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 ...