Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Knowing Dick on Foreign Policy

The aptly named Dick Cheney and his heir to the asshole throne, Liz decided to rub salt in the nation's festering 8 year wound that was the Bush Presidency today by publishing an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (Motto: Remember when we used to do journalism?).   The title?   The Collapsing Obama Doctrine: Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.

Hey, if there's one thing that Dick Cheney knows, it's failed foreign policy. You have to love a guy who shoots a friend in the face and has him apologize for being in the way, and who, upon being given the precious gift of life by a heart donor and his family, said "When I came out from under the anesthetic after the transplant, I was euphoric. I’d had–I’d been given the gift of additional lives, additional years of life. For the family of the donor, they’d just been [through] some terrible tragedy, they’d lost a family member. Can’t tell why, obviously, when you don’t know the details, but the way I think of it from a psychological standpoint is that it’s my new heart, not someone else’s old heart. And I always thank the donor, generically thank donors for the gift that I’ve been given, but I don’t spend time wondering who had it, what they’d done, what kind of person."

But seriously, Dick knows dick about foreign policy. To say a word about the mess he left the administration that followed him shows surprising balls for a five time draft deferring chickenhawk. By pursuing wreckless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of brave men and women doing the service he busted his ass to avoid were killed and injured, their families were forever changed, and both the psyche and the economy was cripped for years to come.   To blame Obama for the shitstorm he created is beyond the pale.

If Dick wants to be helpful, here's an idea I think we all can get behind.  Let's strap a parachute on Dick, fly him to the Middle East, and drop him in the middle of Iraq with whatever gun the NRA likes this week. Maybe he can make Iraq apologize for all that he and his cronies did to them.

As to the Wall Street Journal, I'd say it's a fish wrapper for having the gall to publish this, but that would be an insult to fish.