. is involved in any operation that might involve the shrine itself.”

Wow! A coward and sensitive.