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Little Lies Make Big Lies Easier

Friday, 08 October 2004 12:00 AM

Unfortunately for him, there was that pesky picture of the two of them at a prayer breakfast, of all things, not to mention all those tie-breaking votes Cheney cast on tax cuts for the wealthy, prescription drugs and aid to workers hurt by trade, where Edwards voted one way and Cheney the other.

The attack on Edwards' Senate attendance record was clearly planned. Didn't anyone say to Cheney in rehearsal, are you sure you didn't meet him? Didn't anyone look it up?

I remember asking Lloyd Bentsen in rehearsal if he really was a friend of Jack Kennedy's, and how I could prove it if anyone asked. "B.A. (his wife) and I went to their wedding," he responded. "Is that good enough?" It was certainly good enough for me. "Then I'm going to say something if he brings up Jack Kennedy," he said. The rest is history.

Cheney also claimed that he presided over the Senate, as vice president, on most Tuesdays. Not so. In fact, it would be hard to find a vice president who has spent fewer Tuesdays in the Senate than Cheney.

In almost four years, he has been there on exactly two Tuesdays. That one takes about one minute to check. All you have to do is go to www.gpoaccess.gov/record/index.

Some lies, of course, are bigger than others. Was there a connection between Sept. 11 and Saddam Hussein?

The true answer, from the CIA, the secretary of state and the 9-11 Commission, is a clear and unequivocal NO.

On Tuesday night, Dick Cheney said that he had never suggested otherwise. Come again?

How dumb does he think we are?

Within the same debate, he contradicted himself.

Remember how the Republicans used to make fun of Bill Clinton's parsing of the word "is"? That was just about sex and a blue dress.

This is about war, about manipulating the CIA and destroying its credibility. Bill Clinton didn't send over 1,000 brave young American men and women to their deaths because of weapons of mass destruction that didn't exist. Bill Clinton didn't push the CIA to find a connection that didn't exist between Saddam and Osama.

The Democrats didn't hold a convention in New York City whose entire theme was to tie the terrorism of 9-11 to the war in Iraq.

The word in Washington is that when Cheney was briefed last week by the CIA about the absence of any connection between Saddam and Osama, or between Iraq and 9-11, he was sufficiently angry that he demanded to know whether his briefers were trying to get John Kerry elected.

Reporter friends of mine tell me they are hearing from classmates whom they haven't talked to in 10, 20, even 30 years. It's not about electing John Kerry or defeating George Bush. It's about protecting the integrity of an agency that has been manipulated and scapegoated by this administration.

The mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, sons and daughters of those who have died in Iraq deserve to know what their loved ones have died for. For too long, too many believed that they were dying to avenge the terror of 9-11 or to protect America and the world from Saddam's weapons of mass destruction.

This administration wanted to believe that. It did everything it could to make it so.

But it turns out to be the biggest lie of all.

Even Dick Cheney now admits that much.

With casualties mounting, Americans deserve to know why we are at war and how we will ever get out. This is not a political question, but a life and death one, for all those who will die in the months and years ahead.

And this time, it better be the truth, and nothing but.

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