Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Bloody Legacy of Cheney's Failures


While Cheney warns of a "what if" future, many are forced to deal with the bloody wounds of his devastating past.

After 9/11, Dick Cheney took the reins in America.

The 'war on terror' was his idea, and it led to real wars in Afghanistan and Iraq -- and to the torture he approved and defends.

While Cheney is writing a memoir to influence how people see his role, the rest of the world would just prefer to get on with cleaning up his mess -- with him out of the picture.

Dick Cheney has also served as president -- for three and a half years. Or perhaps it'd be more accurate to say that George W. Bush served as president under Cheney, looking after odds and ends, while Cheney took care of the big picture.

Dick was responsible for America's strategy in the 21st century.

Cheney is busy writing a memoir.

In writing a memoir, a man like this is motivated by more than a high opinion of himself.

Cheney is using his memoir to set straight a few things that he thinks have been skewed. He blames the unfortunate turn of events of the past few years on George W. Bush, the man who greatly disappointed him during his second term in office by ignoring his advice.

The war on terror was Cheney's idea.

Since 9/11, it has guided America's interactions with the rest of the world, and it became a real war in the real world twice.

Cheney pushed relentlessly for the war on Iraq and manipulated the justifications for military intervention.

From the very beginning, this has been a bad war -- and the wrong war. And, although he pushed hard for it, the war on Iran's nuclear facilities has never materialized.

Now he is busy defending his creation.


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