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Thursday, September 30, 2004

"Are We Not Dolphins?"

The Peach would like to shout a big "Thank You" to Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Joel Connelly for his honest and important piece documenting the Bush/Cheney flip-flops of the past four years. More significantly, our new found hero Connelly gives top-billing to a speech delivered by then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney in 1992 to the Discovery Institute in Seattle. The speech was given a short while after the end of the first Iraq war. In it Dick "Flipper" Cheney explains why the Bush I administration decided to forego entering Baghdad and allowing Saddam to remain in power. What The Peach found most telling was this quote:
"And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam (Hussein) worth? And the answer is not that damned many. So, I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait, but also when the president made the decision that we'd achieved our objectives and we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq."
The Gulf War suffered 146 American casualities. In the current Iraq war we are over 1,000 and counting. Is this a case of fuzzy math? Wasn't Saddam more dangerous then? Remember, this was before sanctions and inspections were implemented so it's easy to assume that access to WMD's was easier then.

And, finally, aren't we bogged down now? The documented lunacy of this administration is enough to make The Peach's fuzz crawl. Read the whole piece. Mr. Connelly goes on to give a long list of Bush/Cheney flip-flopping instances.

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