The unmitigated arrogance that's emanated from the White House since before the Iraq invasion has been absolutely infuriating. It started with all the lies and deception in justifying the war; the sheer post-invasion-planning incompetence of the Busheviks; the now-infamous "we will be greeted as liberators" and "Mission Accomplished" delusions by VP Dick Cheney and President Bush respectively; the myriad distortions of truth and reality during the prosecution of the war; false claims of progress and success at every turn; and a swaggering insistence to this very day that, despite every Bushevik claim being untrue, that the war was justified and worth it.
And in one of those classic throw your shoe at the television moments that we've unfortunately come to experience in abundance from the Busheviks, Cheney displayed a heretofore unseen level of arrogance and a disdain for the American people this week while discussing the war. While in Amman, Jordan, the curmudgeonly Dr. Evil was interviewed by ABC News' Martha Raddatz, who reminded the five-deferment Vietnam draft-dodging coward that "Two-thirds of Americans say it's not worth fighting."
"So?" Cheney answered.
"So?" replied Raddatz incredulously. "You don't care what the American people think?"
"No," Cheney said. "I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls. There has, in fact, been fundamental change and transformation and improvement for the better. That’s a huge accomplishment."
Clearly, there's a reason why his name is Dick. From the weeks and months leading up to the war, he and his inept boss have been a couple of reckless cowboys who clearly had no friggin' idea what the hell they were talking about. And this colossal military fiasco of theirs has cost us $500 billion and 4000 U.S. soldiers' lives. And when asked to respond to the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans want an end to the war and don't think it's worth fighting, Cheney essentially held up his middle finger and issued a great big fat Fuck You to us all. So much for of the people, by the people, for the people.
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