Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Check this Fact, Baby!

We had a blog about the Veep debates. But Blogger ate it and then burped our my face. We are so sad. So instead of attempting to recreate the most wonderfullest blog ever we will just note that the debate was a draw, and then will list the top five reasons why Darth Cheney sucked anyway.

1) Darth Cheney tried to connect the capture of Saddam to diminished terrorism. He said "Concern about Iraq specifically focused on the fact that Saddam Hussein had been, for years, listed on the state sponsor of terror, that they he had established relationships with Abu Nidal, who operated out of Baghdad; he paid $25,000 to the families of suicide bombers; and he had an established relationship with al Qaeda." The WP notes that the Saudis and the Gulf states did this first. And it didn't stop the suicide bombers that hit two buses in Israel on August 31st. Nor does Cheney mention that there is a picture of his former boss Donald Rumsfeld (yes, Rummy was his boss during the Nixon years. Yes, the Nixon years) shaking Saddam's hand- back when he was a guy they could do business with. Would that be an "established relationship"?

2) Darth Cheney refutes Edwards' assertion that the US is taking 90% of the coalition casualities. He asserts that one should not denigrate the Iraqi army's sacrifices by excluding them from the numbers. What he really means is "I'm going to try to make you watch my right hand while I pull the rabbit out of the hat with my left". We do believe the Iraqi army were not part of the coalition that invaded Iraq. We may be going out on a limb here, but we feel pretty confident that the Iraqi army did not invade itself. You can try to lie with statistics, Darth, but you gotta do it in footnotes.

3) The Veep made the patently ridiculous statement that he "not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11..." Listen, Darth, there are these little things called recording devices. The WP points out a couple of times when the following statements were made:

"it's been pretty well confirmed that [Atta] did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack."

"We discovered . . . the allegation that one of the lead hijackers, Mohamed Atta, had, in fact, met with Iraqi intelligence in Prague."

Atta "did apparently travel to Prague. . . . We have reporting that places him in Prague with a senior Iraqi intelligence officer a few months before the attacks on the World Trade Center."

"Cheney described Iraq as part of "the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault for many years, but most especially on 9/11."

Nothing there suggesting that there was a connection between Iraq and 0/11!

4) This is a guy who voted against early education for children (Head Start), food for the elderly (Meals on Wheels), a day off in honor of Martin Luther King, and against trying to get Nelson Mandela out of jail. We guess he figures the kids are too young to vote, the old folks to addled with hunger to vote, and African Americans too disenfranchised to have their votes count. That huge African American Wyoming demographic.

5) The Veep attacked Edwards for not showing up for work in the congress- so much so that Darth claimed they had never met. Pictures covered the web today of the Veep and Edwards at the swearing in ceremony of various senators. Oopsy.

In fairness, Edwards was not perfect. This was a draw. He could have done better. But in a debate between a veteran pol, the one term senator held his own.

Finally, two places where Darth Cheney scored some points, even with us:

1) His answers on the gay marriage/ his daughter question were dignified. (But so were Edwards, who seems to want Cheney's daughter to have some rights).

2) Stealthy, shadowy figure- Darth Cheney managed to shoot himself in the shawdowy foot. If only he spent more time in the blogosphere! He would not have a) sent people to the wrong website to check on Haliburton's record. b) but would also not have decided to send them to a website that had more than one article about Haliburton- and most of them not good. Guess he figured people would only read the one. It's there- tucked between the article on the lies in the B/C healthcare bill and the distortions in attack ads on Kerry.


Blogger Hamm said...

Drink the Kool-Aid and everything will be fine, I promise.

October 7, 2004 at 12:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what the hell's the matter with fear, anyway?

October 7, 2004 at 5:40 PM


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