CHENEY (8/14/04): Senator Kerry has also said that if he were in charge he would fight a more sensitive war on terror. (Laughter.)
America has been in too many wars for any of our wishes, but not a one of them was ever won by being sensitive. (Applause.) CHENEY (8/14/04): Senator Kerry has also said that if he were in charge he would fight a more sensitive war on terror. (Laughter.) won by being sensitive. (Applause.)
The men who beheaded Daniel Pearl and Paul Johnson will not be impressed by our sensitivity. (Applause.)
And thats where Cheneys flip-flop comes in! On Thursday, the VP spoke with conservative talk host Hugh Hewitt (click here, then scroll down for transcript). He started with the weeks prescribed drivel about how the two words dont really go together, sensitive and war. But moments later, Hewitt asked about the current stand-off in Najaf. And wouldnt you know it? Surprise of surprises! Accidentally telling the truth, Dick Cheney flip-floppedbig-time:
HEWITT (8/12/04): Will the Najaf offensive continue until that city is subdued even if that means a siege of the Imam Ali shrine?
CHENEY: Well, from the standpoint of the shrine, obviously it is a sensitive area, and we are very much aware of its sensitivity. On the other hand, a lot of people who worship there feel like Moqtada Sadr is the one who has defiled the shrine, if you will, and I would expect folks on the scene there, including U.S. commanders, will work very carefully with the Iraqis so that we minimize the extent to which the U.S. is involved in any operation that might involve the shrine itself.
Cheney used the very word he had just trashed Kerry for using. Dumbly but honestly, Cheney showed how utterly fake his week-long assault has really been. Excerpts from The Daily Howler