The vice president, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, told the American people that their opinion doesn’t matter.
He also implied that Americans (including generals, our troops, Democrats and Republicans) are not interested in winning.
After saying that the president was interested in victory in Iraq, Cheney went on:
“It may not be popular with the public — it doesn’t matter in the sense that we have to continue the mission and do what we think is right. And that’s exactly what we’re doing,” Cheney said. “We’re not running for office. We’re doing what we think is right.” [ABC’s this week]
In typical fashion, he says that the president is interested in victory, and those who disagree are not. Victory “may not be popular with the public.” Those who disagree with the president are “emboldening the terrorists.” As this segment of America, who think there needs to be a significant change in our Iraq policy, grows, the vice president casts a larger and larger segment of the population as siding with the terrorists. Someone needs to explain to the vice president that you win by not continuing with self-destructive policies. Replacing them with policies more likely to lead to security is quite compatible with “victory.”
Claim to promote democracy while expressing disdain for it. The Bush/Cheney Doctrine.
The fact is, Mr. Vice President that we are in the midst of one of the worst crises our country has faced because of your administration’s failed policy. Even prominent neocon, influential Bush advisor, and political lightning rod Richard Perle has said that:
[…]had he seen at the start of the war in 2003 where it would go, he probably would not have advocated an invasion to depose Saddam Hussein. Perle was an assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan. “I probably would have said, ‘Let’s consider other strategies for dealing with the thing that concerns us most, which is Saddam supplying weapons of mass destruction to terrorists,’” he told Vanity Fair magazine in its upcoming January issue. [CNN]
We’re getting close to the point where they’ll need to rely mainly on Laura and the White House dog.
People want a change, and Bush is “full speed ahead” (that’s the new “stay the course”) on his failed policies. This will continue, according to the vice president, no matter what message the American people send, nor how they send it.
Despite anything Bush or Cheney might say in the last hours of campaigning, people want a new direction. Of course Democrats want victory, security and peace. To suggest otherwise is not only unpresidential, it’s despicable. It’s time this administration had some oversight. It’s time that failed policies were reconsidered instead of rubber stamped. It’s time to stay a successful course for a change.Posted by James at November 5, 2006 12:19 PM