Cheney's Lies Flowing Like Oil
At this point I know when Dick Cheney is going to lie almost before he does. He was on the Hannity radio show today, replayed again on FOX TV, and Cheney went into the tired old line about Congress seeing the same intelligence as the President before the Iraq War. Just think about the chances of that being true from a reasonable point of view. The President actually controls the flow of information to Congress, sees more, and in this case manipulates it, cherry picks it, distorts it, and finally lies about it. The FOX-hounds out there can nod their heads all they want about how this was a group failure - that two branches of government got it wrong, but it's not true now and it's never going to be true.
“Bush and his aides had access to much more voluminous intelligence information than did lawmakers, who were dependent on the administration to provide the material…Bush does not share his most sensitive intelligence, such as the President's Daily Brief, with lawmakers. Also, the National Intelligence Estimate summarizing the intelligence community's views about the threat from Iraq was given to Congress just days before the vote to authorize the use of force in that country. In addition, there were doubts within the intelligence community not included in the NIE.” (Washington Post, 11/13/05)
All this added to the irony today when Cheney cautioned against putting too much store in the new al Qaida documents till they've been authenticated. Nice touch. He did go on to say that the documents show we're winning in Iraq, but he didn't mention something else. One apparently says that al Qaida is hoping for a war between the U.S. and Iran. If true, could that be to take the pressure off the insurgents in Iraq? Maybe. Or could it be that the disastrous fiasco in Iraq was beyond Osama's wildest dreams, and the Bush/Cheney solution isn't making anything better for us - it's just making things better for the terrorists? Is Osama inactive because there's no point in interfering when the United States is so busy screwing up on this level? Oh well, you'd think along the way Cheney would try some new lies. Even with Hannity tripping over himself to agree with the Vice President, these old lies are becoming more and more lame.