Skip to comments.CHENEY FIGHTS BACK
Posted on 11/16/2005 4:05:19 PM PST by Oeconomicus
CHENEY FIGHTS BACK Wed Nov 16 2005 18:56:46 ET Excerpts As Prepared For Delivery Tonight by Vice President Cheney
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 its 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 thats 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...
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.
They arrived at the same judgment about Iraqs 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 couldnt 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.
Those are facts.
What were 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.
The President and I cannot prevent certain politicians from losing their memory, or their backbone but were not going to sit by and let them rewrite history.
Were going to continue throwing their own words back at them. And far more important, were 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.
Now if the Gutless GOP Senators would actually grow a spine. Where is Senator Allen?
Over and over and over and over again......
I said at the time that I watched him during the Trent Lott episode declare that Republicans have for years worked to disenfranchise blacks in the south.
He never once offered even a flimsy example,just stated it as accepted fact without need of evidence or explanation.Of course it went unchallenged by the interviewer.
I said that because of that type of statement he could never be trusted and his whole persona was a charade.
Nothing has changed.
Frontiers of Freedom Institute 2005 Ronald Reagan Gala
Somewhere in the DC area, I'd guess.
Coop, I love your tagline and agree with it wholeheartedly.
"We can never say enough how much we appreciate them, and how proud they make us"
Well Mr. Vice President, we are proud of them too, and most of us are proud of You and President Bush as well!! God Bless you both, your families, and the administration.!
Great speech, give em......heck LOL
Bravo! Now let's roll!!
Snugs, did you catch this speech by the Vice President? Absolutely smashing!
Ummmmmm, this post deserves a picture! Gotta love this man!!
Excellent! I like your sense of humor.
How's this one?
Wow! That pic is WAY too big for a post!!! The dial-up people will be furious.
Do you know how to resize a pic to post, and do you know how to preview?
The cars in that picture look like the latest models in Fat Fidel's Cuban paradise!
Amen to that!