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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Cheney v. Pelosi

Cheney's clarity and backbone vs. Pelosi's feel-good rhetoric and dodging:

Vice President Dick Cheney refused Friday to take back his charge that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's opposition to President Bush's Iraq war buildup is playing into the hands of the al-Qaida terrorist network.

"If you're going to advocate a course of action that basically is withdrawal of our forces from Iraq, then you don't get to just do the fun part of that, that says, 'We'll, we're going to get out,' and appeal to your constituents on that basis," Cheney said.

Cheney (emphasis mine):

"She accused me of questioning her patriotism. I didn't question her patriotism. I questioned her judgment."

"You also have to be accountable for the results. What are the consequences of that? What happens if we withdraw from Iraq?," he said. "And the point I made and I'll make it again is that al-Qaida functions on the basis that they think they can break our will. That's their fundamental underlying strategy, that if they can kill enough Americans or cause enough havoc, create enough chaos in Iraq, then we'll quit and go home. And my statement was that if we adopt the Pelosi policy, that then we will validate the strategy of al-Qaida. I said it and I meant it."

Asked if he was willing to take back his criticism of Pelosi, Cheney replied, "I'm not backing down."

Well put.

Hat-tip: Powerline


(Please keep in mind that each commenter's opinions are only his/her own.)

That's all very well and good except for the fact that only a small percentage of the violence going on in Iraq is related to Al-Qaeda. This track has being the standard administration line even though they know that this is a sectarian conflict rather than an Al-Qaeda one. Maybe they think that if they keep saying "Al-Qaeda" this and "Al-Qaeda" that we'll start to buy that Al-Qaeda is why we're really there...

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