Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Why does Dick Cheney keep insisting on a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaida? It's well beyond debate that no such connection existed, other than perhaps they knew some of the same people. It's almost like arguing that the sun goes around the earth at this point. So why does he keep saying in?

(a) because he believes it?
-Surely not. Cheney isn't that dumb (W, maybe, but not Cheney). Or maybe he is.

(b) Because it makes political sense to say it?
-Maybe. I guess it keeps the red meat supporters happy, but I would think it's going to start driving (logical, noncommitted) voters away. The die hards don't need to be persuaded, do they, that invading Iraq was justified and a complete success?

(c) Because to do otherwise would be to admit that they were wrong
-Ahhh, maybe. Because the one thing this White House cannot admit is that they were wrong. Tony Blair edged closer to that under questioning in Parliament (though he refused to concede that there were no weapons of mass destruction). But the White House cannot ever be wrong.

(d) If there are other reasons out there, let me know. I can't think of them...

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