On Tuesday, former Vice-President Dick Cheney, along with his charming daughter Liz, wrote an editorial in the Washington Post. What they said was --
That's basically the substance. I'm pretty sure you can fill in the blanks. Hint: he was critical of President Obama. And his criticisms were based on an almost breathtakingly bizarre lack of self-reflection. It's like he remembered all the criticisms of his Administration with George Bush and forgot who they were actually addressed to, so he figured they must be about Mr. Obama instead.
No, really, truly bizarre in its relentless and spot-on repetitions of criticisms of Bush-Cheney. For example, things like --
"Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many." This from an Administration that who insisted there were Weapons of Mass Destruction, that we'd be greeted as liberators, and that the war would be over in weeks. And a president whose 16 word lie about non-existent yellowcake push the nation into war, at the expense of 4,400 Americans killed and $2.2 trillion spent. Not to mention ignoring a Presidential Daily Briefing, "Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S."
Accusations "of empty misleading rhetoric." This This from an Administration that who insisted there were Weapons of Mass Destruction, that we'd be greeted as liberators, and that the war would be over in weeks. And a president whose 16 word lie about non-existent yellowcake push the nation into war, at the expense of 4,400 Americans killed and $2.2 trillion spent.
And almost most strange of all, criticizing the president for ignoring terrorists, while in the meantime, "and he goes golfing." No, honestly, Mr. Cheney said that! Blissfully ignoring the famous footage of President Bush -- well, no, words can't do it justice.
There's no point quoting anything specific Mr. Cheney and adoring daughter say, because Dick Cheney doesn't deserve a place on the platform. And his daughter is only there because...well, she's his daughter. He is so unearthly discredited on the Iraq War that even his own party eventually stopped listening. After all, he left office with a 13-percent approval rating. I'd think the law of averages would suggest pretty much anything could get at least 15-percent. To listen to what Dick Cheney give advice about how to run the Iraq War is like listening to General Custer give advice on how to fight Indians.
To listen to what Liz Cheney has to say about most anything in politics is like calling your stockbroker and having his daughter answer the phone during her summer break as an English major and explaining that he's out, but would you like to know what she thinks you should do with your retirement fund?
Then again, given that Dick Cheney left office with that pesky 13-percent approval, I'm almost tempted to quote everything he said, and even encourage him to say more. It can only serve to discredit his party and position even more.
Though I'm not sure if that's possible.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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