Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Former VP Dick Cheney keeps talking.

“Well, I don’t pay a lot of attention to what the critics say, obviously,” said Cheney. “I – from my standpoint, the notion that I should remain silent while they go public, that I shouldn’t say anything while they threaten to disbar the lawyers who gave us the advice that was crucial in terms of this program, that I shouldn’t say anything when they go out and release information that they believe is critical of the program, and critical of our policies but refuse to put out information that would show the results that we’re able to achieve — bottom line is we successfully defended the nation for seven and half years against a follow-on attack to 9/11. That was a remarkable achievement, nobody would have thought that was possible, but it was. I believe it was possible because of the policies we had in place, which they’re now dismantling.

A couple of points; making a bragging point out of defending the nation is a bit self-serving in that that is basically what the job description of being president is. Besides, the attacks of September 11, 2001 did happen on the Bush/Cheney administration’s watch and they were warned by the Clinton administration and their own intelligence services that such an attack was highly probable. Second, he’s asking us to prove a negative: we also didn’t get attacked by the Romulans or the Borg; is Mr. Cheney going to take credit for that, too?

He has every right to defend his behavior and those who worked for him, but if they committed illegal acts, all he seems to be doing is writing the rough draft of the defense’s opening argument at trial. It seems like he’s basically daring the Justice Department and Congress to investigate the actions of those lawyers and the Bush White House.

It’s obvious that Mr. Cheney doesn’t give a rat’s ass about his legacy or the future of the Republican Party; every time he goes on TV he’s basically supplying the Democrats with all the ammunition they need to remind the American electorate of just what we voted out of office last November.