Factcheck.org factchecks Cheney

Edwards’s main charges stick.

Factcheck.org, which Cheney tried to cite as clearing him, now factchecks that assertion:

Cheney wrongly implied that FactCheck had defended his tenure as CEO of Halliburton Co.


… in fact, Edwards was mostly right.

Yes, when Cheney was in charge Halliburton did business with Iran (though the Libyan connection ended before he arrived).

Yes, when Chenehy was in charge Halliburton committed securities violations for which it has subsequently paid millions of dollars in fines.

Yes, there is currently a criminal investigation of Nigerian bribes paid by a joint venture involving a Halliburton subsidiary, also on Cheney’s watch.

So the outfit Cheney appealed to as refuting Edwards’s charges in fact verifies them.

Can you imagine the uproar if Al Gore had pulled such a stupid pet trick?

(Note Factcheck’s attempt at even-handedness: criticizing Edwards for using “misleading” job statistics because Edwards said that 1.7 million private-sector jobs, and 2.7 million manufacturing jobs, had been lost on Bush’s watch, when in fact 1.7 private-sector jobs and 2.7 million manufacturing jobs have been lost on Bush’s watch. What’s supposedly “misleading” is that Edwards didn’t mention the partial offset from rising public payrolls. But since he cited the right numbers and the right categories, I fail to see anything misleading in what he said.)

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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