Tuesday, August 02, 2011


Jonah Goldberg whines:

Then last night, on the very day Gabby Giffords heroically returns to cast her first vote since that tragic attack seven months ago, the vice president of the United States calls the Republican party a bunch of terrorists.

... imagine if this was
Dick Cheney calling the Progressive Caucus (or whatever they’re called) a “bunch of terrorists” on the day Giffords returned to the Congress.

Yes, try really, really hard to imagine that -- even though it's almost impossible to conceive of such an unlikely event:

Vice President Cheney [said] the domestic debate over the [Iraq] war is emboldening adversaries who believe they can undermine the resolve of the American people....

The vice president said U.S. allies in Afghanistan and Iraq "have doubts" the United States will finish the job there. "And those doubts are encouraged, obviously, when they see the kind of debate that we've had in the United States," he said. "Suggestions, for example, that we should withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq simply feed into that whole notion, validates the strategy of the terrorists." ...

Ah, but the timing. What's so galling about Biden's remark (or alleged remark, because it was reported secondhand, and Biden denies saying it) is the timing. So, um, when was it that Cheney uttered this blood libel, accusing every critic of the Bush foreign policy of giving aid and comfort to terrorist mass murderers and forces hostile to U.S. troops?

Cheney's appearance came on the eve of the five-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks....

I'm looking in vain for a Goldberg denunciation of this strikingly timed accusation of treason. Hey, where's your single standard of outrage, Jonah?

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