Dick Cheney said that Democrats accusing the Bush Administration of misrepresenting intelligence is “one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city.”
Mr. Cheney and President Bush agreed that they are bothered when “people are irresponsibly using their positions and playing politics,” Bush added. “That’s exactly what is taking place in America.” White House Communication Director, Daniel Bartlett has said: “There’s a bright line there that the Democrats have crossed. They have no facts on their side.” Even Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld singled out a number of Democrats, including President Clinton and his secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, who had depicted Saddam as a threat because of weapons of mass destruction.
Cheney also said that “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 Iraq’s capabilities and intentions that was made by this administration and by the previous administration.”
I think several things are being overlooked here. First, Clinton and his administration may have pointed out that Saddam was a threat; however, Clinton didn’t start a war….well, maybe with his wife but certainly not the country.
I also think that with the volume of lies generated in Washington, even truth-impaired expert Dick Cheney would have a difficult time singling out what the “most dishonest” charge would be in that city. What most people don’t realize is that reality is a much more fluid concept than originally thought. Normally, you only see such blame-gaming with children. The only difference here, isn’t the sophistication of the answers; it’s how expensive the clothes are. You don’t find many children wearing pinstripe suits. The only other difference is that you aren’t likely to be in front of a Congressional Hearing to get to the bottom of the question: “Who spilled the grape juice on the carpet in the family room?