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Dec 19th, 2005

Convince them by the Truth of Force of your argument that yours is the right course

Vice President Dick Cheney lashed out at those who are voicing dissent about the war in Iraq. He called it “reprehensible.” Now I can understand disagreement, and I think that the Neo-​Conservatives are right that it sends mixed messages to our enemies — isn’t that obvious? Isn’t that the natural outcome of a democratic society? But it’s nowhere near “reprehensible.”

So I don’t understand — why not take those who disagree with you, and convince them by the Truth of Force of your argument that yours is the right course? Disagreement, it seems to me, is an opportunity for you [Mr. Vice President] to lay out your reasons for continuing the War, and to convince the American people, who, it seems, do not agree with you.

The Senators who are calling for a timetable to pull out American troops are only echoing the voices of millions of Americans — a huge majority of those you claim to represent. Think on that for a while.

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