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Monday, January 29, 2007

Flawed intelligence, my ass

Continuing to create his own reality, our secretive vice president has once again emerged from his undisclosed location to spew more mind-bending rhetoric. This time, it's Newsweek that lands the exclusive and finally, the wingnuts have a new magazine to which to whack off. There are many a quotable quote to be had, from Dick's "we don't have any reason to doubt him" laugher about al-Maliki, to his decider-like answer to his critics that he is the "vice president and they're not"; however, it is this doozy that really gets under my skin:
The question about the run-up to war, the weapons of mass destruction. Do you feel that your credibility was hurt by that and that it's harder to make the case about the broader threats now?

Well, I have my own personal view. Obviously, there was flawed intelligence prior to the war ... but we should not let the fact of past problems in that area lead us to ignore the threat we face today and in the future. It would be a huge mistake. In terms of whether or not it adversely affected public opinion, I think it clearly did, but that does not lead me to conclude that we didn't do the right thing when we went into Iraq and took down Saddam Hussein's regime.
Cheney is clearly continuing the "blame the intelligence, not the cherry-picker" storyline here. He knows perfectly well, as the Libby trial is illuminating, that the intelligence he chose to use was debunked long before he trotted it out with a snicker and a sneer to the American people. Dick Cheney lies as predictably as the sun sets.

And, worse yet, we are not supposed to let these so-called "past problems" stop us from ignoring the "threat we face today and in the future." This threat, of course, is Iran, the vice president's next hyped-up hard-on. And, of course, we can't ignore Iran, a country he has personally emboldened and elevated to regional power status by eliminating the one huge counterbalance to its rise: Saddam Hussein. Mission accomplished, Dick.

Newsweek has more.