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I Am Disturbed By Liz Cheney by mattsteinglass
January 24, 2007, 12:14 am
Filed under: Iraq

The first disturbing line in Liz Cheney’s op-ed piece in the Washington Post today:

America faces an existential threat. This is not, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi has claimed, a “situation to be solved.” It would be nice if we could wake up tomorrow and say, as Sen. Barack Obama suggested at a Jan. 11 hearing, “Enough is enough.” Wishing doesn’t make it so.

An “existential threat” is a threat which threatens one’s existence. It is not “a threat which will remain in existence for a long time, no matter what we do.” A basic familiarity with idiomatic English can come in handy when writing op-ed pieces. But I’m not really sure whether I disagree with what Cheney is saying here, because I’m not sure what she is trying to say. If she is saying that the civil war in Iraq is not a situation which the United States can solve, then I agree with her.

The second disturbing line in said op-ed piece:

In November the American people expressed serious concerns about Iraq (and about Republican corruption and scandals). They did not say that they want us to lose this war. They did not say that they want us to allow Iraq to become a base for al-Qaeda to conduct global terrorist operations. They did not say that they would rather we fight the terrorists here at home. Until you see a poll that asks those questions, don’t use election results as an excuse to retreat.

In a number of polls taken from November through January, the American people have resoundingly stated that they oppose increasing the number of troops deployed to Iraq, and that they do not think that increasing the number of troops in Iraq will lead to success in that war. Instead, they view the war in Iraq as a civil war between Sunnis and Shiites in which the US cannot hope to accomplish very much. They seem to have a far better grasp of the war, in other words, than does Liz Cheney.

Which brings us to the most disturbing line in Liz Cheney’s op-ed piece:

The writer is former principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs.

She is also the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney. But even without such well-placed connections, she no doubt would have risen to the level of deputy assistant secretary of state through talent and sheer hard work.

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