The Lady Speaks

Good one, Dick!

Update: (6:36p – 5/4/06) Here's the Russian response to Cheney's pot calling the kettle black, from Reuters:

The Kremlin on Thursday rejected as “completely incomprehensible” remarks by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney that Russia was backsliding on democracy and using its vast energy supplies to bully its neighbors.

“The speech of Mr. Cheney in our opinion is full of a subjective evaluation of us and of the processes that are going on in Russia. The remarks … are completely incomprehensible for us,” said Kremlin deputy spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Cheney, in remarks that could cause tense moments when Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts his first summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations in July, earlier told Baltic and Black Sea leaders in Vilnius that Moscow should return to the path of democratic reform. [emphasis mine]

I am rather disappointed that the Russians didn't take my advice, but I do like the sound of 'completely incomprehensible'. It's the perfect phrase for describing most of the administration's speeches.

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It would almost be funny, if it weren't so pathetic.

From Reuters:

Vice President Dick Cheney, in one of the Bush administration’s sharpest rebukes to Moscow, accused Russia on Thursday of backsliding on democracy and urged it to stop using energy supplies for "blackmail."

[snip]

Cheney, in a speech mostly devoted to praising Eastern European countries for democratic reforms, also took aim at Moscow’s use of its vast energy supplies for what Washington says is sometimes the bullying of neighbors.

“No legitimate interest is served when oil and gas become tools of intimidation or blackmail, either by supply manipulation or attempts to monopolize transportation,” he said.

[snip]

Cheney said Russia, meanwhile, had restricted rights.

“In many areas of civil society — from religion and the news media, to advocacy groups and political parties — the government has unfairly and improperly restricted the rights of the people,” he said. [emphasis mine]

Who the hell is he trying to kid? As if Darth Cheney can stand in front of any audience and claim moral superiority on any of those issues?!

Vladimir Putin, I really hope you bitch-slap this guy! Better yet, take his own remarks and make some substitutions.

Let's see how that would look:

[Russian President Vladimir Putin], in one of the [Russian] administration’s sharpest rebukes to [Washington], accused [the United States] on Thursday of backsliding on democracy and urged it to stop using energy supplies for "blackmail."

[snip]

[Putin], in a speech mostly devoted to praising [some] countries for democratic reforms, also took aim at [the United States' hankering for] vast energy supplies for what [Moscow] says is sometimes the bullying of [other nations].

“No legitimate interest is served when oil and gas become tools of intimidation or blackmail, either by supply manipulation or attempts to monopolize transportation,” he said.

[snip]

[Putin] said [the United States], meanwhile, had restricted rights.

“In many areas of civil society — from … the news media, to advocacy groups and political parties — the government has unfairly and improperly restricted the rights of the people,” he said. [emphasis mine]

Hmmm….

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May 4, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Cheney, Constitution, First Amendment, Oil, Politics, Republicans, White House

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