Facts, statistics, and other Cheney lies.
Looks like Dick Cheney (pasty guy? bad heart? talks out the side of his mouth?… that guy) doesn’t play well with others work. Zogby is not amused:
â€œThere was a poll done, just random in the last week, first one Iâ€™ve seen carefully done; admittedly, itâ€™s a difficult area to poll in. Zogby International did it with American Enterprise magazine. But thatâ€™s got very positive news in it in terms of the numbers it shows with respect to the attitudes to what Americans have done.
â€œOne of the questions it asked is: â€˜If you could have any model for the kind of government youâ€™d like to haveâ€™ â€” and they were given five choices â€” â€˜which would it be?â€™ The US wins hands down. If you want to ask them do they want an Islamic government established, by 2:1 margins they say no, including the Shiite population. If you ask how long they want Americans to stay, over 60 percent of the people polled said they want the US to stay for at least another year. So admittedly there are problems, especially in that area where Saddam Hussein was from, where people have benefited most from his regime and whoâ€™ve got the most to lose if weâ€™re successful in our enterprise, and continuing attacks from terror. But to suggest somehow that thatâ€™s representative of the country at large or the Iraqi people are opposed to what weâ€™ve done in Iraq or are actively and aggressively trying to undermine it, I just think thatâ€™s not true.â€
In fact, Zogby International (ZI) in Iraq had conducted the poll, and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) did publish their interpretation of the findings. But the AEIâ€™s â€œspinâ€ and the vice presidentâ€™s use of their â€œspinâ€ created a faulty impression of the pollâ€™s results and, therefore, of the attitudes of the Iraqi people.
For example, while Cheney noted that when asked what kind of government they would like, Iraqis chose â€œthe US… hands down,â€ in fact, the results of the poll are actually quite different. Twenty-three percent of Iraqis say that they would like to model their new government after the US; 17.5 percent would like their model to be Saudi Arabia; 12 percent say Syria, 7 percent say Egypt and 37 percent say â€œnone of the above.â€ Thatâ€™s hardly â€œwinning hands down.â€
It is so unlike De-Fib Dick to mess these things up…..
(Thanks to tbogg stringer Chris)