Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dead-Eye Dick could not be trusted with firearms (or war)

This has certainly been one interesting decade.  Let's go back ten years ...

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a campaign contributor during a weekend quail hunt on a friend's South Texas ranch, local authorities and the vice president's office said Sunday.

On Saturday, February 11, 2006, at approximately 5:30 pm, US Vice President Dick Cheney "accidentally" shot  78-year-old Harry Whittington during a quail hunting trip, at the 50,000 acre ranch in south Texas owned by a wealthy widow named Katharine Armstrong.

The wounded man was in intensive care at a Corpus Christi hospital after being hit by several pellets of birdshot Saturday afternoon, hospital spokesman Peter Banko told CNN.

Let's see ... Vice-President Dick Cheney made four mistakes that day, it appears to me:

  1.  He was hunting with another man and two women who were NOT their wives.
  2.  He failed to identify (as a responsible hunter always does) his target; he didn't know what he was shooting at.
  3.  The incident was kept secret for 24 hours, and the lame excuse was given that it was the "landowner's responsibility" to report the shooting incident.
  4.  He was hunting quail without a bird stamp (we all know better than that).

Is this the kind of man we chose to take our young countrymen and countrywomen into war?  Certainly not!

I love the way the mainstream news media downplayed the seriousness of the accident, saying that Whittington was "peppered" with "pellets," as though a shotgun blast in the face was nothing.  The old man was shot in the face.  That's serious, no matter what the gauge or caliber of the ammunition.

Even FOX news (normally an apologist for the Bush Administration) didn't give Cheney a completely free ride.  In one report, FOX said that White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, was "peppered" with questions about the event.  That was one cute play on words.  And I loved it.  :-)
February 11, 2016