Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dick Cheney’s Big Trap

Dick Cheney has always troubled me. There is something about the man that is deeply troubling. He cannot, I think, recognize reality. He was wildly wrong about going to war in Iraq and he is crazy wrong now about how we should handle it. I have always been suspicious that personal economic concerns motivate him.
by Charlie Leck
“His whole legacy is wrapped in wrong!”
[Charles Blow, writing about Dick Cheney in the New York Times]
Dick Cheney is saying terrible things about the President of the United States. When one watches him talk, in his television appearances, he strikes one as a man with an agenda. He seems almost always to spread venom. You almost expect nasty profanity to come from him. I find him the most insincere politician in America. I have a hard time having any faith at all in his patriotism and good will. When he speaks for the Republican Party he piles more and more manure upon the good party’s reputation and standing.
He should have no place in the current debate about what is to be done in Iraq. He disqualified himself by and through the decisions he made when he was Vice President. Dick Cheney was the lead salesman in pushing the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) concept. In order to close the sale, he was willing to lie. It is that lie then that disqualifies him now! The WMD lie cost America dearly – trillions of dollars and thousands and thousands of deaths and injuries to good and loyal soldiers.
Dick Cheney, shut your big trap and go away! Let reasonable and honest men make the decisions regarding Iraq.
However, Charles Blow, in a brilliant column in the NY Times quotes something that Dick Cheney said in 1994 that was precisely right on about the problems that might be created by over-throwing Sadam Hussein in Iraq. They now reverberate loudly as we read them…
“Once you got to Iraq and took it over, and took down Saddam Hussein’s government, then what are you going to put in its place? That’s a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq you can easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off. Part of it the Syrians would like to have to the west. Part of eastern Iraq, the Iranians would like to claim, fought over for eight years. In the north you’ve got the Kurds, and if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey. It’s a quagmire.”
This is exactly the problem that the lies of the Bush administration created. There were no WMDs. There were never any WMDs. The WMDs were a fantasy created by George W. Bush and his Vice President in order to sell a war that was really about protecting the flow of oil to America. Now the Obama administration has got to try to clean up the terrible mess that Dick Cheney helped to create.
And he has the gall to now criticize the nation’s president! No, not you, Mr. Cheney! Not you! You keep your fat trap shut!


Why not become a follower?
If you read my blog regularly, why not become a follower? All you have to do is click in the upper right hand corner and establish a simple means of communication. Then you'll be informed every time a new blog is posted here. If all that's confusing, here's Google's explanation of how to do it! If you don’t want to post comments on the blog, but would like to communicate with me about it,send me an email if you’d like.

1 comment:

  1. Read E.J. Dionne, Jr.’s column: Dick Cheney, did you really want to go there?