DICK CHENEY vs. THE TRUTH….Juan Cole points out an interesting tidbit in a recent Telegraph article about infighting between the CIA and the White House:

In the latest clash, a senior former CIA agent revealed that Mr Cheney “blew up” when a report into links between the Saddam regime and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist behind the kidnappings and beheadings of hostages in Iraq, including the Briton Kenneth Bigley, proved inconclusive.

Same old, same old. When Cheney says he wants answers, he wants the right answer. And the right answer is whichever one helps the Bush/Cheney reelection effort.

Unfortunately, this stuff makes a real difference. Aside from campaign politics, it doesn’t matter much anymore whether Zarqawi had links to Saddam Hussein two years ago, but Cheney’s more general refusal to accept anything he doesn’t want to believe does. We can’t fight wars effectively if we refuse to accept the reality of what’s happening on the ground, and Cheney quite obviously refuses to do this. It’s a recipe for disaster.

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