Monday, October 25, 2004

Cheney to Reality: Go F*** Yourself, Again

In an interview with NBC's "Today" show ("hard-hitting" journalism wedged between updates on the "Today Wedding"), VP Cheney said "I don't think we were wrong. On the big issues, I think we got it right, as the president himself has said."

An excerpt from the transcript -- [this is pretty much the only actual tough question, which is likely why Cheney gives the answer that he does]:

Gangel: Right before the war, on “Meet the Press” you said, "We will be greeted as liberators." Were you wrong?
Cheney: Jamie, just because it's tough and because it's difficult and because force was required doesn't mean that it wasn't the right thing to do. And the Iraqis I've talked to, virtually to a man, all reiterate that gratitude they feel to the United States for what we did.

For those not paying attention, VP Cheney did not answer the question. Even providing a simple "no" would have been preferable to that answer.

Cheney: "[Kerry] said the other day in the New York Times that he wants to get terrorism back to a point where it's just a nuisance, like illegal gambling or prostitution. Those were his words. . . I think that's nuts.

So how does Cheney feel about his boss saying yesterday that whether the United States can ever be fully safe from terrorism was "up in the air"?

As previously noted by the CNB, Cheney's relationship with reality appears to be in need of repair.

Sen. Kerry also gave an interview to Today, but nothing new beyond the normal campaign rhetoric.