Liz Cheney, Vice President Cheney’s daughter and the former deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, published an op-ed this morning in the Washington Post vigorously defending the Iraq war and President Bush’s escalation policy.
She asks “politicians in both parties who are heading for the hills” to “stop and reflect” on some “basic facts,” the first of which is:
We are at war. America faces an existential threat. This is not, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi has claimed, a “situation to be solved.”
Apparently Liz Cheney objects to describing the violence in Iraq as something to be “solved.” We await her criticism of President Bush and other senior officials:
President Bush, 10/25/06:
A military solution alone will not stop violence. In the end, the Iraqi people and their government will have to make the difficult decisions necessary to solve these problems.
Tony Snow, 10/23/06:
The Iraqis also have every incentive in the world because the violence in their midst certainly is not in their interest. The threat to their economy is certainly not in their interest. And they want to solve these problems desperately.
Iraq Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, 10/26/05:
I think that the insurgents and the terrorists remain strong. They present a significant challenge in Iraq. … This problem will not be solved by military means alone.