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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

CHICKENHAWK SQUAWKIN'

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Someone apparently lost the key to Cheney's cage. Mr. Mean was on the loose again yesterday to re-sell his pet project, the Iraq war, catapult the propaganda, and disparage the critics. Is it just me, or does it seem unwise for the only guy with an approval rating worse than Bush's to continue as the public face of this war? Just a thought. Then again, he may be the only one left that actually still believes the bullshit he's spewing.

Yesterday's speech (C&L has the video) before the American Enterprise Institute, a leading conservative think tank and former stomping grounds for the Veep, saw Cheney once again firing back at critics of his war:

"Any suggestion that prewar information was distorted, hyped, fabricated by the leader of the nation is utterly false."
He's right, the charge is false -- it was Cheney who did all that, not Bush.

Later in the speech he says, "What is not legitimate -- and what I will again say is dishonest and reprehensible -- is the suggestion by some U.S. senators that the president of the United States or any member of his administration purposely misled the American people on prewar intelligence." Ok, fine, you let Chalabi take care of all that. Whatever dude.

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Big Dick also kept up his reputation of fear-mongering with falsehoods by implying that Osama bin Laden would gain control of Iraq if we were to withdraw our troops. There is, of course, no evidence to back this claim up, not that a lack of evidence has ever stopped this man before.

But it doesn't stop there. Amazingly, Cheney managed to directly contradict himself within the span of his 19-minute speech. First, this:

"But nobody is saying we should not be having this discussion or that you cannot reexamine a decision made by the president and the Congress some years ago."
Then, a few minutes later:

"This is revisionism of the most corrupt and shameless variety. It has no place anywhere in American politics, much less in the United States Senate."
And hey, speaking of corrupt and shameless, check out where Cheney will be appearing in a few weeks: A fundraiser for Tom DeLay. Brilliant.

Cheney's speech also prompted our favorite closeted, right-wing muckracker Matt Drudge to howl conspiracy. Always on the lookout for evidence of 'liberal media' shenanigans, Drudge whipped out the sirens to bleat that CNN had subliminaly imprinted a giant, black, Family Feud 'X' over Cheney's face during his speech. Here's the screengrab:

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But come on Drudge, this is so not a conspiracy. This is actually a simple case of cross-promotion. While using the speech to sell his ideology, Cheney also used it to sell the new XBox 360. Don't you know he gets a pint of baby blood for every unit he moves? Sheesh.

MORE
Cohen:
Cheney Deserves the Boot
Nation:
Cheney picked the wrong fight
Stewart to McCain: '
Is Cheney insane?'

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