June 26, 2005

Reality vs. Dick Cheney

In Bushworld...

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The insurgency in Iraq is "in the last throes," Vice President Dick Cheney says, and he predicts that the fighting will end before the Bush administration leaves office. - 6/20/2005

"If you look at what the dictionary says about throes, it can still be a violent period, the throes of a revolution," he said. "The point would be that the conflict will be intense, but it's intense because the terrorists understand that if we're successful at accomplishing our objective -- standing up a democracy in Iraq -- that that's a huge defeat for them.

"We will succeed in Iraq, just like we did in Afghanistan. We will stand up a new government under an Iraqi-drafted constitution. We will defeat that insurgency, and, in fact, it will be an enormous success story." Cheney - 6/24/2005
Guess it depends on what the meaning of "throes" is, huh Dickey? Gee, that sounds almost familiar.

Meanwhile, back in reality...

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Two suicide bombers killed at least 31 people in two separate attacks on a police station and outside an Iraqi military base in northern Iraq on Sunday, the U.S. military said.
Editor and Publisher thinks Cheney reminds them of someone...

Is it just me, or is Vice President Cheney starting to sound like another balding, rose-colored-glasses wearing, war spokesman, Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf, better known as “Baghdad Bob”?

Yesterday, after a week of serious criticism, for claiming that the insurgency in Iraq was in its “last throes,” Cheney refused to back down, even after Gen. John Abizaid, our top military commander for the Middle East, proclaimed that the insurgency, in fact, was as strong as ever, and “a lot of work” remained to be done to defeat it. Earlier this week, GOP Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska had said he was sick of sunny assertions about the war from the White House, and declared that the U.S. indeed might be losing, not on the edge of victory.


At 6/26/2005 8:52 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Yes, be sure and read Don Wooten's column in today's Dispatch Argus for a good perspective on the subject and on the Durbin situation.

It's a good read.

At 6/26/2005 1:25 PM, Blogger texas QCer said...

The American public is rapidly losing patience with the Administration's handling of the war, with latest poll numbers indicating somewhere in the neighborhood of a 60% disapproval rate.

Those of us in the majority on this blog know (yes, I said "KNOW") that the public and world was handed a big fat lie in the war's original justification. Bush has bungled this completely, and his "legacy" will reflect this.

I wonder if our troops on the ground would agree with the assessment of the insurgency being in the final throes - an insurgency that is the direct result of Bush's ill-conceived plans and misguided ego.

At 6/26/2005 4:36 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Don't forget the constant associating of Iraq with 9/11. Saying things like "we were attacked, and we're going to respond" to constantly reinforce the false idea that Iraq had something to do with the 9/11 terrorists. This will be made fun of in the future just as witch-hunt McCarthyism is now.

At 6/27/2005 12:01 PM, Blogger diehard said...

How do we get out of Iraq.
At least elder Bush would have some kind of exit strategy. Reaching out to the U.N NATO the reast of this planet.
But I think we will stay as long as Mr.Chimp is President.

At 6/27/2005 6:02 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Cheney always looks mad at the world in every photo. I guess I'd be mad too if I had to be second bannana to a guy who is not qualified to wash his own socks......let alone run the country.

AND the fact that Cheney is the one really running things yet getting none of the credit -- well that probably irritates him - until he remembers to look at all the profits Haliburton has racked up with the war and all. And then he remembers that he's getting it all just the way he wanted -- so what if the history writes only about Bush and not the VP.

The price of compromise I guess.

At 6/27/2005 9:30 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Is Cheney still alive? He looks like he's been to the taxadermist!


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