Tomorrow night at 9 pm EST, Vice President Dick Cheney will make his first appearance on CNN’s Larry King Live since May 30, 2005, when he infamously declared that the insurgency in Iraq was in its “last throes” and predicted that “the level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline.”
Despite increasing violence in Iraq, the vice president continually defended his “last throes” comment. In March 2006, Cheney said that his prediction was “basically accurate” and “reflect[ed] reality.” He defended the comment again in June 2006 during an appearance at the National Press Club.
Only recently, in Stephen Hayes’ biography of him, has Cheney finally conceded that “it was obviously wrong” to claim the insurgency was in its “last throes.”
On the second anniversary of “last throes,” ThinkProgress assembled a compilation of Bush administration officials defending and parroting the comment. Watch it:
With the Bush administration and pro-war advocates again seeking to cast the president’s escalation as a success, here’s a question King should ask Cheney: Why should anyone believe anything you have to say about Iraq?