Thursday, April 05, 2007

Time To Commit

From the Washington Post:

Captured Iraqi documents and intelligence interrogations of Saddam Hussein and two former aides "all confirmed" that Hussein's regime was not directly cooperating with al-Qaeda before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, according to a declassified Defense Department report released yesterday.

The declassified version of the report, by acting Inspector General Thomas F. Gimble, also contains new details about the intelligence community's prewar consensus that the Iraqi government and al-Qaeda figures had only limited contacts, and its judgments that reports of deeper links were based on dubious or unconfirmed information. The report had been released in summary form in February.

The report's release came on the same day that Vice President Cheney, appearing on Rush Limbaugh's radio program, repeated his allegation that al-Qaeda was operating inside Iraq "before we ever launched" the war, under the direction of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist killed last June.

"This is al-Qaeda operating in Iraq," Cheney told Limbaugh's listeners about Zarqawi, who he said had "led the charge for Iraq." Cheney cited the alleged history to illustrate his argument that withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq would "play right into the hands of al-Qaeda."

Forget impeachment - Cheney ought to be committed to a lunatic asylum.

It's been traditionally successful to repeat a lie so often that it becomes fact in the minds of many, many people. Perhaps Mr. Cheney is experimenting to see whether this tack will work with a proposition that's been hugely discredited.

Just because it doesn't work this time doesn't mean they can't fiddle with it and find a way to make it work next time. After all, GW Bush, whose agenda works so blatantly against the interests of the overwhelming number of American citizens, has twice become president. Despite the black boxes and sleazy vote counts, someone must have been persudaed.
I wonder if Cheney's actually lying or he believes his own bullshit. I tend to think the real nuts - like Cheney, like Bush, like Limbaugh, like O'Reilly - believe their own bullshit. They're pathological. McCain and Huckleberry Graham know when they're lying. They're doing it for expedient reasons. But Cheney (and Bush and Limbaugh and O'Reilly) - I'm pretty sure they inhabit their own special place in Delusion Land.
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