Tuesday, May 11, 2004

This article in the Herald Tribune sheds some light on the irony, and hypocrisy, in BushCo's latest attack ad against John Kerry:
The ad shows weapons systems disappearing from a battlefield -- weapons that the ad says Kerry "repeatedly opposed," including the B-2 bomber, Patriot missile and Bradley fighting vehicle.

But that "repeated" opposition can largely be traced back to votes by Kerry in the early 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. At the time, many people in the federal government -- including then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney -- supported military cutbacks to create a "peace dividend" of billions of dollars.

It was Cheney who canceled the B-2 program, after 20 of the incredibly expensive Stealth bombers were built, even though the Pentagon wanted at least 132.

And, in congressional hearings, it was Cheney who complained that the Democratic-controlled Congress was forcing weapons programs on the Pentagon that it neither wanted nor needed.
Pot, kettle...