Remember Dick Cheney’s bland denial that the Gulf War coalition was stronger than the coalition for the current war in Iraq?
No, you probably don’t, since neither Sen. Edwards nor anyone else bothered to call him on it at the time.
Well, here’s what he said:
Fred Kaplan supplies the actual numbers, from official U.S. government sources:
Gulf war: 800,000 non-U.S. troops.
Iraq war: 24,000 non-U.S. troops.
So, according to the Vice President, a military force of 800,000 is not “far stronger” than a military force of 24,000.
And he got away with it. That’s the scary thing.
Update and correction: Kaplan updates and corrects: The actual number of non-US troops in Desert Storm was 270,000, not 800,000. Kaplan made a mistake, and I was wrong to cite him without checking.
Thus the Vice President was not, in fact, claiming that 24,000 = 800,000. He was claiming only that 24,000 = 270,000.
Whew. For a moment, I was worried that the Veep had told a bald-faced lie. But what’s a factor of 10 among friends?