This is a pretty caustic rant.
You've been warned.
Well, if you've had your eyes open at least twice or thrice in the last ten years, the following headline and lede should come as zero surprise to you:
CHENEY: NO REGRETSThe full blog post is available here.
By: CNN's Ashley Killough
(CNN) – When talking about his eight years as vice president, Dick Cheney said he had no regrets from his time working as former President George W. Bush's right-hand man.
"And I'm not inclined to make any mea culpas," Cheney told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview to air on the "Situation Room" Tuesday.
Cheney had an instrumental role in the decision to send troops to Iraq nearly two years after 9/11. Widespread doubts emerged about the government's initial reason for going to war: suspicions that the country had links to terrorist cells and was harboring weapons of mass destruction.
When asked if the current fatality count of more than 4,000 troops in Iraq, coupled with the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the war, made it a worthy endeavor, Cheney said "yes." . . . .
I wonder if this dingleberry ever sat down with the family of someone who died in Iraq. I rather doubt it.
Look, no one will ever confuse Darth Cheney for the self-reflective "I'm-my-own-worst-critic" type, but even by the standards of someone furiously digging up Satan himself from the deepest trenches of hell, this interview is an even further debasement of unimaginably repugnant proportions. As if to say, "Look what an irredeemable asshole I can be," this pus-filled boil on the taint of humanity gives Wolf Blitzer "the Full Cheney." By that, I mean we are brought into the most fetid, shit-strewn runnels in the deepest crevices of the offal-parts of human existence.
Note that even the uber-corporate toady, Wolf Blitzer (who was practically coming in his pants during the run-up to the War on Iraq, and who STILL MANAGED to fluff the Dark One as a kind of "vintage Cheney" during the write-up, as if that was something that anyone wanted to see) elicited the following remarks, possibly in a likely-to-fail effort to make "news" of the fact that:
"Hey, the former Veep's a real piece o' shit!"I find it interesting that the headline on Blitzer's more personal blog, which is buried more quickly on CNN's web page, was less forgiving than the headline that was ultimatley frontpaged on the site.
CHENEY REFUSES TO ADMIT ANY MISTAKES AS VICE PRESIDENTFor the who are strong of soul, here are a few choice bits of this nauseating interview. Have a mop and bucket ready. You're going to want to puke.
"He strongly defended his record on every single controversial issue I raised with him: the nearly $1 trillion TARP economic bailout package that the Bush administration pushed through Congress during its final weeks; the decision to invade Iraq even though Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11; the failure to kill Osama bin Laden when he was cornered in Tora Bora shortly after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan; and the failure to take any steps in the summer of 2001 when he and President George W. Bush were warned that al Qaeda was planning to attack Americans in the United States."I'm gonna go hork now. Please give me a minute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Okay I'm back.
Can you handle some more?
I [Blitzer] pointed out to the former vice president that everyone makes mistakes, and there’s nothing wrong with admitting mistakes. We are, after all, only human. No one is perfect.You're allowed to both puke and have flaming diarrhea - simultaneously, if necessary - at this point. You're only human after all. Take your time. I'll wait . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . . . . . . .
But he refused to budge. “I'm proud of the policies we put in place. I think they did the job we intended for them to do. And I'm not inclined to make any mea culpas,”"
Here's some more:
"When I asked him if he had any regrets in Iraq, he said, “I think we made exactly the right decisions.”Purge it people. Purge it now. It's finger down the throat time, and you know it.
The odd thing here is that, as much as I've wallowed in the shit-strewn sphincters of the discourse with this post, Darth Cheney himself, with his soft, snake-tongued voice and his beady little stare, is actually more offensive than the basest insults I can throw at the guy.
I've always said that I picture Darth Cheney as more of a psychopath than a sociopath, because supposedly sociopaths know that what they're doing is wrong and do it anyway, whereas psychopaths appear to have no awareness of such things, and no remorse. This nauseating interview, and the article to which it lead, only reinforces that belief.
Psychopath Dick Cheney probably sleeps perfectly soundly at night; whereas I suspect that occasionally some really stupid demons may keep George W. awake at night, even as monstrously moronic as they may be.
There was a time in my life when I considered a devil-may-care attitude that rebels against public opinion as worth emulating. I once considered it bold and trend-setting to say: "I don't care what people think." But as Cheney apparently makes crystal-clear in his new book, In My Time "not giving a shit about what all y'all think" ain't exactly what you're looking for in leadership skills for a democracy. Such a perspective may not be such a bad thing from a friend, collaborator, or fellow artist in some cases. But nah, it's not really what you're looking for at the highest levels of an elected leadership . . . they're pretty much supposed to care what giant swaths of the population thinks.
Cheney's book will be coming out soon and it looks like he's going to be crawling out from the lowest depths of Hell's sewer a lot in the next few weeks. If nothing else, it should give us all a healthy reminder of what happens when the rich and powerful are allowed to run amok in a self-aggrandizing binge of war, torture, and greed.
Here's hoping that Darth Cheney's re-emergence from his undisclosed location will remind Americans what the GOoPers are all about, as we sail toward the rough waters of the 2012 elections.