Boortz passes on this morning, the fact that the leftist Washinton POst was caught twisting the truth to their own ends, again:

Here’s a link to a front page story from yesterday’s Washington Post.  The story details Vice President Richard Cheney’s Sunday interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.  Here is a paragraph taken directly from the Washington Post story:

“Cheney was less forthcoming when asked about Saudi Arabia’s ties to al Qaeda and the Sept. 11 hijackers. ‘I don’t want to speculate,” he said, adding that Sept. 11 is “over with now, it’s done, it’s history and we can put it behind us.'”

Now … any reasonably intelligent person with any command of the English language would take that to mean that Richard Cheney said that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 are past history and something we can just put behind us.  But … is that what Vice President meant?  In fact, was that even what he said?

Apparently not.

If you read the Meet the Press transcript you will see that the Cheney quote as printed in the Post actually contains fragmented statements addressing two different issues.  Here … read it for yourself.  Here’s the relevant portion of the transcript:

MR. RUSSERT: There are reports that the investigation Congress did does show a link between the Saudi government and the hijackers but that it will not be released to the public.

VICE PRES. CHENEY: I don’t know want to speculate on that, Tim, partly because I was involved in reviewing those pages. It was the judgment of our senior intelligence officials, both CIA and FBI that that material needed to remain classified. At some point, we may be able to declassify it, but there are ongoing investigations that might be affected by that release, and for that reason, we kept it classified. The committee knows what’s in there. They helped to prepare it. So it hasn’t been kept secret from the Congress, but from the standpoint of our ongoing investigations, we needed to do that.
One of the things this points out that’s important for us to understand—so there’s this great temptation to look at these events as discreet events. We got hit on 9/11. So we can go and investigate it. It’s over with now.  It’s done. It’s history and put it behind us.
From our perspective, trying to deal with this continuing campaign of terror, if you will, the war on terror that we’re engaged in, this is a continuing enterprise. The people that were involved in some of those activities before 9/11 are still out there. We learn more and more as we capture people, detain people, get access to records and so forth that this is a continuing enterprise and, therefore, we do need to be careful when we look at things like 9/11, the commission report from 9/11, not to jeopardize our capacity to deal with this threat going forward in the interest of putting that information that’s interesting that relates to the period of time before that. These are continuing requirements on our part, and we have to be sensitive to that.

It’s clear that Cheney did not say that it is time to put the attacks behind us.  He merely said that there is a great temptation to do so.  If you read on in Cheney’s response you will see that he clearly thinks that this is a temptation to be avoided.  He says the response to the terrorist attacks is a “continuing enterprise” and that there are still people involved in the 9/11 attacks who are “still out there.”

Oh well.  If you’re a leftist newspaper and you can Dowdify a quote in order to make it look like a conservative Republican Vice President is shrugging off the terrorist attacks … hell, why not?

Bootz misses the point in a lot of areas. This is not one of them; he’s right on the beam here.

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