Dick Cheney is at it again trashing Obama, sane people and others who think his type of freedom looks more like a Third World nation run by a lunatic despot who channels spirits of wars past and believes them. In a Wall Street Journal editorial posted June 17, he and his daughter, Liz, attacked Obama and his administration over the rise of ISIS in Iraq accusing the president of “taking America down a notch”. While their rhetoric is laughable on its merit alone, he seems to think that Americans want to hear anything he has to say about the country or the civil war going on there now. He had his chance when he and his puppet, George W. Bush, led us into this mess in the first place. Here are some reminders of his track record on Iraq in statements he made in the past:
“My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.” March 16, 2003 (Wishful Thinking but still a lie)
“We know he’s been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.” March 16, 2003 (A bald faced lie)
“I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.” Speaking about the Iraq insurgency, June 20, 2005 (A misguided lie)
Dick, Dick, Dick . . . please do the nation a favor and retire to whatever ogre colony you escaped from years ago. There is a rock there with your name on it under which you can ruminate to your heart’s content on tortured visions of a world at perpetual war. America doesn’t want or need your “sage” advice as if you are some avuncular historical character of merit. You are not.
Still, it is worth the time to explore some of his more egregious points that surface in the op ed. Here’s a good one. I wonder if he was giving Liz that dirty old man smirk he is so famous for when he wrote this line:
”Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”
Ironic, no? But really, Dick doesn’t understand the meaning of irony. Sometimes it isn’t evident if he isn’t talking about W in many of his statements. George W. Bush didn’t just get things wrong out of hand. He and Dick’s administration seemed intent on getting everything wrong, especially about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction, finance, social issues, and well, anything they put their minds to.
This statement is especially galling when he refers to the situation going on in Iraq today:
“Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood . . .”
Uh, wouldn’t that be innocent blood that should never have been spilled. It was Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Fife, Rice, Powell and a host of other neocons who dreamed up the Iraq war in the first place on false intelligence and hearsay. How does this man say and write these things then go home and fall asleep?
On al Qaeda and how he and the Bush people left Iraq, here is a gem:
“When Mr. Obama and his team came into office in 2009, al Qaeda in Iraq had been largely defeated, thanks primarily to the heroic efforts of U.S. armed forces during the surge.”
The surge’s efficacy will be debated by historians for years. However, one thing is certain, the effects of the surge did little to “defeat” al Qaeda. The al Qaeda forces that were there, simply moved on and began regrouping. The idea that they were defeated is the idle musing of an old man who is still basking in a glory that never was.
Later in the paragraph, he writes this tone-deaf statement about Obama pulling out the troops from Iraq:
“Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.”
Well, that is simply bullshit. The American people had had a bellyful of the Iraq folly that he and Bush served up on a platter. Americans no longer had a stomach for seeing innocent American soldiers die because of lies and deception dreamed up by old white men caught in the throes of blood lust. Besides, Bush had already set in place an exit plan that would have withdrawn the lion’s share of our troops anyway.
It often appears that he and Liz are simply making things up to see if they will fly. Like this nugget of wisdom:
“Now, in a move that defies credulity, he toys with the idea of ushering Iran into Iraq. Only a fool would believe American policy in Iraq should be ceded to Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror.”
Dick must not think people are intelligent or that there isn’t this thingy called the Internet. Obama isn’t a fool like Dick. He understands that aligning our interests with Iran would be counterproductive from the get go. This is simply a red herring that was smelling badly before the ink dried on the paper.
Something our nation should consider when Dick writes or speaks. This little nugget of information surfaced in a Democracy Now! broadcast last week that put his comments in a different light. Richard Clarke former national coordinator for security and counterterrorism under the Bush administration had this to say about Bush and Dick:
“I think things that they authorized probably fall within the area of war crimes. Whether that would be productive or not, I think, is a discussion we could all have. But we have established procedures now with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where people who take actions as serving presidents or prime ministers of countries have been indicted and have been tried. So the precedent is there to do that sort of thing. And I think we need to ask ourselves whether or not it would be useful to do that in the case of members of the Bush administration. It’s clear that things that the Bush administration did — in my mind, at least, it’s clear that some of the things they did were war crimes.” Democracy Now!
Time to button up your pie-hole . . . Dick.