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Excerpts As Prepared For Delivery Tonight by Vice President Cheney
16 Nov 2005
Cheney tries to fight back (only he's a born loser).
THE VICE PRESIDENT: "As most of you know, I have spent a lot of years in public service, and first came to work in Washington, D.C. back in the late 1960s. I know what it’s like to operate in a highly charged political environment, in which the players on all sides of an issue feel passionately and speak forcefully.

In such an environment people sometimes lose their cool, and yet in Washington you can ordinarily rely on some basic measure of truthfulness and good faith in the conduct of political debate. But in the last several weeks we have seen a wild departure from that tradition.

And the suggestion that’s been made by some U. S. senators that the President of the United States or any member of this Administration purposely misled the American people on pre-war intelligence is one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city...

[* Those charges are true. However, if they were false, they would pale in their degree of reprehensibleness to your murder of innocent civilians in Iraq, your support for torture, and your presiding as vice-president over toture. *]

Some of the most irresponsible comments have, of course, come from politicians who actually voted in favor of authorizing force against Saddam Hussein. These are elected officials who had access to the intelligence, and were free to draw their own conclusions.

[* These politicians took it in good faith that you provided them with real intelligence. You did not provide them with real intelligence. Even the CIA has remarked that you interfered with the process and interfered in their offices to a degree never before seen in the history of the CIA. You, Mr. Cheney, provided the false intelligence that convinced our less than bright politicians to follow your lead. You, Mr. Cheney, ARE a criminal and a liar. *]

They arrived at the same judgment about Iraq’s capabilities and intentions that was made by this Administration and by the previous Administration. There was broad-based, bipartisan agreement that Saddam Hussein was a threat … that he had violated U.N. Security Council Resolutions … and that, in a post-9/11 world, we couldn’t afford to take the word of a dictator who had a history of WMD programs, who had excluded weapons inspectors, who had defied the demands of the international community, who had been designated an official state sponsor of terror, and who had committed mass murder.

[* You and George Bush refused to listen to the reports of those inspectors who reported that there were no weapons of mass destruction. Saddam did, in fact, allow inspectors in. *]

Those are facts.

[* No, Mr. Cheney, those are lies. *]

What we’re hearing now is some politicians contradicting their own statements and making a play for political advantage in the middle of a war. The saddest part is that our people in uniform have been subjected to these cynical and pernicious falsehoods day in and day out. American soldiers and Marines are out there every day in dangerous conditions and desert temperatures – conducting raids, training Iraqi forces, countering attacks, seizing weapons, and capturing killers – and back home a few opportunists are suggesting they were sent into battle for a lie.

[* You sent them into Iraq, Mr. Cheney, and their deaths are on your shoulders. Don't expect us to lie to our troops to make them feel good about dying for you lies. *]

The President and I cannot prevent certain politicians from losing their memory, or their backbone – but we’re not going to sit by and let them rewrite history.

[* Sorry, Bub, but a couple of years ago you re-wrote the present and now we're correcting it. *]

We’re going to continue throwing their own words back at them. And far more important, we’re going to continue sending a consistent message to the men and women who are fighting the war on terror in Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other fronts.

We can never say enough how much we appreciate them, and how proud they make us. They and their families can be certain: That this cause is right … and the performance of our military has been brave and honorable … and this nation will stand behind our fighting forces with pride and without wavering until the day of victory.

[* Why are none of your children or the children of the president fighting in that war? They are not fighting in the war because you consider it beneath them, so don't tell us about what you are proud of or not.

P.S. Fuck you Mr. Cheney.

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