The president said in his speech Thursday that security should not be a “wedge issue”, yet Republicans are intent on making it just that. Typically enough, the former vice president, sarcastic and mean-spirited as ever, opened his remarks by saying that obviously the president had served in the Senate not the House where a five-minute rule is observed. Apparently Mr. Cheney had grown impatient waiting for the president to finish before beginning his standard defense of the previous administration’s murky performance as our protector.

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