A Wicked Man Continues to Spout His Wickedness

Emptywheel (aka Marcy Wheeler) examines Dick Cheney’s latest rantings — on missile defense, on Iraq and Afghanistan, on America’s success in keeping its moral bearings while torturing confessions out of prisoners, on how his administration’s policies kept us safe (except for 9/11 itself, of course, and except for the London bombings, and the Madrid bombings, and the murder of UN ambassador Sergio Vieria de Mello in Iraq…..  oh, never mind).

The best part of the speech as far as I am concerned, though, was Cheney’s devastating pushback against Rahm Emanuel’s critical comments about having to start a review of Afghanistan policy from scratch:

In a wide-ranging speech, the former vice president pilloried the Obama administration on a host of issues from President Obama’s engagement with Iran to his decision to shut down the military prison at Guantanamo and his abandonment of the Bush administration’s missile defense plans in Eastern Europe.

But what appeared to vex Mr. Cheney the most was recent remarks by Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, that part of the reason why the Afghanistan review was taking so long was because the White House was asking questions which had never been asked before.

Not true, Mr. Cheney told an audience while accepting the Center for Security Policy’s “Keeper of the Flame” award. The Bush administration did its own review last year, he said, and offered the finding to the Obama transition team.

“In the fall of 2008, fully aware of the need to meet new challenges being posed by the Taliban, we dug into every aspect of Afghanistan policy, assembling a team that repeatedly went into the country, reviewing options and recommendations, and briefing President-elect Obama’s team,” Mr. Cheney said. “They asked us not to announce our findings publicly, and we agreed, giving them the benefit of our work and the benefit of the doubt.”

The fall of 2008?

Marcy had the same reaction:

Hahahaha!! Cheney believes that developing an Afghan strategy in an attempt to force Obama’s hand can make up for the seven years during which he oversaw the complete neglect of the war against the people who actually hit us on 9/11.

3 Responses to “A Wicked Man Continues to Spout His Wickedness”

  1. Can you really tie in Bush Administration policies to what happened on 9/11 Kathy?? Clinton had been warned about Bin Laden for years and did nothing. Bush had barely been in office a few months when 9/11 took place. We all know that Cheney was talking about policies put in place because of 9/11 … things you oppose like simple tapping of overseas phone calls.

    I think Bush/Cheney neglected Afghainstan as well, after the intial campaign across that barren landscape. But I wonder if CFLF supported ANY action in the first place !! I doubt it, no, the blame America first crowd fills the ranks of CFLF.

  2. So Cheney is wicked for opposing Obama?? Many people think Gitmo should remain open, its a perfect place to hold these guys. Putting terrorists through our Court system is a mistake. In Poland we’ve abandoned a good ally in favor of pusing the “reset” button with Russia. Unfortunately they haven’t reset anything, they’re laughing at us … So far this Iran engagement has been futile. I hope it works out, but can’t think of any recent example where diplomacy or sanctions worked in these situations ….

    Well looks like Obama’s numbers continue to fall, he will be a 1 term President. These polls reflect how people are starting to catch wind of this fraud Administration:

    the ones who are naive and evil are you Kathy, and Obama for shielding his Mao worshiping true beliefs and intentions here … be honest for once …

  3. opit says:

    Um. Cheney speaks with a forked tongue at all times, I agree. But the nasty part of a really superlative liar is that he weaves elements of truth into his lies.
    Those ‘reviews’ really did happen : Obama’s ‘reviews’ plow the same ground.
    Until or unless you realize the ridiculousness of comparing strategies of warmongers and allocating one as ‘virtuous’ and one ‘evil’ when they are both pursuing policies of murder on a grand scale…no sane perspective is possible.
    I’ve blogged Afghanistan until I’m almost sick of it. exMI at Blogspot ( Somebody Should Care, Maybe Not You… ) pointed out the vast differences between the way Afghanistan is described by ‘theorists’ pushing pet views and what somebody sees when they are actually there…which he says he was, and his perspectives tie in with other vets…years ago.
    It’s fiction. Check out Brad Blog’s reports on Sibel Edmonds, Al Qaeda is nothing like its portrayal ….the locals don’t even have something called ‘the Taleban’ ! Not really.
    It’s as bad as conducting Indian policy to the tribes based on prejudice and graft was in the Wild West : and for many of the same reasons. It’s ‘cover’ : smoke and mirrors.

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