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Why Everyone Should Immediately Stop Listening to Dick Cheney

Why Everyone Should Immediately Stop Listening to Dick Cheney

Written by Igor Volsky

In an op-ed published in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, former Vice President Dick Cheney — along with his equally neoconservative daughter, Liz Cheney — accuses President Obama of intentionally undermining the nation’s national security interests in Iraq in an effort to take America “down a notch” in the world. It’s the latest charge levied against Obama by former Bush administration officials who orchestrated the 2003 invasion of Iraq and have since reclaimed their expertise to advise the president on how to best handle the spread of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

War architects L. Paul Bremer, Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith aren’t letting their false predictions about President Bush’s war in Iraq stop them from arguing in favor of muscular American military intervention — be it air strikes or boots on the ground. And they’re predictably downplaying the roles of the invasion and subsequent reconstruction policies in destabilizing the country and the region.

But the former vice president — who spent years arguing that anyone who questions the administration during a time of war is unpatriotic — goes a step further. He uses the current spike in violence to rehabilitate the Bush administration’s decision to invade and then accuses Obama of intentionally ignoring the terrorist threat and knowingly aiding American enemies. It’s as if the Bush administration left Iraq a peaceful nirvana and Obama broke it into a thousand little pieces.

“Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” Cheney begins. “Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing.”

Then, the criticism becomes stunningly personal and vitriolic: Obama, he argues, is purposely and knowingly hurting the nation by failing to follow the advise of the very men who invaded the nation in the first place. Cheney writes that “Obama seems determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch,” and concludes that the president is “on track to securing his legacy as the man who betrayed our past and squandered our freedom.”

The former Vice President also hasn’t limited his personal attacks on Obama to Iraq. Cheney has previously claimed that Obama is un-American and speculated that he proposed cutting military funding because he doesn’t like our troops. Which leads to an obvious conclusion: Americans should stop listening to Cheney — not because he disagrees with the administration on policy or politically — but because he doesn’t seem to believe that the president acts in good faith or was ever legitimate in the first place.

This post originally appeared on ThinkProgress

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3:32PM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

I never listened to him to begin with!!!!

7:33PM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

Cheney is pure evil incarnate. And an ASS

7:52AM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

What the hell does some stupid gunship have to do with what I said?? So your answer is to just go into countries and kill ALL the people who live there because they have civil war in their country?? GUNships have NOTHING to do with the problem and would only make it worse.

9:43PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

No, no, no, no, o, no,....not ever again a war.
We have not 'fixed' anything with never ends someone always wants a war...for what? Money / power? that goes and changes by the second at times.
Our planet and all of the lives in it do not need another war.
We do need Love...hugs ... laughter...and dignity for all of us.

3:03PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

My apologies to actual robots.

3:02PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

I don't think he is even human. I want to see some medical records. I'm pretty sure he's a robot.

2:49PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Kevin and Marianne,

I wish it wasn't so but you are both so right.

2:29PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

It is always the "gutless wonders," who never served in our nation's armed forces, who calmor for war, to let other people die for their greed and avarice.

2:24PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

One thing I cannot forget about Dick Cheney is what he wrote in "The Contract for a New American Century." He said that America (meaning US business interests) NEEDED another "Pearl Harbor type" event to galvanize Americans into going to war and accepting several wars being fought on several fronts at the same time, so the governments in those countries, all in the Middle East, could be replaced with governments friendly to Americas interests -- meaning, of course, friendly to American CORPORATE interests.

Cheney WANTED war. And not just one or two; he wanted MULTIPLE wars. He wanted them LONG before the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. He wanted the oil-rich Middle East run by American corporate interests and profits.

He also wanted a "Pearl Harbor" type event that would horrify America and convince us to tolerate if not wholly support his blood-for-oil-profits scheme.

What could be more "Pearl Harbor" like that a vicious sneak attack on American cities, using freakin' airplanes??

I have never bought into the theory that Bush and Cheney somehow planned the 9/11 attacks. But I DO believe they stood back and let the attacks happen. They had been briefed REPEATEDLY on the danger of imminent terrorist attacks, suggestions that they planned to use planes, even on what TARGETS seemed logical. I have always believed there was more going on in ignoring the intelligence than hubris and overweening arrogance of their parts.

1:32PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

I wouldn't listen to a single word that disgusting, evil, lying, piece of trash has to say about anything.

And as far as Iraq goes, he has been wrong (or has blatantly lied) on every single issue having to do with Iraq.

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