Dick Cheney
Caricature of Dick being a dick by DonkeyHotey

In a sane world, Richard B. Cheney would be spending his 70s relaxing with his grandchildren and doing everything possible to stay out of the public eye. In a sane world he would be one of the last people to be bellyaching about another administration's record on keeping the nation safe. In a sane world, he'd blush redder than ketchup making claims about Benghazi® like this:

“They lied. They claimed it was because of a demonstration video, that they wouldn’t have to admit it was really all about their incompetence,” Cheney told Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Monday. “They ignored repeated warnings from the CIA about the threat. They ignored messages from their own people on the ground that they needed more security.”

“I think it’s one of the worst incidences, frankly, that I can recall in my career.

But, in the insane world of short memories our modern media have done so much to bolster, we've been hearing this kind of talk from the former vice president for months now, delivered in safe venues, of course. No appearances on The Rachel Maddow Show. Or other places where some inconvenient questions might arise about a career drenched in the blood of thousands of dead Americans (not to mention Iraqis) killed as a consequence of the lies Cheney and his buddies concocted to plunge us into that war.

No questions from the traditional media about the 13 lethal attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities abroad (excluding those in Baghdad) before Barack Obama stepped into the Oval Office: Jan. 22, 2002, Calcutta, India; June 14, 2002, Karachi, Pakistan; Oct. 12, 2002, Denpasar, Bali; Feb. 28, 2003, Islamabad, Pakistan; May 12, 2003, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, July 30, 2004, Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Dec. 6, 2004, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; March 2, 2006, Karachi, Pakistan; Sept. 12, 2006, Damascus, Syria; Jan. 12, 2007, Athens, Greece; March 18, 2008, Sana’a, Yemen; July 9, 2008, Istanbul, Turkey; Sept. 17, 2008, Sana’a, Yemen.

In a sane (and just) world, the guy who spent so much time faking links between Iraq and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks would be hunkered down day and night in front of his big screen watching ESPN or taking half-hour walks every day in the prison yard at Leavenworth. Instead, he gets to roam the country and the cable studios revising history and giving us all the finger, just as he always has. Heckuva world.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Tue May 14, 2013 at 10:02 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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