Monday, July 28, 2008

But He Wears A Flag Pin On His Lapel!

From the NY Daily News:

Vice President Dick Cheney's invitation to address wounded combat veterans next month has been yanked because the group felt his security demands were Draconian and unreasonable.

The veep had planned to speak to the Disabled American Veterans at 8:30 a.m. at its August convention inLas Vegas.

His staff insisted the sick vets be sequestered for two hours before Cheney's arrival and couldn't leave until he'd finished talking, officials confirmed.

"Word got back to us ... that this would be a prerequisite," said the veterans executive director, David Gorman, who noted the meeting hall doesn't have any rest rooms. "We told them it just wasn't acceptable."

When Cheney spoke to the group in 2004, his handlers imposed the same stringent security lockdown, upsetting members, officials said.

Many of the vets are elderly and left pieces of themselves on foreign battlefields since World War II, and others were crippled by recent service in Iraq andAfghanistan. For health reasons, many can't be stuck in a room for hours.

Neocon war hawk Dick Cheney asked for and received five deferments at the height of the Vietnam War by the time he turned 26 years old.


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