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Cheney: “So?” – Well said!

March 20, 2008

The media is up in arms at Vice-President Dick Cheney’s latest comments on the war in Iraq. The following dialogue took place during an interview with Martha Raddatz for ABC’s Good Morning America…

CHENEY: On the security front, I think there’s a general consensus that we’ve made major progress, that the surge has worked. That’s been a major success.

RADDATZ: Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.

CHENEY: So?

RADDATZ So? You don’t care what the American people think?

CHENEY: No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.

The grand hoohaa has been over his use of the word “so?” in the sense of ‘so what?’ I do not see what the problem is. Great leaders the world over are not fussed by the views of the general public which change with the wind. I find it interesting that the left side with opinion polls and demand that the President act in way that would court popularity with the masses on the issue of war. The public are not in a position to make decisions about wartime tactics and strategies, and yet the media and the Democrats attack Bush and Cheney for not kowtowing to the whims of the people.

That is not how democracy works. We elect politicians to make those decisions. The media seem to want this war on terror to be waged based on quasi-referenda, that is opinion polls. If the democratic nations of Europe and North America were ruled based on the fluctuating views of the general population, most countries would have the death penalty, some form of repatriation for many minorities and civil rights for homosexuals would be non-existent.

Political leaders have to make decisions which are not necessarily popular. Considering most leaders are voted in with less than 50% of the vote (remember, many people do not even vote), it is hardly surprising that opinion polls consistently show low approval ratings for leaders in most countries in the free world.

Kudos to Cheney for once again saying what he thinks and sticking to his principles. In the upcoming Presidential election, the man of principle and integrity who will not back down just to curry favour with the electorate is the man America needs right now. That man is, of course, John McCain. Obama merely wants to be popular and wants everyone around the world to like Americans; he will achieve the latter with regard to the extremists by leading America in retreat waving the white flag of surrender. In doing so, many of America’s Allies will lose respect for this great nation.

McCain will stand tall and steadfast. McCain’s America will be very unpopular with terrorists, anti-Americans, undemocratic rogue states, and all those who are willing to let America (or its Allies) be attacked again (ie the non-interventionists). These people will not like what McCain will do in the face of threats to America or its allies. So what?

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Scooter Libby Framed in Leftist Cover-Up

March 7, 2007

The mainstream media, the Democrats and the anti-American forces around the world are celebrating the conviction of Lewis “Scooter” Libby, ex-Chief of Staff to Dick Cheney. His ‘evil’ deed? Lying to the FBI and a grand jury about the Valery Plame affair. The BBC has been trumpeting Libby’s conviction as evidence that the Bush Administration misled the world about its reasons for invading Iraq. Once again, this is typical left-wing anti-American spin aimed at tainting the Bush Administration and America’s noble aims in attempting to defeat extremism and maintain freedom.

Why is there this spin? Many in the media seem to be forgetting that the trial of Libby was a desperate attempt by Prosecutor Fitzgerald to ‘achieve’ something after months of digging for more dirt on the Bush Administration had produced nothing that would hold up in court. What a triumph for Fitzgerald to obtain a conviction for ‘fibbing’!

What were these lies? Attempts to cover up false evidence used to convince people of Saddam Hussein’s menace? No. Efforts to mislead the world over the Iraq situation? No. In fact, these lies were actually denials of remembering whether conversations had taken place. How pathetic.

What is more pathetic and disturbing is the fact that Fitzgerald made no attempt to delve deeper into Joseph Wison’s report on the “Yellowcake” in Niger evidence. The attempts by Iraq to obtain uranium were indeed part of the evidence used by the Bush Administration to support the case for removing Hussein and establishing democracy in Iraq.

Surely, discovering whether this evidence was truthful or deliberately misleading would be far more important than pursuing a ‘crime’ that ranks as insignificant by comparison. Perhaps, Fitzgerald deliberately avoided looking into the Wilson report and his motives because he knew the findings would back the Bush Administration’s (actually, British Intelligence’s) claims about the yellowcake uranium and justify their indignation at Wilson’s cover-up job.

Christopher Hitchens has commented on the Iraq-Niger link at length and provides convincing documented evidence that Iraq was indeed attempting to obtain uranium from Niger and as he puts it, “the Blair and Bush administrations were quite right to view the Iraq-Niger relationship with concern.” Rather than regurgitate all of Hitchens’ words, I advise anyone seriously interested in the Joseph Wilson cover-up report to read Hitchens’ articles on the affair. It seems that Wilson was the man who was hiding the truth so as not to give credence to the Bush Administration.

“In any evaluation of the Wilson visit to Niger, it must indeed be acknowledged that he found nothing—but only because he had neither the ability nor the intention to do so,” Hitchens continues. Wilson claimed there was nothing to find – Hitchens disputes this with ample evidence.

Libby’s case does not even concern the leaking of Plame’s name – something which might be a cause for a trial. Why is the leak not being dealt with? Maybe because the leak originated from “Richard Armitage, Colin Powell’s deputy at the State Department and, with his boss, an assiduous underminer of the president’s war policy.” (See Christopher Hitchens – Plame Out). In other words, an enemy of the Bush Administration.

In his Case Closed article, Hitchens sums up the Plamegate affair accurately,

“…the twin allegations of a false story exposed by Wilson and then of a state-run vendetta undertaken against him and the lady wife who dispatched him on the mission—are in irretrievable ruins. The truth is the exact polar opposite. The original Niger connection was both authentic and important, and Wilson’s utter failure to grasp it or even examine it was not enough to make Karl Rove even turn over in bed. All the work of the supposed “outing” was inadvertently performed by Wilson’s admirer Robert Novak.”

Unfortunately, as has been the case with many unfounded allegations spun by the mainstream media, the Bush Administration failed to publicly take on the lies in an aggressive fashion. Thus, many people in the United States and around the world have swallowed the propaganda served up by the anti-American media.

The Scooter Libby case is a distraction from the truth. The truth is that the case for going to war with Iraq was strong. The case for “staying the course” in that war and in the war on terror is stronger than ever.

The people are being misled, but it it not by George W. Bush and his Administration. It is the mainstream media that are misleading the world. Why? Who knows exactly? The consequences are obvious, though. America will be weakened and the extremists will be emboldened. Let us hope the Bush Administration remains strong in its resolve.