03 August 2007

A Correction

Dick Cheney: Keepin' it real

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President
Dick Cheney acknowledged on Tuesday he
was wrong in 2005 when he insisted the
insurgency in Iraq was in its "last throes."

It was Cheney's most direct public
admission of how badly the administration
had underestimated the strength of
America's enemies in the increasingly
unpopular war in Iraq.


"My estimate at the time -- and it was
wrong, it turned out to be incorrect -- was
the fact that we were in the midst of holding
three elections in Iraq, elected an interim
government, then ratifying a constitution,
then electing a permanent government, that
they had had significant success, we'd
rounded up Saddam Hussein.

"I thought there were a series of these
milestones that would in fact undermine the
insurgency and make it less than it was at
that point. That clearly didn't happen. I think
the insurgency turned out to be more

Thanks for clearing that up, Dick. But before you head
back to the bunker, maybe you could set the record
straight on some other statements you’ve made that
never quite survived the difficult transition from insane,
neo-con fever-dream to demonstrative reality.