Speaking at a GOP fundraiser this week, the Vice President felt compelled to weigh on the moveon.org controversy involving its ad in last week's NY TIMES. (Is it me, or does it seem like the only time the VP comes out of hiding is to raise money, but I digress.) In the article, the organization questions whether General Petraeus was "cooking the books" during his Capitol Hill testimonies last week. Whether you agree with Moveon's tactics or not, this administration has proven its resolve to "cook the books" to advance their agenda. Given that former Bush cabinet officials (Paul O'Neill, George Tenet, etc.) have publicly stated that this administration was only concerned with intelligence that supported their agenda, the question is at least worthy enough to be investigated. Further damning to the administration, the respected by all, former FED Chairman Alan Greenspan came out this week and stated that the Iraq War was all about oil. Back in 2003, the Bush-Cheney team sacrificed Colin Powell at the UN, when they sent him to deliver the "cooked-up" evidence supporting their pre-determined war, sidetracked only by the events of 9/11. And now, they expect all Americans to unequivocally support all of this administrations proposals for Iraq or they label them as un-patriotic. Given this week's topic on Values and National Interests, along with having heard Greenspan's opinion on the motive for the Iraqi invasion, I think a true patriot would do anything but go along with the status-quo of this administration.
Further, when I heard the VP state, "No one in politics should hesitate to object when an American soldier at war is mocked and insulted." I couldn't help but remember the confrontation that Cheney engaged in with Max Cleland, the former Vietnam Vet and Georgia Senator who lost both of his legs and one arm during battle, in 2004. Or, in that same year at the Republican National Convention in NYC, Cheney permitted and supported the use of band-aides as way to "mock and insult" Senator Kerry's service in Vietnam, while he continuously and cowardly avoided the same draft in which Kerry served. His hypocrisy knows no bounds.