Lonely are the not-so-brave
Vice President Cheney declared yesterday that the United States “will not relent” in the war in Iraq and will hunt down insurgents there “one at a time if necessary,” implicitly rebutting escalating pressure on the Bush administration to bring U.S. troops home.
Addressing a friendly audience of combat veterans a day after antiwar candlelight vigils were held around the nation, Cheney cast victory in Iraq as “critical to the future security of the U.S.” and said the country should not lose its resolve to defeat the militants.
Two months after declaring that the Iraqi insurgency was in its “last throes,” Cheney painted a starker picture yesterday, acknowledging that “there is still tough fighting” to come. Rather than promising quick victory, he reminded Americans that after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks Bush warned that the broader struggle with terrorism would be “a lengthy campaign.”
The vice president cited the darkest days of the American Revolution, when the war was going badly and ragtag rebels were ready to go home until George Washington rallied them. “They stayed in the fight, and America won the war,” he said. “From that day to this, our country has always counted on the bravest among us to answer the call of duty.”
And then there were the not so brave who had “other priorities“.
Why aren’t they pelting this guy with rotten fruit?