Cheney flat out lied to the American people tonight. He lied tonight in the debate about about the mythical connection between Iraq and September the 11th.
After the 9/11 commission report Cheney stated the following: "On Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney said in a speech that the Iraqi dictator 'had long established ties with al-Qaida.' "
June 18th 2004 Cheney had this to say about the Iraq-Al Qaeda connection. "Speaking of the commission, he said, "They did not address the broader question of a relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda in other areas, in other ways." He said "the evidence is overwhelming." He described the ties and cited numerous links back to the 1990's, including contacts between Osama bin Laden and Iraqi intelligence officials."
Then Cheney said tonight in the debate, CHENEY: The senator has got his facts wrong. I have not suggested there‘s a connection between Iraq and 9/11, but there‘s clearly an established Iraqi track record with terror.
The other issue about the debate was that Cheney seemed unprepared and caught off-guard with such statements and stall tactics as:
IFILL: Mr. Vice President, you have 90 seconds.
CHENEY: Well, Gwen, it‘s hard to know where to start; there are so many inaccuracies there.
IFILL: Mr. Vice President?
CHENEY: I can respond, Gwen, but it‘s going to take more than 30 seconds.
IFILL: Well, that‘s all you‘ve got.
Cheney sounded like a parrot or myna bird tonight. Repeating the same old negative "talking points" as did President Bush the other night.
And I am sure people without jobs (like myself) enjoyed hearing Cheney talk about education as the only solution to the job loss issue. Hey Dick! I have a college education and I still don't have a job! So much for your big plan to get people jobs. What else you got?
I did, however, enjoy the Edwards response to the Cheney fillabuster on eduction:
IFILL: Senator Edwards, you have 90 seconds.
EDWARDS: Gwen, your question was about jobs?
IFILL: It was about jobs, and it was about poverty.
EDWARDS: I thought it was about jobs and poverty. I hope we get a chance to talk about education, but that‘s what the vice president talked about.
Finally, I felt that the Edwards ending summation was more engaging then the one of the Vice-President. Edwards looked directly into the camera and spoke from the heart. Spoke to me with honesty and compassion about the economic crisis in this country right now. Told of examples in his family history about being faced with the same hardships. I think that Sen. Edwards did a much better job of being empathetic with (and relating to) the average American out there.
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