Just when you thought Dick Cheney couldn’t say anything that could still shock us in its offensiveness, he went out and proved that in that department, he’s not one to be underestimated.
Last week, he suggested that terrorists might strike if Kerry and Edwards win in November. This week, he decided to explain how targetted terrorist strikes could actually help the U.S. in its war on terror.
At one of his so-called town hall meetings, Cheney was asked if he thought that Russia would be more aggressive in supporting the U.S. in the war on terror following the brutal massacre on the first day of school in Beslan.
Cheney mentioned the fact that Russia “of course did not support us in Iraq.” He explained that:
“There’s been in some circles … in Europe, for example, a lot of our European friends have been somewhat ambivalent about this whole proposition with respect to how we deal with these terrorist attacks. I think some of them hoped that if they kept their heads down and stayed out of the line of fire that they wouldn’t get hit.”
In other words, Cheney’s answer is yes. The brutal killing of hundreds of children in a school may actually help the U.S. to gain more aggressive allies in the war on terror. And forget about the very, very loose connections that exist between the Chechen/Russian situation and our so-called war on terror. Cheney is happy to go so far as to connect the Beslan school murders to the war in Iraq. Who knows, maybe Saddam was behind it all?
It is depressing enough to witness in realtime just how low a candidate for higher office can go in the name of winning. But it’s a lot more upsetting to consider that Cheney probably really believes this line of reasoning; that the incredible examples of failed diplomacy exhibited by him and his can somehow be easily overcome with the help of those willing to blow up schools.