Karl Rove sent us his chief attack dog tonight:
Vice President Dick Cheney added his voice on Wednesday to the chorus of Republican criticism of Democrats who have accused the Bush administration of manipulating intelligence on Iraq, calling it “one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city.” “Some of the most irresponsible comments have, of course, come from politicians who actually voted in favor of authorizing force against Saddam Hussein,” Cheney told the Frontiers of Freedom Institute, a conservative policy group.
For Cheney to suggest we Democrats are being dishonest is a bit rich – especially given the fact that Henry Waxman has documented 51 times that Cheney misled the country about Iraq.
Hey Dick – if you wish to have a discussion as to the integrity – or lack thereof – of those of us who opposed this invasion versus yourself, we have three words for you: BRING IT ON.
Update: Senator Kerry responds:
It is hard to name a government official with less credibility on Iraq than Vice President Cheney. The Vice President continues to mislead America about how we got into Iraq and what must be done to complete the still unaccomplished mission.
Exactly! But I’d like to take address a couple of other matter starting with this sentence:
“The saddest part is that our people in uniform have been subjected to these cynical and pernicious falsehoods day in and day out”.
PERNICIOUS! Wow – Cheney’s speechwriters love to do this – send him to a safe location (speech before other rightwingers) to use fancy terminology that causes us to pick up our dictionary to find out he meant “deadly”. Of course, had he been plain spoken, some might realize that it was his falsehoods that led our soldiers in harm’s way.
I loved what Senator Hagel said:
Hagel on Tuesday defended the right to criticize the White House’s war policies in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations … “The Bush administration must understand that each American has a right to question our policies in Iraq and should not be demonized for disagreeing with them,” Hagel said, according to a transcript on the council’s Web site. “To question your government is not unpatriotic — to not question your government is unpatriotic,” said Hagel, who was decorated for his military service in Vietnam.
Yes – during Vietnam War, we got the same garbage from the White House. And let’s remember that Hagel and Kerry served during this war, whereas Five Deferment Dick did not.
President Bush is backing Cheney (surprise) and laughably claims that he does not mind criticism. But he does mind people using their positions of authority irresponsibly. Remind me – who was the Commander-in-Chief who used his position of authority to irresponsibly lead this nation into war for partisan purposes?