Thursday, November 24, 2005

That Would Be Cheating

Here is a link to a snipet of the address made by Dick Cheney on the allegations that President Bush lied to get America into war. Here is the full address.

I think his remarks are very worthwhile. These senators who are criticizing could have voted NO. Hmmm. If they had looked at the evidence given and made a decision based on the evidence at hand and found it lacking, it seems they could have said "nope, not a good enough reason." Here are some of the VPs comments:

Some of the most irresponsible comments have come from
politicians who actually voted in favor of authorizing the use
of force against Saddam Hussein. These are elected officials who had
access to the intelligence materials
. They are known to have a high
opinion of their own analytical capabilities. (Laughter.) And they were free to reach their own judgments based upon the evidence. They
concluded, as the President and I had concluded, and as the previous
administration had concluded, that Saddam Hussein was a threat. Available
intelligence indicated that the dictator of Iraq had weapons of mass
destruction, and this judgment was shared by the intelligence agencies of many
other nations, according to the bipartisan Silberman-Robb Commission. All of us
understood, as well, that for more than a decade, the U.N. Security Council had
demanded that Saddam Hussein make a full accounting of his weapons programs. The
burden of proof was entirely on the dictator of Iraq -- not on the U.N. or the
United States or anyone else. And he repeatedly refused to comply throughout the
course of the decade.

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