Don’t worry Mark, I’ll field this one. As you and I know, Republicans, in addition being greedy, immoral ,and viscious are also fairly unintelligent. Lacking the sophistication that we Democrats have, Tigerman has obviously missed the subtle and underhanded way in which Cheney’s made his nefarious implication. So, as with questions like “Where should our children be attend school?” and “How should I invest my retirement funds?”, the task is left up to us intellectually superior Democrats to do the thinking for of simpleton Republicans for them. So I will try to explain this in simple terms that Tigerman can understand.
The key, you see, is the concept of negativity. Republicans are a dour and negative bunch by nature, and Mr. Cheney is amongst the most negative of them all.
Cheney negatively asserts that Franch and Russia and the the UN leadership would not have joined the coalition even if they had been asked very very nicely, just because they were all taking kickbacks from the corrupt Baathist regime.
Cheney negatively maintains that our steadfast allies will not agree send troops to help out in Iraq in the future, even if John Kerry holds “a summit”.
Cheney negatively and cynically suggests that we should not have expected a murderous dictator to stop seeking WMDs, even if the murderous dictator e explicitly tells UN inspectors that he has.
Cheney negatively insists that we should act against threats BEFORE they attack us rather than AFTER they attack us, even though this negative interpretation ignores the optimistic hope that those bent on killing us may kindly decide of their own accord to change their minds.
So, Tigerman, the bottom line is that you need to put Cheney’s remarks in context.
Yes, when asked the question: Was Iraq in any way inolved in the 9-11 attack? Cheney answered “We don’t know.”
But IN CONTEXT, that “We don’t know” is really a “Yes.” Why? Because being a negative person, Cheney implied it negatively … by not implying it.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you get stuck in matters of sophistication and nuance in the future. We Democrats are here to help!