In Defense of Cheney
Never thought I'd write that headline. Anyways, Atrios rightly notes
that it's abominable that Cheney accuses John Kerry of cutting military spending when he presided over exactly the same thing. But
-- if James Mann's reporting in Rise of the Vulcans
can be believed, after the Cold War ended Cheney more or less needed to propose some modest defense cuts so that the Democratic Congress wouldn't go even further. It wasn't a choice between cutting and not cutting Pentagon spending; it was a choice between cutting a little and cutting a lot. Cheney chose cutting a little, and I imagine he still resents those Democrats (like Kerry) who forced him into that position.
It's still dishonest, but Cheney's heart is, um, in the right place. (Besides, does anyone really
believe that Kerry loves snazzy weapons systems more than the Vice-President? Of course not.)