Saturday, March 11, 2006

Cheney Makes Questionable Reference When Speaking To AIPAC

On Tuesday, Vice President Dick Cheney spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and once again made the case for the benefits of the Iraq War:

CHENEY: One leader in Lebanon said: “When I saw the Iraqi people voting, it was the start of a new Arab world…The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing. The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it.”

The “leader in Lebanon” is Walid Jumblatt, a man who in 2004 was quoted celebrating the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and a year earlier was quoted calling President Bush a "mad emperor," and saying the true axis of evil was "oil and Jews."

What an odd reference point for a speech to AIPAC. You have to wonder what the audience would have thought if Cheney had quoted Jumblatt by name.

Why would Cheney quote Jumblatt? Apparently because he is the only Lebanese leader to say something that could be used to support the administration argument that "a liberated Iraq can ... transform that vital region."

Jumblatt gave his quote to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius last month. Soon thereafter, variations of the quote were used by a wide variety of right-of-center pundits, including David Brooks and Daniel Schorr.

But is it the viewpoint of most Lebanese? “I’ve never heard it from anybody except Walid Jumblatt," Jamil Mroue, editor-in-chief of Beirut’s Daily Star newspaper, told The New Republic.

Maybe the administration feels Jumblatt has changed his ways. Or maybe Jumblatt qualifies as a Middle East "moderate" -- a frequent reference point during the recent Dubai Ports World brouhaha. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Jumblatt last month, ignoring his reported comments about the Bush Administration, including describing her as "oil-colored."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bush Administration does not care how hypocritical the message as long as it can momentarilly fool the media and the masses, which it knows share a long-term memory deficit disorder.
As another example, we hear parrotted Bush's expressed concern over sending the "wrong message" to the Arab world via rejecting the Dubai port's deal (in which JABBS offers in another post evidence Bush had himself instructed).
No one asks where was Bush's concern about sending the wrong message when he last December cracked a joke immediately after disclosing to the press that 30,000 Iraquis, mostly innocent bystanders, had been killed in the Iraq War.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous boobooday said...

Condi met with him after he said THAT?

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Atman said...

I don't care -- I DON'T CARE -- what they felt when they saw Iraqis voting

That still does NOTHING to mitigate the fact that they LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE and manipulated intelligence to start an unjustified war against a soveriegn nation! That is the ONLY issue!

1:11 PM  
Anonymous tanyev said...

Maybe it was a translation error.
Maybe he really said "oil-covered".

1:12 PM  

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