THE LAST THROES. It's truly the End Times when George W. Bush appears a paragon of truth and candor, but Dick Cheney rides a pale horse. In Cheney's interview with Wolf Blitzer last night, we learned:

Bottom line is that we've had enormous successes and we will continue to have enormous successes.

Bush, of course, said two weeks ago that "Our past efforts to secure Baghdad failed." On Tuesday, Lieutenant General David Petraeus said the situation was "dire," and assured the Senate that he wouldn't hesitate to declare failure if the situation warrants it. The hippies are everywhere!

--Spencer Ackerman