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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Cheney is an asshole. But you already knew that. From the debate transcript:
EDWARDS: You know, we've taken 90 percent of the coalition casualties. American taxpayers have borne 90 percent of the costs of the effort in Iraq.
And we see the result of there not being a coalition: The first Gulf War cost America $5 billion. We're at $200 billion and counting.
John Kerry will never give up control over the security of the United States of America to any other country. We will not outsource our responsibility to keep this country safe.

IFILL: Mr. Vice President, you have 90 seconds to respond.

CHENEY: Well, Gwen, the 90 percent figure is just dead wrong. When you include the Iraqi security forces that have suffered casualties, as well as the allies, they've taken almost 50 percent of the casualties in operations in Iraq, which leaves the U.S. with 50 percent, not 90 percent.

Note that Edwards was speaking about coalition casualties. The Iraqi security forces are not included in that figure, so Edwards is right. And why does Cheney insist on minimizing and diminishing the sacrifices that have been made by the U.S. military?

(as for the $200 billion, that's the projected price tag through next September...and still, $120 billion is quite a bit more than $5 billion, and more than the bill of goods they sold this war on)

Cheney's claim that he had never before met Edwards? It looks like Cheney is lying again.

And is Gwen Ifill really that stupid?
IFILL: ... I want people to understand exactly what it is, as you said, that Senator Kerry did say.
He said, "You've got to do" -- you know, he was asked about preemptive action at the last debate -- he said, "You've got to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons." What is a global test if it's not a global veto?
"Global" is another word for "universal." It is also another way to say "comprehensive," "total," "inclusive," "overall," or "large-scale." It's called a the-saur-us, Gwen. SHIFT+F7 in MSWord. Give it a try sometime. And Kerry said "prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons." Past tense. You don't give someone a veto after the fact. Jeebus, she was horrible. And what was up with this question:
IFILL: Mr. Vice President, picking up on that, you both just sang the praises of the tops of your ticket.
Without mentioning them by name at all, explain to us why you are different from your opponent, starting with you, Mr. Vice President.
Why the hell shouldn't they be able to say Bush or Kerry? And then she interrupted Edwards when he mentioned Kerry by name. Stoopid. Did she think it was just some silly little game, and she was making them play by her rules? Stoopid, stoopid, stoopid.

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