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I Know What Dick's Up To


By John Martin - Posted on 28 April 2009

Ross Douthat had a blunt write-up on Dick Cheney yesterday.  He basically says that the GOP had a missed opportunity to show its true stripes during the presidential election.  By running John McCain instead of Tricky Dick II, "real" conservatism didn't get the drubbing it deserves.  The end result is that Hannity-Stein-Limbaugh can claim that their viewpoint is still relevant, and this most recent incarnation of the conservative movement can continue to live in denial.

I've been thinking a lot about Cheney recently.  I don't want to be thinking about him, but he hasn't given me much of a choice.  The man knows that 80% of the country hates him.  He knows his long career of public service will be defined by the foibles of his last eight, and he knows that his health probably won't give him enough time to reinvent his public image.

When he goes on TV and blames Obama for putting the nation at risk, he's betting on one thing-- that at some point over the next eight years, there will be another attack on U.S. soil.  By being the most vocal critic of the current administration's policies, he can become the biggest "I told you so" figure of the right, in the event our enemies get lucky again.  This is the only way Cheney can regain some of his lost respect and have some shot at not being viewed as a complete American failure.

I'm not saying Cheney wants the U.S. to get hit by al-Qaeda again, but what else would explain his current behavior.  If the man simply wanted to keep us safe-- his legacy be damned-- he could communicate with team Obama and try explaining to them what they may be missing.  If anything, they'd be more likely to listen to him if he went the quiet, respectful route.  As much as Cheney's view has been discredited, I'm sure he could still get Joe Biden and a bunch of other Obama people on the phone. 

Cheney might want to keep America safe, but he also wants to give himself one last chance of not being a political punchline for generations to come.  Pushing his right wing hysteria to the very end is his only hope.

 

John, my personal opinion is this :  THE ONLY, THE ONLY, THE ONLY reason there has not been a terrorist attack ON AMERICAN SOIL is that they have thousands of AMERICAN targets in Iraq.  A human military shield of sorts.  Were it not for this, I think there may have been an attempt after the 2004 election.  The only doubt I have is based on the fact they did not try after Pre. Clinton was re-elected in 1996, not on anything coming from the axis of evil.

This is the number 1 problem with withdrawing from Iraq, it opens us up to the possibility of an attack.  If the oracle of evil wants to look prophetic, that's his problem.  We know what Dr. Dick is.

In the Bible, it says, "Pride comes before a fall"; this whole war thing has put our country in a very perplexing situation.

I'm not saying Cheney wants the U.S. to get hit by al-Qaeda again, but what else would explain his current behavior. 

I am starting to disagree (which is frightening.) I am sensing almost an impatient desire to see something bad happen so he can blame Pres. Obama. He may be willing to save his own ass in exchange for putting the nation at risk. And he's not alone. I am hearing more of this "If another terrorist attack occurs, Pres. Obama will have blood on his hands." nonsense.  I won't be so bold as to suggest he is planning such an event but he does have an "in" with some of those tortured terrorists (not that they'd be anxious to help him out!) Sorry-I'm sure that thought is way out of line but I have never trusted someone less that I trust Dick Cheney at this moment. 

I'm not saying Cheney wants the U.S. to get hit by al-Qaeda again, but what else would explain his current behavior. If the man simply wanted to keep us safe-- his legacy be damned-- he could communicate with team Obama and try explaining to them what they may be missing.

I agree, and this route would have given him a much firmer ground from which to pontificate-- and as a bonus, tell the country he did talk with the administration and was blocked. There's something in it for him to continue to talk as if Obama is a bigger danger to the country than he ever was, but I think it's not simply his legacy; if he cared that much about it, I don't know if he would have given the rest of the country the one-finger salute for 8 years. I can't quite put my finger on it, though.

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It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

I can't quite put my finger on it, though

I'm sure there are the tin-foil-hatters -- those who fear Bilderbergers, PNAC, etc. -- who believe this all fits into place.  I'm not sure how, but then I'm not a conspiracy kinda gal (usually...)

I suppose there's one tinfoil-hat possibility to Cheney's bizarre request for docs from the National Archives-- he may be asking a friend to write something friendly to his cause.
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It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

Does any one here watch 24? After last nights episode and all this somewhat conspiracy talk, makes you kinda wonder. I don't like to think that way, but Evil Dick is one shady guy, so I wouldn't be surprised if he did something to make him and the Bush Admin look better.     

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