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Monday, March 16, 2009

Enough already!

Of all the Sunday cable news show guests, former Vice President Dick Cheney was the one who got in the last word, according to CNN's John King, host of State of the Union. Except they were not the words we wanted, because King did not ask the question that many of us would have asked. What about your assassination project, Mister Veep? [3/16/09]

And what do you mean, "The United States is less safe in the new administration?" You have no basis in fact or reasons to assume, or presume, to make such an allegation. You have lost your credibility with us, Sir, as Keith Olbermann would say, if he were to make one of his "special comments."

It amounts to the same old fear mongering that has plagued this country for the last seven years. And it also amounts to an admission of vast amounts of intelligence gathering, through illegal wiretaps and through torture. To quote CQ Politics (3/15/09), [Cheney]:

“I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the intelligence that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since Sept. 11,” Cheney said. “I would say that the key to what we did was to collect intelligence against the enemy. That’s what the terrorist surveillance program was all about, that’s what the enhanced interrogation program was all about.

“I think that’s a great success story. It was done legally. It was done in accordance with our constitutional practices and principles,” he said. “President Obama campaigned against it all across the country. And now he is making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack.”

Cheney went on to claim success in Iraq and to bemoan the fact that his former boss would not agree to pardoning his lieutenant, Scooter Libby. To quote Cheney, "he was unjustly accused and prosecuted and deserved a pardon. . . ". He closed by saying he might write a book and talk about it. I would rather he retire to his nice home in Virginia and leave us without the benefit of his distorted thoughts.

It will be interesting to see what kind of an advance a Cheney memoir might produce. I would not pay a nickel for it, even if leather-bound. It will not present any useful facts, only lies. But there might just be those who would like to take a look into the mind of such a man.

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