Liars in Paradise, or Say Goodbye With a Lie, Don Rumsfeld

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Conservative columnist David Brooks rarely gets props on MoJoBlog, but during yesterday’s Meet the Press — when he commented on Cheney’s farewell remarks to Donald Rumsfeld — he hit the nail on the head.

Via Think Progress, you can watch Cheney spouting,

In his regard for our people in uniform, in his unwavering strength through unprecedented challenges, in his example of leadership and patriotic service, I believe the record speaks for itself: Don Rumsfeld is the finest Secretary of Defense this nation has ever had.

Yesterday, Brooks noted that if what Cheney said were true,

Either George Bush is a fool or Dick Cheney is a liar, all right? Because either George Bush just fired at the height of a war, at the greatest national security threat of our country’s current era, the greatest secretary of defense in history, or Dick Cheney thinks we’re all walking around with a sign that says “Stupid” on it.

Booyakasha! But why not follow the Vice President’s advice and let the record speak for itself? Try cross-referencing the Department of Defense’s recent homage to Rumsfeld with the Secretary of Defense’s many dubious distinctions chronicled in the Mother Jones Iraq War Timeline.

And PS — Cheney’s got an entry in the MJIWT, too.

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