“My name is Kevin Tillman. Two days ago marked the third anniversary of the death of my older brother Patrick Tillman in Afghanistan. To our family and friends it was a devastating loss. To the nation t was a moment of disorientation. To the military, it was a nightmare. But to others within the government, it appears to have been an opportunity.”

If the Republicans had been this tenacious about post-war Iraq we wouldn’t
be in this mess; but they weren’t so we are. It’s now down to who do you believe
on Iraq? All you have to do is look at the case of Pat Tillman to see how long
we’ve been lied to; how long our troops have been used to prop up a strategy
that failed long ago. Ask Jessica Lynch. It’s time to decide. After all we’ve been through, who do you want
to follow? Who are you going to believe?

Is it Dick Cheney, who has lied to the American people for over five years
on Iraq? A man who has no problem sending soldiers to die in the middle
of a civil war, with too few humvees, not enough armament and continual redeployments and no plan except to throw more lives into the escalating violence, but was too busy to serve when called himself. “I had other priorities
in the ’60s than military service,”
Cheney said (1989). But nothing compares
to Cheney’s greatest hit whoppers he fed us on Iraq.

“…it’s been pretty well confirmed that (9/11 al-Qaeda hijacker
Mohammed Atta) did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of
the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months
before the attack.” – V.P. Cheney, “Meet the Press,” 12.9.01

“But we know that Saddam has resumed his efforts to acquire nuclear
weapons… Many of us are convinced that Saddam will acquire nuclear weapons
fairly soon.” – Vice President Cheney, Speech to VWF’s 103rd National
Convention, 8.26.2002

“…And as the President said on Tuesday night, it would take just one
vial, one canister, one crate to bring a day of horror to our nation unlike
any we have known.” – Vice President Dick Cheney, Remarks to the Conservative
PAC, 1.30.03

“… we know he has, in fact, developed these kinds of capabilities,
chemical and biological weapons… We know he’s reconstituted these programs
since the Gulf War. We know he’s out trying once again to produce nuclear
weapons and we know that he has a long-standing relationship with various
terrorist groups, included the al-Qaeda organization.” – Vice President
Dick Cheney, “Meet the Press,” 3.16.03

“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons
of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against
our friends, against our allies, and against us.” – Vice President Dick
Cheney, August 26, 2002

“Many of us are convinced that Saddam will acquire nuclear weapons
fairly soon … “Deliverable weapons of mass destruction in the hands
of a terror network, or a murderous dictator, or the two working together,
constitute as grave a threat as can be imagined.” -Vice President Dick
Cheney on 8.26.02

“And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”
– Vice President Dick Cheney, Meet the Press, 3.16.03

Or maybe we should listen to another Republican stalwart Glenn Beck, who yesterday
the redeployment of U.S. troops out of Iraq “would be America’s
most shameful act of immorality since slavery.”
Nothing like a white
guy to put that one in prospective, right?

The Republican Party is obviously feeling the heat from Harry’s truth, so they’re
launching an all out assault on Reid and every Democrat who dares stand up to
a White House run amok. Below is part of just one email going out starting in the state
of Maryland, which I was forwarded last night. It comes complete with phone numbers
of congressional members for people to call. The message is vintage wingnuttery:

Harry Reid’s Surrender Message Should Be Rejected

ANNAPOLIS—Recently, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made remarks
to reporters stating that “this war is lost.” Maryland Republican
Party Chairman James Pelura released the following statement:

“Harry Reid’s defeatist comments are a total abandonment of our troops
and will embolden the enemy. His lack of confidence in our fighting men and
women is both appalling and shameful. I urge members of Congress to reject
Harry Reid’s surrender message and support our Commander-in-Chief and our
troops.” … ..

We all know why we’re in this mess. We all know who lost Iraq. As for Dick
Cheney leading the charge against Harry Reid and the Democrats in Congress,
Reid got it just right

“The president sends out his attack dog often,” said Mr. Reid.
“That’s also known as Dick Cheney.”

Defending the legislation up for a vote this week, he said, “We believe
the troops should get every penny they need and we have put our money where
our mouth is with supplemental appropriations, but we believe there must be
a change of direction in the war in Iraq.”

Mr. Reid said he was not going to engage in a tit-for-tat with the vice president.
“I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody
who has a 9 percent approval rating,” Mr. Reid said.

Nobody is listening to Dick anymore, except the Bush base. It’s about keeping the 28% or so in line or all is lost and Bush’s legacy with it. This isn’t about “winning” a war or even really about Iraq. It’s all about George W. Bush, saving Junior and his disappearing presidency. Even his father gets: “there might be a little Bush fatigue now.” I’ll say. So it’s all hands on deck or the Republican Party goes poof.