Wednesday, October 25, 2006

And Now For Something Completely Different ...

It appears Vice President Dick Cheney is finally agreeing with reality, and acknowledging that the Iraqi insurgency is not in its "last throes."

Speaking with NPR's Juan Williams yesterday, Cheney had this exchange:

WILLIAMS: Do you think, you've said... famously, this business about "last throes of the insurgency." Do you think they're in the last throes now?

CHENEY: I can't say that. I would have expected that the political process we set in motion -- the three national elections and so forth -- would have resulted in a lower level of violence than we're seeing today. It hasn't happened yet. I can't say that we're over the hump in terms of violence, no.

It's a progression to comments Cheney made in June at the National Press Club:

MODERATOR: Do you think that you underestimated the insurgency’s strength?

CHENEY: I think so. I guess if I look back on it now, I don’t think anybody anticipated the level of violence that we have encountered.


The reality check for Cheney -- essentially joining the rest of the world in acknowledging the obvious -- counters what he said in May, when Cheney said he still thought the insurgency was in its "final throes," because the election of an Iraqi government was pushing the insurgency to the margins.

Of course, Cheney's original remarks were not referring to elections, a unity government, or a Constitution. "The level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline," he said then. "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."


Still, the fact that Cheney has finally acknowledged his "last throes" comment was wrong -- even if the reality check is merely for political gain on the eve of the mid-term elections -- is a small step for mankind. Americans have to see this reality check as "good news."

Now if only Cheney would stop lying about ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda ...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone take what Dick Cheney says seriously anyway? He will say anything to help fatten the Halliburton calf. The fact that 655,000 people are dead because of his efforts apparently doesn't bother him in the least.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Now he's just 3 years behind reality, rather than 5. It's progress, of a sort.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

You take what you can get. It's good to have this stuff on the record, if/when Ken Mehlman decides that he needs a new talking point.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

by 2010, when he's safely out of office, Cheney will admit the bush administration should have taken the aug. 6 pdb more seriously.

by 2012, when the Edwards/Obama ticket wins re-election on the heels of capturing Bin Laden, essentially dismantling the leadership of Al Qaeda, and successfully creating a regional effort to get 90% of our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, Cheney will admit that iraq didn't have ties to al qaeda.

by 2014, with Cheney surviving on a new heart created via embryonic stem cell research -- replacing his Grinch heart that's three sizes too small -- Cheney will admit that embyronic stem cell research is a good thing.

by 2016, when his daughter is in a gay marriage and allowed to adopt, he'll proudly hold his grandchildren and say that gay marriage isn't such a bad thing after all.

by 2018, when president Karinna Gore leads a worldwide effort to reverse the devastation of global warming, Cheney will finally admit that his administration didn't understand the problem, and too often listened to the energy industry when setting policy.

by 2020, when cars no longer run on gasoline and all the energy companies have switched to what we now know as "alternative fuel sources," Cheney will admit that he never trusted ken lay during his energy task force meetings, and that the bush administration was more interested in political favors to the energy industry than actually solving any problems.

... Rome wasn't built in a day, you know. These things take time for the truculent among us.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Jackmeoffer said...

Let's be serious Anonymous, no body with half a brain is voting for a guy whose name sounds like he should be running a terrorist group in the Middle East. Obama, my Ass. Who's his brother Osama? Ha, Ha, you Democrats crack me up.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Angelina's Evil Twin said...





3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasn't Karinna Gore the hot one who became a Hollywood writer? I don't think she has a future in politics. ...

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

furthermore, she'd only be 35 in 2018, meaning that she would be elected at 33 using anonymous' timeline.

do some homework, pal, before you start posting your liberal fantasies about hot gore girls.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Bagaa-ga-gaa-me-stupid Gore hah Internet girls where's my mouse need more porn heh-ehhh librusl...

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Ilsa said...

I heard him on the radio this morning! HE said Iraq is not in a civil war in the same sense as Gettysburg or Antietam! If that wasn't the stupidest thing I've ever heard!

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Downtown Hound said...

What an unbelievable idiot

What the hell does he mean by that? They're not using muskets? God, what fools we have for leaders.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous AIJ Alom said...

i'm telling you we need to ship over gray and blue uniforms.

shiites in blue, sunnis in gray. in addition we need to send rifle muskets and bayonets, throw in some horses and viola ! cheney and every other neo-con will finally see a civil war.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous klook said...

His distinction made no sense.

Cheney said Iraq isn't in a Civil War, because "when I think civil war, I think Antietam, Gettysburg." He said W's Iraq is different because "You've got a united government, a unity government in place. You've got united military forces, in terms of the army."

OK, in the U.S. Civil War (or "the recent unpleasantness," as it's known in some quarters), we had a united government (the United States Government), and united military forces (the U.S. Army and Navy). On the other side you had an insurgency, a bunch of rebels who were fighting their own country's government.

Sorry, Dick, you blew it on that one.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous flyingfysh said...

here's why it's called "last throes"

Because they last, and last, and last...

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, at least we can say Cheney's hair is in its' last throes.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

I a waiting for the day when Cheney says he is in the last throes!!

4:31 PM  

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