I think Dick Cheney has a different functional definition of "last throes" than I do.
The insurgency in Iraq is "in the last throes," Vice President Dick Cheney says, and he predicts that the fighting will end before the Bush administration leaves office.
Let's see, the insurgency has been going on for about 26 months. The Bush administration has 43 months to go. So, according to Cheney, "last throes" can last more than fifty percent longer than all other phases of the insurgency combined. That's not even considering the fact that Cheney and his cohort have been announcing light at the end of the tunnel, they're really desperate now, it's almost over since practically before the war started. I can't believe anyone takes this guy seriously or that they let him speak in public at all.