Monday, January 04, 2010

I thought when a vice president became an EX vice president

He was out of power. Apparently not.
A half-dozen former senior Bush officials involved in counterterrorism told me before the Christmas Day incident that for the most part, they were comfortable with Obama's policies, although they were reluctant to say so on the record. Some worried they would draw the ire of Cheney's circle if they did....
Wow. All that warrantless wiretapping of Congress still gives Cheney power. Blackmail is quite handy even after you've had to give up your own private hit squad. of the things that's most annoying about the most recent instance of Politico's Mike Allen taking dictation from former Vice President Dick Cheney is that Cheney is in no way attempting to influence counterterror policy or make the nation more secure. That can't be done by following his advice, which is to use the word "war" more often.

Rather, what Cheney is clearly trying to do is influence the politics, so any reporter worth his salt should be able to simply listen to Cheney and accurately report that the former vice president has been reduced to demagoguery. It's really just stupid to pretend that there's some great policy debate unfolding between the current White House and the previous White House.


  /ˈdɛməˌgɒg, -ˌgɔg/ [dem-uh-gog, -gawg]
1. a person, esp. an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.
2. (in ancient times) a leader of the people.
–verb (used with object)
3. to treat or manipulate (a political issue) in the manner of a demagogue; obscure or distort with emotionalism, prejudice, etc.
–verb (used without object)
4. to speak or act like a demagogue.
So... old warmongers don't just fade away, they spew lies, bile and contempt from their secret secure super duper undisclosed locations.

Remember this article posted in June '09:
Cheney probably thought he wasn't being that obvious:
But I'm sure he has his 'I-told-you-so' speech already written and locked in one of his man-sized safes...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA director Leon Panetta says it's almost as if former vice president Dick Cheney would like to see another attack on the United States to prove he is right in criticizing President Barack Obama for abandoning the "harsh interrogation" of terrorism suspects.

"I think he smells some blood in the water on the national security issue," Panetta said in an interview published in The New Yorker magazine's June 22 issue.

"It's almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point."

Poor torture-loving guy.... It must be so hard to have been president and then be reduced to snarling from the forests of Wyoming...


Steve Bates said...

If Dick "Dick" Cheney is in a secure underclothes location, I want to be the one to close the drawer on his fingers as he attempts to climb out.

ellroon said...

Now THAT would be a newsworthy event...Dick Cheney, underwear drawer terrorist....

Steve Bates said...

After more thought, perhaps what I really need to write is demagoguerel...

ellroon said...

I'd be one Dem who'd be agog at that!