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Define “throes.”

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Because I don’t think it means what Dick Cheney thinks it means:

In May 2005, Vice President Cheney declared that the insurgency in Iraq was in its “last throes” and predicted “[t]he level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline.” Since that time, violence in Iraq has continued unabated.

Today at the National Press Club, Cheney was asked if he still believed that May 2005 was when the insurgency entered its “last throes.” He said he still did.

Now maybe I’m just overly cynical about this whole "cakewalk on the cheap" thing — after all, I was one of the millions of people in that global "focus group" marching in protest during the run-up to the war, but I really think Dick should reconsider his options here.  I have a few suggestions for alternative answers:

1.  "I was wrong. The insurgency was not in its last throes."

2.  "I made a mistake when I said that.  Given that I have never studied guerilla warfare and have absolutely no combat experience, it would be imprudent for me to speculate."

3.  "I underestimated the extent of the chaos we created by invading Iraq without an exit strategy."

4.  "I wish it were, but I see now that the insurgents will not rest until we’re out of Iraq."

5.  "Yes, but that’s because I’m an arrogant, amoral, demented, war-profiteering Dick."

6. "Look over there!  A flock of quail!"


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