About 50 members of the media showed up for the speech, and stories about the vice president's remarks were broadcast and printed far and wide. But as the days have passed, the news has moved on to other speeches, other events, other highlights of the day. In my mind, however, there is a constant replay of Vice President Cheney's remarks.
The speech the vice president gave at the Heritage Foundation on Oct. 10 was the third in a series – President Bush gave the first and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice the second – designed to explain more fully the administration's policy on Iraq. The news reports described the speech here as the most powerful of the three, and it's easy to see why. The vice president's remarks bear repeating over and over again.
As I listened to the vice president, I thought back to when he and President Bush first took office and began to assemble their team. The watchword was "serious." Playtime was over. The adults were back. When the nation was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, there was a national sense that the right man had made it into the White House. It was a true blessing to have an administration that was seasoned, experienced and ready for the challenge.
You've probably heard people question why we even had to attack Iraq. Certainly, not a day goes by that the media don't question it in some fashion or another. Folks seem to forget that Iraq's evil dictator, Saddam Hussein, had no compunction against setting up rape rooms, torture centers and mass graves in which to bury the hundreds of thousands of his countrymen he had killed. They overlook the fact that he consorted with the worst forces of evil of his region. I shudder to think that, if Israel hadn't the courage to bomb his nuclear reactor in 1982, Iraq almost certainly would've been among the world's nuclear powers by now, wheeling and dealing its nukes and technology to God knows whom.