Originally Posted by drake3781
Actually, it was CHENEY's decison to hold the story. Cheney insisted on a strategy to release it to a local paper, through the ranch owner, even though McClellan was pushing to get the information out as soon as he was informed - late - at 6AM the next morning.
Here is the story.
The pellets are somehat smaller than BBs.
White House aides can be expected to say that the Vice President did not shoot Whittington, which suggests a bullet, but rather sprayed him with birdshot, a type of ammunition made up of tiny pieces of lead or steel.
Whittington is a lifelong friend of Karl Rove.
While serving as a congressman from Wyoming — before President Bush’s father tapped him for secretary of defense in 1989 — Cheney was a solid ally of the National Rifle Association, the staunch defender of gun rights, which also preaches gun safety.
Cheney also drew attention for reportedly shooting ducks and some 70 pen-raised pheasants at the exclusive Rolling Rock Club in southwestern Pennsylvania in December 2003. Experts were quoted at the time as saying there’s nothing wrong, legally at least, with blasting away at stocked birds.
And get this...
It's now being reported that Whittington was hit with over 100 pellets, and that expert hunters are now stating that for him to have gotten hit by that many
[concentration of pellets], and for them to have penetrated the heart muscle like they did
, Whittington would have had to be far closer to Cheney than the reported 30 yards.
Furthermore, I was just listening to a report stating Whittington's wife (Merce Whittington) is somehow involved with Iraqi contracts or some sort and that both wife and husband were unhappy about the turn of events there.
I'm still trying to locate the information to clarify this.
apparently Whittington had had a recent arguement with Cheney, and word is that Cheney was exremely upset with him prior to the hunting trip.
Lastly, isn't it odd that Cheney has yet to apologize for the shoting.
He has yet released no personal statements on the shooting.
This is better than the series DALLAS!