Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Wednesday, October 06, 2004


I guess Edwards did the best he could with Cheney's multiple lies, i.e., throwing as many falsehoods as he possibly could into two minutes, or ninety seconds. Unfortunately, Cheney's ability at mendacity far outmatched Edwards' ability to keep up. Cheney lied about: saying he never tried to connect Iraq to 9/11; Zarqawi being connected to Saddam; the strength of the coalition (Poland says they were fooled and is planning to start pulling its troops out now finishing next year; same thing with Ukraine; same thing with Norway; same thing with Denmark; Spain's out; the Arab neighbors are not there; Turkey won't join); Allawi not being a tool of the US; the burden being beared by the Iraqi forces - unless, as Josh Marshall points out, you want to change the definition of 'coalition'; and, there being enough forces on the ground to get the job done. He tried to pull the blinders on the American people by not being fully truthful about the vote for the $87 billion (Bush threatened to veto the same money if Congress tried to find a way to pay for it), the cost of the Iraq war by using figures to date instead of the inclusion of the money asked by the administration to get us through September 2005, Kerry's votes on the weapons systems that Cheney himself tried to cut, and Kerry's cuts on the intelligence budgets when the cuts Kerry proposed were less than that wanted by the Republicans in Congress. I was amused by Cheney referencing El Salvador when talking about the desire of people to be free, which was obviously an attempt to call out Edwards possibly not having the background on the situation but Edwards didn't take the bait. What Cheney left out, of course, is that many of the same people conducting foreign policy in the W administration are the same who were involved in the catastrophic policies in Central America during the Reagan administration that brought about the atrocities we saw in El Salvador and Nicaragua, were behind the laughable "war" in Grenada, and eventually led to the bogus war in Panama.

Oh, and what was that BS about Edwards not being in the Senate for so many votes? Does the GOP really want to bring this up with the president who has spent more than 20% of his time in Texas (running from horses) or at Camp David or at the family retreat in Maine (falling off a variety of vehicles)?

And, that was just the foreign policy section. I drifted in and out for the rest of the debate because of a vicious migraine affecting my concentration, vision, and ability to keep any food or liquids down (apologies for the detail).