The funniest thing about this latest example of Politico giving a Republican -- today's recipient is Dick Cheney -- a platform to spew crap, is that they actually call this an interview:
On the eve of the unveiling of the nation’s new Afghanistan policy, former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed President Barack Obama ... In a 90-minute interview at his suburban Washington house ...
Because in an interview, one assumes a measure of give and take and of follow-up questions. What this is is a platform for Dick Cheney to slam the President while regurgitating his usual garbage -- this time even tossing in a charge of treason:
"I think it’s likely to give encouragement — aid and comfort — to the enemy."
... and a suggestion that the President isn't really one of us:
"When I see the way he operates, I am increasingly convinced that he’s not as committed to or as wedded to that concept as most of the presidents I’ve known, Republican or Democrat,” he said. “I am worried."
... all without challenge from Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei. Hell, these two crack
reporters stenographers don't even bother to follow up on this:
Cheney was asked if he thinks the Bush administration bears any responsibility for the disintegration of Afghanistan because of the attention and resources that were diverted to Iraq. “I basically don’t,” he replied without elaborating.
This is Politico's idea of journalism -- to give the architect of the failure in Afghanistan free rein to attack the current administration in the guise of a news story, with its reporters breathlessly transcribing his every utterance as if it has validity or relevance.