Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Cheney's Gross Distortions

If there is any doubt why nearly 70% of Americans believe Saddam Hussein was involved with 9/11, one only needs to look at the recent television appearance by Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday.

He popped up on NBC's Meet the Press to assert that new evidence has emerged to prove links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, Mohammad Atta really met with Iraq representatives in Prague, Iraq really had the raw materials for a nuclear weapons program and hid a chemical weapons cache, and those weather balloon trailers really were mobile weapons labs.

It's hard to imagine more outright disceptions, baseless assertions, and wanton speculation in such a short interview. The Washington Post published an illuminating article on the appearance, but it's worth reading the transcript just to witness this man's sheer brazenness.