We're with Dick

The White House Communications Office pushes extreme Cheney on Iraq

Published March 13, 2007 1:35PM (EDT)

If the White House really views Dick Cheney as some kind of liability now, it's sure got a funny way of showing it. The "Morning Update" the White House Communications Office distributed to reporters this morning gives prominent play to the vice president's speech Monday before an American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, and it focuses on exactly the sort of overheated rhetoric that leaves a lot of people feeling uncomfortable if not appropriately offended.

"When members [of Congress] speak not of victory but of time limits, deadlines and other arbitrary measures, they are telling the enemy simply to watch the clock and wait us out," the White House quotes Cheney as telling the AIPAC crowd. "When members of Congress pursue an antiwar strategy that's been called 'slow bleed,' they are not supporting the troops, they are undermining them."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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