First, let's see the "foreign policy speech" Cheney gave at Westminster College ysterday:
From the beginning of his career in the U.S. Senate 20 years ago, Senator Kerry has repeatedly called for major reductions or outright cancellations of many of our most important weapons systems. In 1984, the middle of the Cold War, while we were confronted with an aggressive, well armed Soviet Union, the Senator issued a white paper on the defense budget during his first campaign for the Senate. He called for cutting up to $53 billion from the Reagan defense budget. And these cuts included the following: The MX missile, cancel; the B-1 bomber, cancel; anti-satellite system, cancel; strategic defense initiative, cancel; the AH-64 Apache helicopter, canceled; the Patriot air defense missile system, cancel; the F-15, cancel; the F-14A and F-14B, cancel; the Phoenix air-to-air missile, cancel; the Sparrow air-to-air missile, cancel.Quite the little military wonk...spending half his speech trashing Kerry's record on defense. Funny how Cheney didn't mention his OWN screwed-up record on military cuts:
As former Secretary of Defense, Vice President Cheney bragged about cutting defense spending. In February 1990, Cheney told Congress" since I became Secretary, we've been through a fairly major process of reducing the defense budget." Cheney stated that during his the first year of his tenure, he "cut almost $65 billion out of the five-year defense program" and that subsequent proposals would "take another $167 billion out."Westminster's president, Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, was not pleased with the veep's performance...
Vice President Cheney tried to cut troop strength in the 1990's and cut pay for troops currently in Iraq. An August 4, 1991 New York Times article shows that Cheney tried "to reduce active-duty troop strength" from 2.2 million to 1.6 million while making "deep cuts in the Reserves and National Guard." And after criticizing opponents on military pay increases, the Bush administration last year tried to cut pay for 148,000 troops in Iraq by rolling back increases in monthly imminent danger pay and family separation allowances, according to the Army Times.
"Frankly, I must admit that I was surprised and disappointed that Mr. Cheney chose to step off the high ground and resort to Kerry-bashing for a large portion of his speech. The content and tone of his speech was not provided to us prior to the event - we had only been told the speech would be about foreign policy, including issues in Iraq.Kerry has accepted and will be there Friday.
"I want to make it clear to the Westminster community that, in the interest of balance and fairness and integrity, we will strongly encourage Senator Kerry to take advantage of this venue to make his views known as well. In fact, I have already stated this invitation publicly via members of the media immediately after Mr. Cheney's speech."
Cheney. That fat lazy sneering bastard. Everyone in this White House subscribes to this law: Accuse Kerry of everything you've done wrong and scold him for it - even if he never did it.
That laundry list of defense cuts Cheney blasted Kerry for was all from Kerry's first run at the senate in 1984, during Reagan's drunken military spending spree. Not the 20 years since, but that one year. That's Kerry's $53 billion in 1984 vs. Cheney's proposed $232 billion military cuts in 1990.
Any questions, or do I have to spell it out for you?
J-A-C-K-A-S-S. A manipulative sneering jackass. Man, these people piss me off.