Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Dick In Your Mouth All Day

Dick Cheney's finest moments in the debate with John Edwards (NOTE - I'm working off the Fox News transcript which might have been translated by the satirist Carl Cameron):

"The effort that we've mounted with respect to Iraq focused specifically on the possibility that this was the most likely nexus between the terrorists and weapons of mass destruction." Possiblility. Most likely. Now that we know the truth about the location of that nexus (Pakistan) where is the effort?

"The senator has got his facts wrong. I have not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11, but there's clearly an established Iraqi track record with terror." Suggested. No. He hasn't. He has consistently insisted in nearly all instances.

"We heard Senator Kerry say the other night that there ought to be some kind of global test before U.S. troops are deployed preemptively to protect the United States. That's part of a track record that goes back to the 1970s when he ran for Congress the first time and said troops should not be deployed without U.N. approval." Some kind of global test. What Senator Kerry really said: "No president, though all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America. But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons." But, then, Mr. Edwards countered this lie pretty damn well himself.

"I have not heard those numbers with respect to African-American women. I was not aware that it was — that they're in epidemic there, because we have made progress in terms of the overall rate of AIDS infection, and I think primarily through a combination of education and public awareness as well as the development, as a result of research, of drugs that allow people to live longer lives even though they are infected — obviously we need to do more of that." Which part of the Two Americas does Dick belong to? Obviously, the one that knows nothing about a tragedy that did not happen overnight. Obviously, the one that doesn't care about the issues that affect many African-American women.


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