Mr. Cheney, who was the administration’s toughest, most persistent advocate for the war in Iraq, depicted the senators as hypocrites swayed by antiwar sentiment and their own political ambitions.
“Some of the most irresponsible comments have, of course, come from politicians who actually voted in favor of authorizing force against Saddam Hussein,” Mr. Cheney told the group, Frontiers of Freedom, at the Mayflower Hotel. “What we’re hearing now is some politicians contradicting their own statements and making a play for political advantage in the middle of a war.”
Questioned in South Korea, President Bush responded:
At a news conference in Kyongju, South Korea, where he will attend the Asian economic summit, President Bush said Thursday that he backed the vice president’s comments.
Mr. Bush said it was “patriotic as heck to disagree with the President.”
“It doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is when people are irresponsibly using their positions and playing politics. That’s exactly what is taking place in America.”
Like, for example, Jay Rockefeller.
Armando is free to pretend that all the administration is doing is ‘questioning his patriotism,’ the rest of us can look at this as a long overdue response to a series of willful misrepresentations of history- lies, if you will.
It seems to me there are plenty of things to flay this administration about that you don’t need to start lying yourself. Or playing the tired old victim card. Armando and his ilk have had several years of attacking without any response, and finally the administration is fighting back.
About damned time. And Jay Caruso is right– it does piss me off that the press continues to refer to the pushback as the ‘President lashing out at critics,’ when what is actually happening is that Bush is refuting accusations from Democratic partisans.