"Dick" Cheney continues to peddle the astonishing lie that the Iraq War is contributing to the safety and security of the United States, the same discredited "fight 'em there so we don't have to fight 'em here" idiocy. The Boston Globe swats this garbage down hard:
To begin with the obvious, Britain and Spain were both fighting in Iraq, and it didn't prevent them from being attacked. Whatever has accounted for the quiet at home, it isn't the combat in Iraq.
In addition, ``security and safety" have not exactly been the lot of all Americans in the last few years. Just before Cheney made his remarks, the US death toll in Iraq reached 2,500. The administration can breathe a sigh of relief that the tally is unlikely to reach the 3,000 mark that most people associate with Sept. 11 when the fifth anniversary of the attacks arrives in three months. But the number is close, suggesting that as a counterterrorism campaign, the war in Iraq has been a massive error. One might ask the vice president whether it would not be more correct to say that the terrorists are not attacking us in the United States because it is easier to kill Americans in Iraq.
If the strategy is working, then the number of terrorists should be declining. But a State of Iraq chart published in The New York Times last Friday shows the number of foreign fighters -- those most likely to carry out attacks against Americans -- is growing, up to 1,500 from 1,000 a year ago. Those migrating to Iraq are not the remnants of Al Qaeda. Instead, as studies by the Israeli scholar Reuven Paz and the Saudi researcher Nawaf Obeid have shown, they are newly radicalized individuals with scant experience in Islamist violence.
Iraqi insurgents -- an increasingly jihadist cohort -- now number 20,000, according to the Times chart, a 20 percent increase over the last year. That comes after a year in which US troops were scoring regular successes against the rebellion.
Yes, Cheney will continue to spout the same lying bullshit no matter how much evidence piles up against it. As PBS demonstrated this past week, Cheney was the driving force behind the Iraq disaster and the lies necessary to get it going. Cheney has a personal stake in defending this catastrophe, and he doesn't give a DAMN that 2500 Americans and 30,000 Iraqis have died (so far) because of his monumental fuck-up. For Cheney, it's now all about saving face.
Disgusting. Unsurprising but disgusting. And by the way: where are the so-called "mainstream media" on Cheney's company and its subsidiaries doing business with both Iraq AND Iran back in the 80s and 90s, in violation of American law??