To Mr. Cheney

November 17, 2005

[Excerpts: Cheney on Iraq critics]( “BBC NEWS Americas Excerpts: Cheney on Iraq critics”)

“The saddest part is that our people in uniform have been subjected to these cynical and pernicious falsehoods day in and day out.”

Depending on the context, this is exactly what the critics of the war have said. Mr. Cheney, this isn’t about our men and women in uniform, this is about getting them the hell out of some place we don’t belong. We’re critics because we’ve seen this administration give false information and bend the truth enough to where we can’t approve of another American citizen dying in a foreign country. It’s not that we don’t approve of our people over there, but they’re over there for the wrong reasons.

There was broad-based, bipartisan agreement that Saddam Hussein was a threat… that he had violated UN Security Council resolutions… and that, in a post-9/11 world, we couldn’t afford to take the word of a dictator who had a history of WMD [weapons of mass destruction] programmes, who had excluded weapons inspectors, who had defied the demands of the international community, who had been designated an official state sponsor of terror and who had committed mass murder.

We are not the UN’s army. We don’t listen to the UN either. I am very glad for that, BTW. But because we don’t listen, does that give any other country a right to invade us, just because we disagree? Hell, we could be invaded for maintaining control of the internet.

We can never say enough how much we appreciate them, and how proud they make us.

Finally, we can agree on something. I don’t approve of this war, and a majority of Americans don’t either. But you better bet that we appreciate them and yes, we are very proud of them.

They and their families can be certain: that this cause is right… and the performance of our military has been brave and honourable… and this nation will stand behind our fighting forces with pride and without wavering until the day of victory.

rah rah rah. i’ll bet that your speechwriter got an hard-on when they wrote that ending.

But yes, “this nation will stand behind our fighting forces with pride and without wavering”, but we will do so not caring if we’re victorious, we will do so in support of our men and women and not the leadership that lead them into this hell.