The ‘Last Throes’ Of Cheney’s Credibility

April 16, 2007

I know in the past I’ve expressed my bewilderment at the fact that the MSM continues to grant Dick Cheney interviews and report them as if they’re something that should be taken seriously, but this is really getting out of hand.  Is there really any reason to believe anything this guy says?  Before I get into what out what the V.P. of fantasy land said yesterday, I think it’s important to have a short review…

June 20, 2005

“I think we may well have some kind of presence there over a period of time,” Cheney said. “The level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.

At the time, the number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq was about 1,650.

June 19, 2006

Asked if he still believed the insurgency was in its final throes, as he said in a CNN interview on May 31, 2005, Cheney said, “I do.” He cited election of an interim government, a constitutional referendum and parliamentary elections in December that established a unity government as evidence the insurgency is being pushed to the margins.

Insurgent and sectarian violence has flared during the same period, and Cheney as well as President George W. Bush previously have acknowledged errors in dealing with the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion and coping with resistance.

Still, Cheney said, that is the “period that we’ll be able to look at and say: That’s when we turned the corner, that’s when we began to get a handle on the long-term future of Iraq.”

When Cheney gazed into his crystal ball this time, the U.S. military deaths stood at about 2,500.

April 15, 2007

In response to Schieffer’s suggestion that Cheney’s 2005 remark that the Iraq insurgency was in its “last throes” might make some dispute his optimistic take on the war going forward, the vice president suggested his comments lacked hindsight (“We have to respond to questions from the press and we do the best we can with what we know at the time”), but still spoke that progress in Iraq was evident.

“My statement at the time that you referenced was geared specifically to the fact that we just had an election in Iraq where some 12 million people defied the car bombers and the assassins and for the first time participated in a free election,” Cheney said. “We had three elections in 2005 in Iraq: We set up a provisional government, then we got a ratification of a brand new constitution, then elections under that constitution of a new government, the government that is in place now. I still think in the broad sweep of history those will have been major turning points in the war in Iraq.”

As of this writing, the U.S. military deaths in Iraq number 3,283.

“Do our best with what we know at the time”?  Well, right now we know that the total deaths in Iraq are double what they were when Cheney first said ‘last throes’.   Maybe the press should follow Cheney’s lead, and conclude that he either doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about, or he’s just saying what sounds good at the time. You know, like “greeted as liberators“, and “simply stated, there is no doubt“.


  1. Nice blog!

  2. Cheney has continued to insist on an Iraq-9/11 link.

    In fact there is infinitely more linking Cheney and Rumsfeld to 9/11 than Saddam.

    Both Cheney and Rumsfeld (with : Libby, Wolfowitz, Libby et al) were charter members of the Neoconservative think tank PNAC Project for the New American Century.

    One can goole PNAC and read their own words in their own website that they conclude that:

    1. The world will be better off dominated by the USA

    2. Massive build-up of our military and preemptive strikes on oil rich countries with or without the help of our allies.

    3. Their agenda will move forward more expediciously if we were to have “catastrophic catalizing event-A new Pearl Harbor” This was published in August 2000.

    4.Cheney and Rumsfeld were in a position to tamper with our defenses for 8 months prior to 9/11.

    5. We went to war with much less evidence against Saddam than exists against Cheney and Rumsfeld.

  3. Cheney rules! LOL

  4. I was wrong about you. We’d appreciate it if you’d stay off our blog. You’re an idiot. We’ll simply delete any of your comments and/or block you from this point forward.

  5. LOL I’ve been added to the ‘watch list’. What the hell are you afraid of? I might make you THINK? We are NOT at war with Islam. Even your pal Bush said that. In fact, he said anyone who says so is spreading propaganda for al Qaeda.

    Anyway, take care.

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