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Dick Cheney, Iraq War

Dick the Dick has slithered out from wherever he keeps himself and offered his opinion on Iraq. The widespread reaction from news media has been, “Really, Dick? You went there?” So that’s something. He even caught a hard time from Megyn Kelly.

[Update: I didn’t see the Megyn Kelley encounter myself; apparently it wasn’t as tough as was hyped.]

Yet I understand the old neocon crowd is turning up on the teevee. Apparently they still think they are owed a victory parade.

Back in 2006 I wrote a post called “Save Us From CEOs” which is more or less about the phenomenon of high-level executives and politicians who are pathologically incapable of perceiving their own failures. Dick and his pal Shrub are featured prominently, and I think it holds up pretty well.

The problem is that, as a species, we seem always to allow the self-confident, assertive types to be in charge whether they actually know what they’re doing, or not. I don’t think this is a new thing (see, for example, the Civil War and General George B. McClellan). The Dickster is such a perfect example of such a specimen that for a time “Dick Cheney” became a kind of euphemism for “arrogant clueless empty suit.” See also “The Agony of Dick.”

Watching Dick parade his magnificent lack of self-awareness today is both fascinating and horrible, like watching pythons trying to swallow alligators. He’s wrapped himself in so many layers of bullshit I doubt there’s a force on this planet that could get through to him that he failed.

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  1. uncledad  •  Jun 19, 2014 @1:44 pm

    “Watching Dick parade his magnificent lack of self-awareness today is both fascinating and horrible”

    It is downright bizarre and hard to watch! I can’t decide which one of Dicks props is more bizarre the mini cowboy hat or the daughter!

  2. Stephen Stralka  •  Jun 19, 2014 @1:54 pm

    Just go to Google and type “Dick Cheney is.”

  3. c u n d gulag  •  Jun 19, 2014 @2:37 pm

    Dick Cheney is NEVER wrong!

    He can only BE wronged.

    Of course, that applies to almost, if not all, all conservatives.

    Cheney says that we were clearly winning in Iraq when President Obama pulled out the troops – due to a treaty that his (nominal boss – really, meat-puppet), W, signed.

    To say that he’s delusional, is an understatement.

    My favorite line in the Op-ed penned by Darth Father, and Vader’s little Vietnam War draft-exemption of a spawn:
    “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”

    WOW!

    Somewhere, Freud is hopping up-and-down, and screaming as loud as he can, “You see! This, THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT I MEANT WHEN I WAS TALKING ABOUT ‘PROJECTION!!!!!!!!!!!'”

    Oy.

  4. c u n d gulag  •  Jun 19, 2014 @2:39 pm

    maha,
    Never mind the bell jars, we clearly have a shortage of straight-jackets.

  5. c u n d gulag  •  Jun 19, 2014 @3:19 pm

    Also, too – nice graphic:
    Beware the Cheney-Talk, my son!
    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!’

  6. c u n d gulag  •  Jun 19, 2014 @3:22 pm

    Or, is that St. Obama, and the dragon?
    And if that’s the case, where’s the snake – Liz?

  7. Swami  •  Jun 19, 2014 @4:03 pm

    I didn’t see the Megyn Kelley encounter myself

    Well, you missed Liz Cheney then.. If facial expressions and body language have any meaning then she was super pissed. Like steam coming out of her ears pissed.. I’ve seen friendlier faces on a cobra in a pre-strike mode than the face she was wearing. I don’t know why they even bothered with an interview other than to seek a relief valve from stewing in their own misery. It’s over for Cheney.. The story has been told, and history will record it exactly the way it was. He deceived the American people to try to accomplish his own agenda. He lied us into war and he can’t rehabilitate his legacy.

  8. Swami  •  Jun 19, 2014 @4:32 pm

    Dick…Can you feel the love?

  9. erinyes  •  Jun 19, 2014 @7:55 pm

    Wtf is going on. First megyn is less than kissing sweet to the vaders , now Glen Beck is stating the liberals were right about eye-rak. Could there be war crimes trials on the horizon ?

  10. Mike G  •  Jun 19, 2014 @11:40 pm

    As putrid as it is to listen to this intestinal parasite, at least he serves as a warning to the non-insane why Republicans should never again hold the White House.

  11. Swami  •  Jun 20, 2014 @12:59 am

    The North Korean newspapers are carrying a story that Obama fed Cheney to a pack of starving Fox news anchors. The official GOP line on Cheney’s political demise was that he dreamed the wrong dreams.

  12. Steve J.  •  Jun 20, 2014 @5:20 am

    KELLY: In your op-ed, you write as follows, rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many, but time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir. You said there were no doubts Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. You said we would greeted as liberators. You said the Iraq insurgency was in the last throes back in 2005. And you said that after our intervention, extremists would have to, quote, “rethink their strategy of Jihad.” Now with almost a trillion dollars spent there with 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say, you were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many?



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