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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Cheney uses bin Laden tape to attack Democrats

Yes, the emergence of an audiotape that is supposed to feature Osama bin Laden gave the vice president just what he needed to talk tough about America's most wanted criminal: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Apparently he's responsible for the continued failure of the government to bring the terrorist group to justice.

You know the drill-- bad news strikes, and the White House immediately twists it into an explanation of how they would be doing a great job if we gave them free rein to do whatever the hell they want. And claim that illegal for anyone else is legal for them. They're the grown-ups, after all, and though they may seem incompetent and criminal, it's all part of some brilliant plan.

[Cheney] insisted the U.S.-led war in Iraq was essential to combating [the terrorist] threat and said American military presence there would be determined by military commanders, "not by artificial timelines set by politicians in Washington, D.C."

But much of the vice president's speech addressed the warrantless surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

"A spirit of debate is now underway, and our message to the American people is clear and straightforward: These actions are within the president's authority and responsibility under the constitution and laws, and these actions are vital to our security," Cheney said.