Keeping Bush at a distance
At first glance, I thought this was a belated ides of March moment.
Still a perfect symbol of Bush's plummeting popularity. Fellow Republicans are acting like he has bird flu. Even Tony the poodle is looking for some distance.
Incredibly, Dick, and Don and George think everything is just fine. The NY Times headline for the story reads On Anniversary, Bush and Cheney see Iraq Success. The story features the following paragraph, which nicely illustrates just how insane our Vice President is.
Mr. Cheney was challenged on "Face the Nation" about his statement three years ago that "we will be greeted as liberators" and his assertion 10 months ago that the insurgency was in its "last throes."
He insisted that in both cases his facts were right, but that the news media had created a different perception with vivid imagery of killing.
"I think it has less to do with the statements we've made, which I think were basically accurate and reflect reality, than it does with the fact that there's a constant sort of perception, if you will, that's created because what's newsworthy is the car bomb in Baghdad," he said.
His heroic refusal to concede even an inch to reality is perhaps his most endearing characteristic.
For those who prefer reality, Think Progress has a timeline of our "successes" in Iraq, Juan Cole lists the ten worst catastrophes of the third year of our eternal war, and Andrew Murray sums it up.