The hullabaloo over Dick Cheney’s hunting accident cracks me up.Â What a silly thing for people to be “up in arms” about.Â No pun intended.Â It was an accident.Â It happens all the time.Â When you have a group of guys out there hunting, the chances that someone is going to get sprayed with a few pellets are pretty high.Â It’s happened to the best of us.Â
To have this incident affect politics in this country is sad.Â Of course, it’s not good that Cheney, his friends, and the secret service let this happen, but is it really a reason to question his ability to lead this country?Â No.Â Let’s forget about it and go on to work together to build a better world for our kids.
Dick Cheney’s contribution to world security has been profound.Â By participating in the decision to liberate Iraq from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, he played a role in saving hundreds of thousands of oppressed people from the fears they experienced daily.Â He helped pave the way for the first free elections in an Arab country in history.Â He has helped show the world that fomenting terrorism and disregarding the wishes of the United Nations has consequences.Â That lesson has been learned by the leaders of South Korea and Iran, both of which threaten global security with their nuclear weapons programs. A free Iraq will play a central role in improving the economic and political stability of the Middle East region — a situation that will repay our investment many times over in coming decades.Â Yes, it’s sad that the cost in human life has been so high, but it would have been many times worse if Saddam had remained in power with a nuclear-armed Iran next door, and oil prices skyrocketing because of market forces, thus giving more power to rogue governments seeking to threaten Western democracies with embargoes.
We all owe a debt of gratitude to President Bush and Dick Cheney for having the moral fortitude to do the right thing in Iraq.