Friday, September 24, 2004

Allawi keeps his end of the bargain -- Cheney rushes to his defense

Yesterday, John Kerry (along with most people whose eyes and ears are working correctly) criticized Iraqi PM Allawi suggesting that large portions of Iraq are happy and trouble-free.

Cheney's commentary: "I must say I was appalled at the complete lack of respect Senator Kerry showed for this man of courage, when he rushed to hold a press conference and attack the prime minister, a man America must stand beside to defeat the terrorists. John Kerry is trying to tear down all the good that has been accomplished, and his words are destructive to our effort in Iraq and in the global war on terror."

PM Allawi says "It's a tough struggle with setbacks, but we are succeeding" and Cheney has the cojones to criticize Kerry. How about criticizing the guy who calls frequent beheadings, constant and increasing attacks on American troops, and lack of control over significant parts of the country "setbacks"? Boy, I'd sure hate to see what Allawi thinks a "problem" is.

In addition, even though Cheney would not agree, CNB was shocked when Allawi said "We are fighting for freedom and democracy — ours and yours. For the struggle in Iraq today is not about the future of Iraq only, it's about the worldwide war between those who want to live in peace and freedom, and terrorists, terrorists who strike indiscriminately at soldiers, at civilians, as they did so tragically on 9/11 in America." (emphasis added).

I see. So now they have Allawi making the completely unsubstantiated Iraq-9/11 blurring. CNB notes that in the Executive Summary of the 9/11 Commission's report, the term "Iraq" does not even appear, although the report does note that "Saudi Arabia has been a problematic ally in combating Islamic extremism." Hell, even Bush admitted last year there was no link. (Cheney, however, keeps that truck a-rollin' every chance he gets - 1, 2, 3, though oddly arguing here that it is the fault of the media). Maybe Allawi wanted to make sure the checks did not stop coming?

As for VP Cheney, CNB is unable to figure out how best to respond to this without using profanity. Let me try: saying that someone is ignoring the reality of his own country does not mean you are attacking him. On the contrary, it is merely commentary, just like the kind you frequently provide on Sen. Kerry. Please contact CNB with any questions.

As for the comment that invading Iraq is about American democracy and freedom, CNB will likely address that at another time.