The Iraqi media reported the arrival of the Veep to celebrate Thanksgiving with the troops.
Mr. Cheney’s spokesperson denied it. Or did she? Reuters reports:
“A spokeswoman for Cheney, Megan McGinn, told Reuters in Washington: ‘That is not true. He is not there now.’ Asked if he had plans to travel there later on Thursday, she said: ‘Not to my knowledge.'”
Talk about equivocation! Frankly, I find this non-denial denial deceitful, and endemic of what’s wrong with the brand of communications that has pervaded the White House these last six years.
Look. Perhaps there’s some veracity to Mr. Cheney’s mouthpiece’s tap dance, but reading between the lines, it sure appears that he’s breaking turkey and sweet potatoes with the troops. Even the military is in on the ruse:
“Asked whether Cheney was in Baghdad or anywhere else in Iraq, the U.S. military said it was ‘unaware of any information of the vice president being in Baghdad.'”
The military is “unaware?” More obfuscation. I guess we’ll just have to wait until the staged images make their way into our lives.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, wherever you are.