Take the Cheney Challenge
Ron Fournier of the Associated Press doesn’t like Dick Cheney. That’s pretty much the content of Fournier’s latest hit piece. And Fournier is, perhaps because of his animus toward the Vice-President, no stickler for accuracy. He writes:
The latest disclosure also raises fresh questions about the vice president’s credibility, long-ago frayed by inaccurate or questionable statements on Iraq.
Really? It would be interesting to see how many such inaccurate statements Cheney made, that were not also made by John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.
…and then John selectively uses quotes that make an agreeable echo in his head. So let’s play along.
Iraq-Al Qaeda Connections
There’s overwhelming evidence there was a connection between al Qaeda and the Iraqi government. I am very confident that there was an established relationship there.” – Vice President Cheney, 1/22/04
â€œThere was a relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda.â€ â€“ Vice President Cheney, 9/14/03 (From the same transcript that Hinderaker linked to)
â€œWe believe Saddam has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.â€ â€“ Vice President Cheney, 3/16/03
â€œSimply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt that he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.â€ â€“Vice President Cheney, 8/26/02
â€œI think has been fairly significant success in terms of putting Iraq back together againâ€¦and certainly wouldn’t lead me to suggest or think that the strategy is flawed or needs to be changed.â€ â€“ Vice President Cheney, [ 9/14/03 ]
â€œWe will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. . . . I think it will go relatively quickly… (in) weeks rather than months.â€ â€“ Vice President Cheney [3/16/03]
Hinderaker goes on to say:
As a certified liberal, Fournier subscribes to the dogma that Iraq couldn’t possibly have anything to do with al Qaeda:
[Cheney] also insisted there was a link between al-Qaida and Iraq.
But of course! No one could possibly deny, in light of all of the revelations both before and after Saddam’s downfall, that there were links, connections, relationships–call them what you will–between Iraq and al Qaeda. We have discussed them many times. It is possible to debate the extent and significance of the links between Iraq and al Qaeda, but for Fournier to imply that they didn’t exist is absurd.
However, since we know that Hinderaker and the two other NotRockets are known to skip over salient facts, blatantly ignore reality, and make shit up we’ll just have to take those “links, connections, relationships–call them what you will” (known in the trade as weasel words) with a grain of salt bigger than the Rockets ego.
If that’s possible.