Cheney Gloms on Middle East Crisis in Fear-Mongering Attempt to Rally Votes for GOP Incumbents this November
Stumping in Tampa, Fla. Friday for Republican state legislator Gus Bilirakis, whose seeking to win the 9th Congressional District seat being vacated by his 12-term father Mike Bilirakis, vice president Dick Cheney ratcheted up the Middle East rhetoric, citing the current crisis as another reason to keep Republicans in control of both the House and Senate.
"This conflict is a long way from over," Cheney warned at a fundraiser of over 200 party loyalists at Tampa's Wyndham Westshore hotel, which raked in over $230,000 for the GOP candidate. "It's going to be a battle that will last for a very long time. It's absolutely essential that we stay the course....If anyone thinks the conflict is over or soon to be over, all the have to do is look what's happening in the Middle East today." (This is the same Cheney who declared May 31, 2005: "The level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency"). What's this...Cheney's a flip-flopper?
Clearly, the Bushevik fear-mongering is no longer now limited to its desperate attempt to justify the Iraq war and magnify the terrorist threat from al Qaeda. It's going to fully exploit for political purposes the escalating violence between Israel and Hezbollah just as it has the 9/11 attacks for the past five years. But what's going on in the Middle East right now has nothing to do with Bush's disaster in Iraq. While they constantly try to link that colossal military failure to the threat from al Qaeda, the reality is that there's no connection whatsoever. I'm not sure what's more despicable, this deception or how they're now trying to connect our mission in Iraq to that of the Israeli's fight against Hamas and Hezbollah.
"The central front of the war today is Iraq, and we can expect further acts of violence," Cheney said. "But progress has been steady." By the way, Dick, just where exactly is this "progress" again? Because it appears to me that the entire Middle East is imploding.
About the Bilirakis fundraiser, the Democratic challenger Phyllis Busansky, a former Hillsborough County commissioner, said, "I'm amazed that amid everything that's going on--increase in the violence in the Mideast, the skyrocketing oil prices--that the vice president has time to come to Tampa. I think this makes it perfectly clear that Gus Bilirakis stands firmly with Dick Cheney and his policies."