Yeah, so I said last Thursday or Friday I’d be back with some Cheney lies … well, it’s been a bit longer than I thought it would, but here we go:
In March of this year, Cheney attacked Kerry for having â€œrepeatedly voted against weapons systems for the military,â€ hammering the senator for voting â€œagainst the Apache helicopter, against the Tomahawk cruise missile, against even the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.â€ He said this record has â€œgiven us ample doubts about [Kerryâ€™s] judgment and the attitude he brings to bear on vital issues of national security.â€
What Cheney leaves out of his stump speeches is the ironic fact that almost all of the cuts Kerry voted for were endorsed or originally proposed by Cheney himself. At issue is not the cuts themselves, but the hypocrisy of Cheney attacking an opponent who merely followed his lead.
Cheney accuses Kerry of calling for â€œmajor reductions or outright cancellations of many of our most important weapons systemsâ€; Bush ads attack the senator for voting â€œagainst 13 weapons systems for our troopsâ€ over 20 years. But it was Defense Secretary Cheney who gloated that he had â€œput an end to more than 100 systemsâ€ in less than three years. In December 1991, he bragged to the Washington Post that he was setting â€œan all-time record as Defense Secretary for canceling or stopping productionâ€ of weapons and equipment.