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WASHINGTON, D.C. - It’s hard to think of a newspaper column since the dawn of the Internet that has raised such a ruckus as the one former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, wrote in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday.  

The Cheneys inspired howls of gall, bellows of incredulity and ululations of umbrage with their condemnation of President Obama’s foreign policy. This line in particular generated a special level of outrage: “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”

The shocked and awed response was predictable for the most part.  This from The Washington Post:

“It was Cheney who said: “we do know, with absolute certainty, that [Saddam Hussein] is using his procurement system to acquire the equipment he needs in order to enrich uranium to build a nuclear weapon.”

It was Cheney who said in 2005: “I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.”

All those things, and many more, were false. There is not a single person in America — not Bill Kristol, not Paul Wolfowitz, not Don Rumsfeld, no pundit, not even President Bush himself — who has been more wrong and more shamelessly dishonest on the topic of Iraq than Dick Cheney.

And now, as the cascade of misery and death and chaos he did so much to unleash rages anew, Cheney has the unadulterated gall to come before the country and tell us that it’s all someone else’s fault, and if we would only listen to him then we could keep America safe forever. How dumb would we have to be to listen?”

But this Opus Cheney irked some of his usual allies apparently.

Megyn Kelly of Fox News did a tough interview with the Cheneys, even reading part of that Washington Post quote.

And that – that tough interview – was news for Fox News. “Megyn Kelly vs. Dick Cheney: An accountability moment for the ex-veep” runs the headline on

According to Fox’s ace media reporter Howie Kurtz, “It was an important moment for her, as a relatively new prime-time anchor, and for Fox.”

Kurtz added this toast, “Whether you agree with the decision to invade or not, and whether you believe Obama made a mess of the aftermath or not, this was accountability in action.”

Well, we’re delighted that Fox is delighted with Megyn Kelly’s “accountability in action.” It’s an important moment for us, too.

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