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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Cheney Firestorm

Josh Marshall correctly points out that Dick Cheney, who has not exactly been a paragon of truth in the past, is actually being called on it by the press this time around with regard to his Iraq-Al Qaeda ties comments on Meet the Press, and Marshall wonders why:

"...this seems to be the first time that the press, the editorialists, everybody is reacting with mounting indignation over the Vice-President's habit of stating notorious falsehoods and unsubstantiated allegations on national television. The behavior isn't new; the reaction is. Something's changing."

What's changed is the distance in time from the "major combat operations" of the war, during which time the press felt the need to basically line up and salute without questioning jack. Now that months have passed and there's a growing perception that the US is bogged down in Iraq, criticism looks more legit and less likely to be shouted down as unpatriotic. Other issues, like the energy task force obstruction, just don't strike a lot of people as having the importance of national security either.

Or maybe people have finally just taken their heads out of their asses.

By the way, kudos to Rummy, Condi and W for actually admitting Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. I was shocked to hear Bush give such a straight answer to the reporter's question on this. Now I just wish Bush would stop implicitly connecting the Iraq war to 9/11 in every speech he gives, which conveys the impression that Saddam was behind the attacks and leads to 70% of Americans believing the lie.