I hope you’re not yet tired of me railing against all things Dick Cheney. I know I’m not. History will will estimate him to be nothing more than a misanthropic war criminal. Besides that, I admit again that it’s morbidly cathartic. What began as an effort on his part to rewrite history and burnish his legacy, has morphed into a risible rhythmless boogie of dodging bullets fired at his feet by truth empowered gunslingers.
Today he tells us that there was never any evidence of a connection between 911 and Iraq. Um, no shit. This despite his persistent insistence that there was ample evidence, long after it was thoroughly discredited. He said: “pretty well confirmed” that a 9/11 hijacker met with Iraqi intelligence officials before 9/11. -thinkprogress.org
Understand how deliberate this dog and pony show was. In the ’04 Presidential election, over 70% of people who voted for Bush/Cheney believed that Saddam Hussein was directly responsible for the attacks on 911. One could rightfully argue that these two assholes were re-elected by and large because Americans believed their lies and the spell of fear they so successfully instilled.
You gotta love the great unwashed.
He also tells us that those memos he wants declassified don’t necessarily prove, as he claimed just days ago, that torture saved thousands, if not hundreds of thousand of lives, but rather the entirety of the interrogation program did. What the hell does that mean? Olbermann wondered if he was referring to instances like the fact that we gave sugar free cookies to a diabetic terrorist.
Then, he has the audacity to blame his lies on George Tenet. That’s right, the infamous dickhead in charge of the CIA at the time, who said that making a case for invading Iraq to the American people and the world was a “slam dunk”. As if to say, it wasn’t his fault because that’s what Tenet told him.
After months of pressure and obtuse harangue by Dick truly and his mob.
For his part, Tenet received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
It’s gets better. He now claims we missed 911 because of former terrorist czar Richard Clarke. I suggest you read Clarke’s book on the matter. One of the very first insiders to be overtly critical of the reckless and ideologically driven Dick-in-Bush administration and the Keystone Cops approach they took to every single circumstance after that fateful day. If Clarke is to be believed, and I believe him, he had been ringing the bell since day one. The book is titled “Against All Enemies” and it’s a page turning indictment of the whole crew, from Condoleezza Rice, on up.
While you’re at it, pick up of former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill’s book, “The Price of Loyalty”. An astounding glimpse into the pre-911 days and the Bush administration’s determination, even then, to to invade Iraq.
What baffles me is how so many talking heads, Dan Rather included, seem wont to purchase that at the very least, Cheney is sincere, that he believes what he says. No sale here. He’s a charlatan and should be tried and convicted for war crimes. Every prediction has been wrong. Every “fact” he’s ever foisted has been a lie. The idea that this prick is able to command a single American’s attention on any public airwave, makes me want to puke in technicolor.
Here’s where we are. No WMD. There never was and there remains no credible reason to tell Americans it was…..was. No connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda. No connection whatsoever between Saddam Hussien and the events of 911. Again, never was and no credible reason to tell Americans there was. Nothing, no symbiosis between a secular dictatorship and an extreme religious movement.
No was. None.
Here we are. Not a single fucking reason for invading a sovereign country that posed no threat to us or even it’s neighbors in the foreseeable future. No reason for killing hundreds of thousands if not more than a million innocent people. No reason for displacing millions of innocents. No reason for the deaths of thousands of proud American men and women. No reason for the incalculable grief visited on millions and millions of fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers across the entire planet. No goddamn reason at all for any of it.
No was and no is.
I usually endeavor to bring a little humor to you the reader, while drawing your attention to the horrible events that surround us all in this world. Forgive me, this just isn’t funny. There’s nothing funny about it. It’s all tragedy kids. A long slow, brutal and still developing nightmare that will disturb the world’s sleep for decades because Richard Bruce Cheney was somehow allowed to have far too much influence on the course of human events.
More than any other human, Richard Bruce Cheney is responsible for a consummately unjust war with Iraq. More than any other human, Richard Bruce Cheney is responsible for the abject and utterly reprehensible torture America visited with malice and viciousness on America’s “enemies”. More than any other human, Richard Bruce Cheney is culpable for America’s woefully reduced standing in the world. More, than any single other human fucking being, Richard Bruce Cheney is responsible for the hole that we are now at the bottom of.
One of the prevailing messages of the Obama administration is to look forward and therefore not dwell too zealously on our recent past. It is ever more apparent to me that however wholesome and well intentioned such sentiments are, they are naive and for lack of a better adjective, simple, in an increasingly complex world.
Richard Bruce Cheney shits where he eats.
Hold Dick Cheney responsible. Show the world that accountability is still a respected idea in America. Prosecute this prick. In so doing, we will demonstrate the best we have to offer as a first step, to ourselves and the rest of the planet.
Fuck this guy.
Drinks for my friends.