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6 of Dick Cheney’s Biggest Whoppers Since Leaving Office

6 of Dick Cheney’s Biggest Whoppers Since Leaving Office

The good news is that Dick Cheney is not our Vice President anymore. The bad news is that he continues to say evil, blatantly false things to the press. We didn’t appreciate his opinions when he was in the White House, and we certainly don’t appreciate them any better now. Here are six more recent quotations that leave us wishing Cheney would just shut up altogether:

1. Torture

“Some people call it torture. It wasn’t torture. We were very careful in all respects to abide by the law.”

Preferring to use the euphemism “enhanced interrogation program,” Cheney’s continued insistence that torturing terrorism suspects is somehow not real torture is not only frustrating, it’s inconsistent. In one interview, he acknowledged that some of the tactics went “beyond the specific legal authorization” (which is hardly “being careful to abide by the law”) yet maintained that he saw no problem with this overreach. The overwhelming evidence that suggests the Bush administration encouraged out-and-out torture just makes Cheney’s words even more aggravating.

2. Iraq War

“The biggest threat we face is the possibility of terrorist groups like al Qaeda equipped with weapons of mass destruction, with nukes, bugs, or gas. That was the threat after 9/11 and when we took down Saddam Hussein, we eliminated Iraq as a potential source of that.”

Since rallying the country’s support for a war under false pretenses, even Cheney has had to admit that Iraq had no connection to 9/11, nor did it possess WMDs. Clearly, however, that doesn’t stop him from reinventing history in this quote. At least attacking Iraq with little justification proved to us that they didn’t have weapons of mass destruction, right? If national security means destroying every country that may have arms, we’ve got almost a couple hundred more to go!

3. The NSA

“[The notion] that we have created in the National Security Agency this monster bureaucracy that’s reading everybody’s mail, listening to everybody’s phone calls, infringing upon our civil liberties and civil rights: hogwash!”

After delivering this line, Cheney was even so bold as to claim that there was not a single incident of the NSA abusing its power. It’s Cheney’s claim that’s actually hogwash considering the leaked documents that showed widespread corruption and abuse by the unchecked powers of the NSA.

4. Edward Snowden

“I think [Snowden] is a traitor… I think he has committed crimes.”

Cheney’s take on this matter is particularly rich. How does a man who has faced countless accusations of war crimes have any business calling someone else out as a traitor?

For the record, Snowden isn’t sweating Cheney’s allegations. “Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American,” Snowden responded, taking the opinion that being on Cheney’s bad side means you must be doing something right.

5. Food Stamps

“[Obama] would much rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military or support for our troops.”

Not only does Cheney view any cut in spending on the military to be detrimental, but all money that is directed anywhere other than “defense” is a sign of a weak country. Why feed hungry people when we could be bombing more foreigners?

Of course, as the Huffington Post pointed out, military families relied on more than $100 million in food stamps in 2013 alone. If feeding military families is not considered “supporting the troops,” what is?

6. Organ Donation

“The way I think of it from a psychological standpoint is that it’s my new heart, not someone else’s old heart… I don’t spend time wondering who had it, what they’d done, what kind of person [they were].”

Cheney, a five-time heart attack survivor, was fortunate enough to receive a new heart from a donor, but – in his own words – he’s not that grateful. Heck, it’s probably that lack of empathy and concern for fellow humans that enabled him to order attacks on innocent populations.

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2:36PM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

All politicians tell whoppers. Why should he be different.

1:24PM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

The world will be just that much a better place when he and his cronies are gone. Btw, what a waste of a good heart.

3:54AM PDT on May 2, 2014

Darth Vader was intelligent and eventually found redemption. This man seems to lack basic intelligence and any human feeling.

1:39PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

Darth Vadar did not actually die. He just became an evil Vice President.

1:38PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

The mystery has been solved.

11:37PM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

JOSEPH R: Wow! Apparently, you re privy to more information and sources that the rest of us humble care2 Posters. Would you be so kind as to share your sources with us? Don and I CAN! :-))

11:00PM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

Yeah he s brearthing too Noma another dead giveaway. If he isnt lying he is getting ready to.

7:45PM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

Cheney, you must be spreading stories...your mouth is moving.

4:35AM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Cheney makes me sick!!

7:43AM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

Michael T. -- I disagree. I think it is much better for this country that little rightwing snots like Joseph R. are allowed climb out of their holes to publicly advertise their special brand of malignancy.

The founding fathers knew full-well the value in this, and gave us all free speech rights.

And though God seems to have made a mistake in creating stupid rightwingers, at the same time...being ever-wise....He has also made them stupid enough that they actually WANT to advertise it to the rest of us.

Cletus

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